posted on May, 5 2009 @ 01:45 PM
This is not and end all be all list. It would have to vary according to the environment, but some things will be standard.
1. a good sturdy fixed blade knife, and a smaller folder
2. small fishing hooks, good for trapping birds as well as sewing things
3. a spool of fishing line
4. 20 ft of mechanics wire or snare wire
5. tarp or poncho
6. pocket chainsaw [not the flimsy wire saw]
7. cup, pot or cookwear to boil water and cook in
8. water container, nalgene, camelback, canteen
9. 22. caliber rifle, I like the Marlin Papoose, with ammo
10. leatherman type tool
11. firesteel & firepiston
12. 550 paracord the real mil spec kind
13. a fleece jacket
14. camp axe, hatchet, or for me a tomahawk
16. two bandannas
17. two large heavy duty garbage bags
18. two one gallon ziplock bags
19. A bag to put it all in.
20. my waterproof new testament, inspirational, thought provoking, and fights boredom
What you will not find are a compass, lighter, matches, handgun, sleeping bag, food, water filter, and flashlight. However these may be items you
would want to bring. All of my gear will fit into a small bag.
For me this would probably be enough for me to comfortable for an extended stay outdoors. With that being said i am more experienced than most and am
a student of experimental archaeology. This means I like to go out and find how primitive man learned to do things.
The one thing that will get you through is a good positive attitude. This supersedes all other knowledge or equipment. The second thing is a good
knowledge base of wilderness skills that have been tried and tested. When your life is at stake is not the time to go out and learn something.
I have managed to learn over many years how to make most of the things that are listed, but it is nice to have them. I will be more than glad to help
with any questions you may have. However there are differing opinions on this board as to what one needs. My needs are simple, and I can't expect
others to be able to deal with this minimalist kit.
I have gone hungry and thirsty before, it is not an easy thing. Make sure you have what YOU need in your pack. My other advice is to get the best that
you can afford in any gear you purchase. Your life will depend on it. One other word of advice, don't take my word as gospel, dig around and find out
what is best for you.