Essential Hobo Accessories, Item "G": Bindle (with Item "D": Bindle Stick)
The stereotypical way for runaways
alike to carry their belongings: wrap a bunch of objects in a bedsheet or large kerchief, and tie it to a stick.
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- The company mascot for Travellers Tales is some sort of bat/elf crossbreed with a bindle stick.
Anime and Manga
- In Kirby: Right Back at Ya!, Kirby uses one when he runs away.
- Waddle Doo also carries one when he realizes all his fellow Waddle Dees have gone from the castle and decides to leave.
- At least one of the game manuals has an illustration of Kirby carrying one as he sets off on his current quest.
- Hare of Monster Rancher carries one around.
- In the Rider-Waite Tarot deck, the Fool (Card 0 of the Major Arcana) carries a bindle stick.
- In The Sandman, when Destruction is leaving again, after being found the first time, he asks to borrow Morpheus' handkerchief expressly for the purpose of changing it to a polka-dotted design and carrying his belongings on a stick.
- Douwe Dabbert has a magical one, which provides him with everything he needs in case of emergency.
- A comic by Michael Kupperman shows a woman who has a tendency to date hobos getting romantic help from a small robot. In one panel, the robot advises her, "Ask him, if he is not a hobo, why does he have a bindle?"
- The Smurfs in the comic book stories "Traveling Smurf" (with its Animated Adaptation) and "The Finance Smurf" carried these.
- Buster Keaton does this in Go West when he hops on board a freight train and goes west after failing to find a job in the big city.
- In Pee-wee's Big Adventure, when Pee-wee starts hitchhiking to Texas he is carrying one.
- Parodied in the film Mystery Team. Jason, the "Master of Disguise", dresses up as an old-fashioned hobo in order to talk to a real homeless person. The bindle stick is part of the outfit.
- Standard traveler equipment in A Canticle for Leibowitz, at least in the first era shown. A monk leaving the monastery always carries a book in it.
- Blinky Bill is depicted carrying one on the cover of The Complete Adventures of Blinky Bill by Dorothy Wall. He also carries one in the ABC animated adaptation.
- Almost any illustrated version of "Dick Whittington" has a bindle stick.
- There was a literary character called Bindle, but he doesn't carry one. He's a cockney Lovable Rogue with a wife and home, but he still subsists on odd jobs and tweaking the nose of authority like any self-respecting hobo would.
- Lazarus Long has one packed for him in the 1910s by a kindly doctor's wife in Time Enough for Love, though he re-packs it soon afterward, as it's actually a liability on the road to look like a "bindle stiff."
Live Action TV
- When Vince Noir tried to run away from home as a child, he didn't get very far, as he was using a bindle stick to carry stuff several times his own body weight.
- On It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, when Charlie and Mac decide to fake their own deaths and wander the streets, one of the first things we see Charlie do is attempt to assemble a bindle stick and lament its limited carrying capacity.
- El Chavo del ocho uses one, which is weird because he has no known possessions and is always wearing the same clothes.
- On Good Eats, the infamous burping yeast sock puppets use these after being laid off by Alton as a result of viewer complaints about them being "unrealistic." They do return, and they help Alton get rid of the "realistic" (but boring) yeast dolls that have overtaken his kitchen.
- The Australian folk tune "Waltzing Matilda" is about a character who carries one of these, and has named it Matilda.
- One strip lampshaded it—Linus was going to pack a suitcase before Lucy corrects him and points out that every little boy running away from home always carries his things wrapped up on the end of a stick. He then walks away holding the stick in front of him and feeling "somewhat akin to a fool."
- In the next strip, Charlie Brown sees Linus and asks, "Carrying everything on your back?" Linus responds with, "Just my bowling ball."
- In another Peanuts strip, Snoopy carried a bindle stick after he yawned and lost Lucy's balloon: "Make one mistake, and you pay for it the rest of your life."
- In yet another strip, Charlie Brown himself puts one of these together in order to run away from home. He gets halfway down the sidewalk before the knot fails, sending all his belongings flying.
- Chance Cards that advance you in Monopoly show Uncle Pennybag carrying one of these.
- In "What If (There Was No Big Blue House)" from Bear in the Big Blue House, Tutter the mouse imagines being homeless and carrying his possessions in one of these.
- This has become something of a Dead Horse Trope in Real Life, as most hobosnote use backpacks and other camping bags these days. Actual poor people are more likely to use discarded plastic shopping bags. Or entire shopping carts if they can get one.
- In Germany there is a tradition still practiced today called "auf die Walz gehen" originating to medieval times. After completing apprenticeship as a craftsman people wander the country for a certain time in a special outfit, carrying all their possessions in a kerchief called "Charlottenburger" attached to a walking stick.
- In Japan the equivalent is called a Furoshiki. Largely forgotten after WWII due to the ease of the plastic bag, although there are folks trying popularize them again as a more ecologically sound method of carrying things.
- Any pantomime or stage play featuring characters Setting Out into the World to Seek Their Fortune will include a bindle stick. Especially Dick Whittington. The hankies used as bindles are almost always red-and-white polka dots, for some reason, probably due to the high contrast and visibility.