posted on Jun, 23 2008 @ 12:46 AM
1.) Military surplus knives: USA: For about $50 you can get a surplus "Calamus, NY" 6" blade solid tang black Parkerized Knife with a date of
manufacture stamped on it and a sheath and sharpening stone. (The dated blade might get you out of a tight spot with a paranoid trooper especially if
it says "1975" or "1980".)
2.) A sharp 2+ blade military pocket knife. In the states these stainless steel pocket knives may be stamped "U S A" (army), "U S N" (navy), "U S
M C" (marine corps), and "U S A F" (air force). I have not seen any "U S C G" (coast guard). Beware of Chinese monkey copies where you can not
grip the blade notch to open the knife.
3.) Leatherman Tool. Enough said.
4.) Mini Maglite 3AA cell LED flashlight and a dozen AA batteries.
5.) Small bottle with STRIKE ANYWHERE KITCHEN MATCHES. REAL MATCHES STRIKE ANYWHERE!!! Waterproof them by double dipping them in melted parafin wax.
6.) Magnesium fire starter. It will burn through aluminum foil or start water soaked newspaper burning. $5.
7.) Wire saw: Get the good braided wire Gili Saw. It can be streched into a bow saw.
8.) Best Books and Authors:
Eule Gibbons: "Stalking the Wild Asparagus", "Stalking the Blue Eyed Scallops"
John 'Lofty' Wiseman
Frank and John Craighead
Richard Graves: "Bushcraft" ("Australian Bushcraft") WWII U.S. Army Air Corps survival book.
Tom Brown jr: "The Tracker" (A biogaphical novel) and about 10 factual books on nature, observation, tracking and wild plants. You can also take
take his classes.
9.) Have you considered taking a (discarded) bicyle towed baby cart and converting it to a hand cart with a plastic 55 galon drum for a cargo
compartment? The baby carier provides two bicyle wheels and an axel. The barrel should have a screw on lid.
10.) One man storable meal: one Lipton Noodle and Sauce meal and a retortable pouch of tuna, salmon or chicken. (Retortable pouches are freeze proof,
cans are not.) Warning: Store in a 30 galon lard tin as protection against GOURMET MICE. Store two or three a week.
11.) Solar water still kit. Twelve feet of plastic aquarium tubing (to harvest the water), eight foot square of light plastic (for still lid and
condenser surface), a one quart plastic freezer box with snap on lid (for catch cup and container). Dig hole. Place catch cup in bottom of hole. Put
tube in cup so you can sip water without opening still. Cover hole with plastic with cone point down over catch cup. Pile earth on edges of plastic.
I hope this is helpful.