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I have recently had an interest in learning about the equipment needed for surviving in a Bug Out situation. In learning the proper tools and equipment to have, I have also started backpacking and tent camping some. More recently, I started having an interest in bushcraft. What I have found is, there are a lot of similar tools required in each of these, especially having a decent knife. I would love to hear what any of you think about the mix of these different activities. I am still learning and having fun as I do so. I got several items for Christmas that will be used in a combination of these activities. Here are the items I got.

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This looks light weight and easy to carry. Cant wait to see how it works out for you

Well, I haven't had a chance to try out the stove and stand yet, but I did finally get the denatured alcohol, so it shouldn't be long. However, I was able to make it to the woods finally. I went on an overnight camping trip with some fellow Ohioans. I got to meet up with and camp with some great guys. These are a couple of guys I met on Facebook and finally got to meet in person. We were able to go on a 3 mile hike, eat some good food, cooked over a campfire and hang out in the woods for a while. Here are a few pics from the trip. I even got to start carving a spoon (hopefully will finish it soon). The young fella (Damien) the pics, was carrying his own SOG, Seal pup. 

Sure looks like that was a fun camp!

Great photos Jeremy. Great to see the boy getting an early start. Nothing like a camp fire to set the mind free.

Jan and John - It was a lot of fun. I need to do it more often. 

Today I made a new item for my bushcraft kit. This is a hobo fishing kit. I still need to get some fishing line and a small bobber that will fit in it. 

Great idea Jeremy! Perhaps a smaller cork would make a durable bobber? Would like to see more photos when its done.

Here is a little piece of gear I just got, to add to my hiking/camping kit. This is a mini dump pouch, made with leather and oilskin. I have a few different ideas in mind, for what it could be used for. What types of things can you think of for it? 

Right off I am thinking fire starter pouch

Fire/tinder pouch is the first thing that comes to mind for me too, just like Jan said.  

The next thing that came to my mind, however, was a trash bag.  Heavy canvas like that would handle small pieces of glass (of course I'm also thinking about being in municipal parks & playgrounds because I have young kids, & I'm always finding broken glass on the playground -- this bag could handle a beer bottle or two easy).  The size of the bag would also be good for shoving fishing line or netting into, or any other plastics that would be a hazard to wildlife.  To make this prospect both easier to clean & more palatable overall, use a plastic shopping bag as a liner.

And while there are many, many things you could keep in a pouch that size, I'd also suggest carrying nothing in it -- as in, bring it along as extra storage, for when you find the world's most perfect agate (or a nice piece of chert), or for gathering tinder as you go, or for filling with rocks to use as a rope weight when hanging a bear bag, or...

This is a great post, by the way -- I'm always picking up pouches I have no specific use for but just can't NOT buy it...  Think of the potential....!

I know there are a lot of uses for this pouch and it will get used. Great ideas Jan and DLKG. Here are a few more pics to show it's size a little better. The 32 oz Nalgene bottle is inside it, in the second pic.

This is just awesome actually Jeremy!


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