I have not weighed my pack yet but I can already tell it might not be big enough.
Once I’ve added some snacks, water, and more fuel this pack is going to weigh more than I expected. This shakedown is going to be the first of many. It’s not a question of getting stronger or endurance it’s what most hikers call comfort. And yet many of my 3’s and C’s of Survival
have not been packed.I have a few of the Cs
Container - cup in my cook kit
Cordage - part of my hammock
Cover - liner, emergency blanket, rain jacket with hook, baseball cap
Combustion - fero rodAnd I need some more
Container - 2x liter Smart bottles, 2x liter platypus bags, Renovo filter, water tabs, pack liner
Cut - Swiss Army Farmer, Mora 8” and a Silky saw
Cordage - 25’ for bear bag
Cover - reflectix, sun screen, mosquito repellent, mosquito net, change of socks, tyvek, camp shoes
Combustion - lighter
and I have not decided if I’m going with ma pillow luxury item.
Looking at the contents of my 40L pack I’ve already seen some room for improvement.
- the cook kit could use space better by using a smaller fuel bottle or a better pot
- the big reflective tar is 10x10 and can be replaced with a piece of reflectix for the hammock or tyvek for the floor
- the first aid kit can be repackaged in a Ziploc to save space and weight
- only 1 microtowel instead of 2
- stop treating the freeze dried food like gold and pack it smaller (beef mac n cheese did not fold well as there seems to be an inner pack)
Packing a little more creatively and I managed to get everything in with plenty of room for more.