Christmas Camping: How To

Christmas in Australia means sunshine, fresh seafood and cold beverages, campouts, road trips and friends and family. In fact, spending Christmas Day in the great outdoors is about as Australian as you can get! Swimming, barbeques, new friends and decorated campsites - what's not to love? 

If you plan of spending this years festive season by the beach or in the bush, there are a few things you can do to help make it a very merry occasion. We've come up with a little guide on how to really get into the Christmas spirit while camping.

🎄 What to pack

The Australian summer is hot, humid and often unpredictable. Besides taking a season-appropriate tent, things like rechargeable fans, gazebos, beach shade and tarps will all help when it comes to keeping you cool, providing shade and protection from bad weather. Fridge/freezers like the 45L Single Zone and 80L Dual Zone are also great food and drink storing options for when a cooler just won't suffice or if you plan on camping out longer than a day or two.

Tip: Read our Summer Tent Guide for tips on how to choose the right 'seasonal' tent for you.

🎄 Christmas decorations

Once way to really get into the Christmas spirit is to decorate your campsite with ornaments, lights and tinsel! If you are the crafty type, you could encourage the kids to find leaves or bark to paint to create their very own baubles or ornaments.

If you didn't want to purchase fairy lights especially, LED light kits will give your site that festive look and feel but can be used all year round. Meaning, you'll get more bang for your buck as they won't just be used once. 

🎄 Festive food 

Just because you are camping on Christmas day, it doesn't mean you have to miss out on all that delicious, festive food you would normally eat if you were at home. Though we are seeing a fair few fire bans across the country this year which may restrict open-flame cooking, a barbeque can still be used to whip up a tasty traditional dish. You will need a camp oven, but this Jack Daniels Honey Glazed Ham recipe is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Simply cook the glaze in your camp oven on the barbeque, then pour over your Christmas ham - yum! Another easy and great camp oven meal idea is a Stovetop Roast Chicken. You really can't go wrong with a classic roast chicken.

Nothing says 'Aussie Christmas' like fresh seafood. If you are camping by the ocean or a river, why not try to catch your own lunch? Grilled fish is the ultimate light bite and perfect for those scorching summer days! 

Tip: Mix up any seasoning ingredients for the above recipes at home before you leave to minimise any stress on Christmas Day. 

🎄 Beverages

Christmas Day in Australia is an absolute scorcher. Nothing will cool you down quicker than a dip in the ocean followed by a refreshing cocktail or cold one. For delicious drink ideas read our Summer Drink Recipe guide. 

🎄 Gifts

Though going on an adventure-packed holiday is a pretty great gift in itself, Christmas morning just wouldn't be the same without unwrapping a few pressies - especially if you are travelling with kids. Consider gifting your loved ones things they can use while camping - things like beach equipment, trail tech or if you can smuggle something a little larger, new camp chairs. Check out our Christmas Gift Guide For Kids and Our Top 10 Present Picks for more inspiration! 

If you are a seasoned Chrissy camper and know of any fun or handy hacks - drop us a comment below!

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