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#1 Ares

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 06:55 PM

I tried searching for older threads on this but I couldn't find anything.  Forgive me if I repost.  Is anyone interested in discussing preparation for surviving?  Kind of on par with the Boy Scouts motto "Be Prepared".  For example I carry a book bag with me almost every time I leave the house.  In it are tools and supplies that I feel will help me get home.  I call it my get home bag.  It is things I may or may not use everyday but the sole purpose is to help me get home!  I have already made a list of what types of items should be used but I haven't made a list of my bag.  Maybe if this is interesting I will make one.  At the bare minimum I could do a pocket dump with pictures so you can see what I carry in at least my pockets everyday.


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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:03 PM

I like to carry stuff that I would need in case I can't get home. I have deodorant, toothbrush, toilet paper, change of clothes, sleep gear, solar chargers, pistol,food ect. What kind of stuff do you need to get home? I have my truck keys, a cell phone and my wallet if all else fails. I am curious?
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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:10 PM

I like being prepared. I almost never leave my house, but when I do I am in a vehicle. I usually keep at the minimum sleeping gear, tent, and basic supplies and a few hundred bucks cash in the rig, cause you never know. . . I almost always carry a pocket knife, but that is about the only useful thing I carry on my person.

I would love to see a pocket dump from you Ares.
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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:27 PM

 

 In it are tools and supplies that I feel will help me get home.  I call it my get home bag.  It is things I may or may not use everyday but the sole purpose is to help me get home!

 

 

 

The "bug in bag?"  I've heard of bug out bags.


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 07:03 AM

I know berkey water filters make a personal portable system.  this would be key to a survival kit because its as big as a water bottle and with it you can filter rain or pond water for drinking.  


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:42 AM

In the wintertime here I keep a emergency kit in the jeep in case it leaves me somewhere between destinations. Candles, matches, blankets, flashlights, a tin can to melt snow in, protein bars, TP, a bag of cat litter, road flares, reflective vest, a tarp and some tools. I‘m sure I forgetting something, but that is a fairly standard kit for winter around here. If you breakdown on a back road when its -20F or colder you have to be able to make where you’re at your new home for a while or you’re going to freeze to death.

As far as day to day I don’t leave home without my Leatherman, a folding knife, a lighter, and my cell phone. There is almost always a tarp, some para cord, and some fire starters in my rig for setting up an improvised shelter. I generally don’t pack the guns and grenades unless I feel I’m going into hostile territory (like WalMart).
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:43 AM


In it are tools and supplies that I feel will help me get home. I call it my get home bag. It is things I may or may not use everyday but the sole purpose is to help me get home!




The "bug in bag?" I've heard of bug out bags.
Not really bug in per say. That would be any supplies I keep at home in the basement storage
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:46 AM

I like being prepared. I almost never leave my house, but when I do I am in a vehicle. I usually keep at the minimum sleeping gear, tent, and basic supplies and a few hundred bucks cash in the rig, cause you never know. . . I almost always carry a pocket knife, but that is about the only useful thing I carry on my person.

I would love to see a pocket dump from you Ares.

I will take a picture and list in detail when I get off work. They wouldn't like me taking a picture of my firearm on my desk!
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:48 AM

In it are tools and supplies that I feel will help me get home. I call it my get home bag. It is things I may or may not use everyday but the sole purpose is to help me get home!




The "bug in bag?" I've heard of bug out bags.

Not really bug in per say. That would be any supplies I keep at home in the basement storage


Maybe it's more of a "Be Right Back Bag"?
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:49 AM

Could be. I like get home bag myself.
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:52 AM

It is hard to type log responses on my phone. I will make a list when I get home. I have a document I made on Google docs already as a kind of check list. I can make inventory of what I currently use. That will take a long time. I have a lot :)

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 12:27 PM

A word about cat litter for traction: clumping-type litter is usually made of Bentonite AKA Driller's Mud, which gets slick as snot when wet.

 

This is an interesting thread. I'll revisit it later when I have some spare time.


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 12:56 PM

I guess I'm a minimalist. I have a pocket knife and a Leatherman at any given time. More often than not I won't have my wallet or cell phone.

I do keep winter supplies and a small selection of tools in my car all year but they are a blanket, bottled water, protein bars, extra cloths, candles, tin can, cat litter, a set of wrenches, channel locks, jumper cables, towstrap, and some basic replacement parts, spare tire, serpentine belt, fuses, some other things but I can't clearly remember. I walk as much as possible so I haven't need any of the car stuff in a long time.

so I guess other than when I'm driving, I'm a minimalist.
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 07:58 PM

Here is my pocket dump. I forgot to include my keys. Just a normal keyring with a carabiner.

ID badge for work
TGT wallet
Spyderco Tenacious knife
Preon 1 flashlight
Chapstick
Galaxy note 2
Sig sauer p238 in a talon wallet holster
Paracord Bracelet

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 08:31 PM

Here is my document I created. This is just made as a general check list. I am not carrying everything on here. My bag is setup for the distance I would walk home from work. I happen to live about 20 miles one way. Walking home would take me 8-9 hours if I didn't stop. So I plan for sleeping on my way. With everything I have plus my work laptop my bag weighs 13 pounds. As training for such a long walk I get on a treadmill and walk a normal pace while wearing my pack. It really makes you sweat a lot. I suggest if you are doing that be sure to carry a bottle of water and a small filter. You need to stay hydrated! I get really cranky and sometimes trigger a migraine when I get dehydrated.





Personal Get Home Bag List
❏ Plain Looking Backpack, Messenger bag, duffle bag, etc BLEND IN AND LOOK NORMAL NOTHING CAMO OR FLASHY
❏ Under 15­-20lbs for adults
❏ Children should not carry more than 15­-20% of the child’s weight.

