If you’re planning to go away camping for more than a couple of days and leave camp up in one or two places, you might want to bring with you some ‘luxury’ bits of kit, which will make your experience more comfortable. Excluding the gear you’d usually take, such as a tent, sleeping bag, and head torch, you may want to consider getting some of these items.
Solar battery charger
You will likely not have a chance to plug your electronics into any electricity source unless your car is nearby. A portable solar battery charger is the best and the greenest way to fill up your phone or mp3 player.
Portable gas heater
This will get your tent nice and toasty in the cold evenings. They sell for as cheap as £20, and they are totally worth it if you don’t fancy curling up in your sleeping bag since 8pm.
When it’s cold outside, and you feel like reading a book or playing cards in the tent, a lantern will come in handy and will lit up the tent much better than a head torch.
Having a homemade meal when camping is the best – going to the pub is cheating! Get yourself a stove or a barbecue and cook your own food outdoors. You can buy a stove for around £10, which means you’ll be able to cook in your own pans rather than try to squeeze a lot of food in a tiny portable stove.
You may also want to get a coolbox to keep your ingredients (or beers) cool. This means you’ll be able to use vegetables for dinner and add fresh milk to your coffee in the morning.
An old-school sleeping mat always works, but if you go for an airbed or a self-inflating sleeping mat, you won’t have a painful back past day 3.
Camping chairs and table
If you’re away camping for more than 3 or 4 days, you’ll love sitting in a proper chair in the evenings while watching the sunset. It’ll also be great to sit at the table to have your food.
If you’re camping in a very windy spot, maybe on the coast, a windbreaker will give you a break from the gusts when you’re sitting outside.
Chilling on a hammock is great. It’ll make you feel in touch with nature. If you can find two trees at the right distance, near your tent, set it up and enjoy the feeling of being suspended with a magnificent sky view.
If you like to listen to music while you cook or after dinner, portable speakers are a great way to have a mini party by the tent.
What are your favourite bits of gear for long camping trips? Did I miss anything out? Tell me all about it in the comments section!
If you’re thinking of going off on a wild camping adventure, don’t miss out on my exhaustive packing list.
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