comforts and necessities.
A good sharp
camp knife, a candle lantern, camp ax, rain
tarp and 50' of cord, a pocket first aid kit
to augment the main one, a utility tool with
pliers feature, an ace bandage for sprains, a
compass (required) a synthetic towel,
backpackers hammock, emergency blanket, toilet
paper and trowel, whistles.
When using the
bathroom in the wilderness find a location as
far from water and camp as practicable. Remove
the sod and dig to mineral earth. Fill the
"cat hole" and burn toilet paper and deposit
in the hole. Use the trowel only for returning
the dirt and sod to its place atop the waste.
Many hikers carry a bottle of hand
disinfectant. MEN, if you find yourself
"getting up nights" as you get older here is a
solution for that late night bathroom trip
that would necessitate donning boots etc. and
climbing out into the cold night. Many men
carry a very well marked smallish wide mouth
bottle for this purpose. Make sure the lid is
secured when finished and be sure to deposit
the contents with your regular latrine trip in
I said in the Safety chapter, the
whistles are signaling devices. When someone
leaves camp they can use the whistle in case
of getting lost (which is VERY easy to do in
wooded areas). When lost, blow the whistle 3
times. People in camp answer with the same
signal and this continues until you find your
way back by following the sound.
A small bag of safety pins have
myriad repair uses.