From the first sight of sunshine on the horizon, we’ve been getting excited for our first weekend camping trip of the summer season. Getting away from home and getting closer to nature in the great outdoors, exploring the great places that Scotland has to offer. But what bits of kit will you need to turn your tent into your home away from home?
Whether you’re looking for a luxury glam-ping getaway, or you’re one for the simple basics, our top picks below will give you the inspiration to get geared up and head out over the coming months. We’ve selected some of the best gadgets to make your life that little bit easier, and highlighted the camping essentials that everyone should be looking to invest in, or replace if your kit has seen better days. Here at Tiso, Scotland’s Outdoor Adventure Specialists, we want to help you find your own adventures, and we’ve got all the kit, experience and knowledge to get you there!
We’re not going to look at any tents in this list, as it’s hard to suggest just one essential tent. Depending on your own requirements, you might be looking for a different set of features to from those best suited to tough terrain wild camping, to those that are quick to pitch and ready for a family campsite. If you’re new to camping, and you need a little bit of inspiration of where to go, you can read more on our Top Spots For Camping Weekends and take a look at our Best Wild Camping Tents For 2017.
Having a good quality insulated sleeping bag can mean the difference between a comfortable sleep and combating the cold in the early hours. With changing Scottish weather, it's important to make sure you'll be warm and cosy until morning, and there's no better way to do that than with our range of three season lightweight insulated sleeping bags.
Lanterns & Torches
Even when the nights are longer, you can quickly find yourself in need of some extra light. Many of our new season lanterns also double as great music speakers with Bluetooth and long battery lives. If you're needing the light and done have somewhere to set up a lantern or you're trying to do something with your hands, a head torch can be really helpful.
Accessories & More
From furniture to food, sleeping mats to pillows and cutlery, we have a huge range of camping accessories and more! You can shop the full range of these little extras to make your camping trip that little bit easier here. Weve got great options for comfortable camping chairs, tasty meal packs and soft sleeping mats to make the tent feel that little bit more luxurious.
Stoves & Cooking
Waking up to breakfast in the great outdoors or eating dinner watching the sunset from the top of a mountain is a fantastic experience, and camping adventures can be a great way to get closer to nature, but that doesn't mean you can't rustle up a decent meal! We've got some excellent products that are both portable, and powerful enough to boil water quickly or heat up pre-packed meal packs.
Bottles & Flasks
Staying hydrated when you're out and about is essential, and camping adventures are no different. Whether you're wanting to save a hot drink for later in the day, or keep a drink nice a cold for the warm summer walks, then we have a range of insulated bottles and flasks that are perfect for the trip. With brand new colours for the summer, these will keep you well hydrated while looking great too.
If you're venturing off the beaten track for a wild camping adventure, then you'll need to be able to carry all your equipment with you, comfortably. Our range of rucksacks is fantastic for a wide range of uses, and with women's specific designs and top technologies from huge brands, you'll have no need to worry about finding the perfect fit for your next weekend getaway. We've picked our top three for the season, but there's plenty more for you to have a look at if you're needing something larger, smaller or for longer trips.
No matter where you're planning your next camping adventure, we'd love to see your photos and stories. Make sure you're sharing your posts with #MyTiso to be featured on the stream! Get geared up, get out there and explore more this summer!