reply to post by DragonSpirit2
Of course spending some cash and getting good tech can increase one's odds of survival, but here's the biggest kicker in the world.....wait for
Our race has survived MILLENIA without "tech", you just need to make sure you have the basics, the REAL basics, and some knowledge.
You need a reliable knife - The Gerber Profile is $18 at Wal-mart, it is an outstanding knife at that price point, and can hold it's own against many
other blades in more pricey ranges.
A reliable form of fire starting (flint and striker at the minimum) - You can get Mil Spec Flints (Ranger Flints, etc.) from $7 - &10
Water - Military canteen with cup, use the cup to boil the water if the water source is questionable, this will run $10-$15 if you go with a 1qt
canteen. Water purification tabs though aren't too much more, another $10.
Warmth/shelter - Emergency blankets, the mylar type, they do work, (you're surviving not having a weekend at the Hilton) these are usually $5/ea, get
Trapping - Ideal would be some 24ga brass wire, but you HAVE to have 550 paracord, you can get 100' for $5 to $10, if you need smaller threads you cut
off a section and separate it.
Then spend time in the library or the bookstore, don't need to buy anything, just read and soak it up and take notes for reference.
I understand tight budgets, but sticking to the true essentials you can do it, the above list is about $50-$70, if it's REALLY tight, just grab
$10-$20 worth of gear a week, you'll have what you need pretty quickly.
If you have no experience outdoors, camping, hiking, or whatever, watch some Man vs Wild and Survivorman, these will get your brain in the right frame
of mind, they're not bible's to survival, they'll just get your head in the right place, then GO CAMPING, get OUTDOORS, you need to get comfortable
with nature if you're going to rely on nature to survive.
ETA: Oh yeah, Duct Tape also, you can never underestimate the value of duct tape, a million reasons to have it but it will be the reasons you can't
think of where it will be invaluable.
edit on 31-5-2011 by Hijaqd because: Duct Tape