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Nomadic Survival

Anders Blom
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.

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 (and growing) about survival and the many different approaches to it. Check out my "Economical EDC Survival Kit" and my "Every Day Carry - EDC" lists."
Shinwa Black Shikomizue Double Edged Ninja Sword Black Damascus Steel
Shinwa Black Shikomizue Double Edged Ninja Sword Black Damascus Steel
"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."
Estwing EBTA 27-Ounce Tomahawk Axe, Black
Estwing EBTA 27-Ounce Tomahawk Axe, Black
"Made in U.S.A. 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."
Martin Jaguar Takedown Bow
Martin Jaguar Takedown Bow
"Large Game Weapon, compact, light weight and effective. Get a rubber arrow puller for retrieval, which is hard to do especially when wet. Learn how to make recurves, strings, and arrows."
80 Lbs Self-cocking Crossbow Pistol Cross Bow 15 Arrows
80 Lbs Self-cocking Crossbow Pistol Cross Bow 15 Arrows
"Small Game Weapon, compact, light weight and effective. A sling shot (replace with the black band) with steel shot is also a good idea for a small game weapon. Learn traps and snare tactics. Learn how to fish."
Dakota Line's Versatile Snares 1 Dozen
Dakota Line's Versatile Snares 1 Dozen
"60in. and well made."
Emmrod Packrod Fishing Combo 6 Coil Spinning Pole w/DCM Open Face Reel
Emmrod Packrod Fishing Combo 6 Coil Spinning Pole w/DCM Open Face Reel
"The most reliable compact fishing rod. A standard two piece rod won't take up much room either, but you do run a high risk of damage if you don't have a hard case for it."
Ka-Bar 2-1245-1 Black Tanto Knife
Ka-Bar 2-1245-1 Black Tanto Knife
"Made in U.S.A. A classic fighting knife that takes on an even more ancient tried and tested design. The K-Bar Last Ditch is a great little buy for any urban survivalist."
KR Tools Pro Series High Tension Hacksaw Frame
KR Tools Pro Series High Tension Hacksaw Frame
"Get a good hacksaw (Stanley 15-113, Craftsman 9-36143, or this ultra light KR Tools 11708 - the DEWALT DW3970 is too heavy) with storage in the handle and keep a carbide blade, and as many 18tpi blades as you can fit in the handle."
Task Tools T22310  12-Inch Bow and Hack Saw Blade
Task Tools T22310 12-Inch Bow and Hack Saw Blade
"Cuts wood and bone, turn inwards and install for storage."
Gerber 22-01945 Entrenching Tool with Pick, Serrated Blade
Gerber 22-01945 Entrenching Tool with Pick, Serrated Blade
"Gerber is the only brand to trust for an entrenching tool. There is a smaller stainless UST u-dig-it shovel, that will serve its purpose for most of what you'll need."
Stiletto TiBar16 Lightweight 16-Inch Titanium Utility Bar
Stiletto TiBar16 Lightweight 16-Inch Titanium Utility Bar
"Don't even consider carrying anything other than this. Not only will crowbars and fubars weigh far too much to run around with and travel with, but there will always be rocks, bricks, and abandoned homes with garages filled with tools for you to select from. So, if you can't afford hardened titanium wrecking tools, then don't bother. Stiletto needs a 24" version of this."
Stiletto FB15 15-Inch All Titanium Multifunctional Flatbar
Stiletto FB15 15-Inch All Titanium Multifunctional Flatbar
"Once again: Go light, or go home."
Lansky PS-MED01 BladeMedic
Lansky PS-MED01 BladeMedic
"For your Leatherman, smaller knives, and any serrations."
Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener
Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener
"For your sword, machete, axe, tomahawk, and fighting knife."
True Utility FireStash Keyring Lighter
True Utility FireStash Keyring Lighter
"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."
Wilderness Solutions Amber FireLight II
Wilderness Solutions Amber FireLight II
"You can't have enough options and redundancy for fire starters."
Protec CPSC Cab Ace SXP Helmet (Black Rubber)
Protec CPSC Cab Ace SXP Helmet (Black Rubber)
"Quakes can last for minutes, hours, or days and the ceiling is made of stuff that will hurt you. Also smart for storms. Any CPSC helmets will do. You might want to keep this with your EDC kit."
Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts
Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts
"Mitts are the best way to keep your fingers."
Danner Men's 8" Striker II Brown GTX Work Boot
Danner Men's 8" Striker II Brown GTX Work Boot
"Waterproof, safety toe (not steel), 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."
MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter
MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter
"Very nice and affordable cylindrical ceramic element water filter. Aquamira 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."
