An Average Persons Prepping Guide – Survival Gear For Your Inch Bag
Survival gear will allow you to achieve self sufficiency and a small amount of comfort. Your INCH bag and gear can be used for any emergency no matter how large or how small. Imagine if the worst were to happen, however, such as a snowstorm that results in power loss and blocked roads. If it was even just 5 miles to the nearest little store that could feel like 50 miles if you are on foot. Imagine if you lived 10 miles away from the nearest source of help or supplies. We are so used to driving where we need to and having the comfort of a car it would be a shock to have to trek thru the storm to get supplies or reach shelter.
Without your INCH bag you would grab a coat, throw some clothes and a flashlight in a duffel bag like most people. You would probably make some sandwiches, grab some drinks, maybe even a couple of canned goods from the pantry. Without preparation this or something similar would be what most people would do before heading out to their destination.
Once on your way as evening approaches you realize you need warmth and to shelter somewhere as your not going to make it to your destination. As you hunker down somewhere you realize you didn’t bring a lighter to make a fire. You pull your coat tighter and figure you will eat what can goods you brought but realize you did not grab a can opener. You have no source of heat, no real shelter and are hungry since you already ate your sandwiches early in the day. You may be fine come morning but then again you may not. Survival gear can consist of everything from a basic lighter to even a simple can opener. Even if your situation is not life or death look at your survival gear as allowing you to be comfortable no matter what comes your way.
So many choices await you that you can easily become overwhelmed. This spreadsheet took me a long time to put together and fits what I felt was needed for us personally. Do your own research as I have said before as you should know why and if you need something. The spreadsheet is missing some of the items I will discuss below as I either do not think I will need them or will manage some other way. The survival gear on the spreadsheet includes the quantities and prices for 2 INCH bags, one for my wife and I, so adjust the amounts accordingly for your number. This survival gear spreadsheet will serve as a template saving you some time and effort. You can use download and use the free Apache OpenOffice should you not have Microsoft Excel.
Presenting The Gear
Below is a sample of what’s personally in our INCH bags. If you have comments about why something should be different, removed or added then know that you can always change your personal survival gear choices. If you read my articles you know I do not claim to be the survival gear master or prepping guru. We prep food and gear for what works for us personally. Our budget was also a consideration. Remember educate yourself and use your gear. Know what each item does so when the time comes you will be familiar with it. Do not just buy the list, throw everything into a bag and think you will be fine.
Fire Starters – Magnesium fire starters & Bic Lighters
Solar Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio, Flashlight, Charger
Sawyer Water Filter
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets
Fishing Survival Kit
Fixed Blade Knife
Hoppe’s No. 9 Gun Bore Cleaning Solvent
Coleman Match Holders
Stainless Steel Mess Kit
Survival Pocket Chain Saw
Slingshot & Ammo
First Aid Kit
Sleeping Bag & Air Pad
Solar Recharging Kit
In future articles I plan to go more in depth about each item and why I chose. Please feel free to read my other articles below.