9 Camping Chairs that camper's butts will love


9 Camping chairs to help you relax in style and comfort





One of the highlights of camping and being outdoors, is just being able to sit and relax.      Especially after a busy day, or a long day's drive to the campsite.

Just chilling out.

Doing nothing. 

If that sounds like something you do, and you enjoy doing, then we have 9 options on how to sit down in style and comfort.     Your bottom will thank you.


Getting lazy never looked so good......



The Inflatable Chair



BYO pump and you get a big chair that wouldn't look out of place in your home.    Just don't forget the pump. 


9 Camping chairs to help you relax in style and comfort




Price:  $26
Availability here:   Cotswold Outdoors



The Laydle



You may have seen these on the Internet already, and you can expect to see a review by us shortly on this one, but whether you are camping, at the beach or in the backyard, the Laydle (no pump required) is perfect for lounging around.
 

A bit of practice to get it just right (a day with a bit of a breeze is ideal), but once you do, you may have just found your new summer hangout.


9 Camping chairs to help you relax in style and comfort






Price: $70
Availability here:   Laydle.com.au



The Hammock


We have praised hammock camping for some time on this website, but if you are not ready for sleeping all night in a camping hammock, you can have your own hammock to wile away the daylight hours. 

With it's own fold up frame (and that's the important part), you will be the envy of everyone who is in their chairs!

No trees necessary.




9 Camping chairs to help you relax in style and comfort when camping and outdoors



Price:  $170
Availability here:  Cotswold Outdoors

The Compact


If you are like us, and always overfilling the car, you may want to save space by changing your chair.

The Oztrail Compactlite Discovery is a chair that packs down to roughly the size of a handbag, and weighs in around 2.5kg.     With no armrests, it does differ from the standard camping chair you might be used to but it's one comfortable place to put you your bottom on.     And more room in your car for more gear is the added bonus!


9 Camping chairs to help you relax in style and comfort when camping and outdoors



Price: $40
Availability here:    Snowys


Backpacker Bottoms



Not to forget those of you who love lightweight gear, and love to hike to their campsite, your comfort is not forgotten.

After a long hike you probably don't want to sit around on the ground or a log.    The Helinox was one of the first to bring out these lightweight chairs, and if you are watching your space and weight, then this is for you.

At 520g in weight but able to hold up to 120kg,  your rest stops on a long hike, just got more relaxing.


9 Camping chairs to help you relax in style and comfort when camping and outdoors




Price:  $150
Availability here:     Cotswold Outdoors



Hammock Hitch


If you want to sit up but still get that hammock feeling, then you might enjoy this one.    It attaches to your vehicle (when it's not moving - that's an important safety tip),  you and your buddy can just swing around together.

For full details and to find out if it is the hammock for you and your car, please make sure you investigate!



9 Camping chairs to help you relax in style and comfort when camping and outdoors



Price:  $400
Availability here:     HammocksOnline.com.au



Dual Purpose 



Your sleeping mat is only for sleeping on right?    Well, if you have a Sea to Summit sleeping mat, you can also turn it into a chair.

It involves using a Sea to Summit Air Chair Hiking Chair Sleeve.    That's not easy to type, let alone say out loud, but it's a clever concept.      Take that idle sleeping mat, and place in the sleeve, and you have a chair to rest upon.


9 Camping chairs to help you relax in style and comfort when camping and outdoors



Price:   $59
Availability here:   Wild Earth



Glamper Chair


If you find the above chairs a bit mainstream, or lacking that va-va-voom, then get one with leopard print.


Those who love some glamour in their camping experience will appreciate it.


9 Camping chairs to help you relax in style and comfort when camping and outdoors




Price:  $39
Availability here:   Big W Online (only)



The Cacoon From Cacoon


If you want to escape to your own private retreat when camping, climb into your own relaxing space with the  Cacoon (note:  it's not my spelling, I know that a butterfly comes out of a cocoon).


No guarantee that if you go into this hanging space you will come out looking as beautiful as a butterfly, but it's worth a shot.

It's also so good looking, you might find you use at home instead of camping.



9 Camping chairs to help you relax in style and comfort when camping and outdoors



Price:  $475
Availiability here:    Cacoon Australia



All you have to do now, is find that perfect campsite, get one of the chairs/hammocks from above, grab a cold drink, and sit back and relax.   

