Camping is an essential skill to acquire. Most activities of the club span over entire weekend, which requires us to camp overnight for a couple of days.
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The RMIT Outdoors Club is the largest (400+ members) and most active (200+ trips in a year, that’s 4+ trips each weekend) club at RMIT. We offer a variety of activities for our members. From Bushwalking/Hiking, Orienteering, Rogaining, Wildlife Watching and Social events and parties to more exhilarating activities like Rock Climbing, Skiing, Mountain Biking, Caving, Mountaineering, Paddling, Surfing and Snorkelling & Free-Diving.
Most of our trips are usually day trips, however, we have also trips that run over an entire weekend or long weekend. Sometimes, during breaks, we also embark upon some extended trips. You see where we are going with this? 🙂
Most multi-day trips will involve you to camp out somewhere, either in some nice location with showers and toilets/drop-dunnies or some remote location in the bush with just a shovel. It is vital for us to be prepared and know how to stay in our beautiful wilderness accommodation. Camping is, hence, an essential skill to learn.
Often, on most trips where you have to camp, you must be self-sufficient. Bear in mind that different areas of the state and times of year affect the amount and type of clothing you would need. Factors such as availability of water and threat of bushfires affect what type of food you could take.
Disclaimer: Don’t take this list as being the last word in what to take. If unsure, always discuss your equipment requirements with the appropriate activity’s convenor or the trip leader before the trip to ensure you are fully equipped for a safe and enjoyable trip, not just for you but also enjoyable to other participants.
Please remember that it is ultimately up to each person going on a trip to ensure that they have obtained and packed everything they need. If you turn up at the start of a walk without a vital piece of equipment such as a sleeping bag, warm down jacket or parka, etc., you cannot be allowed to go on the walk for the sake of safety of everyone.
As well as having a reasonably comprehensive group first aid kit with the party, each person should carry a few frequently used items for their own use. This prevents these items from running out in the group’s first aid kit and minimises the cost to the club of maintaining them. Additionally, certain items may very well be your own prescription drug or cannot be legally administered to you by others.
Disclaimer: We cannot provide you with medical advice. Hence it is advised that you consult your GP or a medical practitioner before taking medicinal drugs. RMIT Outdoors Club does not promote or condone use of recreational drugs on its trips.