Traveler’s Gear

Here is an ongoing selection of gear I’ve acquired, made, or find useful in travel.  I will try to limit this to things I actually use and are specifically for camping.  Much of it will be “classic” stuff but I make no attempt to portray a “period” of history.  I live in the world as it is but I tend toward the older, often simpler, high quality goods of the past.

Questions, ideas, and submissions are definitely welcome.


My “Possibles” Field Bag.


This is most of the contents from the above bag; things I don’t like to be without. Clockwise (more-or-less) from the upper left: Brunton pocket compass, Moleskine notebook, pencil, folding knife, whetstone with bag, belt knife, wooden spoon, 550 paracord, insulated mug, hand lens, sunglasses.


Above is my Svea 123R by Optimus.  A design dating back to the mid-1950s that has withstood the test of time.  Like others from my generation, I strayed into canister fuels and more high-tech alternatives but came back to this through a mixture of nostalgia and a sense of the aesthetic in this simple little beauty.  More information on vintage liquid fuel stoves can be found here.

I picked this up on a whim and it has made me very happy.  The Optimus 80 is based on (almost exactly copied from) the highly successful Primus 71.  Possibly the only stove I have owned to actually work better than the Svea 123.  The canister is a little awkward but makes for a clever design nonetheless.   More about this acquisition can be found in an earlier blog post.

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With a gasoline stove you must carry a funnel.  For years I had a nice little tinned copper one I picked up somewhere many years ago.  One day, while haunting a little antique store in Lubbock, Texas, I saw this little gem sitting on a shelf, tarnished until it was almost unrecognizable.  I gave $4 for it and put it back into commission for it’s next stage in existence.


Some of my camping gear based on the period from about 1745 – 1812.

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Folded for travel or storage.

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Unfolded, ready for use.

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Rear view, showing hole for wall mounting.

A LINK to the lantern can be found HERE.

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Willow pack basket I made several years ago. The straps were obviously new then.


Dopp kit and some leather working tools I use to create items like this.


Treadle lathe turned bowl and plate made by Mick Robins in spaleted alder (I think). The spoon is Osage orange carved by me.


My traveling bucksaw.  Find out how to build it HERE.


My huarache experiment. Still going strong after many years and several different soles.

A few too many knives? This is what happens as you travel, receive gifts, buy better stuff, etc.  From the upper left: Camillus 5-1967 (a friend carried this in Vietnam), my small Arkansas stone for field touch-ups, Buck folder, three classic Victorinox knives, lock-blade Buck made in Idaho, 19th century bone handle knife cut down from a larger eating knife, Gerber multi-tools (the original and a more modern, but heavy version), a hand-made patch knife by M.P. with walnut neck sheath, a Solingen-made high carbon Bowie knife, two classic Case XX folders, two small folding Gerbers, a hand-made camp knife from a Colorado maker, and at the bottom my “go to” Buck field knife that has worked on archaeological projects, cut up animals, and performed about every other imaginable task.

My small neck knife made from an antique saw blade.

I’ve carried this little guy for 32 years now.

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