Sunday, 19 July 2015


We are back home in the world of flushing toilets, clean floors and good tap water. It has been a good trip, we have seen a lot and thought even more. We, our backpacks and their content have endured 16 nights in the tent - with one night in a hotel in a town without camp sites.

Pack list 2015 was this year an improved and updated version of Pack list 2013. It is intended for a two person hiking/busing-training/tramping trip to northern France in the summer, but is easily adjusted for one person and different climates. Do bring warm clothes also for warm climates. That hat is very nice to have on a cold and wet evening.

We put the tent in one backpack (60 l) while the cooker and all the food go in the other (50 l). Each person carries personal items and water.
For clothes the system is Pack 2, Wear 1; this is enough once into the rhythm of camping. Long sleeves and trousers are needed in warmer climates, they keep you cool in the heat. 

Sleeping bag and sleeping mattress
Cooker contains pot/s, gas burner, grip, lighter, scrubber, washing liquid, drying cloth, gas canister adaptor, and repair kit plus eating bowl, spoon and drinking cup (all fits inside cooker pots with strap)
Repair kit contains needle, thread, metal thread
Gas canister as not flying (2 half-filled ones to use up)
Water bottle system
Day pack
Seating pad
Large Garbage bag (the lightest lifesaving item for wet camping, also used as tarpaulin inside the tent if needed)

Walking shoes + shower sandals
Trousers (long + short) Rain trousers Long underwear Belt
Tops (short and long sleeved) all quick dry
Warm sweater
Rain jacket
Pyjama top and bottom (bottoms are the long underwear, top is viscose dress also wearable in public)
Underwear (non-white) + bra (all quick dry, no cotton)
Bathing suit (also used as emergency underwear)
Hat (warm and/or cold, make sure you can sleep in it) Gloves Silk scarf to protect neck from wind and sun.
Compression bag for clothes

Hairbrush Hair elastic (if you have hair)
Toilet paper (or paper hankies) Soap Deodorant Skin cream Sun cream Bug-bite-anti-itch-cream (skip the bug spray, dress properly instead; try it on skin for three days before you go)
Toothbrush Toothpaste Shampoo Razor Clothes washing liquid (for wool/cold water)
Silk towel (silk scarf from flea market in unsightly colour) Small quick dry towel (for hair)
Lenses Lens box Fluid and possibly mini-mirror (if seeing is needed)
Hand sanitiser (pocket sized, in pocket)
Plastic bag inside Toiletry compression bag 

Mini first aid kit contains Blister plasters Antihistamines Ibuprofen Lip balm
Sunglasses Nail file Tweezers Earplugs Watch
Notebook Pen Book Maps Dictionary Reading glasses
Mobile phone Charger Extra battery Flash light
Knife (as not flying)
Small clothes pins (use tent lines as laundry line)
Lots of good quality woven duct tape (Always bring as much, as much, as you can carry)
Compression bag for stuff 

Food bag with Porridge with salt, Instant coffee, Sugar, dry food meals and muesli bars

Wallet with money papers (water proof-ish)
Passport with travel papers (water proof!)

For our equipment, our packs weigh well below 15 kg each (including weight of backpack), usually down to 11 kg without water.
It is easy to pack and unpack as everything either goes into a dedicated compression bag or a specific place in the back pack (for example: shower sandals live in one of the narrow outside side pocket)

That is it. Now go! Be safe.
We'll be safe.
This is also the report from the April-Sport challenge.


  1. I need a mirror to see my lenses when i put them in. I travel light at all times.

    1. Yes, that mini-mirror is so important, but I don't know why. I barely look in it but that wink of my eye is essential to get the fricking thing in my eye.