The 50 Best Camping Essentials – Backpacks

Outwell Picnic Calabash

?A lot less cumbersome than old-fashioned hampers, this picnic rucksack has
comfy, padded shoulder straps and contains pretty much everything you?ll
need for dining al fresco,? say Jonathan and Sophie. ?It boasts a full
picnic set for up to four people, with cutlery, plates, unbreakable
wineglasses, corkscrew and even condiment attachments. There?s a large
cooler compartment to keep all your delicious goodies fresh and an
all-important insulated bottle holder for chilled refreshments.?

Where: Cotswold Outdoor (0844 557 7755; www.cotswoldoutdoor.com)

How much: £29

OMM Mountain Mover

Clive Garrett calls this the king of lightweight backpacks: ?Superlative build
and material quality sets it aside from the competitors, and it has all the
features demanded by the fast-moving backpacker ? plus instruction books on
howto get the best from your purchase. And, if the 1,150 grams prove too
heavy, there is even a guide towhich bits you can chop off to lighten the
load by as many as 410 grams.?

Where: OMM(01706 216612; www.theomm.com)

How much: £110

Deuter AC Lite

If you?ve got a car to stash your tent in, you won?t want a monster backpack
to store enough gear for a weekend under canvas. Deuter?s daypacks are
lighter than the competition?s and are designed to fit perfectly on your
back. There?s a detachable rain cover and loops to store hiking poles as
well as an ?aircomfort? system designed to avoid nasty sweaty backs.
Available in 12, 16 and 20-litre sizes.

Where: Deuter (0191-296 0212; www.deutergb.co.uk)

How much: from £35

Berghaus Verden

The Tyne & Wear-based Berghaus has led the backpack market for more than 40
years. Its latest high-performance rucksack is fully adjustable and has
space for everything you?d need on a camping trip,while the biofit back
system means it will sit snugly on any back. It?s lightweight and durable
and there?s also room for a water pouch and drinking tube.

Where: Berghaus (www.berghaus.com)

How much: £100

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