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What is a Bug Out Bag?

After a natural disaster, you often hear people talking about having a bug out bag, but what is it and why do you need one?

Having a bug out bag in our home or vehicle could mean the difference between life and death during an emergency.

A bug out bag is a portable emergency kit that is designed to last you for three days. These are also referred to as 72 hour emergency kits. They need to be portable and have all the things you need to survive during a disaster.

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What should your bug out bag contain?

What you actually pack in your survival kit will have to do with your own needs as well as where you live. For example, if you live in area where hurricanes are common, you’ll need supplies related to surviving a hurricane.

But if you’re in an area that is more likely to be dry, you’ll want to have a different set of items. In general, though, you’ll want to have a first aid kit, a three day supply of food that doesn’t require real cooking, and a change of clothing.

Itís also a good idea to have a system for shelter, a bedroll, light sources, and tools to help you start a fire, stay dry and warm. Itís also important to have supplies for any personal needs. For example if you have small children, you may need diapers and baby wipes, toys to keep kids occupied, and children’s medications.

When would you use a bug out bag?

There are many situations that might warrant the use of an emergency kit. For example, you might have a gas leak in your home or a fire requiring you to leave it. You could also need to evacuate due to flooding or another natural disaster.

And, unfortunately, itís important to plan for instances such as terrorist attacks, nuclear disasters, or chemical spills that may require you to leave your home and find alternate shelter. Your kit won’t be designed to take care of long-term changes, but it will give you time to seek something more permanent if needed.

A bug out bag needs to be easy to grab and go. Most people purchase a back pack for their bug out bag because itís easy to carry and allows you to have your hands free. Even small children can carry their own bug out bag that has essentials.

When you have a 72 hour emergency kit, you’ll be able to have peace of mind knowing you’re better prepared for a disaster. Having a bug out bag for each member of your family will protect you during an emergency that requires evacuation.

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11 Things I Wish I Knew About Building A Survival Kit When I First Started

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Most preppers assume that building a survival kit is a fairly straight forward process. However, there are a number of common mistakes people make when selecting items to add to their first survival kit. Here are a few tips to make your survival kit more useful and efficient.

11) A Survival Kit Should Handle Many Potential Emergencies

A well-designed safety kit must contain tools and supplies to help you survive in a number of different emergency situations.

One common mistake made by people building their first survival kit is focusing on a narrow subset of emergencies.

They build a kit which might be fantastic for dealing with an invasion by China, but isn’t too useful when you fall off a cliff and break your leg!

The survival kit should contain items that:

  • Help you create shelter and protect yourself against the elements and extreme temperatures
  • Supply food and water
  • Satisfy basic health and emergency first aid requirements
  • Help you navigate the area
  • Allow you to communicate with other people and notify them of your presence

Looking at the items you have collected and thinking about the possible emergency scenarios which might occur will help you evaluate your survival kit.

10) Having Quality Gear Matters

A common mistake that people make when building their first survival kit is going for quantity instead of quality.

There is no point stuffing your survival kit full of items which are not well-made and are prone to breakage.

This is particularly true when talking about items like sleeping bags, signaling gear and communication gear. 

A poor quality sleeping bag could mean the difference between spending a night wide awake and shivering or resting comfortably. 

If your cheap LED torch fails it could mean the difference between rescued and dying alone!  

If you can’t afford quality items immediately, spend more time building your survival kit.

9) Signaling and Communication Items are Crucial
Many survivalists take pride in their self-sufficiency and survival skills. 

For this reason, they sometimes skimp on items which are important for signaling or communicating with other people. 

Don’t forget that a survival kit must cater for situations where your ability to be self-sufficient has been compromised by injury or illness.

Even if you are an expert in off-grid living, signaling and communication items are essential for any survival kit. 

Useful signaling and communication tools include flares, distress radio beacons, laser pointers with lithium batteries, high-power LED lights with signaling capabilities, whistles, and signaling mirrors.

8) Retractable Gear is a Fantastic Space Saver
Space is always a chief concern when building a survival kit. 

There are some fantastic products which are designed to save space and add more value to your survival kit.

Sometimes they may cost a little more, but if they allow you to take an additional item, it is worth the expense.

7) Use Multiple Emergency First Aid Kits
Perhaps the most important aspect of a survival kit, the emergency first aid kit must include a wide array of items to deal with various medical emergencies. 

Unfortunately, they can become fairly bulky very quickly. 

One way around this issue is to use multiple emergency medical kits — one to carry with you while hiking or taking a short trip, and another more comprehensive kit which stays in your car or at your camp.

Smart preppers craft the contents of their kit to match the activity they will be performing and always take a medical kit with them.

6) Weatherproof Gear is Worth the Money

Experienced preppers understand that the weather is one of the toughest impediments to surviving in the wilderness. 

For this reason, everything that goes into the survival kit should be weather-resistant. 

The items should be able to survive submersion in water, dusty/sandy/icy environments and extreme temperatures.

Using gear which is not weatherproof can lead to disastrous results if you are forced to cross a waterway unexpectedly or the weather suddenly turns bad.

5) Knowledge and Skills Matter as Much as Gear
Many people spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on their survival kit, ensuring they have the best gear available. 

However, if you lack the necessary knowledge to use the gear appropriately or deal with emergency situations, it could all be worth nothing.

Your knowledge base should include:

  • First aid knowledge — How to dress a wound, treat a burn, identify an infection
  • Navigational knowledge — Maps and navigational equipment
  • Survivalist and Environmental knowledge — The kinds of animals and plants which may be used to help you survive.  Survival tips including how to start a fire, build a shelter and so on.

Keep in mind that this information may not even be used by you! 

You might run into a situation where you have been injured and cannot gather food or light a fire by yourself. 

Another person might be required to perform these tasks and having this knowledge on hand could help them save your life.

Even if you are experienced with off-grid living, you might only have knowledge relating to a certain type of environment. 

What happens if you have an accident and are left stranded in a foreign location with completely different geographical conditions, wild life, plants and weather conditions? 

Knowledge is essential to survival.

4) Redundancy Matters

When first building a survival kit, many preppers use a checklist to ensure that they have an item for each survival task. 

For example, a lighter for starting a fire or some chemical tablets for making water safe to drink. 

However, if they lack redundancy for particularly important survival tasks, they are asking for trouble. 

Bring two or even three ways to start a fire, have multiple options for purifying water including chemical tablets and a small filtration system. 

Preppers should also consider the varying weather conditions may affect the viability of some items. 

A traditional lighter might struggle to help you build a fire in an extremely wet environment, for example.  If you are interested in off grid living, redundancy is particularly important.

3) Not all “Survival Foods” are Created Equal
Some foods that are sold as “survival foods” are actually packed with sugar and can do a great deal of damage in certain situations. 

If you are battling a fever or hypothermia, the last thing you want to eat is a sugary snack high in fructose corn syrup, because it will send your pancreas into overdrive. 

Pack natural foods that keep well under various weather conditions and provide you with a great deal of nutrition.

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2) Weight Matters
When choosing the items to go into your survival kit, the kit’s weight should always be monitored carefully. 

Look for items that offer great value without adding too much weight to your kit. 

For example, a Ferro-cerium rod might be a better option than a catalytic heater and gas bottle for lighting fires and cooking.

1) The Wrong Clothing

A common mistake for people building their first survival kit is not incorporating enough clothing or including inappropriate clothing. 

Take clothing that is one layer warmer than you think you will need.  That will ensure you can maintain your body temperature in the event of an accident or finding yourself stranded at night.

Also remember the ‘top and toes’ rule. 

Most of you body’s heat is lost through your head and feet. 

Even if the weather is quite warm, incorporate some comfortable socks and a beanie into your survival kit. 

You should also think about the kinds of materials used in the clothing in your survival kit. 

For example, cotton is fantastic at retaining warmth until it gets wet, then it can actually contribute to hypothermia! 

Materials like Polypropylene are hydrophobic (repels water), which makes them ideal for a base layer that keeps moisture off your skin. 

Wool is great for keeping you warm, nylon is tough and polyester is great at stopping wind penetration. 

Choose your clothes carefully!

The Dummies Guide to Bug Out Bags

What you need to have packed when it is time to get out

Outdoor survival preparation is taking off at a rapid pace. With the current economy and political status of various countries declining, many have predicted that a catastrophic event will soon occur which will force the common man (or woman) into survival mode.

It is for this reason that many people have started to compose bug out bags.

But if you do not know what to put in a bug out bag it is ineffective.

What does it mean to Bug out?

Before you can even start planning a bug out bag, you need to know what bugging out is.

Bugging out is when a person is forced to make the decision to leave his or her current living environment in a hurry in order to survive.

In most situations, bugging out is due to a governmental crisis where a person’s chances of survival are better in the outdoors.

Typically, martial law is associated with these situations as well as events which cause a total economic collapse.

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While bugging out is associated with panic and chaos, those that chose to bug out do not have to be.

What are bug out bags good for if bugging out is a hurried departure?

Bug out bags are a form of disaster preparedness for temporary outdoor survival.

Your bug out bag also has essentials which will sustain you over a period of time (such as flint and steel, string, and dehydrated food). 

In the event that a person is forced to flee, those which are prepared with a bug out bag are more likely to survive.

Those which do not have a Bug out bags are far less likely to survive as they will have to gather the bare necessities and compete with others in the same situation.

Bug out bags typically hold the essentials needed to survive for an average of 3 to 7 days. 

They are not intended to be your long term survival goal, but rather the emergency kit to get you to a place where you can implement outdoor survival skills to survive.

What should I have in my bug out bag?

When it comes to survival you will need to have food, water, and shelter. It is therefore critical that you have such in your bug out bag.

Water should be in bottles and equal a minimum of 3 liters (enough to sustain you for 3 days).

Your food should be non-perishable, preferably dehydrated food. Make sure that you do not pack food which requires special tools to open or to prepare.

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Pack a tarp to serve as a shelter. You can easily use sticks, rocks and other natural elements to quickly build a shelter while you prepare for a more sustainable means of survival.

