Great thread! Very informative. My husband and I have slowly, over the years, been building up a survival kit/plan. I also never thought that stockpiling was a good idea considering you may have to evacuate your area if something happened. We have watched a few of those preppers shows as well and I must say that there definitely are some ridiculous things on there. Although, some good ideas as well. However, learning to living off the land is far more efficient than stockpiling, in my opinion.
We have two large, good quality, hiking packs which we have pre-filled with various items such as:
- waterproof matches
- a couple knives
- a compact first aid kit
- a small hatchet
- some clothes
- wind-up/solar powered radio
- a little portable flint striker my husband picked up
- a couple flashlights
- a few 5 packs of those hospital type face masks
- a couple of fire-proof blankets
- small tarp
- iodine tablets
The list goes on actually. Can't remember it all off the top of my head. It seems like a lot but they are all relatively small items packed in two
large hiking bags.
I also have two toilet buckets filled with emergency MREs and packs of water. One is in the car and the other is in our house. We also have talked
about making a small greenhouse in the backyard along with some raised bed gardens. It doesn't help if we have to move, I know. But it's still a
good idea considering the state of things and we may not even have to travel.
We don't live in a city or suburban area, not even a large town. We live in a wooded area in very small town. But I am still aware that we may have
to be on the move, most likely further north towards the mountains if it comes to that. Luckily, we have a friend that lives up north and can
rendezvous with him if and when the time comes.
Our northern friend has been getting into learning about the plants and trees native to us. We have books and such as well. We figure it will
certainly come in handy if we have to live off the land.
Again, thanks for the information. We will certainly make use of it.