Keep packing simple. All you really need are things to keep you warm and dry. If you are staying overnight pack a sleeping bag, a camping mat to sleep on and a bivvy bag to keep you dry. Any extra space left over in your backpack, you can throw in some food and drink, a woolly hat and a torch.
Getting bivvy with it
A bivvy bag is not just a waterproof cover for a sleeping bag, it’s also a cheap, lightweight alternative to a tent for those who fancy sleeping under the stars.
Don’t let a bit of wet weather get in the way of a camping adventure. Build a basha shelter using a sheet of plastic tarpaulin, a few tent pegs and some
rubber bungee cords. It’s an inexpensive and easy way to get extra coverage from the rain.
In the air tonight
Autumn is a great time of year for adventures, but remember it can get chilly especially at night. Wear waterresistant and winter-warming clothes, plus a woolly hat and if you are staying out for the night, don’t forget a camping mat to ensure you get a dry night’s sleep.
Dress for success
Don’t let the cold weather put you off having an adventure. Wear decent shoes, warm items and a sturdy jacket, ideally with water resistant fabrics.
Need to swim but don’t want to get your backpack wet? Keep your things dry by using your bivvy bag as a waterproof flotation device. Place all your stuff inside and simply twist the top a few times to ensure it’s watertight and you’re ready to go.
Don’t be raft
Be ready for anything and take a pack raft. It’s a rubber dingy but it packs down really small and is easy to carry on your back. It’s a must-have accessory that will ensure your adventure becomes even more exciting for you and your friends.
Some like it hot
You can cook so much on a campfire without many tools. Fruit and vegetables like aubergines, corn on the cob and bananas can go straight on the hot coals, no foil is needed and they taste delicious.
Light my fire
Having your own campfire can be the most exciting part of any adventure, but it is vital to do it in a way that is safe, responsible and considerate. Keep your fire small and containable so at any time it can be put out. Leave no trace once you’ve finished with the fire and its embers have died down. Douse it with water to make sure it’s totally out; cover with wet leaves and water again before you leave.
Dancing the can can
Make your own camping stove out of an old drinks can. Use a multi-tool like a Leatherman Rebar to cut inside the rim of the can to remove the top and slice around the middle (the top half should be one finger-width bigger than the bottom) – be careful, as the edge is now sharp. Crimp all the way around the top half of the can to create small channels that the gas will burn up. Slot the sections together, make a small incision into the top half of the can to allow some oxygen into it and finally, add some fuel and light your stove.
Alastair Humphreys (alastairhumphreys.com) is an ambassador for Wrangler’s Born Ready Adventures campaign, which aims to inspire everyday adventures just outside city limits. He’s created interactive online maps featuring guides to adventures in and around London, Manchester and Edinburgh. More information, wrangler.com/bornready.