- 2 knives (one camp/survival style fixed blade and one full-size multi-tool)
- 3 fire-starting tools (a nanoSTRIKER XL Firestarter, Spark-Lite Fire Starting Kit, MATCHCAP XL Survival Match Case, filled with 25 stormproof matches)
- 2 compasses (one GI Tritium Lensatic Compass and Watchband Slider Compass) 1 50' bundle of paracord and 1 bundle of Nylon String.
- 2 flashlights (one LED headlamp and one Photon Micro-Light II)
- 2 canteens (one 100 oz. Hydration bladder and a second 1-liter nalgene bottle is brought on longer trips)
- First Aid Kits (an Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight Pro in my backpack and a small Adventure Medical Kits Pocket Survival Pak which I carry on day hikes).
- Personal Survival Kit (PSK). After the above I ALWAYS carry my PSK (personal survival kit) in the pocket of my cargo pants. That psk is my last resort if I lose everything else containing blade, matches, compass and many other things. More on this important subject to come in a later post.
- Camping Cookware: (a Mini Trangia Backpacking Stove and Cookset and a sierra cup.)
- 2 Shelters (a Clark North American Jungle Hammock and a Thermal Bivvy Sack)
- 2 soaps
- 2 small rolls of toilet paper
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Two is One, One is None
That is the preparedness axiom of always carrying more than one kind of a tool at a time. Basically it means that if you only have one of something important, you can't count on it, because no tool is perfect and it WILL eventually break, fail, be lost, or stolen, or otherwise will not perform its required function. For example, I always carry two knives (oftentimes more) -- that way I'll never be without a trusty blade. So ‘two is one’ is effectively saying that having two of one thing is sufficient to count as one, while only carrying one of them isn’t really that safe at all.
The "Two is one, one is none" / "One is none, two is one" mantra originated with the Navy Seals. It's not an excuse to carry extra gear, but rather a practice in redundancy based on the premise that if an item can fail, it will. If you can lose it, it’s lost. If it malfunctions, you won’t have time to fix it. It’s a reminder to help save your life and complete whatever your mission is successfully.
The "two is one, one is none" maxim applies to a plethora of things, from spare tires, second cars, double computer backups, etc... Today though we are talking about how it applies to the EDC (Every-Day-Carry) world and outdoor lifestyle.
I try to keep my gear as light as possible but there are a few items that I don't sacrifice strength and utility for a little weight savings. These are the most important items I take with me whenever I go overnight hiking or backpacking: