a reply to: Kazber
A good one. This will give you the ability to perceive small things, like splinters in your skin for example, and it will allow you to light fires
during periods of strong sunlight, even in very windy conditions, without using any petroleum derivatives of any kind, as long as you have decent
kindling and know what you are doing.
Your clothing, and carry systems like webbing, bags, packs and other sundry kit, will wear over time. Much of the stuff that is marketed toward
tough, outdoors living is solid enough, but nothing lasts for ever. Getting a decent needle and thread together, good, sharp scissors, these will help
you prolong the life of any and all your fabric based materials and gear. It will also do to close a wound in an emergency, although great care must
be taken to sterilise any wound before closure, and anything that is going to go into that wound to close it. Getting hold of some decent suture would
be an idea for this.
Exercise book and pen/pencil.
Depending on how long you intend to be on the move for, and whether there is a chance you might have to return using the path you already walked, it
can be a good idea to make a note of what happened along the way. If you come across a patch of mushrooms that were good for eating, and did not make
you sick, make a note of it. If they did make you sick, make a note of that too. Same with berries, nuts, experiments you might have done with leaves
and so on for broths, teas, and so on. Make careful notes when preparing foods for the first time, so that mistakes are remembered as well as
You can also make note of helpful way point markers, which might not be apparent from the map you are reading. For example, not all pathways through a
woodland or a moor are marked on a map. Making note of uniquely shaped rocks, lightning split trees, their positions relative to known map
co-ordinates, can speed up navigation through areas, and take the guess work out of it. This may save you time later. Having a notebook will also
allow you to make note of any fauna which you come across, and where you located them. In the event that these may be potential prey for you, knowing
where to find them later without racking your brains, may allow you to score some good meat. In the event that the animals involved are predatory,
knowing their location well can allow you to avoid the territory or find ways around it that involve little interaction with them.
Having an exercise book around will also help you to make calculations relating to a host of outdoorsy type situations, if you have the mathematical
head for them, including working out how large your ration of food can be, given what you have assembled, and how many mouths in your party. It will
also allow you to make notes about the conditions you experienced and how you survived them. Having something to refer back to can be VERY helpful
when your brain is starved of nutrition and all you want to do is throw yourself down on the ground and sleep. It avoids having to rely on frazzled
nerves and memory for every last little detail.