My 24 hour Minimalist Camping Kit for hiking, camping – outdoorzombies



This is my first time attempting minimalist camping, so its kind of an experiment. I will be camping overnight — 24 hour duration. I’m looking for lots of feedback on those in the minimalist community.

Minimalist Camping Kit for hiking, camping – outdoorzombies
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As for the candle lantern reflector —- I purchased it here…..

  1. Opal Preston Shirley says:

    Good video. Just a couple of things if you anticipate problems starting fire gather some tender before you go say cotton balls with vasiline or wax or dryer lint. Take mylar solar blanket attach it to the inside top of tarp to help reflect heat. These items add little weight and work well. Even if I'm going to be minimalist I going to be comfortable. If you would tell me where you got you hooded reflector on your lantern. Thanks for sharing and good luck.

  2. outdoorzombie Camping-Kayaking-Beer-Bushcraft says:

    first off, THANK YOU for the comment!! I will certainly consider all of your suggestions!! As for the hooded reflector —I will add the link to my video description.

  3. pigfirth01 says:

    minimalist camping is great but always always always have more than one method to start a fire and some type of first aid kit

  4. outdoorzombie Camping-Kayaking-Beer-Bushcraft says:

    Excellent points! i do have a first aid kit – i should have shown it. thanks for the comment!

  5. Dan Leasure says:

    Take the cat a backpackers rule allows have more than one use for everything you take lol ie cat pillow hand warmer kitty emergency food ya no like kitty on a stick skined out survival gloves sewen up might make a survival water bladder. Bones for making primitive fishing kit and weapons . Just a few o yes most of all a friend that can ketch food for you to eat ok now its mouse on a stick smoked over a fire.

  6. Dan Leasure says:

    Top ramon and tuna the kind at walmart flat packet the small one works good in there mixed. Get a knife sharper and sharpen that thing the danger is not havein the knife sharp . Get some water tablets take no chances on that . A bandana to filter the junk out of the water. Go a head take some light weight stakes much easer to set your tarp. Emergency tarp and get one of the cheep dollar rain ponchos if you use it throw it away when ya get home and go get a new one for next time thay help a lot. May God watch over you on your trip keeping you safe and healthy . Have fun you are learning the basic knowledge . There are so many great videos out now try looking up ultra light backpacking ones .

  7. Dan Leasure says:

    I want to add to opals blanket in the past I did a lot of this type of camping and its better to have 2 of the emergency milar tarps we would do like he suggested but make your lean to tarp low fire in front and then we would place sticks on the other side of the fire a foot or 2 up with the mailar reflecting that side of the fire back to your shelter also it helps block some of the wind I haven't seen any videos showing them doing this but I did it a lot just half to be careful not to melt the milar .

  8. Jibby Jabba-Het-Mehet says:

    this is a minimal kit but may i suggest you change your tarp w/ a mil spec poncho/tarp; add a headlamp; replace your chopper with something lighter (esse 4 or mora 2000)- i have been a minimalist hiker for over 15 yrs and the only thing that changes in my kit is clothing or sleeping bag. One of the main challenges in a minimal kit is to pick items that have 2-3 uses

    my kit: poncho/tarp w/ 550 cord and bank line; fire kit; knife and multi-tool & saw; bivy; 3/4 of a wool blanket; hammock; pot and stainless steel cup and bottle; head lamp and flash light; survival kit; hunting/fishing kit; toiletries and first aid; water filter and camel back pack. fully loaded w/water and food im at 15-20 lbs.

