Busy Parents | Urban and Every Families  | Beginner campers

How to effortlessly Launch Your Family Camping Adventures in As Little As 2-4 weeks AND then be packed and on the road in just 1 Hour.

No need for a trailer (for up to 5 people), a big budget, much storage space or any camping experience.

"Take the kids camping" they said!

"It'll be a cinch" they said!

The kids will adore it, the family will thrive on it, you will get the best bang for your holiday buck EVER, and you'll have a ball as well.

And, Camping Does Tick A LOT of Boxes

  • You want to give your kids a more adventurous and memorable childhood
  • You want to help them to build their kids resilience and confidence, something camping is renowned for.
  • They ARE champing at the bit to go camping, and it's so good for them
  • You secretly envy the campers and camping families
  • You aren't embracing those precious years of their childhood as much as you want to?
  • Your current expensive holidays and getaways are not only limited by your budget, but they are not always that memorable?

The Trouble is...

  • Where to start
  • Which tent to buy
  • What else to buy
  • The cost 
  • The effort
  • The kids
  • What to do
  • What to eat
  • Where to store all the gear
  • The weather
  • And safety...
  • AND, how to get it all there and back - safely 

And, do you really want to be that needy newbie nervously seeking help from the more experienced campers around you?

That was me 12 years ago

Hi there, Jo Simon from Melbourne, Australia, here.

And yes, that was me 12 years ago!  Our first family camping ordeal (oops) holiday left much to be desired, involving:

  • A WEEK-LONG RECORD rainfall "event".
  • A dud new tent
  • No outdoor shelter from the rain
  • A leaking airbed
  • Virtually everything a regret buy
  • The nightmare that was packing the car
  • No idea what we were doing

And saved only by the hospitality of our co-camping friends.

Camping friends who spent many years to curate great camping setups.

Setups brought along curtesy of their trailers.

Trailers that, living in inner-city, we had no room to store.

Not to be defeated, I went back to the drawing board. Basically, I wanted what my friends had, but minus the trailer.

Something very much doable for the three of us - u
ntil my son eventually asked to bring a friend. 

And, I thought, his bedding, clothing, chair, and possibly even a bike!

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So, with a car not big enough, no desire to get a bigger one, and nowhere to store a trailer, we were in a dilemma.

I looked at the setup that we'd coupled together over the previous few years, including all of those regret buys, excessively bulky items, and things we didn't need.

I saw there was a lot of wasted space and unnecessary items.

So, I bit the bullet.

Out went anything that didn't justify it's existence, and in went light weight, easily stackable and packable gear.

While I was at it, I established a plan for how to pack the car, revamped the camp kitchen and also improved our "packing, pitching and packing up" times as well.

Now, I want to help you achieve that, but in 4 weeks and not the 4 years it took me.

And, Having Been There And Done That, Here Are My Do's and Dont's

  • Plan before you buy anything. If you use a recipe to make a complicated dish, why put together a camping setup without one.
  • Don't try to work it all out yourself.  It takes way too long - 4 years in my case.
  • Buy good quality key items. Why save a few hundred dollars on a cheap tent that won't survive bad weather - with you in it!
  • Avoid the piece-meal approach. Like buying cheap gear or going without in case you don't like camping, then you don't like it because you haven't got the right gear.
  • Be preparedAs the saying goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

That's Why I Created My Programs

To share my camping setup and other tips I had learnt along the way with others.

  • Would-be beginners
  • Urban families like us
  • Busy parents
  • The eco-inclined
  • Those who don't have loads of space for trailers, RVs and bulky camping gear.
  • Anyone for that matter who wants to simplify their camping and lighten their load and still be comfortable.

And, in as little as 2-4 weeks, not four years like me.

But with enough variety and camping setup options so you can discover your own personalized setup, because one size doesn't fit all.

Want to know how to do it?

Get Your Camping Setup Sorted in 2-4 weeks

And Be Packed in 1 Hour, Without

  • Falling down the research rabbit hole.
  • Buying cheap, flimsy and unreliable gear, or going without an important piece.
  • Spending hours trying to pack the car.
  • Learning how to camp at the campsite the hard way.
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How It Works

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The Camping Setup Sorted Program helps you put together your ideal family camping setup. It is a non-minimalist setup based on our Kickstarter Kit that is customizable to suit you, lightweight and compact for transporting to and from the campsite.

The Kickstarter Kit has been optimized for a family of 4 travelling in some mid-size vehicles without the need for a trailer. Families or groups of 5 would require a larger vehicle.

The perfect accompaniment to "Sorted" is The 1 Hour Pack, designed to slash the amount of effort and time it takes to pack for camping and get on the road.

