In My Campaign
New Equipment

Version 1.0 : 2001/Jun/04

Containers for Dry Goods

This file describes all the "dry goods" containers available to characters in my campaign and uses a format similar to that used for equipment in the Player's Handbook. In addition to providing new containers, this file also includes details for all core 3E containers in order to provide information regarding the maxium weight value allowed for all items placed in the container.


Many thanks to Rich D. (Player of Alisandro), who provided me with an initial set of estimates for the weight capacity of 3E containers and the volumes for "new" containers.

Container Table

                                            Volume      Max. Weight
Item                   Cost     Weight  Held/Carried    Capacity
    Medium              4 gp      8 lb.     4 cu. ft.     40 lb.
    Small §             2 gp      2 lb.     1 cu. ft.     10 lb.
    Medium             10 gp     15 lb.     4 cu. ft.     80 lb.
    Small               5 gp      4 lb.     1 cu. ft.     25 lb.
    Medium             30 gp      8 lb.     3 cu. ft.     30 lb.
    Small              15 gp      2 lb.   3/4 cu. ft.      8 lb.
Barrel                  2 gp     30 lb.    10 cu. ft.    100 lb.
  Large §               4 sp      1 lb.     2 cu. ft.     20 lb.
  Small                 5 cp    1/2 lb.     1 cu. ft.     10 lb.
Bucket                  5 sp      2 lb.     1 cu. ft.     10 lb.
  Large                 2 gp    400 lb.    25 cu. ft.    250 lb.
  Medium                2 gp    100 lb.     8 cu. ft.     80 lb.
  Small §               2 gp     25 lb.     2 cu. ft.     20 lb.
Pouch, belt
  Large §               1 gp    1/2 lb.   1/5 cu. ft.      8 lb.
 #Small                 8 sp    1/4 lb.  1/20 cu. ft.      2 lb.
  Large                 5 sp      2 lb.     4 cu. ft.     60 lb.
  Small §               1 sp    1/2 lb.     1 cu. ft.     20 lb.
  Long §                4 gp      8 lb.     5 cu. ft.     50 lb.
  Short                 2 gp      4 lb.     3 cu. ft.     30 lb.
Sailor's duffle*
  Medium                4 gp      4 lb.     5 cu. ft.     45 lb.
  Small                 2 gp      1 lb.     2 cu. ft.     15 lb.
  Medium                5 gp      1 lb.   1/2 cu. ft.      5 lb.
 #Small                 3 gp    1/2 lb.   1/8 cu. ft.      2 lb.
Spell component pouch
  Medium §              5 gp    1/2 lb.   1/8 cu. ft.      5 lb.
 #Small                 4 gp    1/4 lb.  1/16 cu. ft.      2 lb.

* See the description of this container for special rules

‡ Empty weight.

§ Equivalent to the 3E item with the same container name.

# New in this version of the file


Container Descriptions

The container types  found in the above table are described below.

Backpack, standard A leather pack carried on the back, typically with straps to secure it. The medium size version is generally 2' wide by 2' tall by 1' deep, and the small version is 1' in all directions.

Backpack, explorers: The explorer's backpack is similar to the standard backpack, except that it has wooden struts that provide it with extra support for carrying extra weight and also has external pockets that allow for the storage and quick access of some items.

In addition, an explorer's backpack has several extra leather loops and ties attached to it's exterior that make it easy to attach extra gear (such as bedrolls, ropes, picks, hammers, waterbags, lanterns, etc.) to the outside of the pack. Because of this, in addition to it's listed weight capacity, an explorer's backpack can also accommodate the following extra weight capcity hung off of its exterior: medium size -- 40 lb.; small size --10 lb.

The size for an explorer's backpack is the same as a standard backpack of the same kind (i.e., regular (medium) size is 2' wide by 2' tall by 1' deep, and small is 1' in all directions). The extra weight capacity of these packs is accounted for by the exterior pockets. A medium size version, has two pockets, one above the other, on each side of the pack that are each 8" wide by 10" tall by 6" deep, with a 5 lb. weight capacity, and a larger pocket across the back of the pack that is 20" wide by 18" tall by 6" deep with a 10 lb. weight capacity. A small size version has three pockets, one each on the left, right and back of the pack, that are each 8" wide by 10" tall by 6" deep, with a 5 lb. weight capacity.

