tilt wrote:The things you stock for others should be things that are pretty universal or can be purchased in bulk for a savings. For example, purchasing a spool of 550 and cutting 100 foot lengths is a good idea, as there is really only one supreme 550 cord and spools are cheaper in the long run. Another good call would be Nalgene bottles. Maybe HeatSheets and similar items...
Leave custom items up to the individual. This will let them pick items that they will like and thus be inclined to keep with them.
Hope that helps
Grace wrote:If the 550 cord is out of your budget, then suggesting throwing in a standard-sized Mora at $10.50 a pop is probably too much as well. If you buy them start knives down the line, though, I'd definitely go with the Mora.
The Mayday and Mainstay 3600-calorie ration bars are around $5-6 each. I don't know if that's too much, but it's cheap , particularly by survival food standards, and both are popular in BOBs.
If you don't mind putting some time into it yourself, you can make some free supplies, like printing off some identification sheets for wild edible plants in your area, or looking into the various soda can alcohol stove designs.
Hope some of these helped. You have my utmost respect for volunteering your time and funds for this. It sounds like a fun project.
What type of area is the bugging going to take place in? Desert, Temperate forest, Swiss Alps, New York City?
kzu750 wrote:Water purification tablets. Most likely Katadyn MP1 - 30 pack is roughly around $12.00 and you can split them amongst the BOB's. Great and cheaper than a filtering device per person.
congochris wrote:Try your nearest dollar store. Picked up a bunch there 2 for $1. Granted, I haven't tested any, and I know they're not 24 hour sticks. But something that works for the hours of darkness is better than nothing. And unless you're way north, night time doesn't last 24 hours.
phil_in_cs wrote:How many kids will you have with you?
Do they have experience outdoors or will this be the first trip?
phil_in_cs wrote:Assuming the spool of paracord I bought from Gunny shows up in time, I will send you a couple 100' and some glow sticks. PM me your address.
Would you rather have a 50' piece for each of them, or one long piece?
Before you go, work on setting up the tent(s) in somebody's back yard, and some fire building skills (assuming you're building a fire; that's restricted in many state/federal forests in TX)
phil_in_cs wrote:Before you go, work on setting up the tent(s) in somebody's back yard, and some fire building skills (assuming you're building a fire; that's restricted in many state/federal forests in TX)
blazeben wrote:phil_in_cs wrote:Before you go, work on setting up the tent(s) in somebody's back yard, and some fire building skills (assuming you're building a fire; that's restricted in many state/federal forests in TX)
How should I let them try to make fire? I don't think I'm going to make them to a fire drill it takes me a bit. Maybe three matches and they gather there wood? Maybe with magnesium? I am just trying to give them the most out of this.
phil_in_cs wrote:You should show them however you would do it. Blast Match, magnesium, whatever. They don't need to own their own stuff at first; skill is more important that hardware. Nursing the kindling into a fire is the big skill, no matter where your sparks come from.
OK, I will do. Anything else I should add to the learning?