Camping 101: The Camp Tackle Box

Ever wish you could take that junk drawer in the corner of your kitchen with you camping? You know the one: the graveyard of odds and ends you don’t want to toss, but have nowhere else to put. It’s where I go to find pliers, tape, a nail, the five whatchamacallit’s I had left over after having to buy a packet of six in order to get just one! It’s a jumbled mess of stuff you just know you might need some day.

Tom Watson

To anticipate what you might need while camping is up there with predicting the weather. That’s why a well-equipped toolbox can be a real timesaver. In a campsite, it’s like having that junk drawer along — with a carrying handle!

The fishing industry has a solution with its vast array of tackle boxes on the market. Having a set or two — or three — of those compartmentalized cases, each section loaded with goodies, means you can probably deal with any fishing situation that arises. The same versatility is present in molded fishing tackle boxes for sorting crank baits, jigs and other lures and accessories.

For camping, with compartmentalized cases, it means you can bring a fire starting kit, and an array of repair items (utility tool, sewing kit), or whatever in one small package. Some of these tackle boxes (such as Plano’s Flex-N-Go Satchel) have detachable mini-boxes that enable you to pack different items to carry together and then separate for their own uses. It raises the junk drawer concept to another level!

The camp tackle box is a great place to keep all those camping necessities.

A handy assortment of boxes could include your primary fishing tackle collection in the main body followed by those specialty lures for a particular type of fishing. Yet another box might contain a few repair items for camping such as glue, needles and thread, a few extra clips and buckles, lantern mantles — there are no limits to what you can put in there!

In selecting a tackle box to use as your own private junk drawer in camp, make sure you get quality closures so if it’s dropped you won’t have tiny and perhaps sharp items scattered all over your campsite. Some of these compartment boxes have good water seals along their closures. Keeping these boxes dry — especially if filled with repair items or made into first-aid kits (another good use) — is important.

It’s a good idea to carry along a few of those divider squares so you can refigure your compartments as needed — besides being practical, that’s exactly the kind of thing junk drawers tend to collect in the first place!

Choose from this great selection of Tackle Boxes!

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Tom Watson is an award-winning writer who lived in Alaska for 16 years, 12 of which were on Kodiak Island. He is a frequent contributor to “Camping Life,” “Canoe & Kayak” magazines, author of three books:” Sixty Hikes within Sixty Miles of Minneapolis,” “Best Tent Camping-Minnesota,” both by Menasha Ridge Press, and “How to Think Like a Survivor,” by Creative Publishing International. He’s also an avid kayaker, camper, naturalist, writer, and photographer residing in western Minnesota. He writes a weekly column on camping tips for

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