This shoulder bag can carry all the tools for the Personal Safety Kit. The shoulder bag is small enough to fit into a small day pack. A lighter and simpler haversack could replace this shoulder bag and would be better for collecting wild foods.
This Personal Safety Kit, also known as a ALICE Pack (All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment),is for day hikes. This kit will get someone through an unplanned overnight stay in the woods. It is very important to be comfortable using all the tools in the kit. Practicing with the tools at home will ensure ease of use in the woods. Each tool has many uses. As a person gets skilled with using each tool the multi-purpose nature of the tool becomes evident. All important tools have a replacement or substitute in case of breakage or loss.
As a person's bushcraft increases, the number of tools needed for comfort decreases. There are many good books on bushcraft but a good beginner's book is Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival or a more advanced book with excellent diagrams is Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski. An excellent survival book is the SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere by John Wiseman.
This Personal Safety Kit is a two part system: one tool shoulder bag and one day pack. All the tools should fit into the small shoulder bag along with the small sewing kit, personal first aid kit and fire making kit. The shoulder bag can be carried by itself. The clothes on your back should be considered your first shelter and should be suitable for the given weather conditions. If there is any possibility of spending a cold night outside, slip the shoulder bag into the day pack which holds a reflective ground sheet, wool blanket and axe.
Here is my old Personal Safety Kit. What I carry is always evolving. I now carry the ground sheet with the wool blanket in the day pack.
Small Shoulder Bag, 5L
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