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Escape the Campsite | A Wild Camping Kit List

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.

Expert Advice

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.

Dry Bag

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.

Camping Hack

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.

Camping Stove

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.

Expert Advice

If your camping stove doesn’t feature an ignition switch don’t forget to bring matches or a lighter to get the fire going.

Cook Set

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.

Ticked off everything on the above list? Then your ready for your first wild camping adventure! Make sure to tell us all about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

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Welcome! Willkommen! Konnichiwa!
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Sam is not actually an outdoorsman! ...yet.

In fact Sam is actually quite new to this whole outside doors business, is that how you say it?
Sam lived in London for 4 years and claims that the closest he got to green space was when he re-painted his flat.
However, after moving to Japan to live and work as an English teacher Sam had the opportunity (and the time) to explore the length and breadth of the southern most isles of sleepy, rural Kyushu. It was here where the obsession with the great outdoors started. Nothing propels you faster along a trail than the knowledge of a long hot soak in one of Japan’s many Natural hot springs. Sometimes buried deep in the mountains!

On his travels Sam visited the hiking island of Yakushima, skied in Blistering snow in Hokkaido and completed a 3 day trek through the Tu Lan cave system in Cambodia, but more on that later.

For now though, Sam is making up for lost time by spending more of it in the great British countryside and exploring the beautiful hikes and trails we have right here on our doorsteps. Sam will be writing for the more lightweight outdoorist, soaking up as much knowledge he can about Modern Bushcraft, Design and Function, Books and much more.

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