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.
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.