Bug Out Bag – Getting Ready

 

It always makes me happy when a friend or relative of mine gets interesting in prepping.  A few weeks ago I bumped into a friend of mine while out doing some hiking in a local State Park.  We bumped into each other about thirty minutes away from the closest parking lot inside the State Park, so not that far out from civilization by any means.  He saw that I was wearing a messenger bag slung over my shoulder and asked me about it.  I told him I always carried with me when I go into the woods a few basic items.  I then popped open my bag and showed him a small first aid kit, a bottle of water, some snacks, and a few other odds and ends.

My friend agreed it made sense to have something like that along, even when just out doing some local hiking and trail walking in the local parks.  Soon the discussion turned to how I also kept a back pack at home with three days worth of basic supplies and food just in case it was needed for a prolonged emergency.  He asked what kind of emergencies, and I went onto explain how blizzards can knock out power in our part of the country, and how tornadoes can demolish a neighborhood or town, and then I pointed out other large disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and how thousands and thousands of people were displaced  from their homes and how they lost important documents during evacuation.

Well, before too long my friend was assuring me he wanted help putting together a a bug out bag.

So here I am, sitting in my living room with a used ALICE PACK backpack and a large assortment of various gear to help somebody survive for three days on their own with bare minimums.  The picture below shows some of the bare minimum items, including potassium iodine tablets, which I think are a good idea to have on hand depending on where you live.

For more information on bug out bags and what to pack in them, check out some of the other postings on this web page.

 

Contents to be added to a Bug out Bag.
Contents to be added to a Bug out Bag.

 

Gear Review

 

It’s that time of year again when I sit and go through all my gear.  I do this to check expiration dates on time sensitive gear and take inventory of what I have.  Because if you have a need for an item in an emergency situation, then you should know if you have it and you should know if it going to perish over time and needs to be replaced.  Some of the things I check are: First Aid supplies (everything), vitamins, survival rations, batteries, etc…etc…

This includes checking bug out bags, vehicle emergency kits, camp gear, long term storage items, and of course any and all food set aside.

 

Awareness – Clintonville Wisconsin And The Need For A Bug Out Bag

 

Clintonville, Wisconsin has been plaqued by strange booming noises and possible earth tremors the past few days – all unexplained.  It has made the national news.  Below is an excerpt from FOX News:

CLINTONVILLE, Wis. –  Bemused curiosity is turning into worry and aggravation for families in a small Wisconsin town longing for peace and quiet after three nights of mysterious booming noises that have sent some residents into the streets — sometimes still in their pajamas.

The strange disturbance sounds like distant thunder, fireworks or someone slamming a heavy door. At first, many people were amused. But after a third restless night Tuesday into Wednesday, exasperation is mounting. And some folks are considering leaving town until investigators determine the source of the racket.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/21/mysterious-booms-rattle-wisconsin-city/?test=latestnews#ixzz1pqxYiTJF

 

Possible sink hole soon to form?  Earthquake coming?  Methane build up under the ground?  Nobody knows for sure, at least not at the writting of this post.  One thing is for sure Continue reading “Awareness – Clintonville Wisconsin And The Need For A Bug Out Bag”

Survival Planning – Field Survival Kit

 

During the month of October and November, and even into December, many people take to the woods for hunting and hiking.  This happens in all states during this time of year, as autumn and early winter is when most states around the country have their annual deer hunting seasons and when trees start to turn colors.  I live in the Midwest State of Wisconsin, and most areas in Wisconsin are not overly remote where you are more than a few miles from a farm or cabin.  However there are regions within the state that are dozens of miles away from anything.  Hunting with bow or gun takes place in every nook and cranny around the state, and it does not matter how far out in the woods you choose to go, even if you are only planning on being out for a few hours for some small game hunting of rabbit or squirrel or the like, it is a good idea to have a field survival kit as part of your hunting gear.

I bring up this subject because I was talking with some people at my local gun club who were saying they travel light when they hunt.  I asked what they meant by traveling light, and the most typical answer was the clothes on their back, a gun (or bow), some rope, and a good knife for field dressing their wild game.  I countered back that I travel light as well, but that I also include a small pack with some survival gear.  I was asked Continue reading “Survival Planning – Field Survival Kit”

Survival Preparedness – Make Sure You’re Ready With Survival Gear Checks

 

I’ve talked about three day survival kits, bug out bags, and survival retreats.  I’ve also mentioned storing some extra emergency food items as well as water.  With all that in mind, it is important to take some time to go back through all the survival gear you have been preparing.  This is something I usually do at least twice a year in early spring and mid-autumn, and sometimes more often if I need to switch out something that may have an expiration date and needs to be removed and updated.

I keep on hand in my home a bug out bag for each member of the family, a three day survival kit in each vehicle, a small pack that I carry with me when I go hiking or hunting that also contains some basic survival supplies, and several storage boxes that contain a variety of things such as; emergency food, extra clothes for all seasons, camping gear, extra shoes and boots, tools, etc… Continue reading “Survival Preparedness – Make Sure You’re Ready With Survival Gear Checks”

Survival Gear – Basic Three Day Emergency Survival Kit

 

The first thing to consider when putting together a survival kit is where you live and what types of natural survival events are you likely to face.  Somebody living where ice storms are common may have different needs than somebody who lives in the southwestern deserts.  But there are always a few things that are a must for consideration, and they are water, food, clothing, shelter and first aid.  This blog will only be covering the basic fundamentals of what you will need.  However, just by having an emergency survival kit will place you in Continue reading “Survival Gear – Basic Three Day Emergency Survival Kit”