A good start to complete Your custom Go Bag and be prepared for any emergency or STFU situation are make list with items you already has and can use right now to build useful bug out bag. To make things clear at first – what is definition for Go-Bag, bug-out bag, 72-hour kit, bail-out bag? The following a list of items that I plan to put in, You can found some of them not so useful, but I have reason to include them. At least 2 litters of drinking water per day per person in average climate or 3 and more in warm climatic zone. Always think of extra warm clothes, one of the first bad things that happen to victims of various disasters are hypothermia, even in warm climates so weather appropriate clothing like wool or fleece sweater, warm headwear or even gloves (you can use them to protect your hands) are a must. Portable gas or propane stove with some extra fuel, spoon, small kettle with cover where you can put in all cooking supplies (including tea, coffee and some species) can save your time and bring some happier moments to current situation.
At least one folding knife like Swiss-Army knife or even better multi-tool like Leatherman with various functions which can be useful for quick field repairs. There are ready to use first aid kits available, but I suggest You compose one which fit best your needs including personal medications.
Waterproof and shockproof LED flashlight with 2x extra batteries, LED headlamp with 2x extra batteries for keeping your hands free. Stay away from blankets, get a good sleeping bag which you can use at camping and have as your sleeping gear at emergency situations, sleeping bags are more useful and can keep you warm more efficient, consult with experienced campers to find what fit your needs best. Scan and make backup copies of all your family important documents like passports, birth certificates, drivers license, prescriptions, insurances, credit cards, pet registrations and so on and write it on CD and extra flash drive. Get copy on some CD’s or external hard drive, good for regular backups and just keep your data safe. A must, you must know where you go and where you shouldn’t go, good compass AND GPS with same type batteries as Your other devices use. Duct tape, 550 parachute cord (7 strand MIL-C-5040H Type III), clothing repair kit – needles, buttons and sewing thread.
Finally, have a PLAN, yes without good plan also prepared and stuffed with gear for every situation you most likely fail. All logos, product names and company names, trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. There are many Bug Out Bag lists posted all over the internet that look at what to include in your Bug Out Bag contents. Batteries are heavy enough by themselves but packing EXTRA batteries in your pack is a recipe for overpacking.
There are many items that you can pack that will serve more than one purpose or be combined together to replace another item.
This is meant to be a guide to help you make your Bug Out Plan and aid you when considering your Bug Out Bag contents. We participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program. This is a great way to test out your preps without the added weight of an emergency situation.
Setting goals might be the most important because if it’s in your face you are more likely to accomplish it. Activities With and For Kids Getting your children interested in prepping is easy when you do things that they enjoy.
SPP 144 First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?For those of you who don’t know, we have two horses. The Waiting List: Ideally we would all love to join the best prepping group out there, but they are the best because they don’t just accept anyone.
This might be the most feasible option for anyone wanting to have a prepping group, and because of this we talked quite a bit about forming prepper groups in the podcast. Finding people to join your prepping group online might be the easiest way, Like this article?I get this question all the time, and these questions have seemed to increase in the last couple of weeks, so I decided to tackle the subject of forming or joining prepper groups.
When you are prepping, you will focus on many different areas, with the main area of focus being food, water, shelter, and weapons. This is actually taken from the five steps of grieving, but grieving does not only have to be about losing someone you love.
On the evening of 23rd of March we will be doing a live webinar with Paul the CEO of Sun Oven International. There are 2 parts to operational security, how you handle yourself today, and how you handle situations when the S hits the fan. If things get bad, and you have prepared, you can bet on it that the government will be looking out for their best interests, not yours. Although it may seem like the best plan to go it alone, eventually you will need the help of others in order to be successful with your long term prepping. This is essential at this harsh times have at least basic set of necessary items so even and worst scenario you have chances to survive. This is portable grab and go pack, box or shoulder bag, whatever end user found more useful for their needs and transportation purposes, which contains essential emergency and survival kit. Don’t forger include rainproof poncho or lightweight rain coat to be sure that you and your gear do not get wet or at least can use it as shelter from bad weather. They are small enough to be carried in extra quantities, packed into sealed zip lock bags or canisters.