Toothpaste. Often overlooked but critical to a bug out bag.

Your teeth maintenance is paramount to keeping you healthy. Problems with your teeth can effect anything from your focus to your heart (as bacteria can go directly from the root under the teeth to the heart).

Apart from the three basic needs, you will need to ensure that you prepare for emergencies and other such situations by having a realistically packed bug out bag.

Have a first aid kit, have clothes (especially socks), flint and steel, a flashlight, rain gear, a Swiss army knife, a survival knife, an hatchet or hand axe, and a shovel.

Where there are several pre-made survival kits available, you will always need to modify your bag to fit your needs. Those which are in areas that have an extremely dry climate should pack more water.

What to avoid?

A great deal of people will argue that you need to have weapons in your bug out bag. I would agree that you need to have a knife and an axe.

They can serve as tools for a long time.

Other things to avoid:

  • Pet food (if you are in a survival situation your pet should not be your top concern)
  • Liquor – alcohol dehydrates. The only alcohol in your pack should be medical alcohol
  • Food which will expire
  • Clothing which has no purpose (polo shirts, thongs, flip flops, etc.)
  • Shinny and flamboyant packs – A bug out bag is meant to be unseen and avoid attention. Having something that draws attention is counterproductive.

Where should I keep my bug out bag?

Once you have established the contents of your bug out bag, it is critical that you have your bag in a location where you can get to it at all times.

This means that you do not store your bug out bag in your home.

In the event where you are not able to return to your home (whether from a natural disaster or a man-made disaster) you would be out of luck and your chances for survival would be bleak.

Neither should you have your bag just exposed to the elements as it would be stolen or damaged.

Find a location that is both secure and safe from the weather and from prying eyes.

Will a bug out bag ensure my survival?

NO, it will not, but it will ensure that you can survive.

You must have some items in order to get started on your wilderness survival.

However, you must prepare with outdoor survival training, emergency training (such as CPR), and then practice your plan.

Your bug out bag is temporary solution.

It’s important to be prepared for anything and everything. Taking the right precautions and training allows you to protect your family in any emergency.

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Top 10 Survival Gear Mistakes to avoid, I never would have thought of #5!

Are you really prepped or are you doomed for failure?

You have a survival bag made and you believe that it is up to par.

However, many times those which take on off grid living find that their survival gear is greatly lacking.

Understanding the common mistakes which new wilderness survivalist make concerning their survival gear will ensure that you do not do the same.

So here they are, the top 10 mistakes to avoid in your Survival Gear.

1) Keep away from Goliath Sized Packs

You want to ensure that you can carry all your gear in your survival pack, but at the same time the pack has to be manageable.

Getting a pack that is huge will only make you a target for others which are trying to survive as well as become a burden to you.

As you will be toting the pack over large distances, ensure that the pack does not weigh more than you.

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The best survival packs are those which contain all the necessary items in the smallest space.

Consider, if you have to tote a 70 to 100 pound bag on your back that is the equivalent of carrying a 9 year old child all day.

2) Don’t pack just water, pack water purification tools

If you pack bottled water and a few canteens and expect to survive then you have already been defeated.

Water will be your primary objective in wilderness survival.

You need to ensure that your pack has water filters, water purification tablets, and that you have a way to heat up water.

Water purification tablets should be used with any water which is held for a day of more to ensure that you do not get contaminants.

When possible, you should save those bottled waters and canteens for days when you cannot find any fresh water.

3) Don’t forget to pack paracord

String is often overlooked as a luxury item.

However, a nice amount of paracord can be used to make fishing line, it is needed for a bowdrill, it can be used to hang your clothes or to make a very quickly shelter (if you have a tarp or large sheet).

Where it may not appear at first glance that string is important, you do not want to have to sacrifice your clothing or weave rope cords if you can avoid doing so.

4) Go beyond the standard first aid kit

Your emergency preparedness kit needs to go beyond the everyday first aid kit.

By this I mean that you need to have ample gauze, bandages, tweezers, superglue, needle, thread, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, Nail clippers, pillars (for when tweezers just won’t work), and if possible a survival heat blanket. These are best to have packed in your bug out vehicle

Do not forget to pack Benadryl or the equivalent either as you may have an allergic reaction to plants and other digested food.

5) A pack without a whetstone is a doomed pack

Regardless of how sharp your knife and axe are currently, they will become dull. Yes, you can make you a “natural” whetstone, but why?

This is time that can be dedicated to hunting and tracking and other survival skills.

Besides, if you are in a situation where you need a sharp blade you do not want to have to go about finding a suitable substitute for a whetstone. 

The size of the stone does not matter too much (though you do not want to get one that is too small) so long as you can keep your knife and axe sharp.

6) You forgot to pack dehydrated food

Yes, you are going to hunt and gather food in the wild.

Until you can actually do so, you have to eat.

Finding a good game trail can take days to find. If your wilderness survival begins in winter, plants and game may be unavailable for a substantial amount of time.

To minimize the probability of starvation, you need to have non-perishable food. The best way to do this is with dehydrated food.

Dehydrated food lasts a very long time, and let’s face it if you forget food it will probably outlast you.

7) Don’t pack your gun

You may have seen on prepper videos and other survivalist broadcasts that certain survival gear packs have guns stored in them.

This is a very bad idea.

First, it is impractical to have one in your pack.

If someone comes up on you and you need a gun, the time that it takes to get out the gun and then use it will be too long.

The person will already have fled or mugged you.

You’ll want to have your gun on your person, ideally in a gun holster.

8) Avoid florescent colors when selecting a survival pack

Logically, a fluorescent survival pack will hinder your chances of survival.

First, as a survivalist you want to blend into the surroundings and not be noticed. Colors which attract attention are a danger to you.

The more attention that you draw from other survivalist the lower your chances of survival become.

Yet, your main concern should not be from the other survivalists.

Consider, if you are trying to track or capture game and you have a bright pack giving away your location you won’t be successful.

This is why camo was invented. 

Pick a pack that has natural greens, browns, or one that has a cameo pattern.

By picking a design that accents your natural environment your chances for survival increase dramatically.

9) Have a way to repair your pack

The easiest way to have your survival gear go to ruin is to have a damaged pack. You can easily avoid such by packing a small sewing kit, or better yet, choose duct tape.

Tears and rips are bound to happen to your pack.

If left unattended, they will grow leaving you to decide what gear can be carried and what gear must be sacrificed.

10) Pack a complete pack; do not rely on a partner survivalist

Finally, do not pack a half pack.

Those who go into a survivalist “partnership” do so with the lowest probability for survival.

If you are in a wilderness survival situation, your pack should have everything you need to survive.

Think about it.

If food rations get low and your pack does not have the food in it, who is going to be the person to control the food.

If an emergency happens and the decision comes down to you or him, do you think that your survivalist buddy will let you live and die?

More than likely they will not.

Make sure you pack a complete survival gear kit.

21 Life Lessons from James Bond

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21 Life Lessons from James Bond

James Bond is arguably the world’s most famous spy. He always has a witty one-liner, he manages to get out of even the trickiest of situations, and somehow, at the end of the day, he still has time and class to seduce any woman he lays his eyes on.

While it’s his debonair attitude that sells movies, it’s his levelheadedness, cleverness, resourcefulness, and loyalty that make him a worthy role model.

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Implementing some of these lessons can you get into the mindset of a spy. James Bond isn’t just protecting queen and country; he’s also protecting you.

1. “Never let them see you bleed.” James Bond Teaches About Pride

This quote, from The World is Not Enough, is actually courtesy of Q. Here, Q teaches us that it’s important to lick your wounds in private, both to save face and to keep your enemies from knowing your weak points.

2. “Always have an escape plan.” James Bond on Thinking-Ahead

Courtesy of Q in The World is Not Enough, James always knows what’s next, which gives him the upper hand. When it comes to you in your life, it’s good to know where you’re headed, regardless of where you are.

Always be one-step ahead.

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3. “I always enjoyed learning a new tongue.” James Bond Teaches Us About Communication

In Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond quips on the joys of learning another language.

The more people you can communicate with, the better.

Written skills, verbal skills, and language skill take you far.

4. “I’ll do anything for a woman with a knife.” James Bond on Caution

This quote from License to Kill gives a bit of insight into when to tread carefully.

James knows it’s wise to give the woman with the knife the center stage for a time—so that he has time to formulate an escape plan.

5. “Don’t forget my pathetic love of country.” James Bond on Why Country is Important

This lesson from Skyfall is an ongoing theme in the James Bond canon.

Whether it’s country, queen, or your family, find something worth fighting for.

6. “Give me the old fashioned target range, Quartermaster.” James Bond on Innovation

In Die Another Day, Bond yearns for the old ways. Learning from traditional methods and employing classic tactics is nothing to be ashamed of.

Sometimes a little glue and duct tape go a lot further than a bunch of fancy gadgets.

7. “I have a slight inferiority complex.” James Bond on Humility

Here in Goldfinger, James teaches us the importance on admitting our flaws—so that we can better overcome them. His answer? Carry a gun.

8. “Well, I’m an early riser myself.” James Bond on Making the Most of a Day

In A View to a Kill James used this line to flirt—but it’s also indicative of how the famous spy finds time to train, learn new techniques, and find time for extracurricular activities.

9. “I have no armor left.” James Bond on Vulnerability

One of the best ways to learn something about another person is to open up. Casino Royale shows us James at one of his most vulnerable states; let yourself shed a little armor once in a while.

10. “Someone always dies.” James Bond on the Circle of Life

In Skyfall, Bond reminds us of our own mortality, the mortality of our loves ones, and the mortality of our enemies. A greater respect for life can help you when making life-and-death decisions.

11. “Alright, keep your hair on!” James Bond on Staying Cool

The world famous spy reminds us here in For Your Eyes Only that overreacting isn’t helpful. Keep a level head when in intense situations.

12. “Youth is no guarantee of innovation.” James Bond on Respecting Elders

In Skyfall, Bond reminds us that being young doesn’t necessarily mean better, and that old doesn’t mean spent.

