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    That is some great information. I always provided my soldiers a packing list and we had a unit standard operating procedure for how to pack a ruck. This served to both prevent overpacking and that you always knew where something was in your buddies pack in case of an emergency. Thanks for posting.
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    I agree. It was a well thought out article. The one thing I didn't see and is a must have for me is a first aid kid. Mine is carried on the outside of the pack and sometimes on a drop rig just to make it accessible in an emergency.

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    Good article. I have a few things to shuffle around and some dejunking to consider.
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    That's a pretty good article, I like the logic.....
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    I wish I'd seen that last year. I nearly killed myself loaded up with my camping gear waiting for a train. A gust of wind caught me and the uneven weight of my backpack nearly put me headlong into the tracks. There's nothing like a near death experience to teach you how to pack properly.
    +1 on the FAK I always put mine in the same pocket.
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    wm86 is absolutely right including critical items in your pockets as well. One of the first things we were taught in SF training was ruck packing for both contents and weight distribution (taught an old dog new tricks like the video does).
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    Over the years, I have looked upon occasion for a military load out list, understanding they tend to be intended for fight, (heavy on ammo/water) and move, not camp......I have never seen a general description in any manual.

    I'm a pocket guy my self, and would like to think that in a real pinch, the basics are "on my person" at all times.
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