This type of bag is generally purpose built to sustain the owner during foot travel between two known locations, such as from work to home. If an emergency should happen while the owner is at work, or en route to or from, then the supplies in the bag would facilitate the travel to the safe destination. Planning for a bag of this nature involve knowing the distance between the two points and understanding the typical conditions involved with that travel. If your commute usually involves 30 miles of travel, you should plan on a minimum of 3 days of travel on foot. Your bag would therefore have to supply you with all your needs for 3
days. A means of making shelter, purifying water, carrying or providing food, and making sure you stay secure. To supply 3 days worth of calories and nutrients you could simply carry some freeze dried meals and high energy snacks (such as peanuts/cashews/almonds, dried fruit, protein bars, jerky, and even supplements such as one-a-day vitamins). Getting clean water to drink is a necessity. Water borne illnesses can cause grave damage and even death, so being sure your water is safe to drink is vital. There are several methods of supplying yourself with clean water. These will be mentioned later in the article and discussed in detail in a different article.
•Shelter. Some options may be a poncho, tarp, tent, hammock and rain fly, etc.
•Fire. At least 2 methods of making fire.
•Water. A means to gather and transport water. You will also need some method to purify or filter water. You could use chemical means to treat the water such as iodine tablets, chlorine tablets, etc, or you could filter the water with something like a Sawyer mini filter or a Katydyn system.
•Food. Meals such as MREs or similar types of products will minimize the time and effort needed to prepare them. You could also carry light weight food options such as pre made freeze dried or dehydrated meals as a good option. There are many varieties and manufacturers of these products available. You should also pack foods that need no preparation to be eaten throughout the day while walking.
•Depending on the length of your travel, you may want to consider carrying some type
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