13. “It was the job we were chosen for.” James Bond on Commitment

Keeping with the theme of loyalty to country, here in Goldeneye Bond reminds Alec that he’s in his profession because he was meant to be. Own what you’re doing to succeed at it.

20. “I’ve never lost.” James Bond on Consistency

While it in itself was a film inconsistent with the franchise, this quote from Never Say Never Again inspires us to set goals for ourselves and stay consistent.

15. “Why is it that people who can’t take advice always insist on giving it?” James Bond on Getting Advice

Here in Casino Royale Bond give us insight on advice. Remember to stay humble.

16. “Don’t think. Just let it happen.” James Bond on Instinct

This quote from The Living Daylights is the other half of Bond’s success. He plans and he reacts in the same moment.

17. “There’s always something formal about the point of a pistol.” James Bond on Weaponry

When it comes to guns, Bond sums it up in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Weapons are powerful and deserve respect and care.

18. “In my business, you prepare for the unexpected.” James Bond on Foresight

This quote from License to Kill reminds us to always be looking for the things others didn’t think of.

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19. “This is my second life.” James Bond on Living Life to the Fullest

In You Only Live Twice, Bond is given a second shot at life.

When motivated to change your life, take the opportunity.

20. “The world is not enough.” James Bond on Potential

From The World is Not Enough, Bond reminds us that we, as humans, aspire to do and be so much.

You can achieve anything and everything.

21. “The name’s Bond. James Bond.” James Bond on Self

The classic catchphrase is an important reminder to always stay true to yourself.

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22 Important Differences Between Successful Preppers and You

22 Important Differences Between Successful Preppers and You

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Prepping isn’t about just collecting supplies and gear, it is actively changing one’s mindset to be prepared for anything.

This lifestyle is absolutely essential for catastrophes of any kind, so here is a look at 22 tips that separate the successful preppers from those that may be woefully unprepared.

1. Stock Your Car

Everyone in your family should have a bug-out bag, but it is not going to be practical to carry it at all times.

As an addition to a BOB, create a well-rounded car kit for every vehicle at your house with enough supplies for at least 72 hours.

2. Create Clear Goals

While having enough food and energy for a few weeks or months is a great place to start, long-term goals are also a necessity.

Start considering what your family’s goals might be all the way up through a few years such as changing your living location.

3. Make Family Communication a Priority

Even a great plan will fall through the cracks if a family cannot properly communicate.

Have multiple failsafe plans for connecting with one another no matter your locations. As an added bonus, have multiple plans if you cannot reach one another.

4. Stock Foods You Like

Few things will bring down morale as quickly as day after day of bland meals.

Take some time to taste test foods that you plan on saving and then rotate them out well before the expiration. Here are a few food kits you could try to see if you like them –> Click here for top rated food kits 

5. Learn Alternate Uses for All Your Prepping Products

Almost everything that is saved for prepping should have multiple purposes.

Simple steps such as saving a bag of dryer lint makes for unbeatable fire starting material.

6. Get Extended Family Involved

Your immediate family is most likely a priority, but including other members of your family will give you a fresh perspective.

Don’t forget about creating a plan for any disabled or elderly family members.

7. Keep a Supply of Medication Everywhere

Outside of a few basic necessities, medication is going to be one of the most important items to have on-hand.

A multiple day supply should be kept at work, in the car, and in your wallet or purse.

8. Go Overboard with Your Water Supply

If there is any spare room on your property or in your car to store water then use it.

A few clean old soda bottles can be turned into a multi-day water supply for practically nothing.

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9. Weekly Inspections

You may not need to do an exhaustive inventory every few days, but a quickly weekly inspection and thorough monthly inspection should be on the agenda.

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10. Always Think Redundancy

Every single vital item should be included in multiple packs or included multiple times in a single pack.

Items like matches or a fire steel can be stashed in multiple places and add almost no weight.

11. Keep TP Everywhere

Almost anything can be used as toilet paper, but why not make your life a little easier after a disaster?

Stash TP in 2 gallon bags throughout your home and keep at least one package of tissue in very bag as well as the car.

12. Practice with Your Gear

Some prepping gear is not as intuitive as others and having the family practice with it all a few times a year is a great idea.

A solar heater may be a great invention, but they are not always the easiest device to figure out on the fly.

13. Be A Good Neighbor

You do not need to become best friends with every single person on your block, but take some time to get to know them.

You never know when a few extra people on friendly terms will become invaluable.

14. Create a Mini Lumberyard

Just as important as having some basic tools is to keep a stock of extra supplies for building and crafting.

A mini lumberyard can be a few jars of fasteners, bolts, wood glue, sealant, and nails.

15. Use Bleach and Iodine

When you have doubts about the safety of a water source, purify it.

A drop of bleach and iodine drops will kill the germs and help with the taste more than iodine tablets.

16. Test Your BOB Bag

Preppers should always be looking for ways to maximize the weight of their bug-out bag and ensure that they can wear it for extended periods.

Take it out, unpack it, pack it, and wear it around while doing chores to see how it feels

17. Keep Fit

Maintaining your own health and the health of your family is another vital step of successful prepping.

Always take some extra time every week to get in some exercise with a focus on strong cardio. Here is a workout regime you can do to stay in SHTF shape.

18. Consider Bartering Items

A disaster could result in the collapse of the modern economy, so start considering some bartering items.

Think of items you would find valuable after a catastrophe and then buy extras specifically for bartering and trading.

19. Swap Out Old Batteries

Keeping a running list of all items in you kit that use batteries and tag the list with the date when new batteries are put in.

Plan on changing out unused batteries every few months.

20. Research the Flora and Fauna Around You

As you begin preparing your family and home, take some time to explore the land around you.

Get to know some good fishing spots, where fresh water is, and what local plants are edible.

21. Invest in Good Maps

This is one area that preppers often skimp on, but a good map can make all the difference.

Have a few copies of city, county, and state maps that are tear and water-resistant.

22. Upgrade to a FRS/GMRS Radio

CB radios can quickly become filled with chatter and are not very secure.

Instead, upgrade to a set of FRS/GMRS radios. These can often be extended up to 3 or 4 miles with encryption features for the top brands. Click here for great deals on FRS/GMRS Radios

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10 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Everyday Carry Pack

We like to make sure our families and homes are prepared for the unexpected. We have shelves stocked with disaster-preparedness items: bottled water, canned goods, flashlights and batteries.

Our family members know a safe meeting spot—the basement or a hallway, maybe— to gather in case of emergency. Being ready feels great. The only problem is, we aren’t always home.

While it might not be practical to spend every possible moment in the safety of our houses, we do have a practical alternative.

Bring Survival Gear with You

One of the best ways we can stay prepared for the unexpected is by keeping a smart stash of survival gear in an everyday carry pack. That way, we will be ready for almost anything no matter where we are.

Many options of bags are available, from army-style backpacks to sleek messenger-style bags. Once you have your pack, optimize its usefulness with the following suggestions.

1. Staying Hydrated Means Staying Alive

Without hydration, our bodies shut down quickly. Always keep a reusable water bottle with fresh water in your daypack. A stainless steel canteen or thermos is your best bet, as metal is durable and holds up well despite extreme temperatures. It could also help you with cooking needs.

Pack water purification tablets so you can create more drinkable water when necessary. Consider iodine tablets or chlorine dioxide tablets. Beyond water, all living things also need a small amount of salt to stay hydrated.

Quench your body’s thirst completely by filling a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag with electrolyte powder. This can be dissolved in drinkable water, and when your supply has been exhausted you can find a new use for the bag.

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2. Fueling Up with Food Supplies

Hydration, sleep, and sustenance are our top three biological needs. Be prepared with several nutrient-rich, high-calorie meal bars. Also pack some lightweight dehydrated meals, which are optimally consumed with the addition of a small amount of water.

Be ready to find and prepare more food, if necessary. Always carry a small, metal cooking pan with a folding arm. Food can be cooked in it and eaten out of it.

Also invest in a set of metal utensils—again, they can be used for both cooking and eating. Keep a small book with an abbreviated list of edible plants found in local woods.

3. Preventing Infection with a First Aid Kit

Small wounds can turn into serious infections, if not treated properly. Pack a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag with medical supplies.

This should include cloth squares of several sizes. Large pieces can be used as slings or tourniquets, in the case of injury. Small pieces can be used on wounds in place of gauze, and later sterilized in boiling water for re-use.

Pack several individually wrapped alcohol-soaked toilettes that can be used to disinfect cuts. Also pack band-aids, athletic tape, cotton swabs, and cotton balls. A small tub of petroleum jelly is very helpful for treating chapped or damaged skin.

4. Maintaining Your Sense of Surroundings

Not knowing where you are can be disorienting. Keep maps of local and surrounding areas in your daypack. Pack maps in a re-sealable, waterproof plastic bag.

Also keep a sturdy compass, and make sure you know how to use it properly.

5. Building and Repair with Durable Multi-Use Items

It can be difficult to know exactly what types of situations you might find yourself in. But a few survival supplies have proven themselves to be so useful that it makes sense to keep them on-hand. Rope can be used for securing branches together when building shelter, or hanging damp clothes up to dry.

Duct tape can be used to patch up damaged supplies, or cut and folded to create new items. A multi-purpose knife can help harvest wild edible plants, carve wood, and tear fabric if necessary. Pack all items in re-sealable plastic bags.

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6. Warming Up and Using Light without Electricity

Exposure to the elements can be dangerous to your health. Stay warm and dry by allowing yourself to build a fire anytime, using waterproof strike-anywhere matches.

Keep a super-lightweight emergency thermal blanket in your daypack to help stay warm. Also keep a solar-powered headlamp in your supply kit.

Headlamps are extremely convenient, as they allow you to see and freely use both hands in the dark. A headlamp equipped with solar panels will stay lit for seven hours.

7. Recording Information and Communicating Off the Grid

You will often benefit from recording or swapping information with others. Make this possible by stocking your daypack with a leather-bound journal and waterproof pen.

