The list author says: "Disaster could happen at any given time. No one can predict when a disaster situation may strike, but you can certainly take measures to at least be somewhat prepared.
This is a general list of what could potentially help you survive in any given scenario. These items are, by no means, meant to be the only options. They are catered to my needs/tastes and are more or less general "place holders" of what an individual would need to get through a survival situation.
These are also my personal items within my very own BOB. It's total weight is about 30LBS. I have tried and tested these and feel they are adequate, durable and dependable. I've grouped them into a categorial list and order of importance. Most of these things can be found around your house. No need to spend where you don't have too.
Build a pack that caters to you and works for you. But remember the basics: Shelter, Water, Food and Fire. Without those four things, you will be in very bad shape. Given that, your most important tool is your mind and your ability to think. Plan ahead, gain knowlege and research what you will need to know in order to survive. Knowlege is the key to survival."
"It's good to have some sort of Poncho stored within your Bug-Out bag to keep from getting wet. There are several varying degrees of quality. Anything from a heavy-duty durable nylon, to a cheap emergency plastic - or simply settle for a garbage bag from home.
How much or little you want to spend is completely up to you."
"You'll also need to stow away a coat for warmth incase a disaster strikes during cool seasons or worse - figid winter. Even in warmer climates, temerature could fall below freezing due to circumstances. It never hurts to be prepared.
Again, my preference leans towards a Duster. Simply because I can use it for shelter, a blanket, ground cover, etc. But any coat that would keep you warm will do."
"Some sort of heavy long sleeve shirt would also be a good thing to pack away. I am a fan of layering. Layers of clothing will help to keep you warm in extreme conditions. It also adds more customized options to deal with temerature variations."
"Common sense, right? But you'd be amazed how many times people overlook simple things. Pack a few pairs of underware. You never know how long a disaster may last. It could be days...it could be months."
"Legs can and do get cold too. Best to have a base layer for them thrown into your survival pack as well. Under Armour is certainly a good brand, but I've seen cheap $10 ones at Walmart and Target that will virtually do the same thing.
If you'd rather not even spend there, hit up your dresser for some old long johns that were stored away for winter."
"I have a pair of EMT pants included in my Go-bag. I like the multiple pockets to store stuff in. And they are very rugged and durable.
In reality, any pant will do fine. Plan according to your tastes and comfort but also consider your pant's durability and how well they will hold up. You certainly don't want them ripping any time soon."
"There are several good brands of sock out on the market. I would definately advise not to skimp in this area. A good sock is important. There are many that will quickly wear down, cause blisters or cause your feet to sweat.
You never know how far you may have to walk to find help or shelter. Treat your feet kindly."
"A good shoe is just as important as a good sock. Your feet are what's going to carry you through. Do some research and, above all, find a comfortable shoe that can withstand eight or more hours of being on your feet.
With that said, that pretty much takes care of clothing needs. Moving on..."
"Make sure you also have some sort of aluminum or stainless steel container for carrying water. A few plasitc water bottles are fine, but always have some sort of container to boil water in if needed. An aluminum or stainless steel container can be placed directly into a fire to boil its contents...plastic cannot.
Storage for water is very important. A person can only live 3 days without it!"
"I feel this is the best out of all the types and systems of water purififacation. Basically because of its small size, cost, amount of water it treats (2000 quarts) and that it will never expire. I don't like relying on bulky systems that need filters replaced or potentially break down. You may feel differently and that is absolutely fine."
"There are some people that feel safe with just the Swedish Firesteel alone. I don't. I like to have as many options and back-ups to start a fire as possible. The magnesium fire starter is good for when you cannot find any dry tinder. Scrape off a few shavings of magnesium and light it."
"As well, I also carry a Bic lighter. Not so much to start fires but mainly for those situational things like sterilizing an item or lighting a candle, etc. I would never waste the limited fuel in it if I did not have to."
"A very good item to have along with the rest of your fire-starting kit. Now, depending on the type of person you are, you can either purchase this or head to your dryer downstairs and grab up all the lint you can find.
Lint works just as well (if not better in my opinion). And its 100% free."
"An emergency candle is another well thought out item to include in your Go-bag. I tend to like the 36-hour ones that are in a can. They are more compact. Won't break. Don't need an external stand. Can be used to boil small amounts of water. And when its used up, you can save the tin can as a container for either storage, cooking or boiling."
"In my opinion, this is the best brand of crank flashlight available. Of course, this is open to debate. There are several other brands and styles out there.
What's important is that you have some sort of light source that does not depend on batteries that will deplete over time or any other power source that may or maynot be available in a disaster situation."
"I am always concerned about weight. With that said, I have currently opted for this over an actual sleeping bag. I may change my thoughts down the road.
You may feel differently, and choose to go with an actual sleeping bag system. Nevertheless, it is still a great addition to have in conjunction with a sleep bag (as it will add extra warmth and insulation)."
"Normally, I would build a make-shift shelter with my gear and whatever else I could find in nature. But this is a great little emergency tent that is extremely light weight. And for that reason alone, I have included it here."
"I normally don't advocate depending on anything that requires a battery source, but I really do like this little gadget. It's battery will last a good 5 years and its got some good digital devices included in it.
Tracks the date, time and temperature. Even has a digital compass and a level. I would certainly get another compass as a back-up. But its functions are nice and work surprisingly well."
"Pack this with all you need and tuck it away. Preferrably make your own and save some money. But has enough good stuff in it to get you started out. Add some needle and thread. There's extra room. Squeeze a few more hooks, line and sinkers in.
Throw out the tinder if needed and pack a few condoms in it too. They make for excellent temporary water containers as well as...you know."
"A good knife is a very important survival tool to have with you. Now, some guys will go with a much larger knife (and that is fine). I have several knives that I carry with me too.
The important thing is that you have a sharp edged cutting tool on you for basic survival needs. This is nothing more than a place holder for that. How many knives you choose to take with you is up to you."
"Just like the knife, an axe is another necessary survival tool. Gathering wood for fire or various other things could be a pain without it. I can justify its weight due to its importance.
I really like the Gerber Axe. The back of it can double as a hammer if needed. And its a decent price that won't break the bank. Certainly not the only option but is good enough for me and works well."