Friday, 22 January 2010

Camping Kit List

I've been asked by a few friends about my kit list so here is my planned basic camping kit list for my Glyde trip. I have a selection of other items that I'm considering adding to increase comfort or as backup items in case of breakages so I'll update this list as I finalise my decisions. Weights are of the actual packed items I have here as per the photo, not claimed weights and generally include bags, etc. The size 9 shoe is in there for scale only...
For now basic minimum list is:

Tent(Left, green sack):
Terra Nova Laser Comp (bagged) 960g

Tarp (backup/fast pitch option to tent, right blue stuffsack - squishy):
Backpackinglight Microtarp 145g
Alpkit Hunka bivvy bag + carrysack 417g
Poly-io Groundsheet 70g
5 x Alpkit 'Nails' + tags 43g
Cord 30g
Mountain King Trail Blaze 128g
(walking pole)

Sleeping (orange centre top, red middle and green top right):
Thermarest Prolite 4 full length 626g (2 years old - much lighter options available now)
Alpkit PipeDream 400+waterproof sack 854g
Silk liner 111g

Cooking (dark orange top right):
MiTiMug (700ml) pan/mug/lid 110g
Tibetan 375ml mug (bagged) 68g
Folding Ti spoon 19g
MiniBullDesigns HN-Bongo-Deluxe meths burner (incl fuel bottle) 126g
Lighter 21g
Firesteel 10g
Pot cosy 25g
Windshield 10g

My spreadsheet says that lot comes in at just under 3.8kg. Obviously on a shorter trip it isn't necessary to take both the tarp and tent but at the moment I'm feeling on my long trip I want different options that I can choose on the day (or night).

I have a host of clothing, water carrying, fire lighting and other accessories that I'm sure I'll be throwing into the list for the Glyde trip but I believe the above is a working set of gear. I've not yet used everything in this combination - items are lighter replacements for my original 'high street shop' weight kit or, in the case of the cookset, a kit that I've been testing over the last year or so and finetuning.


  1. Thank you
    Are you familiar with this guy?
    I've just had the material arrive to make a couple of micro tarps.

  2. Yup, I've spent most of the autumn trawling the backpacking blogs for info and tips - I enjoyed his piece on tent pegs.
    It really does seem that more fit-for-purpose stuff can be made than can be bought in the high street outdoors shops. Several of the suppliers I use seem to be folk who've moved on to the next step after making their own stuff - setting up to sell what they make.
    Whether you have the time and ability to make your own, or buy from these micro-businesses, the stuff still seems be ligher, more affordable and easier to use than much of the stuff from those big shops...
    I'll be interested to hear how you get on with the tarp - this is a new thing for me. Several friends have been recommending them and for quick setup it certainly seems to have the edge over the tent. I'm guessing it depends on weather conditions tho...

  3. Hi Baz,
    Bah, I replied to this earlier but it hasn't 'taken'... Bah, I'll try again!

    Because I'm cycling rather than backpacking I don't have to carry my gear on my back so I'm not quite as gram sensitive, though less is better.
    I'm including both a tarp and a tent to give me redundancy in case of failure and to give me options for each stop. The tent provides more protection but takes a while to put up, the tarp goes up in seconds but the protection is limited.
    If conditions are bad, the bivvy bag intended for the tarp setup could be used as an additional layer in the tent, the tarp can be an additional porch on the tent, etc.
    With this geer being light weight stuff I'm just a little worried about becoming stuck if something tears/snaps/breaks.