Whelen's packing list

If you could only choose 10 items what would they be and why?
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Whelen's packing list

Post by YoungBlacksmith » Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:25 am

While not a true 10 piece kit deal, I've been experimenting with Colonel Townsend Whelen's packing list from his and Angier's book, On Your Own in the Wilderness. 10 categories of items, composing a base kit, without food and water.

Here is the example list published in the book in case you don't have a copy handy.

3lbs 12oz - Frame rucksack or pack board
1lb 5oz - Plastic tarp and Koroseal poncho (5x7)
3lbs 8oz - Blanket or down sleeping bag
1lb 12oz - Cooking utensils*
1lb 0oz - Hand ax*
0lbs 12oz - Underwear and socks
1lb 8oz - Wool shirt, jacket, or sweater
0lbs 8oz - Toilet articles
0lbs 6oz - Flashlight/Whetstone
0lbs 4oz - Medicines, needles, thread, buttons

*In a party of two or more these articles will be used in common, each individual carrying his share. add a plate, cup, and spoon to cooking utensils for each additional man.


Using the above list and the book, I grabbed my Euro Smash pack (an LK-35 frame with Italian bag), and filled it using his packing list:

Frame Rucksack - LK-35 Euro Smash pack
Tarp/Poncho - Arcturus nylon poncho (5x7), paracord ridgeline
Blanket - Surplus Army green wool
Cooking Utensils - Snow Peak Kettle 1, GSI cup, Silicone collapsible bowl, Aluminum bowl/plate (boy scout kit), utensils, spices, pot chain, soap, tea, coffee, lighter
Hand Ax with Sheath - Cold Steel Pipe Hawk with cover
Underwear and socks - wool socks, underwear
Wool Shirt, jacket, sweater - Flannel shirt, probably won't need it until September/October
Toilet articles - my toilet kit with TP, wipes, toothbrush, toothpaste, emergency whistle, bug dope, hand sanitizer, sewing kit.
Flashlight, whetstone - Head lamp and a folding diamond stone
meds, etc - my small First Aid kit with bandaids, gauze, ibuprofen, etc.

Came out to 14.5 lbs.

What's it missing in my opinion? A bit of bank line, a bug net, and a sleeping pad. A few tent stakes and a larger tarp would be nice, but not necessary.

For this summer, I'm switching out the wool shirt for a bed sheet and a cooling towel. Probably switch the blanket for a hammock, then I could toss the sleeping pad too.

I was surprised at how complete, minimal, and low weight this really was.
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Re: Whelen's packing list

Post by Okcmco » Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:30 pm

I enjoyed reading about your kit. I’m gonna have to pick up that book


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Re: Whelen's packing list

Post by YoungBlacksmith » Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:41 am

Thanks for reminding me about this thread. I have thought of one observation, Whelen talks about a plastic tarp and a poncho, where I only have a poncho. And needles and thread.

I'll have to re-weigh after I figure out which tarp I settle on, for this year it's a Forester tent.
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