Pack a whistle in case you ever need to sound a distress signal, and memorize SOS. A mirror can also be used to make signals, help you maintain personal hygiene, treat wounds, and stay sane if isolated.

 

8. Taking Care of Yourself

Poor personal hygiene can lead to poor health. Illness is the last thing you need in a survival situation.

Be prepared with a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and multi-purpose biodegradable soap. Use the soap for your face and body, hair, clothing, and cookware.

9. Clothing for All Situations

Keep a tiny, travel-sized sewing kit in your daypack. Make sure you have a basic understanding of how to use a needle and thread to repair clothing.

Pack a lightweight waterproof outer layer. Staying dry in inclement weather will help you maintain a healthy body temperature.

Also pack an insulating thermal layer, hat, and gloves, which may be needed to stave off cold weather. Pack extra wool socks to keep feet dry.

Wool is an excellent survival material as it is durable, dries quickly, and repels moisture.

10. Remembering the Other Important Things

Psychological research has shown how important it is for us to feel a sense of love and belonging.

Feeling connected with others not only tethers us to reality—it often gives us reason to live. Help yourself through the most unexpected and unwanted of times by keeping a personal memento or two in your daypack.

Someday, a special photograph or trinket might be just what you need to keep on pushing forward.

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Top 10 Forums For Survivalists

Top 10 Forums For Survivalists

We wanted to create a list of the Top 10 Forums For Survivalists because we previously made a post of the top 20 websites for survivalists that has gotten a lot of positive comments. We didn’t want to leave out the forums, because they are different than traditional websites so we felt that it was important for us to share forums as a separate post.

Becoming a survivalist is not so much as a destination as it is an ongoing journey. A true survivalist is constantly looking for ways to not only improve their prep gear, but to also find the absolute best information wherever they can get it.

Anyone that wants to be a true survivalist should take a look at these top 10 forums that will help them answer major questions, find the newest gear, discuss pertinent news stories, and enjoy a sense of community with like-minded individuals.

1. Americanpreppersnetwork.net/

American Preppers Network is a comprehensive website that will be useful for those that are new survival techniques as well as highly-trained preppers that have been living this lifestyle for years.

The forums are filled with helpful threads covering everything from basic 3-day kits to simple tips for surviving in different environments. Users also maintain a working map of upcoming expos, items for bartering, and meetups.

2. Zombiehunters.org/forum

While the name may sound a bit odd, Zombie Hunters is actually one of the most popular survivalist forums to-date and has been going strong for over 12 years.

In addition to basic tips and suggestions, there are also a number of relaxed threads with funny, interesting, and though-provoking “what if” questions about certain survival situations such as getting caught in traffic during a zombie apocalypse.

3. Prepperforums.net

Prepperforums.net has recently undergone a major renovation with a clean, responsive, and intuitive layout.

Members will be able to find any information that they will need on bug out bags, survival kits, hunting tips, and more. The highly-active community also discusses current news and events from around the world with a focus on how it may affect their prepping.

4. Wildwoodsurvival.com/_jthy/

Survivalists that want to avoid the frills or unnecessary discussions may enjoy Wildwood Survival forums.

This website breaks down its forums into basic categories such as shelter, fire, tracking, and foraging. The discussions often focus on a specific location such as the Pacific Northwest, and then offers tips and suggestions for surviving in that area.

5. Bladeforums.com/forums/

These forums do focus on knives, hatchets, and other bladed tools, but it also has quite a bit of information for the survivalist.

Every survivalist is going to have at least a handful of blades on them at all times, and the members of these forums offer in-depth reviews of various bladed products and can even help survivalists save money with upcoming sales and redemption codes.

6. Thesurvivalmom.com

The Survival Mom is a sister site to American Preppers Network and focused on busy mothers that use a minimalistic approach to their prepping.

While the layout is geared towards women, anyone can join the forums and enter into discussions on survival products, upcoming sales, foraging, home gardening, and countless other topics. This is one of the best websites for those that are prepping on a strict budget.

7. Survivalistboards.com

Survivalist Boards is another comprehensive site for those that are ready to get serious about their survivalist mentality. The community is extremely active and members continue to help one another with everything from new bargains on gear to trades and bartering.

As an added bonus, Survivalist Boards also has regular giveaways for active members with prizes such as new knives, backpacks, flashlights, stoves, and more.

8. Survivalcache.com

This website is useful in the fact that it covers many of the topics that a survivalist may wonder about but is generally not covered in other forums.

The primary focus of Survival Cache are the products that most preppers will want to acquire with regular reviews done by members and moderators. he forums are primarily used to discuss recent articles or make suggestions on what future articles members would like to see.

9. AR15.com/forums

Much like the name implies, the AR15.com forums focus on the guns, ammo, and knives for survivalists. Members often post their experience with certain guns and how they feel those weapons would hold up in a survival situation.

While there is quite a bit of information on AR-15s, members will be able to find broad information on other guns and manufacturers including pistols, AK-47s, precision rifles, and hunting rifles.

10. Wilderness-survival.net/forums/

The Wilderness Survival forums covers some of the highly-specific skills that a survivalist will need when out in the wild.

The discussions often bypass the basics and move directly into more advanced information such as the medicinal uses of specific plants or how to make emergency repairs on specific vehicles. Overall, these forums are a great option for the advanced survivalist.

Becoming a true survivalist is about constantly searching for the best information, new techniques, and advanced gear that can be used to survive and thrive in any situation.

These 10 forums are great places for preppers and survivalists to collect information as they move toward self-sufficiency.

 

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7 Things Nobody Tells You About Declaring You’re a Prepper

Preparing for a natural disaster by packing a bug-out bag, owning survival equipment and keeping your home stocked with food and water is par-for-the-course in some areas and downright strange in others.

For example, those who live in rural Maine know that snowfall can be measured in feet and that it’s foolish not to have alternative sources of heat and light if the power goes out, while those who live in milder climes such as Georgia or Arkansas may not give these considerations much thought.

The citizens of southern California may prepare for earthquakes, while those in Nebraska might not even think about it.

Preparing for the worst is a great idea, but declaring that you’re a prepper can bring about some interesting shifts in your life that no one may have told you were possibly going to happen.

Whether it’s a change in your interpersonal relationships, interest from law enforcement or even the threat of future danger, there are plenty of reasons to keep knowledge of your prepping limited to your closes friends and family.

7. You May Be Considered Paranoid.

According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, an average of 399 people were killed in the United States by natural disasters each year from 1980 to 2010.

That sounds like a very small amount of people. However, those impacted by natural disasters stands at almost 27 million. That’s nearly a tenth of the population, using 2010’s estimate of 309 million people.

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If you have a one-in-ten chance of being impacted by a natural disaster in the next 30 years, shouldn’t you prepare for it?

Being aware of this fact and preparing for the possibility, however, is seen as paranoid by some. You may be laughed at or ostracized by some who are perfectly willing to take the risk of being caught unprepared.

Issues of personal safety and acceptable risk are deeply personal, and being outed as a prepper could draw scorn from those with a more cavalier outlook.

If that person is your boss, you may want to keep your disaster plan to yourself.

6. Others May Assume the Worst.

With the sensationalism of the media, many folks have only seen extreme preppers who are awaiting the end of the world. The National Geographic Channel highlights such people on their program Doomsday Preppers, and the average person may not realize that the vast majority of preppers do not go to such extremes.

Others may assume you have an enormous arsenal of guns and ammunition, five years of food and water and your own survivalist stockpile in an underground bunker in your yard!

Plenty of people are uncomfortable with that level of prepping and may subsequently feel uncomfortable about you and your plans. If you do decide to discuss it, be prepared to explain the scope of your prepping.

Most reasonable people would agree a bug-out bag and some supplies are a good idea, but you might need to go into detail if all the person has ever seen is the most extreme examples of prepping from the media.

5. Someone Might Call the Police.

In our hyper-aware society, people are pushed to be on the lookout for anyone who has the potential to be dangerous.

To some, preparing for a disaster means that you might know about a disaster ahead of everyone else, because you’re the cause of it.

Don’t be surprised if a nervous neighbor or coworker calls the police.

As long as you have proper permits for firearms or building, prepping is not a crime.

Try not to be upset if this happens, as it occurs mostly due to fear and ignorance.

4. You May Become a Target for Thieves.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics states that there were over 7 million burglaries a year from 2003 to 2007.

While some home invasions are random, many are planned ahead of time with specific goals in mind. If someone knows you have a bug-out bag full of your critical documents, stealing the bag will allow them to steal your identity.

If you have firearms, they fetch good prices on the black market. For those who keep cash to use in case the electricity is interrupted, thieves will go to great lengths to get it. Be careful who you tell and what you divulge about your prepping.

3. You May Become a Community Leader.

Depending on your geographical location and the sensibilities of your neighbors, you may find yourself the go-to person for information and education about prepping.

For example, if you live in an area that experiences natural disasters quite frequently and you are always among the first to recover completely, your neighbors will want to know your ‘secrets.’

Just like everybody in town might know that David down the block is the go-to guy for mechanical issues and that his wife Sue is the town’s best seamstress, you could become known as the prepping source.

How you feel about this and how much you want to talk about prepping is entirely up to you.

2. People May Come to You in an Emergency.

Whether their power has gone out in a snow storm or a tornado has torn through town, those who know you are prepared may seek you out for assistance.

Depending on the size of the emergency and how much help is available, you may be inundated and overwhelmed with too many people.

 

 

For this reason alone, you may want to keep quiet about your prepping so that you have ample supplies for your close friends and family.

1. You May Be Invited to Join a Local Network.

As with any endeavor, there is usually strength in numbers. Other preppers in your area may want to get to know you, and you will need to decide if you want to interact with them.

Some more extreme preppers may only be interested in the survival and care of their families, while others include neighbors and local children into their plans. A lot depends on what your goal is.

Like-minded individuals can form a loose alliance that can invaluable in an emergency, so consider joining the prepper community.

