Friday, December 9, 2016

10 Gifts for your Prepper Loved Ones

One of the wedding gifts my wife and use most (besides Target gift cards that we somehow still haven't used up) was a first aid kit. It's not flashy, but it's darn useful, and sometimes that says more than flashiness. When it comes to preppers, outdoorsmen, or just men in general, useful presents are particularly appreciated. Have a man or prepper in your long list of friends, coworkers, and in-laws? You'll find something for them in your price range here. There's even some stocking stuffers, so here's the list!

1. Urban Survival Bug Out Bag- Has a discreet black backpack for blending in when chaos hits the streets. Includes food, water, radio, hygiene supplies, etc. The 2 person ($139.99) is shown, but it also comes in 4-person ($179.99).

2. Family Prep Survival Kit- Besides being bright red (to stick out to search and rescue), this one is similar to the urban bag. Instead of water purification it has some more tools and also hand warmers. The 4 person ($179.99) is shown, but it also comes in 2-person ($139.99).

3. Fire Bracelet- Paracord bracelets are both in style and useful, especially when it comes with a survival whistle and flint striker built into the buckle! Cost: $11.99.

4. Redo Hand Warmers- If you live in a cold climate these are a must have. Simply snap a disc inside the pack and the chemical inside gets toasty warm. When it's done (up to 1 hour later) simply stick it in hot or boiling water and let it cool to reuse it! Cost: $4.99.

5. 5 Gallon Bucket Toilet Seat- This toilet seat can snap onto most 5-gallon buckets to turn it into a toilet. Great for camping, hunting, and emergency preparedness! Cost: $14.99.

6. HeatStore Blanket- Better than a regular space (mylar) blanket, this emergency blanket is actually durable. Reuse it without worrying about tearing it.
Thanks to it's dual layer technology, it reflects heat on one side and absorbs it on the other. In winter use the shiny side on the inside to stay warm and in summer make it into a tent with the reflective side facing out to stay cool! Cost: $7.99.

7. ThermaSave Blanket- Similar to the HeatStore blanket with the same dual layer technology, this blanket is slightly thinner for easier packing, but is still thicker and more durable than traditional space blankets. Makes a perfect stocking stuffer! Cost: $4.99.

8. Stealth Tactical Bug-Out Bag- Designed for the truly hard core. The bag itself is amazing, not to mention all the tools and supplies that are inside. Did I mention that it comes with a 2 person tent pole tent that rolls up and comes inside? Cost: $299.00.

9. First Aid Kit- 118 pieces including bandages, nitrile gloves, CPR mask, tape, tweezers, scissors, cleansing wipes, and more. It can easily fit in a desk drawer, glove box, or backpack. You'll use it more than you think!

10. Tactical Flashlight- Camping, hiking, cave exploring, power outages, car safety, these are all usages for flashlights. Make it an Emergency Zone Tactical Flashlight and you'll have an S.O.S. and also attack mode with a CREE LED that's brighter than most others out there.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Hurricane of Prizes: Giveaway for $780 in Gear!

June 1st marks the beginning of the 2016 hurricane season, and to help raise awareness we are teaming up with some great companies for a huge giveaway. This is our thank you to you, the customer. We've teamed up with LuminAid, LifeStraw, PrepareWise food storage, and PowerPractical for some really awesome products at a total retail value of over $750!

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The giveaway goes from June 1st to June 15th. The winner, who will be picked randomly, will be announced June 16th. We will contact them via email.

Stealth Tactical Bug Out Bag X1
With all the tactical features and without the showy looks, you can wear this bag anywhere without people realizing you have a gun in your backpack. It has MOLLE straps around the edges, a hidden gun compartment, a stow away water proof cover, and to top it off it is hydration bladder compatible.

LuminAid PackLite 16 x2
Clip this on your backpack while you hike and by the end of the day you'll have a LED lantern with 30 hours of battery life. Not only that, this solar charged lantern is waterproof and floats, providing 65 lumens of bright light at full power. Using it's 4 settings, including emergency flashing, you'll have all the lantern you need. 

LifeStraw Go x1
The famous and trusted LifeStraw, an innovation in portable filtration, is now in bottle form. Simply fill your LifeStraw Go bottle with water and as you drink the internal filter cleans 99.9 percent of bacteria and protozoans.

MegaOne Meal Replacement Shake x6
A food storage solution in powder form, MegaOne meals taste great. It has 27 grams of plant-based proteins, 20 grams of fiber, and a host of super foods. As a plus, it's non-GMO, gluten free, and all natural.

