Technology: Perfect pitch
Leave civilisation behind, but still take life's little comforts with you. Here's everything you need to set up camp
Saturday 19 June 1999
Devised for back-packing or cycle touring, the Solar 2 is a lightweight two-person tent. Made from hi-tech Watershed nylon, the flysheet is extremely strong and will not absorb water. pounds 329. For stockists and information call Terra Nova on 01773 830100
The Autocube has a two-burner gas hob for cooking, an electric cool/hot box, fresh- and waste-water tanks, and even a kitchen sink. Powered from a cigarette lighter socket. pounds 680 (plus VAT). Exclusively available by mail order from OTC on 01883 712112
3. Philosophy Shelter spf15
Sunscreen with, appropriately, "active ingredients". pounds 13. From Harrods or by mail order, 0171-730 1234
4. Molton Brown New Age Traveller
Compact bag with the 10 cosmetics you need for any trip. pounds 39. For stockists call 0171-625 6550
5. GSI Mini Espresso Maker
For those who can't be without their daily caffeine fix. pounds 17.50 from Blacks. For nearest store call 0191 518 2002
6. Victorinox Swiss Tool
All the gadgets, from pliers to wire-cutters. pounds 75 from Blacks. For nearest store call 0191 518 2002
7. Lomo Action Sampler Sports Camera
Waterproof camera that takes four sequential shots on one print. pounds 20. For stockists call 0181-960 1362
8. Motorola TalkAbout Walkie Talkie
Water- and shock-resistant with 300 channels so there's no excuse for anyone getting lost. pounds 100 per unit. For stockists call Motorola on 0500 555 555
9. Silva Alba Windwatch
Keep a check on the elements with this water-resistant and buoyant device which measures barometric pressure, altitude, wind speed and temperature. pounds 124.99 from Ellis Brigham. For nearest store call 0161 834 5555
10. Lifesystems Thermal Blanket
This very compact, portable and lightweight blanket conserves 80 per cent of radiated body heat, and weighs just 3oz. pounds 4 from Blacks. For nearest store call 0191 518 2002
11. Ultralight Long Mattress
A compact mattress which gradually self-inflates when you lay it out flat. pounds 54.99 from Ellis Brigham. For nearest store call 0161 834 5555
12. Kompakt Three Season Sleeping Bag
Cosy up. This offers the best combination of weight, warmth and compressibility. pounds 99 from Ellis Brigham. For nearest store call 0161 834 5555
13. Body Shop Hair & Body Towel
Compact and super-absorbent towel, ideal for travellers. pounds 10 from the Body Shop. For nearest store call 01903 731500
14. Blacks Millennium Rucksack
A limited edition of 2,000, which go on sale in September. Made of polyester and nylon, with the Deuter "aircomfort" back system. pounds 30 from Blacks. For nearest store call 0191 518 2002
15. Lifesystems Emergency Medical Pack
Contains the medical essentials, everything from sterile dressings to wipes to scissors. pounds 26 from Blacks. For nearest store call 0191 518 2002
16. Berghaus Airfoil Inferno
Water-resistant and windproof smock, for the worst a British summer can throw at you. pounds 50. For stockists call Berghaus on 0191 415 0200
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