Survival Check lists

KDS is dedicated to providing you with the training and knowledge you’ll need to survive during any emergency; from a temporary local disaster to a long term worldwide catastrophic event. Because this can be a complicated spectrum of scenarios to plan, train and equip for, we’ve developed this collection of emergency preparedness checklists to help simplify and organize your efforts and gear. Whether you’re planning to hunker down at the homestead or “Bug-Out” to an alternate safe location by vehicle, on foot or by any other means, KDS is committed to making sure that you learn the skills to develop and execute a successful plan and that you know how to acquire and prepare the right gear to assist you if and when the time comes when you only have yourself to count on to protect the lives of those you love. At KDS we live by the mantra “the time to prepare is NOT after an emergency arises”!

Emergency Preparedness Check Lists Included:


The number one most important thing to consider in the event of any emergency situation is the safety and security of your family. We all live active lives and chances are we will not be right next to all of our loved ones at the exact time a catastrophe takes place. Because of this it is imperative than you prepare and rehearse a Family Emergency Communication Plan so that you are able to ensure that all of your loved ones know what to do and where to go when disaster strikes. Ensure to include in your plan a fall-back area in the event that returning to the house is impractical or impossible, such as a local school, hospital, police station, or even a storefront or the local mall. The following factors should be taken into consideration when constructing your plan-

Emergency Communication Plan (ECP) Checklist

  • Who specifically are the members of your family/group who are planning to link up?
  • What specifically is each person expected to bring with them?
  • What specifically needs to get done prior to linking up?
  • What specific location are you planning to link up at?
  • What time you’re going to be at the link up location?
  • What to do if the situation changes or you are not going to make the link up time?
  • What is the load signal (physical signal to let you know who from the group left and where they went- try to use a stationary object that can’t be easily moved/discarded)
  • What is the specific safe and secure bug out location that you are going to go to?

NOTE: This will obviously take some pre-coordination. One good technique is to team up with likeminded family and friends who live in remote locations to use as your bug out destination. If you live in an appropriate place to “bug-in” you can find other family and friends who live some distance from you to use as your bug-out location and they would do the same with you.


Choosing What EDC Pack/Satchel to Buy-

You don’t HAVE to have an EDC pack. Many people prefer to keep all of their EDC items small and compact enough to keep on their person. That is totally fine and the truth is that there can be some confusion in making a distinction between the EDC pack and the Get-Back-Home Bag (GBH). The bottom line is that obviously you may end up combining your gear as the situation progresses but the concept is to go from small (EDC) to big (Bug-Out Bag) when planning on what gear to carry and what king of sack to carry that gear in. If you do decide to have a small back or satchel for your EDC, it will most likely vary greatly depending on the work that you do for a living and the types of environments you spend your time in from day to day. You may be fortunate enough to be able to make your decision based strictly by comfort and overt tactical necessity, or, maybe you are in need of something more businesslike or discrete. Whatever the case may be there is an EDC pack out there for you. Since I spend most of my time either in the woods, working on my farm, or traveling, I am lucky in so much that I can carry most anything I want for an EDC pack. When I am stateside I have a compact tactical pack that I take with me everywhere. I use a small assault pack that was made by SOURCE Hydration Systems. To be honest it was given to be by Source so that I could write a review for them but I liked it so much that a day has not gone by in the 2 years that I have had it that it has been more than an arm’s length away from me. The model name of the pack I use is the Assault 20L Hydration Cargo Pack. The reason I like it so much is because of its 20 liters worth of cargo space including an expandable back compartment that features pockets and a separator to organize my small items. I also like the fact that it is lightweight, has a mesh structured back for good ventilation, and most of all, it is able to discretely carry 3 liters of water in its reservoir, and in my experience, nothing can keep me going longer and thinking clearer in a time of crisis that water (and maybe some licky-chewies and a power bar!).

