If you are a family leader, you must plan for the entire family also.
Each person, even children who are old enough to carry a small book bag type pack, should carry a pack of some sort. Each pack should have some food, extra underwear and clothing and rain protection, and toilet paper and soap and a washcloth.
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Each person should have at minimum a bar of soap, dry or dehydrated energy food, etc. Remember to take salt along also. A bottle of saccharine tablets (available at Amazon.com
) and some kool-aid packets and instant coffee will make life a lot more pleasant for everyone, especially children in a harsh environment. Remember, keeping spirits up is essential, especially for the young.
Each adult pack should have two rolls of toilet paper. Pull half-used rolls out of your bathroom and squeeze them flat so they don’t take up much space.
Sheets of toilet paper can also be used for marking trails if you want someone to follow you, or for marking the blood trail of a wounded animal or person…just leave a sheet at the last drop of blood, and cast forward until you find another drop, and so on until you find the wounded animal or person.
A wounded animal or person will seek shelter and a place to rest and hide.
Mouth-blown game calls can be used as signaling devices. Where crows are, you can outfit your crew with crow calls, and set up natural-sounding signals. A crow will caw three times in a row if danger is near, and this is a good way to warn your team if you spot danger…or a crow might warn you also.
All packs should have some tough plastic ground cover sheets in them. Remember, you must separate yourself from the cold ground with some kind of insulation in the winter. Pine boughs covered with plastic will do, or else, the cold earth will absorb your body heat and cause hypothermia. In summer, the plastic keeps chiggers and ticks and other creepy crawlers away from your skin.
Meaning no disrespect for women, but mature females need extra consideration for the cleaning of their vaginal area in a wilderness environment since their urethra is shorter than males making them much more susceptible to bladder infections. A bladder infection can literally drain the energy from a person.
Just ask anyone who has ever had one. So, soap and two washcloths and tampons for female menstrual periods should be in their packs. These essential considerations make all of the difference in the world in a harsh environment, and these extras keep spirits up.
Also, sulfa drugs to treat female bladder infections should be packed in the medical grab bag…and condoms should be packed for all females who are sexually active, if the wilderness stay might be an extended one.
For weapons, except for young children, I recommend the above-suggested choices of a .22 and one or more team members with a …….308 or .223 semi-auto or other weapons.
For other members, especially female family members I suggest a very small palm-sized .22Lr revolver or other small reliable derringer or small pocket pistol which can be hid in a pack or shoe or pocket of each adult, especially each woman and girl who might be susceptible to rape from roving males who might try to overpower them when other team members are away from camp and they are venerable.
The goal is to have a weapon of last resort handy if the person is overcome by someone who gets the drop on them and then wants to do them extreme harm. Just some ideas from my tour in Vietnam and from my years of deer stalking.
If you have other ideas and or advice, please add in the comments section below…