I use an alternative set-up which can be used as a set, or different parts taken where this suits the occasion and aim of the training. This set comprises -
- A Water-Bottle Carrier (shoulder-bag).
- A Survival Bag (Bum-Bag) (*)
- A Bum-Bag.
The Water-Carrier -
This is a cheap water-carrier which is carried on one shoulder, and can be strapped to the belt by two loops on the back of it. This would hold some of the weight, since water is one of the heaviest things that we need to carry.
Contents of the Water-Carrier -
- A stainless-steel water-bottle & stainless-steel mug with folding handle. These are carried in the main compartment. The mug fits over the top of the bottle, easier than over the bottom where it is a tight fit into the compartment.
- Tea/Coffee/Suger/Dried Milk, and two spoons. These are carried in the small front compartment.
The Bum-Bag -
Contents of the Bum-Bag -
- A small tarp.
- A Poncho for when it rains or to use to build a shelter.
- Various pieces of paracord and cordage, as well as a piece of fat wood for fire-lighting.
- A lock-knife.
The Survival Bag -
Contents of the Shoulder Bag -
- Survival Knife with Ferro-Rod and Sharpener.
- Gas Canister & Fire-Lighting Kit inside canister cover.
- A waterproof bivvy-bag which is non-breathable and thus used to store kit in to keep dry or for an emergency bivvy-shelter; this could even be cut into half in an extreme emergency and made into a single 'tarp'.
- Tent Pegs.
- Survival Bag (*).
- Bic Lighter.
- Blow-pipe (for fire-starting).
- Tampons (fire-lighting as cotton-wool).
- Batteries (for Garmin GPS on outside of the pack).
- Fishing-hooks in container.
- A camping stove.