With the start of the summer heatwave coming and the season on the verge of ending, it’s no wonder people are turning to camping to escape the heat.
One way to get your summer on is to turn your tent into a tent-camping retreat.
From sun-filled rooms to shade-filled cabins, tent-makers across Australia are giving their tent-camps a makeover.
Here are our top tips on what to look for when it comes to camping.1.
Get an outdoor shower When you first start out, it may be hard to get used to the tent-style arrangement.
But it’ll soon be the norm, with the popularity of camping in Australia rising.
Tent-campers will have plenty of options to choose from, from simple tents, to fully enclosed cabins with solar panels and water taps, to multi-level, enclosed campsites with heated showers, water, and a toilet.1A tent-site on the Gold Coast in the lead-up to the heatwave.2.
Use a solar shower The cost of a solar-powered shower is less than half of what you would pay at a hotel, but it’s a much more efficient way of saving money on energy than traditional power bills.
So it’s definitely worth getting one if you’re going to camp, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced tent-chewer.
A free solar-based shower will run you about $200, but if you can get a cheap-as-cheap solar-toaster to do it, it’ll run you $120.
A $50 solar-power shower will go a long way towards making it possible to go camping in the first place.3.
Make sure you know your optionsThere are a number of options for camping in a tent.
From the cheapest option of a small campground or private island, to the more elaborate option of setting up camp in a sprawling tent with multiple levels.
And the best option is to just go with what you like, and that can include a simple outdoor shower and a cheap camping stove.
You can also set up camp inside a tent, or in a garage with a generator and a generator for electricity.4.
Consider what you can affordYou’ll need to consider what you’re comfortable with, and if you want to buy a tent to go with your tent-built camp.
Some people might be okay with camping in tents that cost between $250 and $400, but some people will be more comfortable with a more comfortable tent that costs between $600 and $1000.
If you’re planning to buy an expensive tent, it might be worth looking into how it’ll work and whether or not you’ll be able to fit it into your budget.5.
Check out the campgrounds, not the sitesYou can’t go camping without checking out the campsites.
If there’s not a lot of space available, you’ll have to build your own tent-like structure out of cardboard and materials you can find.
Some sites, like a beach campground on the Queensland coast, are actually better than others, depending on the type of site you’re using.
You might want to check out the different types of campsites you’ll find in the bush or the city before you make your decision.6.
Use your tent to cookWhen you’re not camping, cooking is always an option for those who want to take advantage of the sun, but the biggest challenge will be finding a suitable campfire.
Campfires are a huge source of waste, with some sites containing hundreds of liters of wood or plastic waste each year.
If a campfire can’t be found, it can be a lot easier to just turn a campground into a barbecue pit.
For a tent camping retreat, a campsite that you can’t reach from the street is a good option, as it’s much easier to access the site when it’s dark and the campground is not very big.7.
Don’t try to cook in the tent1.
Make a fire in a campsitesYou can burn wood in a campsite, but you’ll need a fire ring.
This is the area in which you can burn your campfire, and it will need to be large enough to provide a safe fire for everyone to cook, as well as providing a fire for cooking on.
Campgrounds and other sites can’t fire themselves, so the only way to cook on a campgrounds fire is to have a fire with a ring.2A campfire ring at the Port of Sydney.3A campfires at a beach in the Queensland coastal city of Bunbury.4A camp site at a popular beach on the New South Wales south coast.5A campground at a lake in the Goldfields of Western Australia.6A camp on a remote lake in central New South Australia.7A camp at a picnic site in the Sunshine Coast.8Campfires are still a big source of pollution