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-- by Alan Detwiler
There are a many possible severe disruptions to our normal ways of living - natural disasters, power failures, health problems and on and on. No one can know when an upset will happen. But you can learn much on how to best deal with them. Stocking up on food might greatly improve your life during a disaster. In the case of health crisises, there are things you can do to avoid or delay some of the most likely disabilities. The books described below can be used to enable yourself to best deal with many disasters both the known ones and perhaps also unknown calamities. It seems to me, you are better off adopting a positive attitude. Enjoy the process of empowering yourself to best deal with possible disruptions. Learn what current thinking is on the best way to equip yourself - through supplies, situational changes, and knowledge. Decide for yourself which, if any, of the following books is likely to help you. Many of these are available at libraries. Most are available through Clickable links are provided to purchase the books from or read their reader reviews and comments. The list of books below include very brief descriptions of what each book is about, taken from the reviews posted on product description pages.

Make your own decision about what is practical. Everybody's circumstances are different.There's another list at this website giving sources for long storage food and food preparation items that could also be helpful: For both lists I get 4%, when someone clicks an amazon or walmart link and makes a purchase. So far, I've earned $0.80 (20080131).

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  • Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation $16.50. Shipped by Describes techniques for storing and preserving edibles in ways that maximize flavor and nutrition. Describes preserving methods that are less costly, more energy-efficient than freezing and canning, and perhaps more easily accomplished in extreme circumstances. 250 recipes for locally grown and minimally refined ingredients for a healthy diet. About the Author Terre Vivante hosts courses on regenerative gardening and farming, renewable energy, and ecological building techniques. He publishes the organic gardening magazine, Les Quatre Saisons du jardinage. Deborah Madison is author of cookbooks including The Greens Cookbook and Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America’s Farmers’ Markets.

  • Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times (Mother Earth News Wiser Living Series) How to have a productive, economical food garden that uses little petroleum based products. Describes low-labor and low-money gardening methods to produce healthy food. Designed for readers with no experience and applicable to most areas of the world except the tropics and deserts. With 3-5,000 sq. ft. of garden, a family can halve food costs using two hundred dollars worth of hand tools, $200 in supplies, and two hours a day work during the growing season.

  • Handy Farm Devices: And How to Make Them Originally published in 1909. Building a portable chicken coop, a stone boat for moving stone, a lightweight orchard ladder, fence gates, and a wood splitter, rudimentary farm structures, well houses, bee hives, a baby's cradle, a cheese press and other potentially useful devices. Illustrated 288-page paperback with ideas and useful information. A thrift-conscious and often environmentally sound guide for self-suffiency. $10.36 plus shipping.

  • The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants Finding and identifying edible wild plants, seasons of harvest, and methods of collection and preparation. Details on each plant and color photographs. Includes an index, illustrated glossary, bibliography, and harvest calendar. For all experience levels. Covers several dozen plants with methods of distinguishing them in the field from similar species. General discussions of plant identification, harvesting, and preservation. Provide information from the author's own experience or specifically references information.Thayer discusses only the plants that he actually enjoys eating. He tells you what sort of quality to expect in the final products, and whether they will be worth the work you put into them. Includes recomendations on further book resources. Information on range. Species discussed include Choke Cherry, Wapato, Butternut, Black Locust, Cattail, Stinging Nettle, Serviceberry, Sumac (Staghorn), Linden (urban ornamental), Burdock, and Thistle). Focuses on readily found and easily identitified plants and so is particularly suited to a beginning forager.

  • The Uses of Wild Plants: Using and Growing the Wild Plants of the United States and Canada Describes uses for more than 1200 wild plants found throughout North America and beyond. How plants have been used for food, drink, medicine, fuel, clothing, intoxicants. Each plant has a detailed description and drawing. Cultivation techniques for the most significant of these plants, and their uses in the garden. Discusses the ecological uses of plants to provide energy, fertilizer, chemicals, building materials, to clean waterways and groundwater, desalinate soil, recover valuable nutrients from waste, and maybe even help to slow global warming.

  • Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community Disscusses philosophical aspects of gardening. Garden planning and pruning. Integrating birds into a garden. Using home water cycle. Insects in the garden. Amusing and helpful illustrations. Discusses how a home or community garden affects the politics of usage, consumption, and sustainability. Advocates easy changes in lifestyles to achieve personal choice and political activism at the community level. Advocates living an ecologically friendly lifestyle by creating gardens. Discusses the identification of garden sites, the water cycle and water conservation, soils and composting, plants, how to save seed, project design, the fostering of community involvement, the inclusion of children in projects, the sharing of information, and activism. Advocates non use of appliances like refrigerators. Gray-water conservation techniques. Has an extensive list of resources for further research. Provides an alternative viewpoint that gardening should be an act of political change to improve the environment and the well being of people. $16.50 plus shipping.

  • Making & Using Dried Foods Food drying with or without a commercial dehydrator. Plans for building a food dryer. Instructions for drying and storing more than a hundred kinds of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats, and herbs. 200 recipes for snacks, soups, and entrees. Originally published as Garden Way Publishing's Guide to Food Drying, Making & Using Dried Foods. Revised and updated. $10.17.

  • Using your food storage with simple recipes $9.99 amazon has no review.

  • Eating Off the Grid: storing and cooking foods without electricity Recipes using basic foods that require no refrigeration or freezing. Non-electric cooking and cooling alternatives. Cooking with woodstoves. Outdoor cooking. Utensil lists for all recipes. Recipe nutrition information and exchanges are included for diabetics. Sample four-week meal plan and grocery list for a family of four. Guidelines for creating meal plans. Implementing home food storage. $46

  • Dehydrator Delights Drying times for different foods. Recipes for dried foods. Basic, simple, for beginners. $9.95

  • The Dehydrator Cookbook (Nitty Gritty Cookbooks) (Nitty Gritty Cookbooks) Dehydrating produce, meats and fish. Times and temperatures for dehydrating to preserve food value. Rehydrating techniques. Recipes using dried foods. Storing dried foods. $7.49

  • Simple Recipes Using Food Storage Amazon has no review. $11.99

  • Baby Greens: A Live-Food Approach for Children of All Ages For everyone and for parents. Easy recipes, useful resources. Encourages healthy eating habits through a diet rich in raw foods. Proactive approach to health and well-being. Introducting raw foods into the diet of people of all ages. Contains education, philosophy, recipes, and activities. Nutritional individuality, pH balance, terrain testing, homeopathy, enzymes, toxins, sea vegetables, vitamins, and water. Recipes and resources. Holistic approach to pregnancy, breastfeeding, weaning, food experimentation, play, daily activities, pregnancy nutrition, feeding a baby who is old enough for solids, parent-child activities to encourage a live-food diet, children and their need for autonomy, getting children to help prepare a meal. $10.85

  • Raw Food Made Easy For 1 or 2 People Quick and easy raw recipes for breakfasts, main meals, and desserts--in portions for 1 or 2. Time-saving tips and techniques. Over 100 recipes. Lunch and dinner menu plans. Recipes use common ingredients and equipment. Avoiding white sugar, white flour, and trans-fats. Converting traditional recipes to use all-natural ingredients. $12.21

  • Raw Foods for Busy People: Simple and Machine-Free Recipes for Every Day $11.95 The ideas behind the raw food diet. Improving health. Adding raw food into the diet. Easy-to-make recipes (most of which require no more than basic appliances such as a blender or a dehydrator). Basic starting point beginning to use raw food.

  • Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow Natural and alive foods make you feel more alive. Using a dehydrator, Vita-Mix blending, spices, and creativity. Recipes and explanations. Locating ingredients. Tools. Techniques. Raw food concepts, cleansing, organic living and dealing with friends and family. Author's personal stories and comments. Some recipes require planning and preparation days in advance. Some recipes require you to spend time acquiring ingredients not found in local markets. Some recipes require more time than what a typical householder wants to spend. $24.75.

