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Wild camping part two. What's in your bag?

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Wild camping part two, what’s in your bag?
Keeping it simple when it comes to packing for a night out on the fells.

So now we know what to expect from a night out under the stars, the next question is what should we take? Of course, everyone will have different needs whilst out on the hills, so we cover the basics of what might help whilst wild camping.

Backpack and pack size This can change depending on a few different things. Good weather may mean you don’t need as many warm or spare clothes. The size of your tent, sleeping bag and roll mat will also effect the size of your bag. Generally anywhere from a 30 to 50 litre bag should give you enough space. If you have smaller lightweight kit then this is going to mean a smaller pack too.

Dry Bags These are great for keeping things dry and organised in your pack. Labeling dry bags or colour coding them can save faff out on the hill too. I usually have a large one as a bag liner and use smaller ones to store my sleeping bag, clothes, food ect…

Tent Your tent is your home whilst you are camping so make sure it’s a good place to spend the night! Lightweight isn’t always best but certainly has its place. Brands like Hilleberg have great stuff sacks which the tents go back into easily, a nice feature if you are decamping in the rain. If its really good weather you could even leave the tent behind and bivvy instead!

Sleeping bag/Sleeping mat Just like your tent, a good sleeping bag and mat is key to a happy wild camp. Many modern bags and mats pack down to a great size which makes all the difference on longer trips. For a guide to mats head here, sleeping bags head here.

Food and water One of best parts about wild camping! This all depends on how long you’re going to be out for but for one night you can keep it simple. An evening meal, breakfast and some snacks too. To keep it super simple you can take dehydrated meals which are light and small. If you are using water to cook or for hot drinks you will need to take extra water too.

Stove A hot drink and a warm meal can be a much-needed morale boost if the weather isn’t too good. A good practical stove will make a huge difference on trips away when you need to be efficient and are relying on it every day. Don't forget your cup and cutlery too!

First aid kit/Emergency bag/Head torch/Map and compass The kind of kit that should always live in your bag no matter what you’re doing!

Toilet If you find yourself needing to go to the loo whilst out wild camping the LDNP recommend you perform toilet duties at least 30 metres - 100 feet - from water and bury the results with a trowel. A small roll of toilet roll never goes amiss! 

Power Depending on how long you are going to be out for you may consider taking a portable charger with you. Leaving your phone turned off is the best way to save power but if you use your phone to take photos and stay in contact with folks then you may need some extra juice!

Clothes When I’m wild camping I’ll always have a separate set of warm clothes to sleep in. Its usually just some thermal bottoms and a thermal top that are kept in a dry bag packed away during the day. This means that no matter how sweaty or wet you get during the day you’ll always have dry, clean(ish) clothes to relax in.

Extra warm clothes can be used to add warmth through the night. Insulated jackets, fleeces, insulated trousers. Depending on the weather this kit may already be in your bag so why not make the most of it!

Wild camping is of course about having a good time so sometimes a bonus luxury item is a must! We asked some members of staff here at George Fisher what their luxury items were...

Rach - A comfy pillow! 

Jon - Ice cream in a Hydroflask, or beer...

Jem - A notebook and pen

Matt - A Kindle 

Mark - Helinox chair

Patrick - His GSI handheld coffee grinder and coffee beans 

What would be your luxury item?!

Of course the most important part of spending any time in the mountains is to leave no trace. 

'Take only Photos, Leave only footprints'

For the do's and dont's of wild camping, you can find out everything you need to know HERE.