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    Make your own smoking kit - the essentials

    Make your own smoking kit - the essentials

    How portable do you want your smoking kit to be? That’s the first step to building your own smoking kit filled with essentials. If you’re working with an Altoids tin, you’ll have different priorities than working with a smell proof Skunk bag or lunchbox sized container. We’ll give a few essential smoking accessories that should be in every smoking kit, regardless of size, and then get into the more optional ones.

    A lighter

    Bic mini lighters are the smallest source of flame widely available and easily useable. If you want to throw some matches and hemp in there go for it, but when smoking on the go ease of use should be up there for simplicities sake. Using a larger container for your smoking kit you can get away with regular size lighters regardless of the brand or shape.

    Rolling papers

    You never know when the situation will present itself to roll something up. A pack of paper takes next to no space, and can be used in pretty much any smoking scenario. Great for party settings or even by yourself, you really can’t go wrong with having your favorite brand of papers. Raw papers have become the industry standard, but don’t be afraid to venture out and find something a little more off the beaten trail.

    A poker

    A poker is ranked so high here because it can be as simple as having a toothpick or metal poker in your smoking kit. Regardless of your smoking kit size, you can use a poker to pack in something you’ve rolled, stir a bowl, or de clog a bowl and it will also take up next to no space. Don’t sleep on a poker! If you choose to not put one in, you’re gonna have a bad time.

    One hitter

    Sometimes you only have a little bit of herb to smoke, and that’s ok. What’s more efficient at smoking a small bit of herb than a one hitter? Nothing. You won’t be scrambling to make an improv bowl out of anything, and won’t need an excess amount of herb to roll something up with. From a space perspective, you really can’t go wrong with a one hitter.  Larger bags and boxes can have bowls, bubblers, and even bongs but not every smoking kit can fit those. 

    Eye drops

    The purpose of these is twofold.  First of all, smoking can easily irritate your eyes and dry them out. Having itchy or dry eyes is miserable, so be prepared for them. Also, smoking is notorious for giving you red eyes, which eye drops can mitigate or even get rid of. It’s better to have a small bottle with you for when you need them, then to be struggling and looking for one.

    Grinder or Grinder card

    Depending on space, you’re going to want one of these. Breaking down herb by hand is a total pain. It’s the 21st century, almost the 22nd one, get with the times and get a grinder. Grinder cards are clutch when space is a premium, and traditional grinders are great to double as an herb storage and grinding apparatus in larger smoking kits. 

    Optional Extras

    You can fit all of the above in an Altoids tin if you go with the smaller options when presented with one. Now it’s time to explore a couple more possibilities that you can include when you have a larger smoking kit.

     

    1. A Smokit - This product’s name comes from Smoking Kit, so its a mini smoking kit all on it’s own. A multi-hitter, grinder card, herb and concentrate storage, and a poker/dabber come standard here. They’re the size of a Zippo, so any bag you’re using will have room for this and more. The design is based on a dugout pipe, which can be made of different materials. Wooden dugouts are the most common dugouts, but metal dugouts have become increasingly prevalent as people look to go with higher end options. 
    2. A collectable lighter - Think Zippo, a portable torch, etc. These lighters take up more space but can also be more useful depending on the situation. Torches are great for concentrates, and you can’t beat a Zippo if there’s wind outside for instance. 
    3. Dugout pipe - We think Smokits are the best multi-tool on the market, but if you have everything included in one already, there’s nothing wrong with having a simple dugout pipe. They come with a one hitter and storage space, and are great for taking on an outdoor adventure. Chances are you don’t want to take your entire bag with you, so putting one in your pocket is a great compromise.  If you’re on the market for a new one, www.smokits.com is a great place to start!

    So there you have it. A great way to make your own all in one smoking kit, a few optional additions depending on the size you go with, and why each is essential. Tweak your kit to fit your needs and preferences, but starting with the above parts like a one hitter will never steer you wrong.