  • The Post-Petroleum Survival Guide and Cookbook: Recipes for Changing Times Explains the supply/demand situation on oil and gas. Describes the changes that will take place when there is not enough oil to support the present methods of transportation, food production and distribution, and energy dependent life styles. Summarises oil shortage and climate change problems and how best to deal with those problems. Advocates turning lawns into gardens and community-supported agriculture (CSAs) bringing food into cities from surrounding rural areas. Presents concepts of sustainable design, natural building, permaculture and restoration ecology. How to prepare yourself and your family to live more self-sufficiently. Collecting rainwater. Kits to convert your car to run on biofuels. Recipes using ingredients that will be most affordable after oil shortages raise the price of other food. Recipe for grasshopper quesadillas. How the average consumer can create energy not based on oil. Energy conservation in food preparation and storage, and in transportation. Menues for energy efficient cooking. Has a recipe for grasshopper quesadillas. $19.95.

  • Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival Crisis Preparedness Handbook: A Complete Guide to Home Storage and Physical Survival Why be prepared. Accumulating supplies, getting mentally and physically prepared, and financial preparation. Being informed. Skills and knowledge you should develop. Mostly about having a year's food storage, milling your own grain, growing sprouts, home canning, dehydrating, freeze-drying, etc. Calories of various foods including their protein, fat, and carbs. Advice on weapons, hand tools, clothing, energy, medical, sanitation, transportation, communications, and home preparation. Recommended books. A brief listing of companies that sell disaster preparation items. I've created a useful disaster preparedness list for your automobile on my Amazon author blog (just click on my name above the review). Also, you'll find a link to purchase a fully assembled auto kit. Finding food. Emergency evacuation. Clothing issues. transportation needs. Communication alternatives. For local, regional, national, or international calamity. Extensive source material is provided, including web addresses, stores and books for further study. Suggests that it is sensible to prepare for whatever eventualities the reader expects. $19.95.

  • Gardening Without Irrigation or without much, anyway amazon has no review. $9.90

  • Strategic Relocation Threats capable of disrupting the supply of basic good and service on a national or international scale. Describes the possibility that a nuclear or biological weapon will be used in a city and cause a mass exodus into rural areas. How to relocate around, mitigate, and/or avoid them. Areas are rated according to these threats. Retreat strategies. $35.

  • Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Family Safe in a Crisis Preparing for short-term emergencies. How to store and purify water. Setting up a food-storage program. Types of foods to store. Blank inventory planning pages. Recipes. A plan if power, telephone, water and food supply are cut off for an extended amount of time. Dealing with no medical or pharmaceutical services for days, weeks, or months. Plan, purchase, and store a three-month supply of food, water, fuel, first-aid supplies, clothing, bedding. Having emergency clothing, food and water ready to go - in a crisis there will likely be no time to pack. How to create a first-aid kit, car kit, and 72-hour emergency kit for the whole family Bulk food preparation. Food storage programs for families. Items to store and best length of storage. Storing food that you would normally eat and turning over your stored food through regular eating. $10.85 plus shipping.

  • PowerDown: Options And Actions For A Post-Carbon World Current US policies increase the likelihood of war, economic collapse, and environmental catastrophe. Resource depletion and population pressures are increasing and we are not prepared. "Powerdown," is a strategy to reduce per-capita resource usage, develop alternative energy sources, distribute resources more equitably, and reduce the human population systematically over time. The likely impacts of oil and natural gas depletion and four options for response: Competition for remaining resources;
    Cooperation, conservation, and sharing;
    Wishful thinking, false hopes, and denial;
    Community solidarity and preservation.
    How three groups are likely to respone- those in power, the antiwar and anti-globalization movements, et al, and ordinary people. Emphasizes that in the future we will need to return to the employment of "primitive" technologies that are not dependent on fuel, and that there will be a need for a new order of monks or knowledge transmitters, who can re-teach entire generations, entire populations, how to powerdown while ramping up communal agriculture and self-sufficiency. What energy sources will be used to replace oil when oil shortages become severe. What changes will need to occur in economic activity such as a change from production of goods to production of services and an increased focus on food production. Societal changes such as stabilizing population and abondoning high energy use practices. $11.53.

