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Old Monday 16th May 2005, 18:03   #1
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What do you carry your kit in?

As a complete newbie to birdwatching, but looking at carrying shelter, scope, camera and food/drink etc; I wonder what you use to transport you kit conveniently and safely.
Thanks in advance and if this is in the wrong place, please move it to the right one!
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Old Monday 16th May 2005, 18:25   #2
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I just use an ordinary backpack. Nothing fancy as it usually get changed every few years as I have a habit of rolling down mountain-sides (by mistake may I add!).
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Old Monday 16th May 2005, 18:30   #3
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Backpack for me too Rasmus

but the same one i've had since i was 13... it's been everywhere i have.

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Old Monday 16th May 2005, 19:14   #4
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Personally I use a Lowepro backpack for my camera kit and all the other bits and bobs (lunch, hat, gloves and stuff). Have my bins round my neck and my scope (attached to tripod) over my shoulder, notebook in my pocket. That way everything is ready for easy use (except the camera - but then I never get really good views of birds/animals if you have your camera out and ready to use).
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Old Monday 16th May 2005, 19:17   #5
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Hi there, IOW eh ...i often wonder what the birdlife is like there but never seem to hear or read much about it.

Anyhow, to answer you question ....mostly on my bike, either in panniers or strapped on the rack ... and when i get off i usually only have bino's round my neck & scope (if i've brought it) on a shoulder strap. But then i rarely walk very far so don't have a need to carry my dinner etc with me
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Old Monday 16th May 2005, 19:39   #6
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A stay-on cover for the scope is , I think, essential. Carry that over the shoulder with tripod attached. Bins round the neck on a short strap (leave the case at home). The rest goes in a back-pack: tea, coffee, biscuits, pork pie, field guide etc., except for, in my case, the ciggy tin, tobacco and papers, tips and lighter that have to remain easily accessible and are therefore kept in the jacket pocket together with the mobile phone (switched off but there in case you should get lost!)

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Old Tuesday 17th May 2005, 06:18   #8
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Lowepro Orion Trekker (camera + bits in bottom section, bins case, food, drink, etc in top section) and something (coat or vest) with loads of pockets for small field guide, notebook, maps, fags, lighter, portable ashtray, Mighty Midget, gloves, hat, tissues, more food, etc.
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Old Tuesday 17th May 2005, 06:44   #9
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Originally Posted by hollis_f
Lowepro Orion Trekker (camera + bits in bottom section, bins case, food, drink, etc in top section) and something (coat or vest) with loads of pockets for small field guide, notebook, maps, fags, lighter, portable ashtray, Mighty Midget, gloves, hat, tissues, more food, etc.
I am curious...... what is a Mighty Midget
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I am curious...... what is a Mighty Midget
It's a v.small, lightweight scope, ideal for when travelling or when you don't want to lug a big scope about with you. See this recent thread on the subject.
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=33204
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Hello Beachlover and welcome to Bird Forum.

I normally use a plain rucksack but if I'm feeling a bit lazy and can't bothered to lug it over one shoulder and my scope/tripod over the other I just put things in my coat pockets LOL
Mobile *switched to vibrate instead of ring* is in my inside coat pocket and notebook in my left, pencil in my right. Car/house keys in my jeans pocket.
Don't normally carry a field guide with me - though there IS one in the car - UNLESS I know there's something tricky at a particular site (and then I don't know WHY i bother cos I always miss the bird anyway!!! ).
Don't seem to carry food on me either as I'll normally have a huge breakfast and keep some apples etc in the car. Only if I know I'll be out ALL day do I take my rucksack and put sandwiches etc in there.

You'll soon suss out what system works best for you.....I just hate being weighed down with loads of stuff!

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Old Tuesday 17th May 2005, 20:40   #12
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I use a billingham 555,for my camera gear,and a berghaus back pack,carries everything i need.
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Old Wednesday 18th May 2005, 10:05   #13
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Thanks for the feedback

Thanks folks!
I have a Lowe camera rucksack, but while it carries the camera OK, It wont accommodate scope, or if it does the remainder of the sack holds little in the way of clothing food and drink. Some of the planned watching will involve a bit of walking and clambering down cliffs with one hand occupied holding on, so I was looking for a system that would enable me to carry the lot and have my hands free. The best option so far is a medium sized bergan, but I object in principle to looking like a would be rambo.
Thanks again for the advice and the warm welcme to a complete newbie!
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