Are you asking about a pack or stuff to go in it?
Stuff to go in the Camelbak Mule I got her. She loves the pack and wants mine...but I love that pack too so I just got her one.Are you asking about a pack or stuff to go in it?
Your post was helpful.In this waist pack, I carry all my basics including a small fishing kit, a small first aid kit, a small pill kit with several medications, a fire starting kit, a Sawyer mini, water purification tablets, a 5x7 backpacking tarp, a fishnet type hammock, a multi tool, 50 feet of paracord, 6 metal tent stakes (nail type), small bottles / spray cans of insect repellent, after bite, and sunscreen, chapstick, an extra pair of socks and underwear, a mosquito head net, a rain poncho, a couple of bandanas, a couple of biner clips and key rings, a couple of N95 masks, toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, nail clippers, a knife sharpener, a commando saw, an SOL emergency bivy, a roll of camping toilet paper, a pack of gum, Gorilla Tape, and several Kind bars.
If you are going with just a space blanket, and not a tarp, I would suggest this one:Here is what I'm thinking so far:
Streamlight or Surefire
A couple BIC lighters
Bivy (good idea egad!)
IFAK (I will custom build this for her and teach her how to use its components)
I don't think the MULE is big enough to even get that heavy, but I just remembered she said that. She handled my pack which weighed probably 15-20 pounds without problems including the water source. She is actually in better shape than many women half her age. I think she can crack walnuts with her legs! We did a 4 mile hike in Yosemite and it barely phased her. And she did it barefoot!A petite 40 year old woman? I'd stick closer to 15lbs. Maybe 20 if she's pretty athletic and used to hiking.
Water is the most important thing, after that proper clothing, her personal stuff, etc. If she's going to be with you, you can plan on carrying the majority of the food, shelter, etc. Give her enough to survive for a bit should you become seperated; like maybe let her carry the rain fly for the tent while you carry the rest. And something she can eat without heating up like energy bars or something, while you carry the stove, fuel, and bulk of the food.
Considering the AO, 4-6l of water is going to weigh between 8-12lbs, so it doesn't leave room for much else.
If she likes the pack that's great, but if she really is going to be carrying 35 lbs, you need to get a real pack that fits her and puts all the weight on her hips. It's not a big deal with 10-15lbs, but it makes a huge difference in comfort with 35.
And make sure she knows how to do everything... set up the tent, purify water, start a fire, cook, etc. Skills are of significant importance as well.
That looks great! Thanks, I might pick up one for her and for myself as well!If you are going with just a space blanket, and not a tarp, I would suggest this one:
It's 5'x7', very heavy duty, and has grommets If she needs to stake it. It comes in red (if it's a survival situation and she wants to be found) or olive drab (if its for bugging out and she wants to avoid detection).
I noticed she doesn't use the waist belt on packs. Personally I think she should as that would help a lot, but with this pack we are not trying to build the end all be all INCH bag. This is really for a hiking, GHB, light BOB, and a starter for her camping gear too.If you can't pare down the weight then you will need to find a better pack. One that is designed to allow women to carry weight and has a properly designed waist belt to allow some of that weight to be comfortably carried by the hips.
I picked up a ball cap that has LED lights fixed under the bill. It has two sets of lights, one is regular white light, and the other is green light to preserve night vision, and for blood tracking in the dark. I find it a lot more comfortable than my headlamp, and can wear it all the time. If I need light, I just reach up and squeeze the little button under the bill.Streamlight or Surefire (Suggest an eveready headlamp).
A waist belt is mandatory if she is going to carry any real weight, as otherwise the shoulders get beat to death way to early......I noticed she doesn't use the waist belt on packs. Personally I think she should as that would help a lot, but with this pack we are not trying to build the end all be all INCH bag. This is really for a hiking, GHB, light BOB, and a starter for her camping gear too. .....