Power Pot 5 x1
Its a pot that generates electricity while boiling water. Weighing in at only 14oz, and putting out 5 volts of charging power, the Power Pot 5 comes in handy while camping, hiking, or just during power outages. And in case you're worried, it charges your phone just as fast as at home!

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About The Recent Elizabethkingia Outbreak

There has been news going around of another disease outbreak in the midwest. It's a little-known bacteria called Elizabethkingia.

What is Elizabethkingia?
Elizabethkingia is a bacteria commonly found in nature. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines it as follows:
Elizabethkingia is a genus of bacteria commonly found in the environment worldwide and has been detected in soil, river water and reservoirs. However, it rarely makes people sick. Cases are diagnosed through culture of body fluids, most often blood testing. Elizabethkingia has mostly caused meningitis in newborn babies and meningitis or bloodstream and respiratory infections in people with weakened immune systems. About 5-10 cases per state per year are reported in the United States, with a few small, localized outbreaks reported in both the United States and other countries, usually in healthcare settings.
To date, CDC has confirmed a total of 59 cases confirmed (57 in Wisconsin, 1 each in Michigan and Illinois) while 20 deaths were confirmed (18 in Wisconsin, 1 each in Michigan and Illinois).
So Elizabethkingia is actually all around us, in dirt, water, etc. It's only when a person's immune system is weak that this bacteria can cause problems.

What is considered an "outbreak?"
The term "outbreak" may make the news sound like a disease is spreading across the state/country like wildfire, but that may not be the case.  The World Health Organization defines the term "outbreak" as follows:
A disease outbreak is the occurrence of cases of disease in excess of what would normally be expected in a defined community, geographical area or season. An outbreak may occur in a restricted geographical area, or may extend over several countries. It may last for a few days or weeks, or for several years.

A single case of a communicable disease long absent from a population, or caused by an agent (e.g. bacterium or virus) not previously recognized in that community or area, or the emergence of a previously unknown disease, may also constitute an outbreak and should be reported and investigated.
So outbreak just means an increase above the normal or expected occurrence. Often times "outbreak" is confused with "epidemic" or "pandemic." An epidemic is when a disease spreads rapidly to many people. A pandemic is a world-wide outbreak. Pandemic may also mean that their's a new strain of bacteria that no one is immune too, or that the bacteria is one that easily spreads to others.

Should We Panic?
Before deciding to panic or not, let's look at some facts. First, because it's found in dirt and rivers this bacteria has probably been around humans for thousands of years. It hasn't caused much damage in all that time and, in fact, it was so quite it wasn't even discovered until 1959! Second, when comparing the number of Elizabethkingia cases with the number of flu cases, we see that this outbreak is very small. Remember, an outbreak can mean a normally dormant disease has suddenly spiked. Check out this graph: (keep in mind that we are comparing elizabethkingia to only .001% of flu cases in America.)

.001% is a very small percentage. To illustrate, the width of a hair is .001% the height of a 3 story building! That puts into perspective that Elizabethkingia, although possibly fatal in young or old victims, is hardly an endemic. Unless history changes drastically, it shouldn't be an issue for the majority of people.

Finally, A Stealthy Bug Out Bag

What is the most important part of a bug out bag? Is it the food and water, the fire starting tools, or what type of knife you have? There are multiple good answers to that question, but there's one really obvious good answer. The most important part of a bug out bag is the bag itself! Your bag lets you carry all your life giving tools anywhere you go. Hence you should take careful consideration when purchasing a bug out bag.

The Problem with Bug Out Bags
There is, however, a big problem with bug out bags: often times they call attention to themselves. This is a problem because not everyone in a survival situation wants to be found by just anybody. Whether you're hiding from the government or your neighbor, you don't want a bright red backpack to give you a way. In an urban setting even tactical bags can stand out. If you see your neighbor with a tactical backpack then you automatically imagine guns, ammo, and survival supplies inside. Tactical backpacks with camouflage are obviously bad for blending into urban siutations, but even black ones stick out because they have MOLLE straps all over them. MOLLE points to military, which points to guns and ammo, which points to supplies and preparedness, which makes you a target to others in an emergency situation if people are desperate for supplies.

Stealth Bug Out BagThe Advantage of the Emergency Zone Stealth Tactical Bag
That's where the Emergency Zone Stealth Tactical Bag comes in: designed as a bug out bag, yet determined to blend in. It's black and grey color scheme doesn't draw attention. It does have MOLLE straps, but they're only put around the edges of the pack so others don't see it easily. Now you can leave your home while looking discreet. The great part is that you don't sacrifice quality or features, either.