    Choosing the Right All in One Smoking Kit

    Choosing the Right All in One Smoking Kit

    The premise of an all in one smoking kit is easy to understand. You don’t want to be carrying around a backpack full of smoking accessories, you want something compact and preferably discreet.  There are multiple all in one smoking kits, in varying sizes depending on what you need. Our go to smoking kit is an all in one dugout, and we’ll explain below why, but it is not the only option available. You can make your own kit, there are ones based on different designs too, but an all in one dugout maximizes space and efficiency, which is key for us.

    When portability is the most important thing

    If you want to carry your all in one smoking kit around in your pocket or purse, going with a Smokit is your safest bet. The product is designed to have a multi-hitter, poker/dabber, storage space for both flower and concentrate, along with a grinder card to break down herb and help gather it in a rolling tray or on a flat surface.  The price is reasonable coming in at under $20, and it’ll last for years. Check them out today at www.smokits.com and see which size is right for you.

    When storage space for additional accessories is key

    If you like having all the bells and whistles with you, a Smokit isn’t going to cut it. We recommend getting a smell proof bag, as these can hold everything you possibly want and still be carried with you. The most dependable ones come from https://www.skunkcase.com/ and are available in all shapes and sizes.  The Skunk Sidekick is our personal favorite as you can easily fit a nice bowl, grinder, flower, concentrate, lighters, papers, etc. in there. Have your own cannabis survival kit wherever you go, and never worry about the smell. 

    Combining an all in one dugout with a smell proof bag

    Take a bag like the above mentioned and throw a Smokit in there. You should see a Smokit the same way you would a Swiss army knife. You might not need every tool frequently, but when you find yourself in an odd situation it’s there when you need it. In these smell proof bags, you have space to put an all in one dugout like the Smokit in there.  The smallest one measures in at 2.5”x1.5”x0.5” which is the approximate size of a zippo. They have the best one hitter included, and still work like a dugout pipe plus extra tools. 

    Which set up are you going with?

    So there you have it. A couple different strategies for being able to take everything you need with you. Be the person who shows up prepared, not the person scrambling for tooth picks and apples to smoke out of. Look into what comes in each kit and option and customize for your own needs. A Smokit is a great place to start, but doesn’t need to stop there. Shop around and build your own smoking kit as your smoking preferences expand.

    How to use the best dugout – Smokit

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    So you have your Smokit, something to smoke, and a lighter. It’s time to put these to good use. There is a lengthwise door that runs down Smokit. You pop this open, to reveal a grinder card underneath. The card can be removed to double as a flat edge for gathering loose herb, but you do not need to right now. With the long door open, you take herb and grind it against the card with only a small amount of force. Think of the grinder card like a cheese grater, it works the same way. Now you have herb in the storage area below, and you shut the lengthwise door to secure your herb.

    The top left door as you can see in the picture, holds the dugout pipe and a poker/dabber tool. Open that door, tilt the product so the dugout pipe slides right out, and shut the top left door. At this point, you have the pipe to smoke with and your herb is ready to be ground up.

    The top right door opens into the same storage area below your grinder card. You want to open that door, and be sure to keep the Smokit tilted upright so no herb falls out. You push your one-hitter pipe (that holds 3-4 hits) into that storage area, and simply twist 1-2 times. The pipe will pack itself and you can remove it and shut the top right door.

    Now you’re ready to smoke! Take the one hitter and put it in your mouth with the herb away from you. Light the herb but only briefly as you do not want to burn it all on the first hit. This is key and what makes our dugout pipe the best! It is custom made to be extra deep and hold multiple hits. After smoking the pipe you will need to clear it.  

    In the top left door that the one hitter was in, there is also a poker and dabber tool. Simply open the door, tilt the Smokit to slide the poker out, and slide through the dugout pipe. You can store the tools back up in the smell-resistant case they came in and you’re ready for next time.

    We have a video made showing exactly how to do this entire process. Check it out here, and if you’re sick of old dugouts where they get jammed, are difficult to load, and don’t have a poker, look in our store for a Smokit you like today!