I’m planning on a 3 days hike with my best buddy in two weeks. We have minimalist yet comfy approach while getting our gear : no tent, one clothing set, a sleeping bag and survival items (fishing hook, knife, Swedish firesteel, etc.).
We’ve decided to add some fun gear, for early nights around the fire. We are taking our instruments with us! My mate is playing the harmonica so he has not many troubles on carrying it along. I play the ukulele so the challenge is quite different.
Step 1: The Ukulele
My ukulele is a soprano, which is the smallest amongst ukuleles. The case is made from abrasion resistant fabric (probably cheap cordura), has two back-straps to carry it as a backpack and was clearly not designed for my specific purpose.
Step 2: The backpack
My backpack is from The North Face, a Terra model with 35L capacity. The key feature used in this mod is the presence of two straps with buckles on each side of the pack.
I’ve tried to attach the two straps on my bag but this method keeps the whole case loose, swinging at each step, creating a nasty momentum feeling while walking.
In order to bring it with me on the trails, I’ve decide to attach the ukulele case with minimal interspace between the latter and the side of my backpack.
Step 3: Material needed
- Inner tube of a bike tire
- Heavy duty thread. I’ve used linen thread for the perfect combination of thinness and resistance.
Step 4: Tools needed
Place the case on the back as it will be in the end and mark the position of the straps.
Cut the inner tube at the width of the case.