Two Essential Kits That Most Preppers Overlook

Guard Duty Kit

The Patrol / Guard Duty Kit

This kit is a light weight kit that will allow you to be extremely mobile, yet well-armed when patrolling your property line, or while stationed at an LP/OP (listening post / observation post). This is also the kit that you would “grab and go with” when you know that a threat is approaching… Take this kit and your weapons and move into position at your predetermined defensive position.

This kit will include water, binoculars, flashlight, night-vision if you can afford it (I can’t) Quikclot, high energy food, cable ties or zip ties in case you have to secure a prisoner, folding lock-back knife, two way radio to communicate with others in your group, rifle and 4+ extra magazines, handgun and 2 extra magazines.

The carrier that I use for this pack is the “US PeaceKeeper Rapid Deployment Pack”, this pack is well made, light-weight, and is super quick to throw across your shoulder and go. It has two pockets that will each hold two AR-15 magazines, a pocket that will hold an extra pistol magazine, and another for your radio.

The light that I keep with this kit is the “Pelican ProGear 2360 LED Flashlight”, this light has an output of 250 Lumens and a run time of just over two-hours on two AA batteries, (don’t forget to add an extra set in your kit), the radio is the “Wouxun KG-UV6D Two Way Programmable Radio”,  and the knife, that I carry with this kit is the “Blackhawk Crucible II Folding Knife”, I carry this knife with me anytime that I’m dressed, so technically it isn’t in the kit – I need to order another one and dedicate it to the kit.

I also like the Glock Knives and Mora Fire-Knife, both would work and serve their purpose well, but I prefer a folding knife with this kit.

Keep in mind that the suggestions for bags, lights, radios and knifes are just that suggestions. You might find something else might works even better for you, but these are what I use, and have found to be of good quality and useful.

The Foraging Kit

I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking that the whole point in prepping is to have what you need when you need it, so that you won’t have to go out looking for anything, while you wait for the country to get back to some form of normalcy.

And while that is the goal, we all know that no plan is perfect, and there will be things that we’ve over looked, and things that break, and to think otherwise is wishful thinking at best…

The foraging kit is essentially the parameter patrol / guard duty kit, with a few extra tools specific to the task of foraging.  You’ll need a medium-sized backpack to accommodate the extra items, needed… I like the “Rothco Men’s The Medium Transport Pack”, but just about any pack will work just as well.

In addition to the items listed for the parameter patrol / guard duty kit you’ll need to add enough food to last two or three days and an extra canteen of water, also add water purification tablets, you could include a water filter instead, but the tablets take up less room and weight in the kit.

Add a couple of large outdoor trash bags, bolt cutters, a pick-gun for picking locks (nice but not essential), Crowbar, Claw-hammer, quality multi-tool and gloves to protect your hands. Having a cart or wagon to make carrying large loads back to your retreat, would also be a big help.

Out in the country on rough terrain one of the best options that I’ve found is a “deer cart”, they are light-weight and roll over rough terrain pretty easily, but then that is what they are designed for.


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  1. I should get my “crossbody” bag today. It will be my EDC “kit”. I have the components for a “Patrol Bag”, just not assembled; the same for a foraging “kit”. Guess it’s about time to put the pieces together. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Don’t forget edible plant flashcards for your foraging kit.

    • Thats a great additon!

    • I think the goal is more of a foraging/scavenging pack. I’ve got my old seabag that folds down to fit in the bottom of a pack, but holds enough clothing for a deployment. That’d come in handy for scavenging/salvaging. You can get them for $20 new on amazon.

    • I was reading an article on another site the other day, and they showed 2 decks of playing cards. One was of edible wilderness plants. I don’t recall what the other deck was, but they seemed like great BOB items. I’d never seen them before.

    • Hi Steve,
      Thanks for the tip. Where have you found these cards and do you have a suggestion as to which brand to get?

  3. Great reminder, something I have been thinking of putting together but it had fallen off my list till the reminder.

  4. swabbie Robbie says:

    Belt and suspenders: One thing I would consider is an old style bulb flashlight or two. If part of the situation is a EMP it could be that our LED lights would not work. Batteries and incandescent bulbs should work. I also keep some bulbs for the lights in the house. my generator may work but what about my LED and curly bulbs???

    • the bulb light is a good idea. Thank you I did not think of that.

    • Gotta say it’s time well spent here! Good bags…..

    • Swabbie Robbie’s suspenders recommendation is great. My time in the military convinced me proper weight support and distribution is key to getting through long days and nights without pain and discomfort. Don’t under estimate the effect of weight on a belt that will wear down your hips pretty quick, especially if its not an actual gun belt. Just a sidearm, canteen, and spare ammo mags is enough to make you regret not having suspenders pretty quick. Even if they may not look cool.

      • Brings back memories of sergeant of the guard duty. Carried a 1911 and by the end of the night it weighed about 10 pounds. Lots to be said for suspenders.

    • LED light bulbs should be ok. They’re simple, the trick is in the lens of the bulb. Curly bulbs require an ignition system manifold, just like straight flourescent bulbs, that may have burned out if they were exposed to EMP. I do not store curly bulbs. (OK, I have a few, in case the law about using them gets stupid before the SHTF).

