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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
- K2 Climbing Belt made with nylon webbing
- 1x Heavy Duty Chain with Compact U-Lock (When cycling)
- Fisher Space Pen
- Mini Pry Bar/Multitool
1x UL Tyvek Mighty Wallet
- Cash (Local Currency)
- 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
Step 2: Part 2. 00 Bag
In addition to Part 1 EDC carried in Lightweight Trail Runners Bag and Waist Pack.
- 1x 3L Giegerrig Pressurized Hydration Bladder
- 4x Ration/Energy/Protein Bars/gels
- 1x Bike Multitool
- 1x Gerber Diesel Multi Plier (has can opener)
- 2x Bike Tire Levers
- 2x Spare Inner Tubes
- 1x Compact Bike Pump
- 1x Bike Patch Kit
- 2x Zip-lock Bags in case of rain I can stash my pouch and phone in there
- 1x Camelbak Electrolyte Tablets with Caffeine
- 1x VZ-Panel
- 1x Blaze Orange Microfiber Pack Towel/Sham Wow (Can be used for all kinds, i.e. pre-filter for iodine tablets)
- 1x Navy Blue UL SilNy Backpacking Tarp/Poncho (low viz)
- 1x Full First Aid Kit (See contents at bottom of page, I carry this depending on where I'm going, i.e. back-country hiking/trail running)
Admin Pouch (in Bag)
- 1x Waterproof Notebook
- 1x Plastic Flex Ruler with angle finder (mm + ")
- 1x Micro Tip Sharpie
- 1x Pencil
- 1x Ballpoint Pen
- 1x Technicians 4 piece Precision Screwdriver
- 1x Large white grid post it note pad
- 1x Stainless Steel Travel Chopsticks
- 1x Passport/Misc ID's/Cash
- 1x Mini USB Flash Drive with encrypted backup folder jpg family pictures, birth certs, marriage certs, passwords, etc.
- 1x Folded waterproof Local Area Topo Map or road map depending on urban or country
Step 3: Part 3. Complete G.O.O.D. Bag
Urban or Back-country Long Term Survival replaces 00 Bag
note: Only basic survival rations included. Either make your own MRE's or learn to catch/identify wild food in your region. This is a continuation of 00 Bag contents. All contents are carried in a 100% Weatherproof bag, to be submersion proof interior is organized in smaller waterproof roll top sacks.
- 1x Complete First Aid Kit (Based on First Responders Kit) (see complete contents below)
- 1x 3L Camelbak Hydration Bladder (in addition to Giegerrig 3L)
- 2x 1 Liter Water Bottles
- 1x Sawyer 1 Million Gallon .02 micron Viral Filter (max 150gal/day gravity fed, also attached to giegerrig inline hose)
- 8x 3600 cal. Food Ration Bars
- 1x UL Alcohol Stove/Hobo Stove (lots of instructables on this, you could just make one on the fly too)
- 1x Multi Fuel Stove (if back country)
- 1x Fuel Cannister
- 1x Cotton Ball/Vaseline Fire starters in waterproof container
- 1x Matches and strike paper in Waterproof Container
- 1x Compact Cook Kit
- 1x Spork+Knife
- 1x Small Bottle Doctor Bronners Magic Soap
- 1x half roll of TP (Compressed in Ziplock without center cardboard roll)
- 2x Small Microfiber Pack towels/rags
- 1x UL Parachute Hammock Blaze Orange (Hi Viz)
- 1x UL Backpacking Tarp With Grommets
- 1x mosquito net
- 1x Full Change of Clothes/Person (Local Style to blend in, not Camo unless backcountry)
- 1x UL Waterproof Breathable Rain Coat/Person
- 1x Wide Brim Boonie Hat
- 4x Nextel On and Off Network Phones
- 1x Brunton Roll Up Solar Panel with 12V car adapter
- 2x Super Bright LED (w/ strobe) Flashlight
- 1x Headlamp
1x Backup Battery Pouch
- 8x AA's, 4x AAA's
- 1x 4AA USB Adapter
- 3x Li-Ion
- 4x Nextel Batteries
- 1x AA/AAA Compact Smart Wall/12V Charger
- 2x Nextel Charger
- 2x USB Cables (micro and mini)
- 1x Compact Chain Saw
- 1x Bear Spray Pepper Spray (Personal carry riot control) (recommend UDAP products)
- 2x Keychain Pepper Spray (Again, UDAP was started from a Grizzly Bear attach Survivor)
- 1x 50 ft. 7 strand Paracord (550lb) on Locking Climbing Carabiner
- 2x handkerchief
- 1x Spare Glasses/Contact Lenses
- 1x Magnesium and flint fire starter brick
- 2x Snare Wire
- 1x Fishing Line With Hooks
- 2x Collapsible Lightweight Trekking Poles
- 1x Duct Tape Rolled onto Trekking Pole
- 1x Flourescent Gaffers Tape Rolled onto Trekking Pole
- 4x Sugru mini packs diff colors
- 1x Large Ziplock with important printed docs, birth certs, Social Security Card, Marriage Cert, Bank Statements etc.
