Getting Started: name 5 things you can put in your survival kit this weekend

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  1. cluckeyo

    cluckeyo Well-Known Member

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    Thinking about getting started. What types of things do you already have on hand, or things that you could buy inexpensively this weekend, to get a start on your survival kit?
    1. a package of lighters
    2. a roll of aluminum foil
    3. a roll of duct tape
    4. 2 pr. reading glasses (Dollar Tree)
    5. a can of chili
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  2. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member

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    I can't think of anything that I can add to my kit accept more flour, more gunpowder & more wadding, but these items don't go in until I am ready to leave home.

    I do envy people who still have a ways to go, I enjoy Living History & Historical Trekking, but I sometimes think that the best years were when I was still starting out. So much to make & collect, improvements to clothing & equipment choices. Of course I made many mistakes, but I did enjoy it just the same. Now all my gear is just how it should be, & there is no more work to do in that regard. What I have will support me in the wilderness indefinitely, & in reasonable comfort.

    Now my enjoyment comes from advising others on what to wear & what equipment is best to carry, that & teaching them the skills they need to survive. I truly wish I could think of something to add to my pack, but I have it all. Probably just as well, I feel the weight more these days ! o_O
    Good post cluckeyo, well done.
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  3. glreese

    glreese Member

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    1. a small supply of drinking water.
    2. some non perishable food items
    3. lighter
    4. rubbing alcohol.
    5. Knife.

    These are the five things I would put in my survival kit. Actually, these are already in my survival kit.
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  4. Endure

    Endure Expert Member

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    As far as I can recall. What I have readily available to put into my backpack right now is:

    - My glasses.
    - Alcohol, antibiotics,anti inflammatory pills, gauze etc.
    - A sharped machete.
    - A set of matches.
    - A flashlight.
    - An ordinary knife.
    - Duct tapes.
    - Batteries.
    - Charcoal.
    - Spoon, forks etc.
    - My toothbrush.
    - a small

    Everything mentioned is useful only for a headstart.
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  5. OfTheEarth

    OfTheEarth Member

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    Light, Fire, Water, Cutting tools and dried fruit :)! So simple, so effective. Just 5 is way too few though, may as well just keep going with it :D
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  6. willywonka

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    Backpack, canteen, knife, salt and antibiotics. I would keep everything in my pack, use my canteen to carry water and gather water, use my knife to hunt and use the salt to cure some meats that I find. I would have the antibiotics in case I got sick.
  7. Tom Williams

    Tom Williams Moderator Staff Member

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    Pack Is ready
  8. filmjunkie08

    filmjunkie08 Active Member

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    I can put water, bandages, a flashlight, batteries, and benedtyl in my kit this weekend.
  9. SunshineH

    SunshineH New Member

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    so...getting started?
    First I look around the house to see what I've got. I'm a big fan of ziplock bags and some am finding a lot of uses for those!
    starting from zero I think I would start a go bag:
    -check through the kid's or DH's closet to find a backpack that no one is using
    -ziplock: first aid: whatever items I could find around the house (there is a bit to choose from!lol!)
    -ziplock: snacks: granola bars, tuna, candy
    -water: water bottles (to start, eventually I would upgrade to purification methods, etc)
    -ziplock: cash, sharpie, deck cards, some paper, twist ties (other small things I had ready...duct tape? sewing kit?)
    -BIG ziplock: extra socks, undies for everyone in the family (eventually upgrading to change of clothes for each)
    -travel kit: soap, shampoo, etc etc
    -BIG ziplock: important papers, copy of ids, etc, possibly extra keys, important phone #s...

    I had a similar bag ready (more a supply tote for mua...came in really handy when I got a call last month and had to rush to the hospital)

    All this can be done relatively cheaply to start...getting started is the most important part! Then you can upgrade as you go
  10. TexDanm

    TexDanm Shadow Dancer

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    1. A plastic drop cloth
    2. A box of strike anywhere matches
    3. An old hickory butcher knife
    4. Box of protean bars
    5. A pot at a garage sale or flea market
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  11. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member

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    With some experience you will find that some of these items are not needed & just add weight & take up room. An ordinary knife? Think about that, what is an ordinary knife? What will this knife be used for?
    Spoon forks etc? You may need a spoon, but you don't need a fork & you already have a knife. Batteries will go flat, so why bother? What are the batteries to power? You don't need that either. Charcoal??? Machete is for jungle so if you are planning to be in a jungle, good, if not you are better off with a tomahawk/trade axe.
    Anyway, give this some thought & apply it to the rest of your gear if you think it is worthwhile.
  12. Keith H.

    Keith H. Moderator Staff Member

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    One thing I have added lately, & this is still dependent on a trial run, is a drag cart or slide carr. I am getting on in years now & my footing is not as sure as it used to be, so I am going to try & use one of these drag carts to carry my pack.
  13. TexDanm

    TexDanm Shadow Dancer

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    The native Americans called them travois and used them extensively. I have actually seen people make them with wheels on the back that allowed a person to comfortably carry some pretty large loads.

    Five more thoughts.

    1. A hank of paracord
    2. A box of hooks and sinkers
    3. A roll of wire for snares
    4. A roll of gauze
    5. A roll of duct tape

    The gause and duct tape make great bandages.
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