In addition to tender, I always carry kindling. When the jungle is wet, it is extremely difficult to keep a fire going without having some completely dry kindling.
I sometimes split small pieces of kindling wood. Sea Hibiscus and other 'white' softwoods are superb, but when not available, I have pre-cut bamboo (grass family actually, not wood).
I do this at home at a prep. I can and often do add to the amount of bamboo fire kindling when in the jungle, but I want to have a container with a supply of dry kindling in addition to whatever I can find in the field.
|If there is a bit of room left in the top of your container, |
you might as well cram it with extra rubber bicycling innertube
strips. These don't have to be kept dry actually, but you can't
have too many. They are wonderful for keeping a fire going.