I keep an Ultra-Sil Stuff Sack near the top of my pack filled with our family backpacking frequently used essential items. This bag holds various items that are not necessarily categorized with each other except for the fact we use them often. It is full of the little items I want to keep track of, have easily accessible and I don’t want to be without. I call it the junk drawer for backpacking! Here’s what’s in our “junk drawer” sack-
Family Backpacking Frequently Used Essential Items:
2. Headlamp with extra batteries
4. Small Nalgene Wide Mouth Round Container wrapped with duct tape and filled with matches and a strike.
5. 100 foot length of Parachute Cord Camping Rope (used to hang food and as a clothesline)
6. A ziplock bag with a couple of clothespins, safety pins and rubber bands
7. Phone Charger
8. Small Notebook and Pen
This little bag holds all the odds and ends I may need throughout the day so I can find them quickly. It also helps keep my pack organized. When backpacking, it is essential that everything has a place and there is a place for everything so having all the little items stored together is a must. Our family backpacking frequently used essential items bag is one we dig into often.