I augment the contents as dictated by the particular trip. E.g., add a Cliff bar or two.
- Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9 with 8 round magazine
- One spare 8 round magazine, held in place with a Maxpedition Universal Holster
(The gun and spare magazine are loaded with Federal XM9001 9mm 115 grain JHP. In PA, I'm not worried about wild animals larger than dogs. The gun is there for defense against people. I've also carried a Beretta M9 and a CZ P-09 but switched to the Shield to reduce weight.)
- Princeton Tec Remix LED headlamp
- Adventure Medical Kits SOL Heatsheet survival blanket
- USGI olive drab triangular bandage, with edges hemmed to prevent fraying
- Safety pin on one of the sewn-in loops
- Woodsknife Reindeer Puukko knife in homemade LH sheath
- GI type match safe with strike-anywhere matches, and some sandpaper taped to the outside
- Three Esbit hexamine fuel tablets (Great fire starters.)
- BIC lighter in Exotac fireSLEEVE
- 0.5L Platypus water bag (Empty. Stole this idea from the Hill brothers.)
- Potable Aqua iodine-based water purification tablets
- Three AAA batteries in a small Ziploc bag
- Map of where I'm hiking
- Fox 40 micro whistle*
- REI zipper pull compass*
- Nitecore T0 flashlight* (This may get replaced with a single-AA Cree light, which has a button switch rather than a twist switch.)
- REI zipper pull thermometer*
- About ten feet of 550 cord
Items marked with an asterisk are dummy corded to light aluminum caribiners with bank line. I replaced the Slick Clips that came with the KB with the 'biners because they are easier for me to open and close.
Once I get to the trail, I'll stow my car keys and iPhone 6 in the outside compartment. Depending on the trip I may also bring a larger compass and a Garmin GPSMAP 62 GPS unit, but not necessarily in the KB.
Also, I removed the Grimlocks from the outside of the KB, since I don't use them.