Water Options (choose two ­-three)
❏ Hydration Bladder Full of water (Camelbak)
❏LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
❏ Vapur Microfilter Bottle
❏ Water Tablets (Iodine or Chlorine Dioxide)
❏ Empty clean plastic water bottles (2­-3 liters)
❏ Emergency Water Packets (3 to 4 packets per day minimum)

Food Options (do not pack all of this, choose what’s right for you – pack in
a Ziploc Bag)
❏ Snack or Meal Bars (3 per day)
❏ MREs (2 per day)
❏ Instant Oatmeal
❏ Tuna packets (not cans)
❏ Beef Jerky or Turkey Jerky
❏ Caffeinated Hard Candy
❏ Coast Guard Rations
❏ Top Ramen

Basic Personal First Aid Kit (make your own or buy one ­ add it to a larger Ziploc bag with all first aid supplies)
❏ Homemade
o 4 Regular Band­Aids
o 2 Knuckle Band­Aids
o 2­4 Butterflies
o 2­3 Large Gauze pads
o Moleskin or Duct tape (blisters)
o Tweezers (splinters)
o Ibuprofen
o Antihistamine
o First Aid Tape
o 2 Packets of Antibiotic Ointment o 5 Sterilizing Wipes
❏Adventure Medical Kits UltraLight and Watertight
❏ QuikClot Sport (one or two)
❏ N­95 or better masks (3)

Shelter Options (Choose two that fit your average walking distance to
home)
❏ Emergency Blanket
❏ Tarp
❏ Emergency Poncho
❏ Lightweight One Man Tent
❏ Emergency Bivy
❏ Ultra­Light Sleeping Bag (if distance exceeds 2-­3 days)

Protection Choose one in addition to your knife if you do not carry a gun
❏ Knife
❏ Pepper Spray
❏ Taser
❏ Extra magazine with ammo for your Conceal Carry Gun

Light (keep these in a Ziploc bag)
❏ Head Lamp
❏ Mini­Flashlight
❏ Spare Batteries

Fire (Choose at least two methods in addition to tender – place in a Ziploc Bag)
❏ Matches in a waterproof container
❏ Bic Lighter
❏ Fire Steel (magnesium fire starting tool)
❏ Tender (ex: cotton balls in Vaseline)

Clothing (in a Ziploc Bag or FoodSaver bag vacuumed and sealed to save space)
❏ Footwear appropriate for the season (can be kept with the bag)
❏ Change of clothes appropriate for the season
❏ Stocking Cap
❏ Gloves
❏ One change of socks
❏ Bandana
❏ Sunglasses/Swim Goggles (optional eye protection)

Extras that don’t count towards your total weight. All up to you based on how long you will be before you can get home. You don’t carry all of this! (Keep everything in a ziplock bag)
❏ Stainless steel mug for boiling water/cooking
❏ Plastic Spoon or Spork
❏ Small Radio or Emergency Weather Radio
❏ 50 ft of 550 Cord
❏ Extra Chapstick with Sunscreen
❏ Map of General Area – DO NOT CIRCLE AND MARK “HOME”
❏ Compass
❏ Pen and Paper
❏ Toilet Paper
❏ Tampons
❏ Hand Sanitizer
❏ Cash in coin and dollars (Keep in separate stored areas. Don’t pull out all your duckets at once in front of a stranger).
❏ Bartering items other than cash (Tobacco, Alcohol, Coffee. Drugs??)
❏ Laptop, ipad, cell phone, handheld gps
❏ USB external batteries
❏ Handheld screwdrivers, lockpicks, small tools?

Get Home Bag Rules
❏ Make “kits” within your bag.
❏ Rubberband batteries together so they can’t touch each other.
❏ If you have long hair carry an extra hair tie.
❏ Do not use contents of your bag for camping trips.
❏ Do not stack items on top of your bag.
❏ Swap clothes out in your bag at least twice a year.
❏ Rotate the food out of your bag on occasion so it does not go bad.
❏ Refresh the water and clean hydration bladders or bottles once or twice a year.
❏ In case your bag is stolen. Do not store your gun in your bag.


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 08:32 PM

Awesome sauce. Nice pistol, if I was going to carry, that p238 would make my top five choices. I always wondered how many feet of 550 cord is in that bracelet, do you know?

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Posted 21 October 2014 - 08:40 PM

Awesome sauce. Nice pistol, if I was going to carry, that p238 would make my top five choices. I always wondered how many feet of 550 cord is in that bracelet, do you know?


I sometimes carry a glock 26. Mostly in the winter time. Sig is great for warmer months. It looks like a small notebook in my back pocket. Hey man I like to write poetry or something :)

Para cord length is usually 1 foot per 1 inch of braided knots. So if your wrist measures 10 inches you need 10 feet.
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Posted 21 October 2014 - 09:35 PM

great thread. reminds me to be prepared.


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Posted 21 October 2014 - 11:53 PM

I live in an open carry state. Let'em know you got it, and put the first one where you want it.

Charter Arms 44Spl Bulldog. Cross draw holster. I can hold a <3.5 in group at 25 yards. If I cant stop'em in 5, I loose.

Do you want to test my aim against your magazine? Can you hear the music? Lets dance...
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Posted 22 October 2014 - 09:56 AM

Wow, that sounded a lot less confrontational last night when I was still drunk, lol.

That SIG is a damn fine weapon IMHO, my father has one like it that he uses for his concealed carry in Oregon.

I just prefer the ruggedness and reliability of a wheel gun. They never jam, and you never have to think about if it’s on safety or if you’ve put one in the chamber. That and I prefer the larger more powerful round, as where I live my most likely opponent is going to have four legs and be a lot bigger than me.
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