What to put in your EDC

So, not all of your EDC is going to stay in your EDC pack at all times. In fact, you may make the decision just to spread out all of your EDC items throughout the clothing and equipment you are wearing and eliminate the EDC pack completely. Either way, the following items are what make up my EDC or the things I carry either on my person or within arm’s reach, whenever feasible, on any given day-

Every Day Carry (EDC) Checklist:

 Concealed Carry Pistol with Additional Magazine (refer to State law for permit requirements)
 Keys with lanyard
 Less-Than-lethal Device, Key Chain Size (Tazer, Stun Gun or Mace)
 Survival kit, Individual (Key Chain Size)
 Flashlight, Tactical, (Key Chain Size)
 Multi tool with knife, Key Chain Size (Credit Card Knife if need to be lighter load/more discrete)
 Watch (Smart Watch Technology)
 Cell Phone (with charger cable, plug and spare battery pack)
 Install Survival Apps on cell phone (Such as Walkie-Talkie App, First Aid & CPR, GPS, and Compass)
 Wallet with $200.00 Cash (small bills) & Credit/Debit Card
 Medical Mask (Folded in wallet)
 Paracord Bracelet
 Tactical Pen
 Wedding Ring/Gold Ring (or other gold jewelry) for emergency barter


Not a Bug-Out Bag; smaller and only geared towards getting you to your home from wherever you are when the SHTF
GBH Contents:
 Food (1 meal and several energy bars)
 Water (2 Qt)
 Pry bar
 Bolt cutters
 Knife (Full Tang)
 IFAK (first aid kit)
 Space blanket
 Mask (Medical)
 Mask (Chemical)
 Flashlight (Headlamp style)
 Police Scanner, small
 AM/FM Radio, small
 Walking shoes
 Change of clothing (Outdoor/rugged)
 Rain poncho
 Sunglasses
 Goggles
 Glass/window punch
 Bandanna
 Charging devices (battery and solar)
 Crime prevention tools (mace, Taser, baton)
 Paper map (Local/detailed and large scale showing clear routes back to your home)
 GPS device
 Personal locator beacon/EPIRB
 Satellite phone and accessories
Home Disaster Kits
Every home should have a basic disaster kit that you custom assemble based off of the individual needs of your family. Below I have put together a generic list but I highly suggest that you add to it so that it meets your individual needs-
 Water – 2 gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation (I prefer to have a 30 day supply in storage and that’s with a renewable source to replenish my supplies once they get low. If this were not the case I would plan to have a six month supply of water on hand at a minimum).
 Food – I suggest having at least a 6 month supply of meals calculating for 6000 calories a day per adult and 4000 calories per child. You want to be able to get through at least two Seasons without having to add to or supplement your food supply for your group. Since you can now find a plethora of (more and more affordable) meal choices with shelf lives in excess of 25 years, I recommend you keep as much extended shelf life food on hand as is practical for your uniquely individual circumstances.
 Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
 Flashlight and extra batteries.
 First aid kit (see below).
 Whistle to signal for help.
 Dust mask – to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
 Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
 Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
 Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
 Local maps.
 Prescription medications and glasses.
 Infant formula and diapers.
 Pet food and extra water for your pet.
 Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
 Cash, Debit/Credit Card/Change.
 Emergency reference material such as a first aid book.
 Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
 Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants, and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
 Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using sixteen drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
 Fire extinguisher.
 Matches in a waterproof container.
 Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.
 Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.
 Paper and pencil.
 Books, games, puzzles, or other activities for children.
I suggest that you keep the following items in your HDK first aid kit at all times:
 Two pairs of Latex or other sterile gloves if you are allergic to Latex
 Sterile dressings to stop bleeding
 Cleansing agent/soap and antibiotic towelettes
 Antibiotic ointment
 Burn ointment
 Adhesive bandages in a variety of sizes
 Eye wash solution to flush the eyes or as general decontaminant
 Thermometer
 Trauma Kit with Tourniquet, Israeli Bandage, Blood Clotting Agent and Needle Decompression Kit
 Epi Pen
 Suture Kit
 Prescription Medications
Always try to have at least a 30-90 day supply of prescription medications you take every day such as insulin, heart medicine, and asthma inhalers. You should periodically rotate medicines to account for expiration dates. You should also take into consideration prescribed medical supplies such as glucose and blood pressure monitoring equipment. Additionally, here are some non-prescription drugs and medical supplies to consider stocking up on for your disaster kit-
Additional Items:
Here are some non-prescription drugs and medical supplies to consider stocking up on for your disaster kit:
 Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
 Anti-diarrhea medication
 Antacid
 Laxative
 Scissors
 Tweezers
 Tube of petroleum jelly or other lubricant (I prefer an utter healing lubricant such as Bag Balm ® or Udder Balm® because of their fast healing qualities)
Maintaining your disaster kit-
You take the following steps to maintain your Home Disaster Kit:
 Keep canned and other extended shelf life foods and water containers in a cool, dry place.
 Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect from pests and to extend its shelf life.
 Throw out any canned goods that become swollen, dented or corroded.
 Establish a rotation system so that you can use foods before they go bad and replace them with fresh supplies.
 Keep items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as an unused trash can, camping backpack, or duffel bag. You may not be able to stay at home during a disaster so having these items stored in a semi portable fashion will allow you to grab it and go if the emergency situation requires you to quickly leave your home.
NOTE: You will want to rehearse this routine to make sure the kit fits in your car along with your entire family, pets, etc. additionally, you want to make sure that your vehicle is always maintained and try to fill up your gas tank every time you get to a half tank. It is also advisable to keep at least ten gallons of gas in your garage. Use the gasoline within six months and switch them out for fresh gas to prevent fuel from going bad.

