Tatler's Guide to Camping
Tatler Hong Kong|November 2020
Bet you’d never hear us endorse sleeping in the wilderness. But here’s how to have a rugged outdoor adventure without necessarily roughing it
Coco Marett

It’s really come to this. You’ve exhausted every penthouse suite staycation option in the city, and your insatiable appetite for an exotic escape—any escape, really—just won’t stop. So you’re considering camping. Yes, the thing with the tent. And the sleeping bags. Really, it’s a trend happening all over the world, and not just among people who are, how shall we say, frugal.

Whether you’re a seasoned outdoorsman or a fearless, adventure-seeking woman, or you’re simply looking for a new way to enjoy the wild that you can use for social media content, we’re here to help you re-acquaint yourself with the great outdoors in the style to which you are accustomed. That is to say, this is Tatler’s guide to the best camping money can buy.

1 THE ELITE EXPEDITIONER

There’s a kind of romance about the days of epic expeditions gone by, when aristocratic adventurers went sailing off to places unknown, a roaring fire in the evening, a sky full of stars and a martini shaker in the travel kit. Here’s a way to recreate that Ralph Laurenesque romance, albeit with a few indulgent upgrades for today’s more technology dependent traveller.

Load up your superyacht and sail to an idyllic beach like Tai Long Wan in Hong Kong or those on Mamutik Island in Malaysia or Pulau Hantu in Singapore, the latter being a fabulous diving site, so don’t forget to pack your best five-figure dive watch. Have you heard that Rolex just launched a new version of its iconic Submariner? Of course you have.

Once you’ve arrived and anchored, hang back and relax while your crew takes off on a dinghy to set up camp. It won’t just be any camp, of course, and fear not, those Below Deck fools won’t be anywhere in sight. This summer, Louis Vuitton introduced a monogram mirror backpack trunk that comes with an optional monogram tent. It’s waterproof, comfortably fits two and perfectly complements some of the pieces in Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection that, as the name suggests, pay homage to the maison’s nomadic roots. Our picks include the bell lamp by London-based industrial design studio Barber & Osgerby, the woven leather hammock by Swiss design studio Atelier Oï and a trunk that folds out to reveal a bed—the perfect place to drape your favourite Hermès cashmere blanket. Perhaps consider renting a second boat to haul all of your toys.

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