1-6 months, natural disasters or economic collapse
Deep Woods Off 40 in a pump bottle is fairly effective, but 100% DEET in a small pump bottle I buy at Academy has proven most effective against mosquitoes and ticks. But a little sulfur powder along the pant legs helps too for ground ticks. Unfortunately, there's nothing that seems to help against ticks on tree limbs that fall on you.
What next? Shelters? Sleep systems? Cooking setup? Fire starting techniques? Soft or hard ferro rods? Swiss Army Knife vs Multitool? Scandi vs FFG? High carbon vs stainless?
How about axes and hatchets? Carpenter vs Hudson Bay heads? Folding saws? Folding buck saws? Hatchet vs "chopper" knife?
This weekend I'm using my Snow & Neeley kindling axe and a Junglas II while hammock camping to see, for the weight vs utility which one I prefer for hiking. I'll admit I'm more into the less expensive yet quality edged tools. But I've pretty much switched to Hill People Gear for packs due to the suspension systems. After Uncle Sugar gave me a messed up sacrum joint and a few fused vertebrae as thanks for my patriotism I've found HPG puts less strain on me. I admit though I do keep a molle II ruck and frame for short distance big loads. I can't carry as much in my HPG Umlindi, but if things get nasty or out of hand weather wise I'm pretty comfortable building debris shelters and raised beds. (Hence carrying a large heavy blade.)
So...tell me what realm you want to hop in with your BOB load out. Specify seasons, because we're in the right time frame to start looking, in my region, to change from cold weather to hot weather loads. Unless you run all four seasons in your BOB. I admit I carry a beanie, insulated leather gloves, and wool socks all year round, but not the insulated base layer stuff.
Love to see some pictures of your gear, too. In use. But just the gear. OPSEC, you know.
Denton is right! Giardia kills! and crypto can too if in a SHTF situation.You might want to rethink that. Cryptosporidium isn't something you want in your gut.
Nice to know I'm off ignore for now.Right now I’m concentrating on transitioning from winter into spring summer.
I lighten the load, don’t carry as much or any food and very little shelter.
I carry a heavy chopping blade on my kit and basic survival and comfort items.
We don’t not desalinate. We’re on fresh and saltwater.Nice to know I'm off ignore for now.
Did I see you say somewhere you spent a lot of time on the water? So I assume you have mobility via boat. Less chance you'll be stranded away from help for long periods of time, and I can understand carrying less.
My question is are you on salt or fresh water, and if on salt do you have any kind of desalination unit aboard?
I also assume based on the picture and what you're saying that you are not out overnight usually?
So I can see where my gear choices would be really different than other's here.