By: Hagar

When I take my boy out hiking or hunting with me I make sure he has the following items in a pouch that he carries:

fruit snacks & candies

fire starter


large zip-lock bag for getting water


whistle (for signaling)

cyalume light stick

10ft of rope (paracord)

pocket size space blanket

pocket knife

orange garbage bag (for emergency poncho/shelter - orange for higher visibility should he get lost)

He is 6 yrs. old, so I have tried to keep it as small as possible so that his carrying it wont be a discouragement. We are still working on the fire-making and compass skills (along with shelter building).

Any other suggestions?