I’ve gotten a half dozen emails asking about what I carried during the Arkansas trip since I posted the AAR and rather than answer those and future emails individually I’ll post it here. Keep in mind one thing – I like to travel light. Here we go:
- My AR
- My multitool (wave)
- An green micro led light
- My OST (Oh Shit Tin)
- I also have 25′ of 550 cord wrapped up in my boonie
- some MRE TP in a small ziplock
- a mini-bic wrapped in 90 mph tape (to light shit that goes boom, fuel tabs, and my cigars)
My rig is a molle LBE setup with 1 triple mag holder, 1 single mag holder (I only carried two 30 round mags this trip and 1 20 with tracers. The rest of the mag pouches had pyro in them), Another pouch with more pyro in it (remember I like shit that goes boom), my BOK built into a max pouch, 2 1 qt canteens (one has a cup other a stove), and a small molle buttpack I got years ago. Inside the buttpack is extra socks, some bum wipes in a ziplock, a couple of extra batteries, 3 freeze dried entrees, my brew kit in an old decon container, esbit fuel in a ziplock, my messhall fork and spoon (that’s night – no spork for me) and other little odds and ends like water purification tabs. Normally a 20 round mag of tracers in an old m14 molle pouch is on the outside of it. I roll my poncho up in small bungie cords and it straps to the top of my buttpack. I have a cold steel mini tanto (father’s day gift – I love that damn little knife) strapped to the belt as well. My hosts provided an FRS radio so I hung that on the harness.
My pack is a Max Falcon II. In and on it are:
- 3 2 qt canteens
- 3 extra pairs of socks
- an extra T-shirt
- My woobie (Google it)
- Sleep Shirt & Cap
- my weapons cleaning kit & spares
- Hygiene kit (travel soap in a ziplock, washcloth, toothbrush/paste, hand towel)
- extra TP (squashed)
- 4 x 25′ lengths of 550 cord
- squashed roll of 90 mph tape
- And extra poncho rolled up in some bungie cords
- A dozen extra AAs in a plastic case
- Deet in a double zip loc (I keep an eye on that shit – deet likes to eat plastic)
- An old hand trowel that my grandmother had I use for digging catholes
- My “training smartbook” which is a small binder with notes, cheat sheets, etc. When you have to pull training out of your ass something like this is invaluable for the gang to reference while you’re going over it.
My secondary aid kit in a pouch on the outside:
Meds (Benadryl, Immodium, Mobic, anti-histamines, some good old generic aspirin, some vicodin, and some Tetracycline) an emergency dental kit, An ace wrap, Sam splint, Oral IV (the shit works – get some), sunscreen, triple anti-biotic, some Mexican hydrocortisone cream (much stronger than the US stuff – excellent for poison ivy), a roll of 2″ med tape, black sharpie, more 90 mph tape, and a second of everything in my BOK.
Also hung on the outside was my camelback, this little cheap tiny folding stool which was a POS (HH6 bought it for me and there was no way I was getting out of taking it. It didn’t come home with me – chalk it up to a field loss), and a small whiteboard with some dry erase markers in a pocket (tools of the trainer).
I didn’t weigh it but the bulk of my pack weight was water – probably something like 24 pounds. I learned a long time ago plan for a quart an hour while awake (more if your highly active) and a quart as soon as you wake up in over 100 degree temps. My pack was really kind of light this trip – no extra ammo or other odds and sods and the extra stuff I was dragging (stool and whiteboard) were little to no weight at all.
Hopefully this will give you some insight on my mentality – I carry the bare non essential life support stuff. In winter I’ll add some more snivel gear. My one luxury? I have a pocket humidor in my pack that I put some cheap cigars in. That and a cup of tea in the evening and things go all too easily into perspective 😉