Okay, so I guess it's my turn to really start digging into my gear and showing y'all my setup. I'll start with my Level 3*, or Bug-Out Bag. You guys will recognize it from the article I did a few weeks ago when I had to do some repairs on it. That's right, it's my lovely trusty Teton 3400 Scout! It's a dual-task pack, because if that thing can stand up to the abuse I put it through hiking, it can survive as my bail-out bag. I've been doing a lot of work, with the help of my fiance DR, in getting it set up to be able to handle both tasks and do them efficiently.
- 2 Lara bars
- 1 bottle of Tapatio
- 1 emergency stove and fuel. This was the spare old stove DR had and gave to me. Never throw away still-usable equipment!
- 1 bandanna
- 1 adult sized poncho
- 6 gallon ziplock bags
- 1 fleece beanie
- 1 enamel cup
- 1 gallon bag of feminine products, disposable
- 1 roll of toilet paper
- 1 quart bag of moist towelettes
- 1 wilderness medicine and first aid book
- 1 pack of playing cards
Main Compartmentreally big waterproof bag. I have my spare clothes and current sleeping system in it, and should I need to put more things into the bag, they'll fit! It fits almost perfectly into the main compartment.
- 2 fleece blankets
- 1 set of spare pants
- 1 t-shirt
- 1 long-sleeved shirt
- 1 full set of long johns
- 1 set of undergarments (in tactical purple, even... hey, I heard that!)
- 3 pairs of socks
- 1 fleece pullover
- 1 Coleman's camping cookware set
- several dozen packets of Taco Bell sauce
- various Evie-friendly MRE's entrees (Yeah, that's about 3 of everything that you can possibly find in MRE boxes) in a large ziplock bag.
- Four cans of foods (soon to be more)
Yes, I said canned food. I have allergies, boys and girls; severe food allergies. This is why the gear in my pack seems so sparse: I have to have room for the cans. Things like the canned chicken and tuna are small enough to fit inside of my cooking pots there.
- A sleeping system outside of two small fleece blankets. I'm waiting for a system similar to the one DR has, which is a sleeping bag, a poncho liner, and one of those rainproof covers... yes, what the military uses. However, a lot of folks know how good those systems are, and finding a new or gently used set for a price I can afford right now.... well, let's just say I didn't skimp on the set of long johns!
- A sleeping pad. I have one, but it's in need of a patch as it got a small hole in it the last it was used.
And that is that. It's ridiculously simple to many of you, I'm sure, but guess what?
It's better than nothing.
* In this context, Level 3 means "not as important as Levels 1 and 2." Think of my gear as layers; this is what I put on last. And before you say "Hey Evie, you forgot critical things like a can opener/ flashlight/ lighter/ etc", wait until you read the rest of the series. Odds are that the more important stuff is in Levels 1 and 2!