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Paul Magnanti
(PaulMags) - MLife

Locale: People's Republic of Boulder
useful items on 07/27/2013 17:53:58 MDT Print View

*Thrift store dress shirt: Light, dries quickly, sun and bug protection

*Surplus wool liner gloves: Use them in all four seasons. Pair with a shell only $4 a pair

*Boonie hat: $10 for sun, light snow and rain protection

*C9 Brand (Target) running socks. Still my go to sock; 3 for about $10

mik matra
(mikmik) - M

Locale: Allways on the move
Re: What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/27/2013 17:54:36 MDT Print View

bread bags??? I wouldn't like to wear them where we go lol.

Just about to sacrifice the bottom bit of my closed cell foam pad to make some inexpensive light camp footware :)

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/27/2013 18:38:45 MDT Print View

"bread bags??? I wouldn't like to wear them where we go lol."

bread bags

They are not for walking just to keep your feet dry at camp.
Here is the sequence.
Arrive at camp
set the tent up
have a full wash (wet cloth wipe down)
put "night clothes" on (that is socks , T shirt and longs or clean underpants)
Put bags over clean socks.
Put wet day socks over bags.
Now you can use your wet walking shoes and keep your feet dry.

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
inexpensive on 07/27/2013 18:47:07 MDT Print View

5 gallon mesh paint strainer bag for clothing stuff sack. 0.5 oz, 2 for $3
Rubber bands # 64
Turkey bag as waterproof / smell resistant liner for food bag

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/27/2013 19:20:02 MDT Print View

For the MYOG crowd:

- no-see-um, silnylon and mesh stuff sacks from leftover scraps
- wind shirts and pants from 1.1 ripstop on clearance (so what if the color is weird!)
- hiking and x-c skiing gaiters from leftover WPB scraps
- kayak deck bags from inexpensive heavy mesh and leftover buckles and webbing

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/27/2013 19:29:25 MDT Print View

I agree with Franco's use of bread bags.

Also, if you find yourself out hiking during the South Asia monsoon season, the bread bags can go between an inner pair and an outer pair of socks. With shoes like the Inov-8 ones, rain water will soak right through in an instant. But then the bread bags stop the water from soaking all the way to your skin.

--B.G.--

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Most useful inexpensive items on 07/27/2013 20:30:05 MDT Print View

Garbage bags and Ziploc bags

A small water carrier/sink - useful for washing (me and clothes), tent storage, pack storage of small items.

James DeGraaf
(jdegraaf) - MLife

Locale: Bay Area
Re: What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/27/2013 20:30:44 MDT Print View

Franco, I've used bread bags like that before. They also work to cut the wind when bicycling in colder/wetter weather. Your shoe tie method in the picture intrigues me; could you explain more what's going on with the laces?
Thanks,
James

Jake D
(JakeDatc) - F

Locale: Bristol,RI
Re: Re: What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/27/2013 20:45:58 MDT Print View

Campbells soup cup. great for measuring (i added lines on the side), oatmeal, hot chocolate, etc. It also fits inside my pot and keeps my stove from clanking around.

Kevin Burton
(burtonator) - F

Locale: norcal
Re: What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/27/2013 21:35:36 MDT Print View

I take my uses lip balm and melt or cut deodorant and put it inside and use them as ultralight deodorant sticks.

Just twist and out comes new deodorant as you use it ;)

Delmar O'Donnell
(Bolster)

Locale: Between Jacinto & Gorgonio
Cup? on 07/27/2013 23:59:47 MDT Print View

"Campbells soup cup."

Don't understand. Did you make yourself a cup from an empty campbell's can?

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/28/2013 00:01:07 MDT Print View

Chopsticks saved from a Chinese restaurant.

Trash-compactor bag (raincoat, mini ground tarp, and, hey, even a trash bag).

A square of wax paper as a fire starter.

Likewise, small squares of waxed, corrugated cardboard boxes (they contain produce and can be found behind your local grocery store) as fire starters.

Heat-sealed soda straws to hold pills, vaseline-impregnated cotton balls, and spices.

6" x 24" of heavy-duty aluminum foil as a wind screen.

Mini-Bic.

Free, professional samples of anti-itch, antibiotic, sunscreen, etc, lotions.

Super-mini toothpaste tubes from Chinese hotels (not counting the airfare).

Scrap of copper wire, bent into a U, and hammered flat on the ends to use as a heat conductor for a butane canister.

Found-on-the-beach bits of Spectra and woven dacron fishing line, 60- to 120-pound test, cut into guy-line and emergency-shoe-lace lengths.

The smallest bit of vac-pac bag material to make pills, emergency TP, etc, super water-proof.

Cut-off bottom 1/3 of a gallon milk jug as a SUL bowl, sink, bucket and water scoop.

Dumpster-diving at the recycling center for Foster's, energy drink, and other interesting sizes and thicknesses of aluminum containers as multipurpose pots and water bottles.

Old, wide-mouth Avian bottles. Wish I could still find them. So now I use. . . .

Gatorade bottles - lighter and infinitely cheaper than Nalgene.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/28/2013 00:22:32 MDT Print View

"Your shoe tie method in the picture intrigues me; could you explain more what's going on with the laces? "

Nothing special there, it was meant to show that at camp I often don't do my shoelaces up tight .
(it does look like a knot for folk that have a problem foot or shoe but that is another story)

mik matra
(mikmik) - M

Locale: Allways on the move
Re: What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/28/2013 01:21:17 MDT Print View

I just made these in-camp thongs from closed cell foam and tape. The pair (size 12) 56grams.home made incamp thongs

EDIT: Sorry guys and gals I cannot change the photo to be pointing right way up.....

Edited by mikmik on 07/28/2013 01:27:15 MDT.

Richard Fischel
(RICKO) - F
if you carry hiking poles on 07/28/2013 12:20:37 MDT Print View

100# test fishing line and duct tape wrapped around the shaft. you can also wrap the duct tape around a water bottle.

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Blue Pad Camp shoes on 07/28/2013 13:05:05 MDT Print View

i was just going to post my blue foam camp shoes but someone beat me to it. They are cheap, easy to make and light. No need for crocs, thongs, or flipflops.

If you add strips of duct tape to the bottom of the sole they last a little longer in rocky terrain.

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
RE:What are the most useful inexpensive items you carry? on 07/28/2013 20:53:10 MDT Print View

+1 Franco. I use newspaper bags myself but that's one of the best tips I've picked up here.

E J
(mountainwalker) - MLife

Locale: SF Bay Area & New England
wet socks over the bread bag to dry? on 07/28/2013 21:04:40 MDT Print View

I've used bread bags to keep my feet dry and warm, especially in winter. Do you put the wet socks over the bread bags in order to help dry them?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: wet socks over the bread bag to dry? on 07/28/2013 21:10:11 MDT Print View

If you are trying to dry out damp socks overnight during the winter, then take them into the sleeping bag with you and put them next to your bare chest within your sleeping shirt and with your face up. In the morning they will be all or nearly all dry. Note that the moisture leaves and goes into the sleeping bag insulation. If you are warm enough, it will continue to migrate to the outside of the sleeping bag and be gone.

--B.G.--

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: wet socks over the bread bag to dry? on 07/28/2013 21:11:41 MDT Print View

Yeah, only do this if you have plenty of warmth to spare.