Building a GOOD kit is very much dependent upon the resources available to the person building it, the situation most likely to be faced, the locale the person is in when he or she decides they need to GOOD, and their ability to pack what they really need, versus what they might want. Too many people typically over-build their GOOD kits. Here at DTG we take a different approach: We each build our own GOOD kits based upon certain principles. Following the principles allows the individual to taylor his or her GOOD kit to what they need. Here are our principles for building a GOOD kit:
1 – Long term storage capable, but not designed for long term use (it’s to get you to your ‘fall back’ location.
2 – Modular construction (plastic, securable crates) to fit in most vehcile storage areas.
3 – Modifiable to the needs of the group using it (any number of family or group members, male or female, young or old).
4 – Loadable in 20 minutes or less into a vehicle (worst case time constraints for conditions deteriorating).
5 – Contain both high carb & high protein nutrients including ‘comfort’ food such as favorite candy bars or cookies (properly sealed) for at least one week per person using the kit.
6 – Contain more than one water purification method/device and multiple fire starting devices (lights and sparking devices) and accelerants (such as vaseline soaked cotton balls)
7 – Contain several basic tools (Hatchet/Tomahawk with hammer end, small branch saw, small box of nails, 12 or 18 inch machete, whet stones, etc).
8 – Contain at least two 10X10′ tarps (earth tone) for field expedient shelters.
9 – Contain various OTC meds, vitamins, supplements and a 90 day supply of any prescriptions (can add when activating BOP (Bug Out Plan).
10 – Contain enough cash to purchase a full tank of gasoline for vehicle in use at 250% of spot price, e.g., Gas is at $4 per gallon, vehicle holds 20 gallons, cash in kit should be $200 ($10 per gallon for 20 gallons).
11 – Contain at least one basic load of ammunition for any weapon carried (basic load determined by training, location, & situation) in addition to any carried on persons.