Ok, first of all, what sort of camping do you want to do? Stay in a caravan/camping park, or out in the bush sumwhere? Since you said "away from the hustle and bustl" i'll assume you're looking for the latter. Here's a link to my review of Newnes State Forest, a huge, free bush area to camp and play in. There are many other state forests in/around the Blue Mtns Nat Park but this is the only one i've stayed in so far. If you'd like any more info on this are just ask, i've been there atleast 10 times now.viewtopic.php?t=255
Now for your list, well, its very limited, if you wanted to list EVERYTHING you where to take you could easily fill a page, or two. Basically, in addition to the essentials you listed you need to take everything
, even the kitchen sink :wink: - which is usually just a bucket, and scourer.
So here's my 'list':
*Water enough for a weeks stay - For two people, for a weekend, about 20L should do it, probly take 30 to be safe. But if your not going somewhere really secluded its not a huge issue.
*Esky - If your taking frozen meat, and other perishables keep in mind that a traditional esky will only keep with frozen for about a day, or two if your lucky. But the BM's are cold this time of year, especially at night
*Sleeping bags - Again, i was at Lithgow 3 weeks ago, we had frost in the morning, get a warm sleeping bag
*Small axe(Just In Case) - If you plan on having a campfire its a necessity, a big one and a small one would be better
*Matches or Lighter - Take both
*First Aid Kit
*Knife - Knives, and forks, and spoons, and any other kitchen equipment you'd need - pots, pans, grille etc. Think about what your going to cook, and how your going to cook it. It's a long walk back to the pantry
*Lighting, not just a torch. Gas bottle with lantern attachments are invaluabe around the campsite
*Mattress. Sleeping on the ground is not fun without padding. Try before you buy too, some of those glorified yoga mats that places try to pass off as camping mattresses are useless
*Bucket for washing up
*Soap - hand/dish
*Jerrycan of fuel - just in case
*Map of the area you are going to, topographics are best.
Boxes/cases/crates are great for storing stuff in, as once your in the bush it gets annoying if all you have is the tent with stuff strewn all over the place.
Thats all i can think of right now but i'll add to it if i remember anything else. Best advice is not to take too much, but makes sure you take everything you'll need... dunno how else to put it, but the 1st time i went camping i forgot many of the basics like forks, plates, chair etc, nothing seriouse just irritating. And take plenty of food - you get hungrier camping. Try and avoid tinned food, its crap, if you can cook there do it, it'll be heaps better. And take munchies for when your sitting around the fire