posted on Jul, 15 2009 @ 09:15 PM
Survival gear can indeed be had on the cheap.
Try starting out with more local ideas like summer yard sales and online sites. You can get great backpacks at yard sales, discount stores and my
I purchased a brand new, major brand name 85 liter internal frame pack, for less than 40$ which retails for well over $200. If you don't plan on
living in the wild for any length of time, a burlap bag will hold your gear just as good as a Gucci one. Forget style and go for function every
Skip the shaky flashlights unless you want one for the glove box. In general, they are poorly made and not good for a survival bag. Get one good light
and some candles. I like Pelican lights and my favorite a Petzel Zipka.
While you can buy water for survival, it is better to get a way to make water potable. A good quality water filter, such as a Katadyn is a good
purchase, and a Steri Pen is even better. Tablets are cheap and easy to get at your local drug store or camping store, but tablets are not good for
long term and are not recommended for individuals with chemical sensitivities such as pregnant women and toddlers.
Yes, these things will cost you some money, but there is no need to buy everything at once, so you should take the time to look for discount, on sale
items, or gently used things at yard sales. Craigs list is a cornucopia of goodies if you look often enough.
It all depends on what you are planning for and what it is that you wish to survive. If you are getting gear for potential flooding, it will be quite
different than gear for a serious terrorist attack, or a pandemic outbreak.
If you are not sure what items to begin with, your local Red Cross can give you ideas on putting together an Emergency preparedness kit. The info is
free and just a call away.