For the last couple of weeks I have been very interested in your basic survival from everything to a simple household accident to the fall of society as we know it.
I'm wanting to start collecting supplies starting from the most reasonable (most likely to happen) to the least reasonable and SHTF type situations.
Being good parents and me being the product of a nurse as my mother, we have plenty of every-day first aide supplies and kits including basic first aide kits in both cars and loads of supplies in the medicine cabinet.
However, these would not be good enough for severe trauma such as a gun shot or severe accident.
I've added emergency thermal blankets to the diaper bag as it's getting very cold outside and wherever I am, my son is, and wherever my son is there is the diaper bag. If there is an emergency we can stay warm.
I'm thinking of getting a gun shot wound kit for my range bag. I end up alone at the range a lot and in the event of a very unforeseeable accident I would hate to bleed to death by myself when I could have had options. Not to mention it would be with me for IDPA matches, etc.
I'm also planning on taking an EMS course at the local community college. You can't be too "learned" on this kind of stuff.
Next I'm considering long term loss of utilities at home.. water, food, heat, etc.
Then a total collapse of society...
We already have a place to go but it would take some traveling.
Roads and travel might be hard so it may be necessary to backpack it at least part of the way.
I'm looking at land navigation kits (JD has some land nav training from his Corps days but it would be a big help to learn myself) and the essential gear to get a family of three about 200 miles in any kind of weather with a worst case scenario of it being on foot.
I've been googling and bookmarking kits and articles for a couple of days now and got some good ideas of things I want to start stock-piling.
Any suggestions for one or all of the categories listed above?
What do you have and why do you have it?
Did you buy your survival kit pre-prepared or make it yourself?
What's essential and what's just fluff?