Sleeping Out

Sleeping out along the coast is an exceptional
experience, having the right gear is an
important part of the adventure.

'Camping is where you spend a small fortune to live like homeless person'

Sleeping out is an attempt to get back to the bare basics of life. Sleeping out or camping under the stars can be such an amazing experience. It's one of the best ways to destress and get back in touch with nature, when done right.

This page will introduce you to the experience and requirements of sleeping out and camping. To enjoy your experience you're going to need a few basics such as; a sleeping bag, tent, tarp or swag, some lighting, food and water and basic cooking utensils such as a pot, cup and plate, a spoon, some waterproof matches or a lighter to start your fire. Don't forget the first aid kit. That's about it!

Why Camp?

I read somewhere 'that people who camp spend alot of money to live like somone who is poor'. This is so true. What people are wanting when they camp is the simplicities of life. Getting away from the stressors of modern life and work and finding somewhere quiet and relaxing to regroup with ones own needs, feeling and self as well with family and friends. The simpliciites of camping include things like listening to the sounds of the night can be very meditative and at the same time very stimulating. Looking up and watching the thousands of stars twinkle across the sky and spotting planetary formations is relaxing and fun. The effects of the moon upon the earth creates a unique experience  in itself. The full moon can light up the earth so brightly, that you almost don't need lighting. No moon is totally dark, the same area could have a completely different feel. Smelling the perfume of the flora and fauna in the air. I enjoy the feeling of the crisp moisture of the the night air against my skin, it makes me feel connected with mother earth. 

roasting marshmallows over a orange camp fireBuilding the fire and gathering wood, is part of the fun of sleeping out and camping. Sitting back and catching up around a camp fire is so soothing. Watching the flames and the sparks against a dark sky is just so magical, and the smell of a burning fire just tops it all off.

Having a First Aid kit could be quite handy whilst sleeping out under the stars.

Anticipating the challenge of what your going to cook and drink and melting marshmallows, can be interesting in the least. Selecting good quality camping cooking gear as part of your camping equipment is important. 




Sleeping Out on a Beach

Sleeping out on a beach can be so peaceful. The isolation and vast spaces gives a great sense of solitude. Watching the waves gently rolling along the shoreline, lit up by the moon is mind numbing. At times when the moisture is thick you can taste the salt on your lips. Watching the red hot embers explode into a artistic display, is another one of hiking and sleeping out experiences. A good quality sleeping bag such as the Coleman Brazos sleeping bag will fit a tall person of 6ft and is soft and warm and is all that is needed. Some camping gear such as a tent and a few comforts of home  makes for  a wonderful experience.  

Beautiful One Mile Beach Port Stephens

One Mile Caravan Park, in Australia, is a great place to sleep out under the stars, without giving up the luxuries of civilised life. The beach is only a short walk and there are plenty of places to hike. The amenities are nice and clean, they have a pool, laundry and a shop.

Sleeping Out or hiking near a waterfall

Hearing the sounds of a water running continuously over a waterfall can be both deafening and stimulating. Standing behind the water curtain is exhilerating, to say the least. Though the water falling can be very very cold and extremely heavy. Another fanatastic thing about hiking or camping near waterfalls, is the swimming in the ponds.   The water softens the skin and can leave you feeling rejuvenated and alive. Camping gear may include a waterproof tent such as the Semoo Waterproof D-Style Door Dome tent, it is easy to set up and take down and light to carry, you will need a sleeping bag.

Sleeping out or hiking near a mountain

The magnificence of sleeping out next to a mountain can leave the hiker gob smacked and breathless, from the sheer awesomeness of the beauty, of the vast expansions of views that can last for miles and miles. Sleeping out near or on mountains is a lot more strenuous and demanding upon the body. You usually have to plan and prepare well in advance.You have to be preared for the change in the weather, as it can happen very quickly often. This type of expedition is more suited to an experienced hiker. The isolation can be a personal challenge, on so many levels and at the same time a relaxing and peaceful time.

Camping gear is possibly going to be a sturdy tent, quality sleeping bag and pad and high energy food and water. Make sure your hiking boots and clothes are suited for the conditions.

tent near water at sunset


Don't forget that sleeping outdoors and camping can support a lot of your hobbies and interests. Hobbies include; photography, fishing, swimming, bird watching.  Sleeping outdoors can also give the kids an education and experience, they will remember for a long time. It can be a great solo experience or a great family or group experience.

Some of the camping gear and outdoor equipment you are going to need are:


Summer camping essentials can be found at Wild Earth.

Your sleeping out gear will need to be thought through thoroughly. Think out how are you going to get it there? Driving to your destination will be a completely different experience than if you have to carry everything on your back. 

A Swag or Bedroll:

In down under territory known as Australia, some people use swags as part of their camping gear. These swags are a small bundle that consist of a  small lightweight tent, sleeping bag and mattress. You roll out the swag and when your finished, it all rolls back up into a neat bundle, and it all fits snuggly into a light weight bag that is easy enough to carry and store with straps for carrying. 

