UNDERSTANDING THE LEGALITIES
While wild camping is legal in Scotland under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, it is generally not permitted in other parts of the UK without landowner permission. Always research the area you plan to visit and respect the guidelines in place to preserve the environment and be sure to seek permission.
a) Tent: Choose a lightweight, waterproof tent suitable for the unpredictable UK weather. Ensure it is easy to set up and durable enough to withstand varying conditions.
b) Sleeping bag and mat: Invest in a good quality sleeping bag suitable for the season. A sleeping mat or pad adds insulation and comfort.
c) Cooking equipment: A portable stove, cooking utensils, and lightweight pots and pans are essential for preparing meals in the great outdoors.
d) Navigation tools: Carry a map, compass, and, if possible, a GPS device to navigate unfamiliar terrain.
e) Clothing and footwear: Pack appropriate clothing for the season, including waterproof outer layers, warm layers, and sturdy boots for hiking.
f) Lighting: A headlamp or torch is crucial for manoeuvring around camp during the night.
g) First aid kit: Carry a well-stocked first aid kit with essentials like plasters, bandages, antiseptic, and any personal medications.