Feed Bag This is nothing more than a doubled ziplock containing one or more store‑bought energy bars or Hundred‑Mile bars, along with chocolate morsels, nuts, jerky, and other compact, high‑energy foods. I don't often nibble from my feed bag during the day, but when I do, I make sure to top it up at the first opportunity.
Parachute Cord Milspec seven‑strand‑core "550" chute cord, to be exact. Several hanks, ranging in length from six feet to 20 feet, go into a front pants pocket. Chute cord has many uses, from lashing an improvised shelter together to replacing a frayed shoelace.
Lanyards These stop anything that's likely to go adrift — my compass, GPS, matchsafe, and keys — from straying too far. To minimize the risk of entanglement, I keep the lanyards as short as possible. The compass lanyard, which goes around my neck, has a breakaway link.
Bandanna My wardrobe's maid of all work. Doubles as a (coarse) water filter and triangular bandage.
Headnet Only needed during the fly season, but when you need it, you really need it. It rolls up around the brim of my hat when not in use.
Pocket Poncho One of a pack of three, bought from a local dollar store. Not exactly bombproof, but good enough for a one‑night stand. It takes up no more space than a folded handkerchief, and it slips easily into a rear pants pocket. (An aluminized space blanket would be a better choice, but it would also cost more.)
Heavy‑Duty Ziplock Bags I always keep a few spares in my pocket to replace any that tear. They're cheap insurance.
Cell Phone You won't find this in the sketch — I don't bother with it in places with poor or no cell‑phone coverage — but when it comes along, it travels in doubled ziplock bags.
GPS I'm seldom without my Garmin eTrex Legend HCx these days, but while it's invaluable in fog or featureless terrain, it's not really part of my "abandon‑ship" gear. Batteries go dead, after all — and recent developments raise questions about the future reliability of GPS in the States.
So far, so good. All in all, I have the Ten Essentials pretty well covered, even if my pack and I part company, though I don't often carry a water bottle on my person. But I haven't exhausted the contents of my pockets yet. Two items remain to be accounted for. One is a small first‑aid kit, itself an Essential. The other? A self‑contained supplemental survival kit. Together, they make up …