  • The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century Comments on energy production and technologies, world economic and political history, and climatology.How dwindling world oil production will cause drastic increases in the price of gasoline and food. Cities and suburbs will drastically decline and be replaced by a culture of small farms and local tradesmen. Predicts the depopulation of the American Southwest and a world at war over oil. How cheap oil underlies everthing including transportation, food production and distribution, consumerism and the economy in general, and how all that will drastically change. $11.20 plus shipping.

  • Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook In-home food storage to prepare for an interruption in regular food sources . 200 recipes, use of grains, preparing sourdough breads/biscuits, dairy products, honey, sprouting, drying of fruits/vegetables, vitamin supplements. Advises the home food storage should be food that is regularly eaten, nutritious, long keeping, and economical. Preparedness resources, where things can be purchased. $15.64 plus shipping.

  • The Self-Sufficiency Handbook Becoming self sufficient to lessen your negative effects on the environment. How much land is needed. Which farm animals to keep. Crop rotation. Building an insulated flue-pipe chimney. Identifying edible wild plants. Composting with worms. Planting and harvesting instructions for vegetables and fruits. Recipes. Soap making. Natural forms of energy. Geothermal heating. $10.36

  • The Great Bust Ahead: The Greatest Depression in American and UK History is Just Several Short Years Away. This is your Concise Reference Guide to Understanding Why and How Best to Survive It Predicts a great depression beginning about 2012 caused by the retiring and decreased spending of baby boomers. Advise on ways to deal with the economic decline. $8.95.

  • PREPAREDNESS NOW!: An Emergency Survival Guide for Civilians and Their Families Preparing for a disaster caused by fire, chemical attack, earthquakes, volcanic eruption, tsunami, infectious diseases, chemical and bio warfare, crime, fire, and extreme weather . Discusses fitness, self defense, water, food, shelter, heating, sanitation, communication, transportation, and personal protection. What to get in preparation. List of equipment sources. No details on food storage. Urban-focused survival orientation. $14.95 plus shipping.

  • Survival Retreat: A Total Plan For Retreat Defense Locating a survival retreat. Building the retreat. Disguising it and making the retreat unnoticeable. Making your home your retreat. Best weapons. $10.20 plus shipping.

  • Apocalypse Chow: How to Eat Well When the Power Goes Out Preparing food without a refrigerator, stove, and microwave during a normal power outage. How to shop, store, and prepare food. What nonperishables to stock. Heating food without electricity. $10.36

  • How to Prepare for a Pandemic: and Other Extended Disasters The possibility of a severe influenza pandemic with global death tolls exceeding 100 million. How long an epidemic is likely to last and what social disruption to expect. Disruption of food supply and utilities. Stockpiling non-perishable food What food and how much to store. Storing water. Techniques for collecting water. Water and purification equipment, emergency lighting, formulas for sizing a solar PV system for backup (or everyday) powercommunications and staying informed, ways to keep your house warm in the winter. Reliable lighting. Alternative transportation. Protecting your family from public unrest. Treating sick family members when hospitals are overwhelmed . Cleaning and sanitation. $16.99 plus shipping.

  • Where's the Wheat?: Food Storage Your Family Will Eat Building a monthly or yearly food storage. How long food can be stored. Blank meal planning sheets. Emergency 72 hour kits. $12.95 plus shipping.

