With summer just around the corner, many of us will be heading outdoors for camping trips. In general, when we refer to camping, it usually means car camping. Car camping is when we pack our necessary gear in our vehicles, drive to the camp site, and basically live out of our cars for the duration of the trip. This kind of camping is distinguished from backpacking in which all our gear is carried with us in a pack. Car camping is normally limited ... Continue Reading →
Posted on June 13, 2014 by Brian Meyer
I remember the first time I was allowed to use power tools and what a difference it made in my ability to fix and build just about everything. Instead of the old hand saw I could use a circular saw or a sawzall to get the job done.
We’ve all grown pretty reliant on power tools, which begs to question what would happen if there wasn’t any power? How would you build a deck without a power drill to put those hundreds of screws in? How would you cut through metal without an angle grinder? What about felling trees without a chainsaw?
When the ... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 29, 2014 by Lorin John
Five not so weird tricks to use before you get a bugout bag.
First of all, I am not against having a 72 hour kit that you can grab and go with. Every family should have one, preferably every family member. But I run into a lot of people who think that emergency preparation starts and ends with a “bugout bag”. I’m here to say that if you haven’t started preparing for an emergency, there are a few steps that take a higher priority than having a grab and go backpack at the ready. Let’s take a look at what you need to know and have first:
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Posted on May 23, 2014 by Brian Meyer
While you’re probably familiar with what a bug out bag is and why you need one, unless you’re in the military or an experienced camper, you probably don’t know how to pack a bag effectively.
Packing a bug out bag is more than just shoving items into a bag, though. There’s a science involved that when followed, will get you the most space possible while keeping you safe and getting you access to the things you need.
Bag Packing Basic... Continue Reading →
Posted on May 22, 2014 by Lorin John
For most of us, when we think about the supplies we need to survive an emergency, we think of what goes in our 72 hour kit, or “bugout bag”. Its contents need to be light and portable, so you can grab it, jump in your auto, and get the heck outta Dodge.
Posted on May 1, 2014 by Lorin John
Sometimes, being prepared means being able to move from where you are to where you want to be. Disasters and emergencies don’t always wait until you are safely home, and even if you are sheltering in place, you may need to move around-to obtain supplies or services, to render aid, or any number of reasons.
We all hope that during times of crisis, people will rise to their better nature, band together and help each other, and in many emergencies this has been the case. But it is... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 18, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Most of us are familiar with the standard bug out bag, but this catchall for 72 hours worth of survival should be considered more of a bigger picture kind of tool while a survival kit is the barebones items you need to survive.
The exact contents of a good survival kit will vary with the environment you plan on using it in, but there are some basics that every good survival kit should have.
Survival Kit Basics
A good survival kit should be three things. First, it should be as portable as possible. T... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 9, 2014 by Kacey Herlihy
Everyday carry gear. Traveling by plane can be both fun and stressful. There are so many rules and regulations regarding what you can carry onto the plane that it may give you a headache just trying to figure out what to pack in case of an emergency. Having an emergency survival kit is important when you’re at home, in the car, or even on an airplane.
When planning a trip abroad or just visiting your in-laws, you should always ... Continue Reading →
Posted on April 4, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Axes are a valuable and often overlooked tool for preppers and survivalists. A good axe not only chops wood with ease and helps the chopper to minimize fatigue, but it can be used for a variety of other purposes as well, like hammering and processing game. Here's a rundown of the top 5 axes for survival, and at least one of these should be included in your prep.
5. SOG Tactical Tomahawk
Posted on March 28, 2014 by Brian Meyer
Few would argue that a Bug Out Bag (BOB) is a must for every prepper. Having a bag that you can pick up and live off of for three days makes you more prepared than the majority of the world, but what happens when you’re at work and disaster strikes? You don’t want to bug out necessarily; you want to get home. Even if you keep your BOB in your car or truck, it’s used for a completely different situation and needs, and your car isn’t near you at work. For most people, getting home is a ... Continue Reading →