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Millican HQWhat to pack
for camping.

Everything you need to think about when packing a rucksack. Find a full list of everything to consider when you're planning an expedition and how to find it.


There’s nothing quite like spending time in nature to reset the mind, body and spirit. Each journey into the outdoors presents an opportunity to not only get some perspective on what’s going on in our lives but also take in all that nature has to offer.

Camping is one of the best ways to spend extended time in nature, free from the distractions of day to day living. Journeying into the wil d with just the essentials on your back is a joy and something we should all make time for in our busy lives.

Our experiences of camping over the years ha ve enabled us to whittle our kits down to the necessities needed to explore nature safely and comf ortably, all the while reducing our impact on the very environment we’ve set out to enjoy So, for the fellow adventurers out there, here’s what to pack for camping, and how to get started.

Create a List

When deciding what to pack for camping, making a list is a critical first step. This list should detail the essentials that are needed for a successful camping trip, as well as the ‘nice to haves’. Separating these early on will be useful when reducing the size of your pack later, particularly if you plan to travel by foot or public transport. Common essentials to consider for this list are:

  • Tent or bivvy
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Packaway waterproof layers
  • Thermal blanket
  • Packing cubes
  • Self-filtering water flask/bottle
  • Reusable cutlery and dinnerware
  • Sanitiser
  • Matches or a lighter
  • Roll backpack for walking and foraging
  • Solar-powered lantern and head torch
  • Solar or wind up powered charger
  • Multi-tool (i.e. Swiss Army Knife)
  • Trowel
  • First aid kit
  • Toiletries
  • Food and snacks (including lightweight non-perishables)
  • Microfibre towel
  • Waterproof footwear

Make Good Investments

Whether you’ve already got a robust camping kit or you’re building it up slowly, making sustainable investments is incredibly important in protecting our present and future. The unfortunate truth? Many fast moving consumer goods will end up in a landfill, including plen ty of seasonal goods like tents, sleeping bags, plastic chairs, tarpaulin, and more. Our focus is on the mindful adventure the conscious choice, and we encourage our customers to share that sentiment. When deciding on what to pack for camping, consider p roducts and tools that are sustainably sourced and manufactured responsibly ones that can be used time and time again and recycled when they’re no longer viable.

Our range of bags and backpacks (such as The Core Roll Pack) feature a wealth of sustainable, long lasting options, made using 100% recycled materials. We aim to not only give back to the planet but provide nature lovers with responsible and sustainable gear that enables us all to use less and be more.

Decide How You’ll Carry Your Kit

Choosing the right bag to store and protect your gear is essential for any camper, particularly if you plan to relocate frequently (as is often the case if you’re wild camping). Before pulling your kit together, it’s essential to know how much space you’ve got at your disposal.

Smith the Roll Pack part of The Maverick Collection is ideal for campers looking to get our there with just the kit they need. The bag has removable waist and sternum straps that can be easily removed but if you’re on a hiking and camping expedition then you’ll probably want to leave them in place to help you comfortably shoulder the load. The design of the bag is deceptively simple. In addition to the three outside pockets there are a number of inside pockets to help you stay organised, which is crucial when getting your hands on important gear in the dark.

Lay it out (and think about it)

All campers, at some point in time, have been guilty of overpacking it comes with the territory, and takes time to perfect. It may also be tempting to gravitate towards convenience or attempt to replicate home comforts in the wild.

The unfortunate result of this is consumption for the sake of it, as well as an added toll on our environment. More fuel, more electricity, more waste. Much of the time, laying out and carefully analysing your kit (and how each item will or won't be of use to you) is critical when deciding what to pack.

Choosing your bag before anything else will help you determine how much you can bring; however, sustainable thinking also plays a key part here. Avoid multiples of anything, especially common wasteful offenders like plastic b ottles and cutlery invest in a self filtering water flask and bamboo dinner set that can be easily stored and reused. The same goes for other disposables such as barbeques, napkins and excessive food packaging only take what is essential and work with what you have. Do the same for your smaller bag when considering how to pack a rucksack, think only about the essentials such as water, snacks, first aid and something to keep you dry and warm in case the weather turns.

Pack it, unpack it, and pack it again

Deciding on a packing system is vital for campers who want to remain organised, calm and prepared when it counts. For both traditional and wild campers alike, knowing where you’ve stored your essentials at all times is a recipe for a smooth journey, especially when there’s potential for surprise scenarios such as unplanned pitching, injury and other emergencies.

If you’ve ever wondered, ‘are packing cubes worth it?’, in instances like these, they always are. Millican Packing Cubes are particularly useful for keeping your essentials like electronics, food, clothing and first aid items organised, and makes assembling and disassembling your kit quicker and easier than with traditional packing. Having quick access to essential and emergency items also makes for a safer and more pleasant experience as an outdoor explorer place these items near the front or top of your bag for ease of access, while keeping vulnerable items within se cure inner pockets.

Once you’ve established how you’ll use your packing cubes, pack your duffle or backpack, unpack it, and pack it again. You should always be able to easily replicate your packing order. This will save you essential time and energy, especially for campers on the move. With your pack sorted, you’re ready to get going.

Whether you’re camping with the whole family or embarking on your next solo adventure, we hope that you enjoy every moment. The age old question of what to pack for camping is ultimately down to the experience you hope to have. For us, less is more our collection of bags, rucksacks and backpacks have been designed and crafted to provide the ultimate freedom to move. Pack wisely, considerably and sustainably, and you’ll do just fine. Remember to take only memories and leave only footprints.