  • Making Sauerkraut and Pickled Vegetables at Home: Creative Recipes for Lactic Fermented Food to Improve Your Health (Natural Health Guide) (Natural Health Guide) $12. Shipped by amazon. Shipping is $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • Preserving Food without Freezing or Canning: Traditional Techniques Using Salt, Oil, Sugar, Alcohol, Vinegar, Drying, Cold Storage, and Lactic Fermentation Techniques for storing and preserving food to maximize flavor, nutrition, and economy. 250 easy recipes using locally grown and minimally refined ingredients. $16.50 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods Sandor Ellix Katz book explains how to take advantage of natural fermentation processes to produce bread, yogurt, cheese, beer, wine, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, and other fermented foods. A gold mine for science-fair projects, the book explores both the science and the art of fermented foods. $16.50 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • Natural Meals In Minutes - High-Fiber, Low-Fat Meatless Storage Meals-in 30 Minutes or Less! Making fast, nutritious, interesting, and enjoyable meals. Grinding grain and beans into flour. Sprouting seeds. Storing beans and grain. Recipes to used the stored food. Main dish meals. Quick breads. Salads. Smoothies. Soups. Making bread. $14.95 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • LONG TERM SURVIVAL IN THE COMING DARK AGE - Preparing to Live after Society Crumbles Surviving a breakdown of civilization caused by a man-made or natural global disaster that could last for months or years. How to best deal with no electricity, no tap water, empty grocery stores, no government, and people who are in great need. What supplies and skills will be needed. Recycling and salvage. Bartering. Making caches. Self-sufficiency. $19.90 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • The Dish: On Eating Healthy and Being Fabulous! by Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RD and Densie Webb, PhD, RD. Atria Books, Simon and Schuster, 2004. A collection of tasty recipes, combined with solid nutritional advice and a common-sense approach. Comments on nutrition, eating in, dining out, drinking, exercising, dressing to maximize your assets, soy, raw food diets and supplements. Short blurbs, charts and lists, that can be read a little at a time, in any order. Written for women but useful to anyone. American Dietetic Association recommended. $25.95 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • The Volumetrics Eating Plan: Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories by Barbara Rolls, PhD. HarperCollins, 2005. How to select those foods that have satisfying portion size without excessive calories. Includes 125 recipes, menu planners, charts and helpful sidebars. American Dietetic Association recommended. $10.85 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • What Einstein Told His Cook 2. Further Adventures in Kitchen Science. The Sequel. What Einstein Told His Cook 2: The Sequel: Further Adventures in Kitchen Science by Robert L. Wolke, Marlene Parrish. W.W. Norton & Co., 2005. Explanations and misconceptions about food and nutrition. Kitchen science is explained in plain, nontechnical language along with recipes. American Dietetic Association recommended. $9.95 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • Eating For Life Eating balanced, nutrient-rich meals. Using exercise and eating frequently throughout the day to boost the metabolism, burn calories, and loose excess body fat. Specific dos and don'ts to satisfy the appetite, promote health and raise energy. Over 100 recipes. $23.10 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • Making the Case for Yourself, a Diet Book for Smart Women. Identifying health harming ways of thinking and life-threatening habits. Your body is your primary resource. Be ready with convincing reasons to defeat urges to harm that resource. Using logic and self control to limit what and how much you eat. $8.99 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • Thin for Life: 10 Keys to Success from People Who Have Lost Weight and Kept It Off Success stories, strategies, motivation, inspiration, and tricks for losing weight and keeping it off. Techniques and resources. Methods that real people used for controlling their weight, long term. For examples, keeping a food diary and increasing exercise. The "10 keys to success" that worked most often. Demonstrates that there are various techniques that work and you need to find which ones work for you. $10.20 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • Quick & Easy Diabetic Recipes for One Kathleen S Yeating American Diabetes Assoc., 1997. $10.72 Over 100 appetizing, no fuss recipes. For diabetics or non diabetics. Recipes are easily doubled for two person servings.

  • The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook / Jack Newgent, Jackie. Call Number: 613.2 N450a Alexandria : American Diabetes Association, c2007. 150 recipes using whole and unprocessed ingredients. Emphasis classics, minus much of the fat and cholesterol. Includes vegetarian recipes. Tips on doubling many of the recipes. Make-ahead tips. Online resources. Nutrition advice. Trivia. Exchange information is included for each dish. Substitution guide for common ingredients. $12.89 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • American Heart Association Low-Calorie Cookbook: More than 200 Delicious Recipes for Healthy Eating / American Heart Association Losing excess weight reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and a number of other health problems. The best way to lose weight and keep it off is to eat fewer calories and increase physical activity. Recipes with no more than 500 calories. Shopping tips, health and diet information, and nutrient analyses. $10.85 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet Atlas, Nava. Call Number: 641.635 At65ve3 New York : Broadway Books, 2001. $12.21 250 quick to prepare recipes, most using packaged and canned food. Deserts are fruit based. Some recipes make use of diary products. Has a chapter on tofu and soy products: seitan, packaged soy hot dogs and soy sausage. For each recipe a nutritional listing of calories, fat, protein, carbohydrates, cholesterol, and sodium. Most recipes have a suggestion for what other recipe in the book could be served in the same meal. $12.21 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • American Heart Association One-Dish Meals: Over 200 All-New, All-in-One Recipes Healthful cooking. More than 200 simple recipes. Seafood, Poultry, Meats and Vegetarian. Each recipe has a nutritional analysis for calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, and protein. Appendices on Eating for a Healthy Heart, Meal Planning, Shopping and Risk Factors for Heart Disease. $16.29 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • American Heart Association Quick & Easy Cookbook: More Than 200 Healthful Recipes You Can Make in Minutes (American Heart Association) 200 recipes healthful, low-fat, and fast. 30 minutes or less preparation time is typical. One-dish meals, appetizers, vegetables, breads, sandwiches, salads, and desserts. All recipes list preparation time, cooking time, and nutritional information: calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat (total, saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated), cholesterol, and sodium. $10.85 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

