Making a Backpack
(Adapted from the U.S. Army Survival Manual)
The materials for making a backpack or rucksack are almost
limitless. You can use wood, bamboo, rope, plant fiber, clothing,
animal skins, canvas, and many other materials to make a pack.
There are several construction techniques for rucksacks. Many
are very elaborate, but those that are simple and easy are often
the most readily made in a survival situation.
This pack is simple to make and use and relatively comfortable
to carry over one shoulder. Lay available square-shaped material,
such as poncho, blanket, or canvas, flat on the ground. Lay items
on one edge of the material. Pad the hard items. Roll the material
(with the items) toward the opposite edge and tie both ends securely.
Add extra ties along the length of the bundle. You can drape
the pack over one shoulder with a line connecting the two ends
Steve's Notes: A simple way of making a backpack
is to use a jacket, if it is warm enough to get by without wearing
it. Zip it up, cinch the bottom shut if it has a drawstring (or
pin it shut), and tie the ends of the sleeves to each other.
You can then carry things in it by slinging it across your body
diagonally, switching shoulders from time to time.
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