Monday, February 23, 2015

List of Lists - Tactical Living

I'm getting toward the end of our list of lists posts and today I'll go over the tactical living section. This section lists some items you'll need to live and operate in an environment that may not be as secure and comfortable as a secured home.

550 cord
Camouflage clothing & hats
Combat style boots
Cold weather clothing
Wet weather clothing
Mosquito nets
Sleeping bags
Red lense flashlights
Range cards and sector sketches
Topographical grid maps of the local area
All weather dome tents
Camoflage netting
Waterproof tarps
Chem lights
Pistol holsters and long gun cases

These items can also be very important once the S has HTF and you feel the need to do some recon and scouting of the area around your bug out location (BOL). Having a topographical grid map of you area along with a compass and protractor will allow you to move through or around terrain. The US military uses 1:25,000 or 1:10,000 scaled maps. I recommend going to a website such as and purchasing a map with your BOL close to the center of it. I also recommend buying topo maps for the surrounding areas. I will be acquiring one with my BOL and one map for each area surrounding it, N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W and NW. That will give me a large map board made of three rows of three maps with my BOL map at the center.

Excellent information on how to make a range card can be found here:

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