Being a prepper encompasses a lot of ground. Whether you just want to be prepared for a natural disaster that could last a few days or you want to be ready for a doomsday scenario, deciding to declare yourself a prepper is a deeply personal decision.

All of these factors may play a part in that decision, and you should think carefully before you decide whether or not to discuss your preparedness with others.

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9 Reasons Why You Suck At Prepping

What is a “prepper?”

Some would say that when survivalists go off Zoloft, they become doomsday preppers. Whether it is the zombie epidemic, the collapse of the Federal Reserve, radioactivity from a supernova explosion, or the armed terrorism of ISIS, preppers believe that the world is headed for the Day of Judgment.

They call it SHTF – when the “sh*t hits the fan.” Consider it insurance against Uncle Sam. Across America, three million people identify themselves as preppers.

Here’s why you’re not one of them.

9 Mistaken Assumptions of the Newbie Prepper

 

1. You are not Jason Bourne.

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No matter how many Xbox Live hours you’ve logged on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, you are not adequately prepared for the pandemonium of martial law. You’ve put all your eggs in one basket: an automatic M4 Carbine or semi-automatic AR-15 assault rifle.

Take a hint from the years 2008-2013, when AR-15 ammunition was harder to find than a Democrat in Alabama. AR-15 rifles have achieved market saturation, and once Armageddon cometh, ammunition will quickly be stockpiled and sold for Brobdingnagian black market prices.

Your better bet is a double-barrel, pump-action, 12-gauge shotgun. Ammunition is plentiful. Parts are cheap. Uses are multiple. With an adjustable choke, you can hunt everything from rabbits to turkey to fish. With a set of slugs, you can take down a deer or looting criminal.

Take a lesson from Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch in Robert B. Parker’s western novels: Nothing beats a trusty shotgun.

2. You lack potent social skills.

Think your bear spray and bottled water will protect you if a Category 5 Hurricane razes the American South? Think again! Three-quarters of Americans dwell in urban areas. For most survivors, people skills will be more important than survival skills. Ever watched “Survivor”?

Read, study and practice the seminal book, “Social Intelligence,” by Daniel Goleman, and then follow it up with his other work, “Emotional Intelligence.”

Goleman believes that social and emotional intelligence allow humans to navigate complex social situations. Humans are wired to connect at the neural level, he argues.

Mirror neurons encourage empathy, altruism and corroboration. So when you need a shot of penicillin for a bacterial infection, remember that the pen is mightier than the sword.

3. Your stash is a target.

Thomas Hobbes contended in “Leviathan” that the pre-civilized natural condition of man is “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

If Hobbes is right, then once Y2K Edition 2.0 hits, your stash of canned green beans, sourdough starter and salted venison will be under fire. So don’t brag about your stash.

Everyone you inform will either become an asset or a liability. Maximize the first; minimize the second.

4. You fall into analysis paralysis.

Which will come first: a dirty nuclear explosion? Genetically-engineered killer bees? Solar flares? An electromagnetic pulse?

Where does the list end?

Keep your sanity. Plan and prepare only for the top three or four doomsday scenarios.

5. You bug out instead of bugging in.

In the event of an apocalyptic societal collapse, Mother Nature will wipe out far more of mankind than man himself will. Surviving in the wild takes a lot more than a Swiss Army knife and a 120-pack of MREs.

Can you build a snow cave? Brew tea with spruce needles? Identify flint versus sandstone?

Build a water filter using charcoal, leaves and sand? Most preppers will survive the collapse of civilization squirreled away inside a home with a 2,000-watt inverter generator and a gutter garden, not playing hermit in Rocky Mountain National Park.

6. You don’t know how to use your gear.

Can you find the North Star in Argentina?

No, you can’t. Because you didn’t know that once you cross the equator, Polaris disappears, and instead you use the Southern Cross for navigation.

Moral of the story: You must know how to use your gear! Can you convert GPS degrees, minutes and seconds into decimal notation?

Just remember this equation: Decimal value = Degrees + (Minutes/60) + (Seconds/3600). Can you tie a bowline loop, a prusik knot and a hunter’s bend? How about a highwayman’s hitch or a constrictor knot? Can you build a ham radio from parts cobbled together from eBay auctions?

7. You stored all the wrong food.

Freeze-dried chicken breast. Canned French-cut green beans. Spicy Ramen Noodles. You spent $5,000 on food that looks like it’s going on a mission to the moon.

In starvation situations, men have been known to murder longtime friends over a spare bar of chocolate or a fresh orange. So don’t skimp on the sweets, and understand how food is stored. Fight against the six food storage enemies: temperature, oxygen, moisture, pests, light and time.

8. You don’t have any documents.

The most important, most ignored prep is a documentation package: Social Security cards, bank account numbers, family contact information, insurance forms – and a minimum of $5,000 in cash.

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9. You forgot to make a personal library.

Doomsday will not be spent fighting invading armies or setting snares for jack rabbits. Most of doomsday will be spent in the shadow of candlelight, surrounded by family and friends, sharing memories and reading outdoorsman handbooks and mystery novels. So don’t ignore the power of entertainment.

Learn to play the harmonica. Amass a personal library. Laugh often.

Don’t just survive; live.

 

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11 Things I Wish I Knew About Prepping When I First Started

Modern estimates show that there are as many as 3 million preppers in the United States alone as more people than ever are noticing just how unstable the world can be.

Everyone has their own reasons for prepping and this will affect how they approach this ongoing process, but there are some common mistakes that most beginning preppers tend to make.

For those that are ready to ensure the safety of their family and loved ones in the event of a disaster, here are 11 important tips to keep in mind when setting off on this journey.

1. Start Living Below Your Means

The start of this process is all about taking a hard look at one’s life and figuring out what is necessary and what can be left by the wayside.

Beginning preppers should do everything in their power to not just live within their means, but to start living below their means.

Whether it is putting off a new luxury car or finishing paying off debt, no one wants to begin prepping with huge monthly bills and ongoing debt.

Even something as simple as cutting back on eating out or taking a few movie channels off the cable bill is a great place to start.

2. Remember Those with Special Needs

If you have begun prepping you most likely have at least a handful of family members and close friends that must be taken into consideration.

In addition to the basics such as food, water, and shelter, it is also important to begin planning for any special needs and medical considerations.

Some may need a large supply of insulin shots or other medication while others need to stock up on some extra pairs of glasses or contacts.

3. Stay Healthy

There is nothing as important to prepping as ensuring that you and your family are as healthy as possible.

When a disaster occurs there is simply no way to plan for exactly what will unfold, but a healthy and in-shape individual is going to be at a distinct advantage.

Healthy people are more likely to survive extreme weather changes or even fend off a common cold or flu that can turn deadly when there is no medical infrastructure.

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4. Make Plans for Work and School

In an ideal situation a family is going to be together within a few steps of their essential gear when a catastrophe does take place, but the chances of this are somewhat slim.

Couples and families with children need to consider their options when they are at school, at work, or even across town getting groceries.

At the very least, this should include a place to meet and a timeframe for meeting no matter everyone’s location.

5. Have Access to Important Documents

Every family member should have ready access to important documents including passports, drivers licenses, marriage certificates, and ownership papers for one’s property and vehicles.

The physical papers should ideally be kept in a waterproof bag inside of a water-resistant safe with a combination that immediate family members know.

It is also a good idea to keep a few flash drives around with all of this information lus some digital survival guides.

6. Determine the Most Likely Natural Disasters in Your Area

There is no single style of prepping that is right for every family in every location, and this means that some time must be taken to personalize a plan according to one’s unique needs.

A global food shortage or severe drop in the stock market make affect the entire world, but families should also take a look at localized disasters such as flooding, mudslides, earthquakes, or wildfires that are likely to occur near their home or shelter.

7. Plan for Entertainment

Having some sort of plan for entertainment is nearly as important as any other step in this process.

Many families will cover the essentials of survival, but this could be a major mistake if a long-term disaster takes place.

One major component of survival is optimism, and this is going to require a positive mindset.

There are few ways better to keep one’s spirit up than to have at least some form of entertainment or way to pass the time.

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8. Become a Good Neighbor

Immediate family members are always going to come first, but what happens when you need to rely on your neighbor for something after a disaster?

The most logical step is to prepare for every eventuality, but no matter how well one plans, a friendly, loyal, and helpful neighbor could be invaluable.

Staying on good terms with a neighbor and maybe even getting them into the prepping lifestyle can go a long ways.

9. Always Compare Prices

banner-2One of the biggest issues for most preppers comes down to the overall costs.

Bunkers, defensive gear, food, and other supplies can quickly move into the range of millions, but this is only one extreme end of the spectrum.

Taking the time to compare prices is a great way to keep expenses as low as possible.

Instead of making all of the purchases at once, preppers should keep a running list of goods that they need and then pick up the extras as they go on sale.

 

10. Test Everything Yourself

Prepping is about much more than reading a survival manual or picking up some tips from old preppers.

A true survivalist is going to thoroughly test every single part of their plan and every single piece of equipment before the big day happens.

Some of the survival skills that may be required after a catastrophe will take some time and practice in order to get right amidst chaos.

11. Continue Taking Baby Steps

A final tip for new preppers is to remember that this is an ongoing process and it will often take baby steps as well as some trial-and-error.

Once the basics of food, hydration, self-defense, and shelter have been collected, many of the other items can be picked up over time. Attempting to tackle this project in a single go will often lead to frustration, and frustration will result in mistakes.

Developing a survivalist mindset is the most important part of preparing for any disaster or chaotic mishap. These few tips will help all new preppers on their path towards not only surviving a worldwide event, but to thrive when any of these catastrophes take place in the coming years.

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How To Choose Clothing When SHTF

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When preparing for doomsday, what sort of clothes to bring along can be the last thing from your mind. But out in the elements, whether you face extremes of heat or cold, the right, thoughtfully chosen clothing can mean the difference between life and death.

Cold And Damp: A Recipe For Misery

Lets talk about being cold, particularly with wet clothes and a brisk wind. Even in warm months, being soaked with a decent wind blowing at you can cause chilling. Hypothermia, or what is sometimes called exposure, is the number one killer of people living in the great outdoors.

