What to Take Packing
There are many items that are important to take packing/camping with you each time you head out into the wilderness. The list I have here is just for starters. I will add what is in my first aid kit soon.
Some of the items we carry IN the panniers
First Aid Kit
Extra socks in a zip lock bag
Extra Gloves in a zip lock bag
Small Paper Pad and Pen
Small Cook Stoves
Stove Fuel (wait til you see my new one Deron made
Fire Starter Pinecones dunked twice or three times in hot wax
Matches dunked in wax
Sit Upons (used next to the goat for cushion)
Pots and Pans
Cream and Sugar, Instant Coffee, Tea, Hot Cocoa, Tang (yes, I do take them all, ever had Tang Hot?)
Plastic Insulated Cups
Plastic (the kind that you get at camping places that don't brake) silver ware
Tie Outs for animals
Pillow Case (for sit upons to be tucked in for pillows)
Flashlight (I carry two, one is the lantern type)
Wet Wipes in a zip lock bag, doubles as toilet paper, well, not doubles but can be used as
Water Bowl or Frisbee for animals to drink out of
This light weight reed beach thing for setting packs on in came
Rope for many things including tying up food
Recorder and/or Ocarina and music
The items we carry in the First Aid Kit
You should have items in your First Aid Kit for both people and animals. Your animals depend on you and you might be all they have to help them if injured while on a packing trip. Don't let them, yourself or another human down by saving weight in your packs and not being prepared at least for elementary first aid.
Band Aids in several sizes
First Aid Cream
First Aid Tape
at least one Kotex (woman)
Small Bright Flashlight
Mole Skin (found usually in the shoe department, wonderful stuff!)
Antibacterial Hand Cleaner
more to come
The Bandanna, what an important piece of hiking, camping, jogging, horse back riding, sports equipment it is. It can be used for so many things and it might even become your life line.
I always carry a few. I put at least a couple into the backpacks/panniers as well as put bright colored ones around my animals necks for visibility. Many times I wear one myself, either around my neck or around my head to keep my ears warm and the wind out of them.
A bandanna can be used as a wash cloth, dry it out and put it around your neck to keep you warm, you can simply use it to wipe the sweat off your face or dampen it to get the dust off your clothes. It can become a sling for a hurt arm, a band aid, use it as a tourniquet, a leg wrap for animals or it can be used to hold splints to a broken leg.
It can become an extra collar for your animal or even repair some holes in packs (double or triple the bandanna over and set it into the place where the hole is in the pack).
You can put a bandanna, stage coach robber style, in a wind storm or snow storm. It will keep the dust and or snow out of your face. Use it as a neckerchief to keep you warm or to keep the hot sun from burning you.
Your bandanna when rolled or scrunched up, can become a pot holder or a cushion for a bucket handle that the plastic broke off of. You can use it for a napkin at dinner or to blow you nose in or cough into.....don't use it for your nose then a napkin....see why I take more then one?
Something else that is really fun is to teach your goat to bring you the bandanna (as a trick, see the trick page here at this site). You can dazzle your friends with the trained goat....have the goat bring it too you off the ground, out of someone's back pocket, from a distance....
You can also make your own bandannas with fun and even goaty prints. When looking at fabric in the fabric store double up a corner (triangle shaped) of the cotton (or cotton blend) print you like and that is how much fabric you need. That doubled piece of fabric in your hand will make two (four if you cut out the triangle) bandannas.
What is in that Sewing Kit?
Your sewing kit should be small and safe. It should be kept in a small and well closing think plastic container. If you have the flip top type, put at least one rubber band around the case. To pack your needles, first thread them. One with light thread another with black or dark thread. Get an index card, doubled over, or some sort of backing/packaging cardboard and stick the needles through it. You might even wrap this in a small piece of fabric or place a small piece of webbing on either side of your needle holder. Place your needles in the Sewing Kit toward the middle of the kit so that if your container should break or crack the needles are safe and not against your animal.
At lease two needles in different sizes
at lease one 4" piece of webbing that has been burned on each end
Safety Pins in several sizes, including a couple diaper pins
Buttons, at least three and in different sizes
more to come