Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Omni Survival Kit

This is an extended list I create for what you would need to survive in the wilderness, during post apocalyptic times, extended hiking/camping trips, or simply hitching or train-hopping. You don't NEED all of these things of course, but to be absolutely prepared, this list would be mighty helpful.Keep in mind, a lot of this equipment is modern and would be very difficult to find in other worlds, post apocalyptic times, or even third world countries. However, there are always alternatives. Also keep in mind, to have all of this, would be very heavy...Perhaps, if you plan to travel in groups, you could split up the load.

mostly, what you can carry.

water purifier kit
The worst thing that slows people down, on a journey, escaping enemy, etc, is dehydration or getting dysentery or something. It can make you sick for a really long time, or even kill you. You can get tablets that help purify the water, or you can get little kits to run the water through...it's never a sure thing, but it will help. Even the freshest spring water can make you sick, due to raccoon droppings. Also, always boil it along with purifying. If you have no tablets, then boiling may help by itself.

It's important to have a hatchet, or even an ax if you can manage it, so you can cut up fire wood, or even build temporary shelter.

it's really useful to have a ball of thick hemp with you, for tying up pretty much anything

Wet stone-
the worst thing in the world is to have the proper tools, but they're all dull.

to dig a fire pit, to dig a 'shitter'(yes it's very good to bury your shit, not just because it's good for the environment, but because it makes it harder for anyone to track you. they have very small fold up compact shovels, very cheap too.

S.W.A.T. boots, in my opinion, are the warmest and most durable, only $75. Jungle boots, and other military boots are pretty good too.

wool socks
it's very important to keep your feet warm and dry. When your socks are wet, wash them, and dry them. If it's always wet, there isn't much you can do but to change your socks a lot and air out your feet. NEVER sleep with your shoes on...this causes what many call 'boot rot'...and you'll loose your feet, which means you haven't a chance.

large knife
good for cutting anything. don't get a 'survival knife'. they are very useful, but the blade is weak, and not deep enough into the hilt, and will usually break. Get a good knife that can be used in combat, skinning and cutting up game, whatever.

sword and/or staff
I wouldn't suggest carrying a claymore or long sword across the country side, unless your someone like Draven or something, lol. Be sure to get a battle ready, and not a decorative sword. As for the staff...make it big and strong enough to help you hike up a mountain, and fight off an enemy.

bow and arrow
This is essential if you plan on eating meat. But even if you don't eat meat, your probably going to have to do it anyway...there will be times and places where there will be no wild vegetation to eat. I know we have quite a few vegetarians in here. So maybe, you ought to get used to eating meat once a month or so, just so you aren't really sick when you are forced to live off it.

I would suggest a gun in post-apocalyptic times...but it will be hard to come by bullets possibly, so save them for emergencies I suppose. The only reason I wouldn't suggest them in these times, is because in so many places you'll be thrown in jail, despite an 2nd amendments we have.

Smiley-this is especially useful in these times, as it is a very lethal weapon, and yet completely legal...it's just a long chain with one-5 padlocks on the end. It is called a smiley because the padlocks on the end leave an imprint of a smiley face upon the skin.

several hooks and string for make-shift fishing poll.
all you really need is the hook and string...there are ways to make you own, it's just easier to bring some with...just put them on a stick, and you'll catch something eventually....it's what we did last summer...and we caught many fish...we even used potatoes as bait, lol.

Clothing & other Gear:
it's up to you what you want to carry around, but I would suggest no more than one set of pants or carharts(sp?), a lightweight shirt, a hoody and/or warm jacket.
Cargo Vest(this is helpful in carrying loads of smaller things you will need every day or all day).
Depending on the weather, hat, gloves, and other items are very useful of course.
in the cold, wear the warm clothing over the lightweight clothing. A coat is important, even if you in warm areas...you never know how much the weather will change, and even in a desert, it gets cold at night. But don't get a coat that's very bulky and heavy. To pack clothing, roll it, don't fold it...it fits a lot better. But it's best to try and not have any clothing you need to pack...wear it all if the weather permits.
A bandanna is very important...to put over your face when it's dusty, cold, in a boxcar, etc.

sunblock and bug spray
when you run out, use mud...it works for both...and eat lots of garlic.

compact sleeping bag
for at least 20 degrees f. You can get a good one at Wal-mart even, for 35 dollars, but it's not very compact. I would suggest military surplus.

Notebook...record maps, edible plants and healing herbs, prophecies, etc.

first aid kit
herbs(mostly for colds, stomach problems, skin problems, infections, etc), gauze, bandaids, neosporin, ace bandage.

A tarp
I would always suggest you take a tarp instead of a tent...tents get pretty heavy, even small ones. When it rains, you just put yourself and your gear in the tarp and roll yourself up...keeps the rain out and can even keep you warm in the snow...but be careful not to let yourself become buried and suffocate in snow. If you insist on a tent, then get a very small one(and don't go w/ the cheap kind, they'll just leak or collapse on you), or even go as far to get a hammac tent(the closed up type, some you can hang high up in the trees).

Cooking Supplies:

*miniture grill(usually about a foot long)-can use it to grill meat and veggis or use it as a base for a pot to boil water. All you need to do is arrange stones around the fire to support it.
*Small pot for boiling water and cooking

*Compass--try to get one with a whistle, some flint(helpful in making fire), and a reflector.

*Bungee Cords and Carabeners are very helpful in strapping everything together.

*Fire Making Tools
We of course have matches and lighters, but when such things are unavailable, you can get some flint and iron pyrite--or flint with a steel knife(the technique practice but striking these two together creates a spark, and if you get it to land on kindling, you can get a fire started. I have never tried to method of rubbing sticks, but there are tools to makes that slightly easier. I would just suggest reading some websites on how to make flint and steel work.

Books:(get small pocket guides for space)
Book on Survival, military issue is probably the best
Book on First Aid
Book on Edible plants
Book on Healing herbs, with detalied pictures(not artist renditions) and instructions on dosage and usage.

Rope: Rope can be useful in about a million circumstances.

Back-up food:
When you can't find food, you need backup. Carry a few MRE's(small compact boxes made by the military..you don't have to worry about starting a fire for most of them, they heat up them when you pull a string or do something special(i've used MRE's and things similar...don't worry they all have directions). Also, granola, trail mix, and crackers are good.

Sterno: A can of sterno is really useful if you have canned food.

Walkie Talkies and batteries. These aren't really that nessecary though quite helpful when traveling in groups...especially when hitchhiking, or when danger is coming.

Boot Dagger-this is useful for defense and cutting things.

MultiTool-the list goes on and on how useful a helpful a multitool can be. I'd suggest Gerber or Winchester.

Camel Pack or Canteen:
A Camel Pack(sometimes has a different name) is extremely helpful, you can strap it around your pack or on your back and it carries a good amount of water. If you just want a canteen you will have to remember to fill it up often.

Pack: I would suggest getting either an Alice pack or a very good hiking bag. These can run from anywhere between 30 and 300 dollars depending on a lot of issues.

If you can't carry this amount of gear, then you can find a horse or a mule.

Things to know before hand:

how to find wild edible food.
how to test if food is poisonous.
know how to find and prepare the basic herbal remedies
how to survive in natural disasters
know how to proficiently use sword, staff, and bow/arrow
know how to ride a horse
know how to start a fire, even in rain, with flint.
be able to carry 50-100 pounds with ease
have your kit ready at a moments notice

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