review: grab and go pouch

As promised in my last post, here is a little about the grab and go pouch that I keep in the truck. This handy bit of kit is ideal if I stumble upon a trail while out driving around. It, along with my canteen, meets most of my basic needs.


I use a NiteIze pouch as the basis for the kit. The pouch houses a Swiss Army lock blade knife, multi-tool, firesteel, pen, Becker Necker knife and a small LED flashlight. The sheath for the Becker slides down a slot on the back of the kit. The sheath has a Ranger band (wide rubber band) around it that holds a leather strop, small diamond sharpener, fish hooks and line and some snare wire. The lower pocket has a Brunton button compass.

In an absolutely worst case scenario, it will provide what I need to get back home if I find myself misplaced on a trail. It has the tools I need to build a fire, construct a shelter and, generally, provide the basics of life.

I usually have more gear than this when I go hiking, but it is good to have for those spur of the moment forays. I’ve been known to wear it on my belt all day around the camp for general chores. I’m so comfortable with all of this gear that I feel bare if it is not somewhere nearby.

Keep in mind that if you put together a kit like this and don’t become proficient in the use of each component, it is nothing more than a compact security woobie. And like a woobie, it makes you feel good to have it ,but is of no practical use.

I am a member of an active community of bushcrafters. The goal of bushcrafting is not to rough it, but to smooth it. Learning traditional skills and coupling them with modern equipment makes for some great adventures in the back country. One of the keys to effective bushcraft is learning to select proper tools and then learn to use them effectively and efficiently. That is why a kit like this is ideal to have on hand – if you learn to use it.

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3 comments to review: grab and go pouch

  • Clark Moore

    Nice idea on the Grab and Go kit. At first I thought you had to many knifes, but when I think about what you would need each for it make sense. Questions if you have time for one? The little graphic pictures that appear to be sewn patches. Is that original for your site or does someone sell those? Thinking about having a spare tire cover personalized for our R-Pod and I like the design of those. Clark

    • YakDriver

      Clark, thanks for stopping by. As for the designs on the website, they are licensed through the designers at BusyBodies. They are about $6.00 for a license and they have a huge selection. It’ll take you a couple of hours to page through everything even after you narrow it down with a search. So enjoy your search.

      We had to get a new tire cover, so we did the custom job, too. The original from the factory go some water in it during one of the tropical storms and it stretched so bad it looked like a baby with a dirty diaper going down the highway. Couldn’t have that.

      Concerning the knives, I spend as much time in the backcountry as possible. Now that I’m retired that is about 5 – 7 days a month. Since bushcraft is about using baseline primitive skills to make yourself comfortable, it takes more than one tool — even though we try to hold the tools to a minimum. Gotta remember that you have to pack it in!

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope to hear from you again.

  • I have always thought of putting together a “Grab and Go” pouch for that last minute trail hike. I do keep a survival kit on my ATV but it would be nice to have something smaller for hikes.

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