Putting together a Survival Kit

Discussion in 'Survival & Sustenance Living Forum' started by goinghot, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. goinghot

    goinghot New Member

    So I read the post by opaww about survival kits, and really enjoyed it. But it got me to thinking about putting one together. I have the weapons under control, and am buying ammo box by box as I can. So, here is what I need. I would like any advice on where to start with putting together my own kit. I have a wife and a small child. We currently live in a city, but have family about 75 miles away with plenty of land in the country where I grew up. So, I would appreciate any advice on what I need to get started, and one thing i worrry about is having to get to the family in the country shoud something happen. Any advice on traveling that distance with a wife and child. Thanks for all the in put, looking foward to reading your advice and getting started building my kit.
  2. cameronguyton

    cameronguyton New Member


  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    goinghot - How much are you looking to spend? What is your goal, at the end of the day?

    Generally, everyone should have three days of supplies in their house, this is a very good place to start.

    Most of us that have a B.O.B., started with the bare basics, some basic medical supplies, some matches, a mirror, some dry clothes ( especially socks and underwear ), compass, stuff like that.

    Over time, we add a few things here and there.

    Facts being facts, I could never "pack" my bug out bag alone at the point. :eek:

    There is just too much good stuff in there to try taking stuff out. That is why I added a second, empty, BOB to the safe, so IF the time comes, I can redistribute the load. :D

    I don't think we have had a "recent" what's in your BOB thread.

    Perhaps it's time for show and tell again....:cool:

  4. opaww

    opaww New Member

    75 miles is a fair distance, so be ready to travil light with food, water, warm clothing if its near or at fall/winter.

    Medications you and your family need, a good med kit, and sense you will be travling to relitives take a few Chem Lights, they are light weight and can be packed anywhere.

    A question here, is your wife in on this or are you going to supprise her when the SHTF happens with her own bugout gear?

    Be ready incase you can take a vehical of some sort, and if you cannot take one. If you cannot take a vehical then travel light, estamate the time to get to where you are going on foot with a wife and small child in tow. This will tall you about how much food and water you will need to make the trip.

    If things are bed enough that you cannot take a vehical then they may be to bed to walk the roads so stay off the pavement if possable, do your travel in day light.

    Take a few pairs of socks for each of you, happy feet makes for smoother going. Also do not forget some form of rain gear for foot travel.

    If both of you will be making some form of bugout bag then one of you can carry a small light weight tent incase you are afoot. A 3 man tent is about 5-9 lbs and packs small. This may make the defferance between staying out of the weather and being some what happy and success and not getting anywhere because of weather.

    This is about all I can say right now.
  5. falseharmonix

    falseharmonix New Member

    What is the function or idea behind full minus 'x' rounds for your mags? I've heard someone else say they do rifle full minus 2, and I'm curious why.
  6. hillbilly68

    hillbilly68 New Member

    Makes a tac reload more sure if you have the added room to compress beneath the closed bolt; when the bolt cycles to pick up #30 you are less likely to have a feeding issue if it is only # 28. Not an absolute, just something I picked up over time...YMMV. Also used if you have .mil mags, keeps pressure off the feed lips if you keep 'em loaded. PMAGs have solved the issue with the covers, but the tac reload remains the real reason for the download.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2010
  7. goinghot

    goinghot New Member

    Great advice. Thanks to everyone.
  8. miss_my_AR

    miss_my_AR New Member

    get a keltec sub 2000 and a glock19 they stow away in a tight package
  9. crossfire

    crossfire Member

    Have a 5 gallon can of gas stashed away. If you have to bug out immediately, unless your vehicle gets less than 15 miles per gallon, you know you have enough fuel to get there without having to fill up before leaving or stopping enroute.
  10. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    Good thinking on the spare gas. I have three 5 gallon and 2 2.5 gallon cans with Stabil stabilized gas in the garage strictly for a bugout.

    I also suggest never letting your gas tank get below half. When I get to half, I automatically fill it up. Gas stations will be a nightmare if you ever have to split in a hurry.

    Between the gas cans and a minimum of a half a tank or more at all times, I have between 1.5 and 2 tanks ready to go. I will bypass the gas station, the main roads and be ahead of the crowd.

    Another part of the equation is knowing when to pull the pins. If you wait until the rest of the crowd is leaving, you waited too long. I'd rather leave too early than too late.

    Remember the roads that were parking lots for miles during Katrina?
  11. bkt

    bkt New Member

    You may need to find a closer bug-out location. 75 miles is a helluva long way to go, and it's three times as long with a young kid. Maybe establish some waypoints you can stay at ahead of time like friends' houses or at least suitable camping areas.

    You said you have defense under control so I won't go there. Also, you're in a warm state, so you probably don't need a separate seasonal bag like I do, so I won't go there either.

    My kit works for me. This is to give you ideas what you might want to include, but it is NOT necessarily a solution for anyone else.

    Here's my primary BoB that I'm still working on...

    ...Folding saw
    ...Small hatchet
    ...Waterproof matches
    ...Dryer lint or similar tinder
    ...Sharp, heavy, non-serrated knife
    ...Knife sharpener
    ...Camp mirror

    ...Water purification tablets/drops
    ...Portable grate
    ...Cooking pan
    ...Cooking oil
    ...Bowl to collect/boil water
    ...Granola and/or Energy bars
    ...Instant coffee
    ...Sweetener (a dozen packs don't weigh too much)
    ...Fish hooks, bobs, line, sinkers
    ...Mountain House meals

    ...Nail trimmers & Scissors

    ...Waterproof tarps (2) with grommets (1 tarp for ground, 1 for tent)
    ...Ground pad (closed cell)
    ...Heavy rope - 50'
    ...550 Paracord - 100'
    ...Poncho or Sweatshirt w/ hood
    ...Heavy work gloves
    ...Underwear & socks

    ...Detailed road maps of the area AND topographical maps of the same area
    ...GPS + extra batteries

    ...Resealable baggies
    ...Radio (crank generator type)
    ...Spare batteries
    ...Decks of cards
    ...A few large trash bags
    ...Duct tape
    ...Flask of scotch/rum/whatever
    ...Pocket Ref
    ...10 ounces of silver
    ...$200 in cash

    My first aid kit (separate bag):

    Bandage Materials
    ...4 Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1″ x 3″
    ...3 Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
    ...2 Bandage, Butterfly Closure
    ...1 Bandage, Elastic, Self Adhering, 2″
    ...2 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2″ x 2″, Pkg./2
    ...2 Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4″ x 4″, Pkg./2
    ...1 Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterile, 3″ x 4″

    ...2 Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe
    ...1 QuikClot Sport 25g
    ...2 Trauma Pad, 5″ x 9″

    Blister / Burn
    ...11 Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped

    ...3 Safety Pins
    ...1 Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
    ...1 Tweezers
    ...1 Small flashlight

    Medical Information
    ...1 Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness & Travel Medicine

    ...1 After Bite Wipe
    ...2 Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
    ...1 Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2
    ...2 Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2

    Wound Care
    ...6 After Cuts & Scrapes Anesthetic/Antiseptic Wipe
    ...1 Dressing, Petrolatum, 3″ x 3″
    ...1 Tape, 1/2″ x 10 Yards
    ...2 Triple Antibiotic Ointment, 1/32 oz
    ...1 Scissors (for cutting away clothing)
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2010
  12. INMIline

    INMIline New Member

    75 miles on foot with family. Going through what could be the nastiest of situations. Wow, I'd say a couple 4x4 quads