Keep this thread going, people should know how to prepare for emergencies
I DISAGREE!!!! Respectfully.This should be made into a "running" STICKY!
While I've considered putting a bug out/survival pack together, I hadn't thought about it in-depth until I read this. It is better to be prepared than to be caught with your pants down. And the list here is just about got every "worst case scenario" covered. Unless you have a bunker, or some sort of safe area, then I'd add lots of MRE's, while not always the tastiest of food fair, were talking about survival, and you can more than survive with them. Some aren't half bad, of course the old dogs here will always say, "I'd rather have Sea Rats!" But that is dream if there are any of those left anywhere, either the person hoarding them won't speak up, or more than likely they have probably expired, ....if they do or can. I do know MRE's have been improved since I was in the Corps, (24 years ago, dang I haven't thought about that ever!)but the ones we had wasn't always terrible, the freeze dried pork patty was the worst, that was until I started taking the time to heat up some water, add some special seasonings which consisted of a little Tabasco, and the powdered ketchup. That made it tolerable, to sometimes GOOD, depends on how hungry I was, real hungry and it was real good, not too hungry and you get the picture.
I do have question concerning the bug out/survival bag, I know it's best to keep it simple, but is there a certain type of calamity that is being prepared for, I mean if we're talking about something like a dirty bomb, the items needed will be different, while some of the items listed would be great, there are many others that would be necessary to survive. The question is, what is the general idea that is being prepared for? Are we talking a survival bag taken in the back country? Or more like a natural disaster? I know most of the items listed would work for both, but if you're preparing for every/anything Murph's going to need a bigger bag!
I know when I do things like this I tend to go overboard, I did it in the Marines, and would probably take it to the point of not being able to pack it all. Thoughts ideas? Thanks Rex