Island Home–Grit and Gear

Featured Gear

  1. The North Face Stormbreak 1 Tent. With a simple 1-person design, this 3-season tent offers comfortable shelter from a trailhead campsite to your favorite backcountry hideaway. You can fit all your gear inside with you (unless you bring the kitchen sink) and still have a comfortable nights sleep.
  2. Epiphany Outdoor Gear Bellows Fire Starting Kit. This three piece fire starting kit weighs in at two ounces and has all the necessary tools needed to start a fire in soaking wet conditions and higher elevations.
  3. Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack. This is a necessity if you decide to swim out to an island. While not intended for boat trips or full submersion, these dry sacks still get the job done. The Hypalon® watertight roll-top closure keeps contents secure and protected; fold the Hypalon strip down first and make at least 3 rolls before closing the buckle.
  4. Benchmade Fixed Adamas 375 Drop Point Knife. This is a beautiful knife. While a little pricey, its solid single-piece construction and functionality make it a gem in the knife world. Plus it’s American made.
  5. Flint & Tinder Breaker Trunk. Okay, we realize only the guys will be able to benefit from this one, but we had to give a shoutout to our friends at Huckberry (where we found these trunks) because these are freaking awesome swim trunks! Made in Southern California.

Other Gear To Consider

  1. The North Face Cat’s Meow. If you read our first Grit & Gear segment you know this item is a rerun; but since you’ll still need a sleeping bag to sleep on your island home we thought we might sneak it in here. I’ve personally used this sleeping bag for years. The quintessential synthetic, 20-degree bag can be used for three seasons in the backcountry, and features an efficient Cyclone design to maximize warmth and compressibility while reducing weight.

Pro Tips To Survive On Your Island Home

  1. Put the toothpaste on your toothbrush before you leave home and wrap the toothbrush head with cling wrap.
  2. Don’t forget a hygiene kit. Trowel, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.
  3. Tell someone where your going. This is actually one of the most basic tips out there, but we thought we should mention it.
  4. Have a contingency plan for getting off your island in a hurry. It never hurts to be prepared.