Survival Kit

Over the last few weeks I have been assembling a survival kit.

#too

#much

#free

#time

The project had other beginnings. I needed to assemble a basic EMT kit for class. The number of things I already had which could constitute an emergency kit was, upon reflection, staggering. What I could scrounge from other sources, even moreso. After that it was just a matter of filling in a few lacunae. The entire exercise cost me something like $50.

But it has been an interesting exercise. Lots of study. I’ve learned quite a bit. I can’t say I’ll sleep terribly safer for the knowledge of having it. But preparation is the key to happiness – and paranoia won’t enable itself.

Not the least as I am now a primary caregiver to a man who is non compos. Which is an excellent justification for, y’know, pretty much anything.

And it has been *relaxing* – like pruning orchids – for it is hard work, and requires the accumulation of special knowledge, and as with flower-breeding one’s work gives a clear tangible result while simultaneously being entirely without necessity or imminent use. Yay surrogate activities!

Here, then, is the survival kit which I have put together. As well as my editorializing. CRITICISM AND SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!

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(note: many of the items listed are similar to those which I have, not identical – since much of my kit is scrounged.)

CONTAINERS

-CamelBak M.U.L.E. 100/854 – http://www.amazon.com/Camelbak-M-U-L-E-Hydration-Pack-Black/dp/B00437Z1LE/ref=sr_1_7?s=sporting-goods&srs=2586702011&ie=UTF8&qid=1348706700&sr=1-7 : 100 ounces of water in clear reservoir, several pockets, several straps, torso harness, tube for drinking while keeping hands free

-A small waterproof container – http://www.amazon.com/MTM-Forest-Green-Survivor-Large/dp/B001QDNACU/ref=sr_1_13?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1352591617&sr=1-13&keywords=waterproof+container

ELECTRICAL

-hand-cranked LED flashlight – http://www.amazon.com/Dynamo-Illuminator-Wind-up-LED-Flashlight/dp/B0009H50OA/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1348707113&sr=1-3&keywords=crank+flashlight : two brightness levels

-hand-cranked radio – http://www.amazon.com/Ambient-Weather-WR-111-Emergency-Flashlight/dp/B0071BTJPI/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1349229669&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=crank+radio : with small solar cell & USB recharging outlet

-penlight – http://www.amazon.com/Prestige-Medical-Nurse-Penlight-Black/dp/B005606ITQ/ref=sr_1_4?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349229497&sr=1-4&keywords=nurse+pen+light : nurse’s standard

-ultrabright flashlight – http://www.amazon.com/NowAdvisor%C2%AE1600LM-Lumen-Zoomable-Flashlight-Torch/dp/B008MROLX0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352591879&sr=8-1&keywords=1600+lumens : 1600 lumens, focusable for long distance signalling

EMT KIT

-stethoscope – http://www.amazon.com/Omron-Sprague-Rappaport-Stethoscope-Black/dp/B000FERLKI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349229421&sr=8-1&keywords=stethoscope

-emergency shears – http://www.amazon.com/Prestige-Medical-Fluoride-Scissor-Black/dp/B002WJHE7E/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349229506&sr=1-1&keywords=black+shears : rust-proof, autoclavable

-blood pressure cuff – http://www.amazon.com/ADC-Diagnostix-Pocket-Aneroid-Sphygmomanometer/dp/B000NIB6JI/ref=sr_1_7?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1349229600&sr=1-7&keywords=sphygmomanometer+littmann

-CPR mask – http://www.amazon.com/Adult-InfantCPR-Mask-Combo-Gloves/dp/B0054N8M26/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1352593473&sr=8-3&keywords=cpr+mask

-breathing masks – http://www.amazon.com/NIOSH-N95-Respirator-Dust-Mask/dp/B0017DRLJ2/ref=sr_1_3?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1352591922&sr=1-3&keywords=dust+masks

