Go/hiking/extended Stay Bag




About: Single mother of 3 wonderful children.

Alright, just to finish out my camping/go gear. Here is my extended stay bag. As in not an overnight bag.
This bag started out as a generic Field-line I used it a few years then started looking for another bag. But I found it difficult to find an affordable bag with all the things that I liked about this one.
So what's a girl to do? I copied the things I liked best about the packs that I liked and modified this pack to incorporate them.
One thing that I like most about this bag is that it separates into 2, a day bag and a hip pack. The space between the two, when they are assembled, is a convenient space  for flat item such as maps.

Please take the time and let me know what you think, any suggestions are welcome.;

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Step 1:

The cool thing about the older style Feildline bags is that they came with the Buddy-lok system which is great for being able to pull accessory bags off the pack without unlacing everything.

Step 2:

some more of the exterior accessory bags.

Step 3:

Tools. :D

Step 4:


Step 5:

Kitchen stuff

Step 6:

Odds and ends

Step 7:

Solar phone chargers, I also have 2 4x AA solar battery chargers.
Obviously I only bring the adapters that I need. ;)

These are little creature comforts that aren't needed but at the same time remove a few worries such as power for flashlights and cell phones.
As well the larger charger has a built in 3 LED flashlight.
They can be charger at home (110), in the car (12v) or by solar.

Step 8:

Pretty self explanatory.
These are kept in the space between the bag when they are together.

Step 9:

2x cotton bandanas

Step 10:

Additional stuff

Step 11:

OK, This is an old Fieldline fly fishing vest, well at least half of it.
It has been modified slightly to clip into the clips you see in the second picture, setting across the chest.
The center closes with Velcro so taking the pack off is as simple as undoing the center, no unclipping of the chest piece.

Step 12:

Pillow and sleeping bag.
Fleece bag and nylon stuff bag (both home made)
Fleece pillow which folds inside itself and has a nylon outer shell (my design) If anyone is interested I will try to post a pattern.

Step 13:

A bad picture but it kinda shows where everything goes on the bag

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    23 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I really like this 'ible. I have been slowly building something quite similar. I want something that is modular, works for a backpacking trip, going on an overnight trip, or for getting home/bugging out. I think I will incorporate some of your ideas into my bag. Thanks for sharing! :)


    5 years ago



    6 years ago on Introduction

    Darn near perfect. What is the design or Model of the pack, the masses need to know! I love the modular aspect of this pack.

    These protips are small personal modifications for the most part.

    If this is an extended wilderness bag my first suggestion is fairly firm, you can never have too many ways to purify water. It is the diffrence of fighting another day and dying in some cases. As a rule of thumb at least take 3.
    Boil= Check
    Filter= Check
    3rd= I really like Polar Pure, look for it online. Con: The bottle is glass, because it contains Iodine. Pros: Unlike the iodine pills Polar Pure dosen't taste completely awful (flavoring is encouraged). Simple to use and the bottle works of infusing water in the bottles, and it can make lots of water drinkable. When I backpacked Polar Pure was my staple.
    At minimum keep a couple of Iodine tablets as a just in case.

    The rest of the suggestions are my dream kit. Aquiring primitive skills like flint knapping for arrows, bolts, knives and spears (flint knapping kits are very light). Cord making, Fire starting and shelter building. Trade your sling shot for a hawaiian sling, or an atlatl they can take down bigger stuff. Laminate the maps, it makes them a little bigger but become a lot more duriable and waterproof ;) Also I like the ka-bar blade design but they have a tourque problem (not being full tang), I would suggest a knife that is full tang. The fishing equipment is fuzzy but make sure you can make limb lines/jug lines they save tons of time fishing. Last I would combine the trenching tool and the saw possibally. Perhapes even a trenching tool/axe as "delicate" cutting can be usually done with all your smaller knives/tools. Perhapse even a saw chain if you like saws. For a hammer I would suggest finding a piece of plastic or really hard wood that you can lash to a stick or two for a hammer of oppertunity. Lashing and knot work are also super handy.


    6 years ago

    How much does this whole pack weigh?

    I love.... Desk

    6 years ago on Step 3

    There are trowels that fold up to take less space if everything is fitting a bit tight.


    Reply 7 years ago on Step 5

    I got that one really cheap at an army/navy store but you can find better ones on ebay. My next will be stainless. This on is aluminum.

    LOL, you know what, I did and I never caught that. I had auto-correct on while I was typing. Apparently auto-correct is not indestructible. :D
    Thank you for pointing that out, I will correct in post-haste.


    7 years ago on Step 3

    does the hammer / grip tool have reverberation problems between the top two pieces? i have considered buying one of those,.. but was weary because of that.
    Do you like it? Why or Why not?

    2 replies

    I honestly haven't had much call to use it as a hammer because of the small size. When I have, I hadn't noticed any reverberation. one thing that I dislike about it is the lack of fine tip for the pliers. If weight is a concern, also realize that they tend to weight quite a bit more, in consideration, to the standard leatherman with comparable options (minus the hammer).
    With all of this said I do like to have it in my pack simply because if I need it it's there. Also, I hardly ever go hiking without my children and they help to distribute weight (LOL, my pack mules) and my son has a multi-tool of his own so I don't much have to choose between on or the other. If I did I would most likely leave the hammer at home as a rock or piece of hardwood would most likely do a better job in most things.
    I hope this helped.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I like your set up. It is amazing, there are as many ways to pack and carry for trips into the wilderness as there are people. We each have to figure out how to carry those things that help us on our way. Good job.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice kit! I like that you took something that sort of worked for you and personalized it just the way you need.

    I saw the camelbak tube on the shoulder strap. If this is a bug-out-bag or short-term survival bag, I'd add in some kind of means of refilling it with clean water. Maybe a gravity-fed setup that you can hang from a limb.