What should be included in a survival pack?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by netexasemt, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. Redhand

    Redhand Active Member

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    Apr 14, 2009
    One thing I forgot to mention is the fix-it-all, a good roll of Duck tape.
     
  2. Chinook

    Chinook New Member

    Duct Tape! Of course! I never really consider this survival equipment. But I have rolls in prolly every room in the house, and at least three places in my truck, and a box of the stuff in my parents/my little SHTF storage room. Duct Tape just goes with everything! Its like Tobasco sauce! Good on everything! Ha!

    I had a guy ask me the other day how I started a fire I got goin in the rain while we were castin, and blastin... I always keep a rag in a baggie, soaked in 2 stroke fuel from my Driftboat, and two other baggies, one with a big piecs of 00 steel wool, and another with a fresh 9V battery. This is all you need besides dry tinder to make a fire. You dont even need a fuel soaked rag if the foliage is not completely soaked! But the questiomn got me thinkin. Why not put all of this in a bigger bag, and stash it in my BOB, and other GTHOT type bags/packs. Weighs less than a half pound.
     

  3. hunter29180

    hunter29180 Well-Known Member

    best firestarter I have tried is a cottonball rubbed into vaseline. its a one match light and 1-2 balls will start even green tinder!
     
  4. HunterAlpha1

    HunterAlpha1 Former Guest

    Aug 8, 2011
    Yorktown, VA
    i think the whole "5 items" thing is kinda dumb. you either have your BoB, in which case you have most of what you need(at least, what you thought you needed;)), or you have only what's in your pockets, in which case things are going to be rough for you unless you have time and opportunity to loot-oops! i mean forage for what you need :D
     
  5. netexasemt

    netexasemt New Member

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    Aug 23, 2011
    NE Texas


    As stated previously, the dumb idea of the 5 items was to see what different people see as their most important 5 items.

    Not trying to make it a realistic scenario. Just curious as to what people rely on most.
     
  6. HunterAlpha1

    HunterAlpha1 Former Guest

    Aug 8, 2011
    Yorktown, VA
    oic got it:eek:
     
  7. Anyone include body armor or gas masks with that BoB?
     
  8. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    got M17 a1's at the rally point and a few NBC suits as well
     
  9. vytoland

    vytoland New Member

    617
    Oct 14, 2008
    Illinois
    snicker bars, guinness, S&W "N" frame .44 magnum revolver, matches, clean undies.
     
  10. Buckshot

    Buckshot Active Member

    May 5, 2009
    Southern AZ
    It has everything to do with your environment, or the environment you expect to find yourself in at a given time. The season makes a huge difference as well, and you may find yourself swapping out some items as the seasons change. My daily carry bag, as well as the extra gear kept in my truck are geared toward survival in the city, and toward getting home. Not much use for a snare or a fishing rig here. If I were in a more rural environment the stuff my vary considerably. Though your basic needs may be more or less the same, how you go about satisfying them may be radically different based on the environment. The daily highs here in the summer can be 85 degrees higher than the winter lows. I have to change out some things accordingly.

    Basics include plenty of water, and a way to carry and make safe a lot more. Really good footwear is a must. You never know when shank's mare is all that's going to get you where you're going. Good quality tools - knife, multi-tool, etc. More than one good quality flashlight. Any essential medication. Extra eyeglasses if you are so afflicted. Cash. Extra clothing for winter. Extra water, sunscreen, hat, bandana, etc. for summer. The list goes on much farther than you can carry it... :)
     
  11. netexasemt

    netexasemt New Member

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    Aug 23, 2011
    NE Texas
    That's an excellent idea. I was an NBC Specialist in the Army but they didn't teach us any secondary backups for our issued gas masks. They made sure we understood the importance of having ours nearby at all times and making sure it was kept clean as well.
     
  12. Redhand

    Redhand Active Member

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    Apr 14, 2009
    And last but not least toilet paper, in case we have to use it before we kiss our arse Goodbye.:eek::rolleyes::confused::eek:
     
  13. popgun

    popgun New Member

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    Sep 21, 2009
  14. jack404

    jack404 Former Guest

    Jan 11, 2010
    Australia
    netexasemt, there aint no backups depending on the agents

    CS no worries swap ya filters , you may get a bit "stingy" but thats ok

    blood reagents or transcutainious nerve agents ( most of the persistant ones are transcutainious ) , no hope other than making a clean area , but one transfer and its atropine all round

    stuff like mustard gas or chlorine based you clear out of the area and change , but its not likely to be fatal if you dont ,
    the troops on the western front swapped over their filters when they got wet the gas was so thick , most of then did ok , a few ( lots actually , but compared ) fouled up the change over and got a lung full , , but its doable

    and making a positive pressure area tent is not hard , 4-6 filters set up on a intake over 2 Computer fans is enough to keep a 11x11 ( army ) tent as a positive air pressure area

    here if anything it'll be CS or a variant D2-11 or similar ( puke gas)

    but if i'm smart i'll never need em as they'll never figure where i am to use it ..
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2011
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