PREPARING FOR YOUR RAINFOREST CAMPING EXPERIENCE:
RAINFOREST CAMPING – PREPARATION
Kerri and I love camping in the rainforest, it just feels so fresh, so rejuvenating and it’s just so damn pretty. It’s alive with nature and it’s an incredibly complex ecosystem that is working away, right in front of you. Rainforests are very moist environments and this is something we all need to be very aware of. This affects our camping gear, our camping experiences, the type of gear we need, the type of vehicle we need and let’s not forget the rise and fall of creeks we have just crossed coming in. Once again, it’s all about research and preparing yourselves for the best camping experience ever.
Here in South-East Queensland, many of the rainforest camping destinations are in national parks and the campsites have separation bollards between your vehicle (including trailers) and the area in which you set up the tents or shelter. This means all of your camping gear has to be carried from your car, past the bollards (short upright pine posts sticking out of the ground) and over to your campsite platform. In most cases the campsite platforms have pre-set tent designated areas. So it’s a good idea to prepare for this type of campsite, by knowing the size of your tent or tarp. When preparing your camping gear, it would be easier in smaller kit form and as lightweight as possible. Don’t forget, if you have a range of 12-volt operated camping products such as LED lighting and refrigeration that plugs into your vehicle, you will either have to come up with some pretty long cables or have an external/portable battery system. The great things with these bollard divided campsites is the fact they are usually closer to the creeks for swimming.
Weather preparation – rainforest camping:
You really have to be well prepared and researched when it comes to rainforest camping. Most of the rainforest type destinations I have camped in rarely have any mobile phone coverage whatsoever. If you’re like me and like to keep an eye on your smartphone weather app when camping you are in all sorts of trouble. Once you make your decision to rainforest camp and you are finally at your destination, you need to handle whatever comes your way. I usually prepare by watching the weather forecast right up until the day I leave home and pack accordingly. When the weather is good, camping in the rainforest and swimming in the crystal clear creeks can’t be beaten. I can’t recommend it enough!