I have been wanting to shift away from a military look with my bushcraft kit and moving more to a classic or vintage look in my kit. I still love the military stuff but I wanted to branch out and explore an older style of bushcraft. In doing this I have been looking for a haversack, I wanted to use an older Gas Mask Bag or Bread Bag but have not been able to find one at the local Army Surplus stores. I did find a vintage style canvas shoulder bag, I don’t know the brand as there is was no manufacture information on the bag but it looks sturdy and was not that expensive. So with out further ado here is the bag. It measures 9 inches hight and 9 inches long and is 3 inches wide. It has two small pockets on the front and one large compartment with no dividers and has a canvas strap which is adjustable. The ideas is that this will be a bag for day hikes or can be paired with my rucksack or a bedroll for overnighters or two day trips. I will review the rucksack and its contents in a later post. Below is the haversack when it is fully loaded, Just a note normally I would wear the canteen, multitool and moor on my belt but I wanted to show that they would fit in the sack as it is shown below.
Below you will see the kit all laid out.
Now lets take it item by item.
Above you will see the empty haversack, a USGI poncho in case it rains and as a shelter and a roll of twisted bank line, the bank line is a bright yellow and is very easy to see out in the bush.
Here we have the my USGI canteen with a USGI canteen cup and a canteen stove from Canteenshop.com I carry it in a Molle Canteen pouch and there are water purification tablets in the side pockets of the pouch. Also there is about 6 feet of paracord wrapped around the poncho, it is bright green to make the poncho easier to see if its dropped out in the bush.
Here we have my rite in the rain field book for taking notes on the interesting things I see when I am out and about, as well as two metal tent stakes wrapped in two 25 foot lengths of paracord, these are to be used with the poncho if I need to set up a temporary shelter. Also shown here are a bandana, the uses of which are many, my bacho laplander saw which I just love and my mora companion. The mora is a kit unto itself, it has a sail needle tapped on the back side of the sheath as well as a magnesium fire-starter both of which are covered in a large ranger band made from a bicycle tube, and a large belt loop made from paracord. You will also see my work gloves and a small folding trowel. I prefer the metal ones here in Texas to the plastic ones as the ground is very hard and rocky.
Rounding it out are my leatherman wave multitool and a small headlamp in case it gets to dark and I need a little extra light, as well as a compass below. The compass is an extra as i always carry a better one in my pocket but I like that this one connects to the D ring on the bag so I have some redundancy in the kit. I would love to hear your suggestions and I will let you guys know how it works as I field test it and see what needs to go and what needs to stay, remember your kit should be a living and evolving thing and should not stay stagnate as you continue to grow and learn more in your woods-lore.