  9. Ian Brzostoski says:

    im only just starting with minimalist camping, but, I really like the old styal haversack and bed roll combo for it. ever consider that 

  10. douglas conrad says:

    interesting choice of gear…i'm not sure of your goal though. least amount of items or lightest weight. here is my 2 cents…

    I'd replace the Nalgene with a 1 L Gatorade bottle and a 1 gal ziplock…lighter, more capacity and free.
    I'd replace the knife with a hd mora companion and a opine. lighter and cheep. you should be able to make a cooking fire with wood off the ground. I'd carry a cat stove as a backup…again, weightless and free.
    For the water i filter first through a coffee filter held on the  Gatorade bottle with a rubber band then follow up with potable aqua tabs…again almost weightless. of course you can boil if you get a fire going.
    I love my uco candle lanterns but i think a tika headlamp will give you more light and be way lighter…
    a sandwich bag of dryer lint is weightless and will help you get your fire going…again, cheep and light.
    hope my cheepscate mentality makes sense to you …

  11. ruizhernandeztrust says:

    You're on the right track man. I'm a minimalist too. I suggest to add a pencil and a little notebook to take notes.

    By the way, nice cats. Take care.

    Nelson

  12. Tyler Tapp says:

    what kind of bag would u keep that in? me personally would take 2 contractor bags about 20 foot of cordage, usually a medium size knife on my belt and a folding pocket knife, a lighter and matches, bc its a scout or 24h kit, a bandana, and a steel water bottle or canteen/cup, and small fishing kit inside a side bag I guess u can call it, just an over the shoulder across. and sometimes il carry a ground roll and belt axe dependin how long il be out that day.

  13. Wolffenstein Outdoors Sports and Archery says:

    maybe you can replace your knife with one thats made from high carbon steel …. you can strike sparks from the blade with a flint ….

  14. Aj Smith says:

    wrap the bottom of your water bottle with a good spiderwire, braided.Sharpen that knife. i probly would ditch the emergency blamket ,roll up 2 contractor bags and have a little spare room, for tender for starting a fire.

  15. tim keele says:

    thanks for posting this. I've found it 2 yrs after you made it, and as I am putting together a ultralight kit of my own I appreciate your contribution.
    quibble: I don't know in what type of environment you're hiking in, but I suspect it's not SoCal (offseason) or the Sierra Nevadas where I hike (summertime). Andrew Skurka makes the point that the kit has to be designed around the expected terrain and conditions. the kit suitable for eastern woodland situations isn't right for me. So few posters specify this. so, please understand that I'm not suggesting you change your kit to match the conditions I run across, but that if I were handed your kit, these are some changes I would feel compelled to make so that it would be suitable for me. and perhaps some of them might suit you, in your situation.
    mods I'd make to your kit to make it more suitable for me(agreeing w/others on some things):
    I'd lose the Nalgene, (2) 23.75 oz smartwater bottles hold more water and empty weigh less than a Nalgene.
    add a water filter or aquamira drops, or something like that. I use a Sawyer mini squeeze.
    I'd lose the core your cordage is wrapped around. pre-tie guylines to tarp, make a ridgeline including whatever loops or prusiks I might prefer (making sure I've left some extra cordage to acct for variations in ridgeline length. take small amt of extra cordage as backup.
    if you're gonna bring a camp knife, I second the guy who said Mora companion HD. I love mine. I just won't bring it to Sierras. campfire permits are expensive and scarce, and a lot of restrictions are in force during the current extreme drought conditions. I bring a Gerber SS pocketknife (1.1 oz.). weight management is vital, imo.
    I love my ferro-rod although I mostly use it to light my diy alcohol stove, but always, always have a backup. (a couple of waterproof matches and striker in a ziploc bag.
    if no/or little rain, no snow expected, and only light moderate breezes expected, lose the tarp and use the contractor bag as groundcloth, and the emergency blanket as overhead shelter. I use 1/8" shockcord tied or toggled to prusik loops already on my ridgeline and secure to tarp using acorns. I bring them from home. lots of videos on this process. Dave Canterbury shows it using small rounded pebbles. the knot is a constrictor knot.
    that candle lantern looks cool, espec. w/reflector, but also heavy. a cheap Inova microlight (I got mine on Amazon as an add-on item for $4.00. 5 lumens, which is all I need). hang from ridgeline or from lanyard around neck, or clipped to visor of hat and use it to read(kinda/sorta). it weighs < 1 oz w/ batt.
    at night I use produce bags on my feet under my wool sleeping socks. adds warmth, and prevents me from degrading my socks R-value thru perspiration in night. in cool or cold but dry situations I'll put my feet and legs inside a tall kitchen trash bag instead. to preserve R-value of bedding. any clothing layers you have on must be synthetic, though. absorbs less moisture. for head warmth I use a bandana or shemagh around my neck and over face, a fleece beanie on my head. if much colder than I expected a mylar vapor barrier made from an old helium balloon is a base layer covering head and neck w/ shemagh and beanie over that. on the inside facing me, it's shiny reflecting my radiated heat loss back to me. on the outside it's "Happy Mother's Day". you'd laugh, but it helps. and virtually weightless. of course, I cut out a face hole for self preservation's sake. lol.
    where I hike, it's all about hats, visors, sunscreen, sunblock and water most of the year. cover, containers, and cordage, and not so nearly about wood processing. Thanks again for posting. you just gave me an opportunity to clarify my own thoughts. Thanks for that, too. ATB

