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I am new here, so I will begin by asking one question. If you could pick one piece of gear, what would it be?

For this to work, you can not repeat posts. The point of this exercise is to prioritize gear in a BOB, so your cooperation would be appreciated.
 

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If I could pick 1 piece of equipment, it would be a berkey water filter. Woithout safe drinking water, life as we know it can not exist.

 

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Depends on where you are, for example:

Desert- Water and shade
Jungle- Water filter and mosquito netting

Maybe if you gave a specific scenario, like: Michigan, in November... etc...
 

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I've noticed 2 discrepencies. First TANSTAF1, there is NO right or wrong answer, just no repeat answers, and Kev, how can you pack that BIG AZZ Filter in a BOB???

My contribution is my ESEE JUNGLAS.
 

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If i was starting from scratch, without the knowledge I have now, the first item would be Knowledge, in the form of the LDS preparedness manual, or the SAS Survival guide.

As I have a basic understanding of the information in both of those texts the first item I would like is (assuming the more probable bug in scenario) a 1000 gallon water tank with rainwater catchment.

Assuming the less probable "bug out" scenario, first item would be a water bottle with the stainless steel cup on the bottom. (hopefully I have my EDC lighter with me :) )

I dont need a backpack to carry my first item :)

However, someone already took that item, and the next couple that would be on my list, so.... being a torch addict i'm going to cheat and add 3 items:

Quark AA^2 Turbo with optional flat tail cap
Eneloop AA batteries (x2)
Solar charger
 

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I would have to agree with Kev, water filter takes priority. Although I would go with something a bit more portable than the Berkley.

For me survival is based on 4 basic concepts.

#1 Shelter: exposure can kill you in hours in a bad environment (november rain in Michigan?)

#2 Water: without safe water you will die in as little 7 days.

#3 Food: you can last literally weeks without food albeit not productive weeks but weeks nonetheless.

#4 Security:
if you have all of the above, depending on the situation security can be as life threatening as any of the above threats.


I can build a shelter with my bare hands, I can make a bow with my bare hands to start a fire, I can gather food with my bare hands. Create a fish trap, frog gig, etc without tools. I can lay low and out of sight (elude evade style security) but I cannot filter water and without it I will be dead in days.
 

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I've noticed 2 discrepencies. First TANSTAF1, there is NO right or wrong answer, just no repeat answers, and Kev, how can you pack that BIG AZZ Filter in a BOB???
I do not subscribe to the "bug out bag" theory.

Some people have this theory of grabbing their "bug out bag" and heading into the wilderness where they are going to stay insulated.

Sorry, I dont think so.
 

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I do not subscribe to the "bug out bag" theory.

Some people have this theory of grabbing their "bug out bag" and heading into the wilderness where they are going to stay insulated.

Sorry, I dont think so.
Obviously the post is hypothetical, and personally I don't agree with the bug out to the woods and live like Rambo concept either, I have taken the path of a well stocked well prepared BOL.

If I had to hang out in the forest on the way to the BOL with the clothes on my back and one other item it would be the water filter as I can walk to the BOL in 7-10 days.
 

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I am going to say Emergency Space Blanket.

1. It could provide shelter from the elements(ground, rain, snow, heat or cold)
2. I can use it to collect and treat water.
3. With some ingenuity you can catch fish and small animals.
4. It could help me to be rescued and safely placed back onto my couch.

Weighing only 2.5 oz you just can't be too wrong having it in your BOB.
 

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It all depends on the criteria. In some instances, maybe a good pair of boots are your best tool. Or a sharp knife might be for other situations. Or in maybe higher North a -20° down jacket is the best option.

As Kev stated, however, you can only last 3 days with no water. In any survival situation, one of the first things you need to establish is a clean water source. Even if its filterpen, water as well as shelter are a persons first priority.
 

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The most important piece of survival gear above all else is your brain
nothing and I mean Nothing matters if you don't have that right.

-Read this forum and others develop an objective and a plan to match until then don't buy a damn thing! People prep for different reasons and with different objectives I have No idea what your prep goals are so I think it would be irresponsible to tell you what to buy ?











But you can never have enough Ninja throwing stars! :rolleyes:
 

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I see that many people recommend "brain". I was wondering where you guys get yours from. Anyways, I hope the return policy is not too prohibitive.
 
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