Objects from the arsenal of Soviet tourists
Tourism in the Soviet Union was put on a grand scale and in scope took one of the first places in the world. Rapidly gaining momentum sport or amateur tourism - the people themselves at their own expense in his spare time organizing nonprofit hiking. Aspiration with a rucksack on his back to visit the wildest corners of their homeland has become a real social movement.
However, the campaign needed suitable for camping equipment intended, and today we will tell that they took with them travelers from the distant USSR.
In the first place to hike stocked with all sorts of cereals: millet, rice, buckwheat and barley. Required Indian or Ceylon tea, pasta. If you still had money taken stew, canned and evaporated milk. However, over those who take hikes canned, usually laughed: "you're a tourist or weightlifters?".
Canned had to somehow open - with a take or a standard factory model or makeshift openers. In principle, open stew could and ordinary knife, but the "bottle opener" pocket not pulling, and even blunted copes with the task.
Usually, Soviet backpacks serve their owners than a decade.
Those who are lucky more battered tents from discarded parachutes - they are easier and more convenient to the monsters of the sheet (about 12 kg), which had to be dragged all the others. Despite all the inconveniences associated with its installation, such gable tent was quite comfortable for camp life.
In addition to cutting firewood for a bonfire on the trip participants who took an ax, I was assigned another important mission. At each halt to install the tents had to be cut out of wood pegs. These wooden stakes were very heavy, and analogs of light metal alloys has not yet delivered, so they had to be cut anew each time, so as not to carry with them.
With the help of a fire and throwing ashes buried biodegradable garbage. In addition, the blade was needed to entrench a tent on the perimeter of the water drain channel. So, tourists can be assured that if it starts to rain during the night, they do not wake up to their knees in water.
Comfortable sleeping bag - for the campaign theme is always relevant. In 70-ies were sleeping with cotton, framed wooden buttons, bags, which reminded its shape butterfly chrysalis. So they are called - "doll". In the early '80s were sleeping zipper, and later embodiments lightweight synthetic insulation.
Knife, fork, spoon and cup - from the time for the tourist in this set has not changed. It is worth noting that a good tourist knives in the back there were a not so many, and took care of them as the apple of his eye.
Pots for cooking were mainly military. Convenient was that using himself a pot for cooking soups, the cover at the same time can be adapted as a frying pan. Overall, it was an indispensable thing for hiking, even for a short period of time.
Probably no hike in the Soviet Union do not do without the traditional singing around the campfire with a guitar. There's also a campfire born genre of "bard" songs glorifying the life of the tourist and preach patriotism and love of nature.