Sorry re-reading I realise the point was- "what do you really need" not "suggest a bunch of useful items"
This is why I've never mastered packing light. I always think- well that'll come in handy I'll just shove it in.
But the Sarong is definatly essential.
Exactly, my thought. I tend to think, well, I might need this so I'll bring it. Still haven't found a use for the kitchen sink but I got it in case I need it, dang-it.
I don't know how I would look in a sarong. Maybe a mu-mu(or however you spell it).
hey iron chef,remember me?If you do you will believe me...Nothing you need but what protects you from dying...And then it`s up to you what you allow to weight on you...Just make the minimum backpack,and put besides everything you would like to take.Then you look at it,and you say<<OK,which one i really want?>>.But remember that xcept from the sleeping bag,you need nothing...
I only have one rule...If you can't carry it on your back..you don't need it!
Second that one, CupCake! Although I always add while running like a madwoman through an airport. If I can't make like an Olympic sprinter with it, it stays home.
Second to the duct tape, too! Comes in many fashionable colors now (hee hee).
My essentials also include a mini first aid kit, including an ACE wrap. Dr. Me, off to save the world, one twisted ankle at a time. Benadryl/diphenhydramine capsules and cream, Tylenol, Pepto Bismol, girlie things (actually...um...useful in a first aid kit, I'm sorry to report; some accidents are nasty), tweezers are a few things in my emergency bag as well. Also have an emergency blanket, one of those tiny fold-up aluminum looking things. Sounds like a lot, but it's in a tiny bag that goes with me on every trip, even out to my parents' place in Colorado. Came in handy when a man rolled his van on the highway in the middle of nowhere a few minutes ahead of us about a year ago.
Best thing I've ever packed? One of those backpack water canteens. Holds a lot of water, which can also be used to keep your back cool if you keep it partially filled in the freezer the night before, and the backpack holds everything else you need for the day.
And never leave home without the camera.
Unless you are going to the very hot desert, so hot no bacteria can live, you absolutely need to take neosporin with you! And the nasa blanket, I agree, it's a lifesaver.
I also never leave home without my high-tech towel, but that is a comfort thing and I read Hitchhiker's at an impressionable age.
Nothing you need but what protects you from dying...
Clean underwear then!
Still haven't found a use for the kitchen sink but I got it in case I need it, dang-it.
Hehehehhe...when I go car camping, I carry these two white plastic bins with me. Bought them for $1 each. One is filled with warm water for washing dishes and the other with cold water for rinsing. Then when I'm ready to go home, I stack the two together and fill them up with miscellaneous gear.
To answer the original post (me bad )....anyone watch the show called Survivor Man on the Discovery channel ? The star is from Canada so it might just be a Canadian thing. The guy goes on 7 day expeditions into the mountains, forests, deserts, arctic, oceans, deserted islands, etc. Usually all he takes is a good multi-tool and the clothes he has on (which is appropriate for the climate). He somehow always makes a shelter, builds a fire, finds a source of water and sometimes even gathers a meal.
I'm really interested in trying out some of what he does this spring or fall up in northern Ontario. He makes shelters from a pile of leaves. Fire using a fire bow. Water, from the streams (ok, I would carry my own water bottle and/or something to boil water with). Food from the wilderness (ok, I would probably carry my own food. I know a bit about wild edibles, but I'm not that anxious to put new substances in my body.).