A lot of you experienced bushcrafters/preppers will find this information to be rather basic, but this is for the newer guys such as myself. I've made the mistake of carrying unnecessary items in my pack that added dead weight. I remember once on a four mile hike I carried a crowbar. Now what am I going to do with a crowbar in the woods, especially on a hike? Sure, one can say I could dig with it (albeit that would be agitating to attempt) but I would've been better off to use the things around me and make my own shovel out of a thick enough branch. Secondly, I also had five boxes of shotgun shells when I wasn't even carrying a shotgun with me. It was there just putting on needless weight. I also had two MRE's (Keep in mind that this is merely a get home bag and not a full on BoB. A majority of the time I'm no farther than 25 miles from my home therefore carrying an excess amount of food isn't needed. One MRE would suffice.) which added more unnecessary weight considering my dad had packed a bag with nutrition that he carried. So after that I began looking to real sources of camping/bushcrafting like Dave Canterbury and his idea of the Five C's of Survivability: -Cutting tools -Combustion devices -Cordages -Cover elements -Containers Canterbury was saying in his book Bushcraft 101 that those are the top items needed for a successful night in the bush. So now I am working on modifying my pack and am also looking into the Ten C's as well.