Monday, February 17, 2014

I have noticed that the topic of “what should go in my pack” is coming up a lot lately. It’s a valid question for someone just starting out. But the answer is old as the hills... The Ten Essentials were first described in the 1930s by The Mountaineers, a hiking and mountain climbing club. Since then the list has been popularized by the Boy Scouts and recently modernized by REI.


For me the 10 Essentials is a good starting point and by expanding it just a little you have a well stocked day pack that is designed to get you out of trouble. It’s not meant to be a 3-4 day trip pack list but a list of items that covers all the needs of a stranded day hiker.

Think of the list not as individual items but a systems of kits. Each “kit” addresses a specific need in your comfort or needs when in the woods.

Here is the list with my own twists added:

The 10 Essentials (+2)

Navigation
Map
Compass
GPS
Grid Readers
Pen
Notebook

Sun protection
Sunglasses
Sunscreen
Hat

Insulation
Soft shell jacket
Fleece Cap

Illumination
Headlamp

First-aid supplies
First Aid Kit
Bandanna

Fire
Butane Lighter
Cotton Balls/Vaseline
Fatwood
Firesteel
Matches
Candle

Repair and tools
Wire
Gorilla Tape
Zip Ties
550 Cord
Bankline
Knife
Saw

Nutrition
Energy Bars
Ramen
Spam
Trail Mix

Hydration (extra water)
100 oz Bladder

Emergency shelter
Sil Nylon 5x7 MEST
Causality Blanket

+ Signaling
Signal Mirror
Whistle

+ Purification
Water purification tabs
MSR titan kettle

By having the basics from the list the kit can be very small by adding redundancy you can make the kit bigger. It’s really up to you. It doesn’t matter if you are using a day pack from the Goodwill or an expensive Mystery Ranch pack. The contents are what is important and having all your bases covered.

I hope this helps someone on their quest for the proper gear.

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