How to Make a Martial Law Survival Pack

With all that's going on in the world today, it would be best to be ready for anything.

This guide will hopefully prepare you in case martial law were initiated and you wanted to ditch town to wherever you have planned.

Top notes, you are going to have to remember that in this type of situation, you are going up against trained professionals. The best way to avoid these types of people is to completely "disappear". This includes completely cleaning up after you bunk down, removing all traces of your occupation of an area, knowing your terrain, using weather/the terrain to your advantage, etc. Most importantly, if you want to completely disappear, you have to think with a cool head and think 15 steps ahead. Always have a Plan A B and C. Just in case the worst case happens, you are then prepared.


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    Pack it so that the more essential things are in an easy to reach location, and the items that are less important (such as the clothes) be in a stored location.
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    Forget about all electronic devices (except a flashlight), they are usually heavy, make noise, give your location away, and are next to useless when the batteries die or an EMP attack is carried out.
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    Make your pack as you wish, be sure to include everything you think you'll need, and test it. Put your pack on and see how the weight is. For more assurance that it's not too heavy, go on a hike with the pack and try to go Far off the beaten path, up some hills, maybe even climb a small cliff or two (just be careful and don't go alone!)
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    When you are sure you have made the perfect pack, make a second and place it in your car.
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    Keep your first pack in easily accessible place so that you can just grab-and-go.
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    Place your fixed blade knife either on your side, or in the easiest pocket to reach when the pack is on, and always clean and sharpen both knives after use to keep rust and corrosion away and to make sure you have the sharpest tool available(dull knives can result in wasting too much energy when in the bush).


  • Watch Survivorman, with Les Stroud, on the Discovery Channel to get a feel of how you can improvise and what is truly needed in a life or death survival situation.
  • Learn how to filter water to drink. Remaining coal from your fire is a good filter.
  • You can also use your waterproof pack as a water storage device to move water to your location once in the bush.
  • When you are done with your fire, bury the remains with your trowel (you did pack that right?).
  • If your pack is too heavy, try adjusting the straps so that the pack sits high on your back, this makes it easier on your lower back and legs.
  • If you currently smoke, please quit. First, it's hard to keep that habit up when you run out, and there aren't any supplies around; Second, if and when you do run out, (and you probably will) the withdrawals you will suffer can impair your judgment, and make you very irritable, which can degrade your situation even more.
  • If your pack is still too heavy, take out the least essential things first, then try it on again.
  • To quickly start a fire, light a cotton ball, and place it near your kindling; the cotton ball should hold a flame for a good amount of time. If you are unlucky with this method, try using a little alcohol on the cotton ball.
  • If you happen to come across another group of people, they are going to be wary of your presence. Scout them out first, to make sure they are people you wish to band with, then leave them something you think is worth something to them to make a good first impression (but don't leave anything you can't afford to lose.).
  • Add a bit of vaseline to a cottonball. Will hold the flame even longer for the kindling to start.


  • In instances of martial law, you must avoid all human contact, usually they have a kill-on-sight policy for escapees and the whole point of this is so you can remain alive.
  • Dogs may pose a risk, be sure to stay away from dogs, and if you are being tracked, try entering a water source (river) and going downstream a little bit before emerging on the other side.
  • Always keep your cool, being over excited/scared/angry while in this type of situation can cause drastic mistakes that may either end up in you being injured, killed, or found out.

Things You'll Need

  • A good pair of hiking boots that fit and provide ankle support.
  • A large waterproof backpack with many pockets (preferably camo)
  • Two thick large black garbage bags (industrial use type)
  • Duct Tape
  • A waterproof map of your surroundings and possibly including directions to your destination
  • A compass/gps
  • a watch
  • A change of clothes, including two sets of socks (or even more if you can fit them) plus a lightweight jacket and wool watch cap.
  • A watertight container (to hold fire making materials, m&m mini's containers work great)
  • Matches(strike anywhere)/liter
  • Cotton Balls soaked with petroleum jelly.
  • A sharp fixed blade knife (with sheath)and machete type tool or hatchet.
  • Rope or twine as much as you can get
  • A container to hold water and metal cup to boil/drink.
  • A water filter device (such as the cores for a Berkey filter system)
  • High protein canned food estimated to last about 7 days longer than you expect (Deyo Food Storage Planner zipped xls spreadsheet)
  • A can opener/p11 (possibly with your knife)
  • A gardening trowel (to bury your excrement and/or other things)
  • A large zip-lock bag for your important paperwork
  • Extra money or gold/silver coinage (in case you do find a store and need supplies),toilet paper roll mashed flat and placed in ziploc baggie.
  • Small waterproof container (for your first aid kit)
  • Chem-lites or glow sticks
  • A reliable firearm and ammo (to protect and defend all these items)

First Aid Kit

  • A sharp Swiss Army knife/multi tool
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Band-aids
  • A small bottle of 190 proof alcohol for open wounds
  • A small bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Aspirin
  • Ibuprofen
  • Antibiotics
  • Gauze
  • Medical Tape
  • Non latex gloves
  • Hydro-cortisone ointment
  • Insulin and lancets
  • Any medications you or anyone in your party currently takes
  • Feminine products (just in case some one has their period)
  • At least three different types of cold and flu medicines (enough to fill the "use as directed" instructions for three people) (may also include allergy medications such as benadryl)

Optional Items

  • Moccasins (makes less noise in the woods and are lighter)
  • A Pencil
  • Paper in a zip-lock bag
  • Deer Scent (to mask your scent and throw tracking dogs off your trail)
  • Blanket(s)/lightweight insulated poncho
  • Small, homemade, multi-led flashlight and spare batteries.
  • Small Bivvy or jungle hammock
  • A container of baby wipes for sanitation while hiking.

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