So, the other day as I was sitting at the computer drinking my morning cup of coffee a post popped up. A question was asked… What three thing do you always carry in your saddle bags? First thing that came to my mind was toilet paper. I’ve never seen toilet paper for sale in the back country …and when you need it, you need it. Only two other folks besides myself had said toilet paper as an answer. But before I could type my response there must have been a hundred responses. I was shocked how popular this post was. As I read down through everyone’s top three items it seemed that like 90 plus percent of everyone posting said that they carried a Leatherman type tool. Have any of you ever used one? I bought one when they first came out, I gave it away when Gerber came out with their version. I don’t care what brand you carry, all they are good for is pinching your finger and teaching you knew adult adjectives. So, my question is what do you use them for while on the trail ??? The knife blade is too small to cut about anything. I guess you can tighten a Chicago screw, if you had something to hold the other end. Here is what I carry… a pair of fencing pliers. They are bigger and stronger. They can cut that random wire before or after you get tangled up in it. Put a shoe back on, pound in a tent stake, hammer in a nail use, them as a hoof pick, options are endless. And yes, they are bigger, but they do fit into a saddle bag and they will open that adult beverage at the end of a long hot day on the trail. Get out on the trail and enjoy this beautiful summer weather.
See you on the trail
P.S. Post in the comments your top 3 items you take on the trail, we would love to see everyone’s answer!