Even loaded with the arsenal of intelligently chosen survival items that are included with its purchase price, ASAP’s Survivor Starter Pack had plenty of room for extras.

Time and Life Saver
ASAP Starter Packs eliminate the wasted time and money that can result from trying to guess which items are most likely to be needed in most environments in the majority of situations. ASAP’s disaster survival outfits are the result of brainstorming some of the most knowledgeable survival experts on earth to produce an edgy, mean survival system that an average person can carry comfortably all day long.

But as the name implies, ASAP’s Starter Packs are designed to serve as a solid base on which to build a disaster survival pack that is most perfectly suited to meeting its owner’s needs in a specific environment. Where I live, warm socks and gloves are must-haves in winter, while a head net and bug repellent make life less intolerable in summer—none of those are likely to be useful after an earthquake in San Francisco. To invite expansion by their owners, each Starter Pack leaves plenty of room to add prescription medicines (rotated as needed), glucose tablets for the acutely hypoglycemic, and as much weight in dried food and water as most folks want to carry. For a compulsive organizer, the unusually numerous pockets on and in each Starter Pack are a blessing that permits dental, medical, water purification, and other like items to be segregated into easily found kits.

ASAP’s Starter Packs are engineered to address a variety of group sizes, budgets and levels of sophistication. The line starts with the Sidekick, a 10.2-pound daypack equipped with envelopes of food and water, and survival items calculated to support two people comfortably for 24 hours, with a suggested retail of $129. A notch up is the Sentinel, a 16.2-pound model that’s equipped to support two people for 48 hours, and sells for $249. The Survivor is the largest in the daypack category, weighing 26 pounds and equipped to keep two people in relative comfort for 72 hours; it sells for $449. Last in the Starter line is the SOS Marine Ditch Bag, a large orange duffel that’s loaded with 28 pounds of water and food sufficient to hold two people for 72 hours, and an arsenal of marine-specific tools that include a strobe light, emergency beacon, and marine radio; the SOS Marine kit retails for $559. All of these kits include Dr. Bob Arnot’s book Your Survival: The Complete Resource for Disaster Planning and Recovery.

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