Not just for survival but for life.

*This is in the Be Prepared Contest, if you like what you see give it a vote!

System Components

1. EDC
2. Ultralight 00 Bag
3. Complete G.O.O.D. Bag (Get Out Of Dodge) aka Get Home Bag, B.O.B.

After the great feedback on the VZ-Panel I've decided to contribute my entire survival/travel system which I've developed over years of back-country and urban travel.

Every system must be tailored to the individual's lifestyle, location and the season.  I'm currently in L.A. and travel primarily by bike so my system is more tailored for Warm/Dry 'Cycleocalypse'. As winter is approaching things will be swapped out.

This is a real world setup, I actually travel with everything in this kit and use the EDC and what I call my 00 bag regularly. The elements that make the complete G.O.O.D. bag are organized in pouches or waterproof bags making them easy to throw in my main pack for a quick departure. 

My philosophy is not ultralight but I strive to keep it as light as possible. With this kit (plus amenities, clothing + laptops/work stuff) my family of 3 (2 adults, 1 infant) has lived and traveled for over 6 months with 1 checked luggage (North Face Duffel Bag/Backpack), 1 large carry on backpack (Mission Workshop Vandal), 1 med briefcase, 1 small backpack and 1 Ergo baby carrier.

The quantities below should be used as a per person ref. There are things I sometimes list from my kit for my 1.5yr old daughter which you might not need, i.e. baby tylenol, baby food packets, baby vitamins, diaper bag, etc.

You'll want two of some important things in case 1 gets lost or breaks, i.e. Knife, fire starters, water purification methods, water carrier, shelter etc. That doesn't mean you need two of the exact same thing for everything, just multiple tools that intersect in their functions.
As the SEALs say, "Two is one, one is none."

This system is still evolving, some of the items are new and I haven't used them yet (i.e. the bear pepper spray, and keychain stuff! in the GOOD bag list).

With so many survival experts on instructables I hope this can become a community effort, I'll keep updating this instructable with any major feedback and community tips from the comments.

The Kit uses 3 Main Bags and several Molle compatible pouches of different sizes with everything organized in waterproof roll top compression sacks.

The main bags I use are 
00 Bag - Suunto Lightweight Trail Running Hydration Bag
00 Waist Bag - Army Surplus padded waist pack
G.O.O.D. Bag - Mission Workshop Vandal (Just got this as the bag of all bags, looks good enough to use as my daily, expands to gargantuan proportions, completely waterproof, lifetime guarantee, made in USA).

Step 1: Part 1. the EDC

It all starts with your EDC, here's mine.

  • K2 Climbing Belt made with nylon webbing
  • 1x Heavy Duty Chain with Compact U-Lock (When cycling)
Retractable Keychain on belt (1each)
  • MicroLight
  • Keys
  • Fisher Space Pen
  • Mini Pry Bar/Multitool
  • Tweezers
  • Utili-Key

  • 1x UL Tyvek Mighty Wallet
    • Cash (Local Currency)
    • ID
    • Credit Cards
    • Business Cards
    • Flat Fresnel Magnifying Card
    • Highly Ambiguous Password Hint for Encrypted Files
  • 1x HTC Sensation World Phone
  • 1x Wired Headset with Sugru Custom Earbuds
  • 1x Bic Lighter
  • 1x Pen/Sharpie
  • 1x Strong Sharp Folding Knife (Spyderco or Equivalent)

Section 1.5 Extended EDC
When necessary, extended day trip, or when traveling by bike

