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Scoop and toilet paper: A light weight plastic shovel for digging “cat holes” is required in wilderness areas.
Store sufficient unscented toilet paper in a zip lock bag along with a small (2 ounce) bottle of hand sanitizer (“Purell”) for hand washing.
Small mouth bottles are difficult to clean and to fill with a water filter, or a drink mix.
Some scouts and adults use a bladder system, such as Platypus or Camelbak, for easier access.
Save weight by building your own First Aid kit with a Ziplock bag and supplies.
Water Bottles: Two wide mouth plastic water bottles (32 ounce size) that fit inside the larger side pocket of most packs are great but their are lighter options.
Sleeping Bags are available in many sizes, fabric, fill, color, and price.
Bags are best stored in “cloth storage bags” or left laying as loose as possible.Down bags are not good because they are ineffective when wet.The sleeping bag should have a comfort rating from 20° to 30° and should weigh no more than 3.5 pounds, but preferably less.Self-inflating pads are not good for Scouts because they can be punctured.
A “backpacker’s pillow” is an optional added piece of comfort, or you can use your sleeping bag’s stuff sack filled with your fleece jacket and a tee shirt as a pillow case.
Personal First Aid Kit: The Troop gear includes a fully stocked first aid kit, but you should also carry a personal first aid kit to handle minor problems.