WILD CAMPING KIT LIST

WILD CAMPING KIT LIST

A simple wild camping kit list: Tricks and tips to get the most out of your adventure! Make sure you have all the camping essentials to travel light and comfortable: Pack like a Pro!

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Cooking

Fire:

Few basic tools to help you get started.

  • Cotton wool and Vaseline: This might sound weird but is actually very effective. Vaseline is petroleum jelly and flammable, rubbing some into a chunk of cotton wool creates a little candle (and makes your hands Fairy soft). Why is this important you ask? Because it takes a while for your kindling to catch fire so you need as much time as possible. You can just use a bit of paper but it is significantly less effective.
  • Matches, lighter or ferro rod: To light the cotton wool.

 

Gas stove:

Quick, light and easy to use. Hot food and hot drinks are always welcome when spending days outdoors, especially in cold weather.

Some of the most important features to consider are: 

  • Flame control: Can you adjust the flame? 
  • Pot support: Will it hold your pan? Is it stable enough? A good gas stove should be rigid and fold away easily. 
  • Windshield: No gas stove works well in windy conditions. Using a windshield on upright stove requires extra care as the canister can overheat.
  • Pots: Some stoves come with heat exchanger pots, they can be extra helpful in cold weather. Consider using a pot with a lid. 
  • Weight: It’s an extra piece of equipment to carry. Upright stoves are lighter but not very stable. Low-profile stoves are slightly heavier but more stable.
  • Burner size: If you are using big pots you might want to have a bigger burner size to make sure the flame is well spread.
  • Gas: Canisters can come is different sizes, consider how you are using the stove and for how many days.
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*With heat exchanger, can be used with other pots. Low fuel usage. Good for solo use.

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*Can take both gas canisters and liquid fuel.

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*Lightweight and cheap.

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*Lightweight and cheap, the canister is not included.

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*Ultralight and small. Fast boiling times.

Pots:

One or two good cooking pots are essentials. Make sure they have a lid and they fit on your gas stove. Consider what food you are bringing and what kind of cooking is required.

Here is a list of available products, some essential some less (like a coffee maker):

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*Capacity: Pot 900 ml, Pan 400 ml, Weight: 6.6 oz

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*Capacity: Pot 900 ml, Pan 250 ml, Weight: 4.4 oz

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*Super tough.

Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Light weight and compact.

Food

At the end of a long day we set up camp and dream of delicious warm food.

Dehydrated food:

This is the most convenient way to carry and cook food. They don’t take up much space, they are high in calories and quick to make. Sometimes you don’t even need to get your pots dirty as you can add boiling water into the packs.

Here is a list of my favourite brands and products:

  • Tent Meals: They have been working hard to create healthy and practical camping meals. I recommend: Almond Jalfrezi main meal, Italian inspired main meal and super seed and red berry breakfast.
  • Good to-go: founded by an experienced New York chef. Lightweight dehydrated gourmet meals. I recommend: Pad Thai and the smoked three bean chilli.
  • Expedition foods: Freeze-dried meals sold globally. I recommend: Thai chicken green curry with rice and macaroni and cheese.
  • Alpineaire: All-natural freeze-dried and dehydrated. They offer a really good selection. I recommend: Pasta Roma and beef burrito bowl.
  • Real Turmat: They use a gentle freeze-drying process that helps preserve full flavours. I recommend: Chicken with lentils and lime and real fruit muesli. Unfortunately they only deliver in Europe.
  • Fire pot food: Light weight, easy to use and with maximum nutritional values. I recommend: Chilli con Carne, porcini mushroom risotto and orzo pasta bolognese. Unfortunately they only deliver in Europe.

Wet meals/Ready to Eat (MRE):

Can be tastier but heavier to carry.

  • Expedition foods: They also provide wet meals such as an all day breakfast and a vegetable korma.
Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Available in USA and Europe.

Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Available in USA and Europe.

Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Available in USA with different flavours in Europe (via this link).

Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Available in USA with different flavours in Europe (via this link).

Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Available in USA only (via this link).

Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Available in USA only (via this link).

Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Available in Uk only (via this link).

Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Available in Uk only (via this link).

Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Available in Uk only (via this link).

Wild camping kit list | Wild camping food ideas | Wild camping equipment list | Wild camping essentials

*Available in Uk only (via this link).

Snacks: Protein bars, nuts, dry fruit, peanut butter, biscuits and dry meat are really good high energy snacks that keep well in just your pack.

Water

Water can be a big issue when camping for long period of time. You need it but you don’t want to carry it.

Life straw:

The solution to drinking water you can’t or don’t want to boil.

Plastic folding container:

To pick up and carry a large quantity of water for cooking (5-10L). Before starting your journey look at a map and find out where you will have access to water.

Electrics 

Power bank:

An essential piece of equipment especially if you are bringing cameras with you.

There are a few important factors to keep in mind when selecting your power bank:

  • Size: You don’t want to carry around something super heavy and unpractical.
  • Capacity: Common sizes range from 2,000Ah up to 10,000mAh or even 26,000mAh. The bigger the number the more recharges you have.
  • USB ports: Consider how many batteries you will need to recharge and how many USB ports you will use at once.

Solar power bank or not?

I believe having the possibility to charge your power bank through sun light can be extremely useful.

Note: Even if you have a solar power bank you want to fully charge it via electricity before leaving your house as they can take a very long time, days, to fully charge via sunlight. Always bring spare fully charged camera batteries with you.

Torch:

Invest in a good torch and bring a second option for backup. A head torch can come handy when cooking and setting up camp.

Sleeping

Tent:

It can make your camping experience more pleasant but it’s not always essential.

Depending on the weather condition you can consider leaving the tent behind and bring a big tarp and a bivy bag instead. I’m personally not a fan of this option as I believe you can now find very light and small tents to carry.

When selecting your tent you might want to think about extra space to keep your bags at night.

Sleeping bag:

A good sleeping bag is essential, unless you are travelling in an exotic country. 

If you are looking to buy a single sleeping bag to use in different weather conditions go for something quite think and warm.

Annoyingly they can take over a lot of space and be quite heavy but you won’t regret your decision at night as in my opinion too warm is better then too cold.

Mats and pillows:

The real challenge is to build a comfortable sleeping area without carrying to much with you.

Now a days you can buy cheap inflatable pillows and mats. While a pillow is not essential ( I’ll teach you a trick in a moment) a mat is!

Of course we all try to set up camp in a comfortable and flat area but that’s not always possible, plus a mat will insulate you from the cold and maybe wet ground.

My trick is to bring a pillow case instead of an inflatable pillow. You can fill that up with clothes, use it for the night and undo it completely in the morning.

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10 Comments
  1. I’ve been looking at taking some camping trips this summer and this guide has given me some good ideas and options on the type of kit I’ll need. Thanks for sharing.

  2. That is a very exhaustive list i believe. I ave not camped yet but I want to. the list will be very helpful to prepare for the outdoor nightout.

  3. I’ve never gone camping before but am dying to go. One question that maybe a bit naive but is dehydrated food gross? Can you get it in vegetarian meals?

  4. I absolutely love this list! A wide selection of products to buy and a list that every camper should have. I love the vaseline idea, I am going to have to try it.

  5. This was a really useful list, thank you! Sometimes the littlest things can help you out big time

  6. This is something that I really miss doing – wild camping! And thanks for the detailed list of stuff. As a city girl, normally I just go without planning and wing things out but I realized this is not doable in wild camping and bringing things you might need is really essential!

  7. This is a great list for camping! It not only keeps you prepared for different weather conditions and accessibility to safe drinking water, but it also gives advice on being comfortable while camping, so you can feel well-rested and enjoy the whole experience properly.

  8. I have never been to overnight camp before. And your post is very useful for me as it has all detail about what to carry during wild camping. Taking cooking articles is very necessary.

  9. Wow, I didn’t know there are so many great camping gadgets now. It’s been a while since I was camping last time.
    The list is very useful for planning a trip 😊

  10. Well, Somehow I have been camping without many of these things but was considering buying almost every of these. I always cook on wood, somehow didn’t use gas ever…

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