The best lightweight camping and backpacking accessories
- Forest boots
- Primus Lite Stove System
- Water purifier
- Twister stove
- Insect Shield Blanket
- Insulating camping cups
- Medical survival kit
- Walking boots
- Water-free washing
- Walking poles
- Climbing socks
Introduction to lightweight camping equipment
Heading into the countryside for a walk on the hills or camping in the wilderness is a great way to reconnect with nature.
But you will need specialist gear to say safe and warm in the great outdoors. So, what equipment should you take on your walking and lightweight camping adventures?
Camping magazine Editor, Iain Duff, has selected some essential kit to get you started. Here are his current favourites
Vivobarefoot Tracker Forest ESC boots
(Photo: Iain Duff)
Everyone knows how walking boots are supposed to look, and it's safe to say these look nothing like that. In fact, there's no getting away from the fact that these boots look positively weird. Not that there's anything wrong with weird.
The concept behind the Tracker Forest ESC boots is that they give you a closer connection to nature - the chunky soles and padded uppers are stripped away for a more flexible and natural fit.
The thin sole, designed in collaboration with Michelin, features multidirectional lugs and textured edges for better grip on tricky terrain without losing the 'barefoot' ethos. The upper has no waterproof membrane, relying instead on the soft leather upper to provide natural water resistance.
Primus Lite Plus Stove System
(Photo courtesy of Primus)
New and improved
This is a new and improved version of Primus' Lite Plus Stove System, which the Swedish outdoor specialist says is more durable, efficient and eco-friendly than before.
The burner fits perfectly into the hard-anodised aluminium pot (which doubles as a drinking cup), along with a 100g gas cartridge and its accessories.
The pot's sleeve is a durable fabric made from recycled polyester and organic cotton and has an insulating layer of cork underneath to keep the heat in.
LifeSaver Liberty water purifier
(Photo courtesy of Lifesaver)
Literally a lifesaver!
This could literally be a lifesaver when you are wild camping, giving you a supply of fresh water that is safe to drink.
The water purifying bottle uses advanced filter technology to remove a minimum of 99.99% of bacteria, cysts and even dangerous viruses from contaminated water.
Just collect water from a lake, pond, fountain or dodgy-looking tap, pump the base and watch clean, safe drinking water flow out.
Campingaz Twister stove
(Photo courtesy of Campingaz)
Perfect compact stove
A compact, single-burner stove, the Twister Plus PZ won't add much weight to your backpack and is perfect for boiling water for a restorative coffee.
It features piezo ignition, so no need for matches, and the Easy Clic system makes it simple to connect to a Campingaz CV valve cartridge.
Keela Insect Shield Outdoor Blanket
(Photo courtesy of Keela Outdoors)
Warding off bugs and insects
If you are camping in the early or late parts of the season, you'll be wanting a cosy blanket for sitting outside on fresher evenings.
Keela's Insect Shield Blanket is a lightweight polyester blanket that measures 188cm by 142cm. It's treated with permethrin insect repellent, which will ward off mosquitos, ticks, fleas and flies for 25 washes.
CamelBak Camping Cups
(Photos: Iain Duff)
A double-walled, vacuum-insulated, stainless-steel mug that will keep your morning coffee piping hot.
The non-slip silicone pad on the base is designed to prevent spills and, if you do have any accidents, the tumbler lid should keep everything contained.
SOL Survival Medic Survival Kit
(Photo courtesy of Survive Outdoors Longer)
Survive outdoors longer
All the essentials you'll need for exploring the wilderness in a watertight dry bag, including an emergency blanket, a micro firelighter, a rescue whistle to signal for help, some duct tape and bandaging.
Robens Windscreen Tarp
(Photo courtesy of Robens)
Versatility and adaptability are what make camping and outdoor products stand out from the crowd.
By our calculations, the Windscreen Tarp from Robens offers up six options: a large single overhead shelter, two smaller tarps, one large windbreak or two smaller screens.
You can sleep under the A-frame tarps for a wild camping adventure, or use it as a tent extension for outdoor cooking.
Weighing in at 4.43kg, this is pretty heavy, so probably isn't ideal for backpacking, although splitting it between two campers would be just about doable.
Leatherman Free P4
(Photo courtesy of Leatherman)
The only tool you will ever need!
Every camper needs a multi-tool for all those fiddly jobs that always seem to need to be done.
The Free P4 from Leatherman is a virtual tool box in your pocket but even with a mind-boggling 21 tools, it weighs in at just 250g.
The design allows one-handed access to all the utensils, with magnetic fittings to reduce friction when opening and closing.
Hanwag Torsby GTX walking boots
(Photo courtesy of Hanwag)
A modern walking boot
For low-level hillwalking, these lightweight, mid-cut hiking boots are comfortable and reliable and have a modern look that means they won't look out of place in the pub.
The suede and nubuck upper has a waterproof Gore-Tex membrane and the Sure-grip outsole is made with 10% recycled rubber.
Pits and Bits water-free washing range
(Photo courtesy of Pits & Bits)
Water-free personal hygiene products
Specialising in personal hygiene products that don't require water, the range consists of towel-off-only liquid body wash and shampoos, which come in a selection of different fragrances and bottle sizes, priced from £2.35. These are made from 25% recycled plastic and can also be recycled afterwards.
The company also makes biodegradable expandable wipes, which are so small when packaged that they come with a warning not to swallow them!
These wipes are both skin and food safe, so you can clean your face and do the dishes at the same time. A pack of four costs £1.49.
All Pits and Bits products are alcohol-free, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free.
Komperdell Carbon FXP.4 Cloud walking poles
(Photo courtesy of Komperdell)
Folding walking poles
These pop-up poles from Komperdell are strong and super-lightweight at just 173g and fold away to an extremely small size of just 45cm.
The ergonomically designed cork grip has an extension, so grip positions can be changed depending on the terrain.
Tilley 5-Panel Recycled Cap
(Photo courtesy of Tilley)
Flat cap alternative
If you need to protect your head from the sun - or rain - while you're out and about on the hills and you're not quite ready for the full-on flat cap experience just yet, then this new offering from headwear specialist, Tilley, could be the answer.
It's made using a five-panelled design and provides a good deal more pate protection than a basic cap.
It has a wide, curved peak, a water-repellent finish and is rated UPF50+ for sun protection. The grommets provide extra ventilation on hot days and, being a Tilley, you can stash valuables in the secret pocket.
It's made using a new eco-friendly 100% recycled nylon and comes in a selection of tastefully muted colours.
HJ ProTrek Mountain Climb socks
(Photo courtesy of HJ)
The perfect socks for mountain climbing
The Mountain Climb socks from HJ's men's ProTrek range are made from Wooltech - a 'scientific wool blend' that's heat-retaining and insulating as well as moisture-wicking.
They also offer arch support and ankle bracing, are fully cushioned and have smooth seams, so they should certainly be up to the job of springtime, summer or autumn walking in the UK.
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