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Author Topic: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions  (Read 19739 times)

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Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« on: July 31, 2009 »

I always overpack and end up carrying way more than I need (at the same time as always forgetting something). What would be a typical gear list for an overnighter when you're not car camping.

Post your suggestions and critique mine (and don't forget to mention what size your rucksack is!!)

Mine is:
* Food
* Antibacterial Handwash
* Tarp
* Hammock
* Sleeping bag
* Self inflating sleeping mat
* Paracord
* Knife
* Folding saw
* Strip of mat for sitting
* Firesteel
* Firelighting (cotton balls)
* Head torch
* Walking pole
* Drinking bladder (filled)
* Trailmix
* Mobile
* Map/Compass
* GPS
* Mess tins
* Cup
* Knife/fork/spoon (Sporks were invented by Satan)
* Camera
* Glow sticks
* Clothes Spare (in compression sack)

I usually also try and squeeze in an MP3 player and small speakers
« Last Edit: July 31, 2009 by jonno »
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2009 »

Hi Jonno here are a few suggestions on how I would streamline your kit.

  • drink from your mess tin no need for the cup
  • map and compass is really all you need leave the GPS at home
  • do you really need the full set of spare clothes? Bring spare base layer and thermal bottoms to sleep in,
    dry any wet clothes and put them on in the morning or walk if it raining it wont make any odds and if not most outdoor type clothes are quick drying and will dry while you walk.
  • you could sit on your sleepmat/log/ no need for strip mat


just some  thoughts

I can't believe that the most important bit of kit was left out ::)



something nice for round the campfire ;D
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2009 »

oh yeah and my kit list
Sleeping
*Tarp
*Bivvi bag
*Sleeping Bag
*Woolworths waterproof foldaway picinc blanket(sitting/sleeping)
* 4 x Bungies (Heavier than paracord but quicker set up)
*4 x Tent pegs

Eating
*Boil in the Bag rations 1xdinner 1xdessert 1xbreakfast
*3x Engery Gel
*pack boiled sweets
*Trangia mini + 250mls fuel (if unable to light fire)
*Crusader Cup (if fire is an option)
*folding spoon
*Fire steal & nato waterproof matches
* 1 ltr Water + empty bottle to collcet extra cooking water if needed
*hipflash full

Sundry
*Map
*Compass
*Headtorch (spare batteries)
*hat
*gloves
*spare dry layer for sleeping
*Dry Socks
*Multitool

Suggestions welcome
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2009 »

Well after just coming home after walking the entire Ulster Way, my kit selection is pretty much down to a T, however obviously I was carrying extra kit for the 5 weeks of walking. I think you're pretty much on point with that kit list for an overnighter, however you wouldn't catch me under a tarp unless my tent was in shreds  ;) !!

For me an overnighter would find me carrying:

Rucksack
Tent (Laser Comp)
Foam sleeping mat (cut to size)
Sleeping bag in drybag (+ full set of baselayers instead of sleeping bag liner)
Down vest in drybag + spare socks and possibly a fleece
Buff + hat + gloves
G-Tex Jacket, G-Tex socks + mini gaiters
Kitchen - Stove (pocket rocket), Cookset (GSI soloist (pot, mug, lid, telescopic spork) ),Gas cart, fresteel
Food (Dinner - Pasta+sauce/cous cous + pepporami; Breakfast - cereal + powdered milk/hot chocolate; cereal bars, fizzy tangy sweets + chocolate)
1.5L bladder (filled)
Knife
Camera
Phone
Headtorch
Small F.A.K
Map + compass
Small FM radio +/- MP3 player(dependant on solo or not)

edited to add things + increase conciseness
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2009 »

I have learnt the hard we that sometimes a tarp is not always the best option and and currently looking in a light weight 1 man tent

how heavy was the tent used for ulster way hike?
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2009 »

Some interesting suggestions already.
* I like the hammock idea - I have an Alpkit byvvy but I've not tried sleeping directly on the ground
* Maybe the spare clothes aren't so essential. I just always assume I need them incase it's too wet to dry cllothes in which.
* I like the self inflating mat because I don't sleep well but tbh I've not tried blankets instead. That said, they're very light and I can just stick them on the outside of my ruck
* I always bring a bottle of red in a bladder or plastic bottle. Might trade that for a hipflask but I'm not usually a big spirits drinker. Shame you can't get lager in a lighter, more compace form ;)

Should have asked, what size of rucksack are we talking about here, obviously that's key to the question.
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2009 »

30-40ltr with room to spare to keep water proofs. for muy last trip i had it all in nothin more than a 20ltr pack but even I had to admit it was a tad to small. Had to keep my sleeping bag on the outside in a drysack and waterproofs on the outside also......

but we live and learn.
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2009 »

Was using a Terra Nova-Laser cometition 2007
http://www.outdoorsmagic.com/news/article/mps/uan/3543

