reply to post by edaced4
I'm a minimalist. I prefer lightweight/multi use tools to grabbing everything I can think of. My BOB is a small Camelback HAWG. If it can't fit
inside or attached to the MOLLE on the outside, it's not worth bringing. The idea behind this is, the quicker you can move, as silently as possible,
the sooner you'll be out of the sh*t. Of course, METTC dictates whether I stuff everything into a bigger bag, but for the most part, mine works
I see you have a change of clothes, which is good, but may I suggest underwear? The last thing you want is jock itch, or chaffing. Even just 8 hours
in the same underwear is too much sometimes, especially during land navigation or rucking. My rule of thumb is 2 pairs of socks and underwear more
than how many days your bag should be good for. I can usually get by without the other change of clothes but underwear and socks? no way.
Trash bags. Replacement for rain gear/Emergency blankets. Plastic doesn't breathe, so it's perfect if you need to stay warm. Those blankets are
nice, reflective, etc, but there's really only a couple uses. Trash bags have infinite uses, they're readily available, cheap, and take no space.
You can separate your gear with them, keep your gear dry, stash gear and supplies in them and bury it if you need to, wrap your entire pack in it for
traversing rivers... the list goes on and on.
I would drop the mess kit, personally, instead fold up a roll of foil. You can wrap your food in it for cooking and eat directly out of it, then you
can wash it and reuse it. You don't really need a fork or spoon if the SHTF, plus you already have a knife.
Drop the nylon rope and get some 550 cord and some 90mph tape (basically gorilla tape). Add in a riggers belt and a couple carabiners. With this
setup, you can create tourniquets, splints, slings, etc, plus you can use for climbing, securing, etc...
I agree with the other poster about cotton balls. 1, multi use. 2, stuffed into a ziplock bag and sucking the air out via a straw, you can compact
them to almost nothing. Apply ointments, stuff into gashes to stop bleeding, there's plenty more.
Add in a flint, compass, map, whistle, mirror. Also SUPERGLUE. A million uses, one of which is to close cuts. Throw all these into your first aid kit,
which you will now rename to your survival kit.
Do your multi-tools have can openers too? I would drop the Swiss Army knives... The multi tools have a better bang for the amount of space they take,
plus you have two other knives already in your pack. Swiss army knives have a habit of closing down on fingers. Most multi-tools lock into place.
You forgot batteries for your radio... unless it's a wind up/solar powered. Do you have an earpiece?
Do you really need a 2-3 person tent? I have a 1 man pup, which I don't even bring in my BOB, unless I know I'll need shelter from the elements.
Only necessary if you'll be in wet or cold conditions.
That's just off the top of my head.