- September 13, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Travel & Adventure
10 things a wild camper needs for stress-free adventures.
Hi, I’m Sarah. I am a 40 something-year-old mother to two fantastic boys and three pawsome dogs Loki, Neo and Mojo. Additionally, I am a wife of 20 years to an awesome husband named Duncan (Dunk to family and friends).
I previously had worked as a speech therapy assistant but in July of 2016 took a voluntary redundancy and resigned. I made this choice so I would be able to look after my youngest son. My youngest son was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of lymphoma.
So why am I starting my own business and why is this business all about camping?
Watching your child go through a cancer diagnosis, and treatment is one of those life-changing situations you don’t ever want to find yourself in. For us, as a family, we’ve always been very outdoors oriented. We love kayaking, hiking, and camping. We live at the foot of the Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales. That whole backyard is our playground. It is full of mountains, rivers, reservoirs and hiking trails.
Being able to get back to nature is a massive source of mental health comfort.
It was from this that I decided to use the wonder of the wild to help others reconnect with nature and get back to basics.
Wild Camping is about getting back to nature with minimalist backpacking.
At minimum, there are certain things that you need for stress-free camping.
There are also some optional items.
There are times when Dunk likes to hike and camp alone to switch off and enjoy his own company. At other times all you need is your dog. Your ‘fur-end’ will follow you to the ends of the earth and back. They will never question loyalty. Your dog just wants to be with its master and enjoy whatever is happening.
A flat route is the easiest route, especially if you are new to hiking. Look for a trail that is well laid out, well-marked, solid and flat. There are, of course, plenty of these around but if you are feeling a bit more adventurous go off road. Just be sure that you have the right equipment, including a map, and see nature at her very best.
Your shelter can be as luxurious as a motor home or as simple as a piece of tarpaulin. A true wild camper will go for the latter but we make no judgment over comfort. Be certain to
If you’re in a motorhome you can go for the full pillows, quilts, and memory foam toppers. However, if you are backpacking, you don’t want the weight so good sleeping bags are best. The top range ones will be light weight for Arctic warmth. You can expect a higher price tag on these. You can also look into good mid-range bags and get yourself a good thermal base layer to wear. A sleeping bag liner is another option.
Proper Shoes and Clothing
Waterproof trousers and jacket are good options. More pairs of socks than you think you will need and good hiking shoes.
Tip – Wear hiking shoes/boots to work or around the house for a week or two. This helps with avoiding blisters.
Ideally, you want to be able to stay close to a good clean water source. If possible pick up well maintained natural footpaths that are near water. This will save you from carrying large quantities of water. Even the most hardened wild campers don’t like the extra weight that water can add.
Food and Cooking Options
Full Army ration packs which can be purchased online or Wayfayrer meals that can be bought in most large camping equipment shops are good options. For a camping stove we use JETBOIL ZIP. It is lightweight, compact and so quick to boil.
Tip – Make a brew with the stove beforehand. Know your kit.
A proper toilet is a luxury. I am not keen on having to dig a hole to let nature take its course. However, if you’re not camping too far from your car you can pack a simple camping toilet for your tent.
WildDunk Camping provides advice, accessories, training workshops, and overnight camps in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Our WildDunk Club has a free resource library with navigation skills, leave no trace ethics, kit lists and more. https://www.wilddunkcamping.co.uk/wd-club
You can also find us on social media channels using the hashtag #WildDunk.
Note From Elise:
I sure do hope that you have enjoyed this post. I have been known to enjoy camping and do recommend it as a family activity. Now I need to go to South Wales and go on an adventure with Wild Dunk Camping 🙂