= = = the new "W" file an extra fast list ( via "ljc" , author of the original "W" file) = = = 1 dollar shower curtain for a tarp 1 dollar for 2 cans of vienna sausage for fuel AND food for the night 1 dollar cheapie multi-tool occassionally 1 dollar gas line dryer for stove fuel i dollar cloth fabric items for many uses. all hail dollar tree. for 3 bucks and a few old blankets and a spool of thread (also 1 dollar, b.t.w) one can survive the night. 4 bucks and some thread. free sleeping bags abound these days. so do wool blankets.
Taken from Guerilla Camping 101.1b - The Slackpack: Iíve been thinking back to my first forays into packing it in. As a teen, I would often venture into the hills with friends and at the time my backpack was the same one my school books rode in every day. I feel that the blackpack might be a bit costly for some to assemble making first outings prohibitive for the simply curious. So I decided to work this out as a small pack for light weather outings. This can also serve as an emergency survival kit and can be put together in an afternoon for under sixty dollars. (1) Backpack or satchel. Size does not matter, as long as you can lash the blanket and water bottle to the sides or bottom. Thrift stores often have suitable bags. Get canvas if you can while avoiding plastic and check seams by tugging on them. Your not going to be carrying a lot of weight, but you may be stuffing it to the edges of bursting if it's small. Also check the attachment points of shoulder straps. Straps should be double stitched and reinforced. (1) Full Size Wool Blanket This can be used as is, or can be folded and sewn to create a sleeping bag. A clever way to do this is to fold about 14 inches up along the bottom, and sew in a foot pocket. This allows you to lie on one half of the blanket and use the other half just as you would use a normal blanket while assuring warm feet. You an find these at thrift shops as well. (1) 9X9 Boat Tarp This is your tent. Your tent poles will be branches gather on the way to or around your campsite. By folding it thee times lengthwise then rolling it, you can compress it to the size of a 2 litre bottle, making it very easy to fit into small packs. (10) 3 inch aluminum gutter nails. Tent Stakes. Grind down the tips. (10) two foot lengths of Parachute cord You can actually use any sort of cord for this; even telephone wire. But parachute cord is the best option due to its weight and flexibility. These are your tie downs for the tarp. (1) 25 feet Parachute cord Same as above, but this is used as a ridgeline for your tarp. (1) Aluminum Can Stove and 16oz (empty drink bottle) bottle of fuel. Again, check out www.zenstoves.com for instructions on building alcohol stoves. Sideburner stoves require no pot holder. To get new cans, buy the quarter cans from the vending machines outside grocery stores. (1) Tin Can Pot Get a large (24oz) can of anything. Beans are cheapest usually. They make great pots, and can also keep you from damaging your stove if you stow it inside. (1) Wind screen, made from aluminum foil or cut out of an aluminum cookie dish. (2) Paper Clips These can be used to hold your wind screen together, and if a strap breaks, you can often wire it back on with a straightened paper clip. Steal them from Kinkos. (2) Sewing Needles These are essential for repairing ripped gear and can also be useful if bent into fishhooks. Steel hooks can be magnetized by rubbing them with wool and used as a compass by balancing them on a pebble. You can usually get 8 for a dollar at discount stores. (2) Fishing hooks These are just really good to have and even if you are in no need of food, trying to catch fish with a simple reed pole can be a blast. A package of hooks is usually no more than two dollars at sporting goods stores. A number of small tackle shops sell individual hooks for a quarter or two. (1) a sewing machine bobbin wrapped in monofilament fishing line. You can use any deep thread spool and a power drill to wrap it if you donn't have a sewing machine. The fishing line can be had at the same store as the hooks, and is about five dollars for enough line to make twenty or thirty bobbin reels. (2) lead sinkers You can get these for 10 cents a piece at fishing shops. (1) 2 litre bottle (soft drink bottle) for water. Unfortunately it seems that only crap comes in 2 liter bottles, but find one, empty it and wash it out. It's durable and collapsible. You can find 99 cent bottles of cola at most large grocery stores. Use the cola as drain cleaner and rinse the bottle. If you want a field shower, dig in the trash at parks to find a second cap and put little holes in it with a hot needle. (1) 25 feet of duct tape. Also essential for repairing gear. Wrap it around your water bottle to store it. Each time around is a foot. If possible get black duct tape. A 200 foot roll is about $3.00 (1) Swiss Army Knife or similar tool with can opener and knife. You can find cheapo versions at any discount store for ten dollars or less. If you already have a folding pocket knife, buy a p-38 can opener. They are small aluminum keys with a metal tooth attached at a fight angle. Anybody in an outfitting or surplus shop knows these; just ask for the smallest can opener they have. They run from a dollar to 3 dollars if packaged. (1) Plastic spoon and fork. Although I recommend lexan plastic, any cheap pair will do, steal em from McDonalds. (1) Roll toilet paper, smooshed. Pull the cardboard tube out and a roll of toilet paper will fit in a large sandwich bag. Steal this from McDonalds too. That can opener can unlock most toilet paper dispensers. (1) Fire Starting Kit: Matches, cotton balls, candle wax shavings in a film canister. Let it get mixed up. The wax will help the cottonballs work as tinder and since wax is a fuel, it will not flare your matches. Cottonballs also keep the matches from wiggling around and igniting themselves. Wooden matches can be had from the patios of nice restaurants, the bars in fine hotels, etc' If there are candles around, pour the spare wax into an empty match box for the wax shavings. The film canister can be had with a quarter at most phto developing shops. Just ask the clerk for an empty one. (1) Keychain Flashlight. Drugstores and hardware shops always have little LED lamps and truth be told, thse work fine for camping. Try to get one with a switch to make it useful as a reading light. You can find them for about 3 dollars. (6) packets ramen noodles. You can find these a dozen for a dollar on sale at grocery stores. They are of little nutritional value, but are fast to cook, light weight and I'm trying to do this hyper-cheap. There is no food cheaper than ramen. Assuming you have absolutely none of this stuff lying around, you should be able to buy all the components for under $60, not bad for a pack sufficient for three days of emergency camping. Additonal Items you can include: Space blanket Good to have, especially if the weather becomes less than welcoming Sterile guaze With the duct tape, this can be a first aid kit. Lighter its Easier than matches. Whistle its Important in a survival situation. Cheap plastic rain gear , The "disposable" kind is extremely light and can be used over and over. Donn't believe the hype. *** If you donn't know what to do with the fishing line, donn't worry, I've started a GC on cane fishing. Oh, yes. carry a compass. maybe some dental floss for sewing-- some aloe vera lotion for shaving and general, ah, lubrication needs.