If you are forced to be so wary of other human contact, you have to survive by becoming an animal. Waste not, want not. You just killed a two-legged
animal. What do you do with a deer when you kill it?
Meat for food, skin for clothing, shelter, tendons make good string, and bones make great tools and weapons. Citizen smith already picked up on
The remains can simply be carried off and dumped. Other animals aren't as picky as humans. Just dump it far from your present camp, as you don't
want the stench or possible other predators coming around.
Guns are handy. Very handy. I would definitely want a decent rifle and a handgun should I find myself in those situations. But if I just had to kill
someone who is after me, chances are I just found one or both.
And you can kill just about as easily with a good knife as you can with a gun, just
have to get a little closer. With a knife, there's no need to worry about ammo, no need to worry about noise. Just bring a good whet stone along to
'reload' the weapon once in a while.
Bows are great too. But with a few simple tools, you can make one whenever you need it, and arrows too.
Yeah, concentrate on what you really need, utility type implements. A good folding saw, a swiss army knife, a hunting knife, maybe a good pair of
pliers, some fishhooks and plenty of twine (
to Agent_T on that) a pair of tungsten pruning shears is wonderful, lighter, matches, wire-ties
(light and oh, so useful) maybe a pack of bungee cords... they'll serve you much better than any gun.
Someone said survival is 80% psychology. I think they need to give psychology a bit more credit.
You can learn a skill while out on your own,
especially if you have some preparatory knowledge of it, but if it came down to it, would you rather learn to light a fire with two sticks while
shivering in the dark cold trying to survive, or just light a fire and get warm?
Preparation, preparation, preparation! Mental and psychological knowledge and mindset. Those are what will set the true survivalist apart from those
who become a rotting corpse. Knowledge of how to defend oneself with and without the toys we have today, knowledge of what to eat when no store is
around, knowledge of the surrounding area, knowledge of how to hunt and fish, knowledge of how to make traps from natural materials, knowledge of how
to live without the benefits of the local hardware store. Mindset of knowing you are no longer a social human but now a hunted animal, mindset of
throwing off social taboos, mindset of doing whatever you must to survive, mindset of surviving, any way you have to.
And of course, knowing the situation. Don't forget a hand-powered radio (preferably with headphones - quieter and lasts longer on a charge).
Wouldn't want to eat your neighbor when he is trying to tell you it was a drill...