posted on Sep, 13 2009 @ 01:10 AM
Quick/short on me - I am an ex-Army sniper, a "survivalist" and a current paramedic.
I am putting this list up for those that are confused at what to get/what they REALLY need for a survival situation. I'll start with the 1st things
you need to think about and get and then add from there. In other words the first things you need to spend your money on and get before you spend
money on a "multi-tool" and think you are going to survive somehow with that.
1) CLOTHING - Proper clothing. If you don't have this, you are going to go hypothermic or hyperthermic and it won't matter what survival stuff you
have. For short term, like the typical 3 day survival situation, it should not be to hard for you to know what you need to wear depending on your
areas weather conditions.
For long term survival though, you need -
A warm waterproofed parka w/ hood, wool cap and/or balaclava, insulated waterproofed gloves, insulated waterproofed boots, 3 pairs of socks, 3 pairs
of underwear/t-shirts, 1 pair of insulated underwear or bodygear, raingear, 1 cargo pockets shorts, 1 cargo pockets long pants.
This is the minimum clothing you should have, more is up to you. But remember, the lighter the load you are carrying the better.
*I use the 5.11 brand "Aggressor" parka which is a 3 in 1 system (has a fleece), and I use a Colombia brand rain suit. If you buy the 5.11
Aggressor, shop around online as some sites sell these a lot cheaper then others. I got my on LAPolicegear.com. Got the rain gear at Modells.
2) WATER - A water carrying system of some type. Either 2 - 32 oz. bottles, canteens, or a 100 oz water bladder like a camelbak type. With that you
should have a 2% iodine tincture bottle for water purification (it has a very long shelf life compared to purification tablets). An empty 1 - 2 gallon
foldable water container for when you might find water and at least 3 foot of clear tube to suck water out of small places, rocks, trees, etc. as it
may be the only water you find here and there depending on where you are at.
*I carry the 2% iodine, an adventurer steri-pen with a solar charger case and water purification tabs. I store my water in a 100 oz camelbak bladder
carried on my back with removable drinking tube (it fits into my back pack and most of my gear is in my lumbar pack). I then have a very lightweight 2
gallon foldable water container I found on bestglide.com (which is where I get the majority of my gear). The 2% iodine you can get easily from a CVS
pharmacist or the like.
**I also have the NATO system canteen/cooking combo which all fits around the canteen, (I forget exactly what the offical name for the system is but I
got that on bestglide.com also).
3) FIRE - carry at least 3 sources.
*I carry 5 sources. I carry a cheap adjustable bic lighter, a weather/wind proof Bruton lighter, NATO weatherproof matches, a small mag. block w/
striker and the smaller of the two "blast match" strikers that is made by Survival Technologies (which you only need one hand to use). I also carry
the wet tinder made by survival technologies to make it easy to get a fire going, especially if it is raining or wet.
4) SURVIVAL KNIFE - A good one. Not the kind Rambo uses, that's for the movies. Bigger is not better for survival. Your blade should ideally be
between 3 - 5 inches as this is the length that is best suited for survival tasks. It needs to be a fixed blade (not folding) and full tang is best.
It should have a strong end on the handle for hammering also. also the handle should fit your hand nice and not have to many bumps sticking out it if
*I use a Gerber LMF infantry knife and feel that it is a near perfect survival knife (except that it is a bit heavier then I would prefer it to be).
The LMF's sheath also has a built in sharpener. For kicks I also have a bigger knife which is a K-Bar Tanto which has about an 8 inch blade. the
Tanto is more a "protection" knife then it would be a survival knife though.
[edit on 13-9-2009 by GregoNow]