Survival Gear & Reviews

Kelly Kettle Trekker Review: Good for Boiling Water …

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The Kelly Kettle Overview The Kelly Kettle is a unique water boiler that is essentially a water jacketed double walled aluminum chimney with a removable aluminum fire pan. To use, a small fire is built in the pan, the water filled chimney is placed on top and the fire heats the jacketed water. The images [...]

Survival Knives 101: The Many Uses of a Survival Knife

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Survival Knives 101 Intro Survival Knife Uses Choosing a Good Survival Knife Survival Knife Blade Design Blade Steel – Best Knife Steel Different Parts of a Survival Knife Overview: What to Look for in a Survival Knife Instead of diving straight into the survival knife reviews, let’s start with something very basic – what a [...]

Bug out Bag Gear Redundancy Solutions

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Redundancy in Bug out Bag Gear This may seem obvious but redundancy in bug out bag gear doesn’t always mean having two of something. It’s closer to the old saying, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat.” Redundancy in survival gear means having more than one way to cover a basic function. For example, [...]

Picking the Best Bug Out Bag Backpack

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Considerations for a Bug Out Bag Backpack When it comes to a bug out bag backpack, there’s a spectrum of options. At one end, there’s literally a non-descript bag, into which you throw survival gear and get out of Dodge. At the other end is a bug out bag, or more exactly a backpack, designed for emergency [...]

Should I Build a Bug Out Bag or Buy One?

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Should I Build a Bug Out Bag or Buy One? Survivalist 101 sells both the bags/packs and much of the contents for the do-it-yourself assembler of a bug out bag. We also sell pre-loaded bug out bags; in fact, these are among our most popular items. It’s your choice which way to go. However, we [...]

Coghlans Emergency Stove: Survival Gear Review

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Why You Need an Emergency Stove In Your BOB Everyone has their own opinion of the “ideal” survival gear, I know I certainly do. The problem with having an idealistic view of survivalism is that no survival situation is ever ideal. Your “BOB” (Bug Out Bag) or your “Go Bag” becomes your best friend in [...]

Bug Out Bag List: Going Beyond the Basics of Food, Water, and Shelter

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Room to Spare? Include Convenience Items on Your Bug Out Bag List We’ve already covered the basic items that should go in your bug out bag, but if you have the space, or even enough members in your family to distribute the extra weight, there are many items that you can include on your bug [...]

Choosing a Survival Gun – Survivalist 101’s Top Three Survival Guns

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Survival Guns on a Budget  I was asked by the boss to write an article on which survival gun I’d have if I could only afford ONE. When I was given this assignment, the first thought in my head was, “Gee, that’s kind of tough, I’ve never been a one gun household!” So, I thought [...]

Hurricane Kit: The Top 10 Essentials You Must Include

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Hurricane season 2013 began with tropical storm Andrea, which brought high winds, tornadoes, and record rainfall to portions of the southern and northeastern parts of the US. Fortunately, it didn’€™t cause massive amounts of damage but it was the first warning for residents of hurricane prone areas to get prepared for hurricane season.

How to Make a Bug Out Bag – Lighten Your Load and Get It Organized

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Two of the most important aspects to consider when deciding how to make a bug out bag for yourself or your family are weight and accessibility. If you can’t carry your pack comfortably for 20 or 30 miles or if you can’t easily access the items that you need, then your bag isn’t serving the [...]

Emergency Car Kit: How to Survive a Rural Breakdown

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Vehicle breakdowns can happen anywhere, but with the availability of cell phones and roadside assistance services, most people don’t bother to carry an emergency car kit. Even fewer know how to change a tire or put oil in their engine, and some people don’t even know how to read a local map. However, there are [...]

Bug Out Bag Essentials – The 10 Items All BOBs Must-Have!

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Bug Out Bag Essentials. Every article that you read about how to build a bug out bag is going to have a list of 50 or 60 items that you should include, but what if you just want to start a basic bag? Can you get away with just a handful of items? The answer [...]

Survival Kit for Hurricanes: Prepare Ahead of Time

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Hurricanes bring to mind destructive winds and heavy rains, but in fact, the wind is often the least of your worries! It’s OK though because we’ve put together an excellent Survival Kit for Hurricanes that you can pick up in our store. Throughout the following paragraphs, we’re going to tell you what each component is used [...]

Bug Out Bag Packing List – Why You Need One

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Why Do You Need a Bug Out Bag Packing List? Putting together a bug out bag is not difficult, but putting together a comprehensive, well packed bug out bag requires more attention to detail. A bug out bag packing list will help you stay organized, allow you to check off items as they are packed, [...]

Zombie Bug Out Bag – Items to Pack Beyond the Norm

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Zombie Bug Out Bag Must-Haves Some people believe in the possibility of a Zombie apocalypse and others don’t, but the capacity for a naturally derived or chemically engineered virus that causes widespread infection and zombie type symptoms isn’t beyond the realm of reason. Building a zombie bug out bag is going to be pretty much [...]

The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List

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Putting together a bug out bag is really not that difficult if you have a bug out bag list to go by. However,  putting together a comprehensive, well packed bug out bag requires a little bit more attention to detail. Using a bug out bag list will help you stay organized, allow you to check off [...]

What Should Be in a Bug Out Bag?

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If this is your first foray into the land of bug out bags, many of the items that are on the must-include list may seem bizarre, and you probably have questions about what should be in a bug out bag. After all, what is paracord, and for that matter, where do you even BUY paracord [...]

What Is a Bug Out Bag?

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What is a bug out bag? In a nutshell, a bug-out bag is a way for you to be better prepared to leave your home, office or vehicle in a moment’s notice, just in case stuf hits the fan. As you can imagine, bug-out bags vary in size and contents depending upon several different factors [...]