Everyone knows that if you dont have the most expensive, state of the art gear and lots of it, you are certain to perish.
So long, sorry.
As world watcher said, books are either free or cheap from thrift stores.
Rummage sales are good as well, one mans trash.....you know.
Speaking of trash, and not everyone can or will do this, but transfer stations sometimes have hidden finds. I know I guy who once found a Filson coat
($275) in a dump. So look around.
For storing dry foods, talk with a local restaurant, school, or hospital. They go through piles of food grade plastic containers, clean them out and
refill. Free, and you save them from a landfill.
As far as firearms, you dont need a gun to survive. There are plenty of ways to defend yourself and take game without guns. Traps, bows, crossbows,
etc... These can be created from your surroundings, pick up an SAS survival guide, pretty cheap, all kinds of fun/free information.
There are other ways to filter water as well. Dont need the fancy pumps. (Im lazy, I have a fancy pump) Solar stills for a start, boiling is good,
again, books are your friend. Books and also many of these topics have been brought up here, so take a walk through the older survival threads
As far as a list of what you need. Only you know that. Take your daily life down to its simplist form, what do you actually need to get through the
day? Food, fire, water, shelter, first aid, etc... Once you figure out what you need, then start to get creative on how to find or make this stuff
as cheaply as you can.
If you come up with any good original ideas, please share. We all like to learn.