The summer months are fast approaching and it’s the perfect time to get your tent out of the shed and enjoy a weekend away. Whether you’re searching for solitude in the sun or a weekend with friends and family, camping is always a great choice.

filling water bottle from stream

At Valley & Peak, we want to ensure your camping experience is as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this piece to discuss all the must-have camping essentials for this season and beyond. 

The products we stock are designed with longevity in mind and created by high-quality brands that we know, love, and trust. 

We can say we’ve been using the Katadyn BeFree Filter System since launch and can honestly say we’d recommend it to anyone off on a day hike or backpacking trip who’s unable to carry enough water with them. Hydration is so important, so having this hygienic and useful tool at your side can never be a bad thing.

With this at your side, you’re able to fill the bottle from a lake, river, or stream and the filter removes bacteria, cysts, and sediment, giving you a refreshing drink whilst on the go. 

The Sea to Summit Airlite Towel is super compact, extremely lightweight, and exceptionally fast drying. Able to absorb over three times its weight in water due to being made of microfibre yarn. 

Once the towel has been used you’re able to tie it to your backpack or hang it in your tent and it will dry in no time. The elongated proportions allow for dual use as a bandanna or for neck protection. The tiny pack size means it will take up no space in your backpack making it the perfect hiking companion. 

As you can see from the picture above the Sea to Summit Aeros Premium Pillow packs up smaller than a water bottle. This inflatable pillow is ultra comfortable whilst remaining lightweight and compact. 

The synthetic fill pillow case and TPU bladder will not only increase comfort level but also help to wick away perspiration during the hotter summer months. 

Available in both regular and large sizes to suit your preferences. This pack is small enough to easily fit in your backpack and go unnoticed until you need it. 

The Cascade Wild UL Folding Table is ultralight and super compact, ideal for camping trips or day hikes. Whether you’re looking for a table to eat your lunch on, make your morning coffee, or play a game of dominoes with friends, this is the perfect fold-away table for you. 

These tables can snap together into a compact bundle ensuring you have plenty of room. It can also simply fit into the side pocket of your backpack when folded up. You can turn the tray upside down to create a convenient tray for use inside your tent to keep your items together. 

Each table has a 5” strip of high-intensity micro-prismatic reflective tape that acts as a reflective beacon when you’re returning to your camp in the dark. 

Looking for a hat that’s going to support your health whilst you enjoy the great outdoors? The Outdoor Research Swift Cap is a best-seller, designed to wick sweat, help to vent heat, and protects the crown of your head with UPF 50+ sun protection. 

It can easily fit comfortably under a helmet for climbers or if you’re off on a skiing trip. If you’re counting the ounces and ensuring you’ve got the lightest pack you’ll be pleased to know this water-resistant, breathable, quick-drying cap weighs in at only 2.5 ounces. 

The Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight / Watertight .5 Medical Kit has enough medical supplies for two people on a 1-2 day adventure. It’s both lightweight and 100% waterproof making it ideal for any scenario. Whether you’re hiking, kayaking, skiing or mountain biking this pack has everything you’ll need to provide medical intervention when needed. 

Weighing less than 4 ounces this medical kit will take up very little room in your backpack whilst adding virtually no weight to your pack load. The kit includes blister prevention and protection, treatment for wounds such as sterile dressings, bug removal, and diphenhydramine for bite relief. 

The MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Ultralight Stove can boil 1 litre of water in just 3.5 minutes. The WindClip windshield boosts efficiency in breezy conditions making it a great stove for all-year-round use. 

The new folding pot support creates an exceptionally small packed size meaning it will take up virtually no room in your backpack. Leaving space for all your other essentials. You can fit it into an insulated mug to help compact the items you’re storing in your backpack. 

Smidge Spray is the UK’s No.1 Midge Repellent. Smidge comes in a robust and lightweight aluminium pump spray meaning you can easily throw it into your bag and not worry about its durability. 

The formula is water and sweat-resistant and repels mosquitoes, horse flies, ticks, and other biting insects. This spray can safely be used on children over the age of two, pregnant people and all adults making it a great all-rounder for the whole family. 

The formula is non-sticking and moisturising with a pleasant scent, it's been developed and tested in Scotland under the harshest of conditions. Ideal for camping trips and hiking in the wilderness.

Last in our list of must-have camping essentials but certainly not least, the Easton Backpacker 9” Tent Pegs. Don’t head off on a camping trip without a decent set of tent pegs, that’s a given. 

These tent pegs are excellent for holding in dry, soft, or hard ground so you’re set for any weather eventuality or ground situation. The 9” tent pegs are great for use on main pegging points or when you have to peg into areas like heather where long pegs are a must. 

We have a whole range of camping equipment from tents and sleeping bags to high-energy meals. We hope this blog has helped you feel prepared for your next camping adventure. Have an amazing time and for any further information don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

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May 24, 2023 — Jim De'Ath