Over the years I have spent a little bit of time in the woods and engaging in other physical activities. I have camped, hiked, and trained with people from all walks of life. I have been a gear nut as far back as I can remember and could talk knives, packs, and firearms until the cows come home. One of the things I have always done is a gear check prior to heading out on the trail, especially if I am organizing the trip. My life has been threatened for demanding that participants dump all of the organized gear out on the floor for inspection. I admit that this is a bit obsessive, but I like to know the resources that I have available. What is the typical load-out even with the experienced and what are the deficiencies from my side of things? I find that people really do have contingency plans in place. Hatchets, shovels, 4-5 fixed blades, folders, enough 550 to weave a 200ft line to rappel, 2 tarps, garbage bags, multiple fire sources, a hammock, H2O filter, toothbrush, weapon with multiple magazines, and a band-aid (actually true in one case). How many times have I been in a situation where one knife failed or I couldn't get a fire started and the situation became life threatening? Very few but maybe more than normal due to stupidity. Contrast that to the number of times someone has sustained a significant injury that required more than a band-aid. Short list: multiple fractures including ribs with respiratory compromise, anaphylaxis, rope burns, dehydration, severe gastroenteritis, lacerations, traumatized ring finger with rapid edema before ring could be removed, bald face hornet sting to penis, psychosis due to anemia, corneal abrasions, and the usual sprains and strains. Before you comment that most of the injuries listed are self-limiting and the person would have been fine anyway, I will say that I agree. That is not my point. I am merely providing an opinion that you are more likely to have a health issue in the "wild" than some zombie situation where all the extra gear is necessary. If you can hump the extras, I am all for it because it is fun. I do the same thing, but make sure you save enough space and muscle for a decent FAK. But I don't care about all this stuff. Agree with this as well. I would rather look at carefully posed knife picks with fabricated wear than even think about bones and blood. Any skillset requires training and experience. That is work and who wants to do that? My goal with this forum is to stimulate some interest in taking care of your own or locating resources in a worst case scenario, get folks outdoors more to actually test gear, and provide a home for health and fitness activities on the entire forum. Thoughts?