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#53968 - 11/17/05 08:54 PM Re: Minimalist bug out - 10 items or less
Burncycle Offline

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 529
Well, you've got food covered <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

#53969 - 11/17/05 09:03 PM Re: Minimalist bug out - 10 items or less
Burncycle Offline

Registered: 09/16/04
Posts: 529
I haven't tried them, but "Night And Day" Contacts are supposed to allow up to 30 days of continuous wear (even in your sleep) so you don't have to remove them for cleaning.

#53970 - 11/17/05 09:21 PM Re: Minimalist bug out - 10 items or less
Craig_phx Offline
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Registered: 04/05/05
Posts: 715
Loc: Phoenix, AZ

I had "top 10 items for a PSK" on the brain. <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

When you say "bug out bag" what kind of bugging out are you thinking about? Is this a "Red Dawn" situation? Evacuate your home because of a terrorist attack? You just killed the sheriff and now you have to run and hide? What are we bugging out from? How long are we going to bug out for? If it is long term, away from civilization, primitive living, then that is a whole different concept. Grab a fixed blade knife, an axe, and sharpener and hope for the best. You will not live to a ripe old age.

Thermo-regulate, hydrate and communicate.

#53971 - 11/17/05 09:24 PM Re: Minimalist bug out - 10 items or less
SgtMike88Ret Offline

Registered: 08/23/05
Posts: 73
Ten only, huh?

01. Victorinox Farmer
02. MagFire or MagFire Pro firestarter
03. Large vial of vaseline impregnated cotton balls
04. Equinox XL Siltarp poncho
05. 32oz Nalgene bottle
06. Snow Peak ti cookset (nests with the bottle above)
07. BRKT Fox River or Fallkniven F1 hunting knife
08. Adventure Medical Solo or Scout First Aid Kit
09. 100' skein of 550 cord
10. Henry MiniBolt .22 rifle or 20ga Ithaca M37 shotgun

By failing to prepare, you're preparing to fail." B. Franklin

#53972 - 11/17/05 10:19 PM Re: Minimalist bug out - 10 items or less
frenchy Offline

Registered: 12/18/02
Posts: 1320
Loc: France
nasty , indeed.... <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

#53973 - 11/17/05 10:20 PM Re: Minimalist bug out - 10 items or less
ironraven Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 09/08/05
Posts: 4642
Loc: Vermont
Ten, excluding your belt-order EDC?

In that case, I'd grab one of my packs and toss in the following:
1, 2. 1 liter nalgene bottles, filled
3. swedish surplus mess kit w/ a trancia stove, 2 fuel bottles and a small thing of matches already in there
4. my camping firetin (lots of matches, lighter, a magnesium firestarter, sparklite, tinder, stay-lit candles, 2 real candles)
5. 100m spool of paracord
6. Socks!
7. poncho w/ liner OR jacket, based on weather
8. boonie hat OR wool beanie, based on weather
9. my Pack-Rat
10. my UK mess kit-based survival kit

Are the last two cheating? Yes, and no. Yes, they do contain a multitude of useful items. But also no, becuase they are one item if you can pick up one THING as one of the ten items.

Besides, if you aren't cheating, you aren't trying. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Of course, that would include my normal pocketed gear.

When a man dare not speak without malice for fear of giving insult, that is when truth starts to die. Truth is the truest freedom.

#53974 - 11/17/05 11:34 PM Re: Minimalist bug out - 10 items or less
wildcard163 Offline

Registered: 09/04/05
Posts: 417
Loc: Illinois
Thanks, I needed that laugh <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


#53975 - 11/18/05 12:09 AM Re: Minimalist bug out - 10 items or less
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2396
Some other options:

Cash -- more uses tha duct tape
warm jacket -- can sleep in it, resists rain, has pockets for carry


#53976 - 11/18/05 12:13 AM Re: Minimalist bug out - 10 items or less
Craig Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1784
Loc: Collegeville, PA, USA
<img src="/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> THEY would be eating ME! <img src="/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />

-- Craig

#53977 - 11/18/05 12:30 AM Re: Minimalist bug out - 10 items or less
wildcard163 Offline

Registered: 09/04/05
Posts: 417
Loc: Illinois
Bare minimum... huh... let's see...

1. .45 Colt gov't model
2. thru 5. extra magazines
6. thru 10. rolls of twenty dollar gold pieces.

Just joking (sort of), considering the time of year, my location (Illinois), and the JUST PLAIN WEIRD weather that's been drifting around me and my neighbors (Indiana, Iowa, and Kentucky), I don't think I'd "bug out" with only ten items, regardless of what they were (unless I was ABSOLUTELY sure that those ten items could get me anything else I might need).

But just for yucks...
1. Bowie knife
2. Ferro rod
3. wire saw
4. small skinner
5. .410/.45 pak gun
6. poncho/liner/survival blanket (if you count this bundle as three items, I'm S.O.L. I consider it one because its my bed-roll, same as a sleeping bag)
7. Hennessy Hammock (yes, even in the Winter)
8. Ceramic/charcoal water filter (the brand name evades me at the moment, hose & pump, currently (I think) being issued to Marine recon units)
9. and 10. A.L.I.C.E. canteen/cup/carrier one for each hip

I normally wear/have immediate access to three or four layers of warm, weather resistant clothing due to my line of work, so I've chosen to ignore the winter wear issue, and there you have it.


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