When you're new to it or only plan on a couple of overnighters a year, then it can seem a little mad to throw loads of money at stuff you'll hardly use. This got me thinking about how much you could kit yourself out for. Nothing exotic, just basic and functional kit that should see you through a few summers ... I've a budget of £100 in my mind, so lets see what we can do. We'll start with keeping the elements at bay.
First up and possibly the first item people tend to buy ... a bivvy bag. This is the cheapest bag I could find that claims to be fully waterproof and breathable and it costs less than £20!
Now, I know a tarp isn't something you 'need' but it is nice to have. A well erected tarp will keep off a surprising amount of rain and sometimes it's just nice to have that 'feeling' of shelter. There are cheaper tarps out there but they're designed for a slightly different job ... yes, they will keep the rain off but there'll be a hugh weight penalty, best to leave them at home covering your log store or trailer. This on the other hand is designed for sleeping under, it'll also double as a poncho so you can ditch the waterproofs if you wanted to save a bit of weight. As long as you don't mind grade 1 forces issue, it'll cost you under £22.
Right then, we've £58 left, which isn't a vast amount but I reckon we've a chance of getting everything we need.
*Apologies to AC/DC or any fans.