Kit list for Wild Camping in Scotland
Unless you intend to drive, stop, camp, drive away, it’s worth bearing in mind two guiding principles when you’re choosing your kit list and packing your rucksack for a wild camping exped.
Watch your weight
The first is that you, personally, will need to carry every gram of weight that your put into your rucksack. You’ll probably also need to carry it quite a distance.
Seems that this goes without saying, but what it’s quite easy to do is pack your rucksack, pick it up and put it on your bag, weigh it even, then think ‘yes, that feels fine.’ But you’re doing this when you’re fresh and probably warm. More than likely you’ve had a pleasant evening getting your kit sorted out for an exped. So when you hoof the rucksack on to your back it feels light as low-fat squirty cream.
But fast forward when you’re wet, your kit is wet, there’s a wind in your face and you’re trying to hike up a gradient that in another season you could ski down, then it becomes a little different.
Also, even if it’s dry and lovely, even a small amount of extra weight will convert into quite a large amount of extra effort if you’re doing any kind of distance, or planning on hiking up a mountain. In other words:
Effort = mass x distance.
So even a little weight (mass) takes a lot of extra effort (sweat, tears, tantrums, sweeties, chocolate) to take with you.
So pick your kit list carefully.
Don’t make yourself miserable
The second point to remember, though, is don’t pack your rucksack too sparingly. Ultimately you’re there to enjoy yourself, so if you’ve cut the kit list to the bone, and have left out stuff that would just make you feel that little bit more comfortable, or warm, or human even, then you’ve potentially turned a great trip into an endurance test. Fun in it’s own way, but not if it’s by accident.
So with these points in mind, what’s a reasonable set of kit to take with you?