The list author says: "This list is not for "bugging out", it is tailored more towards mass exodus. Most bug out bags are set up to do one thing: retreat. They don't allow you to sustain on a longer term, only to get you from point A (a once secure location, now unsecure) to point B (a known secure location). This list is for the time when there isn't a point B, when there is no known location for refuge.
Disposable N95 dust masks are ONLY good for small limited exposure, they do NOT seal around your face adequately, allowing for unfiltered air to pass, and they won't filter pathogens and toxins. If you want superior protection then spend $100 on a well fitted and NEW full-face Mil-Spec 40mm NATO mask, with as many NEW filters as possible. Real functional and viable gear costs real money.
Rules: 1) Be prepared. It's better to have something and not need it than to need it and not have it. This goes for information as well, learn your skills, practice them, and keep quality sources of advanced knowledge at hand. 2) Keep consumption down. Don't depend on consumable items and resources. 3) Time, distance, and shielding. Whatever your enemy is - whether nuke or angry hoard, put distance and mass between you and it, and do it for as long as possible.
I have at least ten Listmania lists about survival and the many different approaches to it."
"Strong, well placed straps and a rubber face seal, can filter gases. Use the included prefilters for particulate (smoke/dust). 10 min. of breathing concrete dust is deadlier than a lifetime of smoking (ref to 9/11). Full-face mask version can op w/SCBA too. Stockpile Filters."
"This is for all you Zombie Lovers out there. Defending yourself from an unsuspected aggressor or clearing a path in vegetation. Make sure you get a belt frog for this. This is very impressive for the price, I'm a big dude, and this hasn't nicked or bent, and the handle hasn't split either. Use gloves or a tight wrap."
"My first choice for a defensive CQC weapon. Fraction of the weight of a hatchet. You can use these as batons. Get two, you can give one to your partner. These are very functional as standard camping/hunting gear as well."
"Get a good hacksaw (Stanley 15-113, Craftsman 9-36143, or the ultra light KR Tools 11708 - the DEWALT DW3970 is to heavy) with storage in the handle and keep a carbide blade, and as many 18tpi blades as you can fit in the handle, plus one of these blades turned inwards and installed for storage. Grizzly sells these blades in 3 packs. Cuts wood and bone."
"Fire, is the #1 survival tool, in some cases if you have fire, you can capture and sterilize your water. Carry a slim Zippo or two w/wicks and flints, a BIC, an extra ferrocerium striker and this magnesium shaver."
"This works just like a Zippo, Zippos leak and get lost, this won't. Zippos are useful as they stay lit at rest or even when tossed, and they use many fuels. BIC lighters are the most reliable, but this can be attached to you, and is water/air tight."
"Low profile pack that won't unbalance you. Large enough to carry everything you NEED to make a MARCH, and small enough to do it logically. You should have this with you at all times, so a massive expedition pack is too much."
"Neoprene gloves rock! Hatch patrol gloves are nice too, but these have a gauntlet. Get a pair of MITTENS for severe cold. Fingers and toes are the first you'll lose, so make sure you always have enough layers and back-up."
"Awesome protection for your hands. Get larger full rawhide work gloves, you'll want something for building debris, so get those one size bigger so you can put them on over your neoprene or Mechanix gloves."
"Use with your favorite hiking sock (Smartwool) for added comfort and protection even if it's just for a cold 2 mile walk home from a broken down car. Great for trunk kits. Just like gloves, you can't have enough socks."
"Waterproof, safety toe, full leather upper, great traction. Whether it's a boot or a shoe, they might be the last you will ever own, so make sure its tough. Put a pair of running shoes in your bug out bag or trunk."
"A high performing reusable heat reflecting emergency blanket with many uses. Works best against bare skin. Great for trunk kits. Get a bunch of the Army/Navy G.I. wool blankets too, those are dirt cheap."
"Bright color identifiers (cheap bandanas) can be used for comms and to keep track of people in crowded areas. Choose the brightest and most unique color and pattern fabric for your family or group. Pre-filter water or use a coffee filter."
"The compass works, the whistle is extremely loud, and it keeps your lacquered matches and tinder extra dry. Not to mention the lanyard (replace with paracord), the tiny ferrocerium rod, and the tiny mirror - all makes this little gem a pleasant surprise at under $3."
"Very nice and affordable cylindrical ceramic element water filter. Lifestraw is a great option for making back up or economical kits. Pre-filter with fine cloth, boil water or use some chlorine or iodine to treat even further, but toxins have to be filtered out with fine charcoal powder."
"If you can shelter in place then buy stocks of rice and whole wheat with a mill, beans, canned food, Mountain House and Lindon Farms freeze dried food. Store your food in cool, dry, and dark areas, rotate stocks. (Don't leave in CARS, take this and water packs into work)."
Compact, light weight, inexpensive, variable bright to dim, automated SOS mode, Morse code mode, hands free operation and comes with a ball jointed magnetic/clip mount. Available in many colors including IR and UV with or without covert nose."
"This or even trash bags and duct tape (or any tight knit clothes for radiological) offer great protection after fallout and dosimination of NBC Warfare. Strip down naked avoid touching outer surface, and shower with warm skin temperature water, NOT cold, NOT hot. Dispose of suit. Clean decon path."
"An all aluminum space pen capable of delivering stabing and crushing blows, and more importantly: Allows you to write down directions. Buy some "rite in the rain" printer paper for homemade maps and notebooks. Carry Sharpies too."
"Very lightweight and compact. Know your Surroundings. Buy a map of your area and plot out hospitals/acute care clinics, sporting goods stores, grocery stores, military armories, isolated water, prisons, fire/rescue, police..."
"This, along with a 3 person Eureka tent will let you survive the harshest of winters. A 3 person tent will sleep two with their gear. A collapsable travel or small contour pillow is a nice extra along with a field mosquito net. You'll want a frame pack to carry it all."
"I have two smalls for easier carry, and for the option to double it up for rougher or colder terrain. The ground will be colder than the air. If you can, use debris like leaves or newspaper to make a thin air barrier from the ground."
"A portable atmospheric/environmental multi-meter. If SIP, then just buy a barometer. If you are going to be mobile, then you need to seriously consider tech like this, or learn how to read the subtle signs of nature."
"5 miles country, about a mile in the city. Use only for scouting missions, and when your group gets seperated, keep broadcasts short. A portable Ham radio is a smart idea to get intel on what states and local areas are still viable.
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Seirus Innovation Men's Hyperlite All Weather Glove
Seirus Innovation Neosock
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