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  1. Since I have just started putting preps together, I have been planning my BoBs, and of course knives have been an essential part of my plan. I was looking at having a Benchmade Presidio Combo Edge as my EDC, having a Ontario Air Force Knife, a 8” Kukri and a Geber Gator Machete. I would love the perry blade or similar Damascus steel blade, but I need to be selective with funds. My wife asked:confused:, why not have the folding utility knives with the easily replaceable blades like http://www.lowes.com/pd_253834-16878-60655_0__?productId=1072421&Ntt=kobalt+utility+knife&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dkobalt%2Butility%2Bknife&facetInfo= Since you can get a normal blade, a hook blade for gutting and cleaning game, we even have a saw blade for it. I can't blame her for asking the question, in fact it is pretty smart and I didn't have a good response in favor or against. What are the drawbacks for having this as a small knife in the preps?
  2. Allow me to introduce myself. I am a 30-something average American living/working in Fantasyland USA, helping people come to Fantasyland and spend their hard earned money for some family memories. For the first 6 years of marriage, my wife and I tried living the American Dream, keeping up with the Joneses and to many around us we are the Joneses. Yet something didn’t feel right, we like the country were gaining a mountain of debt and our assets were dwindling. Our idea of a survival plan, was none. We didn’t need to be prepared for a hurricane, as long as we had rum we were Prepared/ready. About a year ago I saw the show Doomsday Preppers, at first I thought these people were kooks, and my wife thought I was even kookier for watching the show. Just like a train wreck you keep watching, and after a few episodes these kooks were making some sense. So I start having conversations with my wife about the “what-ifs,” and every conversation came to the point that we would retreat to the farm. (For some background the Farm is a tract of land near the TN/Kentucky boarder that her parents live at.) That was the end of the conversation, after some thinking how were we going to make it to the Farm, let’s see traversing 800+ miles of interstate through 4 states and 2 major metropolitan areas and 2 tanks of gas. Suddenly in case of a true emergency the farm was looking further and further away from a viable option in a SHTF event. So we started talking about a what if for home, we are still in the very beginning stages of the preparing for whatever may come. I’m not paranoid that a zombie apocalypse may take over, but the threat of Hurricanes is real, and the economy is very real. So we have started a small raised garden to flex our gardening thumbs, the basics like Tomatoes, cucumbers, Peppers and herbs. Would love to do more, but we live with a nice HOA that likes to govern EVERY thing we do in and around our house. For food storage, we have started to buy an extra can or two of vegetables every time we go to the grocery store. These stocks are building steadily, need to start looking at getting cansolidators. We like a lot of Americans have bought our first firearms since December. We have both gotten a few well researched pieces but most importantly going to the range 2-3 time a month and getting training for them. We are proficient in each other’s weapons, and have 4 very common calibers between the pieces. We haven’t started doing drills in the house yet, but we have at least planned out the logistics and code words for someone unwelcomed in the house. So we have been slowly putting together the Bug-in plan. Now for the inevitable Bug-Out plan. As a kid, I was never in scouts, never a camper, my parents idea of camping was at the Ritz where you could see the mountains. I luckily have a mind that is always planning and figuring things out. I do have the ability to MacGyver many things, heck I rebuilt my 1970 beetle from the ground up without ever using a manual, before I had my license. I know I need to learn basic survival techniques, watching YouTube is not learning, it is understanding a concept but not learning. I am looking at taking a survival course, anyone have experience with any in Florida? I was looking at a 2-3 day with Byron Kerns in the Ocala National Forest. As far as Bug-out bags I have been researching 150 hours plus on them. I have seen every prebuilt kit imaginable, most laughable, from either what is included or the ridiculous price expected to buy them. I have built many an Amazon shopping carts (did you know you can only have 55 items in the cart), and ended up getting 2 prebuilt packs as a starting point to my wife and I’s BOBs. We went with modified bags from Uncle Bobs Bug Out Bags, and lots of items to add in the next few months. My bag is currently about 10% of my body weight before water, and I expect with water and the rest of my items for it to be about 22%-25%. I will do a BoB dissection in the next month or two for the forum once I have most my items together. I constantly have to remind myself that Prepping is not a sprint but an ultra-marathon. I welcome any opinions or pointers, and will take all in to consideration, just may not follow it all. I do thank you in advance for welcoming me and accepting me in the forum, this place seems a lot nicer than other places around the webs.