While preppers and emergency preparedness folks (including myself) tend to talk a great deal about the concept of “bugging out”, the fact is that if you live in a relatively safe and secure location and you have the resources to survive through a prolonged or even indefinite period of time without any resupply of essential goods than it is actually advisable to remain in your home after a catastrophe or mass emergency scenario occurs, at least for the short term. That said, if you live in or near a city or other large population center you need to be forewarned that such locations are literally “powder kegs” that can erupt in an instant in the event that the flow of essential supplies ceases to provide life essential inventory such as food, water and medicine, and thousands if not millions of people begin to fight for the dwindling resources that still exist. You can be certain that the human condition can prove quite ruthless in times of desperation and as these peoples survival instinct kicks in they can be expected to do almost anything to get what they need, including taking it from those who were smart or lucky enough to have these resources for themselves and their own families. If you decide to remain in your home and you are anywhere near such population centers then you can expect to have to defend your homestead and your resources from desperate thieves who will almost surely seek to take the precious little that you have. In such cases you should be sure to add both passive and physical barriers and early warning devices and systems to help you mitigate the risk of losing everything you have to those who would wish to do you harm in order to ensure their own survival.


I recommend keeping a 30-day food supply on hand for each person. Remember that, on average, men need about 2,500 calories a day and women need around 2,000. Depending on your condition, level of stress and physical exertion, you may need more.

1.1. Foodstuffs
 Cooking oils (coconut, vegetable, olive, etc.)
 Cooking powders (flour, baking powder/soda, etc.)
 Dairy products, dry
 Eggs, dry
 Freeze-dried entrees and meals
 Fruit (dried, canned, preserved)
 Grains and cereals
 MREs and other ready-to-eat packaged foods
 Pasta
 Protein, animal(fish, meat, poultry)
 Protein, plant(beans, lentils, nuts, powdered mixes)
 Rice
 Salt, iodized
 Seeds for both consumption and planting
 Soups and stews
 Sweeteners (agave, honey, sugar, etc.)
 Vegetables (dried, canned, preserved)

1.2. Food Procurement Needs
1.2.1. Hunting and Trapping
 .22 air pellet gun and pellets and gas cartridges
 .22 rifle and ammo
 Larger Caliber Hunting Rifle & Ammo for Big Game (.308, 300WM, 7mm Mag, 30/30, etc.)
 Compound bow/crossbow and arrows
 Maintenance materials for items in this group
 Shotgun and assorted hunting ammo
 Traps and snares

1.2.2. Fishing
 Stocked watering hole or pond
 Natural water source (lake, river, stream, etc)
 Compact fishing kit
 Full size fishing rods and tackle
 Fish Traps
 Fishing Spear Tips
1.2.3. Livestock
 Chickens, goats, pigs, cattle, etc (with the appropriate grazing land and facilities
 Renewable feed source for livestock
 Renewable water source for livestock
 Full stock of veterinary medications
1.2.4. Farming
 Cultivation Equipment
 Adequate Fuel Storage (with stabilizer)
 Horse drawn cultivating equipment
 Manual cultivating tools
 Seed stock
 Hydroponic equipment
 All necessary tools and spare parts needed to maintain and repair farming equipment

