Sleeping bags are a balance of size vs warmth.
Synthetic vs down..?
3 season to 5 season?
Mummy vs moveable.?
Synthetics are very warm but can build up moisture.
Down is good for a wider range of temperatures but bulkier
Some people find the 'mummy' style too restrictive and claustrophobic at first.
You get the picture..
but it's easy to compromise..
I went for a synthetic 'mummy' style backpacker.. and a fleece liner.
To be honest.The liner hasn't even been used.One up for global warming
You may prefer a lighter/more compact one if backpack space is limited.
but you can get compression packs which really squash the size..
I highly recommend making your own sleeping mat.. You don't have to be an expert..
Just a large plastic bag or two stuffed with leaves/grass/hay
The best sleeping bags will still lose heat on a cold ground and won't be too comfy.. unless you love waking up with sore backs (and twig or pebble
impressions in your buttocks.)
The sheep in the farmers field next door looks FAR too warm if you've packed some shears..
Sleeping bags £30-£60..
is a fair guide ..including liner.
Ask for a Shingle Batt if you want to look like a camping GOD...
This has got to be THE easiest choice
There can be only one.
There are smaller 'stove' options.. but this type is widely available,time tested and includes all you need to cook up your 'Kelp and Rabbit
It isn't too bulky and you can keep all your lighters/fuel/tinder dry inside.
When fuel runs out for your burner just bung a wad of straw n sticks under the potstand as the world's smallest campfire.
Fuel should last until you get to your 'base camp' and you'll be having wild boar ..spit roasted over an open camp-fire anyway...
Meths/whatever.. but I went for environment friendly fuel gel.
Trangia stove and fuel£10-£20ish.. shop around..
By far and away the easiest method to light a fire is with matches or a cigarette lighter..again..these will be a finite resource so best to learn how
to use a firesteel.
This linky even has a nice little guideline to using one.
The biggest problem is getting the spark to turn into a flame.. after that it's easy.
Tinder must be light and very flammable.
Keep dried pine needles in a tin from your dead xmas tree.Or recyle your used newspapers into fuel soaked compressed blocks... OR..
Ready made 'tinder.. £2- £5
You know where your cutlery draw is for eating implements. All in one's aren't really that much of a space/weight saver unless you're going for
aircraft grade aluminium ones..costly in other words.
Feeling more secure yet?You now have shelter,warmth,comfort and something to cook with..
Next part.. how to get your hands on some of that lovely 'knowledge stuff'..