Essential Gear for Camping and Trekking
Camping and trekking holidays often go hand in hand. A trekking holiday is a great way of getting back to nature, enjoying the wildlife and saving a fortune on your holiday. Carrying around your home and everything else you need to be comfortable on a trek is a very liberating feeling. However, if you’re not careful, it can be tempting to bring too much with you. Plus, if you get the wrong equipment or gear that’s not suitable, you could be carrying much more weight than you need to.
So, here’s our guide to what you need to bring on your next trekking adventure.
Obviously the tent is the most important part of equipment for any trek. In fact, unless you’re going on a summer trek in a warm country where it’s possible to sleep under a tarp or in a hammock (recommended for jungle trekking as it keeps you off the floor), the tent will form the backbone of your trekking kit. Tents need to be lightweight and durable and no bigger than you need. The pack size is also important, as some tents can be bulky. Go for good quality too. A pop up tent might be ok for a festival or weekend camp out but for serious trekkers it’s worth investing in a tent.
A sleeping bag that is suitable for the weather conditions is also recommended. Again, go for a bag that comes with its own compression sack for a greater economy of space. Warmth is the key to any good sleeping bag, so check its good quality and suitable for likely temperatures.
Other essentials include a lightweight stove (nothing beats a hot cup of coffee or cooked breakfast after a night under canvas), insect repellent and a basic first aid kit.
However, you might want to take useful gadgets like a solar charger and water purifier, depending on your destination.
A solid pair of trekking poles will make all the difference. You might not realise it if you have never used them, but they can really take the strain off your legs and reduce the impact on your knees and ankles. Over the course of a trek this is invaluable. They also increase balance while hiking and can help you to set a rhythm for your walk.
Taking a GPS system is also recommended. The old-school compass and map will be your main tools but if the technology exists, why not use it? Hopefully you won’t need your GPS but it could save your life in an emergency. Plus, some models come with handy topographic maps so you can plan your route.
Binoculars are also an essential tool. The whole point of trekking is to get back to nature and see wildlife in its natural habitat. A pair of binoculars will let you get the very best view of birds and other animals. Digital binoculars will also let you record what you see so that you can show others if they don’t believe you.