camping gear

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 July, 2007, 12:00am

Camping is experiencing a renaissance and there are many new products available to ensure going back to nature is not the uncomfortable experience you remember from your youth.

The first rule is to pack light and small - and they don't come more compact than the Roman Palm I sleeping bag (above; A$59.95/HK$400; Weighing just 500 grams, the semi-tapered adult-sized bag is ideal for mild temperatures and surprisingly easy to stuff into its storage bag.

Camping season usually coincides with a proliferation of mosquitoes, so don't forget to pack the convenient individually packaged 2 Peas in a Pod Green Thumb Citronella Wipes (A$7.50 for a pack of five; Natural herbal ingredients ensure you smell good and remain bite free.

The Firefly (US$21.95; is a screw-top lid that contains a small light (in a sealed compartment) and transforms a standard wide-mouth water bottle into a highly effective lantern. It has variable light settings for use as a night light or for reading.

Finally, for the ultimate camping style statement, decorate your campsite with inflatable garden gnomes (US$20; The set includes a party of four brightly coloured nylon gnomes mounted on aluminium tent pegs.