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Cigar Box Survival Cache

Posted on 24 July 2014

Last fall, as I was sitting around at my favorite cigar shop trying to come up with ideas for Christmas gifts, I found myself in possession of about five empty cigar boxes. These boxes vary in size with the smallest being about 6”x5”x1.5” and the largest being about 10”x8”x3”. It occurred to me that even the smallest one would hold quite a few basic survival necessities and, packaged in an ornate cigar box, such a small survival kit might make a cool gift.

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Building Your Preparedness Library

Posted on 23 July 2014

One of the coolest things I saw in the Harry Potter movies was Hermione’s bottomless bag; that large purse she carried around in the last two movies that held a ton of stuff – but didn’t WEIGH a ton or LOOK big. Today’s libraries can be the same way, but there are several things that […]

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Expectation of Comfort? Or Misery?

Posted on 23 July 2014

As we make our survival preparations, we must recognize and consider our comfort expectations and realistically take them into consideration. The comfort expectations of each individual is entirely subjective and therefore can vary even within a small family unit. For instance: my expectation of comfort in a survival situation is far lower than that of my wife or (even bigger difference) my mother-in-law.

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The Survival Minimalist

Posted on 23 July 2014

Uncle Don taught me how to build primitive shelters using the knife he gave me and what nature provides. He taught me my first lessons about firearms and how to build a safe fire. He also taught me how to skin rabbits, squirrels and snakes. I can’t say I ever enjoyed that last part but when I got hungry enough it all tasted good, especially after being cooked over an open fire.

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Cowboys: The Original American Preppers?

Posted on 22 July 2014

Mostly they ate enough to live; traveled as was required; and defended themselves as necessary. Pretty simple.

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DESIGN Your Bug Out Bag

Posted on 22 July 2014

Don’t simply purchase the biggest pack you can and fill it with as much as you can carry. Plan what you’ll pack, purchase the pack you need, and pack according to how fast or how often you’ll need to access the various supplies.

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CamelBak Transformer Revisited

Posted on 22 July 2014

If you’re in the market for such a pack: a versatile hydration pack with optional supply pockets, you should check out the Transformer. Not many packs survive a decade with their basic design intact. The Transformer has and that alone says something about the strength of it.

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Leader? or Ego-with-Rank?

Posted on 21 July 2014

The “leader” who feels the need to yell in anger at a new recruit because the recruit used the incorrect respectful word has forgotten that his responsibility is instructional. He needs to correct the recruit without insulting the recruit.

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A Knife: Your Single Most Important Survival Tool?

Posted on 21 July 2014

Yes – I believe a knife is your single most important survival tool. To get the most out of it you need to identify your expectations before you buy.

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ALL Survival Gear Is Personal

Posted on 21 July 2014

Each “expert” had their own feelings and opinions, all based on their own knowledge and background. The one thing we all truly agreed on by the end of the conversation was this: ALL survival gear is personal.

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