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05-11-2020 09:14 AM
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05-11-2020 07:07 AM
JosefDuBois
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Originally Posted by kl0an View Post
I carry a couple of those Razor scooters in the back of my truck. Lot easier to control for us older guys.. I DO have a sweet longboard in my shop but, it's not for hiking or camping.. My scooters are a part of my Bug Out setup in the back of my truck. I also have a one speed folding Dohan bicycle in the back of my truck. Folds down nice and small. Need to put a small collapsible basket on the handlebars so I can carry stuff. I've also got a trailer for little tykes that I've customized that I can pull behind the bike as well.

I'd like to do some modifications to lighten up my scooters as they seem to weight a decent amount but, then again, that's probably best to leave as is..
A number of Years ago I was promoted to a office job about 70 miles away from my home. At first my plan was to take my get home bag and walk back home, mostly rural farm land, taking about 5 days at most should the dreaded EMP attack or TEOTWAWKI occur. As the years added up and about 2 years before my retirement I got smarter and bought a folding Swinn bike with a heavy duty rack on the rear of the bike and a gear shifter on the handle bar. This way I could strap my GHB to the rack and grab some extra water bottles from my file cabinet and leisurely cut my time to two days easily without killing my self. I only work part time now but I still have that bike and it is a pretty descent rider for something that folds in two. Btw, with my gear the bike easily carries over 275 pounds.
04-16-2020 10:17 AM
n1d
CAW!

A few upholstery tacks.
04-12-2020 10:00 PM
JosefDuBois Forget the cat food, carry a can of people food then you could still use it for your stated reason or munch down on it instead of cat food ��
04-10-2020 12:40 AM
4X4
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Originally Posted by Ole Grunt View Post
It could also be used as bait to attract some potential food to a trap. Most likely a raccoon, possum, or skunk where I live. None of which make my top 10 list of desirable meats, but if you’re hungry enough, you’ll eat about anything, even the cat food.

Double post.
04-10-2020 12:25 AM
Ole Grunt
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Originally Posted by MRBEALE View Post
I have thought about placing one of those small, aluminum cans of cat food in

my pack just in case I may be able to use it to ward off a predator or gain the

trust of another animal if I am in the wilderness.
It could also be used as bait to attract some potential food to a trap. Most likely a raccoon, possum, or skunk where I live. None of which make my top 10 list of desirable meats, but if you’re hungry enough, you’ll eat about anything, even the cat food.
04-10-2020 12:15 AM
MRBEALE I have thought about placing one of those small, aluminum cans of cat food in

my pack just in case I may be able to use it to ward off a predator or gain the

trust of another animal if I am in the wilderness.
04-09-2020 03:18 PM
NCalHippie
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Originally Posted by mtnhiker View Post
I always carry a deck of cards. Havent used them yet.
I wonder if bigfoot plays cards. hmm
04-09-2020 03:10 PM
Eero If I'm doing an overnighter I always bring my harmonica.
04-04-2020 10:28 AM
mtnhiker I always carry a deck of cards. Havent used them yet.
09-25-2019 01:22 AM
kl0an
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Originally Posted by gsxrac View Post
Kind of along the same lines I have bad allergies in the spring so I have an ample amount of Claratin-D 24 hour and Tylenol Sinus pills Also carry some Hydrocodone (My own prescription I had left over) and Advil in case I get hurt bad enough to need it.

Ohh yea, I added a slingshot and blowgun to my random bag items.
I've got a hollow aluminum walking staff that I think one of my blowguns might just slide right down into. I've got a shorty gun as well but, the distance isn't that great..
09-25-2019 01:16 AM
kl0an
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Originally Posted by bltjr1951 View Post
Again, name of thread is "UNCOMMON items in your pack".



Now if you had said watermelon sized condom, that might have been uncommon.
Maybe what's common to you is very uncommon to the next guy.

This is a great thread, take what you need, add what you can, shuffle along quietly..
09-23-2019 02:26 AM
kl0an
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Originally Posted by ComancheSniper View Post
I just added a towel.
I pick up golf towels at yardsales and usually they have a curtain rod clip or a carabiner on them to hang them from the golf bags. Mine rides on the outside of my pack. Much better quality that a hand towel too..
09-23-2019 02:24 AM
kl0an
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Originally Posted by wildthing-23 View Post
I carry a old Ronco pocket fisherman. My Grandfather gave it to me. Has a compartment in the back to store lures, weights, hooks ect... very handy largest catch to date is a 16lb. blue cat on 8 pound test, and 2 rolls of extra line for all kinds of uses one roll 8lb. the other 35lb. spider wire line.

These poles are still sold check out the Ronco web site.

http://www.ronco.com/rco_prodlistsea...All%20Products
I've managed to pick up a few of those at yard sales.. Awesome for putting in your pack.. Replace the line ever year so you don't lose a meal because the line is brittle.
09-23-2019 02:13 AM
kl0an [QUOTE=roro;995526]That guy was almost as loaded up as Neo from the Matrix! lol


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You can get these free from bars and places like Applebee's. I don't drink, but I have a ton of these, because my friend is a bar tender at Applebee's.