A Sleeping Bag: 

Sleeping bags vary in warmth and quality, and choosing one will come down to the experience you intend to have and your own personal preference. Picking the right sleeping bag for the right conditions is very important. Grading is where the sleeping bag is measured for certain temperatures and conditions. A bag with a grading of 5°C is suited to outside temperatures of 5°C. The sleeping bag needs to match your intended hiking conditions. If your planning to sleep out in the snow then you need to look at the grading of the sleeping bag and ensure it is suited for such conditions. The same goes for summer time hikes, you don't really need a sleeping bag that heavy and hot. The MARMOT always summer down sleeping bag has been recommended for summer hikes and has a grading of 4°. Though you will need to have a sleeping pad as there isn't much padding underneath, but this bag has a sleeve for your pad for easier stability during the night. A good quality mattress is great. Sleeping mats and cots are good support, and they keep you off the ground. Don’t forget a pillow and extra blankets just in case. your sleeping bag could be a lifesaver in some conditions.

Sleeping Pads:

These are pads that you put under you sleeping bag to provide more comfort. They are light and easy to add to your pack. You can get sleeping pads that you inflate manually, or self-inflating pads or the old fashioned closed cell foam pad. Some have a R value that is a guide as to how cold the pad will protect you from the ground. An R value of >5 is used for cold weather. 

Sleeping Bag Liners:

These are used if you want to add extra warmth to your bag. They are used instead of sheets and they keep the bag cleaner.



A Tent:

The tent are something that will need to be considered depending on how you are getting to your destination. Driving will allow you to take a lot more camping gear and hiking gear than walking would. So consider your personal carrying load before venturing out on your hike.  

You don’t necessarily need a tent if you literally want to sleep out under the stars. If you decide that you would like some protection from the elements, then a tent is a good idea. There are so many portable tents available, some that pop-up in minutes and are very light and compact. But be aware that small 1 man or 2 man tents can be a bit claustrophobic, they tend to get wet from the dew and can be very very hot. The quality of the tent is again dependent on what you want to use it for, and how often you intend to use it. One off experience require a small light cheapie that does the job. But if you intend to hike for days in terrain that could be windy or wet, then spending a few extra dollars on a quality product that will tolerate the conditions is probably a good idea. If you want comfort go for something that is going to allow you to move about a bit and creates a good air flow. The Zempire aerodrome 11 Pro 6 Person tent  could be such as tent, it has two large rooms for extra privacy, a large sleeping area and a large living area, with a front awning. 

Tent canopy's are very handy for providing extra shade and protection, especially if you are camping for a few days and have a car, otherwise make sure you think about the weight of your load.

Mosquito Nets or Insect Domes: 

These are really handy too, especially when hiking in those areas where there are lots of bugs and mosquitoes. They help to keep everything at bay and provide a better night sleep. They are light enough to keep in the bottom of your camping gear and don't take up much room, if you get a small one.

Camping Lighting:

  • Torches: Torches can come in very handy. If you intend to hike for several days then a smaller torch or two, would definetly be a good idea. There are a wide variety of torches, some with UV aspects and are rechargeable. Some you can wind by hand.
  • Lanterns: Camping Lanterns are really good as the let off alot of light and last for ages, and are easy and light to carry about.


Hammocks are great if you are going on a short trip and the weather is likely to be hot or warm. 

Water Needs:

Water is a must have and ensure you have plenty. Take a large water bottle and top it up if you know there will be places to get water along the way. You may even need water tablets or hydration straws if the water quality isn't up to our standards. If you are camping boiling the water wouldn't hurt.

Water Purification Equipment:

Water purification gear such; as straws, pumps and tablets, are a good idea especially if you intend to hike for days and could possibly run out of fresh clean water. These are usually small enough to carry and easy to use and could become a very handy piece of equipment to have in your hiking gear and camping gear.

canoe and camping site in the snow

Camping Cooking Gear:

There are lots of bits and pieces for sleeping out overnight. Camp cooking gear has greatly improved in qualityand interventions. You don’t need them all but a few good quality pieces, will be essential to provide that security and comfort we all seem to like. If your driving to your destination and setting up camp, and then hiking from there you can certainly take a lot more home comforts.

  • a stove
  • gas bottle
  • waterproof matches or waterproof container for your matches
  • pots and pans
  • cups, plates and spoons
  • washing bowls
  • an esky or ice box  would certainly come in handy to keep those food items fresher longer and a separate one would be handy to keep the fish in that has just been caught. 

Camping Food:

You do need to keep up your energy levels, especially on those hikes that are challenging or difficult. Food such a protein bars, nuts and trail mixes, chocolate, cheese and crackers and even fruit, are always a good idea for any hike. These are light and easy to carry and putting them into a zip lock bag will stop them from getting wet. Noodles, rice and pasta are good for an easy dinner. Don't forget the good old sanger (sandwich) for a lunch. A serve of oats in a zip lock bag is great for breakfast. Poppers provides instant energy. Think about your food, the weight and rubbish. A friend of mine put all of the ingrediants for a chocolate cake into a zip lock bag. When she camped she put water into the bag gave it a good shake, and tipped it into a aluminium foil cup, wrapped it aluminum and threw it into the fire. She waited and Wella! dessert. 


Camping Cooking Gear


Solar Power Packs:

Solar power packs are very handy. There are many portable batteries, panels and power boxes that provide powerto your lighting equipment, phones and other utensils. Anything that provides energy via a solar source is a great tool to have when camping.

Toilet and Personal Hygiene Equipment:

Don’t forget the toilet paper and shovels. Make sure you leave your environment as your found it. There are portable showers and privacy tents that help to provide comfort and privacy. You'll need soap and towels, there are shower bladders, that you can place in the sun for that much appreciated hot shower.