What purpose does a camping machete serve? Thinking back to the 1980s when I was just a young man, there may have been only a few times a machete was used on a camping trip. Most of the time I had a camping machete strapped to the side of my ALICE pack, but it was only rarely used. So when was the machete used? Mostly when my buddies and I camped along the swamps of Southeast Texas that were only accessible by boat.
On these trips my buddies and I would load up in a small aluminum boat with a 25 horsepower Johnson motor on it. We would usually take around 45 minutes to get from the boat launch to our wilderness camping sites. If we wanted to pick a new site we would scout along the bayou looking for flat ground that suit our needs. Once a camp site was picked out we would take our machetes and clear some of the underbrush.