- 4x Large Heavy Duty Zip Ties
- 1x Zip Tie Multipack (various med-small sizes)
- 1x Compact Mylar Lined Umbrella
- 1x Monocular
- 1x Compact binocular
- 1x Compact 12V Auto Inverter with AC and USB (for AC chargers/electronics, tablets, computers, etc)
- 10x Large Foil/mylar coated ziplock bags for EMP protection.
- Assorted lengths nylon webbing (good for making anchors, incredibly strong and lightweight)
- 1x Book How to Survive The End of the World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI)
- 1x SAS Survival Guide (Color)
1x Survival and DIY/Instrucatables ebook Library on compact E-Ink tablet (stored in foil ziplock pouch)
Step 4: Complete First Aid Kit Inventory
This is the checklist I use for my first aid kit, plus or minus a few items. I tend to keep several survival items in my kit as well but I haven't listed them here since they're listed in other steps.
Complete First Aid Checklist:
[ ]1x mini trauma Shears (W/ RIP Shears)
[ ]1x seatbelt cutter + shears alt http://talonrescue.com/
[ ]10x Nitrile gloves
[ ]20x adhesive bandages (fabric, Johnson&Johnson knuckle type are good for everything)
[ ]20x butterfly closures
[ ]2x tongue blades/finger splints
[ ]1x roll plastic medical tape
[ ]5x 2" x 2" Gauze Pads
[ ]4x 5" x 9" Bandages
[ ]4x 4" x 4" gauze pads
[ ]2x QuickClot Bandages (Israeli Bandage)
[ ]2x Blood Stopper (Celox or equivalent)
[ ]2x Triangle Bandages
[ ]1x Elastic/Ace wrap bandage (stick to self kind)
[ ]1x Mylar Survival Blanket
[ ]1x 5 pack of Oral Airways (make sure u know how to use them, i.e. never on someone conscious)
[ ]2x Instant Cold Packs
[ ]2x Instant Hot Packs
[ ]2x Sodium Chloride Irrigation Solution 250ml
[ ]20x Antispectic Wipes
[ ]2x Tripple antibiotic ointment
[ ]1x Splinter tweezers/forceps
[ ]12x Alcohol Prep Pads
[ ]4x Resealable plastic bag (Ziplock)
[ ]1x Dual tip Sharpie
[ ]1x Tympanic (ear) thermometer
[ ]1x analog thermometer
[ ]1x Several ft. Seran Wrap folded up
[ ]1x Multiuse SAM (or budget equivalent) Splint
[ ]1x Sunscreen+Insect repellent (baby Safe/Waterproof)
[ ]3x N95 Face Mask, ideally with activated charcoal as well
[ ]3x Smelling Salts
[ ]3x Oral glucose gel
[ ]4x Burn Gel
[ ]3x 10 days supply iOSAT Potassium Iodine Tablets (For radiation)
[ ]Allergy Pills
[ ]Anti-Diarreah Pills
[ ]Baby Pedialyte for hydration
[ ]Tylenol, Baby Tylenol
[ ]Electrolytes and Multivitamins Pouches and pills (Emergen-C, Camelbak with Caffeine, etc)
[ ]Curved Needle for stitches/Repairs
[ ]Curved Hemostat
[ ]1x Dental Floss
[ ] 2x Fishing Line, monofilament 1 strong 1 thin.
Step 5: Closing Notes:
UL 00 Setup is in a Trail Runners Backpack and Waist Bag
Use Waterproof Compressor Bags (Silny or stronger) with purge valve to save space and protect from submersion, create flotation device, carry water, etc.
Foil zip lock pouches for waterproof storage (maybe the copper variety are EM shielding? I tested the silver ones and they aren't).
Survival Tablet (Nook night light ebook reader) with complete survival library and diy/instructables additions i.e. civilization rebuilding library. engineering, electrical, mechanical, architecture, design, medical, etc.
Family photos and personal data on encrypted SD cards or flash drives (I use axcrypt for files and Keepass for passwords, keep the software tools on there with the files).
Reference EMT First Responder Kits for your first aid kit.
Some of my favorite survival instructables I referenced while planning this kit
-All the altoids tin survival kits/first aid kits, too many to name
- One SF Soldiers Survival Kit
- Mini Alcohol Stove (After reading all the instructables I don't travel with one, if I need one i can make one!)
- MRE's on the Cheap (A priceless how to on making your own MRE's)
Notes: Good tip from user tomsweet65 is to organize MRE's and first Aid stuff into vacuum seal trauma bags
Suggestions I'm looking for: How to lighten the load/combine multiple items, good items for barter (Whiskey, rare items, no Rare Metals, or Precious Gems) and glaring omissions.
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