Track Pack Reality

June 25th, 2015 by

I have written some articles on survival in the past. This one is the next step to them.

These are 12 Categories to help you think of what you might consider for your Track Pack. You might want to add one more Category (COMFORT ) , comfort will go a long way to boost your mental and emotional state. I would add things like Coffee, Chocolate, a self powered Radio, a personal photograph (laminated) or something else personal to you.
The list is subject to change for different Climates, Environments, Overall Situations (disaster, war, lost, etc) and Time of Year as well as other personal situations and SKILL LEVEL.

(1) -Combustion

  • Magnesium fire bar
  • Fire steel
  • Butane lighter
  • Lighter
  • Water Proof Matches
  • Magnifying lenses
  • Parabolic lenses
  • Fresnel lenses
  • Flint and steel
  • Fire piston
  • Bow and drill
  • Hand drill
  • Steel wool & battery
  • Tinder & Fire aids
  • Cotton balls
  • Vaseline
  • Fuel Tablets
  • Candle
  • Birch Bark
  • Char cloth
  • Dryer lint
  • Wicks
  • Sterno
  • Pitch

 (2) –Cutting Tools

  • Survival knife
  • Folding knife
  • Folding saw
  • Tomahawk
  • Bush craft knife
  • Hatchet
  • Axe
  • Machete
  • Multi Tool
  • Pocket saw
  • Pocket knife
  • Sword
  • Bayonet
  • Nail clippers
  • Shears
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Saw Blades
  • Razor blades
  • Utility knife
  • Scalpel

 (3) –Containers

  • Canteen w Cup
  • Stainless steel water bottle
  • Stainless steel Cook set
  • Metal cup
  • Collapsible pet dishes- if you have pets
  • 1 lb. Coffee can
  • Hobo stove
  • Plastic jugs
  • Plastic bottles
  • Peanut butter containers
  • Collapsible bottles

 (4) –Coverings

  • Tarp
  • GI Poncho
  • Space blanket
  • Wool Blanket
  • Mosquito net
  • Tent

 (5) –Calories

  • Energy bars (soy free – Larabars and Probars are the best)
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dried Fruit
  • Jerky
  • Peanut Butter
  • Dried Meals
  • Bannock Mix
  • Cooking Oil
  • Bullion Cubes
  • Sugar
  • Canned Beans
  • Sardines – canned fish

  (6) –Cordage

  • 550 Para Cord
  • Nylon Rope
  • Fishing Line
  • Dental Floss
  • Boot Strings
  • Ranger Bands
  • Sewing Thread
  • Surgical Tubing

 (7) –Cuts

  • Band Aids
  • Gauze Pads
  • Surgical Tape
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibiotic
  • Butterfly Closures
  • Anti Fungal
  • Ankle Wrap
  • Liquid Bandage

 (8) –Communication

  • Cell Phone
  • Whistle
  • Mirror
  • Glow Sticks
  • Orange Bandanna
  • Air Horn
  • Flare Gun

  (9) –Clean

  • Iodine Tablets
  • Wash Cloth
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Tooth Paste
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wet Wipes
  • Sponge

 (10) – Navigation

  • Compass with Mirror
  • Map
  • GPS
  • Constellation Guide
  • Marking Tape

(11) –Light

  • Water Proof Light
  • Head Lamp
  • Mini Mag Light
  • LED Light
  • Rechargeable flashlight – no batteries required – hand crank

(12) –Hunting-Protection

  • Bow and arrows
  • Rifle or pistol
  • Water Filter
  • Fishing Kit
  • Sling Shot
  • Mace – hot pepper spray

That is both a basic and comprehensive list of possible items to compile and include in your emergency Track Pack. The list covers all manner of possible events and the potential skills you would need to execute in order to survive the adverse conditions. The keys to remember are:

  • What types of environments will you be in
  • What kind of weight can you practically carry (over rough, unknown terrain for unknown distances)
  • What is your skill level in survival
  • What is your skill level with every item in your Track Pack in a wide variety of circumstances
  • What is your comfort level in adverse conditions (how adaptable are competent are you)
  • What are your survival skill strengths and weaknesses (your tools will vary depending upon your answers)
  • How much experience do you honestly have with your skills in adverse conditions
  • What is your physical condition (how far or close… your possible escape and evasion will depend on your physical condition)

There are no masters in survival, only masters at adaptation. Survival is the ability to successfully adapt to any situation or circumstance that occurs under adverse conditions.

You may be able to light a fire with a ferrous rod and steel in the backyard on a sunny windless day with dry material. This does NOT mean you are proficient or could perform the skill successfully in a survival situation. Instead of that sunny dry backyard, you may need to light a fire in pouring rain and high winds with temperatures hovering just above the freezing point with wet material. You may also be injured or someone you are with may be in stage 2 hypothermia and that fire is their only chance of survival. On top of that you may find yourself being hunted and so need to not only get a fire lit, but keep it concealed as well. You see, that IS true survival and possible conditions in-which you would need to successfully execute your skills and utilize tools you have. That is the REALITY of it.

Having a Track Pack does not guarantee your survival or even give you a strong survival chance if you do not know how to use all that is within it under a wide variety of adverse conditions. Adverse conditions suffer no personal lies. Your skills on a physical, mental and emotional level WILL be tested beyond all measure and things you say will have no bearing on your survival. Your actions will determine your success or failure.

These are all things I teach here in Vermont and go into great depth about. This small article is nothing more than words, it is not practical, just information to bring into your awareness a small bit of reality when thinking on actual survival situations. Physical application is the only method for genuine survival training.


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