The easiest way to carry a Boy Scout Handbook (or any other survival book) is to read and practice it, until it's knowledge. Take a course on the subject, while you can. Knowledge is higher priority, than "stuff"... and often less expensive.
"I don't know where you came from, and I don't know where you've gone
Old friends become old strangers between darkness and the dawn..."
"It's a free country... or, at least, it will be."
- The Patriot -