In keeping with trying to get the most out of my gear and trips I thought of posting up about the “lowly notebook.” I always carry a RIR notebook on outings, trips and deployments. I keep track of gear and equipment during the event not after when I’ve forgotten most of things I did or did not want or use. Being able to put it all down on paper to be gone over once back home. It is very important to get this info on paper while it’s fresh in my mind.
I routinely carry either a RIR 4x6” or 3x5” spiral bound notebook. Both are carried in covers that allow for some minimal stowage. This feature gives me the ability to carry a few extra items right along with the notebooks. With the 4x6” covers I’ve had a small panel of orange fabric sewn in. This not only makes another pocket but is a signaling device good for close in link ups. Now I have a multi-use survival item not just a “lowly notebook.”
The variety of items I could carry is only limited by my imagination and the small available space. I also have pages filled in with lots of info. Everything from emergency contacts to survival notes etc. My normal writing instrument is a Fisher Bullet Space Pen and a mechanical pencil. The Government pencil shown is not fine enough for very precise map work but it gets the job done. I have also carried regular pencils cut in half shortening them allowing dual end sharpening.
In the 4x6” cover I sometimes carry the notebook, pen, pencil, mirror, whistle, Spark Lite, map protractor, fishing kit, razor blade, frensel lens, band-aids, alcohol wipes, survival and medical cheat sheets. (I forgot the small button compass inside the little pocket.)
In the 3x5” cover it’s the notebook, AMK cheat sheet, Brunton Life Card, Universal grid scale, pen and pencil.
I think these show how an item as “simple & lowly” as a notebook can be tweaked to become a valuable piece of survival kit. If not, at least there is some new pictures