Beware these are the items that quickly add “hidden” weight to your backpack. Choose carefully what you carry in your “possibles kit”.
- First Aid Kit and personal medication.
- High visibility orange poncho and an emergency space blanket
- Emergency food – glucose tablets
- Spare whistle, torch, compass and lighter
- SwissCard or pocket knife – scissors and blade
- Repair Kit – at least a needle and strong thread, safety pins and tough tape
This list of equipment includes my emergency, spare and “what if” kit.
* Repair kit (21g)
– 2 large safety pins, gaffer tape wound on the case, 2 large needles, elastic cord, nylon cord (see photo below)
* Strong thread on a bobbin
* 7 various safety pins
* Hotel sewing kit and needle threader
* Mini Super Glue – kept in a plastic box to prevent it being crushed
* large cable tie
* 4 small cable ties
* Nylon patch 15cm x 15cm
* Tenacious repair tape
* 15m thin string on a plastic card
* 1m paracord and cord grip
* 3m paracord and guy line runner (I use this with my MSR Hubba tent as a guy line)
* Button compass
* Small aluminium carabiner
* Spare whistle
* Spare gas lighter
* 2x DL2032 batteries (for my headlamp)
* Spare AA cell (now a “AAA” cell for a Maglite Solitaire LED torch)
* Spare water bottle cap
* Survival instructions
– use the reverse for notes
* Fresnel lens
* £10 note
* 2 plastic clothes pegs
* 2 pairs of vinyl glove
* Dextrose tablets 14 (50g)
* 4.5m x 5cm crepe bandage
* Emergency orange poncho and Space blanket
* Spare iPhone power pack
Packed in an Eagle Creek ultra lightweight quarter cube case.
Contents of the repair kit – I have wrapped some strong tape around the tube.
Extra to these possible items, in my pocket I carry:
- Camper Victorinox Swiss Army Knife
- Leatherman P4 Squirt – really useful small pliers
- Lifeboat whistle
- AA cell LED torch
- Mini carabiners – I use these when I pitch my MSR Hubba tent.
All these items are secured on a length of paracord.
I also carry a SwissCard. The blade and scissors are useful for both first aid and repairs (not shown in the photos)
This is not meant to be a survival kit – but it will let me deal with any emergencies and problems I experience whilst three season walking and backpacking in the UK.
My Current Backpacking Gear List
I have a download link on this page for my current hiking gear list, on a spreadsheet showing item weights.