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart
"The filter above fits directly onto this wide mouth bottle. I suggest getting a few of these in clear, so UV light can disinfect further, multiples means if one goes bad; not all will be lost."
Seattle Sports Camp Bucket (Blue)
Seattle Sports Camp Bucket (Blue)
"Get at least two of these. These are indispensable and are somewhat needed when pre-filtering water."
Sawyer Products SP194 Two Bag Complete Water Purifier System, 4 Liters Each
Sawyer Products SP194 Two Bag Complete Water Purifier System, 4 Liters Each
"I don't have one, and I haven't used one, but it does seem like a good idea for setting up a short term camp."
Trangia Spirit Burner with Screwcap
Trangia Spirit Burner with Screwcap
"Classic. Can burn many types of fuels."
Kelly Kettle USA - Volcano Kettle - Ultra Fast Boiling Kettle. Large Aluminum Base Camp Kelly Kettle Complete Kit, perfect for Cooking, Hiking, Camping, Kayaking, Fishing, and Hunting. The Kelly Kettle is the Outdoor Enthusiasts best friend. Kelly Kettles are also ideal for Emergency Preparedness Kits and being prepared for any disaster. Not only is the Kelly Kettle the perfect camping kettle for Emergency Preparedness, but it is also the perfect camping kettle for Car Camping. Boy Scouts also love to use the Kelly Kettle on all their campouts. The Kelly Kettle comes is 3 sizes. The Kelly Kettle you are buying is the Kelly Kettle Aluminum Large Base Camp Kit. Statement will show a charge by Sephra Kelly.
Kelly Kettle USA - Volcano Kettle - Ultra Fast Boiling Kettle. Large Aluminum Base Camp Kelly Kettle Complete Kit, perfect for Cooking, Hiking, Camping, Kayaking, Fishing, and Hunting. The Kelly Kettle is the Outdoor Enthusiasts best friend. Kelly Kettles are also ideal for Emergency Preparedness Kits and being prepared for any disaster. Not only is the Kelly Kettle the perfect camping kettle for Emergency Preparedness, but it is also the perfect camping kettle for Car Camping. Boy Scouts also love to use the Kelly Kettle on all their campouts. The Kelly Kettle comes is 3 sizes. The Kelly Kettle you are buying is the Kelly Kettle Aluminum Large Base Camp Kit. Statement will show a charge by Sephra Kelly.
"Super efficient and awesome stove and simultaneous water boiler. Pack zip lock bags (you can use these for so many things), fuel tabs, tender, and even gas and a burner if you can."
Snow Peak Trek Combo Titanium Cookset
Snow Peak Trek Combo Titanium Cookset
"Go with titanium or aluminum for as much of your cookware as possible."
Silva Polaris Baseplate Compass
Silva Polaris Baseplate Compass
"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..."
Advanced Elements 3 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower
Advanced Elements 3 Gallon Summer Shower / Solar Shower
"I don't have this yet, but it seems to be the most durable solar water heater. It's not really needed, but it could bring a good deal of comfort."
Alps Mountaineering Morada 4 Tent
Alps Mountaineering Morada 4 Tent
"This with the sleeping bag below will let you survive the harshest of winters. A 3 person tent will sleep two with their gear."
Military Modular Sleep System 4 Piece with Goretex Bivy Cover and Carry Sack
Military Modular Sleep System 4 Piece with Goretex Bivy Cover and Carry Sack
"You can find great lightly used and near mint ones for real cheap."
Thermarest Compressible Pillow
Thermarest Compressible Pillow
"You'll be glad you have one of these, they compact to barely anything at all, and it's much more comfy than a rock."
Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad
Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Pad
"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."
Midland GXT1000VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Black/Silver)
Midland GXT1000VP4 36-Mile 50-Channel FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio (Pair) (Black/Silver)
"5 miles country, about a mile in the city. Use only for scouting missions, and when your group gets seperated, keep broadcasts short. Great crypto."
Tri-Band Yaesu VX-6R Submersible Amateur Ham Radio Transceiver (144/222/440)
Tri-Band Yaesu VX-6R Submersible Amateur Ham Radio Transceiver (144/222/440)
"A portable Ham radio is a smart idea to get intel on what states and local areas are still viable. Can receive across the entire width of Short Wave band."
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord
Rothco 550lb. Type III Nylon Paracord
"Indispensable. Get some in white, black, camo, and a highly visible color too, 100' of this takes up hardly any room. You should keep plenty of drab colored duct tape too."
Osprey Packs Atmos 50 Backpack
Osprey Packs Atmos 50 Backpack
"This is the only pack that I have found that is of satisfying quality for the price. Alps Mountaineering has a traditional framed pack for rifle carry that is about half the cost, if you don't mind being minimalistic."
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