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Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby maverick » Tue Jul 30, 2013 4:38 pm

What items do you carry that are dirt cheap yet are worth there weight in gold
while your out backpacking. Ziplockbags for example have multi purpose uses
and weight next to nothing and cost is very low.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby rlown » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:33 pm

larger sized zip ties.. Holds a boot sole on your toe in a secure manner to get out. Could also be used to splint a leg, not that i want to experience that use.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby The Other Tom » Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:45 pm

Duct tape (wrapped around my water bottle).
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby Shawn » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:40 pm

A whistle ! Low cost, low tech "emergency hailing device" :D ......always have one in my pack.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby freestone » Tue Jul 30, 2013 8:37 pm

The quarter in my pocket to open the bearicade bear can. I also have one taped to the can.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby longri » Tue Jul 30, 2013 9:04 pm

Worth its weight in gold? Nothing. Not even Cuben fiber comes close.

Gold is about $1300 an ounce right now and I'd give you all of my ziplocks, twist ties, duct tape, quarters, and pretty much everything else I'm carrying that I don't actually need to survive long enough to hike out and go to the bank if I could trade it for the same weight in gold. I'd love to hike out of the mountains with 20-30 pounds of gold. That would be a trip I'd remember.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby flyfisher70 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:52 pm

A Bic lighter
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby bluefish » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:11 am

A gargbage bag. I use it for my tent entrance, an emergency pack cover/liner/poncho, a waterproof seat, you can carry water with it, hang food in it, and most of all pack out my garbage and the flotsam and jetsam from the careless and thoughtless. You can also stop a leaking tent seam by placing the bag over the leak and tying it off at the corners to keep it in place. I use the construction bags. Pretty tough. If you're in camp long enough, you can heat water in them in the sun for a good wash. Roll down the top until it turns into its own sink after the water warms.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby austex » Fri Aug 02, 2013 7:43 am

Tin, ah em...Aluminum foil. Crazy glue. Dental floss.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby BrianF » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:03 am

Bandana
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby tomba » Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:02 pm

Handi Wipes. Lighter than a pack towel and absorb water more easily - easier to wipe condensation from a tent fly. Can we washed and re-used for a few trips.
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Re: Inexpensive Useful Items

Postby caddis » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:04 am

Foil pouch.

It's in my pack in case I decide to keep/cook some fish in the coals of a fire but that idea has been nixed since the sierra's are apparently about to explode. However, it makes an excellent windbreak for my stove
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