My Ultimate Spring To Summer Camping Kit List
Here’s the six questions I ask myself before creating a kit list...
My Go-To Kit List
1. Choosing The Right Backpack
2. Deciding Your Sleeping Arrangement
Choosing A Tent
Choosing A Sleeping Bag
Choosing A Sleeping Mat
Choosing A Pillow
3. Packing Your Camp Kitchen
Breakfast & Dinner
Cooking Equipment & Utensils
To boil my water, I’ll either use an MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove Set or a Jetboil Stash. Both stoves have advantages, but head-to-head they’re similar. The main difference to consider is that the Pocket Rocket packs down better so will take up less space in your rucksack, but the Stash is lighter.
My new go-to spork is the Sea to Summit Long handle spoon because it’s lightweight, and the long handle means your fingers stay clean when digging deep into your evening meal.
I used to use a titanium mug but found it made my coffee and wine taste a little metallic. I now opt for a good old-fashioned enamel mug. On the subject of wine, I recommend decanting it into a plastic bottle to reduce pack weight.
Having clean water is an essential when packing. and quite often, our camp spots are not close to fresh and clean water.
I like to take a collapsible water storage system that I can clip to my backpack with carabiners. The one I would suggest is the Hydrapak Seeker 3l, which I discovered while hiking the Hayduke in the USA. It was a literal lifesaver!
Filters & Water Bottles
I carry a water filter to minimise the chance of getting ill. For this, I use a Sawyer Mini Water filter, which is small and effective. The one adjustment I’d make is to sub out the water bottle that it comes with and use a Hydrapak 1L Stow instead, as it's more robust. It’s important to remember to only use this bottle for pre-filter water. That way you avoid cross contaminating your clean supply. Lastly, I disinfect my water using Lifeventure Chlorine Dioxide tablets.
I’ve tried a lot of fancy water bottles on my adventures, but the one I always come back to is the Nalgene Widemouthed 1L bottle. It’s durable, carries a good amount of water (both hot and cold) and can be used as a hot water bottle.
We all need “to go” when we’re on an adventure, so it’s important that we do this responsibly. Dig a hole (the Deuce #3 is a good trowel option) that’s at least 6 inches deep and then make sure you leave the area as undisturbed as you can. If possible, take your used toilet paper home with you in a ziplock bag. Some people bury or burn it – but both of these solutions can cause problems because commercial toilet paper can contain harmful bleach and burning anything in the wild could lead to a fire. Lastly, remember to pack some hand sanitiser to keep your hands clean.
5. Miscellaneous Items
Perfect for sorting your kit into sections and packing it into individual bags to keep your backpack and tent more organised and your kit dry.
An essential to protect your skin when there’s higher UV exposure. Just make sure you choose one that doesn’t have any nasty ingredients, especially if you’re planning on going for a wild swim.
If you’re planning to swim, then the Lifeventure Trek Towel X-Large is a good option because it packs down small but is large enough to fit around your body when you’re changing out of your wet swim kit. An essential to protect your skin when there’s higher UV exposure. Just make sure you choose one that doesn’t have any nasty ingredients, especially if you’re planning on going for a wild swim.
Depending on where you’re camping you might want to pack an insect repellent. Again, try to choose a planet-friendly option.
First Aid Kit
In case of tears to your tent or punctures to your sleeping mat, you’ll need a needle, thread, duct tape, electrical tape and super glue.
Eye Mask & Ear Plugs
To help you get a good amount of sleep in, even if it’s the middle of summer and not fully dark until 10pm or later!
Sealable Bag For Rubbish
Lastly, wherever you’re headed, always aim to leave no trace.