a reply to: TDawgRex
That's a better tone than I was reading from your earlier contributions. Not meant to offend, I intended this to be a constructive thread.
I was heavily into scouting as a kid/teen. Camping, hiking, primitive survival - I love it. My wife, however, is a car camper - there is barely
enough room for people because of all the gear. I can't say that I don't enjoy car camping - but taking everything under the sun isn't an option
in a SHTF scenario. Big and much is the order of the day when car camping - most of it will get left behind because it's just not possible to carry
it all on foot.
In that scenario, there must be an on-foot plan. As I stated, I have a family to worry about - and others have indicated they have the same
responsibilities. I'm prepared to do whatever it takes, and I have enough skills that I could survive without anything other than what I have in my
pockets (fire, multitool) - but I'm not sure how well I could do feeding 4 mouths instead of just my own. How do I protect the things I don't want
to lose, but can't take.
I posted an idea to hide valuables above (buried large diameter PVC)
Now, how to prepare 2 adults, 1 teen, and a 6 year old for extended hardship.
My basic thoughts are to have what I would bring on a week-long hike-in camping trip, with appropriate amounts to support my family (4 sleeping bags,
2 tents, 1 lantern, 1 set of modest cooking gear, skinners and a cleaver, family sized first-aid)
axe, bowsaw, machette, tarp, ceramic water filter, backpacking shovel, multitool (gerber maybe, or leatherman), rope and paracord, ???
3 handguns, 1 rifle (I'm leaning toward .22 LR for everything so I only need to have one type of ammo and I will be able to carry a large amount)
small roll of bailing wire (for snares)
decent knife, pack of cigarettes, precious metals, ???
as much freeze dried we can carry
I'm considering bicycles for everyone, which would increase our carrying capacity while at the same time increasing travel distance. Problems with
that are that we must bring tools, tube repair kits and spare tubes for the bikes.
Certainly, things can be "obtained" on the road - but that can't be relied on.
I'm hoping there are others that have opinions to bring to light other things that should be considered.