  3. Any machinegunners here, or does anyone know where I could get pictures of how they pack? I know the military even tells you how to pack a duffel, so I imagine there'd be pictures somewhere. I've noticed they have to carry a lot in their combat rigs, so I was gonna' see if I could get some tips on how they pack all of it, especially when it comes to ammunition and odd bulk items like extra barrels, for instance. While I don't plan on bringing a 240 with me anywhere, I think they might have a good packing style that I should check out.
  4. hey everyone, I am fairly new to the survival preparation and have just finished my first BOB and was wondering your thoughts on it and if i am missing anything serious. contents include; 1. rio grand backpack 2. military poncho/tent 3. first aid kit 4. combat survival tin ( compass, whistle, candle, fishing kit, waterproof survival instructions, 25 wind & waterproof matches, pencil, sewing kit, multi use flexible wire saw w/split rings (can be used as a bow saw or snare wire), water tablets, safety pins, fire lighting flint and striker and multifunctional knife w/fold out scissor) 5. camp towel 6. survival bag (aka hypothermia bag) 7. 36 hour survival candle 8. folding stove 9. 2 canned heats for stove 10. unbreakable mirror 11. 3 MRE's 12. 6 emergency water puches 13. canteen 14. metal canteen cup 15. 3 packs of water purification tablets ~100 gallons can be purified 16. spork 17. 6 meal replacement bars 18. kobar combat knife 19. bandana 20. mini mag flashlight 21. 6 AA batteries 22. 4 light sticks 23. US army issue survival manual 24. alcohol wipes 25. letherman 12 use multi tool 26. 6 tent stakes 27. crank powered radio 28. 100 feet of para cord 29. gloves 30. 3 emergency blankets 31. sabercut pocket chainsaw 32. Suisse Sport Adult Adventurer Mummy Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag 33. 1 emergency water purification straw final weight with a full canteen is 22.5 lbs, which i am not sure if this is too much or not and i know i need to still add a change of cloths in it still. i am definitely open to suggestions
  5. People often don't consider the health side of bugging out, or even bugging in for that matter. Sure you have your top of the line gear with MOLLE versatility and swiveling coffee maker attachment but can that gear save you from an iodine deficiency? Illness and other health concerns should be at the very top of your list of most dangerous things that are likely to occur to me. If chronic illness isn't at the top of your list your either lying or not human. So here are 3 things you should consider preparing or even implementing into your life now. You'll be sure glad you did in an emergency. 1. Vitamins & Supplements In a country where the average lunch always includes fries and serving size is of buffet proportions, people are often malnourished in many areas of their diet. Yes, even for a first world country many of us are malnourished and deficient. The proof is in the pudding, and the gravy, and the fast food, and the triple cheeseburger combo with fries and vanilla icecream, and the... well, get the idea. Vitamins are not only a great source of energy and replenish the parts your diet where your missing out, but in an emergency situation where your relying on whats in your BOB or your own food supply having vitamins is important. Those Mainstay Food Rations you may have packed up may be good for a while, but eating only that for a month of more without other sources of vitamins in a demanding environment can prove debilitating. Good non-synthetic well rounded multi-vitamins are ideal. Supplements are great too, the challenges of an emergency can be felt mentally as well as physically, that's why supplements like Saint Johns Wort for depression and Ashwanganda for focus can be invaluable, especially in convenient pill form. 2. Homeopathic Medicine Some may be skeptic of homeopathic medicine, but to curtail your doubts I present you a study done by the government of Switzerland. Homeopathic medicine often is often times packed in small cylindrical bottles with dozens of doses. Perfect for BOB's. The medicine can be used to cure the symptoms of a a variety of ailments both physical and even mental (emotional unbalance such as excessive fear). Homeopathic medicine is based on the same principal where snake venom cures snake bite victims, theirs a lot of interesting science behind it and its been around for a very long time. Whats great about it is you can get homeopathic