The Grab And Go Survival Pack
"'Which is heavier a soldiers pack or a slaves chains' Napoleon"
"Soon after you confront the matter and necessity of survival planing and stockpiling, another question will occur to you: 'What will I do if I loose all this stuff?'"
"It's a fundamental question, and it has a fundamental answer: You need a backup plan."
"There are many things that can happen separating you from your main cache and retreat."
"Theft and fire are two that come to mind and the threat of organized gangs of raiders scouring the countryside looking for sources of resupply are always a threat to the survivor." ...
Pack and Contents
1. The Pack - I have a LC-1 "Alice" pack but any quality pack with enough capacity will do. Stick with camouflage, dark green or other natural colors that blend with the terrain.
2. Water - A canteen with cup and cover for your belt, water bottle and a good filter.
3. Fire - Waterproof matches, a magnesium fire starter and tinder.
4. Food - Pack enough to last 5 to seven days. Rice, oat meal, beef jerky, energy bars etc. Another option is MRE's and the freeze dried foods often sold to campers and hikers. Choose foods that are light weight and a suitable shelf life.
5. Stove - A small stove is essential it you want to stay hidden. Smoke and noise from the cutting and burning of wood would be undesirable if you are in hostel territory or being pursued. I have a Peak-One backpackers stove, there are others but this is what I have and can recommend.
6. Sleeping bags - If you are in a cold area a good sleeping bag could mean the difference between life and death. Get a light weight "mummy" style bag rated to -20 degrees.
7. Shelter - Rain poncho and tarp or compact tent, stick with natural colors that blend with the surrounding area.
8. Cooking - I have a Stainless Steel 5-Piece Mess Kit, that I ordered from amazon.com but any light weight kit will do.
9. First aid kit - It's best to assemble your own kit, tailored to your individual needs, or if you are lazy you can purchase a ready made kit. Don't forget to add personal meds.
10. Light - I have a 2-AA Cell Mini LED Flashlight Mini LED Flashlight and a 9-Hour Candle.
11. Tools - A folding saw, Swiss Army pocket knife, and fixed blade knife. A light weight shovel and Machete are nice, but add extra weight.
12. Extra Clothing - At least one extra pair of socks and underwear add other items if you feel the need and have the space.
13. Fishing kit - Line, hooks and sinkers and a few small lures. I also have a small gill net for catching fish.
14. Snare wire - I make my own from copper wire. Don't forget to include at least 50 ft of parachute cord.
14. Plastic bags - Two or three large lawn bags and several zip-lock sandwich bags, can be used fo a number of tasks and to keep things dry.
15. Small Binoculars - See the game and enemy before they see you.
16. Sewing kit - Needle and thread don't forget to include a few extra buttons.
17. This n' that - Head net, electrical tape, face paint, gloves, sharpening stone etc.
18. Firearms - This is were feathers get ruffled and wounds opened. Everyone has their own idea of what the "perfect" survival firearm is or should be.
I am not going to get into all the choices here, which would be an article in and of itself. Instead I am going to tell you my personal grab and go weapons of choice. Ready? Springfield XD9, Ruger MK II and Savage bolt action in .308 Win.
Black Blade: Fairly close to what I have including the Alice Pack. Like the author says, everyone has their choice of firearms at the ready for when they high-tail it out for the high country. My problem is that I have so many choices that narrowing it down can be difficult. For now my "grab and go" guns in order of importance are:
1. PSL-54C - ammo is cheap and comparable to a .308
2. Glock 19 - common gun in common cal.
3. Tokarev TT-33 - in my part of the world a "bear gun" is advisable.
4. P-64 - a couple of these pocket rockets fit easily in the pack as backup.