  5. Stonewall Jackson says:

    I try to find military surplus packs. All these fancy packs off Amazon are way to expensive. The basic backpack is still useful. Cheaper packs, maybe a ford the night vision…

  6. This looks significantly similar to the basics in my any day hunting pack. I don’t carry the night vision as a rule, but have it if needed for certain type of legal night hunting like coyotes and hogs. I suppose I could add the zip ties but I have tape and paracord which I use for numerous things including attaching the license once an animal is tagged so I suppose zip ties could reasonably be added for use in attaching the licenses until the need should ever arise to secure something else. I suppose it is a good thing to use our materials now before they are required for an emergency, also it is apparent that these items are very practical right now.

  7. mastertrooper says:

    I might make a suggestion concerning the flashlight. I have a Smith and Wesson Galaxy LED (red and white light) on my web gear. Available at Amazon

    • A red light or a filter to attach to make red light is a great idea it keeps the rods in your eyes from having to adjust to low light all over again. Also a well known fact that humans tend to ignore red, due to the eyes being bombarded with red light all day.

      • Old Country Boy says:

        Try closing or covering one eye so you don’t completely lose your night vision

      • wouldn’t red lights be visible at night?

        • livinglife says:

          red light does not travel as far due to its wavelength, it is one of the less bright visible of the spectrum. Easier for your eyes to adjust to and not ruin your night vision.

          • j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

            If you have spare lens material, you can use a red marker to make your own red lens. A book I read years ago (I think it was one of the Ranger Rick pamphlets) mentioned coloring most of the lens in red, leaving only a small portion clear provided enough task light and did a pretty good job concealing the light source. I’ve never tried this myself. The military 90 degree flashlights had spare lens (one of them red) screwed onto the base, along with a spare bulb.

            What about using a green light ? To me, the resemblence between this and fire flies is pretty common. Only works in the rurals of course, fire flys in downtown Houston are rare . . . :^)

          • Depends on what you’re doing and when. Blue looks more like a TV.

    • Also, the basic bike lights from stores, that have the red/white option and are on a headband, are very useful. They are also under $20 usually.

  8. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    I think some gallon size freezer zip lock bags would not be wasted space. For carrying gathered edibles plants and processed meats, worth the space. Some heavier duty ‘water bags’ (small size because water is heavy !), would also be useful. Clear oven bags for transporation water gathering.

    Binoculars can save you a lot of walking, especially if you can observe your traps from a distance to avoid scaring off game.

    Fishing gear – yo-yos, trot and jug lines, wire traps. I wish we had more opportunities for fishing where I live. Water also attracts many animals as well. Fish trapping is illegal now (that I know of) but if the world is unhinged – food is food.

    “You keep what you kill”, but don’t neglect hiding the materials left behind (bones from boned out meat, hide, etc.). Scavengers will get rid of remnants, but in meantime, can pin point where you connected and may be a point where bad people can trail you back to camp.

    • Right is RIGHT-wrong is WRONG says:

      I would like to add that in an emergency one gallon zip lock plastic bags can be used as “gloves” over each hand if needed to pick up gooey stuff on the run.

  9. I keep a fishing pole and kit in my Bob , slingshot they never Ron out of ammo. Fire kit, Glock 17 with 3 standard and one 33rnd mag plus extra ammo 100rnds. 72 hrs of food and water. First aid kit ect.

  10. Only extra I’d say I have is an IR illuminator for my night vision, so I pack the extras needed for that. I would like to have infared over night vision though its pretty hard to hide heat.

  11. Higherview says:

    Speaking of good flashlights, I have been using Surefire and Streamlight for years, also have a nice Findix LD12 which I have carried for a number of years now because you get 120 lumens with one AA battery. But last year I came across the Bushnell TRKR140L Multi Color Flashlight which gives 140 lumens for one AA battery. I have a friend in the Armed Forces who needed a flashlight with white and red light options & I got him one of these for Christmas last year. When I received the report back I got one for myself. The third option is blue which works good for fluids in the dark (tracking blood). This one goes for $50 on Amazon but under $20 at Wal-Mart. I have to recommend it not only because it is a great deal, but comes highly recommended from someone who needs a tough and specific light.

    • Right is RIGHT-wrong is WRONG says:

      I believe an additional consideration for a good flashlight would be that it would powerful enough to temporally but totally BLIND an opponent on a first unwanted contact. The order of blindness is like the blindness cause by camera flash. This flash is just a destraction during which and or afterward the victim can run away or stand their ground with an advantage.

    • An inexpensive flashlight option that runs on AAA batteries is the Bushnell H65L. A powerful little light at 65 lumen with two red led lights. Pretty weatherproof. The down side is that the cap mount is junk.

  12. Crazy Joe in South Jersey says:

    “You keep what you kill”, ……. I see I am not the only one that loves the Chronicles .

