If you were to prepare a basic survival backpack to use for after the pole shift what would it minimally contain? List the contents in priority order, so that those who can't carry as much weight can cut from the bottom of the list. Indicate how to use the items. Most of us have been raised in the city and need much information on basic survival. The purpose for the pack may be anything from wandering primitive survival to hunting food, scrounging, or visiting a distant neighbor. I think many of us not only need the education on what is important to take, but we need to prepare this backpack well before the pole shift. It goes without saying - it is desirable to minimize the weight carried. In the old west days some of the hearty pioneers use to brag that they made it across the united states with little more than a frying pan and a blanket. Seems like with a bit of pre-planning, we could be a bit smarter today.
Offered by Mike.
This is a question I have been working on for a long time and continuously revise. I have not listed items in priority order as I am assuming a trip of more than 1 day and all items are considered essential. I deal with the weight problem by limiting the ability to carry an extremely heavy load. In addition, the pack contents are only a part of the overall strategy. Before getting to it's contents I'll say something about the backpack itself. The style I chose is a small mountaineering pack that includes a very good hip belt which eases the load on the shoulders tremendously letting the hips carry some of the weight. The color is important, and my choice is as close to brown/black as I can get - no bright colors. The pack should have straps on the outside for attaching bulky items which include:
The inside of the pack is very much dependent upon the purpose and length of the trip. If
traveling to a site that is frequented (such as another community or scrounging area) the key to
such travel is to establish a "cache" for each day of the trip. The cache should contain good
water and food for two days walk (one for going and one for returning), along with an entire
replacement backpack all "stocked". These precautions will aid you in the event your
backpack is stolen or taken by force. Consider a permanent water still for each cache so that
before leaving the water supply can be replenished. Once a trip is made, additional trips must
be made to each of the caches to replenish them.
The inside of the pack is for water and food including a small container of cooking oil, fire starter and dry tender, first aid, cording (heavy string and small rope), 1 pound of salt for trading; with enough room left to bring back whatever you're making the trip for (for instance a car generator which implies tools to remove the generator).
On your person carry a large knife and a small utility knife, like the Swiss Army Knife. Include your compass and any map.
The basic principals are:
Offered by Ron.