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    lostinthewoods, my advice is this'
    bring eveything withyou and at the end of the
    three days take a mental note and write down
    everything you used and what you did not.
    it should give you an idea of what you'll need to bring
    the next time you go out given the conditions and
    time of year are the same.
    and for petes sake please bring some toilet paper.
    remember you're not a mongrel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hayshaker View Post
    lostinthewoods, my advice is this'
    bring eveything withyou and at the end of the
    three days take a mental note and write down
    everything you used and what you did not.
    it should give you an idea of what you'll need to bring
    the next time you go out given the conditions and
    time of year are the same.
    and for petes sake please bring some toilet paper.
    remember you're not a mongrel.
    Did you see the "List'?
    No way is anyone gonna carry all that in one trip...unless you are 10 ft from the truck and make several trips......so there will be no list to go over.

    I would like to see a pic of the shoulder pack loaded up........
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    ...and you were being so nice up to that pic.

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    Even I slip up every now and then.

    Besides, you've seen how I pack a canoe and truck......who better to have a little fun regarding bringing too much.
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    I had that pic saved some where.....LOL...Ya beat me to it......
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    You know, back in the Klondike, the Mounties wouldn't let folks travel north unless they had 2000 pounds of gear. This kid could make it to the North Pole ... and back with his list.

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    Black messenger bag waterproof- get something that fits everything and is comfortable to carry.

    Survival books(6)- ditch
    seat belt cutter - Are you driving in a car?
    camo gloves- A set of leather work gloves is all that is necessary in the summer
    altoids survival tin - Why?
    11 function multi tool - if you want to
    boot knife - ditch
    E-Tool - VERY heavy... you will never use it. Use a stick to dig a hole.
    Knives(7) - 1 maybe.. if you plan to use it instead of the multitool
    razor(2) - why?
    hatchet - don't need
    eversaw 8.0 - maybe
    full tang knife - either this or the other knife, not all of them
    pepper spray- Are bears in your area? Bring bear spray
    funnel - why?
    knife sharpener - if it is small
    survival cards - why?
    pencil and pens - small
    face mask shield for warm weather(5)- why
    (2)first aid kit - only need one
    hand warmer(2) - leather gloves from before
    MRE heater - only if you bring MREs

    Shelter :

    emergency sleeping bag- bring a real bag
    Rain poncho(3) - only need one
    Emergency survival blanket(4)- use your sleeping bag
    various colors Paracord - why?
    titan survivor cord(wax jute, fishing line, snare wire) make it small and bring instead of paracord
    gorilla tape - re-wrap on credit card, make it small
    camo tape- why?

    water :
    40oz Kleen Kanteen - okay
    life straw - not my choice
    nalgene 14oz water bottle- not if you bring a KKanteen
    water bottle -not if you bring a KKanteen
    16oz water bag(2)- just one maybe
    28oz water bag- either this or the 16 oz, not both
    packaged water 4oz (12)- why?
    32oz water bottle- maybe, if lighter than a Gatorade bottle

    Fire :
    crayons - why
    tea candles(36)- onr or 2
    9 hr candles(3)- why
    fire disc- why
    Char Cloth(4)- maybe
    Waterproof matches(30)
    waterproof containers with striker(3)
    cottonballs(6)
    chapstick(1)
    paracord bracelet w/ fire starter
    woodchips- why carry this?
    steel wool- why?
    9v Battery- why?
    magnesium strips
    matches
    hand and body warmers- why?

    Communication :
    Tracfone
    compass(2)
    whistle(2)
    signal mirror
    flash light
    high powered flash light- ditch
    hand crank flash light- ditch
    glowstick(2)


    All fun and games aside... your list is way too much. If you are walking in the woods for 3 days.... we call that backpacking. The difference between backpacking for 1 night and 3 nights is the amount of food you bring. Everything else is the same. You want to keep everything well under 50 lbs and as much under 30 as possible.
    Here is a starting point:

    Pack:
    Something with a frame and hip belt that loads the weight on the hip belt.

    Sleeping/shelter:
    A sleeping bag that is for your area. I am in the Rockies. In July, I need a bag rated for 20F. Other places are different. Try to keep this under 3 lbs.
    You NEED a sleeping mat. If you don't think you need one, then just bring a cheap blue foam one from Walmart.
    Tent/Tarp etc. Whatever you choose, make sure it is less than 3 lbs. Prepare for it raining the entire trip
    Poncho/rain gear. A poncho is cheaper and lighter. As light as possible here.

    Fire:
    Again, as light as possible. There are lots of options... but a lighter probably should be one of them. I carry a lighter, a ferro rod, and matches as a minimum.

    Water:
    I am in an arid environment. I rarely carry more than a liter. I do carry an extra plastic water bag for when I am at camp and want to have more water on hand, or if I know I need to carry a little extra for a leg of the journey with little water option.
    Use a filter. Remember that water is your heaviest item. The less you carry, the happier your back will be.

    Cutting:
    Everyone is different. Carry a little as possible. Because cutting tools are metal, they can be your second heaviest item.

    Food:
    This is a big topic. There are so many things you can do to lighten the load. Don't bring canned food.

    You only need one flashlight. Make it a headlamp. If you bring a second, make it really small. You don't need extra batteries for 3 days (LEDs are amazing). But, if you want to, bring just enough for 1 battery change. Hand cranks are gimmicks. 100 lumins is a LOT of light as well. Anything more is just extra cost and weight.
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    So, intent is everything. You really need to define what you are doing. It isn't all the same, and everyone has different interests.

    For some people, when they say 3 days in the woods, they mean that they drive to a spot, and set up camp. They wander around and explore, but their camp is in the same location, and they are tied to their vehicle. Your "survival" gear is different here. It is just a day pack with absolute essentials.

    For some people, when they say 3 days in the woods, they mean that they like to do "bushcraft" stuff. They carry a smaller pack with heavier tools and walk to a spot and set up camp. The camp doesn't move, and they spend all their time making things for the camp.

    For some people, when they say 3 days in the woods, they mean that they want to cover distance. They spend very little time in camp and most of the time walking around. Their camp site changes every time.

    For some people, when they say 3 days in the woods, they want to get to a distant location, but then stay there for the 2 nights. They explore the area, or fish, but don't spend time making things for camp.

    These are only a few examples, and they would all have a different gear loadout.

    Another thing to think about. Some people like to say that they want to go backpacking and survive off the land. These are two different activities. You either do one or the other, but never both.
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    Most important thing of all is to make sure you do not end up as one of the "disappeared."



    Never know what's gonna get you out in the boonies when no one is watching.

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    - Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790),U.S. statesman, scientist, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

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