How To Make And Use An I.N.C.H Bag
First off, INCH Stands for I’m Never Coming Home. So an Inch Bag would simply be a bag with everything you need to live 100% off the land with no recourses except those in your Inch Bag. So you may be thinking, OK I’ll probably need some Matches, Traps, Fishing Gear… No, you need to think like a minimalist. So you’ll eventually run out of things like matches and survival food right? And traps/fishing gear take up lots of room and could weigh a lot right? So rather than bringing matches, bring a knife so you can find some flint in a creek and make a fire. And instead of bringing traps/fishing gear, bring some fishing line which can serve for both and be reused. Do you get the concept? You need to be more reliant on your surroundings and less reliant on your gear, with this in mind we’ll go through the packing list and how to use each item.
- A very Durable backpack (60+ liters and lightweight is best.
- A water filtration system (Compact and light.)
- A very durable water container (not overly large or heavy)
- 2 High quality Knives (just in case you lose one or one breaks)
- A Flashlight with rechargeable Batteries
- A Satellite phone with rechargeable batteries.
- A Solar charger
- Lots of fishing line (Use sparingly because nature has no substitute)
- A lightweight Sleeping bag (should be rated for 20 degrees at the warmest)
- A Tarp (For shelter, be very careful with it because again; nature has no substitute)
- Bandage braces (As in the adjustable cloth wrap that acts as a brace)
- Antibiotic Cream (you should pack plenty)
- An Emergency Tourniquet
- Cash (probably over $500)
- An extra pair of boots (You’ll need them)
- A Change of Synthetic Clothes (Underwear, long pants, Short sleeve shirt, Knee High Socks, all should be waterproof.)
- A broad brimmed hat
- A small hand shovel (For when nature calls.
- A compass
- A lightweight jacket (Water proof)
- A water proof bag (3-4 liters should do)
- A Pistol with 20 rounds (Not for hunting!)
- Lots of twine (use sparingly)
- A few fishing hooks (20 or so)
- Animal Pepper Spray
- 100 FT of rope (tested for 300 lbs or more)
- Some Carabineers (tested for 500 lbs or more)
- A lightweight 4-season tent
How To Use Each Item:
A Durable backpack; So it’s important to know how to use your backpack because it will carry and store all of your belonging right? So you will want to pack in such a manner that will make things accessible and easy to carry. Here’s how you do it…
- Be sure to pack heavy/bulky object like your sleeping bag and tent, in the bottom of your backpack.
- Keep important items like your water filter or knife in your backpack’s external zipper pockets of side pockets for easy access
- pack all light objects like clothes and your compass, in the upper section of your backpack
- attach large/inconvenient items to the out side of your backpack, like tarps, ropes, & carabineers.
Ok, so now you know how to use your backpack.
- A water filtration system; ok, any standard water filter will come with instructions just read them. Some Ideal places to find water are creeks, springs, and waterfalls.
- A water bottle; stay hydrated.
- Knives; Obviously this is the single most important object you have, here’s what it can be used for.
- Striking flint to make fire
- Cleaning wild game
- Spearing fish
- Chopping small wood
- Cutting misc. objects
- Self defense
- And more!
So you see, you need to take care of your knife if you ever get into an INCH situation.
- A flashlight; Again, read the instructions
- A Satellite phone; Read the instructions, use it to try to contact civilization.
- A solar charger; Read the instruction, use it to recharge your satellite phone and flashlight batteries
- Fishing line; This is a treasure use very sparingly, fishing line will make your traps and catch your fish, this is how you will get food. Read up on some trap making tutorials and learn how to fish without a pole (it’s pretty straight forward) re-use whenever possible
- Sleeping bag; To sleep in, don’t get it wet.
- Tarp; a very useful item, use for any and all things shelter related.
- Bandage braces; a useful wrap for whenever you sprain or pull something, also to stop serious bleeding
- Antibiotic cream; use sparingly, only for things like serious stings or animal bites, 2nd and 3rd degree burns, rashes, sores, etc.
- An emergency tourniquet; DO NOT USE UNLESS YOU’D DIE OTHERWISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, so only if your hand is seriously infected and it’s spreading up your arm, is 100% useless, excruciating pain, bleeding all the time, type of situation, this is what it should come to before your remove a limb.
- Cash; it’s not tinder, only spend when you need to
- An extra pair of boots; use your other shoes until they fall apart, you never know how long you’ll be stranded
- Synthetic clothes; to wear, wash in clean creeks let them dry before you put them back on.
- A broad brimmed hat; to protect you from the sun, rain, hail, snow, whatever it may be
- A Small hand Shovel; for digging cat holes, disgusting. An alternative would be to go in creeks and streams instead.
- A compass; once you learn your knew surroundings, a compass will be very useful, and if you know your rough location, you may be able to find civilization.
- A lightweight jacket; to wear obviously
- A waterproof bag; to store stuff like your compass or pistol in.
- A pistol; ONLY FOR LIFE OR DEATH SITUATIONS!!!!! You can only have so much ammo
- Twine; uses include, shelter, camp gadgets, Traps, tinder, etc.
- Fishing hooks; for your traps and your fishing
- Animal Pepper spray; for things like a charging bear, a coyote, wolf, rabid animal, etc.
- 100 FT of rope; in case you need to climb or suspend something.
- Carabineers; Misc. purposes
- Tent; take very good care of your tent, camouflage it, build an external structure around it, whatever you can do to make it last longer.
And that is how you make and use an INCH bag, so with the proper skill set and your INCH bag always on hand, you should be able to survive Any Disaster.
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