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How to Keep Your Bug Out Bag Up to Date

bug out bagToday is a very busy day for me because one of my grandsons is getting married, so I have posted a guest blog to remind you to keep your bug out bag up to date.


Your bug out bag is more than just something that sits in the back of your closet or the trunk of your car to give you a nice warm fuzzy feeling when you go to sleep at night or watch the horror that is the evening news. You know it will save your life one day and you’ve gone above and beyond to do your research, get the best gear, and make sure you’ve got all the necessities and then some.…

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Why You Want a Family Picture in Your Bug Out Bag

family pictures

A friend of mine has a large and young family, in case of a disaster his plan A is to bug in, but there is always plane B, bugging out.  His children run in age from four to fifteen, so all but the very youngest can walk a fair distance and even he can carry a small pack.  One of the first things he does when building a bug out bag or seventy two hour kit is to put a family picture in everyone’s pack.  He considers these family pictures one of the most important items in the pack.

While you will always strive to keep your family together, there is always the possibility that you will become separated.…

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How Far Can You Walk In a Day When Bugging Out?

How Far Can You Walk In a Day When Bugging Out-The question of how far can you walk in one day recently came up in regards to bugging out. This led to quite a discussion, and many different opinions. For the last twenty-five or so years, I have done a lot of hiking in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and can cover some pretty good distances.

However, most of the time I am with someone else who also is in good shape and we are not carrying much weight. A 7 mile hike in about 2-3 hours is quite doable, and I am 70 years old. But that brings up the question of how much weight could I carry and could I do it day after day, while sleeping on the ground and making camp with no nice soft lounge chair in which to recover?…

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Suggestion for a Bug Out Bag

It has been a long time since I have posted a suggested list for the contents of a 72 hour kit or bug out bag.  I look at the kit as designed to get you to some safe place within a few days. This is not a kit that will allow most of us to live in the back country without additional help.

FOOD -Three days’ supply of food minimum, (I carry more) to be determined by size and age of family and personal needs.
Suggested items

• MRE’s (meals ready to eat) or LRPs (long range patrol rations)
• Canned food – meats, tuna, sardine, fruits, vegetables chili etc, (I avoid these as to heavy) .…

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Update Your Bug Out Bag for Winter

Well I think that the weather is starting to change and its time to winterize your home and bug out bag. Take out those shorts, short sleeve shirts and cute little socks for your tennis shoes. I also had a long pair of pants and sandals in mine. Don’t ask I don’t know if I thought I was going to be walking all day and then sit down to a catered dinner at the end of the day so why not bring a pair of sandals and relax over a camp fire. Oh well I don’t think I need them for winter use and I will replace the long pants with something warmer.…

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Cable Ties a Great Survival Tool

There is an easy simple to use item that everyone needs to have at home, in their car and bug out bag.  Plastic cable ties are made in varies sizes from about 4 inches to 36 inches.  The most practical is 8 – 18 inches.  They are manufactured for single and multiple uses.  The reusable ones are fairly new and I have not personally used them.  The older single use ones have been part of my preps for many years.

I have used them to repair my car, make outdoor shelters, build a drying rack,  and secure prisoners, (I used to work in law enforcement). …

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Earthquake Safety

In light of the earthquake on the east coast, I though now may be the time to post some reminders about earthquake safety.

If you are inside when the shaking starts, you should:

• Drop, cover, and hold on.  Move only a few steps to a nearby safe place.  Most people
injured in earthquakes move more than ten feet during the shaking.

• If you are elderly or have a mobility impairment, remain where you are, bracing
yourself in place.

• If you are in bed, stay there, hold on, and protect your head with a pillow. You are
less likely to be injured if you stay in bed. …

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A Good Medical Book for Your 72 Hour Kit

Wilderness and travel MedicineHaving a small complete medical book to put in your bug out bag or seventy two hour kit has always been a problem for me.  It needs to be small, lightweight, simple to understand and packed with good advice.

After looking at several good possibilities, I have decided to go with the 3rd Edition of “A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine” published by Adventure Medical Kits. This 190 paged, Pocket-Sized book goes far beyond traditional first aid.

It provides information on

Gunshot Wounds and Arrow Injuries
Includes vital information on gunshot wounds, arrow injuries and treating complications such as tension pneumothorax, sucking chest wounds, shock, stabilizing an impaled arrow and controlling bleeding.…

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