Survival Pack

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Introduction: Survival Pack

thought i’d share my jetpack with you as my first instructable! it’s still in progress, but these are my contents thus far, minus my edc, cookset, shelter, & clothing system [which so far includes gloves, wicking garb, hiking shoes, thermals, gaiters, facemask, etc]. it’s meant to serve as my backpacking kit and my survival kit, should i need it... but more geared towards the backpacking provisions lately since i’m trying to hone my skills & weight-test my bag.

Step 1: Main Pouch Contents

in this part of the pack, i keep my heavy stuff, clothing, & tools (yay tools!). i keep the squishy components up against my back, to keep the heavy stuff (which is kept near the bottom) from poking at me. it's best to carry the weight at your hips, and keep a slightly forward tilt in your stance. if it isn't a necessity, and i can't find at least a couple uses for it, it's not coming with me. your mind is your very best tool. for instance, my tackle box has split shots. not a necessity, and heavy in their own right, but they can also be used as slingshot ammo. the bandanas have a hundred uses, so i keep three on me, minimum. sunglasses are a little frugal, but they're usually on me, & if i'm in an urban emergency situation, i really don't want eye contact. it isn't necessary to have two microfiber towels, but the smaller one rides outside the pack for quick cleans, and i like staying clean, especially in the forest. the tyvek suit, which repels water, can be worn over my clothes with more coverage than a poncho, and i can stuff it with leaves to help insulate. on to portion two...

Step 2: Mid Pouch: Food & Water

i know it's bulky, but i like having sources of water on me (hence the big water purification bottle in the top left hogging the shot). it's got an advanced filter, which gives me more peace of mind. next to it are a couple non-gmo seed stashes that i combined into one [approx 3500 seeds total]. they don't ride with me on short hikes. the folding dog bowl i use as washbasin or for water carry. the rest is just dayhike comfort stuff.

Step 3: Mmmmrations

thought i'd toss a few homemade mre's into the mix to give you some ideas. i like to break things down into single servings, so i only have to heat a cup of water at a time. most boxed dinners or sides, i have learned, feed a family of four (which i am not), so i portion them down. which leaves me with more fuel, since i'm not using much to heat a cup of water. plus, it fits my cook pot perfectly.

Step 4: Grrrroom Groom!

my basic grooming supplies, which fit in the top compartment, and a brand-spankin-new water pack i haven't procured yet with boiling water. i keep some things on me to protect me from the elements: benadryl, chapstick, sunscreen, etc. and some things to help me stay clean, like handi-wipes and a toothbrush.

multivitamins, benadryl, chapstick, sewing kit, toothbrush, bugspray, Kleenex, gum, lotion, handi-wipes, sunscreen, eyedrops
brand-spankin-new water pack

Step 5: Fire & First Aid

the front lower pouch keeps my fire starting & first aid items. this also includes signaling items for the time being, while i search for some better compartments for my web belt. bag balm can be used as an antiseptic, as it's meant, but also as a firestarting aide. the small film container is packed with lightning flash fireworks that i saved from the holiday, thinking they'd be good compact signaling flares. extra baggies always come useful, even if it's to pack your trash out on a hike. leave no trace!

Step 6: Fire Starting Kit in Detail

up close on this, i have several methods of getting a fire going, under most conditions. the homemade firestarters are curled rectangles of a cereal box, into where i bedded some lint, drizzled it with wax, curled it further closed with twine, and drizzled more to cover its entirety. the trick candles have gunpowder in the wick to keep them from blowing out, and are therefore windproof. the stormproof matches are in a container i got from a bead store.

Step 7: First Aid Kit in Detail

my first aid kit has a good assortment of things i'd use in an emergency situation. it's a bit big, but to me, it's worth its weight. i have several first aid kits and pulled components from each to create this one. i have an assortment of bandages & gauze, waterproof tape, break-swabs of ammonia, sting relief, & iodine, some iodine wipes, benzylkonium chloride wipes, alcohol prep pads, antibiotic ointment, aspirin & non, fever/headache patches, antihistamine tabs, q-tip applicators, scissors, tweezers, a larger 3-inch wrap bandage from the kit in my jeep. the vinyl gloves are kept on top so i can quickly protect myself if i need to assist someone. i have celox in there [for blood clotting] & butterfly strips, as opposed to sutures. without lidocaine or some kind of numbing cream, i won't be in the mood to sew myself up with sutures. i also have melatonin strips, which encourage sleep, and if i'm in the forest by myself, or an unknown area, i'll want that as an option.

