Scott Ivey's Top Five Essentials for Camping

August 17, 2015

The gear you take on your camping trip can really make it or break it. Naturally there are some things that are more important than others. Forgot your phone charger? Oh no, reality! Forgot your hair straightener? Heaven forbid, frizzy hair!

We’re usually pretty good at remembering the important stuff (food, water, shelter etc.), but if you’re planning on getting well away from the bitumen like Scott, he would argue, there are a few things that can really make all the difference and that we sometimes tend to forget.

Long handled shovel

Scott always has one of these in his boot. Particularly useful if you go off-road a lot, but also essential if you are camping in areas without any kind of lavatory. Your long handled shovel can make you one of those in a jiffy.

See also: Scott's camping journey from his first trip to Stradbroke Island to his adventures in the Simpson Desert


The desert will make short work of the contents of your Esky (cooler, chillybin) you can be sure of that. Scott spends a lot of time in isolated areas such as the Simpson Desert, and if he wants to keep his beer cold (and his broccolini fresh for that Thursday evening stir fry) he better have a portable refrigeration system. Compact fridges run off your vehicles fuel and battery and can be hooked up to a generator - or even better, solar panel power!


When it comes down to it, you don’t look tough sleeping on the hard earth while your mates enjoy the luxury of a blow-up mattress; you just look forgetful. Because if you are planning on spending an extended period of time in the great outdoors, you’re going to want some form of bed to crash on at the end of a hard days adventuring.

If you’re only away for a couple of days, make sure you take a roll-up compact sleeping mat to take the edge of the earth and help your muscles perform at their peak for longer the next day.

See also: Bob Cooper - Outback Survival Expert


If you’ve got one of these, it’s pretty unlikely that you will forget them. Scott always takes his partner with him on his trip because, let’s face it, you want to share those experiences with the people closest to you. From a safety point of view, it is always advisable to go away with a buddy (or your girlfriend or family or a bunch of mates). Safety in numbers: always.

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This one is pretty obvious, but still a good point. It’s easy to forget the details of a trip, and you’ll have a hard time convincing anyone that you ran in to Bear Grylls in the desert unless you get a selfie with him. Keep a record of those precious memories and annoy your mates by plastering them all over social media so they can look at them enviously from home.

Remember these five things and you are bound to have a truly rewarding time in the great outdoors!

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