There are many different packing configurations and brands on the market today, and the choices in colors and style are almost endless. I have never been a fan of packs with lots of pockets and compartments; whenever you look for a certain item, finding it becomes an ordeal. Keep things simple; our mentors of the past believed the same.
By Dave Canterbury
The most basic carry means a bed/blanket roll, rucksack, pack frame, or pack basket. some of these can be combined for further comfort or versatility.
- Used girth straps for horses make great tumplines and can be found cheap at local tack shops. These are made to last and have heavy metal rings that will support very heavy loads if needed.
- If you are allergic to wool, alpaca is a great alternative material; however, it will generally not be as water-resistant as wool.
- When experimenting with your kit, take a trip to the woods for a night, and when you return, reassess what you did not use. unless circumstances dictate otherwise, leave it out the next time. If you find you need it, you can add again later.
- Remember to always think outside the box about uses for the items you carry. In general, every item should have three uses, but the more you find, the fewer items you will add later.
- Waterproof bags of 5–10 liters are always a good addition to both separate and waterproof essential elements of gear. They can also serve as containers for water collection and storage before and after boiling or collecting rainwater.
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