Pack components: What I bring with me every time I leave home


*** I am NOT an EXPERT! This is my way of organizing my gear and what I bring with me. I encourage you to research deeper and find what will work best for you. Now with that out of the way, lets get started!

I won't be talking about clothing in this post for I have future articles planned for that.
   
Whether I am in the woods or on the road there's always four things that have a home in my pack, I don't know if anyone else uses this acronym but I use W.A.I.F.E.

WATER
AID
INTEGRATE
FIRE
ESCAPE

     Water is fairly straight forward, I just use a thirty two ounce Nalgene, but really it could be anything. Depending on the nature of what I'm doing on that particular day, I'll pair it with either an MSR gravity filter with a four liter bladder for the outdoors or a sawyer water filter. I'll do more in depth reviews of this gear in the future but for now just pictures and titles.

The Sawyer Squeeze for Everyday carry
The MSR Gravity flow filter for adventures.
 

















   



      Aid sounds simple but for me it's a bit more; In the aid category I also factor in hygiene as well. I keep a travel sized stick of deodorant, toothpaste and a tooth brush, shampoo and body wash. As for the actual first-aid portion I keep a personal kit with the usual band-aids, gauze, tweezers, nail clippers, iodine pouches, ibuprofen or Aspirin and some burn and sting relief.


     Integration of the items required for your activity on that day. Be it photography, a journal, laptop, paper work, homework, bullets or broad heads.
30-30 rounds and a few broad heads
Nikon Coolpix aw100

 
















      Fire, as with the other categories, changes based upon what I am doing. For when I'm only traveling from place to place my fire kit consists of one box of storm proof matches and exactly five lighters, short and simple as most of my every day carry items go. All other circumstances it's a bit more complex, and I'll go over this more in depth in the future but here goes, I carry three Vaseline soaked cotton balls, a case of storm proof matches, five lighters, one of which is encased in a water-proof case, and usually a few pieces of birch bark, though plentiful here in the Northland, it's always handy to have.                                                                                                    
The adventure kit
The everyday carry fire kit

       Escape is usually the one that I have the hardest time going over. It's just tools that more often than not remain in the vehicle unless they're small. The biggest tool that I carry, and this is only in urban environments, is a pry-bar that functions as a hammer as well. Inside the bag is a multi-tool, a separate pocket knife and a flashlight with one spare battery.

     Now that being said, I have trouble with Escape in particular because I worry that there will be that one guy that puts his pack together like he's taking a trip to Baghdad, Iraq or believes that the soviets will air-drop from the sky at any given minute (props to you if you get the reference). Escape was the best word that I found that made the acronym work for me as I thought of it when I was fourteen years old.  So please if you use this system, I encourage you to take it with a big grain of salt.

     I use a variety of different packs, some more than others but they do change from E.D.C. or hunting and camping. My most recent pack that I've been using for the past few months is a Hazard 4 Second Rotatable pack that will be getting its own review shortly.
The Hazard 4 Second Front pack
     I hope that you're able to take away a lot from my experience. I've used this system since I was a young man, and it sort of just stuck. It obviously saw advancements and refinements and I sought advice from many forums and blogs, as well as my father.  I encourage you to seek more information beyond my post and build your bags based on your own personal needs, and as always, good luck and stay safe out there!

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