from Adult SNBC Interview with Johms Gool

(Sunday, August 16, 2015)

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Carrying these bags requires physical conditioning beyond simply walking.  The purpose is to be able to either walk long distances or stay in place for rescue to get through a period of up to 72 hours to get home or to a safe location.  In many scenarios, staying in place may not be an option.  Therefore, if you need a cane or other device to walk or travel, then you must get in physical condition to move with that device. Starting by walking normally on sidewalks is good, but eventually, working toward walking up to at least 5 miles continuously through terrain (hiking trails, mountain trails, etc.) is recommended for thorough physical training.  How fast you move over long distances is generally less important than simply being able to move over long distances.

Anything more than these items listed would probably be for more of a long-term survival situation than a 72-hour scenario.  Long-term survival outside of civilization requires considerable skill and training.  This is specifically for short-term survival scenarios of various kinds, be it civil unrest, natural disaster, terrorist attack, lost in the wilderness, or whatever may occur.  It is to HELP allow you to “get away” or “get home,” depending on what your needs are.  The rest depends on your abilities and being led by God.


1.     25 oz. or more aluminum/stainless steel water bottle filled with potable water

2.     Powdered Electrolytes to add to water if needed along the way (choose one)

a.    Sustain by Melaleuca

b.    Gatorade

c.     Other similar powder electrolytes

3.     Water filtration

a.    Sawyer Mini for up to 100,000 gallons (best filtration)

b.    Lifestraw


1.     Trail Mix

a.    Consider high protein with carbohydrates and a good amount of fiber.

                                              i.     Mountain Trail Mix has highest concentration of protein of major types

1.     1 26-oz. bag has 3500 calories

2.     Recommend 2 bags to stretch over 3 days

3.     Choose another type if you have allergies to the ingredients or make your own.  Caloric intake must be considered.  You want at least 2000 calories per day, maybe more, depending on dietary needs.  You will likely be burning a significant number of calories and will need water.

                                            ii.     Hikers Mix (Dollar Tree) has even higher concentration of protein.

2.     Optional (Consider weight and bag space)

a.    CLIF bars – (Make sure you have enough calories, so count them and count the bars.)

b.    Freeze-dried or “Just Add Water” foods that you like.

                                              i.     You might need a “mess kit” to reheat them and contain them, which may be a disadvantage compared to trail mix.

                                            ii.     You might need skills to make fire.

c.     If you have special diets, plan accordingly


1.     Multitool

a.    Best prices usually found at gun shows and pawn shops

b.    Wal-mart and sporting goods stores carry them

c.     Online retailers carry them, and plenty are on sites like Amazon and Ebay.

d.    Contains several tools, including pliers, screwdrivers, a knife, can opener, etc.

2.     A fixed blade camping/survival knife that is “full tang,” steel (high-carbon or stainless) with a blade of 4.5 inches or longer.

3.     50-ft. minimum of 550 paracord

4.     Waterproof flashlight (install batteries)

5.     External cell phone charger, preferably solar powered and hand crank w/radio

a.    May come with an AM/FM radio

b.    May have weather radio band or shortwave radio

c.     May also use batteries

d.    Available mostly at gun shows and online (Amazon, Ebay, etc.)

6.     Handheld radios (Optional for when traveling in groups/families.)

a.    For cases when separation happens or is necessary

b.    Waterproof/weather-resistant long-range (35-mi. line-of-sight) walkie-talkie

c.     In urban areas, expect 0.5 mi. to 1 mi. maximum range.

d.    In rural flat land, expect several miles maximum range.

e.    In mountains, expect 2-5 miles maximum range.

f.      Every obstacle between two points weakens signal slightly, while metal between two points weakens the signal more.

7.     Machete

a.    Self-defense

b.    Cutting through brush

c.     High-quality available gun shows and sporting goods stores

d.    Do not recommend one with saw blade

e.    Sturdy sheath, if possible

8.     Saw

a.    Folding saw preferred (NOT Colemans with brittle black plastic but something sturdier)

b.    Hacksaw optional ($1 at Dollar Tree, if on a tight budget)

9.     Duct tape ($1 at Dollar Tree)

10.  Sewing kit ($1 at Dollar Tree)


1.     Lighter

a.    Bic (usually over $1 each)

b.    Scripto ($1.97 / 7-pack at Wal-mart 08/16/2015)

c.     Dollar store Scripto

d.    Generic brands usually break with heavy use

e.    None work in very wet conditions

2.     Fire tool

a.    Magnesium and flint (most reliable, guaranteed super-hot fire starting, can require more work than other options, but has up to 5610°F maximum flame temperature and will burn even when a pile of shavings is lit in a puddle of water)

b.    Ferrocerium rod (second-most reliable and easiest to start fire in most cases, 900°F sparks)

c.     Flint rod (400°F sparks, requires more easily flammable material than Ferrocerium (“Ferro”) rod)

3.     Material

a.    Petroleum jelly-soaked materials

                                              i.     Cotton balls

                                            ii.     Dryer lint balls (preferably from cotton clothes but free)

b.    Tealight candles – burn long and give you a steady flame long enough to dry tender to get a bigger fire going(16/$1 at Dollar Tree or in bulk (50) at Wal-Mart)

c.     Aluminum foil (for very wet conditions, having a small piece of folded aluminum foil the original size of a sheet of copy paper can give you a dry spot to start your fire and dry tender with one of the above items.)

d.    Wetfire tabs

                                              i.     Available at Wal-Mart and sporting goods stores, as well as online

                                            ii.     Will burn when wet, hence the name, and can burn long enough to boil small amounts of water, to dry tender, etc.

e.    Storm-proof/waterproof matches

f.      Cooking tabs (optional). Find online mostly, but also at gun shows.


