UPDATED: What’s In My Ditty Bag?

About a year ago, I did a video/write up on my “Ditty Bag,” however, since then, it (like many other things inside my pack, including my pack), has changed. In the first video, the entire packaged weight was just over 16 oz! Since then I have cut back on things that I may not have “needed” as well as repackaged some of the items I did need, but was in bulk. In doing these simple things, I managed to drop 1/2 of that weight! Now, I have my fully featured Ditty Bag which now weighs in at under 8 oz…

As seen in the video above, I have also started carrying things a bit differently than before too. In my prior video, I pretty much threw everything inside the bigger (Ditty) bag. Now though, I am a bit more organized, which IMO also makes it a bit simpler. I now divide (most) everything up into 2 different, smaller, 3×5 Loksaks. In one I keep First-Aid items and in the other is my repair items as well as some extras such as batteries.

For the most part, many of the items in the Ditty Bag are actually permanent items that always go with me, but there are some items that vary. Depending on time of trip, length of trip, number of people who is going with me as well as “weight-class” of trip, some items may be more or less, and some may even be there sometimes, and sometimes not… Basically, each trip has a different set of needs, so rather than having one default Ditty Bag, I take the time to match the items in my Ditty Bag to the trip.

Here is a breakdown of the items that were in the Ditty Bag during the video:

  1. ZPacks Cuben Fiber Mini Stuff Sack (Ditty Bag)
  2. 2″ Ace Wrap
  3. Cleaning Supplies
    1.  Small Bottle of Germ-X (rebottled)
    2. Tiny Bottle of Bleach
    3. Tiny Bottle of Dr Bronner’s (rebottled)
    4. 1 Tube of Carmex Lip Balm
  4. Loksak #1 (Repair Kit)
    1. Mini Bic Lighter
    2. Single-Use Krazy Glue
    3. 4-Small Zip Ties
    4. ZPacks Miny-D Carabiner
    5. 1-Energizer L91 Ultimate Lithium Battery (For Headlamp)
    6. 1-Extra Camera Battery
    7. 1-Extra SD Card for Camera
    8. 5-REI StormProof matches with Striker
    9. **I should have had some wax soaked fire starters in with the matches…***
    10. Sewing Kit (Needle, Thread & Safety Pins)
    11. A few feet of Duct Tape rolled around a piece of cardboard
    12. Gossamer Gear Red “O” Ring for LT4’s
    13. ZPacks Single-Sided Cuben Fiber Tape
  5. Loksak #2 (FAK)
    1. LiteTrail UL Ear Plugs
    2. Tiny Ziploc with Vitamin I
    3. Tiny Ziploc with Tylenol PM (Generic)
    4. 2-50 mg Dipenhydramine Gel Caps
    5. 6-Chewable Pepto Bismol
    6. 2-Packages Nutralox Antacid Pills
    7. Various Size Band-Aids
    8. Various Pieces of Mole Skin
    9. 2-Alcohol Preps
    10. 1-Single Use package of Triple Antibiotic Ointment
    11. Repair Patch for TAR NeoAir Sleeping Pad

Using the contents within Ditty Bag on a recent hike

So, as I said, the individual items will definitely vary from trip to trip, but for the most part, these items are generally in the Ditty Bag. Some things, such as the amount of pills or fire starters I carry for a trip can change, however, the actual weight changes are very little, and in all honesty, unfelt. Despite this though, I like to practice only bringing what I need so that I don’t find myself getting carried away with carrying lots of items I do not need… This is the best way to keep my UltraLight pack, well, UltraLight…

Feel free to share what items you carry inside your Ditty Bag, and until then, thanks for reading/watching!



If anyone wants to make a video response, I will include the video here in this post. So, to start it off, I would like to first post the one from Jason Klass, who made me want to do my first Ditty (Sundries) Bag video:


And here is my initial Ditty Bag video:


So, here is the first video response I received today from Jerry Starcevic:


Here is another video response from Claire at OutDoor TrailGear:


Here is another video response by my buddy Tony (AKA: YodaQuickSilver):

About Stick

My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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8 Responses to UPDATED: What’s In My Ditty Bag?

  1. I liked this post. I carry a similar ditty bag on my hikes…I have to say yours is a little better organized than mine.


    • Stick says:

      I think that the Ditty bag is a great little piece of kit, and it can definitely help make the hike go much smoother. I have changed mine so much in the past though…this is probably why it is as organized as it is though… It’s all good though!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!



  2. Jim Henegar says:

    thanks for sharing, lots of good ideas and what to and what not to take a long. Do you think you mite want to put your SD card in a separate little bag (not sure if it could get messed up, rubbing on other items)? Also, where does the O ring that you said go’s to your GG poles, actually go ?


    • Stick says:

      Thanks Jim. That is a good point about storing my SD card in a tiny Ziploc too…I have thought about it, but then decided to just throw it in the bag as is. So far I have not had any issues with doing it this way…but that could be because I have just been lucky… 🙂



  3. Jake W. says:

    While your ditty bag is much more comprehensive than mine, I also use Aloksak for the housing. Using the medium size from the 3-pack, I keep 2 guaze pads, a band-aid, duct tape(coghlan’s small roll), 3M Transpore medical tape, and a ziplock with pills. 3 Ibuprofen per day, 2 benadryl, 2 Sudafed, 2 anti-diarrheal, and 1 Zyrtec per day. Added to this are hand sanitizer, Wisp Toothbrushes, and floss/toothpick combos. It’s minimal, but hasn’t let me down.


    • Stick says:


      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! And I find your last sentence to be key… That is the whole point here…getting it down to the bare minimum that won’t let us down… Anyway, your kit sounds like it works for you and that is what matters. Thanks for sharing.



  4. Joe (Two Tents) says:

    I always enjoy reading how you keep changing things up to keep the weight down on what you carry. Your blog keeps me on my toes as far as not taking things I do not need for a given trip. Thanks, Two Tents.


    • Stick says:


      Thanks for reading, and glad that you enjoy it!

      And that is a good point, leaving behind things that are simply not needed (even for particular trips) are a very easy and by far, the cheapest way to lighten a pack. As I found out, I cut a majority of my weight by simply doing this one thing…it was crazy how much stuff I carried on my first trip…



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