One fixed blade knife is a must along with small axe or folding saw depending on environment. Red filter for flashlight or additional red filters for headlamp is a good option as red light do not degrade your night vision. Simple, NON inflating camping mat is a must, you can sleep on bare ground even in winter, small rocks and still feel yourself comfortable. Do not rely only on GPS, it can fail, batteries can run out and you stay without reliable navigation. Do not put everything in one place, hide well about 80%, other part keep near in case you need em fast for something, small value and coins is a must in your wallet. Basic hygiene set with small antiseptic soap bar, toothbrush and tooth paste, pack of wet antiseptic wipes (take medium pack and use them for anything).
Make sure that everyone in your family knows what to do when disaster strikes, where your gear are stored, where to go and who to call (if possible). The information provided on this web site are for educational and informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified personnel. Learning how to become self sufficient and living without any outside help from the government. We still have about 4 weeks before we can start planting outside, but that doesn’t mean I can be ready to go once all danger of frost has passed us. It’s also a great way to open the conversation about prepping with family members that might not be completely on board.Be careful how you approach this though. It’s actually easier to get small children interested than older children because older children have already formed some opinions.Doing things like the boy scouts and girl scouts do are fun ways to open the dialog with children about how there is more to life than cell phones and video games.
Like the saying goes “out of sight, out of mind”Don’t make these goals too extreme, make them attainable.
Plastic storage bins are an excellent way to keep your extra first aid supplies together in one place. I have been a little hesitant about this because there isn’t really a perfect solution, and quite a bit that goes into prepper groups other than what skills people have.If you have never given this a second thought, you might want to read this article that Lisa wrote about what to look for with prepper groups. The grieving process can be related to everything, because it is how you grieve no matter the situation. None of us ever know what is going to happen or when, so being flexible in an emergency situation is a vital part of being prepared.
In the show we talked about how this is a double edged sward because you need people on your side, but giving out too much information could make you vulnerable.With operational security comes situational awareness. You never know who was using your stuff when you were away, so have wipes stored at your desk that you can wipe down everything before you get to work.
What can be worse then notice that You have lost your water bottle in middle of the nowhere or flashlight at the deep down, so good traveling shoulder bag in neutral color works the best. Space blanket, dust mask and heavyweight thick leather or protective synthetic gloves goes as an good option. Diabetics and other people which live depends on proper medication should add at least three times more supplies then needed for estimated evacuation period.


Portable, wide receiving rage emergency radio with same type interchangeable batteries as your LED lights for actual news. Tent square and sleeping hammock or lightweight tent, you choose, but I suggest go to some camping trips and then decide what fits you best. Give this document copies to all your family members, it cost a little but you have several copies in case some of them get damaged or lost.
Preset possible evacuation or just well know places way points in your GPS device is a good way to start. Whistle, small mirror and lightweight binoculars or monocular with magnification around 8x. It is important to understand however that a survival scenario is always fluid and you will need to adapt your equipment and plan on the fly. Stay up to date with the latest prepper news and information like bugging out and bugging in. You can categorize each list, or just make a huge list of what you would like to accomplish over the summer. If someone in the house is completely against this you might want to shorten the length, or think about not shutting everything down at first. Getting them involved with your daily prepping chores also makes them feel involved and important. Set some small goals, some tougher goals and then some stretch goals that are going to be hard, but realistic with a little hard work. Like this article?When it comes to prepping, the old adage two is one and one is none comes to mind. Facing confrontation, having enough supplies for a multitude of different scenarios, and always having a plan B, and a backup plan to that plan, is what makes you a prepper.Critical thinking means that when you hit that road block you don’t just give up, you need to have the survival attitude and figure out an alternative option.
The definition of situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety. There is already a law in place that allows the government to take your stuff “for the greater good” in the event of a national disaster.If the SHTF, you can bet that the government will rationalize coming for your preps.
Food, non-perishable high calories food like beef jerky, energy bars, canned meat or even complete canned meals, anything which You can use also uncooked. A good substitute for radio is small portable radio scanner if you are a bit more into radio thingies as this type of equipment often has wider receiving range. Also know where your originals are stored, keep them organized and ready to put into watertight container fast to get them with you when time comes.
And as a golden rule – keep your mouth closed about what you have (anything, not only money and valuables), you never know who listen.
Small bottle of strong alcohol, preferably vodka or cognac for various uses like fire starting, wounds disinfection and so on. So during the winter I was plotting and planning my garden beds, and how I will use them this year.