You should have enough potable water to support each person with 2 gallons per day for hydration, food preparation and hygiene. Preferably you would want water stores to come from a renewable source such as a stream, river or lake. It is also a good idea to store (with a rotation plan for use) as much water as you can in the event that you need to relocate to an alternate location or that your renewable water source either becomes contaminated or dries up. Store water away from light, chemicals and pesticides and don’t stack plastic containers on concrete surfaces. Always use opaque FDA-approved food grade containers to store your water. I recommend that you cycle your water supply every six months unless you treat it with a water preservative. Additionally, you should set up a rain catch system where on e of your gutter down spouts feeds directly into a large water container. You can find lightly used, food grade 50 gallon water barrels for under $20 each and lightly used larger 250 gallon plastic tanks online for under $80 each that would both work quite well for holding water for livestock or for your own emergency use (I highly recommend this water either be filtered, treated, or boiled prior to consumption).

2.1. Water Procurement Options
 Natural Water Source (lake, river, well, spring, etc)
 Solar Stills
 Rain Catch System
 Hot Water Tank from House (plus additional water left in plumbing system)

2.2. Water Storage Options
 Individual bottles or cans (Store in a cool, dry place such as in closets or under beds)
 Portable water containers (1, 5 or 7 gallon sizes)
 Static water containers(30 and 50 gallon drums, 250 gal plastiv tank
 Larger tank, water tower, water blivette, cistern, etc.
 Water resupply plan (Think this through and devise a plan BEFORE an emergency occurs)
 Bath Tub (Immediately fill your bath tub(s) with water in the aftermath of a disaster or if an emergency situation is brewing such as a hurricane landing that is imminent.)

2.3. Water Preservation and Treatment
 Chemical disinfectant supplies
 Heat source and fuel for boiling water
 Ultraviolet water sterilizer
 Water filters/purifiers
 Water Testing Kits
 Water flavor enhancer to improve the taste of treated water

In an emergency, you are usually better off hunkering down in your home, but a time may come when you need to seek shelter elsewhere. In addition to knowing where local emergency shelters are, you need to have a bug-out plan for a safe location where you can find shelter and security as far away from mass population centers as possible.

3.1. Homesteading Supplies for Maintaining Shelter
 Fire extinguishers
 Generator and fuel and maintenance tools and materials
 Power inverter
 Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and batteries
 Wood or manufactured fireplace logs and kindling
 Spare Roofing Materials
 Spare lumber stores
 Impact/Screw Drill
 Circular Saw with spare blade
 Assorted lubricants, thinners, and other compounds
 Saws All with multiple blade options
 Spare stores of screws, nails and hardware
 Full set of carpentry tools
 Metal working and welding equipment
 Chain Saw with Spare Chain, Fuel Oil Mix, Sharpening Files, and Wrench

3.2. Shelter Gear for Extended Excursions Away from Homestead
 Sleeping bags and ground mats, appropriately sized and insulated
 Tarps, real 550 cord and bungee cords
 Tent replacement and repair parts
 Tent(s) large enough for people, pets and weather-sensitive gear

3.3. Name, Address and Location of Strip Map To Nearest Emergency Shelter
 Name
 Address
 Location of Strip Map

3.4. Clothing and Equipment
 Base layer and street clothing suited to your environment at any time of the year
 Hunting/camouflage clothing and accessories
 Insect and snake-protective clothing
 Weather-resistant clothing, outerwear, headwear and footwear

Security includes safety issues along with self-defense, making it a very broad category. If you have additional security and safety preparations, you should add them to this list.

