Going on a Hike? Be Prepared!

Superstition Mountains HikeOne of the benefits of getting away in your truck camper is going on some terrific hikes and exploring areas that your truck camper can’t even get to. Hiking, however, can also be fraught with danger. One wrong turn to can lead to a night in the wild; one wrong step or chance encounter with a bear, moose, or cougar can lead to injury or even death. No matter what your intentions are, whether you’re planning on a short hike away from the camper or a long one, it’s best to be prepared for whatever “curve ball” life throws at you.

When it comes to preparedness, there are two kinds of survival bags you can carry: a bug out bag (BOB) and an everyday carry (EDC) bag. Of the two, the BOB is larger and can carry a lot more, but it’s also far too bulky and too heavy to take with you, especially on routine truck camper excursions. It’s just not practical. The EDC bag, on the other hand, is small and light enough to take with you no matter where you go, whether it’s on a hike in the mountains, a day at the park, or an afternoon at the zoo. This is what makes the EDC pack so popular.

A couple of years ago I wrote a review on the Maxpedition Remora Gearslinger, which is the bag I use for day hikes and as my EDC. This particular review had a few photographs of the bag’s pouches and pockets with my gear that prompted some readers to ask what some of these items were. As one who is always willing to share what I have in mine and what I’ve learned over the last two years, here’s a list of what I currently keep in my Maxpedition Remora:

  1. Protein Energy Bars (x2)
  2. Jerky (x2)
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Bert’s Bees Lip Balm
  5. Gum
  6. Hard Candy (x4)
  7. Altoids Mints (small tin)
  8. Tissues (small package)
  9. Moist Wipes (x6 – individually wrapped)
  10. Claritin 12 Hour Reditabs (x4)
  11. Aleve (x4)
  12. Medication (personal)
  13. Leatherman Utility (Super Tool 300)
  14. Gerber Folding Knife (Paraframe)
  15. LED Flashlight (Lenser P3 AFS P)
  16. Lens Cleaner
  17. One Permanent Match
  18. Fingernail Clippers
  19. Toothbrush  (mini)
  20. Toothpaste (small tube)
  21. Eye Drops
  22. Folding Reading Glasses (+2.5)
  23. Bandana
  24. Floss – Plaquers (x3)
  25. Hand Sanitizer
  26. Paracord Survival Bracelet
  27. Compass/Whistle/Thermometer Combo
  28. iPhone Charger Cord
  29. Earphones (portable)
  30. Space Blanket
  31. Collapsible Water Bag (1 quart)
  32. Survival Bracelet
  33. Bottles of Water (3x)
  34. Survival Tin (Altoids-Large)
  35. Weapon of Choice (pistol, mace, or taser)
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View of the inside of the Gearslinger’s front pouch.
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View of the Gearslinger’s main compartment.
The Permanent Match
Closeup of the Permanent Match

 

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About Mello Mike 467 Articles
Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a Jeep and truck camper enthusiast, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. He currently drives a 2013 Ram 3500 4x4 pickup truck with a 2016 Northstar Laredo solar powered truck camper mounted on top. He enjoys football, music, hiking, travel, photography, and fishing. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, worked in project management until 2017, and now runs this website full-time. He also does some consulting and RV inspections on the side.

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