We were about two 12 packs deep into our weekly man meeting (a time when my friends and I are granted a hall pass from our ladies). It started as a simple discussion of “what if the zombies came”, and quickly evolved to earthquakes (and other natural disasters), riots, terrorist attacks or various other situations of societal collapse. We are all Southern California residents and leaving the city on a week night at 5pm is a challenge let alone during an emergency.
After some deep discussion we developed a plan. How the hell to get out of the city, but also what items would be need to survive in the event of a worst case scenario. This is part II of my survival series (that started with the Bug Out Bag. The Ultimate Survival Kit Part II: Urban Warrior.
GR2 by GoRuck
Gear Essential: Tough Pack We’ve talked about this pack before at Gear Patrol but I feel it is an integral part of the kit. This pack is tough as nails but still maintains a manageable size (remember you may have to haul your items on your back). Additionally it keeps the “gray man” feel without giving off the overtly military appearance.
Buy Now: $395
Gear Essential: Hydration Bladder Water should be on your top list of priorities in your SHTF plans. Instead of having a pump, iodine tablets, or other purification method in addition your hydration bladder you can combine both with the X-Pack. The X-Pack works by putting the 1.6 liter bladder into a contaminated water source. The water passes over a high-tech membrane and filters out all the awful things that will can you sick.
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Gear Essential: Rations There are a variety of emergency food sources but MREs are one of the best in my book. They are used by the US military and require no boiling water or other elaborate prep. They can be eaten hot or cold and come with a small heater that requires only a few ounces of water. Although it isn’t 5 star dining it will give you the calories you need without too much hassle.
Buy Now: $8 per meal
Wiggy’s Sleeping Bag
Gear Essential: Sleeping Bag At 3.25 pounds you won’t find a lighter bag with such an amazing level of quality. This bag is rated to 20 degrees Fahrenheit (you can also pair it with an outer bag for -20F protection) packs up to a nice small package.
Buy Now: $200
TAD Gear Spectre Hardshell Jacket
Gear Essential: Outerwear TAD makes some of the highest quality gear on the planet. You can’t go wrong with this hard shell “e-vent” fabric all-weather jacket; wind and rain are no longer an issue.
Buy Now: $399
Etowah Outfitters Survival Tarp
Gear Essential: Tarp One of the keys to survival is shelter. Tarps can serve this function (as well as many others) by constructing a simple shelter to help shield you from the elements.
Buy Now: $46
Gear Essential: Heat/Cold Face Protection Used by military special forces and desert residents for years, a shemagh works wonders in both hot and cold weather.
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5.11 Tactical Pants
Gear Essential: Pants These pants are rugged, comfortable, and have tons of pockets for all your gear. Used by law enforcement and EMT’s these pants are solid quality for a great price.
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Merrell Refuge Pro
Gear Essential: Footwear The brand of shoes favored by most overseas private contractors, Merrell makes damn good shoes. Great for the city or nature, these shoes will get you where you need to go.
Buy Now: $115
Bushmaster AR15 Carbine
Gear Essential: Assault Rifle The debate will always rage between AK47 and AR15, but for my money you can’t beat the AR15 for taking down zombies protection during the SHTF. The options for accessories are endless.
Buy Now: $1295