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Top 10 essential camping buys: Must-have equipment for festivals and outdoor staycations

From sleeping bags to portable stoves, we ask the experts for their favourite items to guarantee warm and cosy nights under the stars

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Sarah Hourigan, who has been camping for more than 20 years, pictured with her gear in north Waterford. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

Sarah Hourigan, who has been camping for more than 20 years, pictured with her gear in north Waterford. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

MSR Hubba Hubba two-person tent, €550, 53 Degrees North

MSR Hubba Hubba two-person tent, €550, 53 Degrees North

Lowe Alpine Diran 50-60 bag, €160, OutdoorAdventureStore.ie

Lowe Alpine Diran 50-60 bag, €160, OutdoorAdventureStore.ie

Osprey Aura AG Women's 65 Litre backpack, €260, OutdoorAdventureStore.ie

Osprey Aura AG Women's 65 Litre backpack, €260, OutdoorAdventureStore.ie

LifeVenture Ultralight dry bag, from €13.95 reduced from €17.95, OutdoorAdventureStore.ie

LifeVenture Ultralight dry bag, from €13.95 reduced from €17.95, OutdoorAdventureStore.ie

Thermarest NeoAir XTherm sleeping pad, €250, BaseCamp.ie

Thermarest NeoAir XTherm sleeping pad, €250, BaseCamp.ie

Vango Comfort 7.5cm sleep mat, €81.95 reduced from €90.99, SurfDome.ie

Vango Comfort 7.5cm sleep mat, €81.95 reduced from €90.99, SurfDome.ie

Vango Ultralite Pro 300 sleeping bag, €119.95, CharlesCamping.ie

Vango Ultralite Pro 300 sleeping bag, €119.95, CharlesCamping.ie

Vango Nitestar Alpha Junior, €41, Great Outdoors

Vango Nitestar Alpha Junior, €41, Great Outdoors

Thermarest Compressible Pillow, €35, Booley.ie

Thermarest Compressible Pillow, €35, Booley.ie

MSR PocketRocket, €50 from 53 Degrees North

MSR PocketRocket, €50 from 53 Degrees North

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Sarah Hourigan, who has been camping for more than 20 years, pictured with her gear in north Waterford. Photo: Dylan Vaughan

When preparing for a camping trip, it can be tempting to fill your bag with every little thing you could possibly need.

But whether you’re backpacking or car camping, going solo or with a family, a regular or a rookie, it’s crucial to pack smart to make the most of your weekend away.


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