Summer camping checklist


SUMMER CAMPING CHECK LIST 

The key to summer camping is preparation. For a weekend of family campsite fun, weight is less of an issue, which means more space for the creature comforts. If you’re hiking solo for some remote bivvying, however, you’ll want to pack as lightweight and as minimalistic as possible. Here are the basics you’ll need for every camp, plus the luxuries if you’re not lugging a heavy backpack around.


Tent

A two-man tent from our trekking or weekend ranges should do the job. If you’re planning lots of camping this season, go as lightweight as possible! For family camps, a tent with lots of porch space and separate sleeping chambers is your best option.

Anything around 0°C to -5°C should be fine for late spring, summer and early autumn. If you feel the cold easily, choose a bag with a slightly warmer limit or comfort rating.

 

Tips: Synthetic bags are great value, but heavier than down. Add warmth and comfort with a sleeping bag liner and bug protection with a mosquito net. If you’re a solo minimalist, then camping under the stars in a bivvy bag would be an excellent choice!

Inflatable mattresses provide more comfort and insulation from the ground than the humble roll mat, but they are heavier and take up more space in your backpack. Therm-A-Rest craft superb sleeping mats (and a handy 65g pillow case which you can stuff with clothes before you hit the hay). Naturally, the lighter sleeping mats tend to be more expensive.

Gas canister stoves are generally the easiest to use and require minimal maintenance. ‘Remote canister’ models, which have a hose running from the canister to the stove for extra stability and wind protection, are best for UK-based camping. If you’re munching on ready meals or food that is easy to prepare, then it’s worth considering a compact, all-in-one stove.

 

Tips: Liquid fuel stoves are trickier to use but are a better option for overseas camping and trekking (gas can be tough to buy in some parts of the world). If you’re camping somewhere remote or on a site without a clean drinking water supply, pack water purification tablets.

You can take the minimal, one-pot approach or a larger set for family cooking (with pans, plates and bowls). You will also need a flask or mug for drinks, utensils and a knife or multi-tool for eating and preparing food. It’s also worth purchasing an extra water bottle to fill up and leave in your tent, just in case you get thirsty in the middle of the night!

Again, this is a wonderful luxury when weight isn’t an issue. You can choose either an inflatable throne or a more traditional fold-out camping chair. If you’re preparing and eating plenty of food on your next trip, a camping table is ideal.

This is immensely useful for in-camp throughout the night. Don’t forget spare batteries! If you’re camping with the family or a large group, a lantern is perfect for adding light and atmosphere.

Even in summer, it’s always handy to have some extra insulation for cooler evening temperatures.

Portable Charger

Phones and other electronics are guaranteed to run out of juice over a weekend’s camping, so ensure that you’re fully prepared!

Travel Towel

We recommend a lightweight, antibacterial, quick-drying and packable towel from Bubel.

Coffee Press

For the java-dependent, a coffee press is an absolute must-have.


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