Step 8: Strap Up & Go!

i'm continually adding to & revising my pack to suit my needs, whether it's camping or on a simple day hike. there's room to fit my extra clothing & cookset, and reserves for those things still on my list. the molle straps and velcro allow me to add new systems as needed [like a pouch dedicated to signaling items once i find one]. although it hasn't been officially weighed, i'd say it probably comes in at about 20-30lbs, minus water carry. i feel like it's a good weight pack for me, and i could take on a little more as my system adapts. anyhow, thanks for taking a look! i’d be interested in knowing what you’ve got on your shoulders, too, if you have suggestions!

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    Funny you mention Lidocaine and sutures. In an emergency out in the woods, my brother sliced open his leg on a rock, and a guy that wasn't too far behind us had both lidocaine and sutures in his first aid kit. He applied the Lidocaine with saran wrap for about 15min, and stitched his leg up right there on the spot. We were all amazed because my brother didn't even make a peep and could barely feel it!
    After the trip, I researched it and found that you can buy lidocaine over the internet. People use it for when they get tattoos in sensitive places. My dad, brother and myself now all carry lidocaine, small suture kit, and saran wrap in our first aid kits!

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    Just a heads up, lidocaine 5% can be bought in the U.S. over the counter at just about any pharmacy for around $30 for a 30 gram tube. This strength use to be by prescription only. It is called RectiCare and is usually found with the hemorrhoid products, go figure!

    If using it to numb a cut, be careful to apply it to only the surrounding area and not right up to the edges. Even better clean it off just before suturing! As with most topical only products, dangerous side effects can occur if gets into the body.

    thankyou! I actually do have a folding shovel in it, top right in the first pic. I'll look into bolt cutters - interesting item to carry!

    This looks great man, it looks like you've covered all the basics. If I were you, I'd consider adding a folding shovel (gerber makes the issued ones, and they are really nice) and possibly a small pair of bolt cutters. Bolt cutters are often overlooked, but think about how many situations they could help you. Anyway, good job!

    I carry 2 old fashioned rat traps in my bag. Easy to bait and almost guarantee an easy meal. Can also serve as alarm system if placed in a door way in an urban setting or in an approach to your shelter in a rural setting. I drilled a small hole through the trap so it may be hung on a tree to catch squirrel. Also a hole in the side to slide a nail for the hanger. Field tested and works well.

    What kind of zombie apocalypses are you planning for taking up limited space with condiments and similar?

    Otherwise as someone who experienced that Quebec ice storm a decade ago seems like a pretty good pack.

    I have the same bag!! Except mine is camouflage. I thing a life straw would be a pretty good addition. I'm not sure if is in the bag, but cotton balls in petroleum jelly for fire starting. I would also add those 3600 calorie food rations. Great job!

    and awww, jbenodin thinks I'm a fella.. how cute. ;) thanks for all the suggestions and comments, everyone!

    egtact, I've got a tin of bag balm (multiple uses) and petroleum soaked lint since I've found it to be more compactable than cotton - the springyness bugs me and I don't like a fuss. thanks for the heads up with the fire starting items! and yes, the blade vertical on the thigh is my ideal carry, you can't beat a vertical reach for your knife, it's more natural.

    emcysquare, great suggestions! I'm on the hunt for maps and a means of waterproofing the paperwork.

    dubdryver, thanks for the Saran Wrap and sutures suggestion! I have since added both!

    I like to keep things down to a minimum, because if you have to run from something well your most likely going to have drop the pak so it doesn't slow you down, so i just used a Fannie pak

    I just received an Mtech Extreme #8054 and the first thing I noticed was that the pouch on the front of the sheath is very large. So large, that an Altoids can fits perfectly in that pouch! That's a lot of storage room to hold a sharpener, ferro rod, lighter, and a small ziplock baggie full of vaseline coated cotton balls, and anything else you can fit into the tin! (The cotton balls not only ensure successful firestarting, but they keep the contents of the tins from bouncing around inside.) This knife is almost the perfect survival knife. I say "almost" because I would prefer to carry it horizontally like Bear Grylls, so I'll be experimenting with ways to do that. But for the money, you can't beat this knife for the price. One Helluva value!

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    I have the Cold Steel GI Tanto, you could use it as a crowbar its that solid, How would you say this compares?

    Oh! And a GREAT survival pack here, Aliasaint! Thanks for all the ideas and instruction.

    wow this is the best bag ive seen in my searches. i would put more energy in the the food choices though.

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    I think his food choices are fine. Great pack by the way. The only reason he would need more is if he lived in a very rural location in which walking can really be strenuous. This would mostly apply if he was using this as a BOB. If he was going on a Walkabout, Then he might consider bringing more.