1.     Change of clothes based on seasonal weather

2.     Poncho/Rain suit

3.     Good shoes

a.    Tie them to outside of bag to save room inside, if necessary

b.    Hiking or tactical boots (best choice)

                                              i.     Waterproof upper is preferable

                                            ii.     “Wear them in” a bit before you actually need them

c.     Where there are poisonous snakes in your area, you should have sturdy high-top boots, as most bites are likely occur near the foot, due to not paying attention when walking by snakes.

d.    Athletic shoes designed for various movements are usually suitable, such as basketball shoes and cross trainers.

4.     Comfortable socks for long hikes

First Aid:

1.     First Aid Kit

a.    Available at Wal-Mart and sporting goods stores

b.    Choose size based on members of family/group

c.     Sawyer Extractor bug sting and snake bite kit (not nearly as effective on snake bites as bug stings to remove poison, as snake venom moves very rapidly through the blood stream)

2.     Creams/ointments

a.    Antibiotic ointment

b.    Hydrocortisone cream

3.     Allergy pills (if you have allergies that may be affected by walking through woods, etc.)

4.     Elastic bandage

5.     Athletic tape

6.     Iodine

7.     Gas mask with NBC (nuclear, biological, chemical) filter

a.    Make sure it has a good filter that is not expired

b.    It must fit your face.  If you can’t get an idea in person of what size you need, don’t buy it.

c.     Usually, these are at gun shows.  However, there are two prepper stores in the Charlotte area.

   i.     “Preppers Paradise” - 13005 E. Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105

  ii.     Carolina Preppers & Survivors – 3401 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28209

d.    Put it at the top of the bag.  Remember, the “Survival 3’s” that apply to people who are already in excellent health:

                                              i.     You can survive 3 minutes without air.

                                            ii.     You can survive 3 days without water.

                                          iii.     You can survive 3 weeks without food.

                                            iv.     If you are in poor health, you might not even have 3 minutes, 3 days, and 3 weeks.

***DO NOT TRY TO CARRY ALL OF THESE.  Simply choose what you want to carry.***

1.     Handgun

a.    Get advice and training with a concealed carry permit.

b.    Choose one you can handle based on your physical strength (advice/training).

c.     Practice shooting at a local gun range regularly (minimum once per month)

d.    Get JHP ammo designed and professional tested for the barrel length

2.     Pepper Spray

a.    Maximum strength police grade

b.    Best prices at gun shows or online

c.     Available many places

d.    Get someone to show you how to use it effectively and take a few practice burst shots, so you’re comfortable, but don’t use up most of the spray practicing, unless you buy two.

e.    Disables sight and makes breathing difficult

f.      Very painful to assailant and gives time to run away

g.     May not completely stop very large and “high” assailants

h.    Inexpensive ($10 at some shows and stores)

i.      May be ineffective on some wild animals

3.     Taser

a.    Requires more accuracy and both tips must penetrate the skin of the assailant

b.    Very potent amount of voltage disables nervous system

c.     May not completely stop very large and “high” assailants

d.    Completely useless on some wild animals with thick skin and fur

4.     Keychain poking devices

a.    Close contact required

b.    Inexpensive ($10 at some shows and stores)

c.     Useless on wild animals

5.     Machete

a.    Doubles as tool for other uses

b.    Gives reach

c.     Good against wild animals but requires strength and agility do use effectively


1.     Tarp

a.    Light Duty is recommended for weight purposes

b.    Base size of tarp on your body size and members of family.

c.     Uses:

                                              i.     Temporary shelter

                                            ii.     Floor covering for unsanitary situations to sit/sleep on

d.    Bright colors (metallic gray, bright red, bright orange, bright yellow, light green, etc.) are good for rescue visibility recommended for most people who must be rescued in tough situations

e.    Natural colors for advanced survivalists who prefer not to be seen and know how to make themselves visible with methods such as smoke signals

2.     Emergency blanket(s)

a.    Figure out in advance if you need more than one and act accordingly.

b.    You might need 2 or 3 if you are naturally very large or tall, or if you are obese.

c.     Use tape to put them together, slightly overlapping, if you are very large.  You can always fold them back up into a very small size.

3.     (Optional) Small tent tied to outside of bag.  Consider weight.

Bag Decisions:

1.     Choose a bag size based on the items you have to put in it or attach to it.

2.     Some bags have up to 2-liter water bladders, so you will not need to carry an extra water bottle, or you can use it as extra water.  Consider the weight of the water.

3.     Bags with “molle” webbing allows easy attachment of molle-ready pouches and bags to extend your bag, if necessary, to carry more items for others who are weaker.  Molle webbing also allows easy attachment by rope.

4.     Figure out things that are less important, if you cannot carry much or partner with another family member who is much stronger to carry your less important items you really want to have, in addition to their items.  Examples:

a.    Husband carries extra items for wife

b.    Older sibling carries extra items for younger siblings

c.     Son carries extra items for mother/grandmother/grandfather

Additional Optional Resources for Bag:

1.     SAS Survival Guide

2.     Full Color North American wild edible plants guide with good pictures, in case stranded in wilderness longer than 72-hours

3.     Area, state, and national pocket-sized maps

4.     GPS in your phone (unreliable)

5.     Fishing line, hooks, and baits

a.    Automatic fishing device usually sold at gun shows for as little as $3 each.

b.    Wal-Mart and sporting goods stores have everything else.