Backpack, waterproof: A waterproof backpack is essentially a standard backpack that has been made with extra layers of leather and thourougly treated with a waterproofing agent such as bee's wax. As a result, the entire bag may be completly submerged in water for a period of an hour before it's contents will start to suffer water damage (assuming that all the openings were tightly secured before the submerging took place). In addition, a waterproof backpack will always shrug off an ordinary rain shower, and can even keep it's contents dry for at least 6 hours when subjected to a torrential downpour.

The exterior dimensions of a waterproof backpack are the same as a standard backpack of the same kind (i.e., regular (medium) size is 2' wide by 2' tall by 1' deep, and small is 1' in all directions). However, because of the extra material used to making it waterproof, the interior volume is reduced to three-quarters of a standard backpack, resulting in the interior dimensions of approximate 18"x18"x9".

Barrel: A typical barrel with wooden slats held together with iron rings.

Basket: An open woven basket with a sturdy handle, these containers are usually woven out of dried plant materials, and can not be used to carry liquids. The large basket is usually a rectangular shape that is 2' wide by 1' long and 1' deep while the small basket is usually a square shape 1' in all directions

A cotton "basket cloth" that has extra material at the corners that can be tied together over the contents of the basket can also be purchased at an additional 3 sp for a large basket and a 1 sp for a small basket.

Bucket: Typical metal bucket with a curved metal handle that has a piece of wood in the middle to protect the hand when carrying a full load.

Chest: Typical wooden chest with metal reenforcing. The approximate dimensions for each size category are: large - 5'x3'x2'; medium - 4'x2'x1'; and small 2'x1'x'1. A chest may either be secured using an external pad lock or may have a lock included as part of the construction. When a lock is included, add 1/2 the price of a lock of the same quality to the cost of the chest. See Player's Handbook, p108 for full details on lock quality and prices.

Pouch, belt: As described in the Player's Handbook, p 109. The typical dimensions for a medium beltpouch is 5" wide by 6" tall and 1" thick, while a small beltpouch is 2.5" by 3" and 1" thick.

Sack: Typical burlap sack. A large sack is approximately 2' wide by 3' long by 6" deep and a small sack is approximately 1' wide by 2' long by 6" deep.

Saddlebags: This is a long, two pocketed leather container that lies behind the saddle. Long saddlebags are designed for horses and similar riding animals, while short ones are designed for shorter riding animals such as ponys, etc. Each pocket has an opening that is roughly 1' square, regardless of length. Long saddlebags are roughly 45" long, while short saddlebags are roughly 27" long

Sailor's duffel: A sailor's duffel is a container that is frequently available in port cities and is ubiquitous among professional sailors. It is essentially a duffel bag with a single opening along most of its length, and two long straps to either side of this opening. The opening consists of about 6" of overlapping material that can be held closed with a series of large buttons. It is a move equivalent action to open or close all the buttons. The medium size duffel is 5' long by 1' wide and 1' deep and the small size duffel is 4' long by 8" wide and 8" deep.

The duffel itself is made of sail canvas that has been treated to make it slightly water resistant. This allows the duffel to keep it's contents dry in stormy weather for up to an hour and light rain for up to four hours.

Unlike a backpack, a sailor's duffel is somewhat awkward to use when adventuring as it must be carried in one hand at the side, or over one shoulder using one hand (-1 circumstance penalty to all physical actions) or carried on the back by putting the straps over the shoulders as if it were a backpack (-2 circumstance penalty to physical actions, due to the awkward placement of the weight, but both hands are free).

Satchel: A squarish leather bag with a flap to close it. It is sometimes designed to sit on a belt in a maner similar to that of a belt pouch, but more often it has an adjustable strap that goes over the head and allows the bag to hang at the hip on the opposite side of the body from the shoulder that the strap rests on. The medium satchel is typically 12" wide by 18" long and 4" thick, while the small satchel is typically 9" wide by 12" long and 2" thick.

Spell component pouch: As described in the Player's Handbook, p 111. Each of the many small compartments are of a variety of different sizes, suitable for most standard spell components. Spellcasting characters will generally need only worry about the volume and weight capacity of this container if they are carrying a large number of "exotic" spell components (i.e., ones that are very expensive and/or very difficult to obtain).

Container Illustrations

Coming Later.