Rocket boxes are common place on everything from SUVs to pickup trucks. Got to carry all your outdoors gear, right?

Well, playing up on that a bank card TV commercial: “What’s in your rocket box?

Call them roof-top cargo boxes, roof rockets, rocket boxes, whatever, but they really come in handy. Someone came up to me the other day in a ski-area parking lot and asked what the heck I was carrying in that box?

Got to thinking. Here goes: two sets of backcountry skis, snowshoes and poles; two daypacks; shovel, axe, wood saw, extra tire iron, car battery-operated tire air pump, plastic traction devices (they look like baby snowshoes), tow strap; tire chocks; emergency kit including tool and first-aid kits; extra boat straps; camp chairs and camp table for roadside picnic; sleeping bag and backpacking stove and backpacking breakfast and dinner plus coffee and tea and extra dog food; plastic container with self-lighting charcoal for easy fire starting (in case we’re stuck overnight). Did I forget something? Oh, I carry 3 gallons of water inside the car so it doesn’t freeze.

Thank the snow gods for rocket boxes. All this stuff in the back seat would be a nightmare.

Pete has been writing about the outdoors in Idaho and the Northwest for decades. Give him a shout at pete@getoutdoorsnorthwest.com.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.