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Hi everyone I’m new to the game and I’m wondering what people carry when they explore the world and loot. I made a base at pleasant valley with some extra meat and water but I’m already close to being overweight and I haven’t even left the farm house for costal highway !? 

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Welcome to the Wilderness!

What you carry depends a lot on what mode you're playing, and what you're doing. On modes with harsher weather you might want a lot of coal on you. If it's not so cold you can get away with lighter clothing. etc. Also, different mode have different thirst and hunger rates, so a player on Pilgrim might carry less food and water than a player on Interloper. There are ways of increasing your max carrying capacity: the Well-Fed bonus, a moosehide satchel, and the technical backpack. Eating meat pies also gives a temporary increase.

Here's a sample list off the top of my head of my basic inventory. I'm usually much heavier than this because I'm always picking up loot or carrying things places, but this is what stays in my bag permanently:

  • Firestarting: 20 matches, mag lens, 8 tinder, 4 coal, 2 cedar, 20 sticks, 2 books, 1 accelerant
  • Medicines: 1 bottle antiseptic, 1 bottle of antibiotics, 1 bottle painkillers, 4 bandages, 4 teas, 6 prepped hips and mushrooms, 1 emergency stim, 1 Aqua-Pur
  • Clothes (obviously). Sometimes spare gloves if I'm worried about bear maulings destroying them. Crampons.
  • Food: 2L water and 1-3kg meat, box of crackers or 20 cattails as non-smelling emergency food. Box of tea, tin of coffee, cup of tea, cup of coffee
  • Tools: bedroll, hacksaw, hatchet, knife, prybar, cooking pot, skillet, lantern, sewing kit, spray can (yes, I'm the player who uses them), 2 red flares, 1 blue flare, 5 charcoal, 5 torches, 1 research book
  • Weapons: bow, 6-12 arrows, 4 fire-hardened arrows, 3 stones. Sometimes a revolver with 20 ammo.
  • Crafting: 4 cloth, 1 leather (if wearing leather clothing)

Hope that helps! I go for Well-Fed and the moose satchel ASAP because I'm fighting with being overburdened all the time.

Oh, and some free advice - if you're trying to reduce your weight, don't ever be tempted to drop your bedroll. Always keep your bedroll on you!

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What I've pared down as my bare essentials kit is generally:

Whatever clothing I'm wearing
1 standard bedroll
2L of water (which for me is a comfortable night's sleep and plenty of water for the next day)
1 night's "stopover" food (bare minimum to get a good night's sleep - used only as last resort)
1 bandage
3 unprocessed lichen (as they are "lightest" when not crafted into wound dressing)
3-10 cardboard matches
1 torch (to make best use of said cardboard matches)

***Optional, but ideal***
1 piece of emergency coal
1 fire striker (as emergency backup in case I absent mindedly use my last match, and to enable ignition source selection for lighting aforementioned torch)
1 magnifying glass (to take advantage of clear skies for "free" fire)
1 lantern (fully fueled when possible)
1 set of fishing tackle (for emergency repairs or fishing)
1 pry bar
1 recycled can

The kit does vary of course based on what I've managed to find (so end weight does fluctuate a bit), but this is generally my ideal setup for roaming.  Anything else I may need is always sourced from whatever region I happen to find myself in and stored at whatever "stopover" points I setup (documented in my journal). 

This is still pretty much the same list that I worked out in 2019, and generally about all that I keep with me.
And indeed, welcome to the wilderness.


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I have both moose satchel and technical backpack..and I play pilgrim so i dont really need much for fire starting.

I carry 

5 coal, 50-60 matches,2 worn out firestrikers,4 sticks.

Antibiotics, painkillers,1 omb, 4 bandages,2 stims. ..  in 500+ days ive not needed any meds except once and that was for food poisoning😁 I do rarely use a stim for climbing .

About 4 litres of water,1 MRE,25 Cattails, two pieces of meat, 8 coffee(3 made, 5 tinned) 6 herbal teas( 3 made,3 not). 

Pot,skillet, hatchet,knife,rifle,40 rifle ammo, prybar, miners lantern,one lantern fuel, bow and 10 fire hardened arrows, 1 sewing kit, 3 fishing tackle,spray can. 4-6 torches. Insulated bedroll. Flare gun and 5 shells.

4 cloth,1 cured leather, feathers .

Sometimes I'll carry a whetstone or gun cleaning kit...  and I wear the crampons most of the time.

And welcome to the forum.☺️


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I like to play very cautiously. I usually pack…

  • Enough fuel to last a blizzard (8 hours minimum, including about 6 pieces of coal)
  • Enough food to stay well fed for three or four days
  • Hatchet for cutting saplings and last-ditch defense
  • Ranged weapon
  • At least one stone
  • A pack of matches and a firestriker
  • At least two flares
  • At least four torches

And yes, I’m usually overweight :).


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Y'all are way too heavy!

  I always always have 20-40 matches (only one kind if possible, for speed of lighting torches).

Clothes: The warmest I can find (except really heavy boots) unless you are traveling far (or multiple trips) with a heavy load -- then wear light stuff so you can carry more.

Fuel: a piece of coal, a couple sticks and maybe a log.  3 tinder if low fire starting level.  (if needed you can pick up sticks along the way).

Tools: Sewing kit (I don't carry whetstone or gun cleaning kit -- leave those at base camp), a few fishing tackle (plus lures), a flare (Not marine), usually a few torches, maybe a lantern.  usually a hatchet and knife, a prybar if exploring new areas, a hacksaw rarely, toolbox rarely.  If I only carry one tool it's the hatchet.

Medical: Always 2 bandadges, sometimes 3.  A bottle of painkillers.  2 Antibiotics (or prepared reishi).  1-2 old man beard dressing (anitseptic is too heavy).  One water dissinfectant pill thingy.

Food: Always a box of crackers, maybe a pack of MRE.  a little tea and coffee (unprepared), 1-2 liters of water and if I plan on being gone for a while (especially if I can't stop to kill, harvest and cook an animal) about two days of food.

Weapons: I avoid the rifle unless I'm leaving specifically for hunting moose or I'm desperate (best for deer and moose, good for bear).  The revolver I've gotten really good at and like (best for wolves, good for deer), but the bow is probably best all around (definetly my favorite for bear, great for wolves).  I fill the clip of the rifle, carry 12 bullets for the revolver (maybe more) and 2-6 arrows for the bow (depends on how long I plan on being gone).  I also carry about 2 stones for destracting animals or hunting rabbits.

Other: Always at least one spare piece of cloth (for bandage or repair).

I usually go lighter, about15-20kg then come back with 30-40 kg (over if I have a lot of meat or something to transport)


I once made a character where it was voyager, but I added the challenge of only allowing myself to carry 15kg out doors (whatever if I'm just inside crafting etc).  That was interesting!  I only wore one layer on each part of my body and the lightest/most durable items I could.  (running shoes, windbreaker, jeans, scarf, driving gloves...)

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