You are most likely reading this because you are looking for more items you can acquire that would aid you in a SHTF situation. First off, let me ask you this: If you needed to be in full combat gear, rifle in hand, with days of supplies and provisions at the ready, would you be able to walk to your closet and pick up a pack and go? Unfortunately most would say no. This is the very first step to obtaining proficiency and readiness. Even if you have only the cheapest equipment, have it ready to go at a moment’s notice. For instance, if you have a regular hiking backpack, with maybe some nice boot socks, bottles of water, small med kit, and maybe a pistol, have it ready to go. Before you can add things to your list, you need to have a system to build upon.
In a perfect system, you should have a combat rifle (ar-15/M1A/AK-47 variant), a pistol, a hydration system (Camelbak) plenty of ammunition, 2 days of food and water, a compass,map,flashlight, knife, and a very good pair of boots. These items may not come all at once. They are pricey and take time to acquire. Keep in mind these are the essentials, there are hundreds of other items you can add to your system to give you just a tiny bit more comfort and protection. The first thing you need to get is a combat rifle with ammunition. As it is seen across the globe, conflicts are fought by people in jeans and a t-shirt wielding ak-47s from the hip. As ridiculous as it sounds, this kind of individual would easily kill you if you decided to play mall ninja instead of prepare wisely.
What I mean by this is: people get too focused on all types of sexy gear and attachments for their firearms they forget to practice and end up rely solely on their gear for what they lack in skill. A person who spends 1000 dollars on a steel framed 1911 can be killed in the blink of an eye by a peasant with a 200 dollar hunting rifle. The point here is to spend wisely. Invest in a combat rifle primarily, secondly invest in magazines,ammunition, and a good pair of boots. These will save your life many times more than any flashy over-priced pistol will.
Once you have acquired your combat rifle with appropriate ammunition/magazines, that is when you can start acquiring useful gear such as packs, elbow/knee pads, vests, flashlights etc. Vests are very vital to the proper and comfortable carriage of your magazines and armor. They are relatively cheap and very important in reference to a combat rifle. After you acquire your vest fully loaded with magazines, your next more important item will be your boots. Your boots can be the difference between life or death in most situations. Boots have saved my foot from being amputated from frost bite, as well as my foot being broken when hiking. They are absolutely vital. Other items that should be bought before anything else include: Combat optic,LED flashlight,knee/elbow pads, secondary firearm (Pistol), and assorted camping gear such as compasses, maps and communication sets if you have multiple people in your group.
The best thing you can have in a WROL situation is fire superiority. If you are prepared as described above, your enemy will most likely be much less prepared. That being said, never underestimate your enemy. They will do everything in their power to kill you. War is not pretty, nor glorious. It is nasty, gruesome, and unforgiving. Your enemy will fight dirty and do everything they can to stay alive. I must reiterate, do not underestimate no matter how unprepared they look. Watch your corners and train,train train. Training is the one thing that will keep you alive more than anything money can buy. Go to the range, practice speed reloading, practice drawing your weapons, knife included. Make sure you are confident that if you needed to, you could draw your weapon in a split second and put shots on target.