10 comments on “SHTF Kit Planning: What to Have and Why – Part III

  1. I picked up one of those nylon tarps with the sewn in loops, small light hammock, tree hangers and it all fits in one of those multicam waist packs.
    My wife has a similar setup. We can have the hammocks and tarps up in 10-15 minutes. Each pack has an extra tree hanger for any gear to keep it off the ground. The setups aren’t perfect but for quick shelter in a small pack it works for us. And if the tarp is hung right we should have 360 situational awareness.

  2. Tents are a real pain to carry and set-up when hiking and when on the move. The hammock and tarp cover can be combined (pea pod) giving you very quick set up. In my area, tarps aren’t the best shelter option. Good for sun / rain cover, but we have stinging – biting insects that make sleeping out on the floor a pretty miserable option. Hammocks definitely help the comfort factor.

    The cheap synthetic tarp covers are very noisy in the wind, like trying to sleep in a potato chip factory. We switched to a canvas cover which though is much heavier, makes far less noise.

  3. One small bone to pick:

    In pretty much every climate but florida, I would disagree with your assessment of the bivy sack, but only in the sense of it’s philosophy of use.

    A bivy sack is only for
    1 extreme cold (as you mentioned), and more importantly
    2 a very lightweight emergency and E/E setup (think fanny pack size).

    The sack link provided is great, but any of the offerings from Survive outdoors longer fit better with the idea of SHTF equipment much better. One might say that these commercially produced ranger tacos are not a long term solution, but neither is a tent. Either allows you to survive long enough to get to (or fabricate) a long term shelter solution. A bivy sack like this
    http://www.surviveoutdoorslonger.com/survival-1/shelter/survive-outdoors-longer-escapetm-bivvy-od-green.html
    allows you to carry a lighter, smaller load.

    Aside from that, thank you for the articles, your site is diamond in the rough. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next installment.

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