Your Complete 4×4 Camping Equipment Checklist

Camping equipment including bag, pots, pans and hiking shoes

Whether you’re heading off for a weekend camping trip to Straddie or a week long adventure at Fraser Island, we’ve got a list of the essential camping items you need to take.


Although it’s possible to sleep under the stars, with nothing more than a sleeping mat, chances are you’ll need a bit more than that to enjoy your camping experience. You don’t have to pack a 5-star glamping tent, with all the glamorous extras, to be comfortable (What, leave the queen innerspring at home?)

You will need a tent, preferably one that doesn’t leak water. Before you hit your local discount store to find a $30 tent, stop and think about it. Chances are that it’s not going to hold up for your trip. Your Straddie beach adventure may become a Straddie shipwreck.

Thankfully, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great tent. If you don’t want a high end hiking tent, there are a few cheaper options like the Coleman Instant Up tent. These tents are super easy for a family to assemble.

The perfect tent will depend on your needs. Ask yourself whether you need a lightweight hiking tent, full sized family tent or a four season one?

In addition to a tent, don’t forget to take a hammer, pegs (best to pack some spares), poles, ropes, flooring, dustpan and brush. We recommend that you put a tarp over your tent to protect it from direct sunlight.


Don’t skimp on this one! You can sleep on a yoga mat or piece of foam, but you won’t be doing your back any favours. Save yourself a trip to the chiro and invest in a good hiking mat. With the Exped MegaMat, you’ll have such a great night sleep that you won’t want to come home (it’s seriously that good!)

We’re blessed with fantastic weather in South East Queensland. Unless, you’re holidaying in Toowoomba during winter – with bitterly cold westerly winds – you don’t need a four season sleeping bag. Get a sleeping bag that is suitable for SEQ weather. A feather down sleeping bag will be too balmy for a hot summer night.

You can skimp on a full sized pillow. Compact camping pillows are available, or you can roll up a jacket to make one.

Camping gear

If you have a full Esky, what else do you need? In all seriousness, a few more things. Grab yourself a few camping chairs and foldup table.

You may also need a fuel or gas stove. If you are planning to rely on open fires, then pack untreated firewood as you can’t collect it in Queensland National parks. Also remember to check current local fire bans and restrictions before lighting a flame.

Don’t forget a lantern, torch, matches, lighter and spare batteries.


Here’s a list of the things you’ll need for your camping kitchen:

  • Cutlery, plates, cups, bowls
  • Paring knife, spatula, tongs and a wooden spoon
  • Pots and frying pan
  • Cutting board
  • Rubbish bags
  • Detergent and sponges
  • Paper towels
  • Aluminium foil
  • Bucket/tubs
  • Tea towels


You will need a good pair of walking shoes, thongs, hat, sunnies, rain jacket, beanie, fleece, swimsuit, PJs and extra layers for warmth.


Don’t forget the loo paper. There’s nothing worse than having to use leaves instead (say no more!) You’ll also need:

  • Microfibre towel
  • Insect repellent
  • First aid kit
  • Soap and deodorant


  • Fishing gear
  • UHF radio
  • Pack of cards, books and board games


You’ve got the power! Take an extension cord, extra batteries and chargers for your electronics, jumper leads and inverter.


You’ll need Maxtrax, air compressor, and a shovel as a minimum. Other recovery gear, puncture repair kit, extra spare tyre, ULP diesel jerry, water jerry and spare rope, will also come in handy.

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