My Top 10 Tips for Wild Camping

Camping in the high fells is one of the best ways to get away from all the busyness that fills our lives. It gives me time and space to slow down and to reconnect with nature.

One of the best things about running MLA courses is the time spent out on expedition in the mountains. I love having breakfast in bed in my tent and then snuggling back into my sleeping bag for 15 minutes – a great way to start the day.

But it is really easy to be uncomfortable in a tent. Here are my top ten tips for staying comfortable when wild camping.

  1. Invest in a good thermarest – this makes a huge difference to comfort

  2. Light is right – aim for a 10kg rucksack for a 3-day 2-night trip

  3. Be inventive and avoid popular campsites

  4. Look for a site that gets the rising sun – it’s great to be woken up by the sun on your tent

  5. Adapt with the weather – when the midges are out, camp high, and when it’s windy, camp low

  6. Try before you buy – have a lie down before pitching your tent so you can choose a comfortable spot

  7. Fill your pots with water in the evening so you don’t have to do it in the morning

  8. Put everything you can in the tent

  9. Make a pillow with a dry bag covered with a fleece

  10. Always go to the loo at least 50m from your water source

What is your top tip for wild camping? Let us know by leaving a comment.