posted on Oct, 8 2009 @ 12:51 AM
I've been having the same urge myself. I thought it was just homesickness. I used to be able to hit the woods at will, and stay there until I'd
fully recharged. Can't do that anymore, since I live in the city now, but I hope to be able to again one day.
What Dooper said sounds about right. For lightweight shelter, I used to take an old military poncho that I could rig a hootch out of if it looked like
rain or snow, any sort of "falling" weather. They roll up pretty well, and don't take a lot of space. Plus they have a degree of versatility. That
and a poncho liner can make a reasonably waterproof sleeping bag in a pinch.
For cooking, since it was usually just me, I'd take an aluminum canteen cup, nested in to my canteen carrier. Made better use of available space that
way. Carried in a few packs of ramen noodles, in case I couldn't round up anything when I needed to, and a bottle of bullion cubes. You'd be
surprised what a charge you can get out of just one of those, if you really need it. You can also get little "stoves" (actually more like a stand)
that will support the canteen cup for cooking, and nests right in the carrier with it. I've also got a tiny german model, that folds up instead.
Those are made to be used with trioxane bars, which will boil a canteen cup full of water in about 10 minutes, and can be used in a pinch to help
start a fire. I used those about a third at a time, but if you don't use the whole thing pretty quick, they "evaporate" after the seal is broken,
in just a few days.
If you're in the mountains or the desert, where daytime/nighttime temperatures take wild swings, a sweater helps.
A variety of pemmican, using peanut butter instead of fat as a binder, and including some nuts and dried fruit mixed in, can carry you a long way as
well. It's rich, and high energy. A little goes a long way.
Where I was, if I didn't take anything away but pictures, and didn't leave anything there but my footprints, the local landowners didn't have a
problem with my meandering. If I cleaned a few groundhogs out of their pastures, that was a plus to them. Kept their cattle from breaking a leg by
stepping in a hole.
Living off the land is one thing, but you'll need some suppliments for those special occasions when you just can't find anything quick enough.
A litle nylon cord comes in handy, for rigging hootches and such. It probably goes without saying, but a knife is really handy. You don't need a
Rambo bowie. A folding pocket knife is a lot easier to manage, unless you plan on going hand to hand with sabertooths. I also always took a small
machete, for gathering firewood and such, but it's useless for fine jobs.
I hope I helped a bit.