Cotswold Outdoor - What to pack when backpacking

Press Release / 26.04.2018


If you've got a backpacking trip planned, it's always difficult to pack when you have so many items to take, but trying to keep it as light weight as possible. Group equipment buyer from Cotswold Outdoor, Dave Housley has put together his top items that are a must have when backpacking.

Having a good quality light jacket that is ideal for use in all weathers is a must have, keeping you warm and dray when you need it and easy to fold up and pop in your rucksack when you don't. Rab's Men's Spark Jacket and its Women's Salvo Jacket are both perfect for this, providing excellent stretch for great freedom of movement.
If you're worried about what tent you're going to take The Elixir 2 Backpacking Tent 2018 from MSR is a 2-person model that offers enough space for you and your gear within a quick to pitch and stable design. The tent is easy to set up and has two larger porch areas where you can keep all your gear out of the weather and still get easy access into the tent.
When it comes to food a simple and tasty solution for your evening meal is provided by Wayfayrer. With a wide selection of flavours including Vegetable Curry & Rice these are ready cooked complete meals so you just need to heat it through (or eat it cold if needs be) and with a long shelf life and packed in a flexible pouch they are easy to store and rucksack-friendly. To heat your food, The PocketRocket 2 Mini Stove Kit is a perfect all-in-one cooking system from MSR -  it's ultra-lightweight and extremely compact so is easy to store in you rucksack.
Other essentials you should think about taking is the extremely bright Petzl Actik 300L Headtorch to light up your way. Also Lifesystems' Survival Bag  made from heavy-duty polythene material that is not only windproof, but also waterproof and lightweight, making it an essential piece of emergency survival equipment.

To pack it all in take your pick from Osprey Mens Atmos AG 65 Rucksack or Lowe Alpine Womens Atlas II 65 Rucksack. Both fantastic backpacks that are comfortable and durable, ideal for accompanying you backpacking.

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