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Wild Camping Kit List

Put together your own essential kit list for your wild camping backpack. I never 'do without' anything on an expedition and I'm always comfortable.

In my last blog in the Hiker’s Essential Kit List series – The Hiker’s Day Bag, we looked at the essential kit you should be taking out on a day trip. Now, we’re taking you one step further, out into the wild; for the night. Here we look at everything you need on your wild camping kit list.

Wild camping kit list
Wild camping kit list

YOUR Wild Camping Kit List

Now we’re going to get serious and look at the gear you’ll need with you to survive the night on a wild camping expedition. When I’m heading out into the wild with my tent or bivvy, I look at this photo or my list. Then I can check that each item is in my bag. If it is, I know 100% that I am not going without. I NEVER think, lying under my shelter, ‘Sh!t I forgot to bring…!’. It just doesn’t happen.

So here it is, EVERYTHING I took up Haystacks to camp right by Innominate Tarn at -1c.

Wild camping backpack
Wild camping backpack

My Wild Camping Kit List

  • MLD Exodus Pack
  • Map
  • Silva Expedition 4 Compass (Blog – What Do I Need For Navigation In The Mountains)
  • Casio Pro Trek watch
  • Petzl Actik head torch, Petzyl case and spare batteries
  • Petzl e+LITE Headlamp
  • WilFire beany (essential)
  • Berghaus Sprectrum gloves
  • Kestrel wind meter/thermometer
  • Sawyer water filter and pouch
  • Berghaus waterproof trousers
  • Lifesystems emergency shelter
  • Anker 20100 Power Bank & charger cable (not in photo)
  • Lifesystems Mountain First Aid Kit – plus bits detailed in my last post.
  • Foil foam sleeping mat
  • Thermarest Neoair Xtherm Matress
  • Green ‘food’ dry bag
  • Thermarest pump
  • Alpkit SkyeHigh 700 sleeping bag (Blog – The Best Sleeping Bag For Wild Camping)
  • Stormin stove
  • Fuel bottle
  • Clipper lighter
  • Towel
  • Pee tub, yes you read it right
  • Pajama’s
  • Alpkit bivvy
  • RAB sleeping bag liner
  • DD 3×3 Superlite tarp
  • Thermarest pillow
  • Easton titanium stakes
  • Shovel

I’ve spent years getting the weight down and the size small. A few things change each year but I’m be being very picky. I sometimes don’t take the pillow at all on a nice dry day, I’ll roll up my jacket or something.

Vango Banshee Pro 200 on Ingleborough wild camp
Vango Banshee Pro 200 on Ingleborough wild camp

I’ve just had a few conversations about some ‘Two Day Expeditions’ coming up. I’ve sent them this photo and they’ll be reading this blog and the kit list. This will be exactly what I will take and what I will check client’s bags for.

Things you might omit from your kit list

If you wanted to sleep in a tent you would remove the tarp and bivvy, my preference in most weather or terrain. If you used a Jetboil it would replace the stove and pot, you should still carry a lighter but the fuel would be swapped out with the gas canister of course.

mld trailstar
MLD Trailstar wild camp on Ben Lawers

I think the Easton stakes are the best I’ve used on any terrain. I’ll use them when I camp on Scafell Pike and Great Gable this Summer. They can be hammered into any terrain, like between rocks or bashed with a rock into hard ground.

My clients won’t need to take the wind meter or the shovel, we don’t need two. The ladies, unfortunately, won’t have much use for the ‘pee tub’, unless you go down the Shewee route.

Sawyer Water Filter
Sawyer Water Filter

Clients also won’t need to take the Sawyer Water Filter (although I will advise them to get one. I can filter all the water we drink, straight from the beck.

Please let me know if you would change anything or if you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop me a line.

Happy hiking.

Read Next…

Check out our other Essential Kit List blogs.

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