I have seen lots of emergency survival kits. I think that most of them fail in their efforts to provide the security they are hoping to sell. When making your own to use on the street, consider the following.
Most of the kits out there fail. Why? They do this by splashing all over what they are. Now, let me ask you how stealthy is that? That’s not at all good, in my book.
I wanted to share what I have put together and carried for the last 20 years, at least. I take it to the office as well as carry it to the casino. It goes everywhere I go.
I carry a laptop computer case. Why is that? That is because they are still seen everywhere. They’re not as popular as a few years ago, but they’re still out there. They do not draw attention. The number one rule in stealth is to not draw attention to oneself.
Instead of nylon or fabric, I use a rather nice leather one, because it is stronger. It always includes a shoulder strap to carry the weight. Mine has at least two zipper compartments and one flap compartment with pockets inside. For me, black is the best color. Women can use colors, et cetera.
In the first compartment, I carry an AR7 .22 takedown survival rifle. I also carry a stainless steel Bowie knife with at least an eleven-inch blade, which I have carried for 40 years now. I sharpen it to the point I could shave with it; it will cut a one-inch branch with a simple strike. Imagine what it would do to an attacker.
I started carrying it when I was in the Navy, for protection against sharks should the ship I was on be struck by a torpedo and start to sink. The Navy has no provision for sailors while your ship is going down. A sailor usually is without any protection at that point. I took it upon myself,and strapped it to my shin for the several years I was in the Navy. It has a Paracord strap for my wrist just in case I let go. I cannot dive down three miles to retrieve it while out to sea. It is a rather impressive piece of equipment, and I’ve carried it with me ever since.
I also carry in this same compartment, a small scope in a plastic tube. Plastic tubes can have lots of uses. A scope can also function as a telescope, since that is what they are. Mounting rails are installed, with little paint marks for alignment. Also in here is a Lifestraw water filter.
In the next zipper compartment, I carry ammunition, usually around 500 rounds, and two extra magazines. Twenty-two ammo does not weigh too much, yet the weight is starting to build up. I use a variety of loads– hollow points and round nose. Also in here are four to five meal replacement bars. These things last almost forever and are very high in calories. One a day is enough to sustain almost anyone. These are especially useful in an emergency.
In the front flap compartment, I usually have my firestick, another non-folding knife with a three-inch blade or so. I also carry area and state maps that are waterproof in this area, which is easy to get to if you get lost, you know. Also, I carry three or four butane lighters. They’re inexpensive and easy to use, easier than a firestick to use. A little paracord is included in case I need to make a shelter plus a mylar space blanket, which is something almost anyone should never be without. They will reflect 90% of your body heat back toward you. Of course, I also have bear pepper spray.
How much does all this junk cost? Depending on where you shop and how much time you invest, it’s about $500. – SteveD