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Like the idea of the "rat trap". Hope that Visine bottle is adequately marked. :-)
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yeah..its marked..whats inside it is lamp oil and its red
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I'm thru-hiking the PCT in a little over a month, and with the gear I'm hauling one could survive indefinitely, given a knowledge of edible plants.

Bora 65 Backpack

2 1L Nalgenes, 2L Camelback, 2L Platypus
Ka-Bar
Walther P22
Compass
Emergency Aid kit
Rope
Duct Tape
Pen/Paper
Tarp
Poncho
Tent
Sleeping Bag (15 F)
Maasai spear for a hiking stick
1 titanium cooking pot with utensils
1 stove
Iodine/aquamira tablets (water purifiers are bulky and time-consuming)
Headlamp
2 bic lighters
Pack cover
Clothes (2 pairs of underwear, 2 shirts, 1 pants, 1 shorts, hat, jacket, 3 pairs socks)

All this stuff should afford me a pretty plush existence for 6 months of hiking. I haven't weighed it out yet; hopefully it won't be more than 30 LB's.
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Well, there are two things that have to be sorted out first: 1) short term or long term?, and 2) do you want to be found or not? Long term means several months to me....Nothing that uses batteries unless solar rechargeable then probably not. GPS and cellphones can be used to find you. A person "long-term" can also run out of matches and lighter fluid and pot-perm. A fire stick and bow drill knowledge are basic equipment. Long term, a shotgun, handgun, ammo and snares, at least a hatchet if not a machete as well. Wind-up water-proof watch to find directions. A compass for cloudy days. Poncho that doubles as tarp, waterproof ground tarp, 200 feet parachute cord. Knife, backup knife, extra back up knife. Pot for boiling and cooking. Two pounds salt, one pound pepper. Camo clothes so I can't be found, or colorful clothes if I want to be found. One extra set of clothes, four pairs of sock, extra footwear. Of course, in the Army we carried a few more explosives
 
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I'm surprise how many folks consider a GPS essential or at least important. A compass and a topo map don't run out of batteries. My point is I almost always know where I am so I am not sure what advantage the GPS is.

My assortment is divided into under 72 hours or over 72 hours. If I am out for just a day of hiking or kayaking or canoeing I take things that will make life easier until rescued, and most rescues are within 72 hours. If I am going out for more than a day's excursion, then I plan for more than 72 hours, read better shelter, more tools, more means to build fire, sterilize water, cook et cetera. What I have is similar to others here but since I am on the water a lot I have a complete set of dry clothes in a waterproof container and flares.

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and if for some reason u get trapped in the wilderness w/ out any supplies it is most helpful to have a basic survival knowledge.
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My kit is as follows.
-Rucksack 75l
-Good solid sheath knife
-12G Shotgun with cartridges
-Sleeping bag/ground mat and bivvy bag
-Light vango tent
-Vaseline soaked cotton balls and matches/lighter (gotta get me a mg strip).
-Dry change of clothes in bivvy bag (see as mentioned above. All kit is in bivvy bag for waterproofing.
-Compass and whistle

That is about it at the moment though I am trying to supplement allot of that gear.
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In any situation, the three absolute musts necessary to sustain life is food, water, and shelter from the elements. So, I would need something to carry and purify the water; something that would enable me to eat; and something to shelter me from the elements whether it be extreme heat, extreme cold, heavy rainfall, etc.

I like the handheld, Katadyne or Berkey, filtered sport bottles.
A full brimmed hat.
A well made poncho.
A solid, large, sawback knife.
A quality backpack.
Waterproof, breathable, Gortex hiking shoes.
First Aid kit.
A minimum of a long barreled .22 pistol.
A firestarter.
A waterproof sleeping bag.
100' of Paracord.
Some fishing line and a few hooks.
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Tarp
Lighter/matches
Pistol/ammo
mess kit
knife
first aid kit( a Real ONE)

