posted on Jun, 28 2008 @ 04:05 PM
Well in my Yank opinion belts are best saved for hanging other "tools" (some have been mentioned). For easy carry access to essentials I like the
old standard 20 pocket fishing vest. Price is very affordable next to free at many yard sales. Well the $2-$5 dollar range which given the exchange
rate nowadays is next to free.
There are two schools of thought on having to bugout. Short term and long term. Which of course becomes a matter of long distance and short distance.
The million pounds of gear types (be it weight or currency we are talking about) will give the more avid scavengers, er survivialists among us plenty
of affordable additional items as they will cast off things rather rapidly.
Now if your Sit-X is total ecconomic meltdown (quite possible here in the States sooner than any of will like) Your number one (or at least my number
one) choice to grab will be my journal.
A diary, why would anyone grab a flipping diary? Well, it isn't one really. All those nice tips and tricks for knots, snares, traps, improvised
tools, kits, flora (medicinal and foodstuff) becomes hand written in my little book in painstaking detail. No power in the backwoods means no internet
or libraries handy so unless you can remember everything, best to write it down. Of course getting out a practicing what you have wrote goes without
saying in nice conditions that we have now. Let's you know which pages to tear right out and put to a more natural good use after squatting over
fresh dug hole.
Nature has a way of getting you in the end even if you do everything right so the lucky guy that runs across my carcus in the woods and ruffle through
my pockets might even be thankful enough to give me a slight burial.
As for must haves a good knife (already mentioned), a few basic hand tools like a file and saw, good tin snips, the old fence tool, a couple of spools
of Spiderwire fishing line (you got plenty of time not doing the 9 to 5 thing so you can make your own ropes and cords--as well as getting them tasty
fish), sewing needles of various sizes (can make but they are light and cheap and are very nice barter).
For short term, things that are usually found in your pockets can take you far. Add to it the fishing vest and start moving.
Yeah, I am a fan of the old coffee can stoves.