Welcome to Smart Exploring!

Karyn & Ash - Smart Exploring

Hi, we’re Karyn & Ash! We’ve created this site to share our passion for the great outdoors. We believe there’s nothing like spending days in the wild to really switch-off while living off-grid. We feel there’s something quite therapeutic about getting back to nature and sleeping under the stars.

Our Story

We met 15 years ago in the Rockies and our common interest in snowboarding, biking and backpacking has brought us together. Since then, we’ve done several backpacking trips around South East Asia, Japan, Europe and Australia. 

camping with kids

We then got into camping with our two kids and boating while exploring the East Coast of Australia and venturing into the Outback.

Along the years we’ve learned that planning is key to a successful trip. No matter where you go you need to know as much as possible about your destination.

Whether you are planning a week-long trip in hot weather or a short trip to snow covered mountains, we can help you make the most of your next adventure.

Overland Beach off-road

Why should you read Smart Exploring?

If you want to improve your camping experience, whether it be at a commercial campground or completely off-grid, you’ve come to the right place.

If any of the following statements resonate with you, you will enjoy the content on this site.

  • You want to know what to pack and how to prepare for different terrain and conditions.
  • You want to feel relaxed when you go camping and confidant you have everything you need for your journey.
  • You want to gain useful skills to nail it in the wild even if the weather’s against you, you get lost or your phone battery dies on you.
  • You are environmentally conscious and want to explore nature in the most responsible way.
  • You want gear advice based on real life experience.

All articles on Smart Exploring are written independently. Links to shopping sites are affiliated in order to generate revenue to help us with the running of the site, but product recommendations are always unbiased.

What are you looking for?

Most new visitors to SmartExploring come with an interest to find the best gear and learn useful skills to explore nature. There’s a ton of great information and inspiration if you dig through. Remember that you can always use the ‘Search’ bar on the right side of the page to find topics you’re interested in.

We look forward to having you read our guides. You can start planning your next adventure here.