  • Books available from other sources

  • Essentials of Home Production & Storage (from 30 pages. Covers the personal and family preparedness, home production, and storage. Gardening, food preservation, production of nonfood items, water storage, first aid, food storage amounts. Obtaining a year supply. $1.00 Bibliography. From $3.75 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.


    Essentials of Home Production and Storage (from Latter Day Saints)

  • Food Storage for the Clueless (from Starts by explaining the basics and then continues by presenting more explanation. Recipes. How to develop a food storage system. From $17.04 plus $3 per shipment and $.99 per item.

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Preparedness information at websites

Food_Storage_and_Emergency_Preparedness From Latter Day Saints.

FEMA Disaster Preparedness Guide Are You Ready: A guide to help individuals and families prepare for man-made and natural disaster. From FEMA.

Food Disaster Preparedness For those living in an area prone to natural disasters, information on how to properly prepare, including using canned goods, food safety.

Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Learn why, how to start, where to get the money, and if we should share food storage in this four part article.

Disaster Preparedness - Planning for a Large Emergency Stockpiling emergency supplies requires knowing how you plan to use them. Will you take them with you or stock the house?

Earth Changes / Preparedness Resources on what you need to know to survive a major disaster.

Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Information about the government (Health and Human Services) plan for dealing with a deadly influenza pandemic that is expected to hit at sometime in the ...

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for your car - Jumper cables or Jumpstarter (Jump-n-carry 660 is good) - Empty gas can (1-2 gal) - Siphon - Small tool kit, include a roll of 3M all-weather Duct tape - First aid kit (include sterile gloves, bandages, CPR shield, scissors, SAM splint, ACE bandages, pain killer, etc.) - Cell phone with car charger - Jack, tire iron, spare tire - Leather gloves - A comfortable pair of walking shoes (broken in) - Can of Fix-a-flat - Lifehammer or Res-Q-Me - within reach - Tub of wet wipes - Tow rope - Pen and notepad (Rite in the Rain are good for outdoor use) - Fixed blade knife (Benchmade, Gerber, Ka-Bar, Al Mar, Cold Steel, others) - Triangle reflectors or flares (Defusco reflectors are heavy duty) - Small fire extinguisher (A-B-C types will handle wood, oil/gas, and electrical fires) - A few 12 hour cyalume "chemlights" with neck straps - A little cash, calling card, list of phone numbers - A flash drive with copies of important papers, photos, passports, etc. (write me for a complete list of things to include) In cold weather, consider adding: - Spare clothing - Ice scraper w/brush (get something that is heavy duty) - Folding shovel (Gerber NATO shovel is good) - Kitty litter - Emergency candles in can (Nuwick 120 hour candles are good) - Waterproof matches or grille lighter with firestarter (TinderQuik is good) - Tire chains (as appropriate) Additional Helpful Items: - Poncho or raincoat - Gallon Ziploc bags (for going potty in) - Tarp - Small board for placing a jack on in soft ground - Parachute cord - Energy bars - a couple bars per person - Quart of oil and funnel - Whistle - Compass - Disposable camera (for accident photos) - Aerial signal flares - Nuke Alert (radiation monitor keychain) - Position Locator Beacon (ACR ResQFix or similar) - Gas mask