Camping is a wonderful way to connect with nature and escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. However, packing for a remote camping trip can be a daunting task, especially if you’re new to the experience.
In the UK, camping is more popular than ever, with many stunning locations to choose from, you’re sure to be able to find somewhere inspiring and captivating to enjoy.
Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a longer trip, here’s some tips from Jim De’Ath from outdoor experts Valley & Peak on what you need to pack for a remote camping trip.
The all-important tent
It might sound obvious, but the first item on your packing list should be a tent. It’s important to choose one that suits your needs, taking into consideration the number of people who will be sleeping in it and the type of weather you’re likely to encounter.
You don’t want to be caught in a downpour with a leaky tent! Look for a tent with a waterproof rating of around 2000mm HH for UK trips and make sure you know how to set it up.
Also consider looking for one more person capacity above how many people are camping for that extra bit of room. Think about weight too, opting for an ultra light model will mean your back will thank you and you’ll be able to carry more in terms of equipment.
Get a good night’s rest with a quality sleeping bag
A good quality sleep system is essential for a comfortable night’s sleep. It’s also important to look for a sleeping bag or quilt that is rated for the temperature you’re likely to experience. The UK can get chilly at night, even in the summer months, so it’s worth investing in a sleep system that will keep you warm. A sleeping bag liner is also a great addition, as it can add an extra layer of warmth and keep your sleeping bag clean.
If you’re looking for sleeping options for two people, consider a mat and quilt, it’s often a more effective way of keeping yourself warm and can mean you save space, weight and still have a comfortable experience.
Eat right with a camping stove
A camping stove is a must-have item for any camping trip for me. Look for a stove that is easy to use and lightweight, with a fuel source that is readily available. Gas stoves are a popular choice as they’re easy to light and produce a consistent flame.
In addition to a camping stove, you’ll need cookware to prepare and cook your meals. Look for lightweight, durable pots and pans that are easy to clean. Don’t forget to pack utensils, plates, cups and cutlery if you have a full set up. Remember the golden rule when it comes to camping, never leave a trace.
Stay bright with quality lighting
When the sun goes down, you’ll need a source of light. A good quality camping lantern is a great must-have item for me. Look for a lantern that is lightweight, durable and has a long battery life.
A headlamp is also an essential item, as it allows you to keep your hands free while navigating in the dark. Perfect if you intend to avoid guy lines or navigating uneven ground in the middle of the night.
Stay safe with a first aid kit
Accidents can happen, even on a remote camping trip. It’s important to pack a first aid kit that contains essential items such as plasters, antiseptic wipes, painkillers, tick tweezers and insect repellent. If you’re travelling with a group, consider dividing the first aid kit among the group members, so everyone has access to essential items.
Pack the right clothing
The UK weather can be predictably unpredictable, so it’s important to pack clothing that can be layered. A waterproof jacket is essential, as is a warm mid-layer.
Pack plenty of socks and underwear, as well as a hat and gloves for cooler evenings. Don’t forget to pack your perfect trail shoes or hiking boots, even if you’re only tackling low-lying terrain, injuries can happen anywhere.
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