As a result of a thread on another forum and some "doomsday porn" I've been reading lately, I've assembled a "bug out bag." Thus far the bug out bag contains... food for ~3 days (spam and vienna sausage) water (5x700mL) water purification tablets camp soap hand sanitizer gel (2x 1.5oz) (sanitation + fire starter!) heavy-duty emergency blanket 30 gallon trash bags (4x) emergency poncho 8',x10' tarp 4x light sticks LED flashlight + batteries belt pocket knife multi-tool compass waterproof/windproof matches (2 boxes) P38 can openers There is a little more room in the backpack, but not much. I know I need to think about the following: A better bag that's a bit larger, a bit more durable, and with a waist belt - anyone know of a decent inexpensive internal frame pack? Maps for that compass (USGS maps might be helpful, but the local grid hasn't been updated since 1981!) Polar pure instead of limited-shelf life / low "yield" purification tablets Food that isn't so salty Some sort of hydration bladder that's more space-efficient than bottled-water bottles Paracord A change of clothing Insect repellent A firearm and some ammo/magazines. I have a G21 that's been sitting in the safe unused for months, but it's ... huge. I have my concerns about a firearm because of legal issues should I take this kit with me to varying locales. Should I get a CHL, I expect to have a smaller blaster on my person, so dropping a box of ammunition and some additional magazines into the bag won't be as big of a deal. Any other comments? This is not supposed to be a "survive anything, for any duration" type deal - it's supposed to last me for three days as a standalone kit, either so I can hoof it out of the disaster area or await restoral of services/utilities someplace other than at home. I'm also accumulating some supplies for a "bug in kit" if I have to remain in my residence for some extended period of time or several minutes' notice and time to load the car and depart via the roads. I am nowhere near as far along on this concept, but I do have the following... About a week's worth of food ~10 gallons bottled water Another ~5 gallons fresh water in fridge, also frozen in water bottles Enough firearms and ammunition to qualify as a "major arms cache" in some states All the other luxuries of modern living - only I will probably have to forgo communications, power, water, and gas Any other ideas? Anyone else done this sort of thing?