This past weekend we took one of my grand-kids camping with the cub-scouts.
It was a great weekend of shooting bb guns, arrows, fire building, cooking, hiking, etc.
When you go with the scouts, they want the kids to carry a pack on a short stoll, as though they were going on a three day outing, without seeing the weather forecast. :shakehead We did some geocaching and a three mile hike. All of the kids carried knapsacks crammed with gear. I ended up carrying one of the kids bags for them or they wouldn't have finished the trip.
My grandson, OTOH, packed light, and traveled at the head of the pack.
He had a fanny pack with two bottles of water, and a bear bell attached to the outside.
Inside he had a mylar emergency blanket, and a larger "SOL Heatsheets"
two whistles, a compass, pencil, dry marker and index cards, bottle of Deet,
a pair of nitrile gloves, a pair of socks, and thin plastic bags (if his shoes get wet, he can put fresh dry socks on, cover them with the plastic bags, and put his wet shoes back on, but still keep his feet dry.)
A pair of velcro high visibility reflective bands, AND an "Altoids Survival Tin"
The altoids tin contains:
Altoids Tin Survival
Cutting edge (Utility knife Blade)
Fire - Flashlight - Compass
Cordage... (Wire and Dental floss)
Missing a whistle, and mylar/space
Cut down Magnesium bar with flint bar
and hacksaw blade striker
Small Bic lighter
Three sealed plastic straws of
vaselined cotton balls mixed with Mg dust.
coffee filter (to be used as a prefilter) (SHTF dust mask)
folded aluminum 16-24oz. container (made from aluminum (approximately 7"x9") cut from throw-away aluminum roasting pan)
folded 2 qt mylar bag marked at 16 and 24 oz.
2 spring clips to hold bag over fire
22 ga wire wrapped around lighter
12 iodine tablets in 3 sealed straws
instructions for pasteurize temp and iodine use
candle to melt at 145F and 160F as a pasturization thermometer
gumball size plumber's putty to repair alum container (I unfolded one that I made and found that the corner developed a hole in it)
Utility knife blade taped to cover
12 lumin 4 button cell Browning bore-scope flashlight 8 hours runtime
six feet minted dental floss.
six feet 22 guage wire wrapped around lighter
The standard magnesium bar with mesh metal flint glued to the side takes up WAY too much room. I cut off about 80% of it and put some of the shavings into a straw with the vaseline coated cotton balls. I left some of the Magnesium to give the mesh metal support.