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Simple overnight setup

I'm planning a simple overnight hike somewhere in the 16 mile range in the Florida Everglades. And so what am I planning to take with me:

on your person

  • long sleeve sun shirt and long pants treated with permethrin
  • underwear and socks
  • trail runners with gators
  • hat
  • Map, phone, camera, whistle, compass, knife

core kit

  • pack - 25L to 35L capacity
  • shelter is either a 1P tent or a 1P tarp with bugnet, stakes, trekking poles or static pole
  • poncho
  • sitpad, mattress, pillow, sheet or bivy
  • 2 pounds (2500 calories) of food per day including electrolytes, bear bag, cordage
  • 4L capacity walking in with 2L and having drank 1L before starting (2.2lbs per liter)
  • fire kit
  • first aid kit
  • cook kit
  • clean kit
  • water processing kit
  • waterproof notebook and pencil
optionally - for comfort
  • coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • extra socks, underwear, long johns, sleepy socks
  • schemog, microtowel, bandanna
  • hat, tooq, head bugnet
  • hand saw, hatchet
  • pepper or bear spray
  • kindle
fire kit
  • swiss army knife
  • tinder - quick lite or dryer lint
  • fero rod, sparker and lighter
first aid
  • tylenol, aspirin, advil, immodium, benedryl
  • other meds
  • band-aids
  • med tape
  • tweezers
  • bug spray
  • sunscreen
  • neosporin
cook kit
  • pot
  • stove, windscreen, stand, reflector
  • fuel
  • sponge, bandanna
clean kit - aka sanitary
  • toilet paper
  • hand sanitizer
  • hand soap
  • trowel
  • toothbrush and toothpaste
water processing kit
  • mini sawyer or platypus gravity
  • dirty bag or bottle
  • clean bottles
  • aquamira drops
  • aquamira tabs
  • scooper, funnel, coffee filter, bandanna(**)

Ultralight is until 7 pounds not including consumables and Super-Ultralight is under 5 pounds.

The 5 Cs
  • cut
  • cordage
  • cover
  • container
  • combustion
Rule of 3's
  • 3 minutes without air
  • 3 hours without shelter
  • 3 days without water
  • 3 weeks without food
The reality is that for a simple overnight I do not "need" food and I could certainly survive without a stove as tea and coffee are optional. It's always nice for a dehydrated meal as a comfort item too.


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