I never knew there was actually a name for that half torn up zip lock baggie that always seemed to make my camping trips. That little baggie held all my loose ends whenever I went out on the trail for some various camping, canoeing, biking or moto trip.

But there is a name for it and it’s called the “Ditty Bag”.  Who knew? I came across this term in a Youtube video. Some random dude was explaining what he had in his day pack.  The Ditty Bag was one of those items.

I have been toting around with me for years a random collection of stuff that never really fit in any other place. In hindsight, that little bag of crap is the equivalent of a junk drawer. It’s a catch all.

My “ditty bag” was a zip lock baggie. The one quart size to be exact. It was large enough to hold some larger stuff like fire starters, but small enough to fit in a backpack without taking up too much room. The challenge for me was always filling that bag with items that you may never need. I liked to be prepared. That’s probably the Eagle Scout in me coming through.

I usually found that most of my items were in the just-in-case category. There were hugely helpful if you needed them, even though the items were rarely used.

So what is in my dirty bag. I’m going to try and do this from memory so hang on…

  • Fire starters
  • Sewing kit
  • Backup lighter; matches
  • Nylon rope
  • Duct tape; 12 to 24 inches.
  • Two or three 16 penny nails
  • Tenacious tape
  • Carabiner or two
  • Smashed role of TP. Usually only enough for a sitting or two.
  • Loose change
  • Eye glass cloth
  • Pen
  • Whistle
  • Key ring thermometer
  • Pocket knife
  • JB Weld

My ditty bag seems to grow and shrink with each new trip. It all really depends what that trip is. Canoeing, backpacking, car camping or motorcycle camping.

I still use the zip lock baggie on occasion, but I mostly use a 1 liter zip nylon bag now. That way I don’t have the use the duct tape from my ditty bag to fix my ditty bag.

If you have a ditty bag, is there an item/s that you can’t live without? Let us know.