Tents, Sleeping Bags, Mattresses and Stoves

For the trip we need small, lightweight camping kit that’s capable of being used daily but provides us 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 we have a really good camping shop in Ipswich that were able to help us with the choice. Action Outdoors were happy to put a number of tents up in the shop for us to try out and had a great selection of sleeping bags and mattresses that we tested in store.

So, what did we buy?

Tents are both Vaude, David went with the smaller 2P and I went with the larger 3P. Both pack small and are lightweight.

Sleeping bags are both Yeti Down, again David went with the smaller Tension Brick 500 and I went with the larger 600. Both pack incredibly small and are very lightweight.

David already had a small mattress but mine was huge so I needed a replacement for the trip. 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.

We both got a free extra ground sheet to put under the tents even though they both have built in ground sheets. This will give extra protection for the trip.

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

For cooking we’ll both be using our existing Trangia stoves. We both 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.

This coming weekend we’re off to Thetford Forest for a camping and off-roading event so the new gear will get it’s first outing. We’ll let you know how it works out via social media!