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.
“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