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Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 7, 2019 6:01pm
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What do you use to carry supplies? What do you all use when on trail ?

Semicolon uses me.
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 7, 2019 6:31pm
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What do you all use when on trail ?

A Sherpa of course... what, you guys schlep your own gear around!?

Seriously though, on longer trips we carry a backpack. On shorter excursions we have a custom made otter-type box with a divider, inks and stamp.
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 7, 2019 7:04pm
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We carry a zipper pencil pouch which holds the clues (printed to stamp in and put in a 3 ring binder later), pre-stamped signature Avery labels, markers, pens and supplies if the box is damaged. We started with a crossover bag with a notebook and accessories and changed to the zipper pouch later. Convenience, I suppose =)
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 7, 2019 7:18pm
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Two handbags, one for letterboxing, one for geocaching. The geocaching bag includes a selection of trade items. The letterboxing bag contains sig stamp and ink as well as baggies and other stuff for repairs -- which can also be helpful for a geocache, so if I'm hunting a geocache I carry both bags.

I have a backpack but I've found it too cumbersome to fiddle with for most boxes. I take it on the road, but normally leave it in the car. I use it to carry a larger selection of trade items and baggies and whatnot and restock the handbags from it after an outing. If I'm facing a more serious trek, more than a couple of miles, I will sometimes clear extra stuff out of the back pack, through the handbags into it, and use it for the trek. It's hard to talk SWMBO into taking those treks, though, so that rarely happens.
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974975 by RDHG
May 7, 2019 10:58pm
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Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 7, 2019 11:28pm
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I use a backpack. I put sig stamp and ink pads in plastic pencil pouch and keep a few paper towels and zip loc baggies extra and sometimes even a plastic box/duct tape in case a box needs maintenance if I am close to home.... load lightens if travelling though
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 8, 2019 5:17am
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I bought the arctic brand lunchbox from Walmart at the start of school. It has a front pocket perfect for our three 5x7 logbooks. There is a plastic tray in the large main compartment with a divider that I put our ink in on one side and signature stamps in little boxes in the other.
It has a handle so I can carry just that, and small enough I can toss it in a backpack.
And it's moderately waterresistant.
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 8, 2019 5:42am
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I use a backpack sometimes but other times I wear a homemade apron that has 3 big pockets. It is a around your waist apron not a bib style
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 8, 2019 5:54am
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What do we use on the trail:
Old make up bag. It has a handle. It's leopard print and tacky.

I really need to upgrade.
What is one tip?
Board: Letterbox Chatter
May 8, 2019 9:10am
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What is one tip that someone gave you or that you have figured out does yourself and that you would give to a new -- or not so new -- letterboxer?

Mine would be about clues. When I started boxing, I was taught that there are three different kinds of clues:

1. Directions take you right to a box.
2. Clues give you an idea, but you still have to do some thinking to figure it out.
3. Riddles have to be solved to figure out the clue.
Re: What is one tip?
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Reply to: #975004 by RDHG
May 8, 2019 9:29am
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Examine the entire logbook - there might be a bonus clue :)
Re: What is one tip?
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Reply to: #975004 by RDHG
May 8, 2019 9:40am
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If you're new to letterboxing, spend some time finding boxes and see how and where others have planted their boxes. This will help you when you do start to plant your own boxes and prevent you from placing a box in a place that will guarantee it's demise.
Re: What is one tip?
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Reply to: #975004 by RDHG
May 8, 2019 9:50am
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Even though you're excited and want to jump right in, resist the urge to launch a hitchhiker with a store-bought stamp in an oversize plastic container that doesn't seal well.
Re: What is one tip?
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Reply to: #975004 by RDHG
May 8, 2019 10:01am
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Don't choose wassamatta u as a trailname; it's already taken. Check here first before selecting a trailname: https://www.atlasquest.com/people/directory.php
Re: What is one tip?
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Reply to: #975008 by Wronghat
May 8, 2019 10:10am
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Don't choose wassamatta u as a trailname; it's already taken.