medicine for a variety of of symptoms and store it in your medic bag where it doesn't take up much space at all. 3. Physical Fitness In the prepper community, its often forgot about the importance of fitness and physical endurance. If your serious about prepping, you need to be serious about being in shape. It might be time to start eating right and going to the gym as well as putting yourself on supplements and really getting in shape. If you expect to haul that 50 lb pack dozens of miles as well as live and hunt and thrive and you weigh 220 lbs with a 40 inch waist you have something coming to you. It's called survival of the fittest for a reason and the importance of strength and fitness can't be stressed enough. You may be fit enough to Get Out Of the Dodge, whether it be hurricane, earthquake, etc. But in situations which many of the people in this community prepare for, being physically fit will be your priority. Back in the old days a father didn't care if his daughter brought home a black guy or a why guy or an asian guy, but someone big enough to protect her from anyone that could threaten her. In essence its important to be in shape, physically and mentally. An able body means an able mind and both are important in any situation. So what should you be packing? Well if your health is important, if you have prescriptions you should have what you need, be mindful of expiration dates. Also if you wear glasses you should have spare pairs or even consider getting LASIK. So consider these three things if your considering bugging out, bugging in, or just living your life day to day trying to become a healthier person. I hope you find some of this information useful or are inspired to become healthier, because you never know what the future might hold.
  6. The M1009 pictured is not mine, in fact, I do not own one, but I was thinking: Would an M1009 make a good BOV? It's sturdy, easily modifiable, runs on diesel, and is built like a tank, from what I have heard. But, I have also heard that it is slow and noisy. I think the benefits outweigh the cons. What do you guys think? I am thinking of buying one, they are pretty cheap. I want to raise the body and add larger wheels, add a winch, and some other survival equipment.
  7. i read the article on dog or no dog on the site and was wondering what others think about it? while it is another mouth to feed and hydrate, i feel that my dog will help me in many ways such as protection, hunting, and warning me when someone or something is coming, so i will definitely be bringing mine with me as long as i can. especially since she will be carrying her own BOB.what are your thoughts?
  8. Hi guys, I'm beginning to build my BOB and I've chosen to build it in the style of a military combat rig, centered around a framed ALICE pack. However, I've discovered that in the last seven years or so, framed ALICE packs in my town have gone from an affordable $20 to a budget-murdering $70. I think that's ridiculous, because I can get the MOLLE stuff for cheaper. Meanwhile, I have a decent-condition framed WWII mountain bag like this one, which I was thinking about selling or giving to my dad later: http://www.militaryitems.com/product.php?productid=17523&cat=487&page=1 My options are: A) Bite the bullet and get an ALICE pack, Go with a different bag style and redesign my BOB accordingly, or C) Use the mountain bag What do you guys think? Thank you everyone.
  9. Dr Bones/Nurse Amy and Joe Knight, Just wondering what your thoughts were on what a good basic medical kit should have for: 1) Everyday Carry (What would be small enough to fit in a small day bag or purse that would contain enough essentials to get by until a person could get to their BOB or main medical kit) 2) Bug Out Bag (Same deal except having a bit more room to put a few more items inside) 3) Basecamp/Bug In Kit (The ideal mostly complete kit that would cover most life threatening emergencies and minor situations that if curtailed early can prevent medical emergencies.) Thanks for your time and thoughts. ZEN
  10. ive been thinking alot about how alot of BOB's seem to have tents on here and i am not sure how i feel about that, on the one hand it is great cover and saves you the work of constructing one. on the other hand... with a tent you are more easily spotted and hear (think rain hittin tent fabric) i truely am planning for worst case and thinking of everyone as a threat, so i dontthink a tent would be optimal for a BOB or at least not mine.... opinions?
