Spring cleaning is one of my favorite times of the year. I’m always surprised at the amount of “stuff” I’ve collected over the past year and how, with a little thought, that “stuff” could be a valuable addition to my survival kit list. There are some obvious items that I’ve collected from my survival gear list with my monthly purchase program that somehow got misplaced. There are also some larger items from my survival equipment list that just suddenly show up. They’ve been there all along but through time, have become obsolete or been replaced by newer models and these items make great additions into my cache.
Hog Snares in my Survival Gear List
Texas has hogs – and lot’s of them. They are smart and wary of people. There’s a lot of noise and hoopla about hunting hogs – even from helicopters with automatic weapons and night vision equipment. I find that a slower, quieter approach using snares works a lot better. Hogs are damn smart and snares take a lot of patience. That said, if you have hogs and a couple snares in your survival gear list you stand a good chance of having some pork when you need it!
Taurus Judge, Reloadable Rounds and my Survival Equipment List
I’m not a huge fan of a massive armory in my survival equipment list. I regularly use a Taurus Judge pistol as I’m wandering around the ranch. I typically keep it loaded with personal defense rounds in .410 bore. This gives me the flexibility I want to cover anything from snakes to coyotes. I don’t expect to need to use it and I never have (so far) but I prefer to be prepared rather than a victim. I expect to include some weapons in my survival equipment list and I like the versatility of the Taurus Judge. That said, I also want some more flexibility to have ammunition when I need it. The .410 bore in the Taurus Judge also uses .41 Long Colt ammunition. I bought a box to test them and they worked fine – as long as I was willing to acknowledge that I’m not going to win any pistol competitions! The other benefit to the .41 Long Colt is that it should easily reloadable with simple or hand loading tools. If I can also find a rifle chambered in .41 Long Colt I’ll be set. The first step is complete – I know the Taurus Judge can shoot the .41 Long Colt round. Now to think through the reloading needs…..
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Smal Gun Repair Tool
My brother-in-law very thoughtfully gave me a small gun repair tool for Christmas. I didn’t have it on my survival kit list but the array of little tools and overall small size impressed me. I also don’t have a current need for this type of tool so in it went – to the survival kit list!
Speedy Stitcher to the Rescue!
The Speedy Stitcher has long been one of my most favorite tools. It has a very specific use – to sew up heavy canvas and leather items. I used to use one when building saddles and have recently found the need when repairing some canvas chaps that I use for hunting. I loaned mine to a buddy, forgot I loaned it and got a replacement and then found I had an extra when he returned it to me. I realized when I got the extra that when SHTF things are going to break. If I have this cool little tool in my survival kit list, I’ll be able to make the repairs I need and keep going.
Bilge Pump in my Survival Gear List
I’ve spent considerable time and money thinking through how I’m going to obtain and provide water when SHTF. I have a lot of water collection, storage and filtration items in my survival kit list. All of those are no good if I have trouble collecting or moving water. And, without water you may just as well roll over. I looked an thought for a long time before deciding that a bilge pump for my survival kit list was what I needed. This little rascal can move a lot of water very quickly with only hand power. I like it!
Gas Lighters in my Survival Gear List
I’m not a huge fan of lighters but they sure are handy if you have them when you need them. Yeah, I can build a fire from scratch and I have a flint steel but if I have a couple lighters in my survival gear list, then we’re definitely going to have fire much sooner than if I have to start scratching and clawing with my more primitive tools. It’s not a long term solution for starting fires because they are not refillable. But, the weight and size tradeoff versus ease and comfort makes them a very happy resident on my survival gear list!
Shears and Wrenches for Survival Equipment
I’m going to go ahead and guess that most survival equipment lists don’t include shears, scissors or a multiwrench. I went one further and added some strong scissors. Remember, I’m building this survival equipment list and kit for both short and long term. I won’t be able to rebuild an engine or cut the parts to sew a dress but I’m pretty confident that I’ll have a need to tighten/loosen a nut or cut some thick stuff and I want to make sure that I have the tools I need to easily do the job at hand and then go on providing for my family.
Pencils & Paper as Survival Kit List
When SHTF, communication as we know it is going to change very rapidly and greatly. I believe that something as simple as paper and pencil may be very hard to scrounge if and when it might be needed. If you assume an EMP then the loss of all electronic communication will only make this problem larger. Then, consider that it might be very easy to have your family need to go in different directions on different schedules – just to scrounge and stay safe. How will you let each other know who went where and when? Paper and pencils in your survival kit list will be a huge asset when the time comes.
Summary of Spring Cleaning and muy Survival Kit List
I love spring cleaning and it always benefits my survival gear list. Not only has my regular monthly program of small item additions worked well, I’ve found several gift items that can easily be repurposed to fit in my survival equipment list.