Easy.





Note:  All prices were correct at time of writing.  Photos were reproduced from the websites advertising these products.     Some of the above retailers, we are affiliated with.   To find out more about our affiliates, please read our disclosure policy. 






Caring for your camping gear: 5 tips on what to do when you get home





Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.




Your camping trip is over.

It may have been a great trip, with good weather, delicious food and drinks, and plenty of memories.

Or, you may have been miserable the entire trip.

Either way, just because the trip is now over and you are home, it doesn't mean that you should shove everything in the garage till next time.   It's tempting but not recommended.  

There are a few things we think all beginners to camping need to know about what to do when the camp trip is over.


Read these 5 easy tips to make your next camping trip a good one



Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.

 

 

1.  Dry your gear




Sometimes you have to  pack up the campsite and your shelter/gear is not fully dry.  It may be because you had poor weather, or condensation.


When you have to leave, you have to leave. 

Now that you are home, it's time to dry all that gear out.


If you have a small tent - you can hang it up inside the house to dry or over the clothesline (weather permitting).

Only when it's fully dry, will you put it all away.

Large tent/annexes - you may have to set the tent/annexe up in the yard to let it dry fully.     This might mean that it could be up longer than a day, depending on the weather at home.    But you want the shelters to be fully dry to stop mold and mildew forming.

Camper Trailer canvas - let it dry out fully just like a tent. 

Any other gear that was damp - dry it out in the house or garage.    

Sleeping bags can hold a little moisture from your sweat during the night.     It's advisable to let them air as well inside the home (if you didn't get an opportunity at the campsite in the morning).



Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.

 

 

2.    Clean your gear



You may not want to do this first day back, but you should put this on your list for something to do pretty soon after the trip.

It's cleaning.

I don't mean laundry, because you probably already know that you have heaps of washing that has to be done.  The below picture look familiar after a camping trip?



Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.



I mean the cleaning of your gear.    Let's get specific.....


Look at the shelter you used (it may be obvious it needs a clean if it was wet and you are currently drying it somewhere).
  • Did a bird poo on it?
  • Is there mud/dirt inside it?  Or outside of it?

If so, you may want to clean your shelter using soapy warm water (not detergents), inside and out.

This isn't very exciting to do, but when you next go in that shelter for your camping trip, you don't want to open your shelter and find dirt inside and out of it.   It's going to make gear inside the shelter dirty before the trip has really begun.


Your food boxes and utensil boxes may also have suffered a little on the trip in terms of dirt.

Heavy winds can get dust into these boxes even though you are pretty sure the lids were on tight.     Check them out, and see if they need a quick clean.


If you were doing fast wash ups (with minimal hot water and poor lighting) of your crockery and plates when camping, it may be a good idea to do a proper wash up when you get home.     That means getting everything you used to eat on, out of the camping boxes and into the sink/dishwasher.

Your future camper self will thank you for making this effort.


Any other gear you have taken - before you put it away, see if it needs attention.     Sleeping bags, BBQs, lighting, stoves.    All of this needs a quick investigation to see if it's clean and ready for use the next trip.

With sleeping bags, special care is needed.    You can read more about care for your sleeping bag here.


Esky/Fridge - however you kept your food cool, empty it entirely and clean out the fridge, with warm soapy water and dry thoroughly.     Follow any manufacturer instructions to ensure it is maintained properly.


You may be lucky, and find it all clean and ready to store.

 

Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.

 

 

3.  Restock items (sooner rather than later)


We have learned this lesson the hard way.  

Run out of something at the campsite  eg.   washing detergent, and you say to yourself "I must refill this when I get home".   But with all the other stuff going on, you just put your boxes away, and don't check.     Come next camping trip, you are missing something that is a staple of your camping trip.  

Suggest you go through your mandatory items that you take (this will vary but may be food items, firelighters, washing up gear, kitchen items like clingwrap or garbage bags), and make sure that you have enough packed for the next trip, before you put the boxes away.

We have talked about being organised for camping, using boxes.  Read our story on planning meals for camping - it discusses the use of plastic boxes for storage.



Missing something?

Put it on your shopping list and buy it the next time you are out.  

