This is my current INCH load out. For those that don’t know this is an “extended wilderness living system”. Thanks to twyggy on survivalist boards for coining that term. It’s sounds alot nicer than the longer winded tin foil hat explanation of this bag. Basically, INCH stands for “I’m never coming home”. Meaning, for whatever reason, your heading out into the wilderness and this pack has all the contents you need to survive. It can also be pared down for use as a hiking, hunting or backpacking pack.
I’ve spent a long time putting it together. I started out with almost all military surplus gear. But soon realized it was just way to heavy. So I’ve ditched some things and added some lighter weight commercial items. It’s a good list to start out with if your looking at living in the woods for an extended period of time. Or if you think you might find yourself stuck out the woods for whatever reasons. Call it a “full emergency loadout” if you will.
I would break down it’s contents into sections – in no particular order:
Water – A container or containers and a means of purifying it.
Fire – At least three ways to make fire. And on a long term basis.
Navigation – Good compass, maps and a back up compass.
Weapons/AMMO – Everything from knives to firearms. You need one good fixed blade knife at least.
Clothing – Must provide insulation and cover from the elements. Mine revolves around the military ECWCS parka in Dintex or Goretex.
Pack & Harness – Your pack and all other web gear or pouches you might carry.
Shelter/Sleep system – A tarp or tent. A bivy bag. And sleeping bag.
Food and food gathering tools – Food and the means to gather more. I.E. – traps, snares and fishing gear.
First Aid – Pack what you know. Know what you pack.
Electrical – Lights, radios, batteries.
Tools – Things not covered by weapons and food gathering. Like your mess kit, wetstone, sewing items etc. etc.
Hygeine – Soap and other things that keep you clean.
Communication – Shortwave AM/FM radio. Two way radios.
Anyway here’s the loadout list. I’ll augment with photos as soon as I’ve reshot them. And a full weight. This loadout can be broken down and scaled back for things like simply hiking or hunting:
1lb Beef jerky
6-9 Mountain House Meals – As many as will fit comfortably.
24pk – Peach iced tea
/Fruit punch Crystal Lite
2 bags – Garlic salt and Johnnys seasoning
1lb Instant coffee
Dried squid for bait and eating
40pk – Trader Joe’s Black Mango Tea
Kelty Cosmic Down 0F sleeping bag
Klymit skeleton coyote x-frame pad
or Big Agnes full size pad.
Marmot Trailight 2P tent
Emergency Thermal Blanket
CountyComm am/fm shortwave radio that runs 150 hours on one AA. http://countycomm.com/gp4light.html
2 – Midland GXT1050VP4 2 way camo frs/gmrs radios – headsets for both – runs off rechargable AA’s.
2 emergency whistle Fox 40
Baking soda in film canister – as backup Toothpaste and acid med (I have acid reflux – BADLY)
Bug spray deet
Bag of tobacco and rolling papers and as many packs of cigerettes as I can carry. (I know. Terrible.)
5 Zip lock freezer bags
1 Roll toilet paper
1 Bottle camp soap Dr. Bronners
1 4×4 ziplock with dryer lint and vaseline balls
2 Packs Waterproof Matches
3 Bic Lighters
2 fire steel – misch steel
1 zippo lighter
Lexan full size fork and spoon
Czech Mess kit (Only outside container. Ditched the interior pot for weight savings.)
Fishing gear – 50lb test braided line, hooks, small & medium diamond jigs, dried squid
12 speed hooks
1 mechanical wristwatch
1 pair of small EMT shears
1 Large sewing needle
12 AA NIMH rechargable batteries
Instapark 10 5w solar charger
21″ Sven saw
Small compact binos
Duct tape – heavy weight and light weight for making bandages. (How much is to much? I have an inch of heavy weight wrapped around a credit card. And about 1/2 inch of lightweight wrapped around a credit card.)
Pad of paper waterproof
P51 can opener
200ft 550 Paracord
300ft(?) 50lb test braided fishing line.
6 Plastic Zip Ties
6 Ranger Bands
12 – Professional grade snares.
3 – Conibear traps.
100ft Snare wire.
3 – Foothold traps.
(Haven’t decided on how much of each ammo to take exactly. It’s going to depend on weight.)
Broken shell extractor
Gas port reamer
Glock 357 with holster
3 AK mags
50 rounds 357
ESEE 5 survival knife/kydex sheath
Mora OD Green with 4 inch blade. Kydex sheath
Tactical rifle sling
Headlamp Ultrafire UF-H2 B Head light – runs 11 hours on one AA.
