Originally posted by devilwasp
Originally posted by LadyCool21
Always thinking of the neccessities first, eh?
In case the locals ARE friendly...
Lol prepare for every eventuality.
Btw are we talking bags as big as a bergen (soldier back pack and pretty big) or are we talking about gear you would carry in say a small bag and on
LOL - I'm on the sicklist, you'se guys are cheering me up. I completely forgot about the old B52 survival kit routine
I'll tell you what I do right now. I put the 'gotta have it' and 'civilized' stuff in a fanny pack that goes wherever I go. The other stuff goes
in a backpack. And the other stuff is as lightweight and as little as possible.
Its funny how sometimes military issue stuff is better, and sometimes civvy stuff is more advanced. I'm flying civvy now, so I mix and match. Bear
with me here, I'm Native so some of my stuff will look 'different'.
Let me make you a priorities list:
1. FOOD- a. First, something that would have saved a lot of families in Indonesia:
a Katadyn Survivor 06 Reverse Osmosis Desalinator
(best, but heavy), or
(cheaper, lightweight, but can't
desalinate and won't stop virus) and some 1-liter water bottles; b. Mazapan (peanut butter candy); c. Tamarindo (fruit leather with salt); d.
Machacado (jerky- I make this myself, cook it first then shred it and dry it, vaccuum seal it. Don't eat uncooked jerky, you can get tapeworms in
your brain); e. fishing kit with handline. Instant foods. I hate MRE's.
If I'm going camping, I add a little 10" wok and chopsticks for cooking fish and berries and roots and bark and such.
2. SHELTER- a. spare socks (one pair wool, one cotton) b. set long underwear bottoms and tops; c. always wear good trousers (jeans or chinos) with a
US issue belt (makes a good tourniquet) and a practical, long sleeved shirt; d. ballcap and watchcap (wool); e. Randolph sunglasses on neckcord; f.
keep a good jacket handy (US M65), with a cheap plastic poncho in one pocket and a pair of stout work gloves in the other; g. bandanna.
If I'm going camping, I add a US M48 sleeping bag with cover and a backpacker's dome tent.
3. DEFENSE- a. Vaughan lathing hatchet
(its the 5th one down- I make a little
'scabbard' from three pieces of lath and a leather thong for this, stick it through my belt); b. NORTON Diamond Hone (this makes a good signal
mirror too); c. paper money in various denominations totalling $120.00; d. passport, ID's, credit card; e. toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, razor,
deodorant; f. first aid kit (pocket) and mosquito repellent; g. heavy-duty sewing thread, needles, spare buttons.
4. MOBILITY- a. Always wear good hiking shoes or boots that can accomodate two pairs of socks (one cotton, one wool); b. paracord for spare laces and
'makin' stuff'; c. GARMIN GPS; d. chart; e. US Engineer's Compass.
5. COMMUNICATION- a. 10 BIC lighters; b. candle in jar; c. ACR MiniEPIRB (cheap) and/or Iridium phone (expensive).
I carry one more item: a fire-by-friction handpiece
, and some heavy leather bootlaces. These weigh
like an ounce. Fire by friction is a skill y'all should really own by doing- check out the instructions by Seton to 'get it'. You should know how
to lay a good one-match fire. Even in the rain.
If you have to shelter-in-place for a long time, dig a foxhole in a bank.
Notice a lot of that stuff is for the far North?
It works in the desert too,
to keep the sun off- and the desert can be hella cold at night. I carry the same stuff in the tropics, just cut it up to make jungle stuff out of it
if I need to use it. Naturegraph Press has some good books on wild edible foods
It's good to know how to make a primitive bow and arrow, tie nets and so on. And how to stay healthy.
Notice I left out a survival knife or gun. I'm a tomahawk Indian
. Some guys I know
carry the US GI Entrenching Tool, with a sharpened edge. You can dig better with a hatchet or ET than with a knife. I do keep a tiny Leatherman tool
The trick nowadays is hauling this stuff all over the globe without setting off all the bells and whistles. If I have to travel to a job, I ship my
'uncivilized' stuff Fedex and pick it up when I arrive.
Which leads me to a final comment:
"Don't tell my ma I'm a pilot. She thinks I'm a piano player down at the cathouse, and I don't want to disappoint her."
Edit: I forgot the campfire stories! Gotta have campfire stories, even if you're alone. ET, bigfoot, Atlantis... you know, ATS Stuff
and a watch
(there's one with an EPIRB built in, but its way expensive) and pencil for noting how far you've walked (time, speed, distance, heading) if you
don't stay with the ship... oops, forgot the toilet paper!
[edit on 12-1-2005 by Chakotay]