Japanese $1 Store Bushcraft Gear Review
Daiso - Japanese Discount Store
One of my favorite activities is to go to a store, any kind of store, and try and find unconventional items that would double as camping and bushcraft gear. When we walked into the Daiso, my mouth was salivating at all the camplife possibilities. Everything there was $1.50, unless it was otherwise marked. Here's a list of all the stuff that I found.
- 40 ml bottles (2 pk) - $1.50
- 80 ml bottles (2 pk) - $1.50
- 6 ml vials (12 pk) - $1.50
- Folding Pill Box - $1.50
- Hand warmers (8 pk) - $1.50
- 70 ml Rectangular Plastic Containers (4 pk) - $1.50
- Reflective Aluminum Mat - $1.50
- Cast Iron Square Pan - $3.00
Grand total... $13.50.
Cheap Camping Bottles
My favorite finds from the trip were the bottles. Both the 80 ml bottles and the 40 ml bottles will work great as little containers for sauce, oil, and other liquids. I love cooking with fish sauce, I only need a small amount to cook with, but I'm too afraid to put it in my pack. Fish sauce is probably the worst thing that you can spill on your gear. I'm really hoping these little bottles will be able to keep my sauces and oils safe and sealed. We'll field test them and update you guys.
Camping Spice Containers
These little guys are perfect airtight containers for keeping your camping spices. Just big enough to hold all the salt and pepper you would need for a cooking session in the woods. The wonderful thing about these containers are that they are rectangular rather than round. So many spice containers out there are round, and you lose a lot of valuable space when you pack round items together versus straight sided items that don't lose negative space.
Daiso, definitely check it out. The stuff is unique compared to anything you will find at your regular ol' dollar store. The Japanese just tend to have a different design influence compared to western cultures. It's not better, not worse, just different. So get out there and explore a different culture, check out Daiso, and Explore Your Camplife.