  16. Tyler Russell says:

    It appears you have a pretty well rounded set of equipment, considering how light you want to go. Peoples preferences will always very. My only suggestion is that you bring an additional means of fire starting, like weather proof matches. But considering you posted the video in 2013, you probably already know! Pretty cool.

  17. Moses The Prophet says:

    Good video! If you're not DEEP in the woods, I would bring a protein bar, no need to worry about getting lost and stuff, so ditch any cooking kit. Ditch the knife and get a small mora. If you're doing a local overnighter, it would depend on the weather, I always favor a hammock with tarp cover and mosquito net if it's warm/hot weather. Ditch the gloves and lamp, get a small high lumen flashlight.
    1) mora knife
    2) Bic lighter and striker with tinder
    3) SS water bottle (full)
    4) hammock & tarp and net if it's hot weather, if it's around 50's, then a thin sleeping bag or wool blanket.
    5) cordage
    6) protein bars

  18. qrthrse1 says:

    So where is your video of you camping with these items?  No bug net, bug spray, tent.  Lol!  I'm dying to see you camping with this gear.

  19. synthell says:

    Good video. A few tweaks here and there (in my humble opinion) and I think you're solid.

    I agree with other posters that you have too much knife there. One note I am a huge supporter of full tang knives and hatchets. I had a crappy hatchet break and the blade flew inches passed my face so I'm full tang all the way now. (Full tang meaning the hilt and blade are all the same solid piece of metal so it won't snap)

    Definitely get rid of that string and get some paracord. Good cordage is not something you want to skimp on. That string may not even survive a full night if it gets wet and there's any weight pulling on it. I'd say 100 feet of 550 paracord, but you can get by with 50ft if needed.

    If you're going to carry a tarp anyways, I'd suggest a slightly bigger one and you can construct a tarp tent with a floor and a door. 12×12 is solid but I've seen people make one with 9×9. I actually just got a 12×12 camo tarp off ebay and that is my next planned shelter when I go camp.
    Here's a great video on how to make the "tarp tent".
    https://youtu.be/bRBtof2pAqI

    I would also add a large bandana or shemaugh to the list. Incredibly versatile from carrying stuff, sun protection, water filtering, medical sling or tourniquet, etc.

    I liked the video. Post up another one and show us how the trip went when you make it.

  20. FNAF And TRAINS says:

    Great video! I like how you admit your mistakes AND you learned from it. I know people probably said this, but that knife has to go! Get a cheap mora, my mora is so strong and cuts almost anything. Honestly, the Seminole Indians would carry a knife, fire kit and maybe a small bag of wild edibles and would be good for 2-3 days easy! Best of luck dude, subbed!

  21. Earthwooman55 spirit says:

    a lot looks good but the plastic fork is gonna break or melt

  22. Earthwooman55 spirit says:

    yes the titanium fork will allow you to lift hot pot lids and endure boiling hot foods

  23. FNAF And TRAINS says:

    Did you strike the fero rod with the sharp part of the knife? 🤦🏻‍♂️🤦🏻‍♂️

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