Instant Upgrades: Wild Camping

Planning a few nights under a canvas roof? You don't have to take the formal approach

Forget designated pitches, toilet blocks and campsite rules: if you want to take your tent-bound adventures to the next level you’d best prepare to go back to nature.

You're going to need some specialist kit though... such as the six items we've assembled below.

Illustration by Jamie Sneddon

1. Osprey Atmos AG 50

The new Atmos rucksack features the first fully ventilated hip belt. Made from a seamless mesh, the back is suspended over a cavity so that it sits away from your body to allow the air to flow freely, preventing you from getting too sweaty on your walk-in.

The shoulder straps and hip belt itself curve around your body like a big hug and spread the pack weight well. As you’d expect, there’s also plenty of pockets, bungee cords and a removable lid to further cut down weight.

Buy the Osprey Atmos AG 50 (£160) here

2. Hilleberg Anjan 2

When camping wild, you need a tent that’s lightweight but can stand up to any weather. Made from a robust ripstop fabric, once secured with guy lines the Anjan holds up well against the wind.

Courtesy of ladder lock adjusters it pitches easily fly first – to allow you to keep the inner dry in the rain. The high-sitting fly offers great ventilation and the porch easily stores two people’s gear. Hitting the scales at 1.7kg, it can easily be split between two or carried alone for a palace-sized sleeping option.

Buy the Hilleberg Anjan 2 tent (£575) here

3. Katadyn Gravity camp 6l

Sourcing safe, clean water is vital in the wild; and although there’s a range of filters and purification contraptions around, this is the least labour-intensive. With no pumping or stirring required, you simply fill the bag from a stream, hang it up and let gravity do the work for you.

The filter element removes any bacteria, cysts and sediment: you simply open the valve and in a matter of minutes your bottle or stove is full – there’s even a shower adapter you can buy too. Genius.

Buy the Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L (£88) here

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