posted on Jan, 21 2007 @ 09:15 PM
I read alot of posts stating what survival gear someone has, but not where they put it. While reading what some said, an alarming question came
into my mind. What if you were in a combative type situation (civil unrest, invasion..whatever) and you happen to lose your rucksack that just so
happened to contain most of your REQUIRED gear? This got me thinking, and after doing a bit of reading on the net I realized that the easiest
(and safest) approach to this would be to implement a system of "gear layering."
The 3 basic layers (a.k.a. lines) of gear are:
First Layer Gear: Considered as the gear that you absolutely MUST have to survive. This is the gear that you keep immediately on your person
(such as in your pockets, on your belt, ect).
Second Layer Gear: Essential equipment that would be kept in your LBV (load bearing vest), survival vest, butt pack, ... you get the idea. This
gear is very important, but it's loss wouldn't immediately threaten your life.
Third Layer Gear: This is the gear contained in your ruck sack. It's where everything that won't be immediately required (or needed to be
quickly accessed) can be placed.
Your gear list will depend on where you live, your physical limitations, and what you are preparing for. For example, what would the point be to
prepare an extreme cold weather survival pack if you live in Arizona? Also, lets say that you are 65 years old and have heart trouble, you obviously
don't want to be lugging around a 100lb sack (please note that I'm not saying someone 65 years old isn't capable of surviving..just that their
survival plan would need to be different from someone who's 30 and in top physical shape).
1st Line Gear should include:
-Small LED (RED) Flashlight
-Surefire (or other compact & bright light)
-Swiss Army Knife
--2 spare magazines
-Small flask to contain water
-Large knife on leg holster (opposite side)
-Compact first aid kit
-Compact survival kit
--Fishing hooks, line & sinkers
--Fire starter & waterproof matches (inside waterproof container!!)
--Water purf. tabs
Examples of 2nd layer gear: (on the LBV & buttpack)
--4 spare magazines (in your LBV mag pouches)
-Carabiners x 2
-Spare flashlight batteries (enough for 24 hours)
-Body warmer (air activated pad)
-Several pouches of freeze dried food (mountain house, or the like)
-Quickclot (powder that quickly clots blood)
-Large gauze compress
-Maps (of the area you'd expect to be in)
-Firestarter (cotton smeared in vaseline inside of a pill bottle)
3rd line gear: (in the rucksack)
-50' parachute cord
-LARGE water repository
-Sleeping bag (select type to fit the WORST possible environment you could encounter)
-10 full freeze dried meals
-Batteries (24 pack - per device)
-Hand crank flashlight
-Extra ammo (usually 300 rounds per weapon)
-Extra pair of gloves
This covers the gear that I have. It may not be suitable to you, so you should customize it to fit your personal needs. More importantly, you should
always remain proficient in the use of your gear.
I may have left some things out, so feel free to point out any problems with my packing list.
[edit on 1/21/2007 by JBurns]