I decided to put this together for anyone who was wanting to prepare,but didn't want to get themselves into financial trouble doing so..like meee
This is NOT for the 'Bare Grills' types who can make a 5 star hotel out of a few branches and an empty crisp-packet..
All links provided are the cheapest I could find for MY requirements.
Yours will differ a lot.. M/F small/tall single/couple.
Living 'wild' will keep you busy so if you're a fairly inactive person..Get your arse out for walks,bike rides,camping trips..anything that
doesn't involve the TV and a control pad in your hand..
The money saved on electricity and new games will pay for your gear...
I call this 'EXERSAVING'
First you'll need somewhere to live..mobile...comfy..
Nooo. NOT a 3 bedroom caravette with satellite dish coz there'll be no petrol pumps or reception where you're going..
Your home for the foreseeable future.
Go a couple of sizes larger than it states..
Mine is a '3-man' but I STILL wouldn't want to share it with a couple of large hairy guys after my famous 'nettle and jerky casserole'
Get a tent that is light enough to carry anywhere but has a decent 'Hydrostatic head'..That is what is going to keep you dry.. Dry = happier..
It is also an advantage to get one that is 'tapered' and low so if the wind gets crazy,you don't end up flying over Norway looking for a landing
(I spent a few sleepless nights with an offshore wind blowing past the Isle of Whithorn and a 1,000,000ft drop off the cliffs onto the rocks..(at
least 1 million ft.. maybe 2
This should set you back for less than ..
£100 for single or..
£150 for a family one..Kerrching..
Of course this is only really big enough for sleeping and stashing your essentials..So you need to make a sheltered 'living area'
The best way I've found to do this is with a IPK (Individual Protection Kit)
(I heard urban myths these are lead lined.. ermmm.. no they're not..)
Basically its a 'mini-tent' .. sheet made from a VERY waterproof material.
This is a real survival tool as it can provide shelter quickly and efficiently for a fiver..
They come complete with pegs and rope which are worth the price alone.
Throw it over a couple of tree branches 4-6ft high and peg it to the ground to make a canopy for your 'living area'..slope it slightly so the rain
runs off..then you can put a collecting vessel under it to supply some of your water needs.
If secured correctly,wind is not a problem as it will pass underneath quite happily.
Now you're on you're way to collecting gear so you're going to have to have something to store then carry them in..
By the time you've EXERSAVED you'll be plenty fit enough to carry one of these with your essentials strapped to the webbing and a change of undies
I took the longest time to choose my latest one of these. I couldn't decide wether to go for a traditional time tested Army type with external frame
Instead,I settled on a modern material 'pack' with a zip off day bag.
It MUST have a framework that will adjust to your size so that the weight will be carried on the hipbelt..
This is on the body's natural strength and pivot point.
It is NOT fun carrying any weight on your back alone..especially up and down sand dunes..trust me..(I used to be a camel in a past life)
Fortunately UK is not in the desert..yet..
(I've yet to REALLY test this for durability)
(Those bumheads dropped the price on me)£65?? arghhh..
£50-£100 Estimate depending on your choice.. Kerrching
Now,the last 'essential' topic is a stumbling block but I will cover it anyway..carefully..
Because the U.K is such a pissy-nancy country at the minute..It doesn't seem to think you should be allowed to carry tools..
So ALL the following information is in the 'theoretical future' where all Politicians and police have been eaten by zombies OK...
Forgetting foraging for guns,bazookas and T.O.W's like some of our American cousins
The best thing you could get is a solid Knife..
These can be horrendously expensive from outdoor suppliers but persevere and shop around..
Must be full tang.. ie blade goes most of the way,if not all,through the handle.
FORGET your 'Rambo knives' with hollow handles complete with crochet kit and a billiards table inside...
WHEN it breaks you must have enough length to fabricate a new handle.. be it wooden/animal skin/whatever.
(When you purchase one make sure it stays safe and hidden indoors under lock and key until you need it.. it will become your personal survival
Chopping wood,Skinning,gutting fish/rabbits etc,carving tools.Everything.)
Don't make the mistake of buying a few cheap ones.
Get used to the fact it could have to last you a lifetime..which will hopefully be a LONG time..
DON'T be shy on getting a large one too..A big knife will do everything a small one can..and a lot more.
Don't get one with protruding rivets in the handle..they hurt..a lot..
'IF' I had already bought one.. I would have made sure it was something like this..
Sorry to say the Yankie Seals Beat the S.A.S in this department ..yaboooo...
It has a finer tip for filleting/skinning,decent balanced weight for chopping.. and staggered serrations for carving your woggle or whatever..
how long is a piece of string??
£100 -£300.. Kerchh... ok I'll stop doing that..
Total so far... £255 to £550..
All the above items are what I would class as the utter basics for comfort and neccessity..
Everything else is totally dependant on how far you want to take preparation seriously..
In the next part I'll cover everything else from sleeping bags to
miniature fishing rods.. (OKAY.. I bought one
Disclaimer part two..
Yeah I know this sounds like 'wimp survival' but hey-ho.. Most people aren't used to even picking their own mushrooms or blackberries these
(Depending on how popular this thread gets I may even supply some pics of Agent 'in action'
'star it' or whatever with requests and I'll blag through each topic..
I'll even road test some of the sillier purchases I've made and see just how much they fail miserably.
(NOTHING naughty or remotely illegal before you ask..
"No credit cards were hurt err..badly.. em..no 'fatally wounded'..in the making of this series"