KNOW YOUR GEAR: BEGINNERS' CAMPING

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Everyone has to start somewhere. Just because you're not a seasoned camper with all the tricks and gear doesn't mean you can't get out there and start enjoying one of NZ's favorite pastimes.

Once you have your board sorted, and a life jacket and paddle, you are ready to get out there. One of the cool things about SUP-ing is that it's relatively easy and you'll be surprised at how fast you're standing up, got your balance and off exploring.

Camping is a great way to unplug from the usual hustle and bustle of life, it's great for the soul to be out in nature, it's super accessible, and you don?t need to break the bank getting your initial camping set up sorted.

Watch our guide below to check out what basics you may need.

TENTS

There are a range of different tents available for any type of excursion you may have planned, whether you're travelling solo, with family or friends - there is something for everyone's needs and budget. Dome tents are a great place to start and come in a range of sizes, these are super easy to put up and are on the lower end of the price scale.

PRO TIP: Practice setting up your tent before you head away and double check you have all the pieces before you hit the road. Always pack away your tent when it's fully dry!

Talent credit: Sophie Oswald

SLEEPING

There are a variety of sleeping options on offer, sleeping mats will do the trick for a short stay but an inflatable sleeping mat or air bed will give you an air of luxury on tour. Throw a sleeping bag on your chosen mattress and you're set up for the night.

COOKING

Camp cooking is fun and doesn't need to be complicated, all you need is a hiking stove. Nothing gets you back to basics more than cooking outside on an open flame. If you want to simplify things even more, you can pack some dehydrated meals to take away with you and hey presto - you can magically whip up an instant beef stroganoff (great value for money too).

You'll want to keep your food and drink supplies cold - a simple chilly bag and some ice will function as your fridge while you're on the go.

PRO TIP: Check what water is supplied at campground as you may need to take your own or boil what's on offer.

LIGHT

As night falls on another cracker day in the campground, some lanterns to illuminate your tent and some head torches to help navigate your way around the campsite / outdoors will be super handy! Don't be caught out in the dark.

The Torpedo7 members are happy to help you out, so don't hesitate to pop in store and seek out some advice from our friendly team.

See you out there.

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