Tips for first solo camp?
by chickadee » Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:31 pm
by Sgurr » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:02 pm
If the next few weeks extends into the midgy season, you need a midge net.
by Guinessman » Wed Apr 27, 2016 8:15 pm
by Silverhill » Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:56 pm
For chilly nights I find a sleeping bag liner adds a bit more warmth.
When I go wild camping I always take a 'treat', something that makes me happy or feel at home. As you will be camping near your car, the possibilities are endless: bring your own duvet, favourite yammies, favourite food, wine, chocolate, a book, music. Whatever floats your boat, makes you feel comfortable and ensures your first solo camp is an enjoyable experience. Then take it from there.
Have fun and I look forward to reading about your adventure .
by Arthurs Eat » Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:57 am
1. You can never take everything you'd like to.
2. Never forget anything!
by willsdad » Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:14 pm
My top tip is flip flops. Saves you having to put your boots on every time you pop outside.
For future if you decide to get more into it - an old pair of insoles with some netting sewn on work a treat as a lightweight pair of tent sandals although potentially kinda smelly.....
by basscadet » Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:55 pm
My advice would be Glen Etive, then if the midges all get too much, or if you wish you had brought a trowel, you can just buzz up to the ski centre for a bacon roll and use of the facilities
The next time you go, you will be far wiser, and know exactly what you needed or didn't need.
by rgf101 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:06 pm
The only things I'd add are...
I save a few BBC radio documentaries or plays on the iPlayer app. If I can't sleep and it's too cold / wet to sit out, I'll listen to those. Ideally nature-related stuff, so it feels less like cheating.
Ear plugs. Wind and rain can be noisy in a tent. Last weekend's campsite I was congratulating myself on the lovely site next to a babbling brook, until I tried to go to sleep and realised it sounded like I was sleeping by Niagra Falls.
Some wee luxury item - bar of nice chocolate, mini bottle of wine, whatever suits you.
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by colgregg » Thu Apr 28, 2016 11:32 pm
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by Grievesy » Thu May 05, 2016 1:04 am
Tent (or shelter equivalent)
Roll mat (inflatable or otherwise)
Others could include such things as
Food & Stove
but as your next to your car, you may not even need all of the above
Other than that for your luxury item the world is your oyster. If you are unsure. Think to yourself. "If you were to be stranded on an island and only allowed one luxury item what would it be?" Might help and from experience it has bulked my wild camping kit out a bit more to make it more comfortable.
Mines is an inflatable pillow. Just personal preference. Comfy nights sleep and compacts down to nothing and weight wise your talking grams.
When you go Wild camping trip number 2 you'll know exactly what you want/need!
by chickadee » Fri May 06, 2016 9:25 pm
I'm still needing a better sleeping bag, but you have made the idea a bit less scary. I don't know why it makes me a bit apprehensive, although I also really do want to do it. I think being able to just go out and camp somewhere for a break would do me the world of good, even if it's near the car to start with! I will seriously think about giving it a go in the next few weeks. I am off for a week soon, so perhaps on that Friday, if weather is good, I will head out...!
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