So what are all the features of the Stealth Tactical Backpack? Here's a list:
  • Molle system around the edges where it is useful without looking tactical
  • Comes with a full size 2 liter hydration bladder
  • Built-in stowaway waterproof covering
  • Optional duffle bag mode (backpack straps detach and tuck inside)
  • Tough nylon strap extends around the entire backpack for extra support
  • Metal buckles for extra strength
  • Chest and hip straps
  • Whistle and flint striker built into the chest strap
  • Compression straps
  • Hidden and easily accessible pistol compartment. While you're wearing the backpack just reach behind your back to grab your concealed weapon
  • 4 main compartments with pockets for cell phones and smaller items
  • Padded back and straps
Best Bug Out Bag

With all these features this bag deserves the name Stealth Tactical. It's incredibly sturdy, you aren't going to be able to break it. The large padded straps are very comfortable, and with the compression straps pulling the load closer to your back it's comfortable enough for long excursions. So if you want to hide your valuable supplies but you still want tactical features and comfort, this backpack is for you. With Emergency Zone's Stealth Tactical Bug Out Bag, ordinary is your disguise, tactical is your truth.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Mora Companion Sheath Modification

One of our own here at Emergency Zone just modified their Mora Companion sheath. It's a small camo bag duct taped securely to the sheath. There's enough room for a fire rod with striker, some vaseline-covered cotton balls, and 8ft of 550 paracord. What do you think? Comment below and leave your own ideas!

Mora Companion Sheath Mod   

Thursday, March 31, 2016

How to Pick A Survival Knife for Beginners

How to Pick a Survival Knife For Beginners

So you're about to buy a survival knife? That's great! This is an important and significant purchase and you've come to the right spot for everything you need to know before purchasing one. We've done all the research for you and summed it up here. Soon you'll understand knives like never before!

Why do You Need a Survival Knife?
Hatchets and saws all cut larger firewood better than a survival knife, and a pocket knife can carve smaller pieces of wood just fine. So why do you need a survival knife? With a survival knife you can do both small and big jobs with just one tool that you can strap to your hip. The flexibility and mobility of a survival knife are what make it such a powerful tool. You could walk with a hatchet on your hip everywhere you go, or somehow try to cut firewood with a pocket knife (good luck,) but it's not nearly as efficient as carrying a survival knife. To get the best of both worlds you're looking for a heavy duty piece of full-tang high quality steel that will last and be reliable.

Which One is Best For Me?
Once you want a survival knife the natural question is which one is best for me? The better question is, what will your knife be put through? Here are some issues that you'll need to think about. For a summary on the main points I'll discuss, go to the infographic at the end of the blog!

Carbon vs Stainless
There are some very strong opinions about this debate. Basically, if you live somewhere humid or you expect to get salt water on your knife, you'll want stainless steel. It has a larger amount of chromium in it, which makes it rust resistant. If you want the blade to be easier to sharpen and for the edge to hold longer, then choose carbon. Just make sure you take proper care of a carbon blade, since it rusts easier. Anytime it gets moist make sure to clean and dry it. Both have been improved with modern technology so drastically that either option will work great for most people. If you're not sure what to decide, try a carbon blade. They are sharp and caring for a carbon blade is a rewarding experience.

Smaller (Like the Mora Heavy Duty) or Larger (Like the Ka-Bar Becker)
The Ka-Bar Becker is 10.5" long (overall length) and weighs 1 lb while the Mora Heavy Duty is 8.5" long and only weighs 5 oz. Whether you should go big or small depends on the jobs you need to do with it. If you're primarily going to be batoning wood, even though the Mora could handle it, the KA-Bar or LMF II would perform much better. However, you might want the sharp agility and affordability of the Mora. If you want something in between, the 9" long 5.4 oz Seal Pup is sharp and light, a great middle ground knife.

