Survival Kit

McClellan Made Blades

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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
 

murphda2

Super Moderator and KD Blade Show Boss
I drive alot! My pack is just a general purpose pack that I can carry in my car in the event of getting stranded or for carrying on a day hike. As we all know, "stupid stuff" happens and when it does it happens quick. My intent was to just put together a little pack I could use for that "OH $h!^" moment. If any of you are wanting to put together something for in the event of a "Dirty Bomb", good luck. NORAD in a pack might be a large endeavor to tackle, LOL.

MRE's? What do you mean, "Some aren't half bad"? They must have given the Marines the good stuff. The best one I remember was the "Corned Beef" and the worst was the "Omlet". Would you believe that some IDIOT approved for them to start manufacturing the Omlet again? Then again, it could just be left overs from when they made them back in the 90s. Sorry Rex, had to rib ya just a little bit.

I haven't messed with my pack much for the past week or so. I still need to put together the first aid kit for it. I have since added a bandana, S.S. water bottle, a few chem lights and a strobe beacon to each pack. When I get this all put together I'll post an itemized list of items and photos. I'll be moving back home to Arkansas in a few weeks and will have quite a bit of down time while looking for a new job. I'm thinking of doing a 2-3 day trip with just my pack to test it out a bit and see how things work. We have numerous really nice parks in or near Central Arkansas that will give me some pretty good areas to rough it a bit without having to be in a true survival situation. Yes, I'll be sure to take plenty of photos if and when I get to do it. :D
 

murphda2

Super Moderator and KD Blade Show Boss
Hmmmmmmm, didn't know that Gary. I'll have to check it out. I wonder how toxic it is?
 

roadapples

Well-Known Member
In my daypack I keep a graniteware steel cup stuffed with a Swiss Army knife, strike-anywhere matches in a waterproof tube, a candle stub, a ziplock freezer bag with MRE toilet paper, a small hand sanitizer, 4 coffee sticks, 2 teabags & sugar, a couple bullion cubes and a spork. The cup is then put into 2 more larger freezer ziplocks. The daypack also always has a Pilot survival knife that is wrapped with 550 cord and some trail mix / jerky, a couple of 12 hr hand warmers and first aid stuff.
 

Ironlath

Well-Known Member
I drive alot! My pack is just a general purpose pack that I can carry in my car in the event of getting stranded or for carrying on a day hike. As we all know, "stupid stuff" happens and when it does it happens quick. My intent was to just put together a little pack I could use for that "OH $h!^" moment. If any of you are wanting to put together something for in the event of a "Dirty Bomb", good luck. NORAD in a pack might be a large endeavor to tackle, LOL.

MRE's? What do you mean, "Some aren't half bad"? They must have given the Marines the good stuff. The best one I remember was the "Corned Beef" and the worst was the "Omlet". Would you believe that some IDIOT approved for them to start manufacturing the Omlet again? Then again, it could just be left overs from when they made them back in the 90s. Sorry Rex, had to rib ya just a little bit.

I haven't messed with my pack much for the past week or so. I still need to put together the first aid kit for it. I have since added a bandana, S.S. water bottle, a few chem lights and a strobe beacon to each pack. When I get this all put together I'll post an itemized list of items and photos. I'll be moving back home to Arkansas in a few weeks and will have quite a bit of down time while looking for a new job. I'm thinking of doing a 2-3 day trip with just my pack to test it out a bit and see how things work. We have numerous really nice parks in or near Central Arkansas that will give me some pretty good areas to rough it a bit without having to be in a true survival situation. Yes, I'll be sure to take plenty of photos if and when I get to do it. :D

Like most of the country in the recent past the weather has been and is wicked cold. In a dead of winter emergency survival situation things can go BAD very quickly. Preachin' to the choir ain't I??? I carry some clothing and equipment that will keep me warm to 50 below, down pants, jacket, goretex outers, etc. As everyone knows down clothing MUST be kept dry in order to work, hense the goretex. This isn't a problem here in Wyoming with the dry elements, I work in it daily. An idea is a goretex bivy bag, very compact and when inside it with dry clothing it works very well for retaining body heat. The issue is, if I'm correct, what are the MOST needed items for a life and death situation that can be carried on your body? I have a ruck that is always with me when I travel, it must weigh 40 pounds, loaded with small tools including knives in and strapped to it. I take it on flights but the craps is having to leave my knives behind...But, the unscheduled corn field and housing development landings are when it won't matter anyway. Another idea are ball bungee's or the really nice rubber gear bands that I picked up through Brigade Q'master, they could help with securing a shelter together...? Last for fire tinder, individually packaged "Wetfire" blocks. Use with a Blastmatch and it's almost like using gunpowder from a round. Thoughts, comments??
 

Ironlath

Well-Known Member
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

I AGREE with you sir, respectfully! Survival Sticky is a great idea. I've eaten some stuff in the past that could make a Billy Goat puke! (Kiddin') Try some survival cake that is available...Calories mean body heat, but they are NASTY!
 
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