Good tips. I will definitely lose the ground cloth.
Any suggestions on what to keep in a first aid kit? I am storing mine in a little op sack right now I will switch it to a ziplock and should shave a lot of weight. (turns out is exactly the same so went back to the more durable opsack)
Here is my current kit.
1 roll of sterile gauze
1 pad moleskin
1 3x4 sterile dressing
1 3x3 " "
1 2x2 " "
3 butterfly bandages
2 band aids
1 odd shaped band aid for knuckles, hands, toes
1 little roll duct tape
2 packets antiseptic towelettes
2 insect bite packs
2 antibiotic ointment
2 antihistamine packs
2 ibuprofen packs
Anything obvious that I am missing that could be removed? I am eye balling the sterile dressings as a possibility and only carrying one.
I take the Swiss because I end up using the scissors in my emergency kit and I like having the screw driver for repairs in the field(makes a great pry bar also).
I never thought of the mirror on my old compass I replaced it with the lighter one. I will switch it back and check out the weight difference. Turns out after weight the mirror compass comes in at 2.5 oz vs 1.51 oz for signal mirror and lighter compass. The mirror one has an adjustable declination and the other does not I have to do it in my head. Is the better compass worth the extra weight? So far I have never needed it since the trails I am on are so well marked, only pull it out to practice just in case.
I carry a little vial of soap as well (is included in the weight of the insect repellent) but a lot of places I hike water is scarce so I carry both (and sanitizer makes a great emergency fire starter and I don't have to keep it dry like tinder). I will consider going to just soap since it should not really use that much water, probably lighter to carry tinder anyway).
Not sure I am ready to go all natural with the TP just yet. Although I am getting ready t read HOW TO SHIT IN THE WOODS to get some ideas. The tarp is my latest step so I am sure I will get there eventually. Not sure what to do with out TP.
The bottle in question is just like the old lil' niper play bottle that was discontinued and only weighs in, according to someone else here at like .3 oz so thought I would give it a try.
I don't carry a bandana anymore but use a uv and bug repellent buff. Keeps sun off my neck, ticks off my back, can be soaked to keep me cool, great emergency bandage or tourniquet, and can also be used as a mask to keep dust, sand, bugs, etc. out of my mouth and eyes. With so much use and the ability to use less sunscreen I find it worth the 1.3 oz. Last trip my neck got pretty toasted in two days without it.
Thanks for the advice! I will slowly work it into my system.