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Wild backpack camping adventures – a complete guide to lightweight camping


Guide Contents


Essential gear for lightweight wild camping adventures

All the kit you need for backpacking and lightweight wild camping trips

Heading into the countryside and sleeping under the stars is a great way to reconnect with nature. But what equipment should you take on your adventures? Our guide explains all.

Lightweight camping essentials  

The best lightweight and backpacking tents

Great backpacking tents for your adventures in the great outdoors

A good lightweight tent is the most important piece of kit you need for overnight trips on foot or on a bike. Here's a selection of top-rated shelters.

Top lightweight tents  

Top tips for hiking and backpacking

How to plan and prepare for your backpacking trips

Should I get fit before tackling a hike? What do I need to do before setting off? What should go into my rucksack? We've got all the answers for you here.

Hiking and backpacking tips  

The complete beginners' guide to wild camping

Everything you need to know about back-to-basics camping in the wilderness - from the best kit to take with you to the rules you must follow when you're camping in the wild.

Wild Camping Guide  

12 Rules of Wild Camping

Reconnect with natre and follow our 12 commandments for being a responsible wild camper

Rules of Wild Camping  

Editor's camping kit list

Find out what Camping magazine editor Iain Duff packs in his rucksack for wild camping and backpacking trips.

Expert's gear list  

Hillwalking, hiking and trekking: the camping guide

For newcomers to hillwalking, there’s lots of planning to be done before you get into your stride. Our guide features preparation for getting started, ideas for brilliant walking routes and tips on the best gear.

Hillwalkers' Guide  

Bushcraft: Getting started

Find out how to enjoy another side of life outdoors

Start bushcraft  

Bushcraft essential kit

Release your inner Bear Grylls with this equipment for back-to-basics camping.

Bushcraft kit  

Five knots to learn

The humble knot is a beautiful thing and it’s worth knowing how to tie a few, just in case. Find out how here

Essential knots  

How to build a campfire

Here's how to create a perfect wilderness campfire that won't have any impact on the environment

Build A Campfire  


Helping you to choose the best lightweight tent and camping equipment


Lightweight camping in a tent gives you freedom, adventure and the chance to get closer to nature. Buying the right tent and camping equipment and learning the skills you need, lets you go camping whenever and wherever you want. Whether it is a night on the hills in Scotland or few days exploring the Lake District, the right lightweight tent and gear gives you the power to explore.

Expert information for lightweight camping

Buying the right tent and camping equipment can make or break your camping adventure. Here you'll find expert opinions and advice about backpacking tents and lightweight camping from the people that really know.

The right equipment matters

If you've never gone lightweight camping before it can all seem a little daunting. And even if you are a camping veteran, choosing a new lightweight tent is not easy. There are so many to choose from, where do you start?

Deciding what brand to pick, the size and weight of tent you need and which style to go for can be tricky. You also need to know what gear you will need; we've looked at the best sleeping bags, sleeping mats, rucksacks, cooking equipment and more.

Finished reading?

Want more great tent information? Our "Hillwalking, hiking and trekking: the camping guide" is full of great information and camping advice.

  Hillwalking, hiking and trekking: the camping guide

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