I would just say when it comes to letterboxing, don't choose wassamatta u. No need to narrow it down to the trailname only.
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 8, 2019 10:11am
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Have always wondered - is the front carry comfortable on a hike?
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 8, 2019 10:37am
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I carry an over the shoulder side pack. Everything I always need are in the out side pockets. Stuff I might need are inside the bag area. I can slide the bag to the front to get what I need and not take it off.
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 8, 2019 10:38am
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My backpack.

The story of its acquisition is embarrassingly funny and it is so ridiculously heavy it almost kills me... Creepily, I plan to be buried with it!
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 8, 2019 11:14am
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We started carring a military bag that is kinda like a fanny pack. I love it. My husband just bought us this pack its got a lot of pockets but seems light enough to carry

Multipurpose Tactical Fanny Pack Walking Man Military Drop Leg holster Bag Tool Thigh Waist Belt Pack Leg Pouch Paintball Airsoft Motorcycle Riding Camera EDC Bag Sling Pack Men Tactical iphone Case https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01L6R5L72/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_uVX0Cb1T7MBZJ
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #975010 by foxfriend
May 8, 2019 12:12pm
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Have always wondered - is the front carry comfortable on a hike?

Well, I manage with mine, but sometimes I wish someone else would carry them.
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #975017 by Wry Me
May 8, 2019 12:47pm
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Well, I manage with mine, but sometimes I wish someone else would carry them.

I'll get'em. LOL
Re: What is one tip?
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Reply to: #975004 by RDHG
May 8, 2019 12:47pm
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Have fun. Don't rush. Enjoy the journey and the milestones. It isn't a race to see who can get the most the fastest.
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #975010 by foxfriend
May 8, 2019 12:55pm
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I carry front always, everything is at my fingertips, don’t have to keep flipping a back pack around. Mind you, I don’t carry much more than a logbook, sig stamp, one ink pad, and 12 markers. I hiked to the top of Mount Maggaloway with it on, I’ve done miles of hiking with it on.

Warrior Woman
still tidy
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #975012 by foxfriend
May 8, 2019 12:59pm
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I've tried a number of different backpacks but they are all too heavy and really hurt my hip while I walk. And I hate taking it off and on every time I get to another box. I found a vinyl lunch bag at Sams that holds all my inks, sig. stamp and small logbook, it's light weight, and on drive bys I don't feel as conspicuous as with a huge back pack to lug out of the car and have to dig through it to find the right ink ... it will pass for a lunch bag or purse (and it zips shut so I don't lose my keys in the middle of a park again). So far this is working but I've always got my eye out for something better.
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #975014 by Moms_Play
May 8, 2019 1:00pm
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That's a mouth full.
Re: What is one tip?
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Reply to: #975004 by RDHG
May 8, 2019 1:21pm
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The ‘golden rule’ applies here, too. “Treat other people’s boxes the way you would want your’s treated.” Be discreet when finding, repair if needed and if possible, and rehide it well, exactly where it’s supposed to be.
Re: What is one tip?
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Reply to: #975020 by GA Candy Girl
May 8, 2019 2:22pm
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I wish I could agree more than once. I see people engaging in what I call "sweatshop stamping" or even doing truly bizarre things just to dummy up their numbers and I just don't get the point. It doesn't really strike me as fun or worth doing. The stamps are cool and all, but I like meeting people and enjoying experiences.
Re: What is one tip?
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Reply to: #975004 by RDHG
May 8, 2019 2:48pm
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Rehide so that it can’t be easily seen. Don’t leave a corner sticking out so it might be easier for the next boxer. Prevent those prying, meddlesome muggles from finding it!
Re: What do you use to carry supplies
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Reply to: #974974 by brailleboxer
May 8, 2019 2:56pm
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After many years of trying to find the "perfect" bag, this is as close as I have come. I can't believe the retail price now, the price I paid is way less than the price it is currently selling for. I cut the waistpack straps off as I never used them which lightened the weight of the bag and wear this bag crossbody which comes in very handy when the weather is less than perfect as I don't have to set a backpack on the ground. Lots of room and several pockets work well for me.
Re: What is one tip?
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Reply to: #975029 by greenmountainhiker
May 8, 2019 2:59pm
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Some people seem to operate under the mistaken impression that they should make it easier for the next person to find. Or they feel compelled to “improve” on the hiding spot without saying anything.