Camping Gear: Fashionable Father’s Day gift ideas for camping dads



I could stare at this picture of the Peak District all day. It just makes me want to hurl my tent into the back of the car and hit the road. But there’s Father’s Day gift-gathering to grapple with, so here are some more fantastic suggestions for you guys:



Mamnick is the road that leaves Hope valley and begins it’s steady ascent of Mam Tor, deep in the Peak District. It’s also the name of a slick, manly fashion and lifestyle brand inspired by these scenes. And it’s the place where these great shirts, and everything else they make, are made. Mamnick is a company that openly reveres Britain’s manufacturing heritage and they aim to carry on in that tradition by working with skilled, talented local artisans. The brand ethos? “Do one thing at a time, as beautifully as possible”. Here, here. What Daddy wouldn’t want to be a part of all that good stuff every time he shrugs an extra layer on at a campsite? I’ve got my eye on the Bagshaw Vest, £93, pictured above. But I’m probably even more seriously tempted by the very handsome Bubnell Gilet, £114, pictured below.


And why stop there? There’s always this Pilsley Shirt, £95. Or the Litton Shirt, £90. He’ll be the sharpest camper round the fire.






WWP_Yellow_1The Waka Waka is the most efficient solar lamp in the world. A few hours in the sun and you’ll get more than 40 hours of light. There are four increasing brightness levels and an SOS signal in case the tent caves in or something equally nightmarish happens on your next camping trip. It’s lightweight and portable, and has a stand that enables it to be attached to the top of a bottle or hung from the tent top or tree. You can also use it to fully charge your phone and iPad. And you can charge it through the mains as well, which is pretty handy. Not only that, the beautiful people behind Waka Waka (which means ‘shine bright’ in Swahili) launched a ‘buy one, give one’ campaign that has raised over $US700,000 and provided 12,000 LED lamps to Haitian families living without electricity. They are now sending Wakas to Syria. This is one purchase that you can feel darn good about buying and using. You can order one directly from Waka Waka for $US79 and join in these campaigns or from Firebox for £59.99 with free delivery.



Our Favourite Camping Gear from Best Made Co.


Best Made is an American company that was established in 2009 to fill the gap in the market for a high quality, brilliantly made axe, the “oldest and most invaluable tool known to mankind”. A year later Best Made’s limited edition axes were featured in an exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Which is not so much a statement on their performance (can you actually imagine Charles Saatchi camping?!), but does speak to their  rapidly (and well-earned) achieved icon status. They soon joined forces with some of the world’s best manufacturers and broadened their product base to include clothing, bags, first aid kits, maps and more. Which is great for all of us who don’t often find ourselves chopping wood.

Their products are Tonka-tough, beautifully made and elegant in the best sense of the word. Even better, when pushed, they perform. And they keep performing. These goodies are made to last and they’ll survive whatever we and the world throw at them.

These are our picks from the Best Made catalogue:




Best Made works with some of the worlds best manufacturers to create their ranges and their enamelware is no exception. The best feature? The rim — the spot that gets the most abuse — is reinforced with a double dipping of enamel. This is true of their plates, cups and pots. Prices start at $US32 for a set of two mugs.

I truly love their traditional dinner bell ($US50). It’s brings a brilliant touch to any campsite and will lure even the most busy and far-wandering campers back to the campfire.



Perfect for all outdoorsy people of the man variety is the Best Made field shirt ($US165). Or maybe a flannel pullover ($US142)? It’s hard to choose …

There was a minor flurry on Twitter recently as to whether Hudsalve ($US12) is a Danish or a Swedish life saver. Either way, this stuff is brilliant and seemingly useful for just about everything and anything! Designed for one of the Scandinavian military forces, and rapidly adopted by mountaineers and adventurers, Hudsalve is a no-frills skin protection for lips, face, hands, elbows, and feet. It can also be used to grease steel ware, condition boots and many tweets told tales of cooking with it. It’s like Vaseline on steroids.



You can’t go wrong with a cosy Lumberlander Camp Blanket ($US184) for keeping warm on those nights where you find the conversation around the campfire more enticing than your sleeping bag.bestmade8

And you may find this strange, but I’m also seriously liking their Tengui ($US6). These can be used to hold a chopping board in place and clean knives and work surfaces. An essential bit of kit found in most Japanese homes, it’s also used as a dishcloth, hand towel, even a bandana if you’re so inclined! It’s multi-purpose items like these that become invaluable on a campsite. bestmade27They even sell their own maple syrup! Go and check them out, there’s loads more and their gear will seriously get your camping juices going.