You have 3 people (6/2=3) and...
Wordiestdata wrote:...MRE's rations (At least 6, two for each of my familiy members)
- ~4-6K calories per person, in a format where if you aren't drinking a ton of water and-or taking fiber, they're likely to end up bound up.
3600 cal ration bars fit into a space roughly equal (sometimes smaller, sometimes bigger) than an unopened MRE, equal to two field-dressed MREs.
It's a fab-o season to be foraging (and foraging decent starches and proteins), so you could decrease weight/size by breaking out crackers, proteins, desserts and electrolytes from MREs, boosting fats and sugars with ration bars, or just decrease the load entirely to a couple of ration bar packs, protein powder, meal replacement shakes, or the above mentioned MRE components.
Wordiestdata wrote:...-1.5 liters of water (2 different bottles)
- 1.5 L of water porting capability.
Even if you're in the land of lakes and running streams, you may want to add another bottle. You can use a quick knot with 550 cord to make shoulder straps to distribute the load between people. It will decrease (some) the amount of time you spend going back and forth between water sources.
Wordiestdata wrote:...-Bivvy bag
- 1 bivy, 1 banket, 1 tarp.
Depending on what parts of VT you're in, it can be pretty darn chilly.
Maybe the 3rd person will fit in the bivy with the 2nd person, and 1 person is on watch through the night, in which case ignore the rest of this graph.
You might at least want to increase to a 2nd emergency blanket in place of the bivy. The tarp can be rigged into a snug bed. A 2nd emergency blanket allows the person on watch to stay warm, too, allows for a heat-reflecting surface below as well as above, or can be used for signaling. It can also be there for signaling for help. Really, multiple blankets might be a good idea, especially if they're the thin foil type instead of the good ones with the thick mylar attached to a sturdy cloth.
Another alternative would be to replace the bivy with a roll of heavy-duty black plastic bags (say, 3-5 per person). They can be used as inner and outer liners for a debris bag, collect water or grub, turned into a poncho, keep game from bleeding inside the backpack or be used to suspend it in trees (bear country in parts of VT), help with water barriers for shelter, suspended with the water bottles inside to warm the water in the sun faster. That lets you keep the tarp for making shelter, but have enough "cover" for everybody.
Wordiestdata wrote:...-Custom sewing kit
- I'd just drop the sewing kit. A fishing kit with a couple regular needles can be used for sewing while the reverse does not always hold true.
- Sunglasses don't seem all that necessary to me, even with the low angle of the sun. They're more a comfort than survival item in my world and if you're tight on space and weight...
Alternatives might be:
*Chapstick (fire starting accessory)
*Tampons (if there are chicks, +fire starting +first-aid kit boost)
*Bandanas/Ski cap (in case you're separated from your good clothing)
*1-handed Pruners (easy to clip small-diameter wood for fires, general heavy-duty scissors, easy to snip small games' legs off with, easier to collect cattail rhizomes and latterals, work as a nut cracker)
Wordiestdata wrote:...-50 USD
This is good, but won't get you a hotel room if power is down and you can't use cards, and depending on your tank size, will barely fill it in some areas (if financial collapse is an issue).
If you're out with an auto problem and your Canadian bank shuts down your card because they think it was stolen (call them ahead of time, but snafu's happen), you might run into trouble as well with either getting a tow or getting your car out of the shop, getting a cab, or doing something with your family until the car gets out or relatives get to you.
Another reason you might need cash is to get a hotel is if the airline delays your flight by 6-10 hours (again, after 1-4 previous delays). Some will automatically comp you a room, but some have timespans for the delays you have to hit. The same snafu with a card is possible.
You might think about $100, $150 or $200 instead.
Part of it might be made up of a roll+ of quarters or perfect dollar bills (a combo is great) so you can use a vending machine if you end up stranded near a travel center and it's a personal crisis, not a local or regional crisis.
If you are worried about financial collapse, some silver coins are an option (print a page that gives the weight of silver per coin - not their value, their silver weight - and a page for the trading value of silver right before you leave).
Replacing the sunglasses and losing some of the water weight and bulk of MREs can buy space for either of the coins.
Wordiestdata wrote:...-Fenix LD-22 Flashlight
The sunglasses might also add space for hat-brim hands-free lamps or small clip-on bike-type/pet-type strobe-red-white mini lights for each person (easier to keep track of people and gear, give everybody a light).
A single light might not cut it, especially if you've got somebody not used to the dark/woods, and just for sanity's sake so somebody that has to pee in the middle of the night does not leave the other(s) without a light.
#1 most importantest of all:
Dude, love, friend, there is no duct/gorilla tape on your list. I'll betcha that's just an oversight, since duct tape should be everywhere at all times.