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Mike & Judith's Camping Page

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  • Camping in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa

Our camping experiences are split into the following categories:

The Camping Map below shows the places we have stayed; be it in a formal campsite or informal wild camp (tent symbol), or in a hotel or hostel (building symbol).

  • Camping Equipment

The following Table lists some of the key pieces of equipment we take bicycle touring, and have proved themselves on tour. The items that have made this list are tried and tested by us, and are recommended.

Brand / Model
Tent Hilleberg Staika One of the best investments we've made. Strong and dependable, and goes up very quickly and easily. In fact so good, that when the red one wore out after 12 months continuous (daily) use, we bought another!
Sleeping Pads Thermarest Pro Lite 4 Super comfortable and durable. Have been going strong for many years now.
Sleeping Bags: macpac Epic 400 Light and small, without sacrificing warmth [Previously used Marmon Plasma 30 which were also very good].
Stove MSR XGK-EX with 900 ml fuel bottle Bomb-proof dependable stove that can be used with a variety of fuels
Pot MSR Alpine 2L Pot Perfect size for single pot cooking
Water Filter MSR Guardian Purifier Following years of successful use of the MSR Miniworks EX filter, the Guardian is new for 2017.
Water Storage Bag MSR Dromedary Bag 10 litres
Ortlieb 10L Water Bag
Both take up minimal space when empty, are very strong and don't give water a taste
Lighter for Stove Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel Lights the MSR stove easily and doesn't cause problems with airlines
Torches Petzl Tikka Plus Headlamp Good hands-free light
Mugs/Plate Snow Peak H450 Titanium Double Walled Stackable Cup No plates required
Cutlery Sea to Summit AlphaLight Spoons Well you need a spoon to go with the mug!
Flasks Zojirushi SM-KB36XA 0.36-Litre Stainless Steel Vacuum Mug Great for very cold days on the bike!
Storage Bottles (Coffee, Sugar, Milk Powder) Nalgene Tritan 32 Oz Tired of using messy zip lock bags for storage, these are a lot more durable
Bag Sealers Linden Sweden Twixit bag sealers For sealing food in their bags
DayPacks Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Day Pack Super small and light, and they can pack quite a load. Surprisingly comfortable too.
MultiTool Victorinox Swiss Champ Penknife Having tried the Leatherman Charge tti on quite a few tours now, we're back to the tried and tested Swiss Army Knife as it seems to suit our purpose better
Bike Tool Leatherman Bit Driver Extender & Syntace (Wera) hex bit set With the multitool, these become the bike tool
Multisized Wrench Knipex 150 Adjustable Plier Wrench A single wrench for all sized bolts
Bike Lock & Cable Abus Frame Lock 4850 with Amparo 4850 Cable No need to worry about locating the lock as it's always attached to the bike.
GPS Android Waterproof Smartphone Due to Garmin's very poor product quality (and subsequent poor customer support) on and following previous tours, we have changed our navigation equipment to Smartphones. After much research, we ended up using Locus Map Pro software which has been a great decision as the available maps, routing, POIs, Geocaching integration, customer support, in fact everything, is far far superior to Garmin's offering.
Dynamo Power Adaptor Igaro D1 USB Power Converter Used to charge batteries, or run the navigation!
Battery Charger Sanyo Eneloop Portable USB Charger Super small and light
Rechargable Batteries Sanyo Eneloop AA and AAA For GPS and headtorch batteries
Off-bike Clothing Merino Wool Wool - "Think No Stink", and even warm when wet
On-Bike Clothing Gore Bike Wear Great quality and made for cycling fit