reply to post by calstorm
The deal with the nickels is from survival blog.
It is because if things get better you can just turn them in for paper,
or if things get worse the metal is actually worth more than 5 cents
as things stand right now.
So it is a good hedge against hyperinflation which looks likely.
Hyperinflation has been used to impoverish several nations and
basically turn them into 3rd world ghetto slave states.
That is part of the plan for the US.
As for a good bug out bag I'd say focus on ways to catch food,
grow food, and knowledge.
A pocket sized SAS survival handbook for $8 or less.
Some tough ziplock bags, a few ways to start a fire, though cold
camp may be best if you wish to go undetected.
In that case use a solar oven made from aluminum foil.
Stainless steel camping cup and cooking gear from camping place
is a good idea.
A Stainless steel multi tool like a gerber, leatherman, or other,
with a can opener on it.
A good backpack with lots of pockets and plenty of storage.
Some way to sleep, I have two a net hammock off amazon
and a sleeping bag rolled up.
A 8' x 12' tarp to keep the rain off you.
A few hundred feet of true 550 lb. type III paracord, do your best
to cut it as little as possible once you get it down to 25 foot lengths.
Some stainless steel snare wire, or galvanized steel wire 28 ga. approx.
A fishing kit in a small container, hooks, line, few boobers, or you can
do the jug fishing method that seems to work well.
Crank combo flashlight AM/FM radio cell phone charger.
While technology works, use it to keep informed unless you think
they might use it to triangulate your location, then pull the battery
out of that cell phone.
Water proof insulated boots, wool socks, wool blanket.
Wool keeps you warm even if wet, its an itchy mother, but it works.
Folding hand saw, hatchets and axes tend to take more energy.
If you can find a wire saw that holds up to a folding lock blade
performance wise go for it.
Firesteel, maybe a cpl of them, a magnifying glass will start fire too,
dryer lint makes great tinder.
Strong binoculars that are compact and maybe fold up to smaller size.
Cache some food near your bug out location, maybe bury it or hide
it VERY VERY well, something cheap like rice and beans.
Laminated visual guides to what plants are edible and medicinal,
though some are in SAS pocket guide.
A knife sharpener, check out The Puck, or the rod types.
A full tang fixed blade knife that fits well in your hand.
A Ruger 10/22 with two 25 round banana clips and a few bricks
of ammo in your pack, it is the lightest things to carry out and
a 10/22 is a tack driver out of the box and it is semi-cheap.
If you can shoot and can afford a .30 caliber boat tail type
rifle I'd say that is the best one to get.
If you can afford it get a stainless steel one so it won't rust.
Texsport folding shovel, pick, saw.
Snake-Poison kit syringe style.
Non-GMO seeds packs, open pollinated or heirloom.
Consider Giant Golden Amaranth, it is a complete plant protein,
and it is even resistant to Monsanto's roundup.
A supply of meds you may require, and an herbal remedy you can use
in replacement if possible.
Cleaning kit for the 10/22.
Heavy Mil thickness Trashbags, make good rain ponchos, and
can fill with sun dried leaves to act as insulation.
2 extra pair of clothes.
Some way to purify water, a good mobile one is the katadyn
pump one with the silver based disc.
You can also make a sand filter with activated charcoal.
Some great videos from wilderness outfitters
Dave even shows you how to make a good ghillie suit and then shows
you that it really works.
I recommend you watch them all even if you think you know the
content of the video.
The most important thing you will have is your knowledge and
who ever you can find that you trust with your life to go with you.
One man lived alone on an island and showed up with nothing but a knife.
300 days on island alone with just a
If you prepare you can do well, and caching can really save your butt.
Make sure it is water tight sealed, test it somehow.
Have more than one cache site, and make sure you are not observed.
There are some ppl on the survival boards that know more than me,
so try asking there if you don't like my answers.
Good Luck and send me a u2u if you have questions.