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    Your Opinon On Survival

    I would like your non gun input on a survival kit. What do you think should go in a daypack sized container that would go in a car on road trips and camping? This is not a bug out bag. Here is a starting list. What would you add (OTHER THAN AMMO, GUN, MAGAZINE)?

    6’x8’ piece of plastic.
    25’ of p cord
    Sharp knife
    Knife sharpener
    Cold steel e tool
    Whistle
    Compass
    Waterproof match box
    Poncho
    Mirror
    Foil
    Fish line
    5-6 treble hooks
    Water container
    Multi pliers
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    I have a cheap Garmin, a cell phone and roadside assistance. I'm not much of a camper anymore and have reliable vehicles. The above three items and a bottle of water will get me to Las Vegas or Puerto Penasco.

    No doubt I am doomed to die in the desert.
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    Looks good. I would probably have flint to go along with the waterproof match box. Just my .02

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    In Wyoming, I would add:

    1. Nice heavy coat, regardless of season.
    2. Bag of Tootsie Rolls, they don't go bad and can keep you going in a blizzard.
    3. 6 ft of 1/2" tubing for siphoning fuel.

    Up around these parts, the heat isn't the killer, it's the snow and lack of visibility during bad snow storms.

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    One or two propane lighters beat matches hands down.
    If you are near fishing waters in Arizona help is near so you don't need the hooks and string.
    I have never needed a compass in Arizona so consider them extra weight.
    Rock will sharpen a knife in a pinch.
    What is the cold steel e tool?
    Container FULL of water is primary and should equal 90% of total weight.
    The poncho and plastic could be one item.

    Best advice is not to get lost in the outback.

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    a couple MRE's. would help someone in a pinch.

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    Iodine tablets (or something to purify water)
    Fingernail clippers: more useful than you think
    First Aid kit (sterilizer, bandages, tourniquet, cortizone, scissors)
    Medical charcoal (vomit inducing): life and death might be determined by how fast you can get rid of something you just ate
    Snakebite kit
    EXTRA WOOL SOCKS: if your feet fall apart, so will you
    Heavy leather work gloves
    Dental floss (seriously!)
    Eye drops
    Chapstick or similar

    Some of the above may seem like unnecessary luxuries, but they make a big difference in a survival situation. Adding constant discomfort to an already stressful situation will wear you down quicker, and your normal resistance to the small annoyances of life will be greatly reduced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3/325 View Post
    Dental floss (seriously!)
    Oh, in that vein, I did forget to mention my hair gel and Jean Paul Gauthier cologne. These aren't useful in the highly unlikely event my mighty Honda breaks down, but their proper use does help impress the ladies when I go to the local bar.

    Survival of the species requires procreation...
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    Come on, now, I left out the citrus Listerine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Oh, in that vein, I did forget to mention my hair gel and Jean Paul Gauthier cologne. These aren't useful in the highly unlikely event my mighty Honda breaks down, but their proper use does help impress the ladies when I go to the local bar.

    Survival of the species requires procreation...
    Mike, you are thinking too inside the boxhere. .

    Floss (waxed) equal an almost wick, a strong, lightweight, water resistant twine for..all sorts of stuff....
    As for your cologne.......can you drink it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by niadhf View Post
    Mike,

    as for your cologne.......can you drink it?

    Better yet, can the ladies he's courting drink it? They'll need it more! hehehehe jk jk


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    Quote Originally Posted by niadhf View Post
    Mike, you are thinking too inside the boxhere.
    Since I am a male model, I can only be concerned with things like hair products and perfumes. This pesky survival thing is so 1970s.
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    I keep a survival pack in each vechile, but mine are set-up for Western North Carolina. Suvival blankets,weatherproof coat and liner, change of clothes and spare sockes, flares, rope and twine, first aid kit and food and water. You can't count on GPS's or cell phones around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Padawan View Post
    Your Opinon On Survival
    I'm in favor of it.

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    Food-wise, I've heard the best thing to keep in an emergency/survival kit is a few cans of spam. They'll outlive you and will give you plenty of dense fat to keep your energy up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James NM View Post
    I'm in favor of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
    Since I am a male model, I can only be concerned with things like hair products and perfumes. This pesky survival thing is so 1970s.
    Mike, I have seen the pics. I will refrain from rude or derogetory comments lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Padawan View Post
    I would like your non gun input on a survival kit. What do you think should go in a daypack sized container that would go in a car on road trips and camping? This is not a bug out bag. Here is a starting list. What would you add (OTHER THAN AMMO, GUN, MAGAZINE)?

    6’x8’ piece of plastic.
    25’ of p cord
    Sharp knife
    Knife sharpener
    Cold steel e tool
    Whistle
    Compass
    Waterproof match box
    Poncho
    Mirror
    Foil
    Fish line
    5-6 treble hooks
    Water container
    Multi pliers
    I would remove the midget strippers (in your avatar) and gain more room in the pack

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    Combine the multi pliers and sharp knife and save some weight. And since you're in AZ, some sunscreen might be a good idea.

    Also, bring some salt. When you finally resort to cannibalism and have to chew off your (or your friend's) leg its gonna be a bit gamey. Don't ask how I know....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev74 View Post
    Combine the multi pliers and sharp knife and save some weight. And since you're in AZ, some sunscreen might be a good idea.

    Also, bring some salt. When you finally resort to cannibalism and have to chew off your (or your friend's) leg its gonna be a bit gamey. Don't ask how I know....
    on second though Kev, stay down in orange county after all. I don't think I want you near me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niadhf View Post
    on second though Kev, stay down in orange county after all. I don't think I want you near me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by niadhf View Post
    on second though Kev, stay down in orange county after all. I don't think I want you near me.
    I had to read the book "Alive" in high school and it left a lasting impression.

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    When you say daypack, I assume you mean a small backpack and not a tiny fanny-pack. Some of the below items were mentioned above; I made the list by looking only at your original post:



    Canteen cup (metal) or small aluminum pot; can be used to heat water, make tea, boil meat.

    Wire saw

    Single-serving instant coffee packets, tea bags, soup packets, boullion cubes, Ramen noodles, etc.

    Salt/pepper packets

    Small lithium-battery flashlight (tactical or otherwise)

    Roll of toilet paper in zip-lock bag

    Sunblock and/or bug repellent

    Tube tent (add more para cord if you add this item)

    Space blanket and/or mylar sleeping bag

    Military pilot's gloves or similar

    Socks, 2 pair

    Cheap woven plastic tarp, small (lean-to roof lining, extra warmth, shade, ground cloth)

    Small roll of wire-based fishing line (can also be used as snare wire for small game)

    Leatherman tool (EDIT: oops, missed the Multi pliers first time through your list)

    Chewing gum and/or hard candy

    Energy bars, granola bars

    Road flare/fusee (best firestarter made; will light wet wood in a rainstorm)

    Small/pocket-sized survival manual




    Hmmmm......

    Matches for your match box?

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    Quote Originally Posted by niadhf View Post
    Mike, I have seen the pics. I will refrain from rude or derogetory comments lol.
    I never said I was a good male model.
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    He isn’t kidding about the perfume err um cologne. He reeks when we go to the bar.
    I have had to explain to him a couple of times that women are not coming to our table because of his cologne, it is because they are waitresses and that is their job.
    It is cool talking to women when out with Mike. I look a WHOLE lot prettier when their eyes are watering…
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