Day hike kit

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  1. GeorgeH

    GeorgeH Banned Member Banned

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    I've been moving some gear around to prepare for the warmer weather and thought I would offer a view of what I'm working with for a summer hike in SW Germany. Part of the motivation for this post is as an adjunct to the recent threads regarding kit for short trips, without a planned overnight in this case. This would be carried for walks along the many trails that exist close to home, as well as for longer (half+ day) circuit routes in and around the Pfälzerwald.

    The kit is designed to allow for an unplanned overnight stay, plus the typical signal and aid items. I'd appreciate any comments or criticism, thanks for looking!

    In a Kifaru E&E Pouch
    1. Platypus Bottle, 1 liter x 2
    2. Snacks
    3. Ace Wrap, 2 in.
    4. PSK
    5. Firesteel & Striker (to be replaced by a Flint & Steel set)
    6. Stainless Mora (to be replaced by the new forum knife!)
    7. Emergency Sleeping Bag
    8. Suunto M3G Compass (route map to be added when needed)
    9. Gerber Pocket Hone
    10. CMG Infinity Light
    11. Bandana
    12. Bullfrog SPF 36 Stick
    13. 550 Cord, 40 ft.

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    My PSK is built around items salvaged from a survival kit I was issued in the service and is meant to serve double duty as a FAK. The kit is a bit on the heavy side for what it is...

    Otter Box 2000 PSK

    1. Telfa Pad, 3x4 in.
    2. Bandaids, ¾ in. x 4
    3. Bandaids, Butterfly x 2
    4. Oven Bags x 3
    5. Antiseptic Wipes x 2
    6. Gauze, 2x2 in. x 2
    7. Moleskin
    8. Triangle Bandage
    9. Meds (Immodium & Aleve)
    10. Braided Nylon line, 30 ft.
    11. Safety Pins x 4
    12. Sewing Needles x 4
    13. Spark-Lite Firestarter
    14. Tru-Nord Compass
    15. Duct Tape
    16. Whistle
    17. Signal Mirror
    18. Lighter
    19. Razor Blade
    20. Survival Cards
    21. Tinder Quik
    22. Micropur MP1 tabs x 30

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    If there is a chance of cooler weather, I would add a brew kit and trade out the Platypus bottles for a single Nalgene. I also have a couple of Vaude windshirts for my wife and I that live in my camera bag.

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  2. Kerri

    Kerri úlfheðnar Hobbyist Bushclass I

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    Looks pretty good to me, I'd carry it into the woods with confidence
     
  3. sdjsdj

    sdjsdj Guide Bushclass I

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    Very solid kit and good pics.
    I see you have an "emergency sleeping bag". Not sure what that is, but I would add a 5 x 7 trauma blanket and AMK(Adventure Medical Kit) Heat Sheet and possibly a 3 mil contractor garbage bag.
     
  4. GeorgeH

    GeorgeH Banned Member Banned

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    The Emergency Sleeping Bag, so named by the manufacturer, is a plastic bivy bag I picked up in the UK to replace the space blanket from the original kit. I'll add the trauma blanket as well. :)
     
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    That's a sweet kit man. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Very nice and well thought out kit.
     
  7. Dadio

    Dadio Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Excellent! The only thing I might add is an extra battery for the light. I think you've covered the most important bases though. Great pics, too!
     
  8. Lerch

    Lerch Bushmaster Bushclass I

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    Nice set. Only thought I have is don't replace the fire steel. Go ahead and toss a flint and steel in too. flint and steel is fun to play with and a good skill but the firesteel guarantees fire.
     
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    mainewoods Maine bush nut Supporter Bushclass I

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    Great Set up George!! Thanks for The Idea's.
     
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    Looks like you got about everything covered, only thing I would add is bug repellant. Ticks are bad this year where I'm at.
     
  11. GeorgeH

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    Good point, they definitely have them over here too. In Summary, add the following:

    5x7 Trauma Blanket
    Spare AA Battery
    Bug juice
     
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