Which Type of Steel?
Modern "super steels" have risen in popularity lately but in reality they mainly serve marketing purposes. They claim to be sharper and harder, and they're right, but the difference is small. Almost more important than the type of steel is the way it's heat treated. A steal with a high hardness potential won't ever reach that potential if it's heat treated incorrectly. On the other hand, steal with a lower potential can be made to a very high quality if it's heat treated correctly. For example, many Buck knives uses 420 HC steal. It's a good steal but pretty basic. However, Buck Knives treats their steal so well that the 420 HC on a Buck knife out performs many other knives. However, it's hard to research how a company heat treats each knife. As long as you are buying from a trusted company, though, you will be just fine. If you do really want to be specific about steel type, then these are just a few, not all, of some proven, over-all high performing steels:

best steal for survival knives

Find a Durable Handle
No matter what application you have for your knife, you'll want a full tang knife. Full tang means the metal that forms the blade extends throughout the length of the whole knife. A couple exceptions to this include Mora's knives and Gerber's LMF II Infantry. These knives quality of construction makes up for not having a full tang. Looking for full tang means that hollow handled knives are not durable enough to be a survival knife, either. The Cold Steel Bushman is one of the very (and I mean very) few exceptions to this rule. Because the whole knife is just one piece of metal, it is plenty strong to stand up to abuse. The hollow handle allows it to easily be made into a spear, which makes it worth it.

Comfortable Grip Goes a Long Way
If you need to cut for a long period of time then a handle's material becomes very important. Stay away from small handles, such as paracord wrapped handles. The larger the diameter of handle the more comfortable the knife is to use over long periods of time. Make sure the handle is grippy enough to use when wet. Some good materials for handles are listed here:
  • Micarta
  • Nylon
  • Kray-Ex
  • Wood
  • Phenolic
Watch Out for the Quality of Sheath
Make sure you are comfortable with the sheath your knife comes in before buying it. Companies often don't make really nice sheaths in order to save money. If the knife you want to buy doesn't come with a great sheath don't worry, you can always buy a custom one. A knife that does come with a fantastic sheath is the Gerber LMF II. When looking at sheaths you may want to consider:
  • Durability
  • The different ways you can carry it on you (horizontal, vertical, molle, etc)
  • How easy it is to take the knife out with one hand
  • How much noise it makes while walking
  • How secure it holds the knife
  • If it drains water or not
When it comes to sheath material here's a list of some good materials:
  • Kydex (the best and most expensive)
  • Leather
  • Secure-Ex (What Cold Steel uses for a lot of sheaths)
  • Nylon
Surprisingly, the plastic Mora sheaths are cheap but not bad quality. They include a drain hole, don't make noise, and hold the knife very securely. So, moral of the lesson, just because a sheath is made of plastic doesn't mean it's horrible. Look up reviews online to be sure.

Grind can Make a Difference
The grind is how the actual cutting edge of the steal is shaped. (see infographic at end of this article for pictures of each grind.) The most commonly used by manufacturers is a hollow grind because it is very sharp, but it is also less durable. Some more higher quality grinds are the flat grind and the scandi grind. These are the easiest to resharpen, keep a good edge, and are tougher than the hollow grind. As a side note, the scandi grind is a type of sabre grind. A sabre grind in general includes two bevels. The scandi simply removes one of them. If having to take a longer time sharpening your knife doesn't bother you, then you might want to look into the convex grind.  The convex grind is a beautiful blend of finesse and durability. It's downfall is that it's difficult to sharpen. These three, the convex, flat, and scandi, are all strong choices and versatile. The single bevel grind is a great grind if you're planning on chopping, but it's hard to do detail work and versatile.

A Few Last Things
As a few last words of advice. Generally you want to stay away from serrations. There are great serrated knives out there, but generally serrations make a knife less versatile. In the end it's your preference. Also, the shape of the knife blade can matter a lot if you need the knife for specific tasks.
  • The clip point or gut-hook is specifically designed for hunters because the sharp points are great for field-dressing game.
  • A drop point is one of the most versatile because the point is durable but still sharp.
  • A tanto edge works best for chopping, but not much else.
  • Trailing edge makes a great slicing knife, but is sometimes more just for show.
  • The spear point specializes in self-defense but doesn't make a good survival knife.
  • The sheepsfoot blade is mostly for food preparation or applications where you don't want to worry about a sharp point. 
There's all the information you could need to find a great survival knife! On your search, you may be on a budget or wish to save money. The next section is for you. You'd be amazed at how many high quality knives there are that won't break the bank!

