When I was 17, while I was living in a home for teenage girls with troubles, we did a survival training during one of our holidays. This meant making shelter, maintaining a fire, a semi-shamanic ritual (no drumming) and cooking on the fire. For me it also meant getting nicotine poisoning from inhaling the smoke of 500g burnt tobacco during the ritual. I spent one entire afternoon vomiting and a night freezing because my irresponsible shelter buddy had allowed the fire to go out while I was incapacitated from exhaustion.

Long story short- I lOVED it! I have been wanting to repeat the experience ever since (but hopefully without the vomiting). However, there was never enough money, or put differently, the money that was there I had prioritized differently or wanted to save for emergencies. Now for the first time in my life I have decided to spend a large (for me) amount of money on my own pleasure and signed up for a one week intensive training with “Earth Trail” during the summer. The rules are: 3.5 kg of pack + sleeping bag and mat for the last night.

So basically I made a gigantic list of stuff that I will assemble, and then see how much I have to leave behind because of its weight.

And here is my list:

 

clothing

 

Health and hygiene

 

Food

 

Other equipment

Good pair of outdoor pants with big pockets

 

Natural soap

Nuts

Multi tool

1 pair of soft pants

Natural skin care

raisins

knife

belt

 

Sun screen

Oats

Knife sharpener

Extra socks and underpants

Water sterilization tablets

dried vegan jerky

Fire starter

2 comfortable sports bras

 

Anti bug spray

 

compass

Cap (for nights)

Menstrual cup

   

1 extra shirt

 

pads

 

cord

1 warm jumper

contraception

 

Civilization tools

Fishing line

1 under shirt (for nights)

retainer

cash

map

1 military poncho

tweezers

Mobile phone

Plastic bags

1 good jacket

Nail file

Personel ID

Freezer bags

Hiking boots

Needle and yarn

Money card

2L Water bottle

Very light sandals

Safety pins

 

1 pot for cooking

Protective gloves

Moist tissues (biodegradabe)

Journal

1 pot for washing / or

Glasses and sun glasses

Toothbrush

Pen

 

Shower bag

Cotton cloth

 

Natural toothpaste

camera

 

Folding shovel

1 Hat (for sun)

Comb / brush

 

carabines

   

1st aid:

 

binoculars

 

2 Rescue blankets

   
 

paracetamol

   
   

Char coal tablets

   
 

Antiseptic burn creme

   
 

Bandages and plasters

   
 

Anti-inflammatory creme

   
 

Wound desinfection

   
 

Wound pad

   
 

mineral tablets for rehydration

Flush right in italic are things that I could probably make or find easily /are not totally essential. I do realise, that a lot of those things are luxuries but not having them would add a lot of work and discomfort especially since I am not in used to wilderness situations currently.

Did I forget anything?

Also I have great plans for further preparation, like actually sticking to my entire sportive regimen in the three months before the training and loading up on vitamins and minerals to be in top shape and also fasting a couple of days to get used to the feeling and learn again how to deal with low food supply. Let’s see how that goes…

So in the mean time (until August) I annoy everybody around me with my excitement about navigation by the stars while secretly worrying about how on earth I am going to get my private parts washed without anyone else actually seeing me do this.

Have a wonderful week🙂