  11. i have 3 BOB's already made and prepped, i am asking $450.00 for each bag, total weight with full canteen is 21 lbs. list is below of what comes with the BOB. you can either pick up if you are in the NOVA area, or pay S&H and i will send it to you. if you have special needs for you BOB let me know and i will be happy to prep a bag for you. 1. rio grand backpack 2. military poncho/tent 3. first aid kit 4. combat survival tin ( compass, whistle, candle, fishing kit, waterproof survival instructions, 25 wind & waterproof matches, pencil, sewing kit, multi use flexible wire saw w/split rings (can be used as a bow saw or snare wire), water tablets, safety pins, fire lighting flint and striker and multifunctional knife w/fold out scissor) 5. camp towel 6. survival bag (aka hypothermia bag) 7. 36 hour survival candle 8. folding stove 9. 2 canned heats for stove 10. unbreakable mirror 11. 3 MRE's 12. 6 emergency water puches 13. canteen 14. metal canteen cup 15. water purification tablets 16. spork 17. 6 meal replacement bars 18. kobar combat knife 19. bandana 20. mini mag flashlight 21. 6 AA batteries 22. 4 light sticks 23. US army issue survival manual 24. alcohol wipes 25. letherman 12 use multi tool 26. 6 tent stakes 27. crank powered radio 28. 100 feet of para cord 29. gloves 30. emergency survival blanket if you want something added like a pocket chainsaw, boots, tactical knee pads, they can be easily added to the kit, just let me know what you need and if i have surplus of it already i can add it for less than store cost.
  12. I couldn't really see where to put this topic, but yes its mostly about peanut butter. Simple question, should you have a jar of peanut butter in your BOB? I can't see a reason why not besides it takes up space but... For a survival food, chocolate is a good way to go, but isn't peanut butter better? Pros- When its empty you have a jar. It contains a lot of nutrients, and has calories and protein. It seems pretty compact for the nutritional value. It can be mixed with other things that taste bad, to make them taste good. Can also be used as bait! I just haven't heard it mentioned a lot, should we have peanut butter in our BoB? Or in our doomsday pantry? What other foods are on the top of the list for fat and calories? (I find it kind of funny, people die from eating fatty foods but we have it in our BoB for survival ) Chocolate Peanut Butter What else? What if you had a jar of plain (Canola, Olive, Melted butter?) oil? (Oil is extremely calorie dense but is it healthy to straight up drink?) (Beef Jerky?) I'm not an expert, but I will do some research and update too, nutrition is a key factor in survival.
  13. Hello everyone, A while ago I decided to pick up the SealLine Pro Pack from Survivalforge. However, once I started to really pack this thing I found it to be really lackluster in terms of support and mobility. My bag must weigh at least 35-40lbs, I have everything in field mechanic bags which match the dimensions of the back perfectly, but its just not "right". The bag has no frame and the weight is awkwardly distributed. I have broad shoulders and when I put the bag on the straps just dig into them. I'm not sure if this has to do with the weight of my bag or my physique, but I wanted to get a new more traditional bag. Since the mechanic bags holding all my gear are the same dimensions as the bag, I was hoping to find a bag that has a main compartment with around these dimensions: Width 12.5 in / 32 cm Length 18.5 in / 47 cm Heres a link to the SealLine Pro: https://www.forgesurvivalsupply.com/my-cart/bug-out-bags/sealline-pro-pack/28-286.html?redirected=1 Anyway, I've been looking for something more traditional and around <200 bucks. If anyone has a good review for a bag like that I'd love to know, also if anyone's interested in a trade or wants to buy a SealLine maybe we can work something out.