posted on Jan, 4 2007 @ 01:59 AM
Survival shouldn't cost a lot, and the less you need to spend the more efficient survivalist you are. If you can make do with $20 worth of gear,
why spend $2k or more on complex, high tech gear. In the eventual end, the last things left will be all low tech stuff.
I can say i haven't really spent anything on survival gear, but i do have a lot of gear for all kinds of situations. I think survival gear that
sits in a closet till doomsday is a waste, your gear should be stuff you use anyway, regardless of whether the apocalypse arrives. I do have plenty
of gear that i use on hikes, camping trips, and motorcycle "adventure touring". I regularly get stuck with flats miles from civilization or even
roads and trails, at night, in rain, snow etc. The cheap stuff that survives hanging around me becomes my gear by default.
Also, if the first time you ever try your gear is when your (or someone else's) life depends on it, under stress, and possibly adverse conditions.
Now isn't the time to figure out the nuances of cooking with your high tech alcohol stove, or trying to figure out how to set your tarp shelter at
night in a high wind and with precip dumping on you.
Simplicity is key here, when you narrow it down, the bare survival essentials can range from absolutely nothing to a short list of essential items,
depending on the environment. Even most "survival" stuff is extra weight and bulk to provide comfort, and aren't really needed.
If you can afford it, getting a good (remembr, good doesnt mean expensive) pack that's comfy to wear and lets you tote 20-40lbs of whatever will make
life easy would be a good idea. Load it for your backyard, if you live in the desert, you should have desert survival gear, if you live in the
arctic, get cold weather gear. The idea isn't to prepare for ANYTHING, but to be able to walk out your door with a backpack and have all the gear
you'd need in the area you live.
I rotate my bag during seasons, every month or two i'll make an adjustment as th weather changes, and be ready. For winter, i keep my snowboard
gear all set up to go ride at a moment's notice, during summer, my bag is set up for trekking through the desert. During Monsoon season i carry
extra water protection and raingear. A month earlier, i'd carry no raingear, yet i'd be praying for rain at the slightest hint of a cloud. Pay
attention to what's going outside and rotate your gear for right now. The idea is that if you've gotta run out of your house RTHN, you need to be
prepared to deal effectively with what's outside, be it a blazing desert, snowy mountians, jungle, coastline, Brooklyn, whatever, just prepare to
spend a few days outside your house, wherever you are.
Maybe we need a cheapskate survivalist thread going,,,,