Note from Jesse; I believe strongly in preparing for where we are most of the time as well as preparing for where we may be. Water is essential regardless location and even though you may be surrounded by creeks they will be quickly deluged with the overrun of people leaving the cities. In some cases I would prefer to remain in a location with little or no freely available water as it will preclude the inevitable masses foraging and destroying the natural watersheds that exist. With that having been said, enjoy this brief expose on one survival minded traveller. You will find other great sources of information readily available and tested thoroughly. Two of my favorites are M.D. Creekmore’s site, The Survivalist Blog and John Mosby’s site, Mountain Guerilla. I have the highest level of respect for both of these men as they have proven to live the standards they promote. And that is to me far more important then simply having the highest readership out there.
As my scheduled trip came closer, there was more and more thought as to how to survive a crisis and make it home by whatever means necessary. Flying to Alabama from Arizona as the nation teeters on a potential default, makes a return trip during a collapse very difficult.
Generally, I travel with a survival kit in a Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger, however, I needed more than my standard checked sidearm and opted for an M4 and a 6-pack minimalist chest rig in a Pelican case, with my clothes packed tightly inside to prevent the load from shifting during transport. Six magazines for the M4 and five magazines for the Glock 22. Total weight was 55 lbs.At 7” tall, this Pelican case slides completely under a king-size hotel bed, where it is locked to the bedframe using a bicycle lock. It is a risk, but by turning down the cleaning crew, the likelihood of theft is greatly reduced.
The M4 has a Sure Fire G2 for illumination and standard Troy BUIS sights. This load plan left very little room for clothing, so I packed the bare minimum vice having a 2nd checked bag. With the case containing the M4 securely cached at the hotel, it leaves me a fast, local option to TEOTWAWKI. For a standard Get Home Bag, I keep items I do not want to be without in the bag, I check the blades when I fly and re-attach them once back on the ground. I chose the Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger because it is compact and comfortable enough to carry the minimal kit everywhere, everyday. It goes to the office, any trip, even to the store down the street. For this type a use, the average pack falls very short in the durability category compared to a Maxpedition pack. It had to carry a Nalgene water bottle, and have enough room to store important items I never wanted to be without.
Having a locking carabineer hanging from a bag does not look out of place anymore. When combined with a six foot security strap tied with a water knot, an instructor belt, this can make the difference in staying on a plane with a compromised hull or making it out of a stopped elevator. Like any piece of equipment I depend on, there are always modifications or additions I have adapted to over the years. Pace count beads are a must old-school method for dead reckoning after GPS stops working post-collapse.
This is a simple method of two half-hitches melted enough to keep them from coming loose. I used ten of them to give me 1,000 meters with a pace count of 60 -70, based on terrain. This is so simple to make, every pack should have a set on it somewhere. The Maxpedition Sitka has plenty of pockets and nooks to place a ton of kit. Packed tightly inside, is a long list of survival items I’ve flown domestic and internationally and have confidence will pass through airport screening anywhere.
By compartmenting items inside multiple small zipper bags, the items can be located quickly without a disorganized mess each time an items is retrieved. Disclaimer: Since this tutorial is being prepared during late hours after work in a hotel room, the back drop is less than stellar.
I broke things down to these basic categories:
3×25 ft sections of 550 cord, large zip ties Gall’s gunshot trauma kit, CAT Tourniquet 6xAAA batteries in case Princeton Tec Tac headlamp 3AAA Streamlight Protac 2AAA, CRKT Pen Red LED signal light Packable rain jacket, boonie hat Nomex gloves, Shemagh, neck gaiter SAS Survival Guide, Write-in-the-Rain Notebook Spending most of my time near the desert, water is an EDC lifeline, especially when you don’t know when you will get a refill. Since air travel precludes liquids, I ask for ice when I purchase a 24 oz water bottle to refill what I just dumped five minutes earlier prior to entering the militarized zone.
The 100 oz Camelback is usually folded empty in the bladder pocket, but remains ready for an emergency fill-up. The stainless cup nests in the water bottle pouch and gives me something to cook with on an open fire, or for boiling water for purification. It makes an excellent cup of coffee, too. Spare wool socks, moleskin, a cotton bandana, and fleece watch cap in a waterproof bag. A Brite-Strike Perimeter alarm means I’ll probably need a 5 hr energy, too. Goal Zero portable charger for normally charging a cell up to 3x, but can also charge a GPS 3x. I plan on adding Goal Zero AAAs to the kit. A solar panel recharges it, and is stored in the level 3 BOB.
Surgical tubing is great for siphoning, sling shots, tourniquets, and blowing coals to rekindle a fire. Burt’s Bees, H2O Purification tablets, CRKT Eat’n Tool, space blanket, aluminum foil, old-school David sling for hunting small game, a sewing kit, dental floss for sutures, crushed red pepper, Tabasco sauce, medium zip ties, 2 green chem-lights, black Sharpie marker, fishing kit, snare line, hearing protection, measuring tape, spork, medical kit, lighter, coffee. The Leatherman MUT and Leatherman Bit Kit is a decent tool set while on the road. I plan on building a kit that combines a bolt cleaner and sight tool with the existing MOLLE sheath. An available micarta handle on the Becker Necker transforms it into nice utility and skinning knife. The kydex sheath is a design I wanted to make for a Tech-Lok or MOLLE Lok to make a transition from one bag to the next, or to remove quickly and stow in checked luggage along with the Leatherman. By attaching a fire starter it puts the most important items next to each other in easy reach. This fishing and snare kit is a work in progress. The short straws has a vaseline-covered cotton ball sealed inside for starting a fire in the rain or where there is no dry tinder available. The water-tight case protects the straws and prevents the 10 fish hooks from hooking to anything in the kit. Buttons were added since these fit most tactical pants, along with two large paper clips, Space pen replacement, which can serve as a miniature pen as well.
Using a sewing machine spool, about 50 feet of 8 lb fishing line was wound for compact storage. The 9” lead lines also serve as a small game snare, and the search continues for a 16” lead lines for medium game. The rubber bands are the thick newspaper rubber bands that are quite strong and will compliment the zip ties or in setting up the perimeter alarm.
Since this kit is constantly evolving, I will certainly revisit any changes and can provide for any significant updates. This is simply what I’ve chosen for a bad scenario, and encourage anyone to do their research and develop a kit that works the best for them.
Free the mind and the body will follow
- So Why Purchase A Survival Kit? (larrydkeen.com)
- Getting Prepared Challenge and Giveaway! (untrainedhousewife.com)
- Maxpedition Malaga Gearslinger, Black (dennisora23.wordpress.com)