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Spending: September to December 2016

Across the final three months of 2016, I embarked on a ‘spending spree’ of sorts to upgrade a few key areas of my existing range of walk-related clothing.

In this post, I’ll summarise everything I purchased along with a brief explanation as to why.

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Camping Kit

As I sit here, contemplating one third and final camping trip before the summer leaves us for this year (even though, it may feel like it has only just re-emerged this weekend), I’d like to share with you a selection of items that I consider as essential to my own camping experiences. I’ve noticed that others seem to carry a lot of kit with them…

But then, perhaps it’s because my motive is different – I’m not travelling to ‘camp’ as much as I am earning a place to stay while I head off adventuring in to each day.

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Goin’ Campin’

Almost a year ago, I was contemplating a couple of solo long-weekend breaks to do a bit of walking and to begin explore the British countryside from further afield. But for the average cost of a B&B (bed and breakfast – ¬£50 per night!) and then several months of van problems (before it went to the scrap yard), I probably would’ve gone off on an adventure somewhere.

Don’t worry; I’m not taking the vacuum.

This year, I’ve revised my plan to an idea more befitting my budget. One of my reasons for wanting to explore the UK more is that I cannot afford to travel abroad (flights and all) with the money I’m currently earning, when you consider that I’m having to pay monthly rent and other bills as a greater necessity. So, I’ve decided to invest a bit of money in some basic camping gear and, with the help of 2 friends this summer, I’ll be able learn first-hand¬† ‘survival’ and, ultimately, whether it’s for me (fingers crossed).

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