WINTER WILD CAMPING LOADOUT! Can I Fit My Winter Kit list into a 45L Backpack?

WINTER WILD CAMPING LOADOUT! Can I Fit My Winter Kit list into a 45L Backpack?


Can I Fit all my Winter Wild Camping Gear into a 45L Backpack? Find out as I go through my current winter camping kit list in this brief loadout video. I’ll run through all my kit, my decisions made in choosing each piece of kit, and how I got to where I am currently. Then at the end we will have a weigh up and see how much i am likely to be carrying.

Lowe Alpine 35:45 ProTrail Airzone –

Cloud Peak 2 –

OEX LEVIATHAN Down Sleeping Bag –
Thermarest NeoAir Xlite (Regular) –
Trekology Pillow –
12L Osprey Dry Sack –

Jet Boil Zip –
– (Go Outdoors)
Katadyn Befree 1L –

Anker Slim 10,000 Powerbank –
Biolight Headtorch –
– (Go Outdoors)
Olight S2R Baton ii –

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55 thoughts on “WINTER WILD CAMPING LOADOUT! Can I Fit My Winter Kit list into a 45L Backpack?

  1. Keep us posted on the neoair trev! Im in the same boat as you were and use the ul80 and a rubber foil lined roll mat with it in winter

  2. I splashed out on a Nemo Tensor Insulated sleep mat (got it for £153) after being let down by cheaper alternatives. R value of only 3.4 but seemed much quieter than the Thermorests I looked at. Main reason I went that way is that I don’t get on with the tapered mats at all. Interesting way to pack. I usually use a rubble sack as a liner, stuff the sleeping bag into the bottom, rest of stuff on top of it and then tent in a dry bag on top with poles down one side. Works but means I have to empty the sack to get the sleeping bag out. I’ll try it your way, see how it feels.

    1. Yea – and I will let you know how successful I am too once I’m out on the hill. Cheers for watching!

  3. Nice bit of packing trev, but if you do want to stop half way on a cold day for a brew it would be a bit of a bugger trying to dig out your jetboil 🤭

    1. Yea – this is really just an over nighter, no real walking planned, just stealing a chance during teh little time i have, so nought is coming out til the tent is up!

  4. Most of the times, as i’m lazy, I would just buy 1 litre of water in supermarket and then, when this water is done, I would start using sawyer with it – just refill the bottle, attach sawyer to it (as sawyers are compatible with regular water bottle), then drink squeezing the bottle, then put the bottle in the side pocket keeping sawyer attached. No hustle at all. Takes 20 seconds to refill.

    Btw, I am personally using thick trash bag as a liner for the pack. I am putting my tent at the bottom. Then putting a trash bag and putting everything in it and putting the rest of the gear (except rain gear) in it. Then I slide tent stakes and tent poles between the trash bag and side of the pack. Then I am putting my rain gear on top of the trash bag with other stuff. This keeps me from tweaking with dry sacks, keeps all my gear dry, separates tent and rain gear from the other gear and gives easy access to both the tent (with the bottom zip of the pack) and to the rain gear (which I tend to also use as a wind blocker during breaks). This thick trash bag easily survives 2-3 week-long hikes, is pretty lightweight and cheap (120 litre trash bag weights something around 80 grams and costs like 30 cents – pretty insignificant for something which protects pretty much the whole volume of the backpack).

    I also have 1.5 litre zip lock bag to store headlamp, batteries, cables and powerbank which I put in the lid pocket for quick access.

    I was trying a lot of ways to organise my gear, but considering the weather is changing rapidly here, I find this way of organising stuff the most robust and the most simple.

    1. Some great tips and advice there, cheers. I find the tent on one side is easily accessible, and to be honest, this is just a night on the hill so the tent is gonna be first thing out – no real walking planned at the moment!

  5. Another way is to get something like the Snugpak special forces bivy (weighs only 340 grams) and pack the sleeping bag in that and attach it to the outer of a backpack. This creates more room and also helps insulate in harsh winter weather. Two boxes ticked simultaneously.

    1. Yea – if it gets cold out on this outting I will probably pack my sleeping bag into my bivvy next time – it does a great job at insulating as you say. Cheers for watching!

  6. Impressive, what is the pack weight on its own, I’m using an old Berghaus 45 which I like but it’s 2 kilos empty! Another cracking episode 👍

    1. It is reportedly about 1.5kgs, Alan, so not the lightest bag out there, but not too bad and robust!

  7. Great video Trev👍🏻 good tip is to separate the poles from the cloudpeak, I put them in a side pocket then the tent inner goes much smaller in a dry sack👍🏻… also you may find this tent a little draughty/cold for winter as most of the sides are 3/4” from the ground.

    1. Yea, the cloud peak is quite meshy, but no more than my Cloud Up 2 which I have been using through the winter for the last three or four years. The difference from inside and out always surprises me.

  8. Nice one Trev, good job getting all that in a 45 ltr pack. Only thing jumping out at me from this was that you did not put your sleeping bag in a drysack, and maybe pack the jetboil a bit closer to the top for those mid hike brews 🙂 You had the thermals in there, but, at what point would you think about taking a full set of dry clothes? I guess it is weather outlook dependent.

    I just did 2 nights in the rhinogs and I struggled to fit everything in a 65ltr bag, i did not weight it but I reckon it was somewhere around 16kg, but, hopefully I can start shaving that down now!

    1. Yea – this is just literally an over nighter and no real walking either, so nothings coming out unti the tent is up. I have taken 5liter in the past and never use most of the stuff, so hoping that I will manage OK with what I have left, but will tell. Also, I will not be too far from teh car in this one, I dont think.

