When venturing out into the wilderness, what are crucial things I should bring?
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Out of all the things that I listed bellow I think the most important is warm clothing and a water container. A knife you can make by splinting hard rock. Remember you need this (in order of importance):
- Air to breath,
- Shelter to keep warm,
- Water to function,
- Food to keep going.
Clothing, enough layers for the season
Sleeping bag or thick wool blanket
Fixed blade 9" Knife
Water container you can boil water in and carry around with you
Optionally two 55 gallon industrial garbage bags for rain protection.
First aid kit
If you are not good forager and/or hunter than some food for the time you are going to be in the wilderness.
Cordage you can make from cambium or any other natural source suitable for that purpose.
You can make fire by building fire bow-drill. You got the knife and cordage you already made for it.
You can create filter from articles of clothing suspended on tripod. After you are done filtering the water you should boil it as well.
You can build debris shelter in your camp instead for lugging around tent.
You could do with a lot less but I found this to be OK comfort zone.