Also, plastic bags tear/rip and become holy a lot easier than a crown royal bag. Plus the Crown bags have drawstrings, which can easily be attached to your belt, held by wrapping around your wrist or whatever.

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Pen-gun. My grandfather was a machine shop worker and made a gun that is the same size as and looks just like a pen. You can wear it in a pocket protector, just like a normal pen, but when you push the button, instead of the ink coming out, it fires 1 shot. Could be useful if someone is attacking you & you didn't have access to anything else (ie, if they took away your backpack or you couldn't get to it)... Can be hidden very easily. Only down side is that it's only got 1 bullet & you would need to put gun powder and another bullet in it to reuse it. Also quite dangerous..... But pretty darn cool! As far as I know, it's the only one in existence. XD

They're quite illegal to own and/or carry as well. Some are actually made from pen flare launchers where you take a bold and drill it out on a drill press to .22 cal. Make sure the threads match that of the flare launcher..

A lot of archery hunters carry them in places like Florida where snakes are a problem. Load a .22 rat shot in it and pop the snake with it. If you hear someone coming, point the barrel at the ground and step on the other end to push it into the ground.

I've actually got several of them and even have one that uses aluminum shells that the flares fire out of. I've pondered reloading them with some light bird shot loads and capping them with a little hot wax to keep them together. They take a pistol primer in the base.

I carry mine in the flare mode so there's no suspicions that I'm carrying a .22 cal "zip gun".. The zip barrel and rounds of .22 are farther down in my pack..

For the flares I plan to reload, I'll probably use some ff black powder for the charge.
09-23-2019 01:48 AM
kl0an
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Originally Posted by bibn8rjr View Post
well I for one always have a knife on me so I dont worry about putting a small one, but I still keep a survival knife in the BOB, but everyone prolly has one in there so thats nothing special, a few things I do carry with me in there that I havent read in here is a roll of deer skin, and a roll of hemp, the deer skin is darned usefull and strong as all get out and hemp is almost as usefull (if nothing else to have somthing to randomly braid and unbraid but I prefer to use it to hang things.


also do you forget that in an emergency situation or if you family is flipin rich or some stuff like that, then there is always 18002655328

(I think thats what it is for 1800 collect)
Only one knife?!?! My keychain alone has 3 or 4 small knives on it such as Leatherman Micra (Best wire strippers ever). On my right hip, I always have my Leatherman Mutt along with an LED flashlight that has full power the first press, 3/4 power the 2nd, and flashing strobe the 3rd. They both ride in a Nite CLIP POCK-ITS® XL UTILITY HOLSTER which also has pockets for the extra bits for my Mutt, a place to hold a Sharpie, and a couple of other small pockets.

It rides on my belt and also works well for a concealed carry holster to hide on the inside of your pants, right behind the utility holster.

My Camelbak Mule had another Mutt on the part that rides up against my back as well as a small double edged Cold Steel that rides low on the pack for easier access..
09-23-2019 01:30 AM
kl0an
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Originally Posted by maggie357 View Post
I carry a thimble in my sewing kit for poking that needle through the thick backpack fabric, but maybe the hemostats would be a multi-tasker. Only other thing I can think of for a thimble is a mini shotglass for a lightweight like me.
Give one of these a try. I have two or three of them, one always in my pack behind the seat in my truck.

https://www.amazon.com/Tandy-Leather.../dp/B00A2C8M6K
09-23-2019 01:25 AM
kl0an
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Originally Posted by Fly Bridge View Post
a tin whistle or a harmonica... something to bring magic back into life - an emotional outlet and a way to bring people together
+1 on the whistle and harmonica. I even have a kids "recorder" that breaks down into 3 pieces and fits in it's own case.

See you on the trail, we'll start a hobo band..
09-23-2019 01:09 AM
kl0an
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Originally Posted by NothingFun View Post
Definitely! I have not been skating nearly as long, I suck at all the new school stuff, but I can truck long distances and carve up that asphalt. I skate about a 4.5m loop almost daily to stay in shape, a mixture of terrain and hills helps. I've gotten up to 22mph comfortably before the death wobbles start, and i'm sure to grow beyond that. The two people I ride with have well exceeded 35mph themselves. My skateboard has a comfortable home on top of my BOB as a must have piece of equipment for urban travel, and even out in the sticks we have paved roads so it's still pretty useful.
I carry a couple of those Razor scooters in the back of my truck. Lot easier to control for us older guys.. I DO have a sweet longboard in my shop but, it's not for hiking or camping.. My scooters are a part of my Bug Out setup in the back of my truck. I also have a one speed folding Dohan bicycle in the back of my truck. Folds down nice and small. Need to put a small collapsible basket on the handlebars so I can carry stuff. I've also got a trailer for little tykes that I've customized that I can pull behind the bike as well.

I'd like to do some modifications to lighten up my scooters as they seem to weight a decent amount but, then again, that's probably best to leave as is..
09-22-2019 06:38 AM
kl0an
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Originally Posted by PrincessKraken View Post
1 yard cotton broad cloth
1 yard treated navy duck cloth

Those with a sewing repair kit for large patches.
I carry one of those wooden handled sewing tools, usually used for sewing tarps and sails. One has a role of heavy cord inside and 4 different needles stored in the handle.
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