  9. i approve of your watch, been using a garmin instinct solar for about a year now, wouldnt be without now

  10. I got myself a klymit static v insulated and the v sheet and it’s a game changer for me. You can buy refurbished through klymit with a warranty a save a few quid too if your on a budget like me.

    1. That’s great advice, cheers. Will definitely keep my out for some klymet bits and bobs then. Cheers!

  11. Nice job on the packing! One of the most challenging parts is making it all fit – COMFORTABLY!

    1. Yea, and next week I will hopefully share how it all fits back in out on the trail. Thanks for watching!

  12. Trev, great video 👍 anyone new to camping and getting out over the winter should take some very useful guidance from this video 👌

    Stay safe atb Taff 🤠👊

  13. Another fantastic episode Trev. Getting the weight down and a smaller pack is something I am working too. Could save just under a kilo with the Cloud Up 2.

    1. I just shoved it in here, but this is designed just for an overnighter, with no real lengthy hiking. If I was doing a couple of days I would probably approach differently.

  14. Impressive piece of packing.
    As an aside, I know most of your adventures are one night so a gas cooker is most appropriate, but I have just learned about Kelly Kettles . They are an expensive bit of kit £ 70 to £ 110, but if you’re on a 3 or 4 nighters in the woods could be useful. Honestly I’m not prepping. I mean 2022 can’t be any worse than 2020 or 2021…
    Keep on making the great videos.
    Glad to see no vases were hurt in the making of this video.

  15. I am so pleased you managed it! Very fair weight with the water and food as well! Mega work! I am eyeing up the jetboil. I have an off brand heat exchanger pot that has opened my eyes to the joy of the technology.

    1. Cheers Chris. Really glad that you enjoyed this video. The kit vods seem to do well but it’s thinking of how to be original and honest without just flogging a dated horse. I’m pretty happy with this set up, designed more for an overnighter than a longer trek though, to be honest.

    2. Personally, I think the important factor is integrity and honesty. There is nothing more refreshing than “I don’t like this”. Maybe themed kits might give you 3 videos? First is choosing the kit for the theme. I love hiking kit for the price of the night out (£70ish). Put it together in video 1. Then go and test that kit in video 2 and reflections video 3. Could be average night out, ultralight trip (sub 10pound base weight), Facebook marketplace camping kit, camping with kids (if you can), camping with the wife, camping using only Facebook advert products.

      Sorry I slept for a full 8 hours last night! 😂😉

  16. Trev, you’re a braver man than me taking a down sleeping bag out without it being in at least 1 dry bag – I’m phobic about keeping my doss bag dry. All my packs have had at least 1 layer of waterproofing inside – normally a heavy gauge 50l plastic rubble sack as a pack liner, I’ve never had a rucsack that didn’t let water in after a good soaking. Also socks, I always carry at least 1 spare set when it’s cold/wet – you can’t beat the feeling of warm/dry feet when you get in your shelter. The down booties I got are a god send for winter camps. When it comes to packing, I work on the principle of last in, first out, so I don’t have to go fishing for gear, particularly when it’s dark and windy.

  17. Hey Trev, I personally wouldn’t trust the waterproofing/rain cover on a rucksack. Had a bad experience once when after a days hiking in the rain, all my kit was wet through and I had to abandon the trip and get picked up. I have an OEX Leviathon. I had it out last night on a camp and because its quite mild at the moment, I opened it up and used it as a quilt. Toasty warm. I also have a Trekology UL80 and last night I used it with a close cell foam mattress and a Lichfield self inflating mattress. You are 100% correct about the mats slipping and it became quite frustrating. To overcome this I got a my sleeping bag liner and slid all three mats inside it and it held them together perfectly all night. You have the option of still climbing inside the liner and putting the sleeping bag over the top like a blanket.

  18. I like to pack my bag up inside the tent and keep the tent outside the pack. That way I don’t have to pack it all up in the rain then put a wet tent in with the other stuff.

  19. 45L is definitely possible. Ive managed getting down to a 36L bag but tent goes on the outside (also only one bed layer) so really depends on how cold you plan on going!

  20. I’ve asked Santa for a new tent … but for some unknown reason my wife has had to get involved too.
    I am in two minds as to which tent to go for .. the Cloud Peak 2, or the Mongar 2 … which one do you prefer ?
    Currently I have an old Vango Spectre 200, it works fine, but it’s bright blue and over 10 years old now .. if not longer

  21. Nice little nose in your pack there . Looks like you’ll be sorted mate . Some interesting bits and bobs been looking at sleep mats pads etc I think I’ll have to continue to double up for winter although my multimat did the job at -2 . Was looking at sea to summit ether but I’d have to rob the bank 1st 😂 . Take it easy bud 👍

  22. Definitely wouldn’t put sleeping bag in without it been in a dry bag.im done with using a smaller packs when on the hill it’s a pain trying to get it all in it’s fine doing it in you’re living room different in the cold and wind or rain.i always carry extra socks and spare clothes/spare hat and gloves. aswell as thermals just for sleeping in.my down jacket also goes in the bag I never walk in it.but each to there own if it works for you then that’s great.

  23. Great load out Trev, I’ve used the cloud peak 2 twice now in the peaks and lakes in excellent conditions recently, not used it in the wind but judging by the video you put out last winter it looks like it can take a battering. I used the UL80 in the lakes recently felt quite cold so I too am looking at going premium for winter possibly the Exped mat.

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