Building my survival kit from my survival kit list and updating my survival gear list has been a lot of fun. When I share what I’m doing with people they are either very interested and wanting to do something for themselves or foolishly believe that “community” and “society” will take care of them. To each his own I guess. My survival equipment list has been very helpful keeping me on track and focused. I use it to decide which new survival kit item I’m going to find or purchase and I also use it as a starting point to do additiona research into what else I might need. I’m very grateful to the online suvivalist community. When you really stop and think about it, it won’t take much for the world to stop acting “normal” and revert chaos pretty easily. I am glad I’m at least a little prepared in case that happens.
Nails and Screws from my Survival Kit List
Nail and screws? Yeah, I’m not going to be building a house but stop and consider for a moment. If I do need temporary shelter or a quick repair to whatever I’m sheltering in, it would be really helpful to have a box of screws and nails to help me do that!
Hammer and Screwdrivers from my Survival Gear List
Likewise, what good are screws and nails without a hammer and screw driver? Likewise, a measuring tape because I think resources are going to be a bit scare, even for the well prepared, and accurately measuring and cutting things is going to be more important than it is in today’s very abundant world.
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Kabar Knife – Required Survival Equipment List Item
Must have a KaBar knife in my survival kit list. Damn! Once I help it in my hand, I understood exactly how the original GIs felt about their knives and why so many of them kept them and passed them down to their kids. No doubt about it – this is a very useful and deadly tool.
Small Bandages and Wraps for Accidents
I doubt I’m going to be running a red cross tent or saving masses of wounded but a few bandages and support wraps might come in handy for those inevitable sprains and contusions. Add to that, a little sun block for my fair skinned girls because I’m betting we’re going to be in a lot of sun shine rather than sitting in our comfortable house like we do now. Needles! All you have to do is read a little about the early explorers and you’ll quickly see why needles were one of the most popular items at the general store. How much of what we have that allows us to move and work freely is attributable to the clothing we wear? Ever smell a dead animal skin? Now, imagine draping that over your shoulders and going out to cut wood. Exactly! More and more, as I build my survival kit list, I realize the true usefulness and value of the little things that are easy to take for granted.
Yet Another Backpack to Hold my Survival Kit
I get gimme backpacks all the time. I think it’s today’s version of the grain co-op gimme hat. Nevertheless, when I get them, I throw them into my survival gear list because I imagine that when I need to go out and do something, I’m going to require some tools and food and travel a bit to go do it. Nothing handier than a backpack to help me with that. Additionally, my collection of backpacks is also helping me organize all of the items I’m collecting in my survival gear list. What else am I going to do with it? Throw it away? Not this one!
Hand Powered Chainsaw for Survival Gear
I saw a great review on the hand held chain saws for survival kit and realized how truly useful they are. I bought two and this model actually uses a chain saw blade which offers me a lot more flexibility and capability than those little wire saws. If it comes to it and we’re out of gas, these little jewels are going to be very handy!
I have a fascination with the stars and love to look at them in wonder. I found this little star chart (it glows in the dark too!) on my shelf as I was cleaning things out. I can’t tell you how many survival equipment list items I’ve found simply by cleaning up my stuff. I’m not sure that this is a critical survival kit list item but it doesn’t take up much space, it’s handy and I like it.
Summary of Survival Kit List and Item Update
Once again, my survival kit list saves me. I’ve been very consistent in adding at least one item every month and my survival gear list keeps me focused and improving my survival equipment list. I usually purchase an item from the list and I also find little items that I hadn’t thought of. Are you building your survival kit list?
It’s been a while since I last updated but my work behind the scenes to build a survival kit list hasn’t stopped. I’ve been continuing my once monthly addition within my $25 monthly budget. I’ve added some unique and interesting items to my survival gear list.
White Elephant Items in My Survival Equipment List
I was at a Christmas White Elephant Party and someone brought a blizzard survival kit and all weather blanket. How cool! I quickly recognized that these items would be very useful for my survival equipment list. Everybody laughed when I chased it around the table but little did they know – I actually have a use for those!
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Hygiene Items from My Survival Kit List
Hygiene and medical supplies are a big part of my survival kit list. There seems to be more and more choices every day. I just listed the basics and then bought them in small packages to stay within my budget. I am somewhat concerned about the long term storage of these items and the potential for deterioration – they just aren’t made to last for a long time on the shelf. I’m going to add an every-five-years check process to my survival kit building just to check for deterioration.
Survival Gear List Items – Kitchen Utensils
My wife was cleaning out the basement and at some point in the past, we’d upgraded our kitchen and barbeque utensils or been given a set for some reason or another. Nevertheless, those handy items made a great addition to my survival gear list – all for free!
Lights and Super Glue Items from My Survival Kit List
Christmas stocking stuffers are also a great source of survival kit items. Santa must think he’s joking with me but I think I wound up ahead. Who doesn’t have an occasional need for super glue? And a personal headlamp? Are you kidding? I’ve got them in almost every hunting backpack I have but I would never have thought of one for my survival kit list. Even better? It runs on simple batteries!
Summary of Recent Free Survival Kit List Additions
With a regular rhythm of adding items to my survival kit list, it makes me more aware of “other” items that are found or free. Keeping an eye out on a regular basis has really helped me stay within my budget over the last year to build my survival kit.