The combination of these two programs addresses the 5 main barriers to camping for many families - where to start, what to buy, the cost, the effort, and limited storage space.

These programs, coupled with our resources available on our public site and in the Campus Member Portal (such as tent camping tips, camping with kids, camping safety, camping for beginners and camping and the weather) are all you really need to launch your family camping adventures in record time.

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Week 1: Planning

Choose your own adventure. Plan what kind of camping setup suits you, and which car.

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Week 2: Buying

Walk through the Kickstarter Kit, identify the individual items and start sourcing it.

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Week 3: Organising

Organise the storage area as well as how you will pack and load the car and your test run.

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Week 4: Testing

Test run the individual items at home and the setup as a whole at a nearby campground.

What's In The Program

Our program is delivered through a mix of content styles to cater for most people. All of the content is explained in blog style articles accompanied by audio files to listen two and supported by video and images.

Camping Setup Sorted

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#1: Plan your perfect setup: Our planning workbook will help you decide what kind of camping setup suits you.

#2: "Walk" through our Kickstarter Kit: This is the setup the program is based on, but feel free to add your own touch.

#3: Spending plan: Calculate how much it is likely to cost and budget accordingly. 

#4: Packing checklist: Personalise your packing checklist to suit you. 

#5: Guilt free shopping spree: Armed with a list of what you need, it's time to start getting it all together.


#1:  10 Things Newbies Don't Need To Buy Now

#2: 10 Camping Comfort Must-Haves 

#3: Tips For Camping On A Budget

#4: The three Keys To Camping Trailer Free

#5: Family Tent Buying Scorecard

The 1 Hour Pack

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The 1Hour Pack E-book: 10 pages with our top tips and step by step instructions, including:

#1: The foundations: Store and order, including our personal storage solution

#2: At any time: Be ready to roll    

#3: Let's go camping: The 1Hour Pack (part 1)    

#4: Hitting the road: The 1Hour Pack (part 2)    

#5: Post trip updates: Revise, replenish & repair


  • Quick video walk-through
  • Audio File: To busy to read it? Then relax and listen to the audio file
  • The 1Hour Pack E-book 
  • The 1Hour Pack Checklist (editable) 
  • 1 page editable packing checklist 
  • The Small Space Storage Solution
  • Lifetime access Lifetime updates and additions

Plus, You Get My 365 Day Money Back Guarantee

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If you try out the Camping Combo and you don’t in the end feel camping is for you, l’ll give you a full refund, no questions asked.

I’m so confident you’ll love what you can achieve with this program (plus the amazing bonuses) that I’ll take the risk of giving you such a generous guarantee.

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Camping Combo:

 Get Camping Setup Sorted PLUS 1 Hour Pack for just

$140  $45

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We Will Show You Exactly How To Do It

By giving you my step by step Framework and The Kickstarter Kit, and showing how it can actually work for you, you can get your camping kickstart:

  • You can invest in your camping setup with confidence.
  • You can invest in your time with confidence.
  • You can invest your energy with confidence.

Instead of sitting on the sidelines and letting those precious family moments pass you by...

Don't wait any longer, because their childhood is gone in the blink of an eye.

Yes, It's Really That Easy

You don’t have to worry about whether you are giving camping a good crack before you decided if it is really for you or not.

You won't need to sit around thinking about what to do with the kids over the school holiday, wondering how to get them off the screens and worrying about whether they are active and outdoors enough.

Just follow our framework to get your camping kickstart so you can take them camping any time you like.

You could be camping in less than 4 weeks, if the stock is available. You may take around a month if you can only spare 15-20 minutes a day, or get in early and wait patiently for the sales.

Why Parents Love To Take Their Kids Camping

LISA: A number of years ago we (husband and I) decided to adopt the camping holiday life and I relish every trip we have done since. My boys have seen many places (still so many to see!) and a lot of their holiday memories are the camping ones we have done.

For me camping is the ultimate rest relax reset and the best family time I could have ever hoped for! There’s nothing like it!"

KIM: We love caravan parks, the people you met the friends the kids make, the memories of just being on holidays.

And hey the kids are way more enjoyable! We have taken our son camping and he had the time of his life."

JENNA: We have been taking our boy 4wd/camping since he was born... He s slowly getting more adventurous in exploring & loves going for a bush walk. All kids should experience it..."

JAIMEE: The kids had an awesome time. Best of all, it felt like the camping I did as a kid so I loved having my own kids experience this and can’t wait for our next trip!"

MELISSA: Single mom camping with four kids! I’m thankful to my parents who taught me a love for camping! Something I love sharing with my kids."

SHANA:We have taken all 4 boys since they were newborns. They all love camping!!...It's an amazing way of life and so good the the soul."

SARAH: Been taking the kids camping since they were 3 months and younger! Kids are completely different while camping.

