If you're looking for packing efficiency, look no further than the navy. More specifically, the ditty bag. The ditty bag has been around for a long time. First issued to navy sailors, its existence dates back to the 18th century. Basically, it was a large canvas bag designed to store spare clothing and supplies. And with just one main compartment, efficient packing was critical-- as you will see in the below images. Extended time at sea and tight living quarters meant that each sailer was restrained to only the essentials. So properly packing your bag meant more available space for things like letters from home, souvenirs, etc..
The term ditty bag has since become associated with small pouches and/or dopp kits. A pack that is often used to keep smaller items together, yet still be stored within a larger day pack or weekender bag. This may include hunting supplies, grooming supplies, etc.
Why is it called a ditty bag? We don't know for sure. One idea references the word "ditto," and the fact that each sailor's ditty bag would include a spare set of clothing.
But one thing we know for sure is that the ditty bag is a "go-to." Whether for a long weekend, or an extended adventure. Whether as your main bag, a second bag, or as a dopp kit/catch all. We've never been a fan of over packing, yet we always strive to have everything we need. The ditty bag offers an acceptable compartment for storage, while forcing you to only bring those items you'll actually need and use.
At Blue Claw, we are working on a ditty bag that is sure to become a weekend favorite. In the meantime, check out our dopp kits (ditty bags... AWOL bags, etc).