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.