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    Senior Member uncle_ray_ray's Avatar
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    Items with double purposes

    Anytime you can use an item for more than one purpose on the trail, it reduces your backpack's weight. To start things off, I only use half of a pad in my hammock for my feet at night, it's my sitting mat around camp, its my windshield for those gusty days when using my alcohol stove, and finally, it's a liner in my pack before putting my gear in it which negates the need for a pack cover.
    What are some of the things that you have that serve an extra purpose?

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    Extra clothes as a pillow. (skip the dirty socks)

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    The bandanna! Hat, scarf, pot gripper, sling, face cloth, tarp "sponge", water pre-filter, blaze orange for hunting season, emergency 1st Aid compress, sweat band, and ??
    "My name is Millergear and I'm a Gearaholic!"

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    i'm a big fan of Multi Use items as well being I'm a ULer
    HF Buff- Hat,Pot grabber,Balaclava,neck gaiter,towel
    SP600-Pot,coffee cup,water collector
    Pad-same as your reasons
    Pack cover-Gear hammock
    JRB Stealth-Top Quilt,Parka
    Cloths i use as a pillow as well
    i even used my down sweater for added warmth in my footbox a number of times
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    Ray. Loves this topic!

    I use ccf foot pad. I'm thinking it will work as food cozy too for dehydrated food in bag.

    My stuff sacks are used as a catch all for junk in my pockets. No need for ridgeline organizer. I carry a cuben fiber pack cover this can be used as a holder as well when at camp.

    I never bring pillow that's what a jacket is for.

    Sm piece of shamwow type cloth I cut to wrap my stakes in is a utility towel to wipe down tarp. Or is a pot holder too

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    Bandanna: as above.

    Daytime Clothes: as above.

    Woodburner Stove: pot stand/windscreen/priming pan/anti-crush container for rest of cook kit.

    Stocking Cap: cold weather hat/rehydration cozy/pot gripper.

    GI Poncho: raingear/pack cover/ground cloth/emergency bivy/Grizz beak.

    Tarp stakes: stake/cat hole spade.

    Modded Poncho Liner: topquilt/puffy layer (put a head hole in it ala No-Sniveler).

    Space Blanket: vapor barrier/emergency signaling device.

    Vaseline Soaked Cotton Balls: firestarter/hydropel/chap stick.

    Dr. Bronner's: soap/toothpaste.

    Front Pack: weight distribution balancer/daypack/hydration pack.

    Floss: dental care device/emergency repair thread.

    Brain: hat-holder-upper/emergency response device.

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    Nothing properly double-use in our kit yet but I always bring way too many carabiners- cheapo ones for hanging shizz and weight bearing ones for those "can't be arsed to tie a knot" times.

    I also bring way too much cord. Cus, y'know, we might have a really windy day.. and we need lots of tarp lines.. or er.. a saucepan hanging line.. or er.. y'know.. stuff

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    Just Jeff's All-in-one

    The item also works really well for holding large amounts of water. I'm considering adding some kind of sealed nozzle right in the center and using as a platypus dirty water bag.

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    The only thing I have that is double use is my hammock, doubles as a chair.

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    somebody got most of the obvious ones but:
    Mirror compass also shaving mirror, tick checker, signal mirror, etc.
    If you carry a multi tool a yard or 2 of bailing wire does a lot of things around the fire that cannot be done with cordage.

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