A Bedside Kit
Steven M. Watts
A knife and axe…the camper’s constant companions.
A supply of fuel…for maintaining the night fire and for the morning restart.
Matches…in a waterproof container.
A light source…lantern, candle or torch for late-night duties.
Water…for evening thirst, morning tea or a fire emergency.
Steve Watts directs the Aboriginal Studies Program and the Traditional Outdoor Skills Program at the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, North Carolina. Watts is the author of Practicing Primitive: A Handbook of Aboriginal Skills, Gibbs Smith Publishers, 2004.