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I have an old Sigma camera bag as 'everyday' EDC (if that makes sense. I carry my SLR camera in an old 6-pack cooler with a piece of ziplok bag sticking out of top so it looks like lunch..).
On the infrequent occasions I get more than about 4 miles from my home/office, I have an 'overloaded' Jumbo Maxpedition like this one (but black) with 3 more MOLLE pouches, and an extra water-bottle carrier attached. (the onboard bottle carrier has a dry Nalgene bottle stuffed with USB and RJ45 cables, cable ties and 'weird-shaped' items like fishing bobbers , packaged dry tinder blocks, multi-bit screwdriver and stainless steel chopsticks - I stick a fresh SS bottle of water or a fresh coffee thermos in the add-on)
The MOLLE add-on pouches help my aging brain remember "that one's first-aid, that's tools, that's energy bars, coffee, tea and soup..."
Great gear choices, Josh, keep up the good work .
(and a hi-5 to Cupric who knows what a buttset and punchdown kit is for - ahh.. the 'good' ol' days' dragging cable :) )
There is also another minor aspect to keep in mind. In the post-war South, 'home', the gang had a 'Robin Hood' image - 'our boys striking back at the man' - away from home, just 'some SOB's robbing us'
I started carrying one in every car I have owned, in the late 1960's, after attending a high school friend's Dad's funeral. The Dad in question had burned to death in his pre-crumple zone and airbag police patrol car in the line of duty. Evidence showed that he had broken his (then all- hardwood) nightstick trying to extricate himself from being pinned by his steering wheel. Needless to say, we both decided to always carry a better lever in the vehicle.
- remember that if you're hungry and spot a squirrel (or similar small critter) , that li'l .22 can get you something to roast or stew. With the .45, it'll be sausage or 'burger:)
This would probably work even better now, with 'modern' lower-drain 12V appliances and LED lighting.
The more pans you have, the more hot (or at least very warm) water you have, and you have spent, maybe, 20 bucks on this particular prep.
Back in (I think) 1876, the James-Younger gang decided to rob a bank in a 'new' territory. A townful of annoyed farmers and storekeepers (not Pinkertons or lawmen, or Cavalry or The Lone Ranger) gave the gang its first and last real "tail-between-legs-run-like-hell" defeat. Only the 2 James brothers 'escaped" (the rest died or went to jail)
We are talking Frank and Jesse James, Bob, Jim and Cole Younger, and some equally-experienced and nasty buddies, not a bunch of basically-urban guys with a half-gallon of gasoline and unfed substance-addictions.
Just food for thought. P*ssing-off country-folks can prove fatal.
Some people have to learn by beating their heads against reality (I'm related to a lot of them :( ) . Hopefully, there are not too many here :)
A few rolls of 'junk silver' dimes, etc, might well be good to have, but my attitude is shaped by the comments of a (departed) coin-dealer friend, who grew up, and escaped-from pre-WWII Eastern Europe, who gave me his take on gold, when I wanted to buy..
What he said was "when SHTF, nobody makes change. You want a loaf of bread. You have a silver dime, it costs a silver dime, you have a gold Kruggerrand, guess what it costs?"
Go to a restaurant supply store and buy a couple hundred bucks worth of good quality (but cheap) $10 carbon steel kitchen knives, stainless steel pans, towels and tools. Now, you have trade goods. :)
He, and about a dozen other out-of work drivers and lumberjacks, took 'adverse possession' of an abandoned lumber camp owned by the defunct company, fished, hunted, cut firewood, and, on occasion, used 'appropriated' company trucks to make 'friendly exchanges' of American cigarettes for Canadian alcohol with their similarly-unemployed relatives at a very lightly-guarded national border.
I still remember his look of wistful nostalgia discussing the "Hard Times", and knew that if he could do it, so could I.