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.
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”
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.
A survival knife can go a long ways towards making your life a little easier in any survival situation. They can be used to easily help create fire starting tender, cut rope, webbing, para-cord, clean a fish, field dress wild game, create a spear by lashing it to a sturdy stick, and many other uses.
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”