Mine are so overly active at home, yet while camping they are calm and relaxed. We love it."

SARAH: We've been camping since the boys were babies. Their favourite place so far is the Simpson desert!

We take tent or camper, depending where we go. Last trip was a month in the tent spending a few nights at each place along the way."

TANIA: We have taken our son camping and he had the time of his life."

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Camping Combo:

 Get Camping Setup Sorted PLUS 1 Hour Pack for just

$140  $45

Sign up

Price in US$

Got Any Questions

why do you charge for your information when there is so much out there online for free?

We have the information you need all centralized in one place. You don't have to search through endless forum threads and online articles full of ads and commission based recommendations trying to find the information that is relevant to you. 

I have a lot of existing camping gear. Can I still use it.

If you have a trailer or just want to "revamp your camp" by lightening your load, improving your existing setup and speeding up your packing, pitching and packing up times, then absolutely not. There are loads of ideas for you to consider depending on your existing gear and the good old cost / benefit analysis.

If, however, you want to camp trailer free, you may not be able to use some of your existing gear because of the small margins involved. 

That said, when you compare the cost, you are still likely to be ahead if you replace your gear, compared to the alternative of investing in a larger vehicle or trailer, and somewhere to store it, or choosing alternative forms of holidays.

I don't have a lot of money to spend on camping gear. Can you help me?

Yes absolutely! This is the place to be if you want to camp comfortably and safely, whether you have a trailer or not, and you are on a tight budget. We focus on keeping costs down and getting the most out of your gear. That said, we recommend you don't skimp on what you sleep in and what you sleep on (ie your tent and basically avoid cheap airbeds and thin sleeping mats). Good quality gear can last you for years and save you in the long run.

I live in an apartment. How will that work?

Our camping setup for beginners would be ideal for you. It is entry level, but still allows you to take advantage of most of the tips and advice available here on this site. The better you are equipped and prepared for camping at the beginning, the more likely you will enjoy it and want to continue with it. If not, you will find a later use for most of the items in the camping setup.

What if your particular camping setup doesn't suit me?

This website is really here to help beginner campers and families or groups of up to five to camp comfortably and safely, trailer free. It's not about encouraging you to do exactly as we do, although if you want to, that's perfectly fine with us. As they say, imitation is the best form of flattery!

We know that one size doesn't fit all, and your particular family size, circumstances, preferences and personalities will influence and help shape your final camping setup.

Within the context of our trailer-free and tent style of camping, we will provide you with as much variety and choice as we can to help you put together a camping setup that suits your circumstances. The more you understand the principles of our setup, the more you will be able to independently make your own additions as you go.

I don't live in Australia. Can you help me?

Yes definitely. While there are references to the Australian dollar, and most products at present are linked to Australian retailers, we also provide detailed descriptions to help you to source products locally as well. We also where possible reference imperial as well as metric measurements.

I am an experienced camper. Is this program right for me?

Beginner campers and families new to camping would gain the most out of the Camping Setup Sorted program. That said, we still believe we have useful information for any camper, especially if you are looking to streamline your camping and lighten your load. We also have a lot of time and money saving tips that would help any camper.

I have an RV. Is this program right for me?

Beginner campers and families new to camping would gain the most. There is still a lot of useful information for any camper, but the core offering won't be particularly relevant to you.

Do you do one-on-one consultations?

Yes, you can book a one-on-one consultation on the checkout page. Sign up and I'll send you further information. I do have limited capacity to provide more one-on-one support which is by invitation only.

Is this everything I need?

If camping trailer free is not important to you, ie you have a trailer, then yes, this program plus the bonuses will give you everything you need to gear up and go camping,

And, if you want to get some additional help to camp trailer free or to further fast track the process, you can sign up to either of those programs. The attached articles willExpress program.

How long do I have access to the program / content?

Indefinitely! This may change at some point for future subscribers, but you will have access to the content as long as I am running the program, and I don't plan on going anywhere :)

Other Programs

Despite the thousands of dollars and hours and hours you could save, locking all of this behind a thousand plus dollar paywall isn't right for something as beneficial as camping.

I worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, so I guess it's rubbed off.

You'll pay about the price of a typical campsite (unless of couse you are free camping :)

And a cheap one at that.

You can also sign up to the Camping Kickstart Program during the checkout process if you want more information on choosing your car (including a hire car) and how to pack different ones, as well as being able to access a whole lot of resources around tent camping trailer free.

And, if you need more help from me to implement the program and save you even more time, I'll send you more information about how to join the Express Program following the checkout process.

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Camping Combo:

 Get Camping Setup Sorted PLUS 1 Hour Pack for just

$140  $45

Sign up

Price in US$