Intro: My Essential Camping Pack
Here it is,my camping bag, and i will list some of the things i always take out with me!
and would recomend to you all!
Step 1: The Bag
First of all, the bag itself, It's a Gelert Hercules 65l, I find that 65l is the perfect size for me, its big enough to just about fit all i need in, and not too big that i over fill it and have it become to heavy.
It also came with a waterproof compression sack, and a removable bladder pack that can be worn seperatly.
Step 2: The Main Body Contents
ok, inside the main body, i removed the bladder bag (as i dont use it) and fitted the water proof stuff sack in its place (it clips in the same clips)
The waterproof sack is then where I store my sleeping bag and a set of thermals i wear while sleeping, i do this so just incase we get caught out in bad weather i can be sure the stuff i sleep in will be dry!
I have two sleeping bags to choose between,
the first is a Eurohike Adventurer 200, its a 2 season that drops down to -10c in extreme conditions.
It's a Medium size bag that can compress down to a small-ish size and is very comfortable.
the other is a MountainLife Micro 50, its 1 season and drops to only +10c extreme.
but it packs VERY small and is great for summer camping.
I always have my thermals aswell incase the temp drops lower than expected, and if i know the weather is going to be pretty extreme i will pack both bags and put one inside the other, I have found this to be VERY warm in the harshest british weather.
The rest of the main body of the bag is for any clothes i pack and a towel.
Step 3: The Kitchen (bottom Compartment)
The lower section of the bag lends itself to be my kitchen,
In it i keep my;
mess tin, which is a bit more pricey then some but the lid doubles as a frying pan and i like fried eggs in the morning.
and a mini gas tilly lamp that fits snug in its own sturdy box
a mini gas stove which also has its own box
And just incase the gas stove fails i keep a hexi stove aswell, this is also helpfull using the fuel if im starting a fire.
a gas bottle
Cutlery, that all slides into a bottle opener and has its own pouch
an army folding washing up bowl
and a couple mre's
and after all that there is still plenty room for other food i will want
Step 4: The Bathroom (side Pocket)
In the side pocket is where i keep all my toilet stuff,
this includes a toothbrush, in a case,
a small towel,
a squashed toilet roll,
a small trowel,
hand cleaner gell,
and some shower gell and shampoo
Step 5: Top Flap (outer)
I dont keep much in here, but what i do have in there i like to be able to get at short notice incase of a down poor,
a waterproof coat, thin goretex one
and a pair or water proof trousers
Step 6: Top Flap (inner)
Inside the top flap is another pocket, which again i like to keep some things that might need to be grabbed without rumaging through too much,
although i dont have a picture, as im saving that for another instructable. but its my survival tin, with everything i might need when camping or climbing if we get stuck.
Step 7: Front Map Pocket
in there i keep, well maps. when climbing outside it is often needed to carry maps with you so thats where i put them!
Step 8: Side Pockets
the side pockets are where i keep my water supply, i keep a 1ltr bottle in each side, if im going to be going away for longer and know there wont be much of a water suply, i will fit a bladder in the bag aswell.
Step 9: The Bedroom (on the Front)
as you can see in this pic, ive got a 3cm self inflating matt, now if we are going to be hiking or climbing away from a campsite i would roll this matt up in my bivvy bag (I dont have a pic of it) but its great and from alpkit.com and keeps the matt dry if it rains.
Step 10: My Chair! Again, on the Front
yeah i take a chair with me, and what?!?!?
well actually a stool, but in some places there is little to sit on, and i like a little elevation when im cooking and its nice to take the weight off your feet on time to time,
so i park this in the loops designed for ice axes or walking poles
and thats it!
If there is anything else you think i should pack, let me know!