A little update on my brief: from the rather vague ideas I struggled with last week, I managed to whittle down my broad design interests to either water collecting or storage. As water purification tablets taste so disgusting, one thought was to work out a way to bypass the need to use them altogether. Initial ideas included a rainwater catcher using the sides of the tent and gravity. I found an amazing spray called Hydrobead that makes fabrics and surfaces waterproof, rust-resistant and anti-microbial through nanotechnology. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hefDzQfqcY
Although the concept is plausible and definitely worthy of study, it was not enticing enough for this project at this time. My new focus of attention is the storage of food for us campers and in particular, I’m looking at seasonings. The quantities should be small and suited to a modular kit. This is something I can really work on in the Bath Spa University workshops.
Currently, we have a bulky plastic ice-cream box containing 7-8 photographic film canisters with a variety of herbs and spices. This is easy to use and has served us well over the years. However, it is awkward to carry around and sometimes we get confused about the canisters’ contents. I don’t know why we have never thought to label them or find a better/smaller housing. In 12 years, there haven’t been many accidental (awful) meals as we nearly always smell or taste them before chucking them in the pan. At the moment, cutlery and cooking utensils won’t fit in the plastic box and have to be carried separately. Perhaps they could be united in a single holdall.
For eating OUT, I’m giving myself a single problem to resolve – to improve the existing system for holding our seasonings. Central to the kit is its functionality and in all kinds of weather. Additionally, it must be reusable and suit our style of eco-friendly wild camping.
These are sketches of my initial ideas:
I found examples of existing kits from which I could use specific design elements:
Modular cylindrical storage for spices. This product is sold in tubes for Mediterranean, Middle Eastern (shown), Indian and Italian cuisines. With individual screw lids, using them at a campsite in wet weather could be problematic.
Vertical or horizontal storage is very useful and space-saving in panniers. The pill holder given a new outdoor use is particularly good because it can be used with one hand. Although nicely refillable, they would be harder to clean out single compartments for another herb content if the others are full.
These modules will hold the right quantities but might not fit into my newly-designed multi-tool cooking kit. Saying that, they could sit inside the pans when not in use. Unfortunately, they are unlikely to be an innovative solution to my multi-tool project.
During my investigations to see what was currently available, I found some other ways of holding and transporting things in kits.
a neoprene foam lunchbox that unzips on 4 sides to reveal the midday meal on a kind of picnic mat a sewing kit with a variety of contents held in place with elastic or plastic pouches is simple and takes up very little room