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Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917753 by Neen and Joy
Jan 13, 2016 12:57pm
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I have to get better at helping other boxes too. I have a 9,7, 6, and 2 year old we drag along with us. I usually have all of their individual siggy stamps and log books in a bag that is attached to the carrier we have the two year old in. And in the other bag on the carrier, we have water, snacks, diapers, and other kid essentials in it. When we have that much stuff to lug around, it's hard to remember repair kits and what not. =)
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917755 by Gypsy Fiddler
Jan 13, 2016 1:00pm
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a few cammo pouches in case a box I find needs some first aid.

Do you mean like "homemade" from duct tape? That is a great idea and they don't take up much room.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917764 by MissMoon
Jan 13, 2016 1:04pm
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I've been boxing in a really busy area a few times and I've not found a box, but when I've gone to log in the attempt, I've seen that someone has found it the same day I've missed it. I assumed that the person who found the box had it while I was looking for it. If I knew someone had it, I would've waited around, met another boxer and gotten an exchange, as well as get that box. I personally have never seen one, but I've put something in place of a box while in a really busy place just in case. I hope that helps.
Re: Need Basket ideas for Fundraiser Auction
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Reply to: #917737 by FloridaFour
Jan 13, 2016 1:09pm
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Another idea (which may not work in your situation), some teachers I know plan an outing with a student and 2-3 of their classmates. One time it was a birthday party at a local business and included a bus ride there after school. Another time it was an afternoon of ice cream and putt-putt golf. Scheduled at a mutually convenient time between "May 16 and Sept 16" (each teacher had set their date range). Sounds like you need to offer an Xbox tourney or similar?

Another teacher offered an overnight party at the school in the gym (kickball, volleyball). Maybe your group wants an all-nighter (or a late night) in the computer lab?

Then there is "principal for the day" where a child gets to read the announcements, go out to lunch (off campus) with principal and make a special rule for the day (e.g. Gum is allowed).
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917744 by zinni
Jan 13, 2016 1:45pm
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Are you talking about serious hiking? How long are you usually away from the car? I generally leave food and water in the car. I carry 3 tissues, though, which can double as TP. But I'm usually only out for 20-90 minutes. Sometimes I do carry a small water bottle in my hand, and a little edible in my pocket. [borderline diabetic]

I just carry LB supplies, including extra baggies and a couple of wet hand-wipes and old gloves. [If I used a cell, of course that would make excellent sense.]
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Reply to: #917744 by zinni
Jan 13, 2016 2:04pm
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Did I mention toilet paper. Diabetics always have to tinkle.

Who needs toilet paper?

(I'm still holding a grudge against her after her security guards kicked us off the stones on her property where there were letterboxes hidden before she moved there.)
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917789 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 2:19pm
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Oh My Goodness! I almost spit my drink out of my mouth! This is actually a little inside joke between my husband and I.

On a side note...who are you talking about? Are you talking about TS?
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Reply to: #917791 by Trouble Bug
Jan 13, 2016 2:24pm
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On a side note...who are you talking about? Are you talking about TS?

Yep. She owns a house in RI on a public beach. We didn't realize we were trespassing until we got yelled at.
Re: Need Basket ideas for Fundraiser Auction
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Reply to: #917720 by FloridaFour
Jan 13, 2016 2:39pm
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It doesn't have to be letterboxing right? A popular gift box in our neck of the woods is a "Movie basket". A large popcorn bowl (bought at a discount store), some popcorn kernels, an age appropriate dvd, and maybe a gift certificate to a cinema. They usually go very quickly for way above what you paid for it. Just make it pretty. Just an idea.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917769 by StampingIsMyForte
Jan 13, 2016 3:46pm
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Would it technically count as "found" if you found the box but the stamp that was meant to be there wasn't?

Some people will count a container and logbook but no stamp as a find and some will not. There's always been a fair amount of disagreement about this even though the so called definition of a letterbox is logbook and stamp.
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Reply to: #917773 by wassamatta u
Jan 13, 2016 3:52pm
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I have seen these used to VERY good effect at events

Never seen it used on the trail or at events. At any event I've been to, either no one is coming right behind you or they are standing politely a few feet away waiting for you to finish stamping in. Or standing right there while everyone chatters away. Never been a need to "hold the place".
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Reply to: #917796 by MissMoon
Jan 13, 2016 3:57pm
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Some people will count a container and logbook but no stamp as a find and some will not. There's always been a fair amount of disagreement about this even though the so called definition of a letterbox is logbook and stamp.

True. But if you care, you are in the hobby for the wrong reason.

