A knife will get you a long way but you should also acquire a folding saw. Saws are very efficient at cutting across the grain of wood and this will help with many of the jobs which a knife is not particularly well suited to. Saws are also generally safer to use than knives, making some tasks much less risky than using a knife alone. The Bahco Laplander, effectively a pruning saw, is very well suited to the small woodcraft jobs and firewood processing you’ll be doing. I like this model of saw as the blade is hard to snap (unlike some similar models) and the blade locks both open and closed, meaning the chances of cutting yourself unintentionally are reduced. The size of the jobs it will deal with is of a similar scale to those your bushcraft knife will tackle comfortably. The two tools together form a powerful combination for little weight and limited cost.
What are other things you might want to have with you? We’ve talked about carving already. Your basic bushcraft knife will enable you to undertake most of the carving and woodcraft skills. One task you will struggle to complete with a straight-bladed knife is carving a bowl, even the shallow bowl of an eating spoon, never mind a larger serving spoon or ladle. A curved knife designed for this purpose makes easy work of the job. The smallest of these types of knife, generally known as spoon knives, is a good investment. They come in right-handed and left-handed versions. At first get one for your dominant handedness. This in combination with your bushcraft knife will enable you to carve all the small the small to medium sized utensils you might ever want.
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One thing I would add to a basic set of items is a notebook or journal for sketching and recording events, objects and findings in. It doesn’t need to be anything Hi-Tec or all singing and dancing hi speed tactical, Just a simple A5 sketch pad or note book with a standard HB pencil, “one with the eraser on the end if you want to be posh”, and keep it all in a ziplock bag for weather protection.
Great read for someone like myself that would like to know the basic's of outdoor living. This book is every bit the book I was told it was. Straight to the point and plenty of pic's so you do not have to guess what the writer is trying to describe as is the case with a lot of outdoor books/guides. I like the way he tells you about the different approaches/techniques for the same topic and which one he prefers and why. I am enjoying this book and look forward to my next camping trip so I can try these shills out for myself. This book is for the novice not the pros, it covers topics in plain simple talk and not some industrie language where the writer assumes you already know what is being talked about.

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The Runningsnail Solar Crank Weather Radio is also a AM/FM NOAA weather alert radio, but it also functions an SOS Alarm, flashlight, and phone charger. The SOS alarm and its flashing red light is a unique feature that could help you alert emergency responders for help in the most dire situations. This radio can be hand crank powered, solar charged, and it takes triple A batteries. It can also provide up to 12 hours of light or 4-6 hours of radio time with its 2000 mAh rechargeable battery. PROS: Can be charged via solar and has loud SOS alarm. CONS: No battery indicator on how much battery power is left. Image Courtesy of Amazon

If you’re going to sleep out then you’re likely going to need a sleeping bag, although some people like to sleep out with just a woollen blanket. I would recommend most people who are starting out with tarp camping should start with a sleeping bag, rated to a comfort temperature for the season you are camping in. Down sleeping bags are lightweight and compress small, but are expensive. A summer-weight synthetic bag is not too bulky and can be had for little money. If you are starting your bushcraft camping journey in the warmer months of the year, then this latter option is what I would go for.


The last bushcraft knife on our list is the Spyderco Bushcraft Plain Edge Knife. This is a seriously handsome piece of survival gear made from only the highest quality materials and built to last. It sports a 3 ⅞ inch O-1 high carbon steel blade that’s full tang and boasts a Scandinavian grind out of the box. The overall length of the knife is just under 9 inches and it weighs a relatively trim 7 ¾ oz. The G10 glass fiber nylon handle is contoured to the human hand and provides a no slip grip in all conditions.

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The iRonsnow Solar Emergency Weather Radio is a AM/FM & NOAA radio, meaning it broadcasts weather information from the nearest National Weather Service office. Besides, giving weather updates this emergency radio is also a LED flashlight, and cell phone charger. It comes with three charging options micro usb, hand crank or solar. If you are stranded without power you can still charge your radio by just cranking it. Its light weight of less than one pound and compact body make it easy to fit in your emergency kits or backpack. This is a great radio to have if you live in an area that gets heavy snow storms or hurricanes. PROS: Functions as radio, flashlight, and phone charger. CONS: The hand crank charging can take a while to work. Image Courtesy of Amazon

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