Summer “Jaunt” Kit

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  1. Snake Doc 415

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    Hey all!

    Not sure where this should go so I’ll post it up here. This is my kit for short day hikes and summer jaunts in the woods. Gives me water, snacks, and some emergency items if need be. I have put a lot of thought into this kit and I think I finally have my perfect setup, but suggestions are appreciated.

    A couple things to note: my FAK is not pictured (I forgot) but it contains minor as well as major wound care items, I carry a flashlight and tinder box (containing fat wood and pjcb) on my person so it is not in the bag, water bottle starts full :)

    Here is the outside of the kit:

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    Helikon-Tex essentials kitbag w/tinder zips. My Mora Companion rides in the back.

    Contents all laid out:

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    Let’s take this one section at a time:

    Food/Water:
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    -Nalgene
    -Nesting cup
    -Coffee, x2
    -MRE Peanut Butter, x2
    -Carbohydrate-Electrolyte drink mix
    -Aquatabs, x10
    -Small folding stove (for quick coffee)
    -Spoon

    I’ll add some cliff bars/hot chocolate depending on the occasion.

    Fire (minus tinder box):
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    -LMF Ferro rod
    -Bic lighter in Exotac Firesleeve
    -UCO Stormproof matches (these things rock!)
    -Utility flame, x2 (to heat up water)

    I don’t plan on building any full-blown campfires, so this gets the job done.

    Signaling/Misc.:
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    -Rescue Howler
    -BCO Signal Sack (multi-use)
    -Duct tape (multi-use)

    Marking trails (tape), signaling (whistle or flag), repair, foraging, etc.

    Shelter:
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    -SOL poncho (poncho/Palmer furnace)
    -Zombie Tinder 12hr candle
    -Kevlar cord, 20ft (don’t know what section this goes with so I put it here.)

    Sit down on my signal sack, put my cup between my legs, light my candle in the cup, pull the poncho over me and tie the arms shut, and I have a warm, dry shelter. Kevlar is great for snares, shelter building, etc.

    Alright, feel free to compliment me or tear me apart! Just thought I’d share my kit. Works well fir my needs, at least in summer.

    -Snake Doc 415
     
  2. MrFixIt

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    I think you have it set up nicely.
     
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    Like this, Thanks for posting!
     
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    Looks good. I'd add bug juice, sun screen, and either make sure I had a GI style poncho the opens up, or a light weight tarp, to be able to make shelter and/or shade.
     
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    Great reminder! I usually spray before I go out but a little bottle would be handy!

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    That looks like a nicely though out and well put together kit. Looks green there, where do you live?

    I would add a couple of MRE crackers or hard tack to give something crunchy with the peanut butter. Maybe consider one of the tiny stainless steel twig stoves? They take up almost no room and make for a handy way to heat something, whether using twigs or fuel tabs or gel.

    I also like the ranger band on the match case. Another dual purpose item. I will be adding that to mine.

    Good Job! :dblthumb:
     
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    Thank ‘ya sir! We live in Southern Illinois. I say that and people are like “oh how’s Springfield” and I’m like “we are three hours south of Springfield, closer to Kentucky” and they are like “Illinois touches Kentucky?!?” :31:

    Crackers are a good idea. Tell ya what’s good: a chocolate chip cliff bar with peanut butter on it! Tasty and satisfying!

    I’ve been eyeing a Lixada stove for a while, just haven’t pulled the trigger yet. :dblthumb:

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    Good looking kit you have there @Snake Doc 415. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    I suggest adding a small folding knife, some sort of illumination, a basic IFAK, and perhaps a pair of gloves.

    The post is probably fine here, but in the future, Packs, Bags & Pouches may be a more relevant.
     
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    LOL, I get asked about Las Vegas. It is hundreds of miles away and belongs in California. :rolleyes: Although I should be happy that the fools who throw away their money there pay our taxes. :4: (No state income tax)

    I have the little stove and like it a lot. I have used it with twigs, Coghlan’s tabs and an alcohol burner. Works fine for all. Get the folding one if you can, it is much easier to assemble than the puzzle piece versions.

    Yep, granola bar and peanut butter is a nice combo. But it needs a piece of bacon jerky on top. It is ‘instant bacon’.