Place it straight into the camping boxes (not in your kitchen cupboard), so you are guaranteed it will be there when you need it camping.

Gas bottles should also be looked at to see if they are needing a refill.


Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.

 

 

4.      Fix anything that didn't work as it should have




Something didn't work as it should on the camping trip?    

Stuck zippers?    Broken pole?     Faulty appliance?    Canvas got a rip?

Fix it whilst you remember.    Before you put the gear away.        Before you head out on your next trip, you don't want to spend valuable time running around the place trying to get a spare part or solve the issue.
 

This tip also includes batteries.     If an item needed batteries and ran out - get them now.

If you have been towing a camper trailer or caravan - attend to any mechanical repairs as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your vehicle.   


Caring for your camping gear - 5 things you should do when the trip is over.

 

 

5.  Store your gear properly




If everything is clean and dry, how you treat your gear when not in use is going to be pretty important to how long it will last.

Treat gear carefully (and kindly) and your camping gear will have a long life.


Sleeping bags


If you have down filled bags, you need to allow them to loft when not in use.   That means not rolled up in a small stuff sack that you used for transport.     Most down bags come with a bag to allow them to be stored, unrolled.

This does take up space, but will keep your down filled sleeping bag in far better condition this way.

Synthetic bags are also meant to be stored this way, but due to space requirements we can't do this - but it is recommended to help prevent damaging the fill.    If you have the ability to hang your bag in a cupboard, then this is an option you can try.

More information on sleeping bag care is here. 



Sleeping Mats


Like the sleeping bags,  a sleeping mat is meant to be stored unrolled and flat, with air valves open, in a cool dark place.

This is the ideal way BUT, it's really hard to do.     It's going to depend on your space at home.   Under the bed is a good place for them or standing up at the back of a large wardrobe.     Don't let your pets near them.

Wipe them down with a damp cloth to also get off any dirt before it becomes too ingrained.



Tents


Most tents will be placed back in the bag they came with.     Depending on the size of the tent, there is not a lot of options.

Small backpacking tents can be stored in mesh bags/large cotton bags, out of sunlight.

The most important thing about any tent is storing it dry (see tip 1 above).

Need more information on how to care for a tent?  Read this story.



Battery Operated Equipment


If you won't be using your equipment for any long period of time, remove the batteries from the equipment (flashlights, headlamps, lanterns, GPS).     You don't need to throw the batteries away - store them in a plastic bag next to the equipment.     That way if the batteries leak, they won't be leaking inside your gear.



Cooking gear


Your gear is all clean (thanks to you doing tip 2 - see above) and there are no crumbs or grime on your gear. 

Store all gear in your clean camping boxes and make sure lids are on tight, so no bugs or rodents can get in.



Fridges/Esky


Fridges when turned off (and after they have been cleaned thoroughly) may get a musty smell.

To prevent this whilst you are storing, you can prop the fridge open a little to help get some air in it.    This will reduce that smell.    The same applies to your esky.




Taking care of your gear after the trip is going to help make the next trip so much easier.     It might not sound like it, but it all will help make your next camping holiday a little easier knowing that your gear is ready to go.

Follow these tips each and every camping holiday conclusion and it will become just part of the camping experience.  


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15 Camping and Travel Quotes to Get You Moving


Camping and travel quotes collection to inspire






Sometimes words and images can make you think.     It's a pretty powerful combination. 


On our Facebook page, we regularly post content to share and inspire the love of the outdoors.    You may have seen Collection 1 of these camping quotes that we put on our blog, all collated from our FB page.

If you are not following us on Facebook, you may have missed the following. 


Share them and spread the word.



 Camping is better than sitting in an office.......


Camping and travel quotes collection to inspire



Happy Hour means different things to campers.....



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We need to take adventures........



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Simple.



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Weekend plans.



Camping and travel quotes collection to inspire



An all-year round activity.



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This applies to everything you do.



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You don't need all the fancy stuff in life to be happy.



Camping and travel quotes collection to inspire



Wise words (speaking from experience)



Camping and travel quotes collection to inspire



Whatever you do.......



Camping and travel quotes collection to inspire



 Thank God It's Friday



Camping and travel quotes collection to inspire


You have to pay the bills.





Go off-grid.





Enjoy the view.






If you need an excuse to go camping......






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