Tents, Sleeping Bags, Mattresses and Stoves

For the trip I need small, lightweight camping kit that’s capable of being used daily but provides me with some comfort at the end of a long day in the saddle.

There are so many options available today which makes choosing really difficult.

Fortunately there is a really good camping shop in Ipswich that were able to help me with the choice. Action Outdoors were happy to put a number of tents up in the shop for me to try out and had a great selection of sleeping bags and mattresses that I tested in store.

So, what did I buy?

My tent choice was from Vaude, I went with the larger 3 person tent to give me more space but it still packs small light.

My sleeping bag choice was a Yeti Down, I went with the larger 600 Tension Brick. It packs incredibly small and is very lightweight.

Comfort is important for me when sleeping, I want good insulation from the cold ground but small pack size.

The best option was the Exped SynMat UL LW inflatable mattress. This thing is tiny packed but inflates easily and quickly using the included inflation bag.

I got a free extra ground sheet to put under the tent even though it has a built in ground sheet. This will give extra protection for the trip.

So total pack size is nice and small and as light weight as I could hope for without costing the earth.

For cooking I’ll be using my existing Trangia stove. I like them for their lightweight compact design and their ability to work in almost any condition. I’ve used mine extensively over the years and it’s never let me down.

4th March 2020 update

I just purchased a new chair for the trip as my old one is extremely heavy. Looking online there are many to choose from with some costing more than a hundred pound, much more than I want to spend.

I finally to try one of the cheaper camping chairs and have to admit I’m surprised at how good it is.

Camping chair

This camping chair cost me £19.99, a bargain! I wasn’t expecting it to be that good but, once it arrived I was surprised at how good it is. Easily put together and amazingly strong this little camping chair ticks all the boxes. Folding it back up and getting it back in the carry case is really easy as all the parts are cleverly attached by elastic. New out the box the seat takes a bit of stretching to get it to fit onto the legs but over time this will ease.

If you’re looking for a cheap, lightweight but solid little camping chair then look no further.

You can buy this chair on Amazon.

Another purchased I’ve made since originally writing this page is a multi-fuel burner for the Trangia cooker. I’ve had my Tragia stove for years and it’s been a solid reliable cooker ever since buying it but, since meths is difficult to come by in Central Asia I had to have a rethink as to what I was going to take with me. After much consideration and question asking on the HUBB Facebook group I finally decided to just get the multi-fuel burner for the Trangia so that I could cook using petrol for fuel. Since I will always have a supply of petrol to hand this makes total sense.

Trangia Multi-Fuel burner

At £135.50 it’s not cheap, but what is these days? The burner drops directly into the same hole as the meths unit does and it works a treat. I fired it up today for the first time and it boiled the kettle in just 6mins, some 6-8mins faster than when heated using the meths burner.

Once again the Trangia multi-fuel burner is available on Amazon.