Aside from the body’s core being chilled, there is a cascade of rapid degeneration mentally and physically. Keep in mind that you may not have a chance to go someplace to warm up that often.

So How To Prepare?

It is always wise to keep several changes of underwear and socks on hand, so when one pair is drying over the fire, the next set is dry, warm and ready to go to work. For socks, the first layer should be a moisture wicking polypropylene, followed by a layer of warm, insulating wool. A set of good long-johns is vital in the colder weather months. It’s important to dress in layers, so that you can trap precious body heat.

Waterproof, Goretex pants are ideal, repelling moisture, the one thing you do not want on your clothes. Be sure to wear a fleece hoodie for extra warmth, covered by a water-repellant coat or shell, ideal for layering when you get warm and sweaty from exercise. Shoes should be top quality hiking boots, or shoes with heavy soles with good grips.

Be sure to break them in before using to avoid blisters. Water-repellant, good-quality ski gloves are a must to keep fingers from getting frostbitten. Mittens are even better, allowing the fingers to touch and warm each other. Top it off with a ski mask to cover any exposed skin, and a wool and fleece hat, and you are ready for Old Man Winter!

Consider camouflage, for those situations where you don’t want to attract notice. Be sure to pre pack your clothing, and have it packed as efficiently as possible.

Practice carrying it around with the rest of your gear. It’s so much safer and smart than waiting until the last possible moment.

At Night: Be Prepared

Even in warmer months, nights can be unexpectedly cold. We are so used to sleeping in our temperate homes that we don’t realize how the temperature actually fluctuates.

At night, always change out of your day clothes. Even if you don’t realize it, your clothes have been dampened by your normal everyday perspiration.

Cold damp socks on a chilly night is a recipe for insomnia, a luxury you can’t afford in a doomsday setting.

Too Hot: How To Dress In Warm Climates Or Warm Months

The main concerns in hot weather are hyperthermia, or raising of the body’s core temperature, and dehydration from excess sweating. Truly excessive sweating can cause electrolyte imbalance, causing mental instability, something you don’t want when you must be on your toes at all times.

The key is to drink plenty of fluids, and also dress in self-cooling, quick-drying clothing.

Choose pants or shorts and a button down shirt that can easily dry in the sun within several minutes, and does not retain moisture. Good quality work gloves will also be helpful as you set up camp or climb rocks on your odyssey.

High-quality, waterproof sandals with strong grip soles are a must-have. A rain jacket for pop-up thunderstorms or cool, rainy days is a good investment. Consider also a ghillie suit, if you can manage toting it along.

Blending in with an array of terrains, the ghillie suit provides superior cover and camouflage, for those situations where you absolutely do not want your presence known.

 

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How to Choose a Bug Out Bag for Your Child

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A bug out bag is a simply bag that comes packed with items needed for survival. Most manufacturers make bags that provide health and safety items, food and other products that will let you survive for up to 72 hours without help from the outside world. These bags are a great way to keep yourself calm before help arrives after an earthquake, a natural disaster or another emergency situation. Choosing a bag for your child ensures that your son or daughter has the items needed during one of these situations. Selecting the right bags for your kids depends on a number of different factors.

Choosing a Size

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One of the first things you want to look at is the size of the bag. Depending on the situation, you might find that your child needs to move quickly. A larger bag on a smaller child will prevent that child from moving comfortably. A smaller bag may not have enough space for everything your child needs. If you need a smaller bag, look for those that have additional pockets on the outside. You can use those pockets for extra items.

Take into Account Comfort

When it comes to selecting a bug bag, comfort is king. Buying a larger bag like those designed for adults can leave your child struggling when wearing that bag. After buying and stocking the bag, take the time to see how your son or daughter responds when wearing it. The bags should not keep your kids from running, jumping or doing any other sudden movements. You can look for signs that your children are struggling with the bags or that the bags put too much pressure or strain on their shoulders and their backs.

Examine Quality

Would you spend $30 or more on something that would break within a few minutes? If you don’t look closely at the quality of the bags you choose, you might find yourself in this same position. Good quality bug bags have durable and dependable stitching. This stitching can withstand everything from wind and snow to running and jumping without breaking or unraveling. Pay special attention to the stitching on the bottom and sides. Give the bag a good tug and try hitting it against the floor a few times just to make sure that it holds up to pressure.

Prepacked Bags vs. Backpacks

There are two different types of bug bags that you can buy for your children. Manufacturers of these bags now make special packaged bags that contain many of the items that you need. These bags often include granola bars, canned meats and a few other nonperishable foods. The bags should also contain some type of first aid supplies, a type of light and some other basic goods. Once you look at some of the top bug bags, you might find that the prepacked bags don’t contain everything that your child might need in an emergency situation and that you’d rather pack the bag yourself.

What to Pack in a Bug Bag

You can easily turn a simple backpack into a bug bag for your child. You generally want to fill the bag with enough food to last for several days. This includes nonperishable foods that can serve as three meals per day. Parents will also want to add clean socks and underwear for their kids, an emergency blanket and a small first aid kit. The bag should also contain a few bottles of water and some water purification tablets that kids can use when clean water isn’t available. Depending on the age of your kids, you may also want to add a few toys.

When an earthquake, flood or natural disaster strikes your home, you won’t to feel prepared for the inevitable. A simple way to do that is with a bug bag for each member of your family. The right bag for a child should contain some simple items and fit comfortably.

10 Essential Items for Your Bug Out Vehicle

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If you want to protect you and your family, you will want t a bug out vehicle. With this, you can not only feel safe when disaster strikes, but you can prepare for the long-haul. With this in mind, here are 10 items to bring in your bug out vehicle.

Tools for the vehicle itself

Think about it, if you have the perfect vehicle but it breaks down on the side of the road, you are going to be in a lot of trouble. To avoid problems, you should bring a well-stocked tool kit so you can change a tire or fix any small issues .that way, if you break down, you can fix up your car and head back out on the road.

Extra fuel

If you want to get anywhere, you will need extra fuel. This is especially true if there is a major event and you can’t get to a gas station quickly.

Water

Without water, you are going to end up in trouble within a few hours. For this reason, take plenty of water in your bug out vehicle. At the same time, if you have room, you will want to bring a filter or iodine capsules to clean the water.

Basic first aid kit

 

While you can’t perform surgery or fix major problems, you will want to carry a simple first aid kit so you can bandage up wounds or fix minor issues. Also, before you need the kit, you should open it up and make sure it has everything you need.

Blankets

If you live in a warm climate, you still need blankets as it’s easy to get cold if you have to sleep in your bug out vehicle for a night or two. The great thing about blankets is you can use them to lay on when you need to work on your car.

Jumper cables

With cables, you can jumpstart your car if your battery dies. Of course, to be even more self-sufficient, you should consider buying a tool to allow you to jumpstart the car on your own. Or, if you drive a stick, you can start your car on your own.

Food

Now, if you are going to take off quickly in a disaster, you will want to have food in your car. Ideally, you should have MRE or ready-made meals. That way, you can eat with ease. While it’s easy to buy a few things, you should remember that you will get bored with the same meals and you should try to get some variety as you and your family will appreciate it in tough times.

Knife

With a knife, you can do a lot of things. Not only can you protect yourself, but you can open cans and even use it as a backup screwdriver. While true, don’t rely on a knife for full protection unless you are well-trained on how to use one to ward off an attacker.

Tire pump

When running away from issues or going out into the woods, you may have to lower your tire pressure. This is certainly true if you live in a desert. To get the most out of one, you should buy a pump that you can plug into the car, that way you won’t exert too much energy.

Flares

Now, if you are in trouble, you will probably want to get help from strangers if you can. Luckily, with flares, you can reach out to people and let them know your locations. This is truly useful if power grids go down or your phone and other communication devices no longer work.

If you have a bug out vehicle, you will want to ensure it runs well and starts tight up. Not only that, you will want to fill it up with plenty of items that can help you protect you and your family during a disaster.

Clearly Filtered Water Filters Review: Are They Any Good?

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Today’s article we will be reviewing the Clearly Filtered water bottles. I am currently testing out three different water filtration bottles from ClearlyFiltered. We’ll be reviewing these three bottles:

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as well as the one that we’re using as our full time hunting/fishing water bottle.

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My personal favorite for my day-to-day is the Athlete edition. The reason for that is because it fits great in my hands, fits in my normal everyday carry pack along with fitting in the car’s cup holder perfectly.

My girlfriend was very excited about receiving “The Stainless” as she has always had these types of stainless steel water bottles and really likes them. She’s not too big on prepping/survival so this is kind of an under-the-radar way of getting her prepared for anything and everything.

And the Filtered Canteen is the perfect bottle for hunting/fishing. It holds more water and if you hunt, you know that you want to stay stationary as much as possible so this holds enough water for ya. Plus, it’s green and blends in great with the woods.

I’d recommend keeping the Canteen in your bug out bag (it comes with a little leash that can attach to your bag, all of these bottles do and I REALLY like that about them)

 

Now you’re probably thinking…. sure they look good, but how do they work? Well here’s the kicker…. they freakin kick ass and I’ve tried out a bunch of different water filter bottles.

 

Here’s one of the charts I found that compares with some of the other water filters/bottles.

 

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As preppers, we want something that is going to last and this will last 100+ gallons.

Although I have found that people say it’s actually much closer to 200+ gallons, I feel that for legal reasons they have to put 100+ to keep everything legal.

After testing out a few of the other types of water filters, I really like the Clearly Filtered bottles and the company is really standing behind their statements and research.    

All in all, I really like the ease of their filter. With many of the filtered bottles I’ve tested you end up expending a lot of energy sucking the water through the filter in order to actually get the drink.

To me, that’s a pain in the ass.

With the Clearly Filtered bottles, it’s as easy as drinking normally. The only downside I see with it is that I can’t “gulp or chug” my water and after long hikes/runs I sometimes just want to do that. I guess that’s where the other filters they offer come in handy.

