Caution, Long Article
What does that mean to you?
To me I define it as having THE BASICS TO HAND in the event there is a need.
Only to hand means “On you”, not back at home, in a foot locker, a trunk of a car, or whatever.
The basics. For what exactly? Does it matter? If it does then think about:-
- Shelter. Ingress, Security, Sealing, and Heat.
- Fire. Tinder, Kindling, Fuel, Ignition Sources, CO
- Climate Dangers, Injury Prevention, Self Treatment
- Water. Retrieve, Filter, Sterilize, Storage, Hydration
- Cooking. Water, Heat, Hygiene, Utensils, Cleaning
- Foraging. Security, Ingress, Security, Collection, Carry, Exit
- First Aid. Airways, Breathing, Circulation, Personal Meds.
- PPE. Face mask, Eye Protect, Gloves, IF loud Ear plugs, Cape
- Hygiene. Toilet, Personal, Waste.
- Sleep. Security, Insects, Ground Mat, Hammock, Bag
- Communications. Visual, Sound, Radio, Signs
- Transport. Ingress, Power, Fuel.
- Money. Paper, Coin, Cards, Barter
- Identity. Photo ID, Proof of Address, Welfare, Doctors
- Weapons. Covert, Overt, Ammunition, Maintenance
By now all that will be playing with your mind. How can you keep the tools, let alone the wisdom, to cover all these subjects (and a really slack handful of others I haven’t listed)?
Flash News On Knowledge.
No matter how clever or experienced you think you are.
You ain’t going to remember everything about everything.
That doesn’t mean give up on learning, far from it BUT, concentrate like mad on the basics. The things that will keep you going for a while.
Where possible think up acronyms and make up simple guides in a small notebook.
Use the rule of threes to guide you.
3 Seconds without adequate cover if faced with Harm
3 Minutes without good air, a heartbeat, or massive blood loss.
3 Hours without shelter and adequate climate control.
3 Days without clean water, personal medications, and SLEEP.
3 Weeks (continuous weeks) without food.
- Shelter First
- Fire (Climate Ctrl)
- ! Get some Sleep!
- Ignition Devices
- Lots of heat
- Plenty of Oxygen
- ! Beware of CO and smoke!
- Keep Clean
- Add or discard layers
- To keep warm or stop overheating
- ! Keep Dry, NO sweat
- Get Under Cover
- Gas, Dust, Not sure?
- Attend to injuries
- Full PPE
- If safe to move, exit hot zone ASAP
- (6) level teaspn Sugar
- (1/2) level teaspn of Salt.
- One Liter of clean drinking or cooled boiled water
- 5 cupfuls (each cup about 200 ml.) evenly spaced over 2½ hours
- Do NOT VOMIT!
Urine Color Checker
||12 / 6
||1 / 5
||2 / 4
Water Purification Iodine (Caution Allergies) per liter
|Iodine Topical Solution
|Povidone aka Betadine)
Back to Kit
First off I don’t carry bedding or cooking materials.
My priority is gaining shelter, PPE, first aid, and getting home.
You must protect yourself from unseen dangers (Contaminants).
Personal Protection Kit (PPE) is essential.
Face Mask, Eye Protection, Ear Plugs, IFAK , Disposable hooded rain Cape,
Nitrile and work Gloves, Gaffer tape (Clothes repair, etc.)
To enter somewhere you may need tools.
A quality Multi-tool, Glass breaker, A Small Pry Bar.
Dumpy Screwdriver and security bits.
Mica or stiff plastic sheet, I meter coiled Stiff Wire
Thin para-cord or Nylon Twine, fishing ‘triple’ hooks.
100 cm zip ties and a Pair of FLAT boot laces.
Got room? Add a Folding Garden (Pruning) Saw.
Note: Sharpen the tip to a point. Use to drill through a door to aid cutting.
LED key ring torches, ‘AA’ celled Cree LED Torch
Spare set AA Batteries.
Glow Sticks “Cyalume” (Caution single use only),
Tea Candles, lighters.
Glow in the dark or Hi-Vis stickers.
1 liter water in sport bottle. (The single heaviest item.)
A few Heavy duty zip lock bags*
(*Multi-use, hydration, cooking, and first aid)
Water treatment tabs, a basic filter bag.
Ferrocerium (Fire Steel) plus striker
(Multi-use. Fire and First Aid)
Tire Strips 100mm x 10mm
Vaseline:- Cotton Balls and a lip sized tin.
Fine Steel Wool
Stay Alight Candles
Identity / Cash / Comms.
Photo ID, Driving License – ID Cards
All the rest on a read only memory stick as PDF and JPG.
Scanned Proof of Address, Welfare or Tax letter
National Ins / Medical / and other Numbers.
Contact names and addresses.
£10 in notes, £5 in mixed silver coin.
Mobile phone, spare pair of glasses
IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit)
This does not have to be expansive but it will make up the biggest part of your kit.
Think about your own protection FIRST!
Always don gloves before touching anybody including yourself.
Nitrile Gloves. They roll up small, pack loads!
No water (alcohol) hand sanitizer*.
(*Multi-use, dressings and fire starting)
ABC’s of First Aid
Airway I don’t carry anything to bypass a blocked airway.
Breathing (Personal Protection Device, Resus Aid)
Circulation (Bleeding). Large field dressings x3.
Learn how to improvise a tourniquet.
Assorted low allergy water proof plasters
Low allergy sticking tape (Micropore type)
12 inch square thick plastic bag (Multi-use)
Small roll of cling film
Notepad and Biro type pens.
Basic first aid notes.
Watch (no strap)
Drugs. (Personal Use Only)
Personal Medication for 28 days
Broad Spectrum Antibiotic, 5 days worth.
Chewable Paracetamol tabs 500 mg.
Chewable Aspirin 300mg Tablets (Caution NSAID)
Chewable Anti-Diarrhea tabs
Chocolate Bar / Glucose Tablets.
ORT sachet and Electrolytes
Sterile Water sachets.
Trauma shears, tweezers, sewing needles,
Small magnifying glass, Thermometer,
Tampons, Artery forceps, Disposable scalpel.
Each to your own here. I prefer COVERT, ambush type over OVERT.
That’s blades, AND a small side arm, including tucking a scalpel blade under the lining of each shoe. Plus my walking Stick. Never underestimate the effectiveness of a wooden walking stick!
Want to make yourself sniper bait or upset a stressed out LEO?
Then open carry around town in an emergency.
If you are licensed for CCW, Remember this.
A trained eye can tell if you are packing by your Gait.
Plus one unusual one, a handcuff key.
Why? Because LEO’s / Security sometimes get it wrong.
Finally how big a bag and weigh?
Mine can fit into a beaten out gas mask case and weighs 1.8kg 4lbs.
Too heavy? Probably but my priority is gaining access not lightness.
That and water IS HEAVY!