8 man inflatable tents, tipi's, heated pods, on-site showers, artisanal pizzas...when did camping become so gentrified? Time to leave the luxuries of the modern campsite behind and head out into the real heart of darkness. Before you do though, make sure to fill your backpack with these wild camping essentials. Each one tried and tested by yours truly so you know they're idiot proof.
Lightweight Backpacking Tent
We Recommend: The Berghaus Peak Pro 3.1 One Person Tent
Ideal for a one day through hikes the Berghaus Peak Pro 3.1 is lightweight, compact and spacious, providing you with plenty of room for your equipment and your thoughts when all alone in the wilderness. What fun!
Sleeping Bag Liner
We Recommend: The Eurohike Silk Liner
For the purpose of wild camping we’d recommend spending a little bit more and investing in a decent silk liner. They are lighter than a cotton one and act as a stand alone 1 season bag for warm weather trips. Also, have you ever felt silk against your skin? Pure luxury…
Inflatable Camping Matt
We Recommend: Exped Airmat Lite Inflatable Camping Matt
Falling somewhere in the middle ground price wise, the Exped Airmat 5mm provides good elevation off the floor and is inflated with either your hand or foot using the clever mini pump and valve system.
For 1st time use allow the Exped Mini Pump to self-inflate for 24 hours in a warm environment before setting off on your expedition.
We Recommend: Overboard 5L Dry Bag
One of our favourite roll bags for good reason, the Overboard 5L dry tube is 100% waterproof, extremely durable and can be wiped clean.
Thanks to the tubular design and soft tarpaulin fabric the Overboard Dry Bag doubles conveniently as a comfy pillow.
We Recommend: The Gerber Paraframe 1
Cut rope, slice carrots, fend off a bear, whatever you do in the woods this summer, do it with a knife. This one is made by the all-American, experts of steel, Gerber and is super lightweight, with a carbon stainless steel frame and lock system for safe cutting.
We Recommend: The Vango Camping Stove
Simple and effective, the Vango Folding Gas Stove attaches easily to backpacking canisters and has an extendable tripod leg system which stabilises the burner on un-even ground.
If your camping stove doesn’t feature an ignition switch don’t forget to bring matches or a lighter to get the fire going.
We Recommend: The Vango Cook Set
One of my favourite things about camping in the wild is the one-pot dinners and cowboy breakfasts you can pig out on. This Vango cook set neatly fits together like a Russian doll for easy transport and is easy to clean thanks to Anodised surfaces.