well, i just made my first purchase thanks to all of your recommendations. please consider the fact that i'm working on a budget here. i have some stuff already prepared first aide wise. when i put my full first aide kit together i will post it and let everyone tear it up and tell me how i'm going to die a slow horrible death because i of course forgot the most important thing.
please feel free to tell me if i got anything ridiculous. i included pictures of the items...
my biggest hesitancy was getting the gerber bear ultimate knife, but for the money i couldn't find anything comparable. i watched some good reviews for the revised knife, not the original where the end would break off. i'm not going to build a log cabin out there with it, so hopefully it will do me good. i don't love bear, but i don't hate him either. all that i know is, buying an endorsed product doesn't make you smarter or faster. i couldn't dunk even if i wore air jordans.
thanks for your help everyone! you gave me some great ideas! keep em' coming if you got em!