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Wild Camping Kit List

By Leanne Downs13 February 2018

When wild camping, it is likely you’ll be carrying all your own kit, so it’s a good idea to try and keep weight down and only take what you need. Here’s our guide to the camping kit essentials to stay safe and comfortable in the outdoors.

If wild camping in the mountains, make sure you also have all the essential hillwalking equipment (and knowledge), as well as suitable camping gear. Read our hillwalking kit list to see what clothing and extra gear you might need in addition to the below, as well as our wild camping guide for some extra info.

Essential Kit

  • Rucksack
  • Map and compass – and the ability to use them
  • Mobile phone
  • Battery pack and charging cables
  • Watch
  • Tent and some spare pegs
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Pillow (or use a drybag with your clothes in it)
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Water and water bottle – take enough for your whole trip or plan to collect available water in the area buy using a filter pump. You should also take water purifying tablets
  • Food and snacks – enough for your trip or plan before you go where you can buy food in the area if you don’t want to carry all of your food. Make sure you do have basic rations
  • Stove and gas – for boiling water and heating food
  • Firesteel, matches or lighter
  • A bowl, plate, mug and cutlery – a spork and mess tin are useful
  • First aid kit including essential medication and a whistle. A tick removal tool is also a good idea
  • Repair kit including duct tape, string and a sewing kit
  • Suncream
  • Bug repellant and/or midge net
  • Toilet roll and trowel
  • Pocket knife or multitool
  • Wash bag with wet wipes, biodegradable concentrated multipurpose wash, hand gel
  • Warm clothes to sleep in – wool is ideal
  • Emergency contact numbers and identification
  • Money

Wild Camping Kit List

Optional extras

  • Ear plugs
  • Mirror
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Notebook and pen
  • Walking poles
  • GPS

Make sure you inform someone of where you intend to walk and camp, as well as an idea of when to expect you to return – especially if in the mountains. This is so that in the unlikely event that you are unable to seek help yourself, someone else can raise the alarm and make it easier for mountain rescue or emergency services to locate you.

Is there anything you would add to this list or do you have any gear tips for fellow wild campers? Leave these in the comments below!

Leanne Downs

About Leanne Downs

Leanne Downs is the content editor for Thryve and works as an outdoor writer, blogger and photographer. She loves hiking, hillwalking and wild camping.

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