By planning now, you will have a working list of projects to choose from throughout the spring and summer months. This is extremely accurate, with maybe one exception when it comes to first aid supplies that you should have when preparing for the unknown.When you think you have enough medical and first aid supplies, multiply that by about 10 and you should be good for an unexpected emergency.
Road blocks, loss of supplies, stress and emotions could all change the dynamics of our situation, and we need to be prepared for that. Even is a situation where the government seems nonexistent, they can come back in the picture and say “we’re back, and we’re here to help”Do what you can to plan for this. Another possible option are Meals Ready to Eat or MRE’s, but they often cost more then more quality food you can complete by yourself. Some various color light sticks do not overweight you but can be really useful for signalling or just general lightning. Like this article?When the time changes, I start to get antsy for the longer sunny days that will be coming. If you think you have everything you could possible need, and have never had an emergency to use it for, trust me, you will need more.Unfortunately for me, I actually had a medical emergency recently that I had to put my emergency medical kit into use. And about a week ago he got into the worst trouble yet.I am not sure what happened, he got spooked somehow and put his back leg through the back of his stall.
Or, what if you have to move, or life happens, and what do you do when your prepping plans hit a road block and get derailed?Even if we have tried to think about every hypothetical disaster scenario the we could possibly face, the odds are the situation won’t go as we planned. Main rule, choose foods that are lightweight, has suitable shelf life, are high in calories and which you can eat without cooking as who know if you are able set up your stove or fire place to boil rice or make tasty spaghetti. After being cooped up in the house all winter long, there is just something so satisfying about being able to stay outside without a coat on that motivates me to get busy.For those of us that live in cold weather states we get a little cabin fever this time of year, and also a little anxious to get out and get things done. In an SHTF event everything going according to plan will be the exception, not the rule.This is why it’s important to have a plan A, plan, B and plan C. If this means you have extra food and supplies in case the government men come knocking on your door, do it.
Available in multiple colors; Code Red, Green Beret and Agent Orange upon request Description:Is your blood type AFeast (for mosquitoes)? Even if you live in one of the warmer states, these tips will be useful to keep your preparedness plans on track.This week we talked about springtime prepping and planning, and how to stay motivated throughout the summer months. This even applies today if we need to bandage them up until medical help is available.SPP 144 First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?For those of you who don’t know, we have two horses. And to make it more complicated, these plans need to intertwine so you can change course at a moment’s notice. There are some things you just can’t do in the winter months, so it’s important to take advantage of the good weather while you can.SPP145 Springtime Prepping and PlanningGet Outside and ExerciseThis is really easy to do in April because we are all chomping at the bit to get outside. I quickly grabbed my headlamp and went outside to investigate what was happening.I pointed the light at the horses, and Ethan (aka Dennis) had blood gushing down his back leg. If all you want is a group of people to learn from and talk about prepping, don’t join a group that requires a big commitment.Your Resume: Think of this like a job interview, what do you have to offer?
Have you had that one mosquito that waits until you fall asleep to ambush your face and ears?
Use the spring and summer months to their fullest by going camping, working in the yard and even taking walks with your bug out bag on.We talk about being “farmer strong” later in the article, and we need to be physically ready to handle life without all the modern conveniences. I grabbed my equine first aid kit out of the barn, and proceeded to use EVERYTHING in the kit to create a compression dressing to stop the bleeding.I went through three rolls of vet wrap, three abd pads, and a roll of duct tape, and there was still blood coming through the dressing. Attention to detail is critical to our survival, and the time to prepare is now, because once the game starts all bets are off.SPP 141 When your Prepping Plans Hit a Road Block Part 1Critical ThinkingThe most important quality, in my opinion, to a life of preparedness is being flexible.
