1st: Our primary goal in almost any situation would be to head to my grandpa's house about 35-40 miles away. Save for a nuclear attack at the nearby base, it is one of the safest places in the area I have access to (lots of land; big, secure house; a big, secure guest house with garge; generators; farm equipment; windmill; lots of things run on propane; open for around 50-100 yards in every direction from the house). This the "High Alert" setup that my GF and I have. It consists of the vests which hold basic goods for survival for a few days out in the woods while we make our way there. This is what we would carry if we had to get out ASAP and could not count on vehicles to get us there, and also expected to have to move quickly. Weapons: 28.5" 995 with RedDot, and Mossberg Plinkster with RedDot. My vest (weighs about 18-20lbs): -100 Rounds of ammo with two extra mags held on magnetically (100lb magnet in the pocket), so 130 rounds total. -8" Survival knife with saw and fishing line in handle (on chest / shoulder). -Multitool -6 mile radio.* -2 Lighters, flint striker, Dryer lint. -35 lumen LED mini flashlight (3xAAA).* -Whistle / Magnifying glass / Thermometer / Compass thing.* -Space Blanket. -Poncho.* -50' of 300lb test rope. -About 50yds of duct tape. (1) -Camping soap (liquid, biodegradeable). -Camping cookware set (small aluminum pot / pan set). -Folding shovel. -Apirin. -2L of Water with 25L worth of purification tablets. -15lb capacity Magnetic extention thing (it was small and I had it, heh). -Portable mini radio. Her Vest (about 10-12lbs): -Child's-sized tend (we fit fine diagonally though). (2) -~400 rounds of .22LR HP cartridges. -Pepper Spray. -Folding Utinsels. -3.75" Blade on shoulder. -Black sharpie. (3) -3 Lighters. -One pair of socks for each of us. -About 4000 calories in bars / nuts. (4) -2' x 4' Towel. (5) -Deodorant and Dental supplies. (6) -Toilet Paper. (7) In addition, here is what I'd call "Medium Alert" stuff. Still in a situation where we either can't count on vehicles, or all we'd be able to take from a stuck or disabled vehicle. However, this is more like for bad weather or some other problem that isn't quite as dangerous as all-out civil unrest. Also, not all of it can be carried without a vehicle. -The small duffle bag on the left carries an easy two weeks worth of canned foods. It weighs about 25lbs and is thus too heavy to carry any real distance, so it is restricted to vehicle use. -The bottle of alcohol might be stuffed in the backpack**. It is useful for sanitation and my experiments and extrapolations tell me that the single large bottle can start at least a few hundred fires (the small bottle can probably do 100 on its own). -The machete and hatchet would be taken if they can will fit in the backpack**. -The Sleeping bag will go in the backpack**. -The small backpack in the top right corner holds a pair of shooting ear muffs (8 ), and two blankets (including the one all the gear is sitting on for the pictures), one about 4' x 6' and cotton, the other 5' x 8' and canvas. The GF would carry this (and might even do so in a high alert situation since it is still relatively light). If we drop the ear muffs the extra space would be used for more food. -The waist pack on the right holds an additional 300 rounds and perhaps some more snacks in the near future. Notes: * = Girlfriend's vest carries this item also. ** = I am going to buy a new backpack soon. I returned my last one because it ended up being ghetto, and am waiting on its refund. (1) = Can be used to hold wounds closed, to repair clothes and shoes, to protect extremities, or to fasten things. (2) = The tent is obviously much larger than the camel pack, but it is about 2lb lighter which is why it is in her pack. (3) = A black sharpie is obviously just useful for making notes, leaving messages, marking items, or even just doodling to maintain sanity. (4) = This could last a couple days for us and maintain pretty good energy. I would hope to supplement it however we could. However, it could easily be drawn out much longer if necessary. (5) = Towel can be used to clean, contain bleeding (perhaps along with the duct tape), as bedding / a blanket, or of course to dry off. (6) = I know these hygienic items aren't necessary for survival, but they'd be nice to have. At the very least, it would likely help to keep morale up (for reasons from sticking to a little normalcy to feeling reasonably fresh). Also, when you get to your destination it would obviously be important to have them (especially dental supplies) if you are going to stay there any length of time. If you get back to the bare basics where you are eating mostly meats and vegetables then it won't be as important, but until then sweets and junk foods will still be in the diet and so teeth should be cleaned. (7) = Like the other hygienic supplies, I know it isn't absolutely necessary. But it would definately be nice to have! (8 ) = The Ear Muffs are also not really necessary (especially given the weapons we have), and they are likely to be excluded for that reason, but I figured they could come in handy (though, everything can come in handy eventually so you have to draw the line somewhere). If nothing else, they might be useful for sleeping (one person up watching, with a rope tied to the sleeper). According to Max Brooks, if zombies attack you don't want to be hearing their moans all day! And I made sure to have some feet pics. I'd have shown my toes, but there were tigers biting them . *edit* BTW, including all the extras I expect her to be carrying about 25-30lbs with weapon(s) and myself about 40-50lbs with weapon(s). This is about 30% of our body weight which is the most I hear you'd want to carry. Includes future sidearms.