4.1. Home Security/Early Warning System
 Home alarm
 Motion detectors
 Remote camera systems
 Tangle foot/concertina wire roles
 Trip flares
 Dog(s)

4.2. Lethal Weapon Systems
 Handgun and spare mags or speed loaders, ammo and accessories
 Rifle and spare mags, ammo and accessories
 Shotgun and ammo

4.3. Less Than Lethal Weapon Systems
 Less Than lethal shotgun rounds
 Personal defense spray/tear gas dispenser and replacement cartridges
 Restraint systems
 Stun gun and batteries
 Taser and replacement cartridges, batteries, and other accessories

 Amateur/HAM radio, CB radio scanner and accessories
 Cell phone and accessories
 Chargers and batteries
 Faraday cage or other protective containers
 FM/AM/SW/Weather radio and accessories
 Fire Works (Mortar Tube Style-For Signaling and Early Warning)
 Solar charging panel and accessories
 Television and power source
 Two-way radios and accessories

 90 to 180 day supply of all vital prescription medications
 Sustainable Latrine with Waste Management Plan
 Backboard or other litter
 Blankets/space blankets
 Emergency dental kit, per person
 Midwife Equipment
 Epinephrine pen kit
 Home first aid kit
 Individual first aid kit, per person
 Neck brace and splints
 Personal hygiene kit, per person
 Slings and cravats
 Snake bite kit, per person
 Special medical equipment; Defibrillator, CPAP, O2machine and any accessories
 Suture kit
 Trauma kit, per person
 Insect and snake repellant, assorted types
 Mouse traps (and/or Cat(s))

7. Power
 Gas Powered Generator (5k or higher)
 Back up fuel supply (25 Gallon minimum)
 Fuel Stabilizer
 Solar panels with accessories
 Additional alternative power sources such as hydroelectric, wind, or heat.
 Spare batteries and chargers for all of your electronic devices

Because uprooting yourself and your loved ones and leaving your home, possibly never to return to it again, can be an emotionally charged and complicated endeavor to undertake, and will most likely need to be executed under the most arduous and stressful circumstances imaginable, I have developed this Bug-Out Bag Checklist to help simplify and organize your efforts and gear. Whether you’re planning to move to safety by vehicle, foot or other means, this checklist will help you to develop a plan and collect the right gear to protect yourself and your group.
What Back Pack to Choose as your BOB-
When it comes to what pack to choose for a Bug-Out Bag you are sure to hear as many suggestions and opinions as there are different brands and models of bags on the market today; many of which are geared specifically towards this purpose. For me, I can say that honestly I have tried hundreds of bags and some I liked more than others, but I have always gone back to my ALICE (All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment load bearing system) Pack when I needed a backpack that I trusted 100% to help carry my gear when I could not afford the possibility of a major malfunction, design flaw or general comfort issue being a factor. The truth is that the only way to know is to experiment with some different styles and brands of packs and put them through their paces to see which one suits you best.
NOTE: If you don’t want to go through the backpack selection process yourself you can always follow my lead and go with an ALICE Pack. These can be purchased online or through a military surplus store and can be found modified with all of the modern materials, extra pockets, and any other add-ons you desire so that you get all of the newly available amenities with the same old school and highly dependable design.
What to pack in your BOB:
Every BOB is going to be different based off of the needs of your group, your individual needs, the distance and type of terrain you will encounter on your journey, and your own physical ability. I suggest that everyone in your group share the burden by ability group so even small children of walking age would have a bag with some minimal essential and comfort items. I would even suggest you get your dogs used to carrying food and water on a dog load baring vest so that they can be prepared to do so in the event of an emergency. The following is a list of generic items to go into a BOB, but I encourage you to modify this list to fit you and your group-
Bug-Out-Bag (BOB) Checklist:
 Personal daily rations for three days (or longer depending on the estimated time of travel to your bug out location or to a preplanned resupply cache or point)
 Power Bars or Meal Supplementation Bars
 Hard Candies
 Broth Cubes
 Camp Stove (Multi Fuel style)
 Camping cook set, utensil, scrubbing pad
 CamelBak (or similar styled) Water Hydration System
 32 oz water bottles (It’s recommended to drink 8 oz, eight times throughout the day = 64oz.)
 Water Purification Tablets or Liquid Drops
 Water Filtration Straw or Pump style system
 UV Light Water Purifier
 Tent, Light Weight (Terrain and Climate dictate style IE: Ground Tent, Hammock Tent, 3 or 4 Season Tent, etc.)
 Sleeping Bag System (Style and Rating are Climate Dependant)
 Poncho Liner, Military Surplus
 Tarp (or US Army Poncho) with Bunji Cords x 5 and 50 feet of 550 cordage
 Change of clothing (shirt, pants, thermals or under armor, underwear, socks)
 Hiking Boots
 Boony Hat or Ball Cap
 Gloves
 Tactical Belt
 Carbine or Shotgun (with full combat load of ammunition)
 Transition Sidearm (Semi-Auto Pistol or Revolver with at least one reload of additional ammunition)
 Taser/Stun Gun Combo (for less than lethal option to break contact)
 Pepper stray (for less than lethal option to break contact)
 Flashlight, Tactical with extra batteries (500 or more Lumens)
 Flex Cuffs (several sets)