Advantages of Affordable Knives
Maybe you're just getting into knives, or maybe you want a new knife just for fun but don't want to pay a lot. You'll find that the good qualities in knives that we just went over exist in many affordable knives. Not only that, but lower priced knives have some advantages of higher priced ones:
  • An easy way to get into knives: Beginners usually start with the less expensive knives until they know more of what they like. 
  • Stashing knives in various places: Affordable knives are for the veteran survivalists, too. The less expensive a knife is the more of them you can buy. Having knives stashed in several different places, like your car, nightstand, suitcase, cabin, bug out bag, etc, is a wise prepping practice. Stashing knives can easily cost over $1,000 if you're buying a Fallkniven A1. With a Mora Companion, it would cost only $90. 
  • Worry free: Another advantage of an affordable knife is you don't have to worry so much about it. If you scratch it, lose it, or somehow break it, it's not as big of a deal to replace it. 
  • The most bang for your buck: While the ESEE 6 is arguably better than all the knives in the following table, the difference is small enough (for most people) that you could save 50 bucks for a comparable knife. If you're a beginner or just wanting another knife, that's a much better deal. Here's a list of some good affordable knives if you're interested:
High Quality Knives Under $80

Best Affordable Survival Knives
Do some of your own research and let me know what other knives would be affordable but high quality options and please comment below!

Last thing, before you go check out this great info-graphic on some basic information about knives!

survival knife information

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Zika Virus Meets its Match

The Zika Virus Meets its Match

The Zika Virus is spreading rapidly throughout South America. Just recently it spread to Florida, and now it's been confirmed in Indiana, Tennessee, and Ohio, too. It's spread most commonly by mosquitoes. If you're traveling to a warm area with mosquitoes, or if you just want to be prepared for summer, you'll want this high quality mosquito net with you. It's lightweight and durable, not to mention it's plenty big!

What Are the Symptoms?
Lets say even with a great mosquito net you think you have gotten infected. How do you know? What are the symptoms of the Zika Virus? I got the following from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website:
  • Only 20% of infected people actually get ill
  • Fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes), also muscle pain and headaches
  • Symptoms last anywhere from a few days to up to a week
  • It is rare that someone be hospitalized by the Zika virus 
Source: CDC. Public Domain
Am I at Risk?
The Zika virus isn't a problem for healthy individuals, but it can cause microcephaly in babies whose mothers get the virus while pregnant. Microcephaly causes abnormal shape to an infant's head and to their brain development. I pulled this microcephaly symptoms list from the CDC website:
  1. Seizures
  2. Developmental delay, such as problems with speech or other developmental milestones (like sitting, standing, and walking)
  3. Intellectual disability (decreased ability to learn and function in daily life)
  4. Problems with movement and balance
  5. Feeding problems, such as difficulty swallowing
  6. Hearing loss
  7. Vision problems
Is There a Cure?
Currently there is no vaccine. One should take care of themselves as a normal sick person would if they do get the virus. Rest and plenty of water will help.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

4 Ways to Prepare for Economic Collapse

Economic Collapse

Economic collapse. What does it mean? Will it happen? Can we stop it? These are tough questions. There is really good evidence showing that we are headed towards a global economic catastrophe. On the other hand, we may find a way to pull ourselves out of our huge global debt. No matter what the answers are, you need to be prepared. Why? Because an economic crash could be personal as well as global. The good news? You can prepare for both global and personal economic failure at the same time. That's because there are basic financial principles that everyone should live by. Here are 4 simple steps to be better prepared financially. This isn't a comprehensive list, but it's a good place to start.

1. Be debt free- Don't spend more than you make. If you do have to go into debt to buy a home or get through college, than pay it off as soon as you can. Make a habit of never carrying a balance on your credit card. Instead of buying a new car look for a used one. Being debt free relaxes a lot of your time and worries. If the market crashes then you'll be glad of having done the next step.

2. Have cash on hand- Whether you're fired or the world enters financial collapse, having cash helps you survive. Use it to buy groceries and pay the bills. As far as how much you should save, most people recommend enough cash (or other easily liquidated asset) to survive on for 3-6 months. If the global economy dives then you'll want even more, though, so it's up to each person how much they save.
3. Create an adequate food storage- The key to this one is taking it little by little. If you don't have a lot of money to buy a bunch of food storage all at once, then set aside some money each month to buy a little. To start, buy foods that your family normally eats. Once you have 3 months of that built up, start a long term storage plan. Focus on long-lasting items, such as rice, beans, wheat, oats, and pasta. Don't forget, you also need clean water!

