Monday 21 January 2008

On your belt

Whenever I go camping, this utility belt is always with me. Around the campsite I take it off, but when out hiking, looking for firewood, or exploring it’s always on me.

The belt is a standard US Army Utility belt. I bought it from an army surplus store for about four or five bucks. I am not sure if it’s a ‘genuine’ issue belt, or a civilian look-alike, but it’s strong, and serves my purpose. On my left side is a Cold Steel GI Tanto knife. Then a plastic canteen in an ALICE pouch, then two ammo pouches. I have two screw-gate carabiners in between the pouches just in case. I cut off the loops from the ammo pouches, since they are useless for me, take up extra space, and snag on things. A GI metal cup sits inside the canteen pouch, and the canteen itself sits inside the cup.

One of the pouches contains the following:


  • Bic lighter
  • 550 paracord. Maybe 40 or 50 feet
  • Trioxane fuel tabs. There are three in the box
  • Mylar emergency blanket
  • Winchester multitool
  • Signal mirror
  • Brunton compass with declination adjustment
  • Slingshot replacement band. I have made my own slingshots before, this works great!
  • Two wire saws. They don’t work too well, but will do in an emergency
  • Aquamira Frontier Filter. Basically a straw filter good for 20 gallons

The second pouch has these items:


  • Snake bite and sting kit. I added scalpel blades, more bandages, 4 clothes pins, butterfly sutures and a P-38 can opener. The disposable razor is there so you can shave the sting site for suction cup to adhere to your skin.
  • Roll of waterproof medical tape
  • Assorted large bandages, and gauze pads
  • Roll of gauze
  • Advil in a small bottle
  • More medicine; antacids, anti-diarrheal, painkillers
  • Garrity LED flashlight. 3 AAA batteries. This cost me $5 at the store, great flashlight for the price
  • Gerber Gator knife. I have had this for at least 10 years, and use it all the time when camping

On the right side of the utility belt there is extra space for my Kimber 1911 in a Bianchi M12 style holster. I do not normally carry it with me, but if the situation arises, it sits comfortably on my hip.

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  3. Cal Says:

    That Tanto may make a fine fighting knife, but for a suvival knife I prefer something with some weight to it. If you need to chop branches, for fabricating sheltors & such, you will appriecate the extra weight. Personally I’ve carried a full size Ka-Bar for years and have recently tried A Gerber LMF II, and A CRKT M60 SOTFB both are fine knives and would give good service but I have gone back to my Ka-Bar for the extra blade lenght.

  4. Cal Says:

    For Camping I carry a Grohmann #3 Canadian Army Knife & A Gerber Back-Pax these suit all my cutting needs. The Grohmann also makes a fine steak knife.

  5. Mick Says:

    Maybe you could nix the razor and remove the hair with duct tape. We are trained to use the spare sticky pads from AED machines to depilate hairy individuals before shocking. (Waxing don’t hurt THAT much, its faster, plus the tape has lots of other uses.) Wrap 8 or 9 feet around a rectangle cut out of the lid from a sour cream container. As far as wire saws go, have you tried the pocket chainsaw from Supreme Products? I have one but have not tried it yet. And one last thing, chopping with a knife, even batoning seems to me to be counter intuitive. Why expend so much energy swinging something when you can just use your weight to snap branch material up to as big around as your wrist, and full length logs about 3 or 4 inches in diameter can be fed into a fire as they are consumed?

  6. dmitry Says:

    I don’t believe tape will adhere enough to hair to pull it out, but that depends on the quality of your tape. Razor does not weigh much, and it came in the kit, so I just left it in there. Duct tape has many other uses, so I would definitely recommend carrying some in any outdoor kit.
    Pocket chainsaw seems to be a great tool (from several reviews on forums) compared to the wire saw. It’s more expensive and heavier, so I don’t carry it around. I believe in buying quality gear, so if I was going to actually use a sawing implement, I would buy something better than the emergency wire saw. I have used a folding pruning saw from Fiskars, and it’s worked great. For a true compact solution it’s too big, but a more comprehensive BOB bag/belt/whatever should have some sort of saw.

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