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My Rucksack for 2-3 Days Camping

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This video shows you the type of kit that I pack into my rucksack for a typical 2-3 day camping trip.

Obviously the kit varies somewhat based on where I am going, what I'll be doing or what season & weather we're expecting. For a more in depth look at some of the kit featured in this video you may want to see our Kit Review section.

Comments (8)
8 Monday, 10 February 2014 21:02
Jason Shea
inspiring video, today i have been thinking of the different times i would take a hammock out and am quite pleased to know that you guys have been using them here! not just the tropics!
7 Tuesday, 28 May 2013 13:50
Greg Stouffer
Liked our video, I would like to aske where I could get one of thse wooden mugs like you out pulled out of the leather pouch in our pack.
Keep up the great videos
6 Thursday, 21 March 2013 11:25
violet vyner
Hello Ashley, thats a really interesting film. I am trying to get my kit sorted and was just wondering whether you know the overall weight of your backpack with the kit included and whats the pack you use? I am trying to rethink my kit in preparation for some solo overnighters ( in a tent sadly as have yet to try a hammock and tarp) am also going to have to get a new backpack as very old one disintegrated so grateful for any advice! thanks Vee
5 Saturday, 16 March 2013 22:59
Stuart Hadley
Hello Ashley,loving the web site and as so often is the case with bushcraft learning something new. I found the comments on survival kits interesting and very much true as regards the quality of commercially available ones. Always better to make your own. As for the relevance of them if you have bushcraft skills you would probably not need one. Having said that if you were in back country and in a situation where you had lost youre basic kit those few items in a little tin might make the difference if youre trying to survive. After all thats why behind the line types in the army carry them.
4 Wednesday, 27 February 2013 07:02
Ashley Cawley
Hi Dan, glad to see you back :) Good to hear that about meds.

Yeah I have tried the wax/pine-cones they do burn very well but obviously you need a flame in the first place to get them going.

I've still got plenty of room for improvement in carving myself. I actually left out an item of cutlery that was still on the drainer at home; I usually have a spork that I whittled in my carving roll, handy for stews or noodles etc.
3 Wednesday, 20 February 2013 14:12
Dan XF
Haven't been on the site for ages and this was the first thing I saw. Brilliant vid and very informative. I've been too busy lately to stop and listen to Mother Nature but I'm getting the thirst back. I like the kit you have and as a professional medic I see nothing wrong with carrying over the counter meds in a first aid kit for your own use or for family members. From a legal view point if a member of your party asks for pain relief and you have some you can offer it to them. If they choose to put it in their own mouths and swallow it then they have made that decision for themselves. It seems good sense to carry it if you ask me. Just one thing I would like to point out though, I wish I had your skill at carving. Those are some beautiful looking utensils, I'm impressed and jealous at the same time. Having looked at the firefighting vid I'm now off to soak my got ton wool. Have you tried the pine cones covered in wax? They burn really well, good old Ravevlore.
2 Monday, 11 February 2013 17:00
Ashley Cawley
I'm not a big fan of survival kits & I'm definitely not a big fan of Bear Grylls, I wouldn't trust any products branded with his brand-name, infact I know that some of them have been recalled due to quality issues so that's not just my conjecture.

There's nothing wrong with making a kit as such though, I think kits are more meaningful and useful when you have made them out of independent items of kit that you have tested and know work well as oppose a kit that has been made cheaply purely to sell as a kit.

For example most survival tins you can buy will have a really small sub-standard folding knife in there and I mean really sub-standard, I've seen them have completely no edge on them before, incapable of cutting, whereas you could buy your own small Opinel folding knife that would be a lot better.

Wish you all the best with your own kit making, ask around in our forums for more advice.
1 Monday, 11 February 2013 15:09
Ben Chaplin
Wow that is a lot of stuff. Like your utility belt. I was just wondering what you thought of kits such as the Bear Grylls survival kit ( Do you think they are a good idea or better to put a kit together of your own? I suppose all you need is something to store it in so there is no reason why you need to buy a set as such. Anyway was just wondering what your opinion was on it as I'm looking to put something together. Cheers in advance Ben.

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