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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Instead of diving straight into the survival knife reviews, let’s start with something very basic – what a survival knife is for. Most everybody knows that survival knives are fairly large, arguably around 6 to 8 inches in blade length with relatively thick blades and sturdy construction. They need to be strong and versatile; after [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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.

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

Ultimate Bugout Bags

Bug Out Bag List – Building the Ultimate BOB

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,
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Bug Out Bag Essentials - Top 10 Bug Out Bag Items

Bug Out Bag Essentials – Top 10 Bug Out Bag Items

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
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Picking the Best Bug Out Bag Backpack

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
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Bug out Bag Gear

Bug out Bag Gear Redundancy Solutions

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
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Bug Out Plan: Why Bug Out at All?

Why Develop a Bug Out Plan? Are you are a prepper? Do you have a bug out plan, or very strong bug-in plan? If not, you could be wasting your time prepping if an "end of the world as we know it" event happens. This is a pretty strong statement, especially from a
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Bug Out Bag List

Here’s the Ultimate Bug Out Bag List

Bug Out Bag List If you've read our tutorials you have probably noticed that we have shied away from publishing a definitive bug out bag list ... mainly because a real bug out bag list is relevant to your specific circumstances like geographical location, skill set, food and water availability
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Survival Skills

Bug Out Plan: Assessing Your Survival Skills and Weaknesses

Survival Skills Quiz Bugout Profile: Assessing your survival skills and ability A disaster situation, especially one where survival may be at stake, exerts a lot of unusual pressure – on you. If you can grab your bug out bag, throw it in the car and drive to safety in a few
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How to Pack a Bug Out Bag: Making it Personal

Addressing Your Personal Needs When You Pack a Bug Out Bag: When you begin to pack a bug out bag, you need to consider some personal needs, medicine for example, may be critical. Other items, such as a Bible, speak to different needs in a survival situation. The point is
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Bug Out Plan: Provision Your Bug Out Bag for Inclement Weather

 Bugout Profile: What are the weather realities? Let’s suppose that you live in a northern U.S. city and disaster strikes, say citywide riots, and you need to grab your bug out bag and get (far) away from town. What’s the first thing you need to know is in your bug
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Bug Out Plan: Your Bug Out Bag Dictates Your Bug Out Location

Bug Out Location: Where are you most likely to be should you need to bug out? It’s an important question, because it’s a big part of determining your bug out plan and survival strategy. A lot depends on the type of disaster, survival means avoiding it, not running into it. Your
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Developing a Family Bug Out Plan

Bug Out Plan: Developing a Family Bug Out Plan

Bugout Profile: Family Bug Out Plan This is a common image for bugging out: You hear a warning, some kind of impending disaster. You run to the closet and grab your bugout bag. You head for the car, throw the bugout bag in the back seat, and drive away to
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Bug Out Vehicle

Bug Out Plan: Should I Have a Bug Out Vehicle?

Bug Out Vehicles? Wherever you are going, how will you get there? When disaster strikes, it’s a good bet many people think they can jump into their favorite petroleum fueled bug out vehicle and bug out. Not so fast. Literally, it won’t go so fast. For one thing, assuming the disaster hasn’t
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Bugout Plan: How Long do Bugout Bags Need to Last?

Planning Bugout Bags: How long will survival conditions continue? Most disasters don’t cause generalized survival conditions, bugout bags need to be planned accordingly. Their effects, though severe, are usually dangerous (a matter of life or death) for only a few hours, days at most. It’s mainly disasters that radically change
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Should I Buy or Build a Bug Out Bag? – Bug Out Bag List Included

Should I Buy or build a bug out bag? Bug Out Bag List Why in the hell would I buy a bug out bag when I can build a bug out bag? We here this quite often, and the truth is, you shouldn't if you have the time and money
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