Bedside Kit

A Bedside Kit

Steven M. Watts

bedsidecampA few basic tools and supplies (within easy reach by the camper’s bedside) help to make the mid-night and morning hours run smoothly.

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.


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