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Just rec'd two bathtub bags from Cheaper Than Dirt. One 100 gal bag ($20) and one 65 gal bag($15). So if a bug in is called for, I've got the water covered for a month, and without the need to filter it

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got some button compases, a couple carabiners, and began to re-handle a couple of my grandfathers old knives. not a whole lot but its better than nothing.

 

Stickhorse,

 

I'm not trying to be critical but please drop the 'its better than nothing' line. Focusing on how small a start you think you've made is a good way to get discouraged and give up. Focus on the next thing to do, not on the many things not done.

 

The moment you do your first thing you are miles ahead of most of the sheeple. We all started with that first thing. It might be as simple as always putting a knife in my pocket. A good folder is probably the single best and most important survival tool there is. Let's face it MacGyver got 7 seasons out of a Swiss Army knife and Duct tape! I ALWAYS have a Swiss Army knife (actually the can opener is about the most used blade on it) on me and easy access to duct tape.

 

I carry a button compass in a survival whistle. If I know North I can estimate everything else closely enough to get where I need to be. That whistle has a magnifying glass that has been useful for reading small numbers several times but it is there because it is fire if the sun is out. If I'm trapped/out of sight/lost somewhere I can blow that whistle a lot longer than I can yell for help. Cost less than $5.

 

Sounds like a pretty good start to me. A BIC lighter and a bottle of water and you have more 'Every Day Carry' (EDC) than 90% of the population.

 

Thanks for posting and please continue with your thoughts and ideas. We learn from each other.

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Ricksconnected:

Can you, or anyone else recomend a "well rounded book" for a BOB?

MikeE:

Is that the waterbob with siphon? I've been looking at those. Have 2 bathtubs in my house. Filling the bathtub before hurricane Irene gave me the ability to flush my toilet but a way to have that much clean drinking water is def the way to go and the price seems good.

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Just completed my semi-annual inventory. Am up to 6 months with a couple of small holes. Just received my 2 water BOB's and a propane stove with 3 months of fuel.

Placed order for the Solar Oven.

Have been steadily adding to my store of empty & cleaned bottles for more water.

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Ricksconnected:

Can you, or anyone else recomend a "well rounded book" for a BOB?

 

 

right now my go-to book is mykel hawkes book. (the one still in print) its a great book small enough to carry and has water/dirt proof pages. its a great read and covers a lot of ground. its small enough to pack and would come in handy in a situation i think. who knows, i might find a replacement for it down the line.

i will keep looking and reading.

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some may disagree shawn but i think a good "reminder" type book would be a plus.

God knows when i get into a hurry, freaking out, i often will get a "brain fart" and suddenly

even the most routine of things can draw a blank. in a SHTF situation, there is no time for that.

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I haven't gone through Hawk's book. I did a review on 'The Prepper's Pocket Guide' on the gear forum.

http://survivalcache.com/book-review-preppers-pocket-guide/

 

What I like about it is that it has a great deal of immediately useful information. What I didn't like about it was that it lacked depth. It makes a good checklist for what you need to be informed about and a check of your procedure should you need it (exactly how much bleach per gallon of water?) for some contingency.

 

If you are starting new, you'll need to go do some in depth reading about the things in the guide. Once you have the background, it is a good refresher on critical facts.

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I'm a little more than halfway thru the preppers guide. Some of the info was stuff I already knew but I have been learning some usefull info(like how much bleach per gallon). Like ricksconnected said I like the idea of a "waterproof" book for the BOB as a referance guide. I'm pretty good at retaining info but could see a stressfull situation could temp blank me out. also guide could be good for the Mrs. in case something happened to me.

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I'm pretty good at retaining info but could see a stressfull situation could temp blank me out. also guide could be good for the Mrs. in case something happened to me.

 

 

good thoughts shawn, now your cookin with gas. a "brain fart" can happen any time, any where and to any body. having a great reference book is a smart choice in my opinion. your right, its also a good manual for those with you, or those that find you ( God forbid)

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I just aquired a large increase in home defense...Mossberg 500 JIC II ! Just bit the bullet and forked over the $$. Everywhere I have been looking they were out of stock of this model...Jumped on it when my local gun shop emailed they had one.

