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Backpacking and Surviving

WILLIAM K GATES
The list author says: "Really I'm just a computer geek guy who spends a lot of time outdoors doing various things. Taking up packing again, been a while since I did a bunch when I was a kid. Doing a lot of research, thought I'd throw together a list. As I do more and more packing, I'll hopefully revise this list."
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord
"Grab paracord and make sure it's this type 550lb test.  There's a lot of things out there that are called "cord" that aren't as high test as this.  You can leverage this stuff in all kinds of situations.  Tie a splint, throw up your tarp, improvise a backpack strap, throw your food in a creek to stay cool without floating away etc etc etc.  You can even improv a bowstring from what I've read."
Tweezerman  Stainless Steel Ingrown Hair Splintertweeze
Tweezerman Stainless Steel Ingrown Hair Splintertweeze
"The specific pair of tweezers is less important.  Just have a good fine point set.  Personally I'd probably just hit walmart and find some shaped the way I want them for cheap.  Ignore all the other info, CDC says remove tic(s) with tweezers as soon as you know they're there. Do the same with the head/mouth if it breaks off and hit it with alcohol.  So bring some tweezers if you're in the woods."
Black Diamond RockLock Screwgate Carabiner
Black Diamond RockLock Screwgate Carabiner
"Carabiners are another good multipurpose thing.  Get a real carabiner or two and not a keychain.  Make sure it's good strength and approved for climbing.  Maybe you won't need it for climbing but just to hang your hammock but it's a good multipurpose tool to have around."
Carson Optical MagniFlip 3x Flip-Open Pocket Magnifier with Built-In Case (GN-33)
Carson Optical MagniFlip 3x Flip-Open Pocket Magnifier with Built-In Case (GN-33)
"Another decent multiuse tool.  Can't see if you got that tic out?  Aren't sure if that's a splinter...need to start a fire in a pinch?"
MSR Fuel Bottle
MSR Fuel Bottle
Adventure Medical Kits SOL Emergency Bivvy, 84" X 36"
Adventure Medical Kits SOL Emergency Bivvy, 84" X 36"
"good emergency bag type thing to have...space blankets have uses too but this is a little more robust."
Grizzly Tarps GTRP912 9-feet by 12-feet Multi-Purpose 6ml Waterproof Poly Tarp Cover for Tent, Shelter, Camping, Blue
Grizzly Tarps GTRP912 9-feet by 12-feet Multi-Purpose 6ml Waterproof Poly Tarp Cover for Tent, Shelter, Camping, Blue
"This should be a no brainer.  With cordage and tarp or tarps you can do a lot to improve your situation in almost any case."
Swan Isopropyl Alcohol, 99%, Pint, 16 OZ
Swan Isopropyl Alcohol, 99%, Pint, 16 OZ
"First aid."
Imodium A-D Anti-Diarrhea, 72-Count Caplets
Imodium A-D Anti-Diarrhea, 72-Count Caplets
"First aid. You should have stuff for water treatment and so on.  Even with treatment and so on, being in the woods or on a survival situation where you're losing all your fluids quickly can be really dangerous. Stay ahead."
Katadyn Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter
Katadyn Vario Multi Flow Water Microfilter
"There's a lot of options with filters.  I suggest you find something with cleanable elements in the weight range you like, that can process as much water as you think you'll need.  I'm really interested in the ultraviolet light ones as well.  The issue is you still need a prefilter in many cases....  If all else fails filter water through your shirt and then bring to a steady boil for 5 mintues."
UCO Stormproof Matches, Waterproof and Windproof with 15 Second Burn Time - 50 Matches
UCO Stormproof Matches, Waterproof and Windproof with 15 Second Burn Time - 50 Matches
"Fire provides a lot of things...at the very least it provides a feeling of security from crazy dark nights.  BTW, these things will stay lit in a high wind...only 15 seconds but excellent."
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder Tube of 8 Cubes
Ultimate Survival Technologies WetFire Tinder Tube of 8 Cubes
"I swear you could almost breath heavy on these things and they'll light.  Great with flint and steel or matches or whatever."
Large ALICE Field Pack with Frame and Full Outfit LC-1 Green
Large ALICE Field Pack with Frame and Full Outfit LC-1 Green
"You can get these in lots of places with differing quality. The large ALICE has a lot of room. I like them because they're external frame which I prefer. There's also something about having military issue stuff which speaks to me.  Just make sure you check it out when you get it and the frame is decent.  I've heard most places have a decent return policy but you'd really want to research that."
Coleman North Rim 0-Degree Mummy Bag
Coleman North Rim 0-Degree Mummy Bag
"I don't have this brand but I do have a 0 degree mummy bag.  They are great for packing.  The compress up small, fairly light and really warm with the ability to wrap your head and so on.  Personally I prefer the synthetic fill because I hate the down feathers sticking through."
Tylenol Extra Strength Acetaminophen 500 Mg 325 Caplets
Tylenol Extra Strength Acetaminophen 500 Mg 325 Caplets
"First Aid. Pain killers.  Probably transfer them to a waterproof container but take some."
Ziploc Big Bag Double Zipper, Large, 5-Count
Ziploc Big Bag Double Zipper, Large, 5-Count
"You know having a big ziploc bag is a good watertight device.  You can invest in some good dry bags too, they might be a little lighter and maybe a little more durable for puncture.  We used to just use ziplocs to keep some of our clothes in.  If your pack gets wet who cares as long as your clothes are dry."
Military USMC Style Poncho Rain Coat Water resistant BLACK
Military USMC Style Poncho Rain Coat Water resistant BLACK
"I have a stupid square rain poncho, green on one said, find me in the middle of the woods yellow on the other.  It's pretty heavy duty with eyelets and can be used as a tarp in a pinch.  I love it, use it for camping, in the camper and the tent.  I can still sit around the fire even in the rain which I like."
TRUSPEC - MILITARY BOONIES
TRUSPEC - MILITARY BOONIES
"I think everyone should have a camping hat.  Sun block, rain block, keeps blackfiles at least out of your hair and so on.  You can also stash some matches in there or whatever if needed."
B'n'M Black Widow Ready Rig 10-Feet Rod (3 Piece)
B'n'M Black Widow Ready Rig 10-Feet Rod (3 Piece)
"Haven't tried mine yet but the idea of having a fold down rod on my rig is awesome.  Throw some extra line, lures, and so on in your kit is cool."
Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel with Hardwood Handle
Cold Steel Special Forces Shovel with Hardwood Handle
"Dig a latrine, throw at your enemy whatever.  Pick a heavy duty one."
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