On belt or in bag
  • Canon Compact Powershot Pocket Digi Cam in neoprene Lowe Alpine case. (for intel gathering)
  • 1x Cordura Molle Pouch
    • 2x ea. Spare AA's+ AAA's for lights/ backup USB charger
    • 1x Li-Ion Backup battery with LED
    • 5x Rigger Heavy Duty Rubber Bands (Staples)
    • 1x micro USB wall plug (110-220)
    • 1x Bic Lighter
    • 1x Clorox Wipes to-go pack
    • 1x Mini Glow Stick
    • 1x Visine/Eye Rinse
    • 1x Short Mini USB Cable
    • 1x Short Micro USB Cable
    • 1x Mini Phoenix Waterproof Flashlight
    • 1x Emergency Whistle With Compass and Lanyard
    • 1x 2 Sided Sharpie
    • 1x Altoids First Aid Kit W/ Wrapped with Super Heavy Duty Rubber Band
    • 1x Spare prepay SIM card
    • 1x 2 part Iodine Water Purification Tablets
    • 1x Keychain Police Pepper Spray
<p>Why don't people ever name the bag they used and it's capacity?</p>
<p>I need a bag like this!! with extra wheels possibly :O Anyone know where i can get this??</p>
<p>Mission Workshop makes the large expandable backpack, it's called the Vandal. The hip strap is an optional addon but well worth it for heavy grocery trips, or anytime the bag is fully loaded.</p>
I would add a folding shovel to the full pack list; they're pretty cheap, and almost infinitely useful if properly sharp. In addition, the MINIMUM amount of paracord I would recommend having is 100', which is, conveniently, one of the most common sizes it's sold in. MRE heaters are also pretty useful, since you can either use them to heat food in wet weather or burn them as a surprisingly aggressive fuel source.
Thanks for the input on the folding shovel, it's a great tip. I've seen them used for everything from digging latrines and fire-pits to throwing tomahawks, so yeah, super versatile and I agree a valid addition. Now to find the perfect one that's not too heavy. Are there titanium folding shovels? jk.<br><br>I'll up the parachord, I actually have 150', 50' on the carabiner and another 100' of a dif color elsewhere (it's in the GOOD Bag kit pic, I guess I forgot to add it to the list).
+ The military entrenching tool is my preferred shovel. Best way to &quot;go&quot; in the woods! Dig your cat hole, set the shovel to 90*, and sit on it with one cheek. Almost as convenient as your toilet seat at home. <br>- Too heavy for EDC.
<p>I bet that's a sudden awakening in the morning as that cold steel hits that bare booty.</p>
Well, given its purpose you don't actually WANT a folding shovel to be all that light-what you want, if you're looking for any durability at all-is one made primarily from steel; I have one that weighs a couple pounds with one serrated edge and one scalloped edge, never could figure out what that side was for.
Awesome, I carry a related assortment in my pocket and a little ditty bag with some of the supplies you show in my Camera Sling pack every day. Great Instructable!
My recommendation for a good barter item? .22 LR ammunition. These rounds are small and light, allowing you to carry more in less space. They may not pack the same power as larger rounds, but in a survival situation they are adequate for obtaining food or defending oneself. Rifles and pistols shooting this round are incredibly common and accessible, so many individuals would be interested when access to ammunition ended. You can buy boxes of over 500 rounds for about $20 allowing you to trade or sell numerous quantities of individual rounds. This gives you far more opportunities to obtain what you need to survive. Good luck when you need all of this stuff. Things could get very interesting following the election, no matter who wins. <br>TNT
Bartering .22 LR ammo? That's simply brilliant! Also the first time I've ever heard of the idea. One of those smack myself in the forehead ideas.
Unfortunately, you've picked the worst time possible to happen to read this comment. As you might already know, ammunition prices are astounding, if you can find it at all. This is especially true for .22 (Just saw a guy advertising $50 per brick and have no doubt he will get what he's asking). I am reasonably confident that the panic buying will come to an end as new gun control legislation dies, but who knows? Some politician might decide that disarming vulnerable and law abiding citizens will make them safer against the reliably armed criminal. People are stupid. If you're not unbearably concerned about an imminent zombie apocalypse, foreign (or domestic) attack/invasion, and/or complete monetary collapse (most realistic scenario), then I suggest that you be patient and buy a brick or two when the market returns to some semblance of normalcy. <br>Good luck with your preparedness and survival, <br>TNT <br>
You're absolutely right about that, and I agree that prices will normalize eventually, but they'll be &quot;normal&quot; at a higher price than they used to be. Lots of us already have a decent stash though, and are ahead of the curve. <br><br>You know, centerfire reloading kits and supplies is another area that I've not heard much talk about lately, although it was frequently discussed during the Clinton years. This could be a side income stream for someone with a little knowhow.
That's a great rec on the ammo. It doesn't apply so much for overseas or if international travel is coming into play, but for domestic survival I couldn't agree more. The single round/multiple round capability mention make it almost as good as coin but with a whole lot of function metals and coins don't have.
I have a question about the 4 Nextel phones. It's my understanding that they no longer work on any network, as of this spring. Have you tested them lately, and do you have any plans to replace them with FRS or MRS radios or the like? Or cell phones?
I always carry my HTC Sensation (w/ backup batteries) as my day to day cell, the nextell are for digital off network secure 2-way/multi-way comms. These days I'm also workin with some cheap made in china VHF/UHF HAM talkies. Btw, anyone know of any beginner or intermediate HAM resources?
this is an excellent guide. very complete.
I just want to say thanks to everyone that voted on this 'ible, it won the runner up prize in the Be Prepared contest! Thanks a ton everyone and of course the instructables staff!
Congratulations on being a finalist in the be prepare contest!
Good kits, got my vote. You definitely got some things i missed that i will have to add to my kit in the future.
Thanks Lucky7x7!
Wow, great presentation! I've been driving myself a bit buggy trying to put together some decent kits. I've got the EDC kit set, and I've nearly got a mid-type kit together, something of a BOB bag. The stay at home, caught without power in a storm or earthquake is also under construction. <br> <br>I've got a few ideas, including what I think is a neat way to put together an evacuation kit, should we require evacuation to a shelter, but until I get that more put together outside my head, but I haven't started constructing it yet. <br> <br>I put in a vote for you!
Thanks for the comments and the vote JDTagish. I know what you mean about getting the kits together, I've spent so much time obsessing over gear, reading lists, making improvements. Over the past six months I feel I'm getting close to being complete :)
Feel free to check out my small EDC kit and let me know what you think. I entered the same contest &amp; I know it's tiny to start off, but like you, the idea is to incorporate each successive part into the next larger one. If you had any suggestions I'd love to hear them!
Thanks for the comments and the vote JDTagish. I know what you mean about getting the kits together, I've spent so much time obsessing over gear, reading lists, making improvements. Over the past six months I feel I'm getting close to being complete :)
What kind of knife is that in the first picture of step one? Square shaped, black handle with gold soldier design, straight, Japanese like blade, and paracord lanyard. <br>Thanks, <br>TNT
Japanese Higonokami Pocket Knife, looks more impressive than it is. It's essentially a fancy boxcutter. The blade stays real sharp but the steel is brittle and it doesn't have a mechanical lock. I keep it because it's sharp, light and simple. Although I do worry about it's durability.

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