posted on Jul, 4 2014 @ 08:16 AM
In this lesson i will be discussing a way, not the way to decide what to pack.
Now lets begin.
The first question you need to ask yourself when deciding on a piece of gear should be "Do I need it?" and by that, I mean do you really need
A lot of people think they need an item but in reality they will never use it, and when you will never use a piece of gear it becomes useless weight
that you won't want to be carrying around with you later, and as anyone who has ever used a backpack before knows, ounces and pounds add up fast.
Since this is a relatively simple subject that doesn't require a ton of reading, I'll leave a list of questions as an aid to help you figure out if
you need that new high speed gadget or the cheap heaps of crap gear that you could replace with a few more useful items.
-Is this something you would use on a regular basis? (if no, toss it
-Is the cost vs function around even or higher on the function side? (if no, toss it
-Is this well made? (if no, toss it
-Is this a multiple application item? (if no, is there anything that can do the same thing? if yes, toss it
-Is this as lightweight as possible? (if no, toss it
-Is this something you want to be carrying around with you? (if no, toss it
-Is this going to take up to much pack space? (if yes, toss it
-Is this something you would feel comfortable leaving behind at any time? (if yes, unless its a disposable hygiene item, toss it
-Is there anything that could replace this for the better? (if yes, toss it
-Is this something you would trust? (if no, toss it
-Does this need a power source? (user preference, want vs need should be considered
The point of this is your pack should be as light weight as possible and contain everything you would need on your outings. Also, a good rule to
follow is "Two is one and one is none" for the items you would need for survival. My preference for certain items is three is one but that's just
me, and please, please, don't be that person who fills their pack with an excessive amount of knives. Having a ton of cutting tools doesn't
make you prepared, it makes you stupid. 1, ok. 2, sure. 3, you're pushing it unless one of those is a chopping tool.
Those of you new to this should now have a good idea of what you should have in your pack and im sure i have forgotten something but as always,
questions and additions are welcome.