Sup y'all, I mentioned that I was a natural over packer in my intro and was asked to expand on that, so after thinking about it a bit it seemed like it would keep things more on topic and focused if I broke my pack down into kits. The below is an example of what I would take out hunting; I go prepared for a week to 2 just incase I go way in and get hurt. If I didn't mark my trail it could take days to find me in the forest I hunt in. A day hike and I would only prepare for 1 or 2 nights out tops. The list (all in a waterproof container): -Zippo (easy to light with cold hands and stays lit - I always top off the fuel before I leave). -Bic Lighter (gas doesn't evaporate). -Long burning weatherproof matches. -Fero rod w/magnesium -Carbon striker (My knife is carbon based but coated so no exposed metal if possible) -Char tin with cloth -Wax and dryer lint fire starters (home made) -Dryer Lint -Small tender (generally just in really bad weather to help dry the wet wood -(not IN the kit but I always take extra ammo and gun powder can take a spark pretty good if all else fails). I can almost always find something dry but in my area of SW WA there is a good possibility that I will have to work with damp branches. So there ya go, I realize I have 4 option for both starting fire and helping fire start. BUT from my experiences both professional and self education thru trial and error that even if I have nothing other then a way to keep the rain off me and a fire - I can sit it out for days. No fire, to me, makes for a miserable night. It also takes away some of my water purification options as well as cooking. I am positive I can make fire with any of these methods but I like lots of options. Feel free to comment or critique - I've come back from some long hikes looking for game deep in the bush and just start unloading anything redundant. Maybe I should add I hunt about 30 min from the nearest land line and about 50 min (these are driving distances from camp) from cell phone coverage.