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    So, for a number of reasons I have been on this survivalist/emergency preparedness kick. I am currently reading the SAS Survival Handbook (awesome and IMO belongs in every kit).

    Anyway, I didn't really know where to put this so I thought I'd start this thread here. When me and Gidget were newlyweds we put together a small kit that would have sustained us for a week or maybe two. Between our meager income and small apartment we really had no room for much. With the disasters in Japan I am wanting to do a bit more.

    First things first, is my bug out bag. I just acquired this pack and am going to start packing it for a quick grab in case SHTF.

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    Awesome bag. It is very nice to have those. We put together 5 similar backpacks last year for my family and have them hanging in an accessible location, ready to go.

    We also have ~7 month supply of dry foods. In the past when money got tight we would eat from storage and severely limit the trips to the grocery store, until things improved.

    It is possible to take things too far. One lady in my ward has at least 3+ years worth of food storage. Not entirely sure what good that will do her.

    Then again, if the dollar crashed and we had an out of control inflationary recession, she would be a wealthy woman based on the value of her food commodity...:no_proper_emoticon_for_this_sentiment :

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    Good idea for a thread. I really need to get this stuff in order. We have 72 hour kits, but im pretty sure food is expired. What does everyone have put together? I know I need to get our water supply up as well. Is there a good template anywhere?

    What about generators?
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    This thread could bring out my crazy, I need to be careful.



    That looks like a 5.11 bag Surfah, yeah? I have a pack that looks much like this, packed with the 72 hour kit.



    I also have a smaller Maxpedition versa filled with ammo and hand gun,



    I think I will leave it there, until I see how tin foil hat we get....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach McGuirk View Post
    This thread could bring out my crazy, I need to be careful.

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    I think I will leave it there, until I see how tin foil hat we get....
    bring it on. this is very interesting.

    we've got a year's supply of freeze dried mtn house crap from one of those brilliant door to door sales companies. it can be done significantly cheaper when they're pieced together individually, but it's nice to have it done for you.
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    Let's just go ahead and rename this thread "Emergency Paranoia Thread".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach McGuirk View Post
    This thread could bring out my crazy, I need to be careful.



    That looks like a 5.11 bag Surfah, yeah? I have a pack that looks much like this, packed with the 72 hour kit.

    I think I will leave it there, until I see how tin foil hat we get....
    It is a 5.11 bag. The Rush 24 model. It's pretty sweet. It's surprisingly big and with lots of webbing, pockets, velcro, and their tier system it is even more expandable. It's perfect for a 72 hr kit IMO. I'd be curious to see the Rush 72 bag in person to compare though.

    I plan on adding a few accessories to it so it's similar to yours like a Maxp FR1 bag for first aid or handgun.
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    Gold and silver coins

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    We have started a decent storage of dry food, but have yet to prepare 72 hour kits...

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    screw it, here is what is in my bag.

    1. Docs. copies of birth certs, deeds, passports, bank account info etc. Never know what you are going to need and what might happen.

    2. First aid - I am not super first aid dude or a doctor, so I keep the kit simple. I started with an Adventure Medical Kit and add prescripts, z pack, Cipro, and child med that need rotating. (Docs, weigh in here).

    3. Lighting and warmth - Good flashight. Last thing you are going to want is a $2 kmart special when it is all you got. Looking for bang for your buck, check out Fenix. They make lights that test out well against SureFire, but cost less. Matches, lighters, firestarting.

    4. TP - This gets left out a lot. I have 1 roll of tp and 2 packs of wipes.

    5. Shelter - temporary or it isn't fitting in your GOOD bag. i have a lightwieght 5x10 tarp that I can use. Clothing appropriate to environment is needed for a proper bivouac.

    6. Water - can't live without it. I have a 3-4 in the bag. The bag stays in my car so the water needs to be switched out every so often to keep in fresh. I also have packed water purification tablets and a water purification pump.

    7. Food - Energy bars are really the best. High Calorie, Highly portible, Lasts long. supplement in dry foods, beef jerky, etc.

    8. Tools - Knife, multi tool, duct tape, twine, paracord, etc. Think about what your inner most McGyver needs and bring that.

    9. Protection - Firearm for me. could also help supplement food supply. For a 72 hour kit, 100 rounds should do.

    10. Telecoms - Cell phone #1. While during emergencies the lines are usually overrun with calls, texts generally still work seamlessly. Don't forget an extra charge of some sort (spare battery, car charger, etc). Two way radios are next on the list. Make sure members of the family each have one and on the right channel.

    11. Luxury and Misc - Gum, reading material, hard candies, etc. This is going to be up to each person,

    cash - amount up to you.
    Pen, Pencil, Paper, Journal.
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    PLEASE ADD WHAT YOU HAVE,


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    Coach, you and my wife would get along a little too well
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    Quote Originally Posted by pellegrino View Post
    you can buy anything in this world with money.
    Yes you can. It sure helps in a crisis, too.

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    Dont forget the dog food. The pooch needs to eat, then it's insurance against eating the pooch.

