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Emergency Preparedness Pack

G. Chapman
The list author says: "A friend of mine is a boyscout leader, and one night over a few beers we began to discuss the gear he recommends to his scouts, and eventually the conversation moved toward a general discussion of gear we felt would prove very useful in emergencies. So if you don't like this list, blame Sierra Nevada Pale Ale lol.

Obviously, nobody can truly predict what you would need or for how long you would need it, but I think most interested in the subject can agree on some very broad basic categories that represent basic items that would prove very useful (even life saving) during many emergency situations. Many people call this type of list a BOB (bug out bag), GHB (get home bag), go bag, 72 hour kit, etc. but the idea is simple: Get home (or get out) ASAP – regroup – revaluate your situation from there. The challenge for this type of list is making sure you cover the bases while keeping things small, light, comfortable, discreet, and highly mobile.

The specific item choices below reflect high demands on space, weight, and size while still accounting for all the basic categories.

1. Shelter.
2. Clothing. This is the one item categroy not reflected in the list below because it depends so heavily on your particular climate and time of year. The key here is choosing things seasonally appropriate for your area.
3. Fire.
4. Water.
5. Tools.
6. Light.
7. Navigation.
8. Communication/Signaling.
9. Personal Protection.
10. First-aid Kit.
11. Hygiene.
12. Food.

