Last night Wendi went through the kit she keeps in her car. I couldn’t do it for her, only she can assemble the contents and arrange them the way she feels is best. It’s important you know what each of the items are, how they work and why they’re in the pack. That being said here’s a list of recommended gear. It’s a jumping off point, someplace to start. You need to adapt the list to suit your needs, no one knows your needs better than your self and no one is going to look out for your best interests more than you.

  1. Backpack (see prior post)
  2. Hydration Insert (Platypus Big Zip Recommended)
  3. Dust Masks in 1 gal ziplock baggie
  4. Penny Can Stove (google how to make or go to vargooutdoors.com)
  5. Fuel for stove (Heet brand, yellow. I use this because the bottle is made to be in your trunk and won’t leak)
  6. Fire starter: Magnesium & Steel, Matches, steel wool (at least 3 ways of making fire)
  7. Potable Aqua iodine pills or a filtration pump
  8. 9 Volt light + spare batteries (ebay 9 volt light, mine cost $1)
  9. Compass + Map of LA County
  10. Small notepad w/pencil, pen & Sharpie
  11. 100’ 550 Cord (Para or Mason line)
  12. Toiletries & Medications (personally as needed)
  13. Small First Aid Kit (Adventure Med Kit .7 Recommended)
  14. SOL Bivy Sack
  15. Some type of edged tool
  16. Wind/Rain Jacket preferably lined for warmth
  17. Wind/Rain pants, (Frog Togs or heavier if you routinely wear shorts to work)
  18. Wide Mouth H2O Bottle (the narrow mouth ones are hard to fill in shallow water)
  19. Bandanna (30 uses, one major use is primary water filter)
  20. Food, enough for 72 hours at 2000 cal per day 
  21. Datrex 2400 Calorie pack (this is a good on the go snack for 3 days, taste like shortbread)
  22. Datrex Emergency Water Packets (As many as you can fit, I pack 6 but always have a case of bottled H2O in my trunk that I rotate)
  23. Gloves
  24. Spoon
  25. Multiplier
  26. Spare pair of thin wool socks (they’re good in any weather, hot or cold)
  27. Spare Batteries for flashlight (I carry a flashlight on set daily so these are for that. If you can get a light that uses lithium batteries, they have a shelf life of 10 years)
  28. Cup (large enough to boil water for the size of meals you get, 2.5 cups)
  29. Poncho that can be used as a tarp tent
  30. 2” Spare Velcro male & female 6”-1’ (It’s unbelievable what you can do with it)
  31. Starbuck Singles or Tea Bags (really who wants to start the day without coffee?)
  32. Duct Tape (Wrap 5-10’ around the Sharpie)
  33. Whistle
  34. Signal Mirror

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