Hi....and congrats on deciding to even make a start!
I'd go along with everything the others have said here. The SAS survival book won't just be an entertaining read, it will definately be of use.
Also, the kit you have already got will not be a waste. NR is right, you can use lighters just as easily, but i have found out the hard way that
lighters break, lighters get wet, and lighters can blow out so your flint and steel will be a great back up tool for when everything else has run out
or has broken.
Same with the hexi stove, i have other cooking methods but i still love using the hexi, and when the blocks run out, you can just stick wood under
there. If i'm out in the woods with the kids, one thing i always have with me is a hexi stove, mess tins and a couple of food cans.
Your army bergan will serve you well, i still use mine and i bought it 19 years ago when i was 17. You can get your whole life in there and they
rarely let you down.
I know how you feel though as far as where to start is concerned. It can be a bit daunting, especialy when you see others here with what seems like
enough gear to last a hundred years!
However like i said though, you've made a start which is all that counts.
I think i started off with the whole "Sit X meant darting off to survive in the woods" type mentality, but i like to think i'm calming down with
Here in the UK, chances are that we are going to end up stuck in our homes with a Sit X going on before we have to bug out to the wilderness. So i'm
starting by storing enough food, water, fire lighting materials, medicines and neccessities to last at least a month in the house.
Why bug out from my house, the best shelter around here, if i don't need to?
That said, i do have enough gear to be able to live away from the house if the need ever arose. Thats where things like shelter building, fire
starting and water procurement and treatment comes into the equation. If you and your girlfriend are going to live, you will have to know these
things, no if's and buts.
Good luck with the learning curve though, this part of the forum is a great source of knowledge and with people like Northern Raider offering
excellent advice, people can't go wrong really.
Or at least it's a damn site better than doing nothing and expecting everything to fall in your lap WTSHTF!