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Putting Your Survival Plans to the Test

February 26, 2013


Hiking into the woods

Like many preppers, I carry a small backpack with me everywhere I go. It’s in the back seat when I run to the supermarket or to the office. It’s on my back when I take a hike through the woods. I don’t go anywhere without it. Call it my security blanket; just having it brings […]

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Making a Homemade MRE (Meal Ready to Eat)

February 19, 2013


A breakfast homemade MRE

You’ve probably heard the term Meal, Ready-to-Eat, or MRE for short. It’s a term coined by the U.S. Military in the 1970’s when the armed services recognized the need to provide troops in the field with a variety of nutritionally balanced meals that were relatively easy to carry, had a long shelf-life, and could be […]

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Making a 32-Piece Every Day Carry (EDC) Survival Kit

February 11, 2013


my edc

My wallet isn’t thick and it’s certainly not lined with credit cards, but I do carry something with me every day that is much more important than any piece of plastic from a financial institution. It’s my Every Day Carry (EDC) Survival Kit. I put this kit together many years ago with one thought in […]

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Selecting a Get Home Bag (GHB)

February 6, 2013


Selecting a Get Home Bag

How many miles are you from home? How many miles can you hike (because you will basically be hiking with a pack) in a day? Remember, walking is not hiking; hiking works different muscles and will exhaust you much quicker. Your physical condition will dictate how far you can hike; some may be able to only hike 5 miles, while others might be able to hike 30.

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A 21-Piece First Aid Kit

January 24, 2013


20-Piece First Aid Kit

I spend a fair amount of time in the woods hiking, camping, and practicing survival skills. It’s nice to get out of doors and experience God’s creation first hand. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate during my outings; I haven’t experienced a serious injury or illness while in the bush. Still, I’m well aware that […]

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My Maxpedition EDC Pocket Organizer

January 22, 2013


My Maxpedition EDC Kit

Many years ago, I made my first everyday carry kit (EDC) using an Altoids tin. Inside, I put all of the things I thought I’d need in a time of survival. I had a small candle, some waterproof matches, several fishhooks and line, ibuprofen, and even a small flashlight, among other things. Looking back, I […]

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Car Crashes: Another Reason to Be Prepared

November 15, 2012


Using your get-home bag at a car crash

“Oh no.”, I thought. “This could be bad; really bad.” Those words echoed in my mind as I started braking and steering the car to the shoulder of the road. True story: Laura and I, along with our oldest and youngest kids, were driving along the interstate this past weekend. As we topped a small […]

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9 Reasons a Coffee Can Should be in Your Survival Kit

October 18, 2012


You'll need a good survival kit in the wilderness

Size and weight matter. Whether your putting together a 72-hour Survival Pack that you can sling over your shoulder or making a Every Day Carry Kit that you can slide into a jacket pocket, it’s important to consider how easy the kit will be to carry. Consider Convenience I can tell you from experience if […]

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Why Instant Oatmeal Should Be in Your Survival Kit

September 25, 2012


Oatmeal: a great on the go meal

Food. It’s the first thing most people think about in a survival situation. “I’ve got to find something to eat!” Maybe it’s because we’re so accustomed to eating regularly throughout the day and our stomachs remind us when it’s getting close to mealtime. Maybe it’s a comfort activity; something that can be done to preserve […]

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Why Cotton Pads Should Be in Your Survival Kit

April 18, 2012


cottonballs in your survival kit

Sometimes the most useful items for survival are not found on the camping aisle of your local big box store. They aren’t even found in dedicated stores like REI or Gander Mountain. The most useful items are those with multiple purposes for the survivor. It’s those items that can be used in a variety of […]

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