Just the basics
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Buck Special 119.
Custom Homemade Carbon Fixed Blade (Smith'ed Railroad Tie, done Myself."
Cold Steel "Finn Bear"
8x7' Tarp
Crossman Phantom 1000x
2x 250 Pointed Non-lead .177 pellets
40' Berkley Trilene, 17lbs
100' 550 paracord.
5' 14 gauge steel wire.
Leatherman Surge Multi-tool.
Aquamira Purification Straw
10x Water Purification Tablets (Last Resort)
20 Degree Coleman Greyfox Sleeping Bag.
14oz Lightweight Camo Travel Hammock.
Mossy Oak Poncho
1x Packet of Hot Cereal
Dual Salt Shaker, Salt, Pepper.
35 lbs takedown Recurve
9 aluminum arrows (4 Broadhead, 3 fishing -Flu Flu-, 2 Rabbit Blunts -Flu Flu-
Topographical Maps.
Compass.
Light my Fire Firesteel.
50' Jute
20' Hemp
6' Sewing Thread
2x Needles, small - Medium.
Duct-tape! (THE MOST ESSENTIAL TO ANY KIT, BESIDES YOUR KNIFE!)
Binoculars.
Dad's old Axe (Two handed one, from when he was my age, and in the woods.)
Mini-mag Maglite
2x Cans Spam
2x cans Vienna Sausage
1x can Green Beans
1x canned soup

Inside Kelty Moraine 3000 Internal Frame pack.
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I keep a machete with me.
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All the above has good info, adapt as needed for indivual taste. One tip if I may, empty out 6 shotgun shells (pellets) you can put your matches or small bics in the shells. Fold over the top and seal with wax. This will prevent them from getting wet and the powder can be useful for quick starting a fire.
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Good advice!
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hey my 14 year old son is going camping with a few friends and he wants to know what he should bring with him any ideas?
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Make your own strike any where matches.
Take regular kitchen matches and coat then with clear nail polish.
You now have water proof matches.
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neosporin for ant bites, put it on right after you get bit and itll be like it never happened, if you dont itll swell up and hurt all day.
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hey my 14 year old son is going camping with a few friends and he wants to know what he should bring with him any ideas?
Where is he going camping? I believe every person in the wilderness should have and know how to be responsible with a knife. Since you're asking a very basic question, I assume you've never taught him how to be responsible with a knife nor have you taught him how to make and use fire.

I assume he will be with a group so he'll need a sleeping bag. Maybe a tent unless he's sharing with the group. Some power bars, flashlight, cell phone and whistle in case he's in trouble. Maybe send along a light my fire spork. Jacket, Pants(not jeans), bug repellent, hat and gloves for gathering wood. Good Hiking boots, wool socks. Possibly fishing gear. Toiletry items.

Do not send along useless electronics like an Ipod or radio. Maybe get a copie of the SAS Survival Handbook. He should be old enough to read and comprehend a lot of that stuff and perhaps the group leader will help him with things in the book.

Make it a learning adventure. Give him a task of collecting leaves from certain trees. ie: burr oak, white oak, red oak, pin oak etc... Can he identify different conifers? Have him find a xxxx tree and bring back some bark.
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neosporin for ant bites, put it on right after you get bit and itll be like it never happened, if you dont itll swell up and hurt all day.
I use mint toothpaste for that stuff.
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Seems to me like some folks would need a pack mule to carry all their stuff. I believe in K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid). The less I carry the better I like it. You don't need to carry a bow and arrow. It is easy to make them in the field. I have a complete fishing kit that fits nicely into my back pack. A locking blade knife, Rope, Cord to make bow strings for hunting or a small friction fire starting bow.
Trapping is a more reliable way to get meat than hunting. Traps can be made from what you find in the woods. I have two wind up flashlights and a small wind up radio that gets AM, FM,SW, and Weather bands. My tent also fits nicely into my pack.
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- Multitool/Knife, knife sharpener, zip bag w/ toilet paper, Fishing string + hook + small sinker, Hoochi-chord/ para chord, Flint + striker, Purification tablets, Hexi tablets, Snare Wire, Wire Saw, Band-aid/ dressing/gastro/space blanket, Rice/cous cous (kg), Aluminium foil / plastic wrap, disposable raincoat/ poncho, Gerber Combo Axe, Head lamp, camel back, Candle, Nails.

This was a list I made but will be bringing it down to a smaller list. Any ideas? Nik
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I'm surprise how many folks consider a GPS essential or at least important. A compass and a topo map don't run out of batteries. My point is I almost always know where I am so I am not sure what advantage the GPS is.

I had the same thought when reading these lists- aside from the fact that it runs on batteries it is a greatly dependent system. The satellite constellation and the ground based WAAS stations are dependent upon a working infrastructure and stability. Who has trouble surviving when everything is working right? If the SHTF scenario is ugly enough that GPS unit is a liability if anything. It can be used to track you, It can go offline in a second, or it can be used to give erroneous information-It's actually in the Federal Aviation Regulations that the US gov reserves the right the distort the data as it sees fit "in the interest of national security" and we all know what a rabbit hole that is.
Topo maps, compass, dead reckoning and good old-fashioned land navigation, -irreplaceable and far more reliable.
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