Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Whats in your Pack?

We had a nice sunset I thought these contrails were a little different...


I'm still getting things squared away after my trip cleaning out my day pack....
What do you carry in your day pack when you go hiking?? I keep 
the usual like water, food, or snack, a bandanna for sweat can also be used to stop blood flow if I get an unjury---

Top L > R: Cutters Bug Repel, 2 peppermints, blister pak, mini bins and compass bracelet, handheld fan,
Middle: whistle  Lower L > R: first aide kit, cling, bandanna, electrolite, benedryl, sunscreen, map and compass.

 I tend to keep my pack light due to my backpacking dayz....but if you're going for a hike of any length some things are essential.  I also tend to lean toward some emergency supplies....like I take along neosporin, band aids, at least one gauze square and some tension wrapping to hold it in place if need be.  

I take a blister pak, for obvious reasons,  some electrolyte tabs in case I lose too much salt, a very small tube of sunscreen,  a couple of sugary candies in case of low blood sugar...I take along a couple benedryl in case of an allergic reaction and some solid Cutters to keep bugs off me. 

I always take a map or trail guide of where Im going and a compass!!  I make sure I know what direction I'm parked in, I do a quick check before heading off to orient myself to which direction I will be hiking and what direction is my way back!.
I take a whistle, in case I get off the trail and get disoriented maybe another hiker will hear it if I blow it...I sometimes carry a long sleeve shirt and tie it round my waist and I take along a small battery operated fan to help cool me in summer!! I use my small opera binoculars to help ID  birds and look for distant landmarks when in the mountains!

I keep it all in this drawstring pouch and it weights 7 ounces! It goes in the pack along with my  food, water, and any other stuff...I take snacks for my dogs along too...


I wear a hat to keep the sun off my head...I found this hat on the road in Arizona!  Literally almost ran over it...I like the fact it can go right in the washing machine!!


 I have been using this sling type bag, no I didn't go to Newberry College....but Im thinking of going back to the regular style backpack, this one shifts too much when rock hopping...I think Ill pick one up at Goodwill! I had a nice one and sold it on ebay~duh just as soon as you get rid of something you need it!


I enjoy hiking but you gotta hike smart!  What do you take I'm sure there is something I'm forgetting that you take along with you...oh and sometimes I take Mace with me!!  I should take it every time I hike but I forget to take it out of the van sometimes...



PEACE
Eleanor Roosevelt: You must do the thing you think you can not.

9 comments:

  1. Where did you find such small sized things? I have a Jr. Ranger back pack that I carry my camera in and some first aid stuff. It has a place to carry a water bottle on the outside which I like and I keep the bottle in a cold pk, it came with sun screen, lip balm, thermometer and compass . Of course I'm not doing to much hiking until they find out why I can't breath. Lower altitudes are fine. I like the idea of the little fan.

    You have a really good set up.

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    1. I've had most of this stuff for a long time just got it here and there...You'd be amazed how well that little fan works--I carried it on the AT when backpacking! During breaks I would hold it to my face it helped me to cool off after a long grueling uphill!!

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  2. I'm ashamed to admit how little emergency stuff I have in my pack. I do carry a net that goes over my hat if we run into a lot of mosquitoes. :-)

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    1. I need to add a netting to my pack for sure!

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  3. Man, you really know how to prepare! I am the worst, only have my camera and bins, water and dog treats, and that is about it.

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    1. Once My mom was a trail with me a twig gouged her leg and it began to bleed profusely! I didnt have anything except my sweat bandanna so that made me realize I need to have a few med supplies on hand!

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  4. Your pack.s very similar to my own but I also include a torch, knife and plenty of waterproofs. This is Britain after all.

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    1. Def must have that rain poncho in the UK...I do have a tiny plastic one, but it makes me so hotttt with the humidity its better to just get soaked. The torch is a good idea--flashlight for us Americans!

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  5. Excellent hints. We don't do off-trail hiking any more, so it would be hard for even me to get lost. But most of that stuff you need even for trail hikes. Hat, sunscreen water ... And the first aid stuff is even a good idea because you never know. Oh and bug spray, geez we needed that just to sep out f the car in Alaska. The contrail sky is pretty! Looks like somebody was playing games up tree!

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