If someone in the house is completely against this you might want to shorten the length, or think about not shutting everything down at first.Activities With and For KidsGetting your children interested in prepping is easy when you do things that they enjoy. Thankfully I have a vet who is available 24-7, and about 45 minutes later, he got to us.The horse managed to gash his leg and cut through his saphenous vein, which is why there was such a large amount of blood. This article from On Point Preparedness talks about why it’s tough to keep a group together.Don’t be too hasty to make your decisions, It’s going to take time to get a feel for someone. This is a little gross, but the bold was actually squirting out every time his heart pumped.The good news is horses have a lot more blood than humans. Road blocks, loss of supplies, stress and emotions could all change the dynamics of our situation, and we need to be prepared for that.Operational SecurityThere are 2 parts to operational security, how you handle yourself today, and how you handle situations when the S hits the fan. Getting them involved with your daily prepping chores also makes them feel involved and important.Goal SettingSetting goals might be the most important because if it’s in your face you are more likely to accomplish it. So, just how many supplies would I need to have on hand to deal with whatever would come our way?The answer is; much more than I have right now!The good news is emergency’s don’t happen on a daily basis. Prepping encompasses so many different areas that you are bound to find someone interested in bushcraft, First aid, gun clubs, ham radio etc. The definition of situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety.The GovernmentIf things get bad, and you have prepared, you can bet on it that the government will be looking out for their best interests, not yours. Set some small goals, some tougher goals and then some stretch goals that are going to be hard, but realistic with a little hard work.Preparedness Plans List(s)For me, the best place to start is with my handy dandy notebook! And a lot of the first aid supplies that are a part of a good medical kit have very long expiration dates.
This is also important because in a SHTF situation you are going to be stuck with them being next door whether you like it or not, and if they know you, they are less likely to take advantage of you.Online PreppingFinding people to join your prepping group online might be the easiest way, but it is also the riskiest.
As with anything online we want to be careful about what information we share, and as preppers we are extra careful about it.Personally, I am more worried about people than the government.
By planning now, you will have a working list of projects to choose from throughout the spring and summer months.The GardenRight know the garden is taking all of my focus.


I know I’m on a few lists anyway, but a person with bad intentions, and my personal information can be more dangerous.
Make a fake profile and don’t add your address or phone number.This article from the Survival Blog give a few options for finding groups (or people) online. Pay attention to what is going on in the world around you and have a plan.Being the Lone WolfAlthough it may seem like the best plan to go it alone, eventually you will need the help of others in order to be successful with your long term prepping. To some this may seem like a no brainer, while others may have issues trusting other people, especially in a disaster situation.But you have to get over this aversion to others. Cleaning out the dead and decaying plant material as well as beautifying the garden itself are things I can do now while waiting. So you can keep adding to your kit over time in order to have a lot of supplies.But once you start accumulating more and more first aid supplies, you will need a storage plan to keep it all. You never know who is on the other end of the conversation.There are two aspects of prepper groups we need to think about, the groups we can join now, and the groups we will have in an emergency situation.
A built-in light serves the dual purpose of attracting insects while helping you see the bugs for easy zapping at night. Plastic storage bins are an excellent way to keep your extra first aid supplies together in one place.If you have livestock, you will need to incorporate their first aid supplies in to your plan as well.
Develop relationships with likeminded people, and find out how your skills and their skills can complement each other. Also, our garage gets COLD, so I don’t really like working out there when the temperature outside is below zero. It is like anything we do, and change is inevitable.The more you work on it, the better you will become, so do it in baby steps. If you feel better prepping alone, do this for a while, but then begin putting yourself out there. But I have to say, giving a HUGE injection to my horse every day for 5 days proved to be too much for me and the horse, so I was left to use the powdered oral antibiotic, which is a sulfa based drug.2 tubes of silvasorb gelAnd then that made me start thinking about my ‘people’ medical supplies, and how much do I have, vs.
You can do the same with family members, and continue to grow our network.The most important thing to understand is that you cannot do this alone, there really is safety in numbers, and we are a social animal. Instead of spending a lot of money to go really far, or making one vacation plan, we choose to explore the beautiful country we live in.We will plan smaller weekend trips to places we can drive.
Like it or not, you do need other people.All Tools and No KnowledgeYou have probably heard this a hundred times, but what would you do if you had nothing?
But it is better to have the stuff, and never need to use it, kind of like an insurance policy. We need to have the ability to improvise, and the only way to do that is to understand the complete process.It’s great to have a good water filter, but if you don’t understand how water filtration works, you won’t be able to build your own if necessary. So now, we can go places and basically bring our hotel with us.You also don’t need to really go that far away from home.
Do a weekend nature walk, learn about what is in your area as far game, plants, and resources. But I would rather be prepared and have it, and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
Or you can take a weekend class in firearm training, or outdoor skills.Rotating PrepsAs the summer will go on, our long term food storage and home canned goods will need to be rotated as we add to it with freshly canned vegetables jams and fruits. I will continue to bulk up all of my medical kits, and will most likely add things that most people will not need, such as needles, and IV start kits, but that is because I have been trained how to use it.One thing you may have noticed I did not add to any of my first aid kits is suturing equipment.
