I've been reading about this sort of stuff for a while now... I'm not a hiker, but I've been very intrigued by this idea of the so-called 'bug out
Please don't this as being offensive, but when I read the bit about the bible I immediately thought "tinder" - of course if you had an A4 booklet
you could use the paper out of that if you needed fire, but that was just the weird lateral thinking of my brain.
But staving off boredom is also important, so some reading material would come in handy.
In my own bag I would pack a relatively powerful two way radio - here in Australia we have the 40 channel UHF radio arrangement that can use repeater
stations. I'm not sure if you guys in the US have repeater stations, but you can extend the range of a two way radio from say a few kilometers or
miles to 40 kilometers/20 or so miles. Good for getting a message out in hilly country and it might be better than relying on just a cell phone. If
there's any fellow hikers around, you could contact them too if you run into trouble.
I'd probably also add an emergency thermal blanket - the lightweight, thin gold-looking 'space' ones. A signalling mirror
with an aiming
hole and a very loud whistle
would be good to have, too.
Definitely take some water purifications tablets - 'Aquatabs' are a good brand, they're widely used in disaster zones. A small lightweight portable
solid fuel stove would be handy to boil water too if you were unsure about the quality.
For food, I'd pack stuff that didn't require too much water to digest. Fruit comes to mind, or some other food that has a high water content.
That's all I can think of immediately and you're probably gone out by now anyway
Definitely don't push yourself and back out if you even THINK you might run into trouble.
It'd be egg on your face if they need to send out the search party.
[edit on 1-7-2008 by mattguy404]