Keep in mind these are very broad categories, and the more important idea here is that you think about what you would do and what you would need if faced with an emergency, whether natural or man-made, so whether you decide on a just a pocket knife and a smile or a full-blown off-the-grid retreat in the hills is less important than the concept and wisdom of thinking and preparing ahead for contingencies and/or circumstances which might threaten you or your loved ones."
Chippewa Men's Chippewa Country Boot
Chippewa Men's Chippewa Country Boot
"Of all the things in this list, high quality, durable, comfortable footwear that protect your feet are probably tied for 1st or 2nd place.  Do not underestimate this one.  Be sure to break them in well.  Pack a couple of extra pair of good hiking socks too."
ER Emergency Ready Thermal Mylar Blankets, Pack of 4
ER Emergency Ready Thermal Mylar Blankets, Pack of 4
"These take up very little space, are economical, and could potentially save your life from exposure. All in all a worthy addition to an emergency kit."
100-Ft 550 Parachute Cord Military 7-Strand Camping Survival - COLOR MAY VARY
100-Ft 550 Parachute Cord Military 7-Strand Camping Survival - COLOR MAY VARY
"550 cord is one of those must-have items simply because it has endless uses."
Black Gorilla Tape 1.88 In. x 35 Yd., One Roll
Black Gorilla Tape 1.88 In. x 35 Yd., One Roll
"This stuff is duct tape on steriods.  I use the old trick of wrapping some around and old credit card to save weight and space.  Nearly infinite uses.  Must-have item."
Sticky Ass Glue SJSG10G Super Stubbornly Strong Glue, 10-Gram
Sticky Ass Glue SJSG10G Super Stubbornly Strong Glue, 10-Gram
"Originally developed for wound closure and first aid (which it works wonderfully for, by the way), super glue is almost as handy as duct tape, with the bonus of taking up virtually zero space or weight.  This is absolutely awesome glue that doesn't solidify with age."
Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter
Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter
"This is so valuable you'd be crazy not to include it in any emergency kit.  It takes up zero space, zero weight, and would be one of your very first needs in many survival situations. Make sure to add at least three ways to start a fire e.g. Mini-Bic lighters, survival matches, etc."
Platypus PlusBottle, 1 Liter with Push-Pull Cap
Platypus PlusBottle, 1 Liter with Push-Pull Cap
"Versatile, durable, collapsible, 1 liter capacity."
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart
Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth BPA-Free Water Bottle, 1-Quart
"Great size. Perfect for a Katadyn tab.  I've used one of these for years.  BPA free.  USA made.  Nearly indestructible."
Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets
Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets
"Katadyn Mircropur tabs are IMO an essential item because they actually create safer water than ANY filter can produce.  Granted, it's still good to have a filter too but in terms of sheer safety these trump just about everything.  Plus, zero weight and space."
Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter
Katadyn Pocket Water Microfilter
"I actually have an older but similar model.  Katadyn makes great stuff.  This, along with some Micropur tabs will provide great tasting (and safe) drinking water from nearly any source."
Leatherman 830684 Charge TTi Multi-Tool with Leather/Nylon Combination Sheath and Gift Tin
Leatherman 830684 Charge TTi Multi-Tool with Leather/Nylon Combination Sheath and Gift Tin
"Among multi-tools this in inarguably among the very best.  Everybody has their preference of course, but you certainly can't go wrong with this Leatherman.  And it's titanium!"
Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife
Ka-Bar Becker BK2 Campanion Fixed Blade Knife
"A good strong knife is an absolutely essential utility tool in any emergency kit.  This is a good choice because it's strong and functional yet doesn't take up to much pack space."
Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener
"It's very important to keep your blades sharp.  As they say, a sharp knife is a safe knife.  Normally I might not include a sharpener in a "short-term" kit, but this one takes up such little space, why not?"
LRI PWK Photon II LED Keychain Micro-Light, White Beam
LRI PWK Photon II LED Keychain Micro-Light, White Beam
"I absolutely love this little light.  It's so handy, made in the USA, and you could have several of them (which I do) and never even know they're there from a weight/space standpoint. I keep a few in red LED too (for night viewing without blinding you when you turn it off). Homerun kit item for sure."
SureFire Minimus Variable-Output LED Headlamp
SureFire Minimus Variable-Output LED Headlamp
"Surefire makes the best lights on the planet.  Period.  Yes, they are more expensive but you're not just paying for a name but rather a superior product made by Americans.  A hands-free light is a wonderful addition to any emergency kit."
SureFire E2D LED Defender Dual-Output LED (200 Lumens)
SureFire E2D LED Defender Dual-Output LED (200 Lumens)
"One of my favorite lights.  It's small, ultra-bright, indestructible, and functions admirably as a self-defense tool.  And of course it's a Surefire, one of the few product names that still really means something. Don't forget a couple of extra batteries."
U.S. Issue Mil-Spec Tritium Illuminated Aluminum Military Lensatic Marching Compass
U.S. Issue Mil-Spec Tritium Illuminated Aluminum Military Lensatic Marching Compass
"A little pricey, but overall a good buy.  Rugged, accurate, and dependable. Remember to include scaled maps of your area."
Garmin Oregon 550T 3-Inch Handheld GPS Navigator with 3.2MP Digital Camera (U.S. Topographic Maps)
Garmin Oregon 550T 3-Inch Handheld GPS Navigator with 3.2MP Digital Camera (U.S. Topographic Maps)
"Ok so this is sort of a "cadillac" of GPS's but I absolutely love it.  Tons of cool features, easy to use, and rugged. Of course you don't have to spend this much but a GPS is definitely a good idea."
Ultimate Survival Jetscream Whistle Ultimate Survival
Ultimate Survival Jetscream Whistle Ultimate Survival
"Low profile. Extremely loud."
Ultimate Survival Technologies StarFlash Floating Signal Mirror, 2x3
Ultimate Survival Technologies StarFlash Floating Signal Mirror, 2x3
"Standard survival kit item, and it's no wonder why.  A simple signaling mirror could easily save your life."
