Props to you Ali, for starting this thread and I think it is legitimately placed here in gear, although it has been rather entertainingly supplanted. I actually think this would be an interesting subject and I am curious about the preparedness level of many folk here. I keep things close at hand, but don't have it packed and ready to go. I suppose based on my actions, I don't believe in utter destruction being immediately impending, but I am quite concerned about a number of things happening in this country and world-wide. I also have a family that I intend to protect as much as I am able and this drives me most fervently to seek to be more than minimally prepared for disaster. To me, as a father, it is simply a matter of prudence, love, and responsibility. I would feel that I would be neglecting something that is easy to do now, relative to the consequences - a better investment than most insurance policies, I would say and most of us spend atrociously on many of those, with hopes of never using them.
Back to the gear, albeit a bit generic...
Thus far, I am making sure that each one of us has readily accessible, the following lightweight gear:
- warm clothing and a sleeping bag or quilt, + pad (sub 3 lbs each)
- WPB shells
- fire starting tinder & sparker (mom & dad only ;) )
- water treatment (Iodine and ceramic filter)
- the Bible (on PDA phone and in book form)
- Bushbuddy Ultra stove + alcohol and Esbit
- a few gold coins each
- lightweight backpacks (Osprey Exos, Golite Gust, UL Kids packs, GG Mariposa
- Beercan cook kit
- BPL 1350 ml Titanium Pot for melting snow & group cook
- Smaller titanium utensils and pots for individuals
- First Aid Kit
- 2x 3 lb. average 2 person Tents (1 Large Teepee option also)
- Not so much food, but a couple of books on wilderness survival and edible plants. You can go some time without food and there is plenty around in the woods year round here.
- space blanket
- knife (again, mom & dad only for now)
- water bottles
- good socks and other wool base layers
I may have left a few things out, but hopefully this will get the thread back on track.
I know a few neighbors and business associates are who are with the LDS religion and they are all required to have a certain amount of food stored up in their homes, but I don't know if they have any fuel, or other supplies. Maybe I'll ask next time I see them.
Let's sweep up the chaff and get back to the gear & strategy...even though I've enjoyed the little field trip.
Note - some of the gear above is obviously group/shared gear.