However, as a great day to day and bug out bag essential I would definitely give my highest ratings to the guys over at Clearly Filtered.

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3 Things to Include in Your In Your Bug Out Vehicle

In an ideal situation, you will have everything from your BOB to your BOL to your BOV preset and ready to go in a SHTF scenario. The problem is that most people do not live in the ideal world.

Most people nowadays live from paycheck to paycheck with minimal money that is free to use as they please. So, your BOV (bug out vehicle) is likely going to be a vehicle that is used on an everyday basis.

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That being said, it might be a little difficult to keep your entire bug out readiness equipment and essentials stockpiled in the vehicle. If you are one of the many that this rule applies to, you will likely have limited long-term storage space.

There are three main things that need to be kept and stockpiled in your vehicle at all times, just in case a SHTF scenario occurs.

Vodka is Versatile

 

By no means am I suggesting that you go get plastered while driving to your BOL (bug out location). Keeping a half gallon of the cheapest vodka you can buy could actually save your life.

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Vodka is a great disinfectant when you do not have any other way to sterilize equipment. If you get injured, you can pour it onto the wound, and it will help kill some of the infection that could occur.

Vodka is also extremely flammable. In a situation where you need fire in a hurry, pouring a little vodka and then lighting a flame will almost light up the sky.

Vodka can also be used as a temporary pain reliever or sedative (or sedative). There are many ways that this substance can be used in a SHTF scenario, but you have to remember that it is not meant to party with! 

Never too many Tools

When you think of tools, you probably think of hammer, nails and drills.

When I say tools, I mean hammer, nails, drills, sockets, wrenches and every other tool that you can possible fit into the area.

If you need to build a temporary shelter, tools can come in handy. If you break down on the side of the road, tools can get you going again.

If you need to climb, dig, hide, break into an abandoned house, tools will come in handy. The need for tools is going to be never-ending, so you should start gathering them now.


Not only will tools be handy for survival, but they will also be in great demand if there is a need to rebuild civilization. Having equipment to build homes, beds, furniture and more could almost guarantee you a place in a civilized group.

Remember, most groups will not accept new members who cannot contribute to the group as a whole. 

Weapons and Ammo

Not that you will necessarily have to shoot someone, but that you may need to get some food or protect your family.

While you BOB will likely have some ammo and weapons, it will likely be very little compared to what you can store in your vehicle.

You can never have enough protection and hunting equipment. Also, there is a great chance that when SHTF gun ammo will be as good as gold when it comes to the barter system.

Not everyone will have been as prepared as you, and they will need ammo to get food for themselves or their families, and that is where an abundance of the cheapest ammo that you can find will be handy.

You might even have enough stockpiled to gain some comfort items with the crappy ammo that you have stored for this exact circumstance. 

In an ideal situation, you will have things like tents, sleeping bags, lanterns, lighters, fuel, ammo, food, water and everything else in your vehicle.

If you cannot spare a vehicle to keep stockpiled, make sure that you have your BOB ready to go and your vehicle filled with things that you will need to acquire the fundamentals for surviving the SHTF situation. 

What else would you include in your Bug Out Vehicle? Leave a comment below!

How to Instantly Cut Pounds and Ounces Off Your Bug Out Bag

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I’ve been trying to put together the perfect bug-out bag for a long time now.

I kept taking things out and replaced them with lighter, smaller alternatives.

Some of them ended up back in, because I realized they were better and safer, and my family`s safety comes first.

However, I`m still not over trying to shave off as much weight as possible, looking for ways to save space to fit in more crucial items, while keeping it light enough to carry around without breaking my back.

How To Pack The Best Bug Out Bag

In time, I learned that there are certain techniques you can successfully use to save maximum space while keeping everything necessary. Here are 6 of them:

#1: Fill every inch of space

Take boots for example. If you`ve got a pair of spare boots in your bug-out bag, fill them up with other items, whatever you can get in there. Roll underwear and socks tightly and shove them inside your shoes.

Better yet, you can use them to protect fragile objects. Roll the fragile item in a piece of cloth (that you can use further, such as a bandana or a shemagh). Put it in the boot, make sure it stays fixed and, eventually, if there`s more room, cover everything with a pair of rolled socks, just to make sure it`s fully protected.

Here`s another tip. If you pack duct tape (and I strongly suggest you do!), unroll it off its original carton and roll it on a pill container or a bottle. Another way to save space with duct tape is to remove the carton and smash the duct tape on a flat surface. Simple as that!

#2: Use space bags

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In case you don`t know what space bags are or how to use them, here`s a video that shows you every step of the way, as well as what you should and should`t pack in them:

These bags saved me a whole lot of space in our bug-out bags. And I do mean a WHOLE lot. But here`s the problem with them: once you open them, everything in there is going to get back to its regular size. Therefore you won`t be able to pack it back up when you don`t need those clothes anymore, because you`d need a vacuum to reseal the bags.

This is a downside that I`m not happy about, but I decided to use space bags anyway. It`s better to carry around some extra clothing when I`m not using it, than to suffer from cold or wear miserable clothes simply because I have no other change in my bug-out bag.

Now, it`s your choice whether you use space bags or not. I suggest you try them out and see if it`s convenient to you. You can`t really make the decision until you see just how much space you can save.

#3: Load up on freeze-dried foods

There`s a bunch of reasons why you should take (mostly) freeze-dried food with you when you bug-out. Here are the most crucial 3:

– It takes up little space and it`s extremely light-weight

Freeze-dried food loses 98% of its water, so it literally cannot get any lighter than that!

– It lasts up to 30 years

However, you have to take temperature into consideration. If you store it at high temperatures or subject it to brutal temperature changes, it will spoil sooner.

– It offers variety

This is my favourite thing about freeze-dried food: it`s diverse. I can pack the ones my family loves and offer them the meals they`re familiar with, even in stressful times of disaster. This is the kind of comfort that everyone needs when SHTF.

#4: Use multiple-use gear

And when I say multiple-use gear, I`m not referring strictly to those knife + fork + spoon + compass + whistle sort of tools. Those are great if they`re good quality. If they`re cheap, don`t bother to buy them. They won`t save space, just the contrary. They`re absolutely useless, so why carry useless things with you when you could fill that space with items that could actually save your life? My advice is to invest in a good multiple-use tool or not invest at all.

But besides these tools, there are plenty of other items with multiple purposes that can save a lot of space. For example:

– Bandanas or shemaghs (cover your head if it`s too sunny, prop a broken limb, protect your airways from wind and dust, stop the bleeding etc)

– 550 cord (you can make one of those 550 cord bracelets and wear it around your wrist, not in your bug-out bag)

– Potassium permanganate (water purification, wound sterilization, fire starter)

#5: Replace tents with tarps

Warning: I do NOT suggest this method during the cold season!

Replacing a tent with a tarp may be the most clever thing you can do to shave off weight off your bug-out bag. A tarp is a multiple-use item, it`s light-weight, resistant to wind and rain and it`s very easy to carry around.

You can spread it on the ground if it`s wet or muddy. You can make a perfectly secure shelter if you want to protect yourself from rain or sunlight. You can use it as a wind stopper. You can sit down on it to eat with your family. You can also wrap other items in it to prevent them from getting wet. You can make a stretcher so you carry injured people around. Or you can even wrap a tarp around a person, to maintain body heat.

However, replacing tents with tarps is not the best idea during cold season, as tarps do not offer full isolation. That`s why I only recommend tarps in spring and summer.

This article was originally published by Alec Deacon on myfamilysurvivalplan.com

What’s your take?

Do you have your own tips and tricks that shave a few pounds off of your B.O.B.?

Feel free to share them below.

10 Survival Tips for SHTF Scenarios

In a SHTF scenario, all things are possible.

From a nuclear explosion to civil war, there are many things that you can do to keep yourself and your family safe. The problem is that most people think that they are prepared, when in fact they are not.

So, in order to better prepare you for the unthinkable, we have compiled a list of 10 things that will better help you when shit hits the fan. 

1.The City WILL Fall

If you live in a large city, you may want to rethink that. When hell breaks loose, the city will crumble. People will be fighting, stealing, raping and murdering, and you do not want yourself or your family caught in the cross-hairs.

If you are unable to leave the city, you should invest in either property in a rural area or invest in friends who own property in a rural area. Make sure that you are honing in on all of your skills though, most people will deny you access to their land and goods if you have nothing to bring to the table. 

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2.Evacuation Route

No matter where you reside, you will need a couple of evacuation routes.

So what if you have the PERFECT plan laid out. If that route has been blocked, damaged or made impassable, you will need a secondary one.

When deciding which route is best, make sure that you take the road least taken. In other words, do not take common exits and routes that are well known.

When chaos ensues, you will realize that everyone else is taking the same road, you will be better off and able to move quicker if you are not having to stop and wait for traffic. 

3.Diesel Vehicles

So, you bought a Prius? Well, when the grid goes down, so does that smart, high gas mileage car. It doesn’t matter if you drive one, as long as you have another hard-fuel vehicle ready.

Diesel will be more readily available than gasoline. If you get something that is military-grade diesel, you will also be able to use things like rotten/dried leaves as a means to make your own fuel.

Do some research about how to do that now because when SHTF, you will not have time. 

4.Self Defense

Self-defense does not mean carrying a gun that you have never shot. Self-defense means knowing multiple ways of how to defend yourself and your family in a bad situation.

Whether you are trying to escape a rabid dog or trying to overpower someone whose goal is to hurt you, self-defense is essential to survival.

You can start with reading this article about 10 self-defense techniques everyone should know.

5.Stay Fit

All of the escape routes, self-defense maneuvers and survival skills that you have learned will get you nowhere if you cannot outrun the situation.

You need to start working out and exercising now because you will not have time to hit the gym when things get rough. 

6.Basic Survival Skills

You will need to know AT LEAST your basic survival skills.

You should be figuring out how to catch your own food, how to sew basic stitches, start fires, find and filter clean drinking water, CPR and even which plants are poisonous. If you cannot distinguish poison ivy from an English Ivy, you need more lessons!