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    Don't forget your SHTF vehicle. When an EMP hits all your electronics will be fried and I'll be cruising around in my jacked up 73 Suburban with 37" Mudders (assuming I actually get around to buying one and fixing it up).
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    Coach what kind of knife do you have? I have read that many suggest two. A folding knife and also a fixed blade. I have a tactical tanto from TacOps but am looking for a smaller folding knife and fixed blade. As for the folding knife I really like the Kershaw Leek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    Coach what kind of knife do you have? I have read that many suggest two. A folding knife and also a fixed blade. I have a tactical tanto from TacOps but am looking for a smaller folding knife and fixed blade. As for the folding knife I really like the Kershaw Leek.
    Sog seal pup for the fixed. Or a ka bar.

    Edit: if you have a tanto you don't want a pup. The seal team elite is pretty bad a.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfah View Post
    Coach what kind of knife do you have? I have read that many suggest two. A folding knife and also a fixed blade. I have a tactical tanto from TacOps but am looking for a smaller folding knife and fixed blade. As for the folding knife I really like the Kershaw Leek.

    I have a Spyderco Meadowlark folder that I keep with me when not traveling or I haven't misplaced it. I have two fixies in the bag, one is an older Ka-Bar last ditch and the other is a Hunting Knife, name escapes me right now.

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    Thank you for this thread, surfah. I have been thinking about getting somethings together and this thread will be a valuable resource. Thanks for the contributions of many...especially Coach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach McGuirk View Post
    I have a Spyderco Meadowlark folder that I keep with me when not traveling or I haven't misplaced it. I have two fixies in the bag, one is an older Ka-Bar last ditch and the other is a Hunting Knife, name escapes me right now.
    I have the same TacOps folding knife that Surfah has x2. I also have a Spyderco folding knife but I would like to get a fixed blade or two. Throw out a name or two that I can research.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FN Phat View Post
    I have the same TacOps folding knife that Surfah has x2. I also have a Spyderco folding knife but I would like to get a fixed blade or two. Throw out a name or two that I can research.

    There are many great brands, of which Cam named Ka-Bar and S.O.G.
    both these are really good knives for relative affordability (read <$200)

    If you want to get crazy give the combat knives at Benchmade or MercWorx a look. They both can get up over $650 for a knife.

    as for me, at $400, I am buying things that shoot projectiles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach McGuirk View Post
    There are many great brands, of which Cam named Ka-Bar and S.O.G.
    both these are really good knives for relative affordability (read <$200)

    If you want to get crazy give the combat knives at Benchmade or MercWorx a look. They both can get up over $650 for a knife.

    as for me, at $400, I am buying things that shoot projectiles.
    Yeah, Benchmade is way out of my range. I've looked at the SOG knives. I like them. The Team Elite Cam mentioned is sweet. I like that it has a long tang that extends through the handle. Very important in case anything happens to the handle. It's still useable and can be wrapped with paracord or something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach McGuirk View Post
    I have a Spyderco Meadowlark folder that I keep with me when not traveling or I haven't misplaced it. I have two fixies in the bag, one is an older Ka-Bar last ditch and the other is a Hunting Knife, name escapes me right now.
    I bought Gidget a Spyderco for Christmas. It's a tiny little pocket carry. Really I bought it for her as part of a little Dexter gift. The knife came with some black leather gloves, wrapped in pink tissue paper a la the gift Dexter gave to Julie Stiles in this last season. My family thought it was weird when she opened it. But Gidget loved it.
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    I'm not sure how I feel about this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by il Padrino Ute View Post
    I'm not sure how I feel about this thread.

    Yes you do, you are just afraid to admit it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach McGuirk View Post
    Yes you do, you are just afraid to admit it.
    You're correct in that I do know how I feel about this thread. I think it's a good topic and agree that we need to be prepared for anything that could happen.

    I suppose I should have said that I'm not sure how well this would have been received had I started it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by il Padrino Ute View Post
    You're correct in that I do know how I feel about this thread. I think it's a good topic and agree that we need to be prepared for anything that could happen.

    I suppose I should have said that I'm not sure how well this would have been received had I started it.
    I think this is a fair statement. One of the reasons that I hesitated to post in the thread.
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    I have a basic 72 hour kit with some extra food. I figured I'd just take my shotgun with me if things get scary but some sort of handgun would probably be smart as well. Coach had a lot of good suggestions and I think I will follow his lead and get some more stuff.

    I keep two five gallon cans of gas around and have an Can-Am Outlander 650 XT, a Suzuki DRZ400, and an old Yamaha DT 175. Any of the three will fit in the bed of my Titan so I will choose whatever I think is best and if necessary, get out of dodge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaka View Post
    I have a basic 72 hour kit with some extra food. I figured I'd just take my shotgun with me if things get scary but some sort of handgun would probably be smart as well. Coach had a lot of good suggestions and I think I will follow his lead and get some more stuff.

    I keep two five gallon cans of gas around and have an Can-Am Outlander 650 XT, a Suzuki DRZ400, and an old Yamaha DT 175. Any of the three will fit in the bed of my Titan so I will choose whatever I think is best and if necessary, get out of dodge.
    I like the way you think Shaka. Maybe this could be the impetus for Gidget allowing me to have a truck again and a bike.
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