As you prepare for a disaster, natural or otherwise, one of your "must-haves" is your bug out bag. Your short term survival and/or reaching a safe location may depend on how well you have done prepping one. Whether you bought or built your own bug out bag, there may be something you've overlooked that would ensure that it is going to work for you when the need arises. Smart Prepper Gear provides a list of 9 common, but potentially serious mistakes people make with bug out bags … [Read more...] about 9 Potential Problems With Your Bug Out Bag
You have been reading, studying, and strategizing to make sure you and your family are prepared for when SHTF, but are you sure you have not forgotten something? With all of your preparations you have your bug out bag packed lean and mean - everything you need and still at a weight that is manageable without having to hire a mule.Yes, but, have you considered a bug out bag for your dog? Doomsday Moose has an article detailing the best dog bug out gear that I wanted to share with … [Read more...] about Best Dog Bug Out Gear – Dog Bug Out Vest
Always open to looking at different perspectives, I came across a packing list that a Green Beret veteran turned survival instructor put together. As spring arrives, it is time to start thinking about hitting the trails and mountains for some outdoor adventure.Mike over at Task And Purpose talks about preparing for a short camping trip in the California Sierra mountains. That is my stomping grounds as well, and I wonder if perhaps we have not crossed paths at some point with maybe a … [Read more...] about A Special Forces Veteran Weighs In On What To Bring When Camping Off The Grid
Say you have decided to prepare your own bug out bag for the first time. You get stalled out or procrastinate because you are not really sure what to pack. Or you have a bug out bag ready to go at a moment's notice, and you just want to check out someone else's inventory list to see if you missed something or would like to supplement your current supplies.In either case, Little Things has posted an article with a detailed list of items to include in your own bug out bag. You … [Read more...] about What Should You Include In Your Bug Out Bag?
Let's talk about safe places to escape to if SHTF. I don't recommend staying where you are unless you already live someplace remote.Why? you might ask. Well, statistics show that only a small percentage of the population is "prepared". That means, almost by definition, that most of the people that live around you are not. Which means just that many more people you may have to contend with for a variety of scarce resources.Once your neighbors realize that you are looking … [Read more...] about 7 Bug Out Location Must Haves
I remember training for climbing and backpacking trips. Early on (read when I was much younger and fitter) I could just throw my gear in a pack and pretty much take off at a moments notice.As I have gotten older I find that I need to start training for the weight and distance that are involved in whatever expedition I have planned. Last year I hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail in the Sierras. The trail is about 163 miles and people often hike it in 12-16 days. Caching food and … [Read more...] about Your Bug Out Bag is Packed – Do You Think You Can Carry It?
Just about any type of packing is a constant push and pull against packing too much or not packing enough. This may result in a minor inconvenience when packing for a week long vacation, but could have much more serious consequences to your health and safety when packing your bug out bag.Your bug out bag should contain everything you need for at least 72 hours after SHTF. You want to be able to just grab it and get the hell out of Dodge, but that will be a bit more difficult if it … [Read more...] about 10 Bug Out Bag Packing Tricks You Wish You Knew Before