reply to post by Ghostx
I have to disagree with some of the items on your list. If you are sheltering in place then you can dispense with most of the wilderness gear. If you
are fleeing, then you will not flee far carrying all that junk. Every unnecessary item you carry is a handful of wasted calories and water wasted to
Here is my revised list:
Regular bic lighters: small, light, cheap, and a hell of a lot easier for firestarting than the caveman methods (which you should also definitely
know.) Why not fill up all the spare nooks in your pack with them, couldn't hurt.
Zippo lighters: Between the lighters themselves and all the fluid, No. Just no. Too much bulk, too much weight. I would recommend this instead: go to
home depot and get yourself a butane powered soldering iron. Get one that has a built-in ignition switch. They are small, have an open flame, are
windproof (unlike zippos) and guaranteed to burn really hot (which zippos don't). Also, it is really hard to light fire with a zippo because if you
turn it sideways, it goes out. These soldering irons, I have seen at home depot recently for like, $8, whereas a single zippo will run you $20 easily.
Anyone who disagrees with me, let's you and I have a fire lighting contest.
Flammable Material: Yes, absolutely necessary. Difficult to find any dry in the woods though. Difficult to find anywhere when you need it.
Which is why you should always make sure to dress in layers, of dry, warm, waterproof, durable clothing. I wear leather biker boots (not for hiking,
just everyday) because they are very durable, and unlike boots with laces, my feet never feet never get wet no matter how deep or slushy the snow is.
That is important, take great care of your feet. You march on your feet and your stomach. Double up on socks to prevent blistering. Good footwear. Get
leather. My dad had the same pair of hiking boots for thirty years before they finally wore out, you know why? They were made out of thick, tough,
real leather, had quality stitching and tough soles. Don't mess around when choosing your footwear. And take the time to break them in before you
need them. Or just switch to more durable footwear for everyday, stop buying a new pair every month of the seemingly disposable-quality shoes that are
being made nowadays. Lots of good-quality wool socks. And, and don't skip this one, foot powder.
Backpack: Make sure the straps are comfortable. Get one which fastens around your waist, to help distribute the weight of the pack more evenly across
your whole back. Get one which fastens around the upper chest too, helps keep it from chafing, or from slipping and sliding around when you are
running. Also, the extra strap across the chest is real handy to attach other equipment to (compass, knife, lighter, etc.)
Water: Always have a full canteen on your hip, and extra water in your bag. You don't want all your water in your bag in case you have to ditch it,
or a bear snatches it, or it falls off the side of the boat. Your canteen should be metal, so you can put it over the fire to boil the contents.
Tarp: One tarp is enough. Get one which is lightweight, but not flimsy, and not so large that it takes up all of your space. Think keeping the rain
off. If you want more than one tarp, or big tarps, then you might as well just carry a tent.
Sleeping bag: I will bring one, if you will carry it.
If there is severe cold, then yes bring the warmest bag you can get ahold of. Be careful
though not to bog yourself down.
Sleeping mat: No. Luxury item. Tough it out.
Rope: Substitute paracord. Lighter, still sufficiently strong, and takes up less space which means you can bring more.
Carving knife: No.
Survival-type knife: Yes. Bring a decent-size fixed blade knife. Make sure it is not of the smooth-handled variety like Buck knives or knives that
have a carved-wood handle. Your knife has to have very good traction on the handle, because sooner or later you are going to have to use it wet.
Hand warmers: Have a few chemical-type hand warmers. Be sure to store them waterproof, ziplock bags work. Keep your extremities warm on long hikes
when you can't afford to stop. Every little bit of heat helps when the cold is a threat to life and limb.
Compass: don't go cheap. Get a decent compass. If you are planning on fleeing somewhere specific, make sure you know that area very well, and also
get a map so you know the area surrounding that area as well. Be sure to mark down on the map: hospitals, clinics, police stations, fire stations,
ranger stations, prisons, bases, etc. Anywhere you want to be able to get to (or stay away from) in an emergency.
Rather than a pot, just bring a mess kit. Old-time military style. Smaller profile, more options.
First-aid kit: Absolutely. Do include iodine (can be used to sanitize or be taken to prevent radiation damage to the tyroid). Cont...