So before we start canning like fools, it is good to know what we have, what we love, and what we have plenty of. I am of the opinion if I don’t have the training to use something, I am not going to wing it, and when it comes to suturing, I do not have the experience so at this time, it is not a part of my medical kit. This also goes into my gardening plan, so knowing what we have helps.Now there are some things we won’t have a lot of control over, such as blueberries, apples and pears, because we plant those once, and they keep producing every year. You can listen to the full podcast when Sara publishes it next week.The post When your Prepping Plans Hit a Road Block Part 1 appeared first on Survivalist Prepper. Going back to my horse story, the vet came out three times in attempts to suture the huge gash closed, but the horse would not cooperate, and the window of opportunity passed, so we decided to leave it open, and let it heal by secondary intention (meaning, no sutures).
So learning new ways to use the prolific fruits and vegetables will add new recipes, as well as making us be able to use what we have every single year.This is also a good time to start or add to your long term food storage with items from Legacy Farms, or Augauson Farms. Yes, it will take longer to heal, and yes, there is a risk of infection, but that just means I have to be more diligent in caring for the wound until it matures and heals.
Dedicate a small amount of money each paycheck to increasing your long term food storage, just in case.Farmer StrongThis one is my favorite! This is something I am willing to do in order to have a good outcome.I feel the same way in regard to people.
I don’t know about you, but I HATE working out, or I should say I hate working out just for the sake of working out. However, I do LOVE being outside, and beautifying my yard, and playing in the garden, and working with my horses. So yes it will be a more difficult task, and take longer to heal, but sometimes that is the better way, especially if there is something in the wound (like debris, or contaminants) that the body will help to push out. So instead of going to a gym, I work out while I am doing things that will benefit me, or my family.For example, my daughter bought me a Fitbit for a Christmas present. If it is sutured closed, you could potentially be trapping the contaminant inside of the body.When in doubt, don’t do it.
And I have a bunch of people that I compete with on a weekly basis to see who can get the most steps. I like it, because it makes exercising fun and adds some competition to the mix, I love it! How you choose to handle a situation like this is up to you.Another thing to think about, if you have never witnessed an emergency happen, attend some classes and get some training. But on the days where I basically only walk at work, I have to push myself harder than I do when I am doing chores around the house.
No it won’t stop emergencies from happening, but you will be more prepared to handle a situation should it occur. Typically I will get around 10,000 steps a day, and I have to really work to make that happen. Then if something does happen, hopefully your training will kick in, and make it easier to handle the emergency.Get the training BEFORE something happens. But on the weekends just by working in the yard or garden, I will get around 18,000 steps a day!
That is huge!And have you ever worked a piece of land for a garden, carried chicken or horse feed, or dug some fence postholes?
Have drills, and run through a scenario to get your hands in there so you will have a plan of what you would do in an emergency situation.You will never be prepared for every scenario, but the more you plan and practice and learn, the better prepared you will be if something happens.The post First Aid Supplies, How Much is Too Much?
If you make a concerted effort to do this type of work on a daily basis not only will you get in shape, but you will get strong…farmer strong!So make an effort to get your work out by doing things that have the added benefit of making you more self-reliant. You will get in shape in a fun way, and you will be saving money, you don’t need a gym membership to get in shape, just do things to benefit your home, garden or property and use the money you would have used for the gym, and put it back into your ‘homestead’.Food Forestry, aka PermacultureInstead of planting flowers in beds, plant food!
Now it was not a human medical emergency, but it was an emergency nonetheless.I know most of you don’t have horses, but the reason I am writing this is because of the lessons I learned, and how it applies to an emergency situation for humans as well.
If you do plant flowers, be sure to use flowers that are beneficial to the bees, as well as having medicinal benefits such as lavender, peppermint or Echinacea.If you are planting a tree or shrub, plant fruit trees and shrubs.
Put things on your list that you don’t necessarily have to do, but would do if you had the time.
It is pretty inspiring to look back through lists that I thought were pipe dreams, and they are now a part of my everyday life. So inspire yourself, make some lists, and get planning for what you would love to be able to do this summer. You are only limited by yourself, so stop limiting yourself, and just do it!The post Springtime Prepping and Planning appeared first on Survivalist Prepper.



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