Emergency Preparedness Gardening4. Learn how to be self-sufficient- Learn to plant a garden, harvest it, and store what you harvest by canning it. Those are the most important and basic things to do to become self-sufficent in a failed economy. Once you have those down, then you can consider how to survive without electricity, how to build a home with raw materials, etc.  You could also consider taking courses in martial arts or gun handling. Self-defense in a global crash is a very real necessity. In a personal financial crisis knowing self-defense techniques can make you confident and help you get back out there to find a new job. In addition, consider trying to find ways to have a secondary income. Learn valuable skills such as carpentry that you could use to get hired and earn extra money. My scoutmaster had a saying about how to be prepared: "The more you know the less you need." So true.
Although these are very simple steps, sometimes they can be complicated and difficult to accomplish. Don't try to do them all at once. Little by little you'll be ready for anything. Share this blog post on social media so your friends can see how simple it is to be prepared for hard economic times!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Best Ways to Filter Water in Any Situation

The Best Ways to Filter Water In Any Situation

It's a cocktail from your nightmares: diarrhea, giardiasis, fluorosis, adenovirus infection, amebiasis, cryptosporidiosis, and cholera. What do all these have in common? They are all diseases that dirty drinking water can give you. If you want to avoid them, you need to purify your drinking water. There are many methods that come in many shapes, sizes, and prices. Which one is best for you? This guide gives you your best options based on your circumstances.


You want something lightweight but still effective. Generally you only need to filter one person's worth of water since each backpacker has their own filter.
Iodine Pills
  • Iodine pills: They are affordable and easy to pack, but have a bad aftertaste
    • Cost: $7.00
    • How to use: Drop two pills into 1 quart of water. Let rest 30 minutes before drinking
  • Portable Filter: If you want good tasting water, this is your best bet. They cost more and take up more space, but last for a long time
    • Cost: $15.00 to over $100.00
    • How to use: Usually you just have to pump from a water source into your container. Some are bottles or straws with the filter built in
  • UV light: If you want a really easy method you can get a pen that emits UV light. It doesn't get rid of dirt, but kills all microorganisms
    • Cost: $50 - $70
    • How to use: Insert pen in 1 liter of water and turn on for 90 seconds


Camping generally requires more purified water than other scenarios, but you don't have the weight restriction that you have for backpacking.
  • Boiling: you can purify large amounts of water at a time without effecting the taste, and it's free!
    • Cost: $0 (assuming you already have a pot and a lid, don't forget the lid)
    • How to: Heat the water until it is at a full boil, by that time it is ready

Home Use

If the water in your city isn't that great, there are options to purify it. There are filters, these don't require electricity, which is good for emergency situations. For day to day use, there are also distillers.
  • Filter: There are plenty of mechanical filters either in the form of a pitcher or attached to the faucet. These filters work really well. 
    • Cost: $20 to over $600
    • How to: If it's a pitcher filter, then you only need to fill it up slowly and let it work. Others you have to attach to your faucet or plumbing system
  • Distiller: While this method is the most thorough and safe, it also eliminates healthy minerals in the water, so be careful
    • Cost: $100 to over $1000
    • How to: The best models will have you fill them up and then they just run automatically

Emergency Preparedness

In an emergency situation, have several of the options listed above prepared to purify water. "One is none and two is one." You don't want to be stuck without a backup plan, so redundancy is important. Just make sure you don't take two of the same, instead take two different ones. For example, I would carry a lightweight backpacking pot for boiling water. This gives me long term safe water. As back up I'd carry either a bottle of iodine pills and/or small backpacking filter.

There it is, a simple guide to filtering water anywhere!

A person holding a cup in the wilderness

Friday, January 1, 2016

6 Things Your Bug-out Bag Didn't Come With

6 Things your bug-out bag didn't come with
         If you had to bug-out of your home right now and survive for three days with nothing but your pre-assembled bug-out bag you bought online, could you do it?  Your answer may depend on WHY you are bugging-out and the location you are headed (WHERE).  It might change based on WHO's going with you and WHEN (time of day & season) too.  Whatever the circumstance, if your answer leans towards "No," chances are good that you either don't know what's in the kit or you know the kit doesn't quite cover all of your needs.  In both cases (and even for those who answered yes), it would be wise to assess the contents of your bug-out bag before you take on a real bug-out situation.  The following are just a few things that your kit probably didn't come with that you should consider adding:

1.  Shoes and a Change of Clothes
I don't know about you, but disasters and emergencies have always happened to me when it's least convenient. Who's to say that it won't happen when you're in bed or taking a shower or even going to the bathroom?  An emergency is no time to be caught under-dressed!  Always have a pair of shoes and a change of clothes in your bag, so you are ready even in the most untimely circumstances.  You never know what kind of terrain you will be walking on or how far you would be traveling when you bug-out, so be sure to choose a sturdy pair of shoes/boots that are broken in and comfortable.