in light of the Tornadoes that hit the midwest, Katrina, the Tsunami in Indonesia and other natural disasters that seem to be ocurring more and more frequently (if you turn this in to a "Global Warming thread i'll kill you) i'm putting together a Backpack for that "just incase" situation. many of us already carry supplies for the trail that are pretty well rounded up to and including camp showers etc. unfortunately not all of us have the gigantic room or desire to equip for full out nuclear war. Below i've listed what i keep in my Backpack for the just in case emergency. i tried to be as well rounded as possible covering as many bases as possible while not going overboard and keeping in mind this is done with almost no budget. i'll be posting pics soon. if you have any ideas for additional stuff that you know you'd need in theat worst case of scenarios please add it to the list. i carry a standard backpack by Eddie Bauer, nothing super uber crazy but well made with lots of storage considering its size. it contains: 1 pair "Propper" work pants (made by Military BDU supplier) made of ripstop Nylon. (they're relativly cheap if you dont own any ~$20 at an army surplus store. The fabric is hard to destroy. The ankle has pull ties so that if so desired you can keep mud sand etc out of your boots easier, or you can pull them up to the knee and use em as shorts if its hot. Button fly instead of zipper for stronger construction. cargo pockets, double heavy stitching. they're a pretty well thought out piece of clothing) 1 tank top t-shirt 100% cotton 1 regular white undershirt 100% cotton 1 pull over fleece sweatshirt 1 rain pancho (when combined with fleece makes a decent cold weather jacket in an emergency) 1 pair light cotton socks 1 pair insulated socks 2 pair underwear (hey, its worth having backup with some things) 1 full size bath towel 1 hand towel 1 pair of sneakers (fit in a backpack a LOT easier than boots) 2 disposable razors 1 bottle of Purell hand sanitizer 1 travel can of shaving cream 1 travel shampoo bottle 1 spool dental floss 1 toothbrush 1 travel tube of toothpaste 1 travel container of Q-tips (30 count) 1 mini deoderant stick 1 can opener 3 Sterno canned cooking fuel cans (hey, you wanna rub stick be my guest) 1 box of strike anywhere matches (250 ct.) 1 plain jane zippo lighter (try lighting anything with matches when its windy, and again, somthings are worth redundancy) 8 AA batteries 1 mini MAGLITE (i also carry a larger one in the truck, but in this application the need for space efficenty is obvious) $250-500 local currency (USD for most of us) in small bills (1's-5's are far better to barter with) 1 Smith & Wesson 911 Emergency Rescue Knife (i prefer S&W or Benchmade Knives, the S&W in particular have an extremely thick shank and can actually be used for prying without voiding the warranty. this knife in particular has a fully serrated blade and will cut through anything pretty quickly, i know from exp. it will cut a seatbelt in one pass. it also includes a striker for breaking glass) 1 Liter of water (i dont reccomend storing bottled water in the bottle as the plastic begins to break down within a month (bad for long term storage) again, army surplus soulution is a good one, get a canteen, the military thinks about this stuff a lot.) 2 MRE's (Meal Ready to Eat) (army surplus supply) (they arent good food, but they're well rounded and make sure you get the vital nutrients you need in an emergency situation) 2 cans of Tuna in water (again not great tasting to most people, but protien is fuel) 1 mini USB flash drive with important document info and personal info (name, residence, age, health care, bank account info, any important information that might get destroyed if you loose everything. i know some of you would question the safety of having one of these with all that info, but if you leave it unmarked and keep it in a safe spot and encrypt the files on it (its not that hard) then nobody is likely to find it much less know what it is or how to use it.) 1 mini first aid kit (if you want to pack you own let me know i can help with that ;p ) 1 roll of toilet paper (unless you prefer you bare hands. ) Ziplock OneZip bags- i took everything in the aforementioned list and packed them airtight in these bags, the obvious reason is water proofing, additionally they compress the contens and make for more efficent storage. also if you ever need a bag for anything, hey, you've got several. i like the OneZip type as they are a definite seal and tend to be more durable IMO. i'm sure theres stuff that can be added here so lets hear it!