-ear plugs

-wrap-around safety goggles

-a *bunch* of nitrile surgical gloves

FIRST AID KIT

-a box of assorted band-aids, waterproof

-a bottle of aspirin

-a bottle of extra-strength ibuprofin

-a bottle of prescription painkillers ^.^

-tube SPF40 sunscreen

-tube triple antibiotic ointment

-sterile cotton square bandages

-Ace athletic bandage

-roll of waterproof surgical tape

-q-tips and cotton balls

-two boxes of dental floss – known by survivalists as perhaps the most versatile tool in their kits

-half dozen maxi pads/tampons – both good in emergency medical situations as well as for their intended purpose

-two dozen single-serving presurgical alcohol swabs

-hand sanitizer

-five unlubricated condoms. off-label uses include food/water storage & waterproofing

-roll of toilet paper

-space blankets – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007N0XDO/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i01

…everything in the first aid kit is sealed in heavy duty ziploc plastic bags

…also sealed within them are a half-dozen empty heavy duty ziploc plastic bags

APOCALYPSE FIXIT KIT

-duct tape, large roll

-electrical tape

-“tenacious” fabric tape – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0045CQELI/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00

-can of WD-40. as the wise man says, “if it moves and it shouldn’t, use duct tape. if it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40)

-a large tube of super glue

-tire patch kit (as for a bicycle flat)

FOOD AND DRINK

-water treatment tablets – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001949TKS/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i03

-a dozen herbal tea bags – to flavor less-than-fresh water

QUEST FOR FIRE

-strike-anywhere matches – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004PIBWW8/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00 – burn underwater, at 80 below, in hurricane-force winds, etc

-firesteel – http://www.amazon.com/BestDealUSA-Magnesium-Starter-Durable-Survival/dp/B006VPIY6U/ref=sr_1_8?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1352591996&sr=1-8&keywords=firesteel : except I bought a blank and lathed a handle out of curly maple

-magnesium rod – shave off a little, spark it, burns like the Sun

-two small bags of fatwood – uber-tinder

-four 15-hour plumber’s candles

POKEY THINGS

-folding saw – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00135C7ES/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i00 : as for trees and firewood

-bowie knife – http://www.amazon.com/Supplies-Damascus-Guthook-Skinning-Knife/dp/B001DPHHZ2/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1352592072&sr=8-14&keywords=damascus+knife

-swiss army knife – http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Swiss-Champion-Pocket-Knife/dp/B0009KF4GG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1352592092&sr=8-2&keywords=swiss+army+knife : includes all the tools

OTHER

-pair of binoculars

-survival whistle – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NO08VO/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i02 : floats, contains small waterproof compartment, COMPASS

-100′ of 550lb paracord – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036Q50FK/ref=oh_details_o06_s00_i01 : it’s amazing how much a good survival kit resembles a good bondage kit!

-two carabiners – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000TTNCWK/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i01 and http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003E2WV80/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00

-cable lock – http://www.amazon.com/Eagle-Creek-Travel-Gear-Cable/dp/B001M0O0EE/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1352592140&sr=1-3&keywords=cable+lock

CLOTHING

-emergency poncho

-pair of mirrored sunglasses

IDEAS

-broad-spectrum antibiotic

-a pocket guide to emergency medicine

-a pocket guide to wilderness survival

-biolite camp stove

-nail clipper

-antifungal cream

-two pairs of socks. two pairs of underwear. a t-shirt. a hoodie. a windbreaker/rainslicker.

-hibi cleanse

-tylenol PM, to render one insensitive to the zombie hordes

-small dr. bronner’s

-sterno

-instant energy drink (of the electrolyte/vitamin/caffeine kind)

-emergency rations! power bars come to mind

-some big ol’ flares

-a pair of those post-eye-surgery UV-blocking sunglasses

-toothbrush and tooth powder

-a few fishing hooks and sinkers

-bug repellent

-mini sewing kit. possibly some heavy-duty nylon thread.

-small can waterproofing spray

-small piece of cookware that could go over a fire, boil water

-bottle Tea Tree oil

-bottle peppermint essential oil, to dull sense of smell

-smelling salts

-tube epoxy

-tums, pepto, or the like

-a powerful antihystamine

-&c

…because the goal is to survive the apocalypse, NOT to turn it into a challenging adventure game :-)

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~ by davekov on 10 November 2012.

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