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b. 16x 20x Camo waterproof tarp. Tents are too heavy to carry and take far to long to set up and take down, this is not efficient in a SHTF situation, camping yes, massive riots, looting revolution.... No. Get yourself a good tarp, one that is sturdy and has clasp holes about every 24 inches, the more people in your home, the larger you should go. Weight is an issue so go minimal to at least keep out the elements and build up the rest with natural resources. A 16x 20x can shelter 5-6 people if erected properly.
Water purification resources. I keep one small pot, this can be used for duel purpose, it can be used for cooking and it can also be used for water purification. You can bring a water container but you must realize, water is heavy and as much as we consume is not practical to bring with you in a survival situation save small amounts, this will mean you will need to find a source and that source very well may not be suitable for drinking without decontamination. You will want to carry at least 24 water purification tablets found at any outdoor camping store and you MUST carry a small metal pot. Boiling water will kill nearly all harmful germs allowing for reasonably safe drinking.
I completely disagree. I think that is a common misconception among a lot of survivalists. Having some sort of rechargeable and portable computer device is crucial in my opinion. I like the PlayStation Portable with custom firmware installed, I can use it to read PDF files which is very important in my opinion. It's easier to have a bunch of books which hold large amounts of knowledge rather than having to contain it all in your head. Understanding basic circuits is an important skill too, for lighting, heating, recharging etc. Knowing how to use the electronic scraps available to you will prove useful very quickly
Originally posted by gossipnancy
Interesting read. I will read your next one. I like that you mentioned jansport. My jansport pack lasted about 10 years of everyday use.
I agree with you about the pop tent. I also have one and use it for camping, they go up and come down in a hurry but I just don't tend to trust it when it comes to survival. They also average around 70-100 dollars, more money than the average person is willing to spend on a hypothetical situation.
That said, I speak from experience and I know exactly how to use the tarp along with natural materials in the environment to make it as if not more secure than a pop tent. The average probably does not, so I would say, if they can afford a 2 man throw tent, that may be the better option, depending on the climate and hostility of there location.