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Old 03-22-2013, 2:14 AM
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Default Fanny Pack Camping/survival

Had a debate with a buddy over the best minimalist items to carry that could keep you going for a week out in the woods (food, shelter, water, protection, ect) ~ The only caveat is it must fit into a "fanny pack" & no lighter (Bic, Zippo, whatever) So with these ground rules, what would you pack?
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I would pack the "10 essentials" and I would use the updated 'SYSTEMS APPROACH" not the original 10 items. These include:


Navigation (map and compass)
Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
Insulation (extra clothing)
Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
First-aid supplies
Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
Repair kit and tools
Nutrition (extra food)
Hydration (extra water)
Emergency shelter

You could find items that all fit in a fanny pack. For example; Shelter might be an emergency blanket, or even better an SOL brand Emergency Bivvy (it packs very small) Extra clothing could be an Original BUFF (very versatile item of clothing) or a Patagonia Houdini windjacket (amazing article of clothing that packs into itself the size of a twinkie)

No lighter? how about storm proof matches and a fire steel for redundancy.

Water- This could simply be a Frontier life straw or just a couple pills of Portable Aqua purification tabs. Throw in a .5L Platypus bag for carry.

We all know many flashlights are uber powerful and tiny these days. I have a Petzl e-lite headlamp, the back of the headstrap doubles as an emergency whistle too, great piece of gear.

There is no doubt all this can fit in a fanny pack and these are the tools needed for back country survival that would be difficult if not impossible to improvise.
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Mountainsmith Lumbar Pack to the rescue.

Go to Youtube and check out Intenseangler channel he has a couple of vids

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90GhX...e_gdata_player

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If you're going to wear a fanny pack you probably don't deserve to survive.
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A US military MRE. A full 1,200 calorie meal with hot beverage and entre, which includes accessory pack of matches, toilet paper, etc all in one pouch.
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I had:

SS water bottle (for boiling)
Fishing hooks/line/sinkers
Small Tarp Or Emergency blanket
550 Cord
Knife
Small Knife Sharpener
Firesteel & Vaseline cotton balls
Compass
Map
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Carry some tin foil to use for cooking and making water cups.
Camping toilet paper would be handy.
Large Garbage bags to use as poncho, shelter, or sleeping bag.
Small packs of tea or soup (you'll be amazed at how it can pick you up)
Water purifier of some type(tablet, pen, or pump) if your not planning on brining water.
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OK here goes. Mine is a work in progress but I have been happy with the current setup. Before anyone objects that I have too much crap, I know. I am ok with the minimal amount of extra weight caused by redundancy. I haven't weighed it but it's probably about two or three lbs, not counting water. I wear this thing all the time when I am backpacking and whenever I am out of my campsite when camping...never know when you will get separated from your pack and/or campsite. I am attaching pics of it loaded and another with everything out.

Food/Water-
-Polar Pure Iodine crystals. The best by far, this little jar can purify something crazy like 500 gallons, depending on water temp.
-Two 16oz water bottles on the outside of the pack. If I am backpacking I will replace one of these with a small jar of PB&J.
-Small Trail mix packet.
-Mini aluminum spork

Shelter-
-Aluminum space blanket
-Adventure Medical Kit Bivy Sac
-True mil spec 550 cord, florescent orange, 25 ft X 2

Fire-
-Swedish steel
-Waterproof matches
-dryer lint (amazing tinder)
-4 or 5 "wetfire" tablets. Awesome stuff, will burn even when it's wet

1st aid-
-Quick clot
-small trauma dressings (about 1 1/4" square each)
-scalpel
-Dermabond (Skin Superglue)
-Skin Stapler
-needle/syringe/lidocaine
-Forceps/sutures/betadine
-4x4 gauze
-Ace bandage

Signalling devices-
-Small green laser, can be seen day or night. Amazing.
-Small flare launcher with 2 flares
-Signal mirror
-Extra whistle
-US VS-17 signal panel. Google them, they are awesome. I added grommets to mine to attach multiple together or for use as a shelter.

Misc-
-Knife
-Compass
-Mini thermometer/compass keychain
-24" piece of chainsaw chain with handles on either end
-small baby wipes
-headlamp

Not shown, gets put in right before the trip-
-Asprin bottle with Motrin, Narcotic Pain meds, pepto tablets, immodium tablets, benadryl, neosporin
-Bug repellent
-bouillon cubes


Depending on the trip, I can throw my Ruger SR22 in with a box of ammunition as well. Like I said, I know there is some redundancy. I also have access to some things that are hard for the average guy to come by but that I think are important (emergency first aid stuff).
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now where to get a fanny pack that isn't too dorky or tacticool...?
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I got something like this for Fishing but in blue, not camo. Lots of pouches.
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Campi...3Bcat104199480
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After a week, Les Stroud looks hungry, thirsty, and very tired every time. He does it for a very good living and it never looks easy.

There was one trip where he caught salmon and didn't have to eat crickets.
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Consider the Lifestraw for a water filter rather than iodine tablets. Pretty light and compact. More flexible.
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