Wild Camping Pack List
What should I pack for wild camping?
When wild camping, it’s important to pack lightweight, durable gear that can withstand a range of weather conditions. Here is a list of essential items to bring:
- Tent: Choose a lightweight, waterproof tent that is easy to set up.
- Sleeping bag: Select a sleeping bag that is suitable for the climate and temperature in the area you will be camping.
- Sleeping pad: A sleeping pad will provide insulation and cushioning for a comfortable night’s sleep.
- Backpack: Bring a backpack that is large enough to carry all of your gear and has comfortable straps.
- Water bottles or hydration system: It’s important to stay hydrated, so bring enough water for the duration of your trip.
- Food: Pack non-perishable, lightweight food that is easy to prepare.
- Stove: A lightweight stove and fuel will allow you to cook food and boil water.
- Headlamp or flashlight: A headlamp or flashlight will come in handy when moving around the campsite at night.
- First aid kit: It’s always a good idea to bring a basic first aid kit on any camping trip.
- Maps and a compass: Bring a map of the area and a compass in case you get lost or need to navigate to a different location.
Remember to also bring appropriate clothing for the weather, including a rain jacket and warm layers, as well as sunscreen, insect repellent, and any personal items you may need.
What fire lighting equipment or tools should I Bring?
When camping, it’s always a good idea to bring some form of fire-starting equipment in case you need to light a fire for cooking, warmth, or signaling. Here are some options to consider:
- Matches: Pack a waterproof container with matches, or bring a lighter as a backup.
- Firestarter: A firestarter, such as a firestarter stick or a small block of wood treated with a flammable substance, can make it easier to get a fire going.
- Ferro rod: A ferro rod, also known as a ferrocerium rod, is a small, portable tool that can be used to create sparks to start a fire.
- Flint and steel: A traditional flint and steel fire-starting kit consists of a piece of flint and a piece of high-carbon steel. Striking the flint with the steel generates sparks that can be used to ignite a fire.
It’s also a good idea to bring a small, lightweight hatchet or knife to help split kindling and prepare firewood. In some areas, you may be required to bring a stove for cooking rather than lighting a campfire. Be sure to check local regulations and guidelines before setting out.