Of course, I've been publicly called out for my lowly P2F7 ranking, so I suppose I should care. Maybe if I cared, and found a box without a stamp, I could log it anyway and be a P2F8 or something, and all the P2F7 haters would go away, and all would be well as these things go. YMMV, of course :)
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917753 by Neen and Joy
Jan 13, 2016 4:15pm
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One thing I added this fall was 2 small zipper bags with baking soda. While on a lunch break during an LB hike my trail mate got a bee sting! Fortunately we were not far from a grocery store and could buy baking soda but now I'm prepared if it happens again. Just adding a few drops of water to the bag would allow u to make a paste to put on the sting. I did label the bags so one questions its contents. Doesn't add much weight either and oddly enough I had some miniature zipper bags hanging around ;)
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Reply to: #917791 by Trouble Bug
Jan 13, 2016 4:26pm
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I got lost in the woods, but I still had snacks....
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 4:27pm
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If you look in there now, you will see pine needls, twigs, grasses, some dirt and hopefully be able to get to the pen, stamp, ink, logbooks, and compass. I also have hand sanitizer, snack, and a pincle and a water bottle while we hike. Nothing fancy. :)
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917801 by CTEagleEye
Jan 13, 2016 4:32pm
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Just adding a few drops of water to the bag would allow u to make a paste to put on the sting.

I carry After Bite in my backpack. My buddies and I have used it for stings, bug bites, hives, and stinging-nettle encounters.
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Reply to: #917796 by MissMoon
Jan 13, 2016 4:34pm
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There's always been a fair amount of disagreement about this

Understatement of the year! :^)
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Reply to: #917798 by Sir Braemoor
Jan 13, 2016 4:37pm
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I've been publicly called out for my lowly P2F7 ranking

My, those are some pathetic stats! You obviously need to work harder at letterboxing.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 5:00pm
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I personally pack like there is a possibility I will spontaneously decide to run away from home. The only thing I carry that most probably don't are biodegradable wet wipes, a small laminated tree guide (cuz I'm not very good at that on my own), and a tick remover thingie, because if I get a tick, I am getting it off right that second I don't care where I am or what level of undress is required or about your PTSD later.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 5:10pm
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I think my unique items would be biodegradable toilet paper (for the inevitable mid hike potty break) and a 14" heavy duty screw driver.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917810 by Kimoppi
Jan 13, 2016 5:25pm
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a 14" heavy duty screw driver.

Okay, I'll bite: do you carry it as a weapon? Maybe as a tool for prying boxes out of the snow?
Re: Need Basket ideas for Fundraiser Auction
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Reply to: #917720 by FloridaFour
Jan 13, 2016 5:28pm
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I am a retired teacher who was so blessed to have amazing parents. A few parents gave baskets for gifts. One of my favorite basket was a home movie night theme. There was a big bowl (instead of a basket) with microwave popcorn, boxed candy, small bottles of pop, and a gift card to Walmart or Target to pick up a movie for my family. It was all wrapped in cellophane and the tag was a message about important family memories. Priceless - and I still remember the wonderful family who presented it to me.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 5:47pm
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Odd items , items that come in handy etc.

A sex toy.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917817 by Cyclonic
Jan 13, 2016 6:00pm
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A sex toy.

This is one of those rare posts where I want to click funny, interesting, educational, disagree, huh?, hug, and rude.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917808 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 6:00pm
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My, those are some pathetic stats! You obviously need to work harder at letterboxing.

I heard someone wrote a book on it, maybe that would help.
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Reply to: #917821 by Cyclonic
Jan 13, 2016 6:04pm
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I heard someone wrote a book on it, maybe that would help.

If I can find a copy, I'll try to send one to this poor newbie, since his first find was only a year and a half ago.
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Reply to: #917798 by Sir Braemoor
Jan 13, 2016 6:22pm
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But if you care, you are in the hobby for the wrong reason.

Nope. don't care. Just answering the question. Some things in our hobby I *do* care about, maybe too much, but this isn't one of them.
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917719 by brailleboxer
Jan 13, 2016 6:28pm
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Oreos.

Anything else is over thinking it.
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Reply to: #917820 by Rocklun
Jan 13, 2016 7:01pm
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Don't click "disagree," then he'll want to prove it....
Re: Whats in your letterboxing backpack
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Reply to: #917785 by Trouble Bug
Jan 13, 2016 7:01pm
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Yes, that's right-they are a quick fix if a box is broken or ruined somehow, and then I always tell the planter so that if they want something better then they can do maintenance at another time. IMHO cammo pouches are not great and I have had my share of bug-swarm attacks from opening some of them, but it suffices temporarily, when you need it! Gee, I hope this thread doesn't go off on a tangent about everyone's experiences with BUGS....eeew! I feel all squirmy already!