What’s in your Ditty Bag?

I never knew there was actually a name for that half-torn-up zip lock baggie filled with random stuff 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 when some random dude was explaining what he had in his day pack.  The Ditty Bag was one of those items.

For years, I have been toting around with me a random collection of stuff that never really belong in any other bag or pocket. 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 goal for that bag was to add 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. They were hugely helpful if you needed them, even though the items were rarely used.

So what is in my ditty 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 roll of TP. Usually only enough for a sitting or two.
  • Loose change
  • Eyeglass cloth
  • Pen
  • Whistle
  • Keyring thermometer
  • Second pocket knife
  • JB Weld

My ditty bag seems to grow and shrink with each new trip. It all really depends on 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 cloth 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.

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