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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.