Making your own gear or tweaking what you have can be a cheap, effective way to get exactly what you want.

Check out some of the ways I’ve done exactly that with my gear.

How to Make Backpacking Pot Cozies

This is how I make pot cozies for my cooking system in the backcountry. Pot cozies are a real game changer because they save you fuel, reduce the risk of burning your food and just make cooking easier. For example, if you have something like rice that you need to bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes you would simply bring it to a boil and then remove it from the heat and put it in the pot cozy for twice the amount of time you would simmer for. So in this case, you let it sit in the cozy for 20 minutes and it comes out perfectly.

They’re also great for just keeping things warm. When I make pancakes I’ll cook one up and then add it to the cozy without the pot in it. By the time I’m done three or four pancakes they’re all still wonderfully warm in the cozy, just waiting for syrup!

They’re also really light to boot! Check ’em out…

All-In-One Travel Strop Knife Sharpening System

This is a travel strop system I’ve come up with so I can keep my knife perfectly sharp while I’m on the trail. It’s small, lightweight and can really bring an old dull knife back to life. I like it so much that it’s not just my travel strop anymore, but my full time sharpening system. It’s just nice to have everything you need right there in your hand.