Emergency backpack shelter kit

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by Hanzo, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Under 1 1/2 pounds. 1 pound 4.5 ounces to be more accurate for you gram weenies out there. ;) Take out the knife (4.4 ounces) and the kit is, for all intents and purposes, one pound. Granted, it is not a hotel. I would just fit under it. But it could keep me dry and warm. It will easily fit in a backpack or shoulder bag. Heck even in a large cargo pocket.



    The base of the kit is the GoLite poncho tarp. The moisture barrier/blanket is the heat sheet. The knife, which is redundant, may or may not travel depending. But it gives a pretty good tool to fashion stakes, brush cover, etc. And I have more cordage than really necessary, but I like string. I have a short length of paracord to use as a belt to cinch the poncho down, about 25 feet of paracord for a ridge line or to suspend the poncho for a pyramid type shelter, and four lengths of accessory cord of about 15 feet each. Oh and the mesh bag and a bandana.

    Should do the job in a pinch, even though it may not be the most spacious and comfortable.
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  2. Gopherman

    Gopherman Sometimes I Wish I Could Go Back to Sleep

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  3. NotSoSneaky

    NotSoSneaky former supporter

    One can never have too much string.
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  4. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    no ice cream????
    no sushi ???

    u feeling ok hanzo ???

    also ill be in your neck of the woods tommor so if i get stuck i would love to meet up ....
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  5. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Just not in my poncho, @KAS.

    You in Hawaii? Or just making me look gullible?
  6. KAS

    KAS Monkey++

    I was passing threw from guam and have missed my connecting flight there before but i made it this time ...
    But next time i will be sure to miss it !
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  7. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Hafa Adai, @KAS!
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  8. -06

    -06 Monkey+++

    Those military rip stop ponchos are great for all sorts of things. Have used them for tents, lean tos, and of course a poncho. Have used them simply to lay on and pull over a sleeping bag to keep the dew off/or rain. Just wish they were a bit longer-lol. Poncho and paracord make a fine tool for camping.
  9. I was surprised to find out that the 1 I used in the Army was close to the Ray Mears version. Except I had a U.S. mosquito net, a British Basha ( DPM camo tarp) and British hammock. I'm thinking of getting 1 of those nets that wrap around the hammock with a door to crawl into.
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  10. Put a poncho liner (woobbee) in it and it makes a great cool weather sleeping bag!
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  11. arleigh

    arleigh Goophy monkey

    A good poncho and liner are a life saver in bad weather , I hav used them in both rain and sleet.
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  12. Navyair

    Navyair Monkey++

    I can also recommend a covered hammock. Several models out there with rain fly's and mosquito netting that can fit in your pocket. Keeps you off the ground and you can make it work in most conditions. With a space blanket as a heat reflector and a good sleeping bag or blanket you can do a lot of things.
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