What's in my bag

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What's in my bag

Post by Bram van Munster » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:42 pm

I have had the question about what's in my bag many times.
Other people I meet in the forest wonder what I'm taking with me, my nephews look at me as if I'm God when I teach them new things about survival, other bushcrafters ask about it because they love comparing and learning, so, to avoid having to tell everyone time and again: Here it is!

A 2 x 3 meter camo tarp (10 x 12 feet)
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For obvious reasons, I use it to keep the weather off me, and my hammock is underneath it.

"Fishnet hammock"
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Only used when I need to be off the ground, like extreme rain or areas with a lot of bugs. A fabric hammock comes along when the weather gets colder

Extra paracord
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Aside from the bracelet and shoelaces, I always have a 30 metre (about 100 feet) roll in my bag. Should it be necessary, I have fishingline or extra material to make a shelter with.

Mora Kniv Kansbol
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This one is used for anything except food items

Bahco Laplander folding saw and knife
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These came as a one buy kit, and I've dedicated them to do all rough woodcutting initially. On more than once occasion, the combination proved to be very handy in the pack.

Small axe
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For cutting up small pieces of wood.

Folding shovel
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For small trenches during torrential rain, searching for water or covering up 'nature's call'

Ferrocerium rod
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Also known as a firesteel. This is one of many ways to make fire, and I use this one mostly as a backup.

Hand cranked torch
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You won't catch me running out of batteries! The light beam coming from this one is more than enough for my purposes,. (after 3 minutes of cranking)

First aid kit
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A foldable kit which you can attach to your belt with velcro. Lightweight and has been on many hikes with me!

Victorinox multitool with saw
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The extention of my own hand, used a LOT, seen a lot.

Whet stone
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No blunt knife will ruin my trip! Besides, taking care of your gear makes sure they last longer!

Water filter
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Self explanatory if you ask me!

Spare pants
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When you get wet or stay out for a few days, a change of clothes is very welcome! Same goes for socks, shirt, etc.

Working gloves
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Very useful when you need to take your pot off the fire or collecting prickly plants. Also, if you like keeping your hands clean, use these.

Kelly kettle pot
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Mine doesn't have the rubber anymore ;)

Percolator
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Coffee, the most important meal of the day...

Sleeping bag
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For cold nights, else I just jump in my hammock and doze off under the stars...


And of course I bring a bottle of water and food with me. All fits snugly in my 120 liter backpack. Sometimes, some more gear comes along, like extra knives. Mostly when I am meeting up with others that want to learn things and often don't have their own gear. That way, I'm prepared for anything they'll have or have not.


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