Bushcraft – An Introduction

Here at Pellpax, a significant part of our range is given over to outdoor, wildness in our UK bushcraft supplies store. Stuff to help you eat, sleep, and survive in the great outdoors.

Bushcraft has developed as a movement, and hobby over quite time – arguably it goes back to the beginning of man’s earliest origins. However, in recent times, it has become a source of fascination here in the UK thanks to TV survivalists like Ray Mears and Bear Grylls.

This has lead to the development of blogs, outdoor survival courses, festivals and shows across the UK.  There are several broad disciplines within bushcraft. What follows is a quick overview of each of these, with some products to illustrate what you’ll need to survive your next outdoor adventure.

1. Get Water: Stay Hydrated

Water is one of your essential bodily needs and you won’t last long without hydrating, particularly when exposed to the elements and weather. It’s also important for hygiene, without which you will find yourself becoming ill and unable to survive.

You can bring your own with the appropriate storage, or collect or even dig a well. We’ve got some great water reservoirs like this one by Geigerrig (£39.95).

A pressurized hydration engine, with a capacity of 3 litres, it’s great for those early morning showers, if you’ve got the storage capacity.

Alternatively, if you’ve decided to travel light and go for water capture and collection, then you’ll need to purify your water in order to drink it.

You could invest in this purification kit by Steripen (below).

The Steripen Classic uses UV light to kill bacteria. It’s just one of the range of Steripen water purifiers and accessories that we sell. Check out this section for more.

2. Bring, find or make shelter

Any stay in the elements is going to require shelter, the most basic of human requirements. If you are going be adventurous and go beyond the modern method of using a collapsible tent, then you may choose to make your own shelter from wood and undergrowth you have been able to cut or claim from the forest or nature itself.

You could use one of our huge range of machetes for this purpose, or our range of axes to help you hack off a branch or two. If you’re taking your bushcraft seriously and travelling light, you might want to pack this light, versatile military wire saw.

A tarp may be a lightweight alternative to carrying a full tent. You could take this one, and even use your bushcraft skills to make it into a tent.

3. Starting A Fire

You can take your commitment to eating bush tucker grub like Ray Mears or Bear Grylls as seriously as you wish. An important starting point is being able to make a fire, and we have a range of fire starting tools and accessories to assist with this.

For example, this fire starter by Bear Grylls is built for creating a flame in even the most adverse of conditions. It’s also rugged and looks pretty cool, excellent for wind, rain, and snow you might encounter on the trail.


4. Clippable Lighters

Ultimate Survival Klipp Lighter – Glow £19.96


Wearing a lighter on your person is a great way to keep it around for those emergencies where it can really make a difference. For example, you might choose this waterproof, clippable, and compact lighter by Ultimate Survival for the job. You can fix it to clothing or your rucksack, so it’s always on hand to light a campfire for cooking or warmth:



So, there you have it. The range of  goods and products for sale in our bushcraft range is growing all the time. We deliver across Great Britain, and our staff are on call to give you all the help, advice and assistance you need with loading up for your next adventure. Check out the Pellpax UK bushcraft store, and, if you need help, call us today!

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