Looking at the Sea to Summit day pack I’m drawn to reconsider my overnight pack again. What do I really need for an overnight….
The 5 Cs
The Rule of 3’s
- 3 minutes without air
- 3 hours without shelter
- 3 days without water
- 3 weeks without food
Since the area I’m talking about is well traveled and limited to about a 12 mile loop not much can go wrong. But again as I consider that my last hike I carried bout 20 lb of stuff in my pack I think I can go lighter… simply put I only used a fraction of what I brought.
- hammock, straps, bugnet sock, tarp, stakes.
- bug spray, sunscreen
- extra socks
- water filter and dirty water bag
- bear bag and line
- tweezers, tape, gauze, Imodium, water treatment
- flashlight with fresh batteries
I brought and did not use but good to have
- mosquito net
- emergency whistle
- small knife
- toilet paper
- misc meds
- sleeping bag liner depending on how wet you are
- anti bacterial
I also brought but did not need:
- ultralight air mattress
- fero rod, frankly why bother either this or the lighter
- solo stove, too wet to burn tinder; food spoiled anyway
- very light LED lights
And I brought but was a comfort item
- inflatable pillow
- sit pad doubled as a floor mat
And I did not bring
One other luxury item was a handsaw. It just makes processing wood easier if you want a fire. This is a real saw and not a swiss army knife.
Lastly I can cut the shelter weight in half with just a poncho, a bivy, and a small foam pad.