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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."