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    I have a FAK but I forgot to put it in the picture. I carry a folding knife and flashlight in my EDC but a backup would be handy.

    Thanks!

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    That bacon jerky looks awesome! I’ll have to try some.

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    Yes! Go with :36: jerky unless you cook bacon on the spot. Shelf-stable bacon crumbles are good if they are the good stuff (I.e. real :36: not imitation.) I avoid pre-cooked bacon strips for the butthole sandwhich unless I'm going to fry them first. ;)
     
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    Good looking kit. I add a flashlight or small head lamp. It can save your bacon if you end up being late while trying to get out of the bush and it gets dark.
     
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    edit...just seen this post now. Never mind.
     
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    Still, a second flashlight would be handy :dblthumb:

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    Those tiny O-lights (?) are very small yet bright. They weigh next to nothing and take up hardly any space.
     
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    I have a Thrunite Ti3 that is small, cheap, and quite effective. Thrunite is like a cheaper Olight.

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    Nice set up.
     
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    What make is the canteen carrier? I like the side pockets better than the supposed MilSurp one that I have....
     
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    Helikon-Tex essentiasl kitbag. Perfect size for a day hike, great value as opposed to something like a CLS Mother.

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    Thanks! Will have to look into getting one in the near future...
     
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    I've been looking for one and everyone seems to be out of stock.
     
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    Well thought out kit young fellar. joe
     
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    Even for short summer jaunts, I won't forego the ten essentials. You ought add a bit to your kit.
     
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    With some of the company’s other items, they seem to produce stuff in “spurts”. They’ll be out of stock for a month, in for a month, etc. It is a well made bag and worth the wait.

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    Good idea, but:

    (A) I don’t have room
    (B) I use subcreen/bug spray before I go
    (C) This kit, like the name implies, is for short jaunts, not even full day hikes
    (D) I dress appropriately
    (E) This is tailored to my needs, not the requirements of a list
    (D) It still covers the 5cs

    I follow the 10 Essentials for most of my kits, however, this one is geared towards a different purpose and size.

    -Snake Doc 415

    Edit: I did not mean this to sound rude/disrespectful, just listing some reasons.
     
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    That is a nice bag. What are the tinder tabs? Also what small folding stove do you have? I did not see it in your pictures.

    I found the bag for sale here at.
    https://www.amazon.com/HELIKON-TEX-...81&hvtargid=aud-801381245258:pla-540205466851

    Thanks for the thread

    GOD Bless you and your families

    Kenneth
     
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    Nice!

    Suggestion: You don't have a compass. You could easily superglue a button compass onto your Howler. Takes up virtually no more room, but gives you a rough idea which direction you're facing even on heavy overcast days.
    (I carry this on in my front right pocket with my cash....I've thought of making it a money clip, but haven't yet. I HAD glued a firefly ferro rod onto the side too, but it broke off so I'd just use the one in my SAK and use the whistle as a flat surface to hold it while striking.)

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    Where's the buttwipe?
    Kit's not complete without buttwipe.
     
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    Nice kit! I've been mulling over the Helikon-Tex Essential Kit Bag as well. I have a similar kit built around a different brand of bottle holder but similar contents. And I gotta agree on the wipes; the older I get the more 'urgent' that can be!:eek::18:
     
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    Especially for ticks in much of lower 48.

    I also like a bag larger than I need to forage for craft materials, natural fire making materials, maybe some fruit or nuts, scavenged stuff, etc. I’ve found old tools, railroad spikes, antlers, a whiskey glass I still use, and other useful/cool stuff out on hikes and a little extra pack makes carrying that easier. Also helps if you have to shed layers.

    Might add some first aid stuff to handle cuts, burns, and fabricate a sling or splint too. You can go too heavy on first aid, but you can also go too light. Most of my injuries have been from sharps or fire. Others may need prescriptions for various reasons.
     
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    You took the words right out of my mouth...good deal!
     
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    The tinder packets are called “Utility Flame”. It is a stable gel that burns for about 10 minutes. Not the best option for tinder, but I have found it is perfect for heating up water for coffee.

    That little aluminum stove was part of the utility flame package. It was the shiny credit card looking thing. I usually just use 2-3 rocks for a stove though.

