First off, i love Office Space! It's one of my top 10 favorite comedies. Cue being stuck in traffic, "Damn it feels good to be a gangsta", classic! "Peter, you are a very bad man."
Jason writes, "I would be more concerned about peak oil and economic collapse. I have recently become aware of how important the petro-currency issue is."
I agree that those are major issues to look at as well. I touched on that some in my reply before yours.
Richard writes, "I'm surprised by the 'f___K you, I got mine' attitude put out by so many preppers. But that may just be my stereotype."
I've only perused such forums, and yeah i kind of got that sense too. I realized i didn't fit in at all with a lot of those groups or individuals because my mind set is much more "socialistic" or, "original Christian" type where i don't want to survive for survivals sake, but to help others and to rebuild a better system. Most people in the prepper scene or mindset seem to be most concerned with their families, friends, and themselves, which is understandable, but i've always been much more universal and impersonal in nature.
Which sort of relates to something Craig W. said in relation to me, which i just want to quickly address. I know my vision of a much improved humanity/civilization post collapse appears very Pollyanna'ish...but perhaps this may balance it some. Without a collapse of the current system, i have little to no faith in humanity improving much in any significant way. (Partly because the folks and groups with the most materialistic power and influence in this world, do not want to see such improvement or change and i believe to some extent they actively work against that, or the system as a whole has a limiting effect.)
Ok, back to gear:
Axes vs saws? I LOVE my Fiskars wood splitting axe--it works really well (when sharp at least) and yeah it's bit heavy, but not as heavy as a lot of wood splitting axes out there. Would one be better off with a good saw though? Use a good knife for battoning and everything else a good saw? Best DURABLE saws out there? Don't have to be UL.
Note on space blankets: I'm replacing all my mylar ones with the SOL emergency blankets, as the average report indicate they are significantly more durable. During extreme colds (i would probably be moving somewhat north if a collapse happened, to avoid the Nuclear reactors near here), i could see using one of these as a partial VBL, and it really boosting one's sleep system.
Clothing: All my baselayers are going to be Linen and Merino/synthetic blend to reduce stink, etc. Most other layers will be synthetic, with some down thrown in.
Course, soap will be important. Kiss my face, pure olive oil soap would be good to pack, or something like that. Maybe something a little more antiseptic with tea tree, thyme, neem, or the like. I sort of know the basics of making soap, but i would like to experiment when actually having some good stuff as a backup. Meanwhile, simple soaked ashes is a good cleanser/disinfectant provided it's not too concentrated.
Tick twister probably be a good idea.
Foods: That's a whole subject unto itself. The foods i'm packing fall into one of 3 main categories. Nutrient dense, calorie dense, and long lasting. Lot's of dried goat milk, dried "jerky" tempeh, amaranth/fruit bars (dehydrated and cooked amaranth mixed with figs, dates, and covered with coconut oil), lemon powder with coconut sugar and himalayan salt, dehydrated brown rice with a little dehydrated lentils, some good, food based vitamin/mineral complexes and some extra iron and co-enzyme form of b-12 supplements (will try to eat vegetarian as long as i can), lots of coconut oil, chia seeds, etc, etc.
Which leads me to, definitely will need some bear canisters and the like.
Have a foldable gerbers shovel for various important things. Like creating mini root cellars.
I don't know, there is a lot to list.