Great little tent and althought quite noisy in the wind/rain, is pretty much bombproof, with plenty room for myself (6'2) and my admin vortex inside and 2 peoples kit in the porch, will probably be using it for the MMM sharing it with my teamate. It weighs 960grams as it comes, however that is with toothpick like titanium stakes that I wouldn't overly trust. With the replacement tent pegs and extra guy points it probably comes in around 1070 grams or so(not enough of a geek to have weighed it). Although advertised as 3 season, I would say you could use it throughout the year over here, as snow is never really an issue. Picked mine up for £100 off the retail price and unless there is some major leap forward in tents I think if/when my current one dies I will replace it with another one.
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2009 »

In a 45 ltr pak, I'd take, for 1 night,
Food....either boil in the bag or fresh food, including a brew kit
1 cooking pot
Petrol stove and fuel (Primus Omnifuel)
Spoon,
Metal mug
liquid soap.
If no water source is available, I'll bring 4 ltrs of water. If it is, then 2 ltrs
Map and compass
Depending on time of year/weather expected, Tarp, sleeping bag, bivi bag and sleeping mat, or a tent in place of the tarp and bivi bag
Depending on where I'm going, either a Poncho or waterproof coat/trousers.
Bushcraft knife/axe/saw (may not always bring the axe)
Paracord
Firesteel and tinder
torch
first aid kit
Phone
Pencil and paper
Dry socks/underware






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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2009 »

For me it's,
1: Knife
2: Crusader mug.
3: 2 58" pattern water bottles.
4: FAK
everything else from the wild.
Davy.
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2009 »

For me it's,
1: Knife
2: Crusader mug.
3: 2 58" pattern water bottles.
4: FAK
everything else from the wild.
Davy.

You lying old sod. Everything else, you beg, borrow or steal from ME!! I'd like to see you after a weekend with only that kit, lol.
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2009 »

For me it's,
1: Knife
2: Crusader mug.
3: 2 58" pattern water bottles.
4: FAK
everything else from the wild.
Davy.

No sleeping bag?


The wife was out on friday night so I thought I'd weigh my kit out of curiosity (Nerd or what ;)) It was made worth it since I had to drink the wine so I could weigh the empty bottle  ;D

The first part of the table is the items I would take for a weekend camp. The 2nd part of the table is the weights of my other (useful) gear incase anyone is interested. The % is the percentage of the weekends gear for comparison.
Items for a weekend camp
ItemWeight g% of weekends gear
   Alpkit Head torch      100      100      0.85%   
   Bivi bag      400      400      3.42%   
   Cobra 75 rucksack      1300      1300      11.11%   
   Drinking bladder 1.5L (filled)      1500      1500      12.82%   
   First aid + krabs      600      600      5.13%   
   Folding saw      200      200      1.71%   
   Frosts Mora knife      100      100      0.85%   
   Hammock      1200      1200      10.26%   
   Mess tins      400      400      3.42%   
   Multitool      200      200      1.71%   
   Self inflating mat      1000      1000      8.55%   
   Sleeping bag      1200      1200      10.26%   
   Spare clothes (tee/fleece/trou/under/socks)      1400      1400      11.97%   
   Tarp+guys+pegs      900      900      7.69%   
   Walking pole      300      300      2.56%   
   Wine no btl (750cl) (Btl 400g)      900      900      7.69%   
   Total            11700         
Other Gear
   Axe      900               
   Berghaus freeflow 30+6      1500               
   Billy Cans      800               
   Bow saw      600               
   Bowie knife      175               
   Camp light (large)      1300               
   Colemans day sack      700               
   Dry bag small      500               
   Hook knife      50               
   Jetboil+gas+stand+pot ring      800               
   LED Hand torch      350               
   Meths 500ml      300               
   Orange survival bag      300               
   Sigg filled      1000               
   Speakers      400               
   Tarp poles x2      600               
   Tin cup      100               
   Titanium pegs x4      100               
   Trangia inc accessories      900               
   Vango banshee      2500               
   Vango tipee      3400               

Brings my basic kit in at 11.70kg for a weekend not including food which seems quite heavy. (I know I'm carrying a bivi bag which is a bit surplus but I'm not sure how I'll get on in the hammock :D)

One interesting thing is 2 tins of beer are a whopping 1kg so at 6kg for a dozen you're not going to be walking far for a session :D A bottle of wine minus the bottle is a more acceptable 900g..
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2009 »

im confussed now jonno, you carry all that? on one weekend trip? You have doubles and tripples of some stuff there. for eg why do you carry a trangia and a gas stove?
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2009 »

and whats the % thing about?
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Re: Gear for a Weekend Trip - Suggestions
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2009 »

im confussed now jonno, you carry all that? on one weekend trip? You have doubles and tripples of some stuff there. for eg why do you carry a trangia and a gas stove?

Sorry, it was a confuising post, I've tidied it up so it makes some actual sense now.
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