This bag was made by my late grandmother, Julie Mackenzie. I actually don't use this bag much because I want to save it. Canvas bags are great in cold weather.
The Always Ready To Go Bush Kit
The number #1 most important item to me is a good knife. Everything after a knife is a bonus. Here's the list:
Knife: A hunting appropriate knife, can be a folding blade or not, but it is important to have a knife that can take abuse.
Matches: In a waterproof container or ziplock baggy.
Backpack: One designated daypack sized bag. It will hold all the other items on the list. (And over the years, I have found it best to have one backpack specifically as your bush kit, because everything is always ready to go and easily stored when you are at home.)
Water bottle or thermos: Water intake is super important in the bush. A well-hydrated body helps you make the best decisions in the bush and dehydration can cause you all kinds of problems. Hot tea is the best alternative to plain water.
Tea bags and sugar
A small pot: To make tea or other things
A hatchet (small axe) or a machete, (the machete type of blade has become my preference over an axe.)
Axe file or a good knife sharpener. (I usually have both.)
A small first-aid kit
About 20 ft of rope
That for the most part are the essentials but in my backpack I also have these optional items:
One pair of spare socks
A dry wool t-shirt
GPS (I carry it but actually never use it, I found it better to just pay attention to the land and landmarks.)
Fish line and fish hook
Sat phone, Spot Messenger or InReach Device
So I think that about does it. I almost always have my bullets for my rifle or shotgun in the backpack but that should only be in your bag if you have the proper gun/safety knowledge.
I also have found that there are a lot of items on list. It can be maybe too much stuff for your comfort level but to narrow the list, get out on the land more. Experience is the best teacher and being out on the land more will help you decide what you need or don’t need in your bush kit.
Enjoy the bush ; )