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Gear I Carry
02-01-2014, 08:57 PM,
#1
Gear I Carry
Great post. Very wise. I'm going to add some of these things to my kit for sure. I especially like the LifeStraws.
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02-02-2014, 07:33 AM,
#2
Gear I Carry
Great post. Very wise. I'm going to add some of these things to my kit for sure. I especially like the LifeStraws.
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02-02-2014, 08:03 AM,
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Gear I Carry


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<b>Quote from Milan on February 2, 2014, 7:33 am</b>

Great post. Very wise. I'm going to add some of these things to my kit for sure. I especially like the LifeStraws.
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Satan sells the LifeStraws for a decent price.



http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006QF3TW4/ref=...25410_item
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02-02-2014, 08:07 AM,
#4
Gear I Carry
The LifeStraws look great. I may have to get a couple just to keep for emergencies. (like Florida hurricanes)

Thanks!
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02-02-2014, 10:27 AM,
#5
Gear I Carry
Great post Desertphile. I carry many similar items. Most of the time I am not far from a road so I have less survival stuff and more emergency stuff on those occasions. I guess what I am saying is I try to be prepaired for the worst... depending on where I am going. The best parts of your post is all the little additions and 'improvements' to your equipment. I do the same... I take after my grandpa in the ability to take something and make it better/more useful. I gotta pick your brain more.
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02-02-2014, 12:16 PM,
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<b>Quote from timberwolf on February 2, 2014, 10:27 am</b>

Great post Desertphile. I carry many similar items. Most of the time I am not far from a road so I have less survival stuff and more emergency stuff on those occasions. I guess what I am saying is I try to be prepaired for the worst... depending on where I am going. The best parts of your post is all the little additions and 'improvements' to your equipment. I do the same... I take after my grandpa in the ability to take something and make it better/more useful. I gotta pick your brain more.
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Thank you. It's often annoying to discover that a quality product will also come with a poor carrying case or sheath. If a corner is merely sewn, I like to add a rivet or two.



In your grandfather's time, products that were not built well were not purchased: customers would never stand for it. My Grandfather Riavic received his wood-working tools from his father, who received them in turn from his father (for example): the new tools one buys off the shelf these days are pretty much all crap. Like hatchets with pine wood handles--- utter garbage.
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02-02-2014, 01:03 PM,
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I know nothing except what I read, I would add some plastic sheeting or garbage bag in case you cant find water and have to make a condensation tent thingy. It doesnt weigh much and can also be used to repel water.
Shhh they aren't listening.
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02-02-2014, 01:27 PM,
#8
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Good info and particularly on the water filters.



Stuff I always carry no matter what:



Emergency blanket (the "space age", I believe mylar, variant), lightweight, small.

Very lightweight plastic mirror for signaling.

Whistle around my neck. I have one with a built-in compass.

A first aid kit including a small assortment of bandaids, disinfectant wipes, moleskin, and a couple safety pins.

2-liter Camelbak. I know these are less rugged and more prone to leakage/failure than a good Nalgene bottle, but the convenience of sipping water from a hose without stopping to break is just too great of an advantage. Having backup water and/or bottle and/or a second empty bladder is a great idea. My bladder fits it's own little standalone "mini-pack" that has shoulder straps and chest and waist straps, and tiny bit of zipped storage space in the back. The mini-pack is small enough to fit into the water bladder sleeve of a typical modern backpack. So if I get to a place where my full pack is to heavy or inconvenient to carry (say, I want to climb a steep slope to check out a cave above), I can dump full pack, and take the water-bladder pack with whatever is necessary: protein bar, knife, rain-gear. It's worth noting that I always buy the Camelbak brand (and always Nalgene bottles, for that matter). Water storage containers is not the place to skimp.

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02-02-2014, 01:29 PM,
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@Desertphile: Great post………Don’t forget your P-51 or P-38. What I carry varies depending on where I’m going……but the basics never change.



If you are putting together a kit make sure to use it before you go;…..make sure you know how to use it (you don’t want to be reading directions in an emergency) and make sure the item actually works. That’s every item; if you can’t survive in your back yard you don’t have a chance in the wilderness.



The magnesium starters are great to have, steal wool (no soap) works great also (keep in a dry container).



I tell folks to layer their gear; If I have my truck I can last a very long time (some might call it a vacation Smile ), if I have my backpack I could last a while in relative comfort, but I always carry enough on my person to give me a good chance of survival.



And last but not least be prepared to protect yourself……
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02-02-2014, 08:34 PM,
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<b>Quote from mountain digger on February 2, 2014, 1:35 pm</b>

Is it just me or is there really an elephant in this thread? Thought thrillchaser was going to bring it up with "I can dump..." but no, so I'll just add that I like the brand with aloe!
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