Foam ear plugs
Gun cleaning kit
PACK & HARNESS:
HPG conceal carry chest pouch. (Contains handgun/ammo/gps/flashlight/maps)
Gregory Z65 backpack
1 Multicam fanny pack as EDC (Contains multiples of fire/water/cordiage/fak/fishing kit/poncho/headlamp/emergency blanket/snare wire/mora knife)
Misc. Silnylon pouches to keep clothing and sleeping bag dry
Nalgene with aluminum canteen cup
Platypus water bag 2L (This is only for backup. Only used in emergency should I lose other water containers.)
Camelback water 3L
Water Purification Tablets
3 micro photon II lights
12 AA Rechargeable Batteries
1 Fenix E21 flashlight – doubles as weapon light
2 Extra bulbs for flashlights
Samsung Galaxy S4 cellphone, 64gb micro SD card, and extra battery
1 pair Columbia hiking pants. (Would gladly trade these for something lightweight in multicam.)
1 pair Columbia hiking shorts. (Would gladly trade these for something lightweight in multicam.)
1 synthetic Columbia hiking shirts. (Would gladly trade these for something lightweight in multicam.)
1 Multicam Propper hunting shirt
1 Polarfleece Columbia jacket – black (Would gladly trade this for something in multicam or camo. Only problem is I wear a 3xl “Tall”. Hard to find.)
Gen II ECWCS jacket multicam
1 Super lightweight down jacket with hood. This thing is a heater. Maybe weighs 8oz? Very packable.
Merrel Moab Ventilator boots or McRae sage green waterproof combat boots.
Sythetic baseball cap.
5.11 fleece cap
1 Bottom and Top Merino wool base layer.
1 set of Gloves leather tactical shooting style
4 Pairs of Wool Socks
4 pairs of lightweight synthetic socks
1 multicam neck gaitor
1 OD Green shamagh (doubles as towel)
2 Compasses – Suunto and Silva
3 button compasses
The map should include;
• Daily Traveled Work Route; your normal route to work
• Primary Alternate Roads (paved); your alternate vehicle travel route
• Secondary Roads (gravel or dirt); a back-up vehicle travel route
• TOPO map MGRS/UTM for compass or GPS use (terrain and waterways); a planned foot travel route
• Train Tracks (bridges across the rivers); for alternate foot travel
• River and Streams (covert); for foot travel
• Water Crossing Plans(boat and bridge locations); alternate ways to cross the water
• Water Drainage Canals (easier foot travel); for foot travel
• Storm Water Drainage Systems (covert travel); for foot travel
• Bus and Taxi Schedules; alternate travel
• Cache and Hold-up Locations; your preplanned locations
• Possible Supply Locations; hardware, outdoor and gun stores
Streetwise waterproof maps of Los Angeles, CA, OR & WA
Handheld GPS Garmin Etrex 20
US ARMY Special Forces Medical Handbook (may ditch this for weight and just keep it on the thumbdrive)
Emergency cash (One to two grand.) Stashed throughout pack and self. Small bills.
Important numbers – phones, addresses etc.
State and Federal licenses
Bank account numbers
FIRST AID KIT:
1 quickclot or celox (i bought the celox it was cheaper)
1 Roll of Kerlix
1 credit card of 3 inch duct tape
1 israeli bandage
1 Kravat/Triangular bandage
1 small EMT-sheers
6 month prescription meds
1 Bug Spray
2-5×5 Mole Skin
10 Cough Drops
Triple antibiotic cream
100 Imodium AD
100 800mg ibuprofen (for use and trade)
100+ prescription pain reliever (for use and trade)
600 antibiotics (for use and trade)
1 camp tweezers
100 pill metamucil
2 large safety pins
3 Suture kits
8GB THUMB DRIVE:
-copies of id, med records, prescriptions, photos, survival guides, vital documents, cash, check books, backup files, insurance documents, birth certificate, passport, etc. If we had to leave the house and never return, this is a starting place to get our business going again and access our financial accounts. The envelope on the outside is a card that has a list of other things to grab on the way out. This includes the backup hard drives. pictures, favorite web sites, email addresses, addresses, phone number list, and scanned copies of personal documents. Document copies included are; house deed, vehicle titles, gun receipts, birth certificate, ID etc..
Important Documents Inventory:
Concealed Carry Permit
Military ID/ID Tags
Social Security Cards
In Case of Emergency Contacts
I’ve also begun collecting every kind of military or free information on the net (pdf’s) concerning everything survival and self sustained living.
Encrypted with Truecrypt.