Comfort. Now that we have handled requirements for surviving, it is time to enjoy it. “Any man who does not enjoy life, does not deserve to live it.” That quote is from Da Vinci. A good nights sleep is an item that nothing else replaces. Western Mountaineering makes a wonderful 1 pound sleeping bag. After that, consider the tools for preparing hot meals. A half liter Platypus is used to store fuel for a WhiteBox stove. The fuel for the stove is HEET (yellow bottle). Add some breakfast food (6 packets of instant oatmeal in a ziploc bag). The sleeping bag and the “kitchen” gear all add 2 more pounds to the 3 you already have in your 72 hour survival kit.
In our next installment we move from using an improvised pack, to an actual backpack (relax, it only weighs 12.2 ounces). And before you ask, yes, a gear list will be provided soon.
Until then, here is the next article in the series.