I've rode bikes casually, on and off for years, but I'd really like to emphasise the word 'casually'. Taking anything seriously is not something I know how to do, and well prepared in my mind is a pump and a puncture repair kit. However, I'd like to do some touring and I'll be heading off on my own, and on a strict budget, which means camping is a must. Having never done more than 40 miles in my life I'll be starting off small just to test the water but the problem is, I currently have no kit for touring. Neither do I have any idea of how to survive out in the wild. I'm on a tight budget, so only the bare minimum is required for now. But what do I need? Obviously panniers, tent, sleeping bag...I guess a stove, pots/pans, some grub of course. Water bottle, puncture repair kit, tools, etc. Thing is, because I'm on a tight budget, I don't want to go out and spend 200 quid on stuff only to realise that I've forgotten something fundamental, that I can no longer afford, leaving me with a pile of gear that I can't use. So I want to get straight in my head everything that I need. Also though, if you're camping, where do you keep your bike? Do you get an oversized tent with a big porch type facility, or do you just leave it outside? What advice would you give to a novice? What are the fundamentals that you need to know before you set off to your potential death having forgot to pack something?