This resource page is a bit mismatched for now, as I try to figure out the best way to list all of the resources we use for business, travel, and daily life.
Camping & Travel Basic Gear:
- A good quality backpack– This is the one a few of our kids have. It has plenty of room and works great for camping (or extended travel).
- Water filter– Water is a top priority when camping. In primitive camping, there isn’t a water spigot to get water and you don’t want to carry in gallons of water. We carry primary and backup water filters for each family member with primitive camping. The two we usually bring are the Sawyer and the Life Straw. Both of these let you drink directly from a river or other natural water source without the need for boiling or other purification. They are compact and light and we carry these for international travel where the water supply is questionable too.
- Knives– Plural. Yes, you need more than one. Each family member (over age 2/3) carries at least two knives: a high-quality multi-purpose knife and a swiss army knife. The adults usually carry other knives as well.
- Light Sources: We also each carry multiple light sources when camping. Being stuck after dark without the ability to see to make a fire isn’t a fun experience. We each carry a headlamp and a regular LED flashlight.
- Fire Starter– Waterproof matches and a magnesium fire starter are really helpful, unless you are great at rubbing sticks together.
- Paracord– Paracord is great for helping make shelters and dozens of other things. We always keep 100 feet of 550 paracord on hand.
- Compass: If you learn how to use it, a compass can be an invaluable tool when primitive camping.
- Microfiber pack towel- A pack towel isn’t a regular bath towel, but is great for drying off in the woods if you get caught in a rainstorm and it dries quickly.
- Gorilla tape- Like duct tape but stronger… because if duct tape can’t fix it… We always keep gorilla tape on hand for camping.
- Carabiners– These lightweight carabiners have endless uses while camping. Rated to over 2000 pounds and great for hanging hammocks, making shelters and more.
Gear for Cooking and Eating:
- Stainless steel cooking kit- A lightweight stainless steel cooking kit is helpful for heating food while camping.
- Eating Utensils- Compact and lightweight stainless steel utensils are great for camping.
- Stainless cup- This stainless steel cup is great for hot and cold drinks while camping and clips on to a backpack or belt.
- First Aid Kit– Minor injuries are common when camping and a high quality first aid kit can save a camping trip and avoid a trip to the doctor.
- Emergency blanket– Useful for camping in cold, but also helpful as a lightweight tarp to keep rain off in bad weather.
- Backpackers Trowel– A lightweight trowel is helpful for burying waste, digging out a fire pit and many other things.
- Beeswax Candles– Candles are helpful for night time light and also for making fire starters.
- Stuff Sack– A stuff sack or compression sack is great for storing clothes and personal items away from gear and helps keep the backpack organized.
- Heavy Duty Plastic Bags– Useful for more than just collecting trash. Heavy duty plastic is great for rainproofing shelters, storing water and more!
- Super Glue– Useful for fixing equipment and repairing small cuts.
- Hand Sanitizer– I’m not normally a fan of hand sanitizer but when in the woods without running water, it has its uses.
- Natural Disinfectant– See above!