Camping is a huge part of packrafting, so you need to make sure you’re fully prepared if you want to have a good experience.

The thing is, when you’re packrafting, you can be pretty limited on space, so it won’t be the glamping experience many people are used to.

So, in this article, I wanted to talk you through some of the smallest camping must-haves on the market today:


#1 Duct Tape

Duct tape should be a vital piece of any person’s camping kit. It can be used as a temporary fix for almost any situation, whether it’s fixing your tent, tarp, sleeping bags, or even your hiking shoes.

You might think bringing a roll of duct tape with you will take up too much room, but this isn’t the case.

Many people wrap their lighter or walking poles with some duct tape. And this makes it quickly available and saves space.


#2 Tent Light

Having a light in your tent when the darkness creeps in is very handy. Yes, you could use your head torch, but I’ve always felt it’s better to save the battery for when you really need it.

This is why I turned to the Black Diamond Moji tent light. The small compact light is splash-proof and can run for 70 hours. It emits a bright warm light with 100 lumens, which is more than enough to brighten your entire tent.


#3 Dry Bags

Unfortunately, when you’re in the UK, you never know what the weather will be like. One moment you can be in glorious sunshine, and five minutes later, you’re in a storm.

That’s why having a set of dry bags of various sizes come in very handy. They allow you to keep your dry clothes dry and your valuables working.

And they are especially handy when you’re packrafting. You never know if you’ll end up in the water with all your gear.


#4 Long Spork

Sporks are my favorite piece of cutlery, they can do everything, but there’s one thing that used to wind me up.

And that was getting to the bottom of my camp meal. I always ended up getting my hands covered in food, trying to reach the bottom of the bag.

Until my friend showed me his long spork, and since then, I’ve never looked back. Long sporks allow you to easily reach the bottom of the bag, which means no more food-covered fingers.

I like to using this Titanium Long Spork, as it’s lightweight and long enough to reach to the bottom of my camp meal packets.


#5 Water Filter

Access to clean water is vital on long expeditions, but carrying 20 liters of water isn’t possible, even in your packraft.

So, the question is, what’s the best way to access clean drinking water without carrying heavy loads?

Personally, I like to use the following:


As you can see, the amount of water they can filter safely varies greatly, so you must choose the best one for your needs.

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