Integral Designs Sil Poncho, Olive, 5-Feet x 8-Feet
Integral Designs Sil Poncho, Olive, 5-Feet x 8-Feet
"It's always good to have a poncho handy, and although pricey and a little more bulky than your standard cheap disposable poncho, this one is great quality, covers nearly your whole body (even with pack on), and can function as a makeshift bivy/shelter."
Etón American Red Cross ARCFR160WXR Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red)
Etón American Red Cross ARCFR160WXR Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Red)
"Being able to tune into weather and news could be essential depending on the situation.  As a bonus, this radio can charge a cell phone, functions as a flash light, and requires no batteries."
eGear Guardian Dual Function Signal Light (Red)
eGear Guardian Dual Function Signal Light (Red)
"This is such a great addition.  250 hrs. Waterproof.  Shock resistant.  Can be clipped anywhere. Omnidirectional."
Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar - 3 Day/72 Hour Bar - Single Pack
Datrex 3600 Emergency Food Bar - 3 Day/72 Hour Bar - Single Pack
"Although less important than many people think, especially in the short-term (you can survive sometimes weeks with almost no food), eventually you gotta eat.  Plus, while you might technically survive without food your energy levels and psychological morale will suffer greatly without it. I wouldn't recommend carrying all three days worth but a little would mean a lot when you got hungry."
Skippy Peanut Butter, Natural Super Chunk, 15-Ounce Jars (Pack of 6)
Skippy Peanut Butter, Natural Super Chunk, 15-Ounce Jars (Pack of 6)
"As an alternative, believe it or not, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better overall survival food than good 'ol peanut butter.  It's compact, keeps reasonably well, and is very calorie dense.  And it sure tastes a lot better than those bars. This is some of the very best PB out there...and that's coming from a total PB junkie!"
Fisher Space Pen ST Space-Tec Pen with Black Ink, Medium Point, Black Rubber Coated
Fisher Space Pen ST Space-Tec Pen with Black Ink, Medium Point, Black Rubber Coated
"A pen is always a great thing to have.  I absolutely love this one.  Rubberized clicker style that writes in any environment...wet, hot, cold, even space."
Rite in the Rain - 
Green Tactical Note Book (All Weather)
Rite in the Rain - Green Tactical Note Book (All Weather)
"Waterproof, grid-lined, really sturdy good quality paper."
Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes - Fresh Scent: Travel Pack
Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes - Fresh Scent: Travel Pack
"Many underestimate this one, but not only is hygiene a tremendous psychological buoy, itÂ’s also a safety issue as poor hygiene predisposes you to injury/infection, especially hand to mouth stuff.  Clean = safe."
Vanguard Dm-8250 Monocular
Vanguard Dm-8250 Monocular
"For the money a good little monocular, and considering the size/wt to utility trade off, a valuable addition. Even disregarding survival stuff (I use it for animal/bird watching a lot when camping) you'll be amazed how handy this thing is once you're used to having it around."
Sony ICD-PX820 Digital Voice Recorder (Black)
Sony ICD-PX820 Digital Voice Recorder (Black)
"Although technically not a "survival" item, a VR allows you take record your thoughts, miscellaneous notes, conversations, etc., which would be very valuable to you after the fact. And since it has such a small footprint it's a reasonable addition."
Canon PowerShot SD780IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Canon PowerShot SD780IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-inch LCD (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
"Yeah there are much better cameras for serious photography but this is a great little camera, and as long as it doesn't take too much weight or space a camera is always great to have, both for serious and not so serious reasons."
Mechanix Wear MG-72-009 Original Glove, Coyote, Medium
Mechanix Wear MG-72-009 Original Glove, Coyote, Medium
"This are great to have because they protect your hands from getting beat up while not ruining your dexterity."
Galco Scout Clip On Inside Pant Holster for Glock 17, 22, 31
Galco Scout Clip On Inside Pant Holster for Glock 17, 22, 31
"Violence is NEVER ideal, but unfortunately people aren't always civilized, especially during emergencies.  Without the ability to defend yourself you become a victim to the whim of whoever or whatever wants to make you one.  Do you want your life to depend on the civility or mercy of others who are thirsty, hungry, etc. and quite possibly situationally psychologically unstable?"
SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray - Advanced Police Strength - Large Magnum Tactical Spray
SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray - Advanced Police Strength - Large Magnum Tactical Spray
"It's always great to have a non-lethal defense option.  This pepper spray will definitely do the trick."
Maxpedition VULTURE-II BACKPACK - Khaki
Maxpedition VULTURE-II BACKPACK - Khaki
"This pack is nearly indestructible, it's comfortable, and will hold everything in this list and more.  Plus, because of the MOLLE-style webbing you can really customize the pack to your needs. I would advice keeping the pack less than 25% of your body weight."
Adventure Medical Kits Tactical Field/Trauma with QuikClot
Adventure Medical Kits Tactical Field/Trauma with QuikClot
"A FAK is a must.  Contents should be based on your particular situation, but things to think about might be:  prescription meds, pain meds (NSAIDS, tylenol, aspirin, excedrin), benadryl, treezers, band-aids, etc"
Kelty Salida 2 Person Tent
Kelty Salida 2 Person Tent
"There are lots of great tents out there.  I like this one due to its ease of setup and takedown and durability. Don't forget some small, light, and strong tent stakes."
Tilley Unisex TH4 Classic Hemp with Broader Down-Sloping Brim Hat
Tilley Unisex TH4 Classic Hemp with Broader Down-Sloping Brim Hat
"Similar to shelter, shielding yourself from the elements is one of the most important (and underrated/overlooked) aspects of emergency preparation.  Certainly, there are other good ones but Tilley's are fantastic hats.  The point is, keep your head covered and your eyes and face protected from the sun, rain, snow. etc.  Choose appropriately for your climate."