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    Just as an update, I now carry a different kit. I posted this thread several months ago. My kit know includes more items and more space, housed in an Osprey backpack. SAR MEST, IFAK, flashlight, Silva compass, butt wipes, etc have all been added.

    The Osprey stratos 34 is hands down the most comfortable midsize pack I own. Even though it is on the larger side, I carry it on dayhikes because I enjoy the comfort and capacity.

    My gear is always changing...:);)

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    That is an excellent idea!

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    Since you got a new pack, wanna sell that one? The Helikon-Tex
     
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    Nah, think I’m gonna hold onto it. It is nice to keep within a bigger pack for short scouts away from camp. Thanks for the offer though!

    -Snake Doc 415
     
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    Well, if you ever get the urge...….
     
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    No kit is complete without them! Even for short jaunts!
     
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    I like the original kit. If you continue to develop your skills, it's true that the more you know the less you carry. Maybe some day you'll go back to that Helikon-Tex bag. I like it a lot more than my more traditional bottle kit bag (Condor). I had to hang some MOLLE pouches off it and it still is too limited compared to what you posted (or compared to a Finnish gas mask bag).

    A note on the bug dope: I bought some Ben's insect repellant in disposable wipes. There are a few of them in each of my FAK's. They are actually used up faster than adhesive bandages. Very handy.

    I'd also stuff a small plastic bag in there. Something like a "tall kitchen" trash bag or maybe a gallon freezer bag. That gives an easy way to carry out garbage -- your own or someone else's.

    Here's a FAK pic that shows the Ben's wipes...

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    You need the latest iPhone so that you can instagram your adventures!
    In summertime, bug repellant is a must. I also carry a pack of tissues. Other than that, I think you have it covered. Nice little pack and thanks for sharing!
     
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    Funny, I have gone the same route! I often hear that the more you know the less you carry but for me it has been the opposite. When you don't know much you don't even know what you don't know! :eek::D As you learn more you can do more with less gear but you also begin to understand how much time and effort it takes.

    With apologies to all you satchel and bread bag guys I have found that should carry gets miserable after a while. A back pack simply rides better and is more comfortable at least for me.

    A few months ago I wound up facing the prospect of spending an unplanned night (or longer) out in the mountains of Idaho in 40 degree temperatures with just my PSK! I was only wearing jeans and I t-shirt, didn't even have a jacket! :34::eek: Luckily I was found/ picked up around 3:00 am. By that time I already had a fire, a good shelter set up and had settled in for the night on a pretty cozy bough bed...I was pretty comfortable but I would have traded half my gear for a sleeping bag or my jacket!

    That led me to reevaluate my kit a bit.
     
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    I had a short jaunt today and I turned back because I forgot mine.
     
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    So, I have been reading about the jaunt kit. I like the idea of it. It's really good thinking. :)

    My jaunt kit is actually my edc pack, that I literally take everywhere I go. It contains everything I would need for a couple of fairly comfortable nights if needed. The only thing that I probably wouldn't have enough of is ready water, though if I head out on a walk I will have at least one 32 oz canteen with me. Possibly two if I'm going on a longer walk.

    Now the reason I carry this much is simply because I can. I have a comfortable pack and the weight distribution is excellent. I can carry this pack much easier than I could carry a smaller, lighter shoulder pack. So, for me, it's not at all about weight. It's all comfort to me. Comfortable to carry, and if/when I set up a day camp, I have comfort items with me. Tarp, light blanket, sit pad, often my hammock, food items, fire stuff, etc. I do carry a water filter as well. And if/when something comes up and I need to spend a night or two, other than the fact that I know my family would be worried about me, I would be perfectly comfortable. After a wet experience last year, I also carry at least one pair of heavy socks in a drybag. I hate wet feet. I should probably throw a small pack of wet wipes in too and a pair of underwear because I can't sleep if I am dirty, and I can't stand to wear clothing more than a day if I don't have to. :)
     
  49. bacpacjac

    bacpacjac Queen of the Cups Supporter Bushclass I

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    Great thread! Excellent ideas. I just added some MRE crackers and PB to my EDC kit. All the snacks I usually keep in there have mysteriously disappeared over the past few weeks. :eek: Thanks for the timely reminder!
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I'm not saying it was aliens, but......you know........


    It probably was aliens!





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