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Emergency Pack Redux

labyrinthman is thinking about putting together his own series of 'bolt bags' as gifts for people. It got me thinking about the discussion I had on LJ a long time ago about what was needed in an emergency pack. Here's the list that came together by consensus.

1. Clothing: jeans, 2 shirts, socks, under things, ball cap and sneakers
2. Toiletries: comb, travel size shampoo, soap, deodorant
3. Waterproof poncho
4. Umbrella
5. Sunglasses
6. Foil blanket
7. Money: At least $500
8. Copy of my birth certificate
9. Passport
10. CD/USB backup of my documents
11. Small address book of addresses and phone numbers of people I trust
12. Copy of local public transportation routes
13. Small ever light flashlight
14. Swiss army knife or Leatherman tool
15. Titanium spork and titanium chopsticks
16. Small first aid kit
17. Baby wipes
18. Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil
19. Compass
20. Wind up Radio
21. A disposable lighter
22. 2 - 16 oz bottles of water
23. Iodine tablets
24. Food: A couple packages of trail mix, luna bars, chewable vitamins
25. Natural legal stimulants
26. A few fishing hooks and fishing wire
27. Field guide to what's edible in your area
28. Maps of the area
29. Boy scout handbook
30. An extra set of house and car keys
31. Small caliber pistol, ammunition, gun permits
32. Emergency kit in a can

Comments

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labyrinthman
Dec. 6th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that! It will be gifts for next year and years to follow, mainly... but I got thinking, and I'm glad there are people like you as resources out there. :)
wastededucation
Dec. 7th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
You should keep a lot more water... enough for a week not counting what you could scavenge from the water heater.
gaaneden
Dec. 7th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
For a "bolt bag"? No. 32 ounces of water will suffice. You'll be on the road and that gets heavy. That's why the water purifying tablets. 32 oz will ensure survival in a completely dry place for at least 4 days.
wastededucation
Dec. 7th, 2007 02:55 am (UTC)
Yeah at least 6 bottles or a ceramic filter so you can purify what you find...
unkyrich
Dec. 7th, 2007 01:39 am (UTC)
Baggies - quart sized and pint sized.

They should be added to your list.

They are indispensable for preserving food, and preserving organs in case of emergency.

Rich
blackavar
Dec. 7th, 2007 04:25 am (UTC)
I'd add/change a few things, but everyone's bugout bag is what works for them.
I prefer a long gun if possible (if limiting myself to only one), as they're more useful in a survival situation, IMO. The AR-7, or "US Survival .22" as Henry is calling it now that they're making it instead of Charter Arms, is a useful and versatile choice, even if it's not an amazingly capable weapon - stows in its own stock, and only adds 2.5 lbs. Long guns also tend to invite less legal hassle than handguns, though everyone's mileage will vary based on location there.
I also have quite a bit more medical gear in my larger bugout bag, as I've got a little more training. I'd also second the water filter suggestion, and add a flattened and empty collapsible water bladder or two - something like a Camelbak bladder. I also have a 2M handie-talkie and a pair of FRS radios, as well as a handheld GPS for convenience, though I need to tuck in a flexible solar panel to make those more sustainable - thanks for this post, as it'll remind me to get on that.
I'd chuck in a couple of MREs , as well - high caloric value and long shelf life in reasonable space, even if they're not the most tasty things in the world. The high-dollar version of that would be going with some of the lightweight freeze-dried stuff.
It ends up a little more expensive than many gifts, but a bag (inexpensive soft pack) and everything but the high-dollar items might go well as a "starter kit".
The next step up in size and weight is to add a bivy bag or one of the superlight personal tents and a tightly packed sleeping bag - makes things downright comfortable then, and still fits in a decently small pack.
Of course, there's always treating the bugout bag as a bugout system, and having a buttpack for the smallest/lightest weight option, going up to a real pack (internal frame, and built sturdy enough for long-distance travel) in the case of more time to prep, and then to an additional duffle of heavy and non-absolutely-essential gear in case of an oversupply of time/carrying capacity.
digitaleopard
Dec. 7th, 2007 06:21 am (UTC)
Most places these are called 'BOB' or 'bug-out bags' and there's a huge debate about what bags you should have and what should be in each. It's practically an art; you can find discussions on most of the weapons / tactics forums (usualsuspects.net always has good stuff on this).

They tend to break out into three bags, one for a few days, one for a few weeks, and one for...longer.

The pack you've got so far looks pretty good. Are you looking for specific suggestions?
redmondmenace
Dec. 7th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
No shotgun? The zombies have already won. :(
gaaneden
Dec. 7th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Not in a legal bolt bag. No.
sy4
Dec. 26th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
snakebit kit - most small first aid kits do not include one, make sure you have one

flares - for so many purposes to include signaling and self-defense

axe - if you have to create a shelter or cut down limbs (for stakes or spears, etc), a pocket knife is not going to hack - keep this in the trunk if you don't want to keep it in a bag. Get at least a hand axe.
sy4
Dec. 26th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
oh, and power bars are compact and long lasting
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