Bugging Out – For Fun

The concept of bugging out is great. You’ve got your gear. You’ve got food, water, supplies, and you’re ready to be able to survive if you ever had to with just the supplies on your back. Awesome! Have you actually TRIED it yet? I strongly suggest you do, even for 24 hours. I’ve taken my new gear out three times so far; once for a vacation experience and twice for survival camping. Each and every time I’ve learned something new about myself or about my gear. 30 Pounds Is The Limit Thirty pounds is the hard-limit set by most amateur hikers, campers, and backpackers. Keep in mind that they actually DO this four or five times a year so you should consider their advice as solid. Ok, my pack was 40.5 before I headed out for camping this weekend. I’m not an avid backpacker but I’m a physical laborer in … Read the rest…

Survival Series – Thoughts about Traveling

Preparing for the needs of your home in a power-down or survival situation is critically important, for reasons too obvious to state here. However an often overlooked issue is preparation for traveling. I was working over thoughts today for my planned post about “Vacation Day 3” when it occurred to me that I had a good post topic easily at hand. How many people travel every day and by sheer dumb luck haven’t ever been stranded anywhere? I promise it usually only happens to someone ONE time. After that event they’re always prepared ever after. My wife travels up to about 30 miles from home on a daily basis, on roads she knows and to locations with multiple routes home. Her job dictates she has a four-wheel-drive truck fully stocked with external AC power as well as a water pump and 80 gallon water tank, refrigerator, and a variety of … Read the rest…

Survival Series – Chapter 5: Books

Ok, so if you’re going to get serious about having a survival mindset, it helps if you’re an avid reader. Wait.. come back… don’t go! Whew.. ok.. hang on just a sec! I didn’t mean how-to manuals. I meant good-ol’ action packed fiction, based on some real world events, or based on plausible scenarios. I’m going to point you in the direction of a few of my favorites, in descending order of greatness. (That means the best are first.) The “Going Home” Series – by Angery American First off,  yes, he can spell. He meant it that way. Secondly, he writes an amazing series of books, based on a character named Morgan – who I can identify with personally. The character is literally “me” in a book… same gear I already carry, same kind of personality, just written by a guy that’s never met me. The series, all five books thus far, … Read the rest…

Survival Series – Bug out Bags Overview

This is the first post in the Bug Out Bags chapter of the video series. This first video is to give you an overall idea of what kind of bags are out there, the differences between EDC and BOBs, and simply provide an overall introduction to the chapter. More videos will be forthcoming on each individual bag, its purpose, contents, cost, and other factors! Bags Seen in This Video: There are hundreds of bags out there, each with its own pros and cons depending on the person carrying it. What you see here is the selection of bags mentioned in this video. You can learn more about each one, buy one, or just read what others have said about theirs. Everyday Carry Bags: First Responder Utility Bag – for a person on the go, or the man with too much crap to carry but too much pride to wear a fanny … Read the rest…

Survival Series – Food Options In General

I cover a lot of general food considerations in this video. Watch the video for yourself, and then read on at the bottom. I’ve added a few details and thoughts to expand on the video. If I did it all on YouTube it would be half an hour long! Salt Salt is a healthy part of our diet, whether you know it or not. Sure, there are several risks of sodium intake if you aren’t of average health, but your average healthy human being is recommended a minimum of 500mg a day. That equates to 3/4 of a teaspoon per day. Your average human consumes around 3,500 mg per day between what is in their food already, in their drinks, and of course put on food to season for individual taste. If your kidneys are healthy, even excess sodium derived from salt isn’t an issue. Some people range between 250 mg … Read the rest…

Survival Series – The beginning

I’m taking a break from Facebook and some other social media, which gives me the time to work on some projects I’ve been meaning to make time for anyway. Right now I’m going to work on the survival series of video posts. About the survival video series: It really doesn’t matter what end of the spectrum you fall into; the truth remains that we should all have enough common sense to prepare for emergencies. Whether you are a single adult living in an apartment in the city, a family of six living in the deepest reaches of the country, or anywhere in-between; a certain level of preparedness should be instinctual in us as humans, simply to protect our loved ones. The advice you’re going to receive in this video series is designed to work with ALL aspects of survival preparation. Let me clarify that ok? Maybe you just need to … Read the rest…

Review – Ontario SP8 Machete

I made a post awhile back that generated a lot interest – about creating your own Bug Out Bag, or “Go-To-Hell Bag” as we called it when I first got interested in wilderness survival years ago. Anyway, I get a lot of requests for “What type of this do you recommend?” or “What’s the better version of this particular item?” Well, I can’t answer or pretend to be an expert on things I’ve never used, but I CAN put my word behind the stuff I DO use. So, this is my first in a series of product reviews related to survival tools and materials.  If you’d like to back track a little, check out the post on building your own bug-out-bag. Selecting a Machete A machete is a great tool to have, and it is very multipurpose, but not as multipurpose as novices think they are. People think of a … Read the rest…

Building a “Go-To-Hell” Bag

This topic came up because of a disaster preparedness seminar my wife and I were asked to do a few weeks ago for the local community. To be honest, she was asked to do it because of her job. I was asked to participate because I’m the one who designed our go-bags. Since the event I’ve been asked a lot of questions regarding a “Go-Bag” and what should be included in one. So, here we go. I’m breaking out all my toys for show and tell. Hopefully this information will be useful to you. Topics: GO Bag or Go To Hell Bag? Selecting a Bag How To Decide Pricing Physical Needs How to Plan your Pack What To Include Water Food Distributing Contents Tactical Supplies Electronics Clothing Other Items to Carry Put it to Use First Aid Supplies Go Bag or Go-To-Hell Bag? I mention this because it is a … Read the rest…