  13. Old Country Boy says:

    I’m old fashioned. LBE setup. Two ammo pouches that will hold three 30rd mags each, canteen w/ cup, a dual .45 ammo pouch, butt pack, first aid pouch, linsatic compass, flashlight, and bayonet. Also a bandoleer set up if needed.

    • What does LBE setup stand for?

      • LBE: Load Bearing Equipment.

        For the late 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and early 90’s the American soldier had a basic equipment carrying set up that consisted of a pistol belt, suspenders, 2 ammo pouches, a “butt pack”, a 1st Aid packet/compass pouch, and a canteen cover w/cup and canteen. I also had a “squad 1st Aid kit, and a second pouch modified to carry a pack of cigarettes w/ a plastic cover.

        Usually can be found use for a lot less money than current set ups. Additionally I recently found that they are testing going back to something similar and away from the vests.

        • i keep going back to it after many expensive experiments. lbe sucks but everything else sucks worse, so far.

      • Load Bearing Equipment

        I have one like that that The Boss uses, grumping the whole time but uses. It works well with the ammo pouches for the .30 carbine she favors.

  14. Crazy Joe in South Jersey says:

    To stay on topic ……… the need for a grab and go Patrol / Guard Duty bag goes back to the scenario of living way out there but people approach the hideaway . Friend or foe , you don’t know . In the event of foe you have just enough to stay out of sight and see what their plan is upon their discovery of you place for a couple of days . As far as prisoners I do have cuffs which are a bit better than a zip tie . I have no need for more than one prisoner unless both are red heads … but that is another scenario .

  15. for foraging, or about any other walkabout, a bag or pouch hanging at about 5 or 7 o’clock on your belt for things you pick up on the move. dropping your pack for every little morsel isn’t always possible nor efficient…..on lp/op we try to carry as little as possible back and forth so it gets cached in the foxhole or under debris. when threats come along you need to be fast and silent or hide in place. that gear flopping around will not only hold you up but make noise. the bag is still a good idea to keep it all together in one place.

  16. Lots of options for foraging. I used a waterfowl game vest for years because of the large game bag on the back, if it fits a goose it will carry most any small game animals or large amounts of plant matter and it’s lined to prevent seepage. Cabelas has a sling bag for the same purpose. A fishing creel would work also. What I currently use for gathering the edible weeds and in the garden is a harvesters basket from

    The sling type arrangement allows you to ditch unneeded weight and/or encumbrance quickly if needed which would be a definite plus in certain situations yet still wear a chest rig for ammo and a small med kit. It works for me anyway

    • MD, thanks for this article w/ the 2 overlooked kits. Adding this soon. Thanks also for continuing to provide this site & all the unseen hours it entails.

      Want to wish MD & everyone here a very blessed Christmas & holidays. I am very blessed.
      A side note: Is anyone planning to give a prepping-type gift to someone for Christmas?

      • RedC,

        Thank you – and Merry Christmas to you and your family…

      • Higherview says:

        Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours and to all the Wolf Pack – God bless us every one 🙂 – I am giving a number of prepping-type gifts this year to family members. Including 72 hour food kits, ammo (sales and rebates around Christmas), flashlights, good footwear, firearm accessories, tools, and in one case requested exercise equipment (after our mind our bodies are the most important prepping item). In most of these cases they will not really be looked at as solely or firstly “prepping items”, but as useful and desired gifts and, except for the food stores, will be put to use almost immediately.

  17. what about swim goggles, not a mask, you can get a good pair for about $10. they can be worn to get out of a burning building, Heavy rain,sand or snow storm. or if you are near water you can use them for hunting underwater. Just a thought, I I carry a pair in my EDC and another in my long term survival kit

    • Good idea if you don’t need to wear glasses….

      • j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

        And eye protection is needed when running around the woods after dark, a branch in the eye is not a good thing. I wear glasses and they have protected me several times when I’m distracted looking for tracks and sign.

        • Would snowmobile goggles work or not? I’m not familiar with them but they seem to have a nice field of view.

  18. CountryGirl says:

    I have two ‘kits’ that I consider most important to survival. My water filter/purifying kit and my fire starting kit. The water kit doesn’t need much explanation, the ability to purify and/or filter water with multiple methods and containers. The fire starting kit too doesn’t require much explanation except to say I want to be able to start a fire even if I’m wet, my gear is wet and it’s raining. My goal is a fire under any possible conditions.

  19. Red lenses for flashlights are best because they illuminate the surface but do not create a beam of light that can be seen from a distance (light discipline).
    I have a crank light so that I am not dependent on batteries when they are gone too.
    I have a set of long distance binos for reconnaissance and a mini pair that fits in a pocket. I also have a single (minoculars?) scope.
    I have the book “Edible Wild Plants” and “Medicinal Plants.” I also have a laminated trifold on edible plants. I got it from a nature preserve but they are available online also.
    For disabling someone quietly I have a stun gun but it requires batteries and the stun gun is illegal now so it is good that I got it years ago. I do need to add zip ties.

  20. Your enemy will be carrying everything you need. Don’t get all worked up about it. Invest in the skill, to take it from them. They need the same things you need… It’s not rocket science!

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