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Camelbak BFM w/ 2-way rain cover
Fallkniven A1 knife
Titanium canteen w/ cup & lid
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6" Israeli bandage
Sliver gripper tweezers
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I'm just starting my pack and ordering it next week. What would be best for southeast tn. Thanks in advance
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Main items include
Knife
Ferrocerium Rod
Canteen / Water depends where i am
Camera for filming
Axe
Rope
Hammock

And i can survive for quite some time using the natural recourses around me.
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I'm just starting my pack and ordering it next week. What would be best for southeast tn. Thanks in advance
I spend a lot of time in the Smokies and the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock & Citigo Creek Wilderness areas and find the Osprey Kestrel 28 perfect for dayhikes. I always carry everything I would need to survive for a few days should something untoward arise. The Kestrel is roomy enough to carry my survival gear but small enough to allow me to maneuver through difficult terrain. It is also very comfortable. If you are looking for something other than a day pack, the Kestrel comes in many sizes, both larger and smaller, and they all live up to Osprey's reputation for quality and durability.

On a side note, I have read through this thread over he last several days and wish to take issue with those who disdain the carrying of a GPS. First of all, I spent a total of 26 years in the infantry, 23 as an officer, and can certainly use a map and compass with the best of them. They are my primary means of navigation while in the woods but I also carry the best gear I can find to help me survive in the wilderness should an emergency occur. As I often travel alone and have several health issues, I find that having a GPS gives me peace of mind because I also carry an Iridium 9505a sat phone and, should the need arise, can give rescuers my exact location within a few feet. I would hate to wake up at 0100 hours with chest pains and try to distinguish landmarks and take bearings.

Just yesterday, I also ordered a ACR ResQLink personal locator beacon as a backup. Most of my emergency preparations are nothing if not redundant. The same ones will probably also balk at this use of technology but I don't really care, you don't have to carry it...I do.
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Great advice Kev! Absolute essentials!
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Detroitvet, have you looked into the Sawyer mini filter as an option for water filtration. It filters at a smaller micron and does up to 100,000 gallows. It is shorter, with the same size diameter, and wright as the Lifestraw. It even cost the same. I have both and truly love the Sawyer over the Lifestraw, as it has more ways to be used and will provide more filtered water.
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Bunkerbuster, nice burner. I would love to find one like that.
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Joshp, I recommend having a pocket guide to wild edibles for your region in your pack, as well as a Sawyer mini water filter, a good fero rod/ fire kit. A high quality high carbon steel knife with crisp edges on the spine can be used to throw sparks with a rock containing quart in a pinch to start a fire.
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coasteatcher42, I agree with carrying the best gear possible and have a hand held gps, and alternate communications in case of emergencies like you speak of. My main way to navigate is a compass and topo map, but it's always good to have pin pint precision with a handheld gps in emergency situations.
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I am preparing to go on my first backpacking hike with my son on the AT starting at Mt. Springer in Georgia this fall. I am a 63 year old grandma trying to get in shape and figuring out what I really need to take for about 4 days/ 3 nights on the trail. We have camped many times, but backpacking for that long is a new one for me. Thanks for publishing all the lists. I am going to look, compare, and see what I can fit into my minimal budget.
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Okay I understand why someone would bring a lot of stuff for survival if they were intentionally going somewhere. I believe however that the general idea about survival is that it is not planned. Therefore in the end one should be able to make do with a cutting tool, a flint and a means to hold water. The idea I believe is that the more you know about survival, the less you need.
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I think the first step it to identify what you are actually doing, and then figure out what you need from there. As the thread title says: Hiking, Camping, Wilderness. Defining what you are actually doing plays a big role in what you need.

My background would come from the Wilderness side of things. I love being out in the bush, hunting and so forth. So, when I go hunting, I carry my survival kit, which packs into a small camera belt case about 2x3x5" in size. The kit is jammed packed with items, like a fishing kit, first aid kit, big orange garbage bag, emergency blanket, whistle, rope, matches, fire starter, pencil sharpener, duct tape, flagging tape, etc. I also carry a good knife, a Leatherman, and a stainless steel water bottle. And of course, my hunting gear itself. So if something happens, I'm prepared to make a shelter, make a fire, boil water, and spend a couple nights in the wilderness.

Now, I also have gotten into hiking/backpacking. I'm currently planning a trip that takes 4-5 days, and it's going to be CUDS (constant ups & downs), so pack weight is a concern and I've been working on getting the weight down with what I have. At first, when packing up stuff, in went my survival kit with the gear. Then when reducing weight, out it came. I don't need it anymore. I have a tent, so no need for shelter. I have a small mess kit & stove, so don't need the heavy water bottle. Don't need the larger hunting knife I carry, and really don't need the Leatherman, although it could come in handy. Most all of the backpacking gear is already luxury survival items. When it came down to it, I ended up dropping in some matches/firestarter, small knife, and a whistle.

Camping is like another step up from hiking, as usually a vehicle can be used, so more luxury gear can be brought. The survival items become less important because a lot of the needs are already taken care of, but it's similar to the same effect as the hiking.

Now, if I was going to go on a hiking trip where I may set up the tent in an area for a couple days and do some day hikes from there, then I would include my survival kit so I could use it for those hikes in case something happens and I can't get back to the tent. Again, it's all about identifying what you are planning to do, and of course knowing your gear and what you can and can't do with it.

Of course, GPS, map & compass are never forgotten.
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This is a real good idea for a thread! In my old age I seem to be more comfortable in the desert than in the woods. Looking at some of the things you all have for the forests I can see that we carry much of the same things.
In the desert of the southwest though, I always carry at least a three day supply of food and as much water as I can carry. Depending on where I am hiking and the season, I might forego the tent and add more water.
I would never carry anything heavy that can be replaced by something else that is smaller, such as pans. Usually I carry one small pan to cook on.
If I were on an extended trip, I would still keep the same rules, but the tent would go with me.
One thing for sure. When hiking or camping, it is a real good idea to take camps, compass, and be familiar with the layout of the area. I think this would be the case no matter where you are.
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