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Over the last week or ten days I've been here, reading and learning, we filled a small game bag with gear we already had scattered all over the house, reviewed articles and discussions with my husband (who is totally on board but works long days so he's relying on me to do a lot of the reading and relating), discussed EDC, went out and looked at tents n sleeping bags, cooking gear, reassessed our pantry, started saving drinking water again, bought a packable fishing rod at flea market for 5 bucks, a full tang survival knife, extra mantles for our Coleman lantern (for the possible off the grid home scenario), tested the lantern to make sure it was still working, started organizing my vehicle's emergency supplies, bought water purification tablets n a camp shovel (for practice runs), checked out backpacks (found the one I want and scared to tell you what it is), and ramped up our walking program using the Natchez Trace Trail system. And, used Craigslist to sell unwanted junk around the house to supplement our budget for this project. Hubby and I have had more safe, sane and healthy fun in a week than we have all year. Thanks guys. You are all killer. Whew!

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On the range cards; I made "6 packs" for each of my team for our deployment to Iraq. I used card stock and laminated after I completed. I laminated some while deployed after we placed our landmarks on at the FOB we were on. We carried the "blanks" for traveling when setting up temporary defensive positions.

With laminated cards, I found using different colored alcohol markers for different landmarks (blue for water, green for a tree, etc). After moving, we could wipe them off and have it ready for the next position.

http://www.amazon.com/Rite-Rain-All-Weather-Tactical/dp/B000QB6BMO

The link is just a notebook that actually has a range card in the back, along with other field noted (though it is geared towards military) if anyone wants a hardcopy to copy from.

https://www.google.com/search?q=military+range+card&hl=en&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=YiIcT_iKFK3gsQKn-YXjCw&sqi=2&ved=0CCYQsAQ&biw=1280&bih=633

This is a photo library of range cards.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6765856_make-range-card.html

This site deals with making a range card. Take the information and apply what works for you. The biggest thing is ensuring everyone in your group knows how to read them and make them identical so if something happens, everyone knows exactly what each symbol, mark, etc means and can implement it during a crisis.

The "combat" topic has been discussed and debated on the forums and in the articles on SC but range cards are strictly a defensive tool and when used correctly, will enhance your family/group's defenses with known distances. This will add to the effectiveness and help ensure you do not need to waste a valuable resource (ammo) if defense becomes necessary.

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hey 101, we are glad your having a good time. yes i think i can speak for everybody for that one at least lol.

putting things together and getting stuff in order should be fun, because when it comes time that you need it all, the fun factor will be gone, and its game time.

you need to get your hubby in here to say hello and see how much fun your having.

i think its cool how you have also found a great way to fund your survival gear by selling stuff on craigslist.

thats pretty cool cause its actually costing you very little to get geared up at this point.

thats good thinking on your part. oh and dont be afraid to tell us what gear your choosing, (backpack)

it might be a great find and can help others, or someone might have a gear review on it that you will need to hear.

wow it sure is nice to hear how much fun you and the hubby are having. some of us on here might start to get a little jealous lol. anyways, glad your on the forums and sharing your experiences with us.

its always a good read and often funny and refreshing as well. keep posting 101, its our pleasure to read.

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oh and dont be afraid to tell us what gear your choosing, (backpack) it might be a great find and can help others, or someone might have a gear review on it that you will need to hear.

 

Thanks Ricks. Failed to get the model number, will check next time I'm there. Have to save for it. Badlands 2800 Hunting Pack. That's a lot of investment so if anybody has input I'd love to have it. It holds camelbak or other hydration bladder, has hip pockets for sidearm and or other equipment, and tie on for sleeping pack. It's the most comfortable pack I've ever tried on. I'm small, and my core is not strong. I'd rather carry something, than nothing, or remain behind. This one really adjusted to fit me well.

 

http://www.basspro.com/Badlands-2800-Hunting-Pack/product/10216330/115008#description

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Again, I'm thinking this is the model, but it's hard to tell online. oops.

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ok i like it indeed. its just my opinion but i think fit and comfort are by far more valuable than space within. sounds like ya got that covered. comfort goes a long way 101. you should have my problems.

im 6ft 5 and 340. everything i try on looks like ive tried to ductape a cig pack to my back lol. oh its tough i tell ya. but i think ive found the one i liked best.

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LMAO, love that. so, which one is it? And to answer the question of the day. Extra Batteries for the two small flashlights and fresh batteries for the walkie-talkies.

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