The Quiet Survivalists lists of first and second line gear
1st line gear- things in your pockets and belt kit. 2nd line gear is carried in a pack or bag
The Belt Kit
A large sheath knife with a pouch attached containing a compass and some type of sharpener, I use the DMT
I carry a space blanket in the pouch on my knife sheath. I use the ones from Adventure Medical. They are a bit heavier in construction than the really cheezy ones you find in most survival kits, the downside is they don’t pack as small. I’m willing to put up with a bit bigger for something that doesn’t tear while I am unfolding it. If you are wet and close to hypothermia, you can sit with a candle between your legs and the space blanket wrapped around you while your buddies build a fire so you dont die.
This and a fire kit and I’m semi happy with what is on my belt. My compass stays there, and another around my neck and life is pretty good for the unexpected overnight stop in the bush. I should probably put 2-3 bic lighters in there as well, just to be sure, but I have a Brunton Helios in my pocket. I cant make a fire with a bow drill to save my life, so other methods are called for with me.
I keep a 25 ft length of 550 cord
in my pocket, its coiled in a “recon roll” , and a larger roll, 100+ feet in my pack. If I didn’t live where I do, Id include a rudimentary fishing kit, at least 15-20 hooks with large eyes so the 550 innards string would work as fishing line, but there is basically no surface water where I am, so its just weight with no use for me. If you live where you actually get to see water occasionally, fish hooks are a good addition for very little weight.
2nd line- If your multi tool is not attached to your Knife sheath, it should be on your belt all the time. These are really too useful to ever leave behind. Im forever using mine, its a Gerber 600 EOD Tool. I feel better having a set of crimpers, its a personality flaw. But, the rest of the tool is very handy so I deal with it.
If you don’t have a need for a blasting cap crimper a Leatherman Super tool is a great daily carry
A file, especially for sharpening tools, a saw to cut wood with, its not the greatest, but it is quiet. No its not standard, I ordered the blade and took something off I figured Id never need. Evidently I don’t need it because Ive forgotten what it was.
Second line gear, in a small working pack.
I have my cookset.
A strobe light because rescue choppers like to see things blinking in the dark. Get filters for yours, IR if it makes you feel tactical, but red and dark green or blue are handy for not blinding the bird driver as he hovers in to get you.
My Gore tex camo set is in this pack, as well as a set of poly pro underwear in case it gets nasty out faster than I can get back to the truck. We dont have much surface water here normally, but if it rains we get flash floods and sometimes I get stranded, so I suit up and wait it out. Sometimes it takes 6-8 hours to be able to cross flooded stream beds, it pays to be prepared.
In the winter I also carry a Polar Tech Fleece Jacket I wear it under the gore tex when its really cold or Im sitting for a long period. I also found the nicest Carhart watch cap, 100% acrylic, so it doesnt shrink, and it doesnt pick up the little brush burrs wool does.
2 prs of gloves finish it out, a heavy leather pair and a set of insulated leather for when its cold.
I have a small medical pack FAK in here as well, and some large wound dressings in another plastic bag. Its amazing the wounds you can see out in the desert. Seems like everything is trying to bite or stab you. I dont carry a snake bite kit, I just throw a Kerlix wrap about 2 inches above the bite and call for a bird to yank whoever needs it out. It usually gets there in 20-30 mins so its not a huge deal unless the victim is allergic to the venom, then its usually all over in 10-15 minutes. There really aren’t that many bites occurring here so it sounds worse than it is.
I have a Surefire Aviator flashlight in here as well, and extra batteries.
One of my 96oz Nalgene Canteens is in here, as well as 3 Nalgene bottles. Never have to much water out here, where you are is probably different. In my review of the MSR MiniWorks Filter I cover exactly why the Nalgene bottle is my favorite.
I have seriously considered one of the heavy weight space blankets, or a poncho and liner for this bag. But Im not camping out of this bag, just daily living so I cant see the pressing need now. If I lived in the cold and snow, I would probably have at least that in my working pack. Look for my review of this pack coming very soon.
What I have started carrying are heavyweight contractor type garbage bags. I get mine from the county road crews. They are 6 mil, and made to line a 55 gallon drum. Really good casualty bags, pull one over their legs, cut a small hole for the face and pull the second bag over their head so the whole body is covered. 2 bags are for adults, kids fit in one bag, sometimes 2 kids can fit but make the head hole larger so one doesn’t suffocate. They are great for people who forget their rain gear as well. They are bright yellow, but come in florescent blue and orange as well. Marker panels and signalling are also uses for these.
Communications gear and whatever weapons I have for the job at hand are not shown here because literally there are too many different tasks in my daily life. They change all the time, and I add or take out things as I see a need and seasonally dependant
This is not a BOB/INCH bag. This is a working bag in my truck.
And this concluded The Quiet Survivalists lists of first and second line gear