Get Organised On The Trail

Organising your kit for an efficient bushcraft campWhen you’re on the trail, efficiency can make the difference between a great trip and a terrible one. Your skill in managing your kit is the first hurdle but is one that’s easily mastered.

The key to nailing this is to look at your habits and gradually replace bad ones with better ones. Do you spend ages packing and unpacking your stuff? Do you leave crap everywhere and rely on others to pick it up for you? Do you duck out of group chores as you’re so busy fiddling with your own stuff?

If any of these sound familiar then you need to get organised. Here are some ideas to get you thinking the right way.

Don’t carry unnecessary stuff

The more stuff you carry the more you have to unpack and pack again every day. Looking for things becomes like looking for a needle in the proverbial haystack. Simplify. Take a cold hard look at your kit and weed out unnecessary items.

Plan ahead

“What do I need? When do I need it?”

Pack away stuff you’re not using so it doesn’t get misplaced or lost

I know people who “organise” their stuff in camp as if there’s been an explosion. They’re always losing things. I rarely lose things – it’s the exception and it pisses me off.

Organise gear you’ll need in the morning before you go to sleep

Tidy up the rest. It makes morning routine much smoother.

Compartmentalise your packing

Although some people dislike stuff sacks, they allow me to keep my kit split up into functional groups. I love them.

Form good habits

That old saying “a place for everything and everything in it’s place” is a good one. Know where your stuff is kept so you can keep tabs on it. It’s easy to spot (or feel) if something’s missing. This is especially true for anything kept on your person such as knives, firestarters, compasses etc – the important stuff.

Get stuck into group chores

If you’re in a group, don’t be the one who spends so long dicking around with their kit that they don’t have time to do group stuff. It’s rude. It causes disquiet in a group. It’s a great reason why all the previous stuff is so important.

And remember, practise makes perfect – Get out there and do it!

 

If you’re wondering why it’s been so long since the last post, you’re not alone. I’m pulling some levers behind the scenes to swing the old machine back into action. Stay tuned :-)

 

Nick Gallop

Nick has spent years studying bushcraft and wilderness skills both formally and less formally. He's passionate about wilderness travel by traditional means and employing traditional skills to conquer modern problems.

Comments

  1. Long time no post!!! Good to see you back on the horse and hope to see some regualr updates again. I know what it’s like to miss nearly a year f blogging!

  2. nikki calhoun says:

    Had to laugh when I read your advice as it reminded me of a trip I was on once ! No doubt you remember that trip as well.

  3. Hi Sam,

    Glad you’re still around! Sometimes real life gets in the way of what you’d like to be doing ;-)

  4. Hi Nikki,

    Yep, I do remember a trip that gave me quite a bit of material in this vein! More to follow!

  5. Glad to be reading your stuff again.

  6. Good to see you back. This is a very impassioned blog, clearly speaking from the heart. You’re right though!

  7. Thanks Lily!

    I guess it was from the heart. I’ve been on both sides of this. These days I have enough experience to know all this and hopefully enough maturity to forgive others for not knowing!

    Nick

  8. Hi Tim,

    Glad you’re still around here!

    Nick

  9. Preparation goes a long way in making trail time enjoyable. Finding ways to multipurpose items helps reduce clutter (and weight). The less you carry, the more fun your hike will be.

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