originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
Everyone's situation is different. The important thing is to bring what you might need for your situation. The other thing to remember is to use
what you bring, check it often and don't bring a lot of crap you'll never need. So many people make some kind of a car bag, then throw it in their
car/truck and forget about it. Also changing out items as the seasons change is a good idea. Being very familiar with the contents, their locations
and actually using items keeps your bag close at mind. You'd be surprised how many people carry a bag and then forget to even go to it when a
I agree with all of this. The items included will be different for different situations (although I feel some basic things should be required in all
kits regardless, ie- a knife/leatherman, fire steel, para cord, duct tape, cash etc...) and there's no point in bringing so much stuff that you cant
even carry it. Needs to be a combination of things you can carry the weight of and has a purpose for everything being included in the bag/kit. And I
agree, this is all customizable, you shouldn't go online and buy a premade survival bag just thinking "This is all I need"- like you said, there's no
point in getting one if your going to forget you even have it or don't know how to use what you've bought or put into it. Put things into it that you
will use, know how to use, or are willing to learn how to use, and are able to carry the weight of. And like you said, it should be maintained.
I've noticed you talking about things with multiple uses, those kinds of things are great for kits like these. The more uses you can find for
something, the better. Helps keep down weight.
Ide break it down into 3 or 4 kits- ( I only have 3, being that even though I've still kept my car key on my keychain for the past 4 or 5 years, I do
not, however, sadly, still have the matching car to go with it lol) What you put into them is custom, but ide put a knife, fire steel, para cord,
duct tape, first aid, some cash, in ALL of them) maybe some other things im forgetting at the moment. And with each kit, I make it better, for
example, the few bandaids I would put in my wallet in #1, I would grow into a larger, more complete first aid kit in my car, backpack and home, where
there's more space to add more to it.
1- on you at all times-- for example: a pocketknife or small Leatherman type tool, some cash, 550 para cord made into a bracelet or belt, or replace
your shoelaces with it, a few bandages and a few feet of duct tape stored in wallet or back pocket, and a fire steel on keychain. all very small and
lightweight, you don't even know they're there...yet, at the same time, you do know they're there.
2- a car kit
3- a grab and go kit (or, aka...a bob, or bug out bag) at home, easily accessible- I put this into a backpack I can easily grab that's near the front
door. I put things on top that I will expect to use more often, so they are more easily accessible.
4- you own home-- you never know when a port will go on strike preventing or slowing distribution of goods, bad weather, or a riot, demonstration or
unforeseen event will prevent you from leaving home, or you just don't want to leave and subject yourself to the street at that time during a
situation like a riot or demonstration and their aftermaths.
My dad took the phrase "is the glass half full or half empty?" and turned it into "is the gas tank half full or half empty?" While he was always
optimistic and the glass was half full, in terms of the gas tank, it was always half empty. He taught us to not let it get below half. You never
know what will come up where that half tank will be needed, and there's no gas station around, or something happened it needed to close or some event
happened and everyone is trying to get gas all at the same time and the lines are a mile long. More frequent fill ups, but your not spending anymore
money than you would otherwise.
Growing up my dad always taught us to have a kit like this, while not being fanatical/doomsday about it lol. To some who don't have these kits, it
may seem fanatical and complicated, but once you get this stuff together, and know how to use it, its not fanatical, its very little maintenance if
you know what you have and how to go over it and take care of it. Its also easy to add/subtract from it once you know what you've got. Or its easy
to adjust it.
Its being prepared for the unexpected. And if you are prepared, you are in a lot better shape than your neighbor or the person next to you that has
not put the time into organizing one. (And once its all together, and you know what your doing , again--- its easy from there on).
I like reading what other people have to say, it gives me ideas and how to better my own backpack.
edit on 15-2-2016 by C84K2 because: (no reason given)