One of the greatest aspects of being a prepper is that it is not something that is limited to one area of the country or even one area of the globe. While we are labeled as “crazed lunatics” or “insane conspiracy theorists” we are not alone. Strength should be gleaned from this fact. Today I have the pleasure of sharing a take on survival from a fellow prepper from “across the pond,” Tom Linden of Tom Linden Survival and the UK Preppers Radio Network. Not only was he willing to answer a couple of questions about hit take on survival but he also gives us an extensive look into his everyday carry (EDC) items.
Q: If you were limited to only one firearm for survival, what firearm would you own?
A: A Remington 12 Gauge Shotgun.
Q: What do you think the single most overlooked prep is?
Q: What do you think the first thing to disappear following a disaster will be?
A: Society and emergency service back up.
Q: If you could have a retreat anywhere in the world, where would it be and what features would it have?
A: It would it be in Northern Scotland. I would live in a small cottage by the sea with my own vegetable patch and livestock.
Q: In your opinion, what is the best commercially produced survival food on the market today?
A: MX3 meals, they all taste fantastic.
Q: What was the last book that you read?
A: The SAS Survival Manual
Q: What is the one thing that you would miss the most if an EMP shifted your lifestyle back to the 1800’s?
A: Modern Communications
Q: If you were to get stuck on an island, who is the one person that you would choose to survive with?
A: I would pick my wife as my survival parter.
Q: What kind of vehicle do you drive?
A: A 2011 Nissan Note 1.4 Liter
Q: What are the items that you have on your person at all times?
A: Firstly, on my left wrist I have my Timex Expedition E-Instruments Compass Tide and Temp Chronograph Watch, model T45601. It is waterproof to 100 meters or, in old money, 333ft. On my right wrist I wear my 550 paracord bracelet from paracord.com.
Depending on what I am wearing, I could have my Black Hawk web duty belt with the True Utility multi-tool +lite and a StoppaRed marker spray on it which I carry whatever belt I have on.
On my key ring I have the kaufmann-mercantile.com EDC steel tools including a mini lighter and on my feet, a pair of Regatta Mens Ad-Scursion Boots which are completely waterproof and offer total protection and comfort.
In my wallet is a Tool Logic Survival 11 credit card.
In my personal planner is a Matthew Martin Tactical Pen.
On my back or in the car with me I carry the 1 Person BASIC Backpack Survival Kit from moreprepared .com supplemented, as it is designed to be, by additional kit to make it what I call complete. In the kit is:
- A UK motorway map and two local OS maps.
- A Purificup
- Elzeta ZFL Tactical Torch
- A SOL Bivy Bag
- The Solo Stove with cotton wool and Vaseline balls stored inside.
- A Nano Fire Starter
- My own survival meals, tea, and 3-in-1 Nescafe coffee sachets.
- Toilet Roll
I would like to thank Tom for sharing a little bit about his take on survival and what a “prepper’s” EDC kit might look like. Make sure to check out his radio show on the UK Preppers Radio Network. Tom can also be followed on Twitter, @tomlinden0.