Things I miss SO much about Japan…
Well first off, thanks for the ask! I don’t get a whole lot of asks on tumblr so I feel super important when it’s not me asking all the time…
The answer to your question would be super long - while I am a minimalist in nature I still haven’t mastered the art of a minimalist pack. Plus, my pack is usually more of a “bug-out” bag. I don’t consider myself a “prepper” though…
Rather than thinking strictly survival or rescue, I like to mix elements of the two. For example, I’m into RealTree type camo gear, rather than blaze oranges and neon greens. But my beanie is reversible (one side blaze, the other side camo). More specific things I almost always pack, regardless of whether I’m camping for a weekend or hiking for a day follow. Unfortunately I haven’t gotten out for a stay in nature longer than a weekend yet…
- My 9mm Ruger SR9c w/extra mag and 50-100 rounds. It just makes me feel more comfortable to have it around. Trust but verify. (Note I don’t bring this into any parks where firearms are prohibited!)
- Some kind of camp axe. I’ve found that the el-cheapo Coleman axe from WalMart or Target works just fine when filed sharper.
- At least 3 knives: one small clip knife always attached to me, one medium fixed blade all-purpose knife and the large Bear Grylls fixed blade survival knife. It includes a striker and whistle attached in the “rescue” situations.
- Pepper spray. It’s intended for the wild animals or campground drunks, whichever comes first. Lol
- Some amount of rope that is at least 3mm thick and 300lbs test. It’s amazing what this can do for you if you have enough and know a few basic knots.
- Water purification tabs. Never used em but figured it can’t hurt to have them.
- Basic mini first aid kit. You can get the basic one at pretty much any store these days. It’s served me well.
- Lots of carabiners. Climbing grade and not. They’re great for hanging stuff anywhere imaginable.
- A headlamp and a handheld flashlight. Don’t bother spending money on expensive ones unless you’re really worried about weight. You can use either to turn a plastic jug into an instant lantern.
- Solar power panels for charging my electronics.
- My iPhone. It fulfills all purposes of camera and GPS in most places these days. I have a camo LifeProof case on it. Take it anywhere.
- A compass. Nothing fancy, just one that works.
Now that I have my takedown bow I might start bringing it where possible. Could be a great way to really feel as one with nature. Judo a few squirrels for dinner? Not sure if I’m THAT rustic though…
Sorry to hit you with such a long and overwhelming reply. But I’m curious, do you have any recommendations? What do you pack? Cheers!
While it’s animated and the girl’s outfit is not appropriate, this is still a good draw up of some of the basics of kyudo. Neat :)
Unknown (via underneath-the-southern-moon)
About a week ago I got a new friend. This splendid piece of artwork is a bow handmade in Alexis, North Carolina by Bill Stroupe of Cold Mountain Bows. This is a beautiful take down longbow. I’ll take it hunting for the first time in October this year. First to practice…
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Susan Cain (via wooden-folks)
Yep, pretty much.
Ancient healers believed Earth’s energy could be easily absorbed through our skin and through the soles of our feet.
Studies proves earthing (also called grounding) can improve your blood pressure, reduce cortisol, and even help problems sleeping. It’s done by reconnecting your body with the free electrons that flow through the Earth’s surface and it’s as easy as walking barefoot outdoors.Earth, motherfucker
Cool!! Gonna go walk around barefoot in my backyard now.