 2-Way Radio (One Per Member of Group)
 Hand Held CB Radio
 Hand Held Police Scanner
 AM/FM/Short Wave Radio & a list of radio stations (Plus Spare Batteries)
 Notepad & pencil
 Calling card
 Stamps & postcards
 Power stick battery charger
 Cell phone & charger cord
 Whistle
 Glow sticks

 Chemical Protective Mask
 Medical Face Mask
 IFAK/FIRSTAID (Complete with Trauma Package/Tourniquet/Israeli Bandage as well as other standard first aid kit items)
 Foot Care Kit (Nail Clippers, Mole Skin, Pain Relieving Ointment)
 Toiletries
 Hand/Foot warmers
 Emergency blanket
 Prescription Medication (30+ Day Supply)
Note: I highly suggest that you have received the training and achieved the proficiency needed to use all of the above listed items properly:

 Ground Flairs
 Fire Starting Kit, Complete

 Map (Road and Topographical)
 Protractor
 Map Pens
 Compass, Lensatic
 Knife (Full Tang)
 Duct tape
 Black garbage bags
 Leatherman
 Religious Scriptures (if applicable) and/or other motivational/inspirational reading materials
 Pocket knife/Razor blade
 Stress relievers-a favorite book, games, Sudoku or toys
 An inventory list of everything in your Emergency Kit
DOCUMENTS – Carry Copies Of:
 Drivers License
 Picture of family members (frontal and profile to assist in search in event someone is lost)
 Credit/Debit Card and $200.00 Cash (Small Bills)
 Contact list of family & friends
 Birth Certificate
 Marriage Certificate
Vehicle Readiness Checklist (VRC)-
In order to ensure that a small problem doesn’t snowball into something bigger I recommend you carry the following items in your vehicle at all times:
 Cell phone (with vehicle charger)
 CB Radio
 Police Scanner
 Walkie-Talkies
 AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports and emergency messages
 Flashlights and extra batteries
 Emergency Strobe
 Spot Light (either hand held or vehicle mounted)
 Emergency Signal Panel
 Road Flares
 Reflective Triangle
 Jumper cables
 Fix-a-Flat
 Emergency Jump Starter
 Small Air Compressor
 Tow Strap (or Tow Cable)
 Spare tire
 Tire jack with lug wrench
 Tire Traction Straps (or chains)
 Spare parts- belts, hoses, fuses, fluids
 Folding Shovel
 Ice scraper
 Local road maps
 First aid kit (Comprehensive)
 1 nonperishable food meal per person in your party
 1 gallon of water per person in your party.
 Blanket, Wool
 1-2 Space Blankets
 Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket, and an extra change of clothes (in climates where cold weather is an issue)
 Baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
 Spare Gas Cans (carry enough fuel to get you to your alternate bug out location taking into consideration vehicle weight when loaded down and possible detours)

7. Additional Items to Consider:
 Assorted hand tools according to your needs
 Bug-Out Bag (1 per person in your party)
 Bushcraft knife (I suggest carrying more than one knife)
 Survival Kit (Individual)
 Flashlights and hands-free lights and batteries
 GPS, compass, maps, protractor and marking pens
 Optics for day, night and thermal and batteries and accessories
 Pace counter beads
 Wind/waterproof matches, fire starters and tinder
 Windproof lighter and fuel
 Fire Arms with Combat Load of Ammunition (1 per person in your party if capable)

 Bug-Out Plan and Leave-Behind note
 Group Emergency Preparedness Plan
 Local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) point of contact
 Local FEMA/Homeland Security point of contact
 Local hospital phone number
 hospital phone numbers along bug out route
 Phone number and address of local National Guard Armory
 Police and Fire phone numbers