Survival is more than getting away from the bad people. It is surviving on your own when you have no one else to turn to. 

7.Advanced Survival Skills

So, you know how to do everything in number six?

Well, now you need to start worrying about other things. If you don’t know how to shoot a bow, this lesson could really help you in a survival situation.

You should be learning how to track animals and people, how to use different vines to make cords, how to store food so that it doesn’t go bad and anything else that could help you.

Think outside of the box because everyone and everything else will be trying to survive as well.

8.Discover your Inner BOB

You don’t know who BOB is?

Oh, well, you need to get to work on that! BOB mean bug-out bag. In a bug-out bag, you will have everything that you need in a hurry up and go situation.

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You will have things like first aid kit, fishing twine, water, food, firearm with extra ammo, raincoat (these are handy for so many different survival things), medications and anything else that you think is necessary to have at all time.

So, discover your inner BOB, make friends with him and get your butt in gear.

One last note, do not pack the bag so much that you cannot carry it because then it is useless.

9.Food and Equipment Trail

If you already have your evacuation route planned, you should start thinking about other things.

In an emergency situation, you may not have time to pack up your car, so you need to have some necessities stored along your evacuation route.

If you are traveling country roads, dig a whole near a familiar landmark and bury some essential items in it. You would be amazed at how much you can store along your route, and how handy this will become. 

10.Be Mentally Prepared

All the primping and prepping will be useless if you have not mentally prepared yourself for an emergency situation. You should start going on survival camp-outs, now.

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You should have timed drills using your escape route. You need to make sure that all of your hard work pays off.

Basically, you need to think like you are the last person (or family) on Earth who is sane and in control of the situation. There are many other ways to plan for a survival situation, but this list is a great place to start if you are just beginning your trek to surviving ultimate demise.

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The Top 10 Essential Items for a Bug Out Bag

 A bug out bag is a bag that you fill with essential items, so you are prepared when an emergency arises.

These bags are also known as survival bags and emergency bags. You’ll want to be sure that you stock your bug out bag with items that are essential to the survival of your family.

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1. Water and Water Supplies

You and your family need water to live. You need it even more than you require food. Ideally, each family member will have a gallon available every day. You should also have water bottles and water sterilization supplies.

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2. Vital Medication

You should pack enough necessary medication to last a week or two. Any prescription medicine that a family member is taking should go in the family survival bag. Don’t forget to include medication that provides pain relief, such as aspirin.

3. First Aid

Your family may need first aid, so stocking a few basic supplies is crucial. Pack bandages, gauze, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, and burn ointment. Additional items to keep handy include latex gloves and a small pair of scissors.

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4. Radio

You’ll need a radio to stay informed. Pack extra batteries, too. A radio that runs on solar energy or via a crank is also a viable option.

5. Flashlight

A flashlight is a useful survival tool. Bring some extra batteries to keep it functioning. Your flashlight doesn’t need to be big, but it should provide you with plenty of light.

6. Fire Supplies

You may need a fire for a variety of reasons. A fire can provide light and warmth, and it might be used as a signal for help. Pack a refillable lighter, lighter fuel, tinder, waterproof matches, and a striking tool designed to start fires.

Check out this article –>  6 Ways to Start a Fire Without Matches

7. Food and Utensils

Bring food that is highly nourishing and easy to transport. Jerky, nuts, dried fruit, and granola bars are all ideal items to bring with you. You can also pack some freeze-dried meals. Be sure to include eating utensils and cooking supplies.

8. Hunting and Fishing

You can only transport a limited amount of food. Once your food supply is gone, you will need more nourishment. Bring supplies for hunting and fishing.

Find more tips on hunting and fishing here.

9. Maps and Compass

You may need to navigate your way through an unfamiliar area. Bring a compass, and pack a map of your general region. You may also wish to carry an electronic GPS device.

10. Clothing and Shelter

You and your family will need durable clothing and shoes. Bring lightweight hiking boots for each member of your family. Pack blankets, sleeping bags, and a tent.

You never know what kind of disaster awaits you, so staying prepared is important. You owe it to yourself to have a survival kit handy. Pack it with items that will help keep you and your family alive and well. If you want to stay informed about the latest survival tips, sign up for our newsletter.

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Is there anything else you would add to your bug out bag that we didn’t mention here?

8 Tips for Beginning Preppers

Prepping is all about protecting yourself and having the means to survive on your own. Here are some tips for beginning preppers.

Sometimes a beginner prepper can become overwhelmed with all of the websites on the Internet about preparing for natural disasters.

The number one reason that you must prepare yourself and your family for a natural disaster is because you may end up in a life-threatening situation where you have no choice but to survive without the assistance of any relief agencies or government aid.

Besides the most obvious of natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, we are living on a planet that has been impacted with asteroids and coronal mass ejections from the sun.

We could also be facing terrorist attacks or a nuclear war in the future.

There may even come a day when our very own government will become the people’s enemy by enforcing martial law on the entire nation.

No matter what the scenario is that you want to prepare for, there are some basic tips that will help guide you into becoming a master prepper for whatever comes your way.

1. Start Out Simple and Stick to the Basics

Beginner preppers often feel overwhelmed because of their fear and lack of experience in getting prepared for a disaster. For this reason, it is suggested that newbie preppers start out simple and stick to the basics by preparing for a three day survival period.

After you’ve gained enough experience and confidence, you can then start expanding your survival gear to ensure your survival for a week, a month or even an entire year.

2. Plan for a Power Outage

It is important to always be prepared for a power outage.

You should make sure you have a few LED flashlights with new batteries, some candles, a lighter and waterproof matches in case the power ever goes out.

You can also purchase a generator or solar panel to use as an electricity backup.

 

3. Store Water in Plastic Food Grade Barrels

In most disasters, clean water can become very hard to find. It is estimated that a family of four would need 28 gallons of water to survive for one week.

While you could store single gallon jugs of water in your basement, garage, or outbuilding, it would take up too much space and is therefore recommended that preppers store their water in a large food grade plastic barrel that can hold at least 28 gallons.

We recommend getting the Clearly Filtered products for water purification. You can learn more about Clearly Filtered by clicking here.

 

4. Store Non-Perishable Food Items

Stock up on non-perishable food items such as canned foods, boxed meals, nutritional food bars, and ready-to-eat meals like those given to soldiers that are out on missions.

You can order non-perishable food items on Amazon.

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5. Gather Important Documents

Make a copy of all of your important documents including your driver’s license, state ID, passport, marriage license, medical history, and emergency contacts list and store this information in a waterproof plastic bag. You could also make a backup of this information on a USB flash drive that can be accessed via a computer.

6. Develop a Plan to Connect With Your Loved Ones

If something should ever happen that knocked out the Internet and telephone communications, you need to have a way to connect with your family and loved ones.

You should decide on a central meeting place that everyone can easily get to just in case you have no way of contacting them.

It might also be a good idea to have long-range walkie talkies that work over a distance of 4-5 miles so that you have an alternative way of contacting people if the meeting place ends up being a disaster zone.

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7. Learn Basic Survival Skills

Learning survival skills is the fun part of being a prepper. You should learn basic skills such as how to build a fire, how to catch fish, how to shoot a gun, how to use a bow and arrow, how to grow a garden, and how to cook over an open fire. It would also be a good idea to learn how to perform CPR just in case you need to save someone’s life.

8. Prepare a “Bug Out Bag” for Each Member of Your Family

Putting together a “bug out bag” is the most important part of prepping for a disaster just in case you have to leave your home for some reason.

The basic things that you’ll need is a change of clothes, a first aid kit, an emergency supply of prescription medications, non-perishable food items, water (one gallon per person per day), personal items such as tampons and pet food if you have pets.

You’ll also need other survival items such a blanket, a tent, a hunting knife, a water filter, a lighter and box of matchsticks, a flint stone to help you start a fire, a flashlight with new batteries, and a rain poncho.

If you’re concerned about getting robbed for your food, you might also want to stash away a gun and ammo in your bag.

If you want to build your own, read this article –> What is a bug out bag?
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What is a Bug Out Bag?

After a natural disaster, you often hear people talking about having a bug out bag, but what is it and why do you need one?

Having a bug out bag in our home or vehicle could mean the difference between life and death during an emergency.

A bug out bag is a portable emergency kit that is designed to last you for three days. These are also referred to as 72 hour emergency kits. They need to be portable and have all the things you need to survive during a disaster.

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What should your bug out bag contain?

What you actually pack in your survival kit will have to do with your own needs as well as where you live. For example, if you live in area where hurricanes are common, you’ll need supplies related to surviving a hurricane.

But if you’re in an area that is more likely to be dry, you’ll want to have a different set of items. In general, though, you’ll want to have a first aid kit, a three day supply of food that doesn’t require real cooking, and a change of clothing.

Itís also a good idea to have a system for shelter, a bedroll, light sources, and tools to help you start a fire, stay dry and warm. Itís also important to have supplies for any personal needs. For example if you have small children, you may need diapers and baby wipes, toys to keep kids occupied, and children’s medications.

When would you use a bug out bag?

There are many situations that might warrant the use of an emergency kit. For example, you might have a gas leak in your home or a fire requiring you to leave it. You could also need to evacuate due to flooding or another natural disaster.

And, unfortunately, itís important to plan for instances such as terrorist attacks, nuclear disasters, or chemical spills that may require you to leave your home and find alternate shelter. Your kit won’t be designed to take care of long-term changes, but it will give you time to seek something more permanent if needed.

A bug out bag needs to be easy to grab and go. Most people purchase a back pack for their bug out bag because itís easy to carry and allows you to have your hands free. Even small children can carry their own bug out bag that has essentials.

When you have a 72 hour emergency kit, you’ll be able to have peace of mind knowing you’re better prepared for a disaster. Having a bug out bag for each member of your family will protect you during an emergency that requires evacuation.

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What Should I Put in a Every Day Carry Bag?

You don’t need a huge hiking pack to have a good bug out bag. Find out what goes in an EDC/get home bag to get you through an emergency.

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