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Originally posted by getreadyalready
(Edible Local Plants, Basic First Aid, Basic Survival Skills, Field Dressing Game)
1. Medications. If you have medications that you have to take on a regular basis, you need to keep at least 3 days worth in your 72 hour kit. Many drugs break down in the extreme heat of a car, so ask your pharmacist how long they'll stay safe in your car and how long they'll stay effective. As an example, if your pharmacist tells you that a certain drug will last for 3 years at room temperature, but only 2 months if you keep it in your car, then you should use the drugs that are in your car every month or two and replace them with fresh drugs. The life expectancy of your drugs will, of course, be different depending on where you live and the season of the year.
2. Footwear/clothes. If you ever wear flip flops, heels, or dress shoes, then consider carrying a pair of quality shoes/boots in your car. Stick in at least one pair of quality socks and underwear as well. Remember the pictures and videos after 9/11 of people running barefoot, holding their $500 shoes? Imagine how your body would feel after doing that for a few miles.
3. Clothes for the wrong season. You should either carry clothes for both summer and winter, carry convertable clothes, or change the clothing contents of your kit every spring/fall. Shorts won't help much in the winter and insulated cover-alls won't help much in the summer.
4. Young children. If you have young children, they add a HUGE level of complexity to any survival situation. Can/will they eat your survival food? Do you have spare clothes/diapers/wipes for them? Do you have a way to manage their pain from teething/injuries? Do you have a way to transport them? It might be worth learning how to use a regular bedsheet to create a wearable baby sling and carry a bedsheet with you in your car. If you have a stroller with inflatable tires, do you carry spare tires and/or a tire repair kit?
5. Pain. If you aren't good at handling pain, learn proven techniques from someone you know who has done natural child-birthing, a midwife, birthing coach, or doula. In addition, consider carrying ibuprofen, anbesol, or even prescription pain medications. If you are concerned about a hurt pet, consider getting livestock lidocaine. (It requires a vetrenarian's prescription, but costs a fraction of human lidocaine.)
4 season tent (as light as possible)
high grade plastic tarps
region-appropriate sleeping bag
99% or better quality water filter, worth whatever price you have to pay
Potassium Iodine tablets
1/2 gallon of unscented bleach
BPA-free Nalgene-type water containers
2 to 3 weeks non-perishable long-haul food
12ga or 20ga pump action shotgun with an 18" barrel
fowl, small and large game ammunition
OC spray (with UV dye)
First aid kit
Personal Needs kit (dental, feminine, vision, prescription medication)
2 to 3 good books
deck of cards and pair of dice
Suitable hiking grade backpack (internal frame) in earth tone colors
Cutlery - mess kit, fixed blade full tang knife, folding pocket knife, hatchet and machette
Quality hiking boots (ideally waterproof)
Flashlights (at least two, several changes of batteries for each)
NOAA-band weather radio
If you've got a $1,000 and are planning on surviving something bad in the future, then you need to get in with a farmer that knows how to live off the land by producing animals and gardens. You need to group up with others that have a $1,000 and start a co-operative with such a farmer type person. It could help you and him now, and all of you later.
Cow Shares, Herd Shares, Farm Shares
In states where dairy regulations forbid consumers their constitutional right to purchase raw milk in stores or directly from farmers, consumers are entering into share agreements with the farmer.
In a cow share or herd share agreement, consumers pay a farmer a fee for boarding their cow, (or share of a cow), caring for the cow and milking the cow. The cow share owner then obtains (but does not purchase) the milk from his own cow. This arrangement is similar to arrangements of owning a share in a racehorse or a bull.
Some states, such as Wisconsin, actually forbid cow share agreements (which represents a further abridgement of our constitutional rights.) In these states, consumers and farmers have set up corporations in which consumers hold non-voting shares. This permits the consumer to obtain raw milk and other products from the farm in which he shares ownership (a farm share). It is more difficult and more expensive to set up a farm share program than a cow or herd share program, but this arrangement has the advantage of providing the farmer with more protection