PUTTING TOGETHER A “SURVIVAL KIT”:
Legal precedent requires that a “disclaimer”
be made regarding any Chapter that involves
Therefore, the following LEGAL NOTICE is our “disclaimer”:
LEGAL NOTICE: Do not pay any attention to ANY of our comments regarding SURVIVAL KITS without first discussing the entire SURVIVAL KIT problem with your personal attorney -- AND your medical doctor – AND all of your friends – AND all of your relatives (especially your mother) – AND several military survival experts.
However, you might agree that it is “probably” safe to say that the following three statements about survival kits are true:
1. Being lost in a jungle -- or being ship-wrecked on an uninhabited tropical island -- or drifting at sea in boat that is incapacitated -- can be quite inconvenient. In fact, those types of situations might actually create problems as far as your “personal safety and/or survival” is concerned.
2. It might be nice to have a SURVIVAL KIT with you if you are drifting aimlessly on an ocean in a "broken" boat – or if you are lost in a jungle -- or if you are stranded on a small desert island.
3. It is logical to assume that under those circumstances almost ANY survival kit that you might have would be better than NO survival kit.
HOW LARGE (AND HEAVY) SHOULD A SURVIVAL KIT BE ?
Obviously, there can be many different answers to that
question -- depending upon circumstances. For example:
A SMALL AND LIGHT SURVIVAL KIT is best if you must carry the kit for miles through nearly impenetrable swamps or
jungles – or if you must climb a tall mountain while carrying the kit.
A LARGE AND HEAVY SURVIVAL KIT is perfectly OK if you will simply store the kit in the luggage compartment of
your boat or airplane.
THE LIST BELOW: In the following list we will include a lot
of items that you might find useful in an “emergency-
survival” situation. However, we would not presume to tell you which things (if any) you might choose to omit if you
had to carry the kit through 50 miles of swamps – or carry it to the top of a mountain.
WE RECOMMEND THAT A SURVIVAL KIT SHOULD INCLUDE
1. A 22 Caliber revolver with at least 100 rounds of “22 long-rifle” ammunition. Is it against the law to have a revolver in your survival kit ??? You should do some research regarding the legality. However, under "survival" conditions we personally neither know -- nor care -- if having a revolver is legal or not. We DO know that any government that truly cares about us should actually want us to have a gun if we are lost in a jungle and might need to hunt for food.
2. A magnifying glass, for using the sun’s rays to start fires.
3. A small, sturdy mirror for using the sun's rays for signaling rescuers, search planes, etc.
4. 100 matches that are weather-proofed (waxed), AND that are also stored in a water-proof container.
5. At least two good cigarette lighters that are full of fuel.
6. A few candles that are wrapped in tin-foil AND also wrapped in plastic in case the candles melt in the tropical heat.
7. An all-purpose knife, such as a good Swiss Army knife (some of which have three or four knife blades -- a built-in magnifying glass -- a saw – a tooth-pick – a spoon – a fork -- tweezers – scissors – pliers -- etc.
8. A 10’ X 10’ plastic tarp which could be used for a shelter and/or a sail.
9. A large piece of light plastic which could be used for making a solar still – or used as a blanket at night.
10. Fifty feet of parachute cord.
11. A good-quality sling-shot (for hunting and self defense).
Fishing gear (nylon leader, fish hooks, six #2 hooks, six #4
hooks, six #6 hooks, six small sinkers (split-shot), four
swivels, one hundred feet of 15 pound test line, assorted lures.
13. A broad-brimmed hat (for shade).
14. Heavy-duty sun block – a long-sleeved shirt -- long pants.
15. Sun glasses (UV resistant).
16. Small nylon cord for making a bow (to use with arrows) – AND for making a “fire-bow” (for starting fires using friction) – AND for making a tent with the plastic tarp – AND for making snares (for trapping animals) – etc.
17. A state-of-the-art L.E.D. flashlight (with extra L.E.D. bulbs and extra batteries).
18. Insect repellent.
19. A hunting knife.
20. Medical “surgical tubing” for making and/or repairing sling shots or spear guns for fishing.
21. A map of the area.
22. A compass.
23. Two "police-style" whistles for signaling.
24. A plastic bottle for carrying and/or storing water.
25. Water purification tablets.
26. A pocket-sized colloidal silver generator for purifying water and for treating infections.
27. A GPS receiver (if possible).
28. A small stainless steel cooking pot (with a cover) for boiling water and cooking.
29. At least one plastic bottle full of potable water.
30. Extra clothing for protection from the sun – cold – rain – wind – insects -- etc.
31. A water-proof poncho for protection from the weather and/or for use as a sleeping bag.
32. A first-aid kit that is sufficient to take care of injuries, illness, and headaches (e.g. band-aids -- butterfly closures -- Aspirin -- Antibiotic Ointment – broad spectrum Antibiotic tablets – a small bottle of alcohol – a small bottle of Iodine – adhesive tape – sewing needles – thread – safety pins – etc.).
33. Food should include emergency food-bars, dried food, nuts, MANY bouillon cubes (in water-proof containers).
34. Five meters of thin galvanized wire.
35. Two meters of stainless steel wire (for snares).
36. Four large plastic garbage bags to be used for shelters and for keeping things dry.
37. Four “one quart” zip-lock bags.
38. Twenty-four 16 Penny galvanized nails.
39. On any boat trip, a good quality life-jacket for each person is an absolutely necessity.
40. If the survival kit will not need to be carried (e.g. if you are traveling by boat, river-raft, jeep, motorcycle, or airplane) we would include a hatchet (with a hammer head) – and an army surplus folding shovel.
If we were
stranded on a small, uninhabited tropical island -- and if we had all of that stuff with us -- we might
forget that we are “lost” and simply turn the situation into a fun-filled “camping
OUR THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY ARE AS FOLLOWS:
The average duration of the world's greatest civilizations has been two hundred years.
These nations have always progressed through this sequence:
From bondage to spiritual faith;
from spiritual faith to great courage;
from courage to liberty;
from liberty to abundance;
from abundance to selfishness;
from selfishness to complacency;
from complacency to apathy;
from apathy to dependence;
from dependency back again into bondage.
Sir Alex Fraser Tyler: (1742-1813) Scottish jurist and historian
He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself: