Urban Survival: The Get Home Bag

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When disaster strikes, there's no guarantee you will be home or at a safe location. If you're employed, odds are good you will be at work. This was true for me on a few occasions and I was faced with the serious suck factor of walking home with no supporting gear or even a basic plan of action. Let's just say I was young, dumb and "invincible". I got [...]

Every Day Carry: The Sound Grenade

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Personal security is a critical component in any serious survival strategy. Firearms and knives are the obvious options, but how about wearable personal protection? There are many environments where your favorite handgun or folding blade are not allowed. Airports, government buildings to name a few. The solution to this problem is the Sound Grenade. [...]

INCH Bag: Building The Food Supply

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The process of building a reality based food supply takes time, thought and a bit of patience. It's easy to toss some MRE's and beef jerky in your pack and call it a day. That works fine for a bugout kit when you don't expect to be cut off for longer than three days. But when it comes to preparing your INCH bag, one must create an actual menu, [...]

Urban Survival: The EDC Pack

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Survival can be about getting through a large scale disaster or it can be about the every day carry gear. In this case we are focusing on the EDC kit and more specifically the EDC pack. Since I work and live in the city, my pack and contents are configured for the urban jungle. In 2013 I picked up my first dedicated EDC pack, the 5.11 Covrt 18. It's [...]

Survival Essentials: The Medical Kit

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Self reliance is the principle that drives us to prepare for an uncertain future. Whether it be natural or man-made, we ready ourselves now so there is no need to rely on others for survival. A serious strategy includes all the obvious factors - self protection, food, shelter and taking care of the basic human needs. Usually somewhere in those preps [...]

Last Resort Fire Kit

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Despite the best plans and training, we all know that Murphy is waiting to strike - "Anything that can go wrong, will". If you had a chance to watch the first season of Alone, you probably felt that gut wrenching pain when one of the contestants lost his ferro rod. Faced with no reliable way to make fire, he had to tap out. Lucky for us, we don't [...]

Bugout Gear: Stay Spikey Survival Kit & Maxpedition Pouch

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There are four basic survival needs in nearly any situation:  water, fire, shelter and food. Cover these essentials and your chances at survival improve greatly.  Survival kits obviously play a big role in ensuring your readiness. The design of the kit may vary, but there are typically two common factors - Size and Quality. Your average [...]

Urban Survival: The Vulture Tool Kit / SHTF Gear

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When we discuss survival, it typically revolves around wilderness skill sets. There are thousands of blog posts and videos covering the different ways to build shelters, make fire, signal for rescue and live off the land. Building these skills is critical to being a well rounded survivalist, however we tend to neglect the urban aspect of [...]

EDC Paracord Survival Kit – XCountry Pro

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Paracord has come a long way since it's first use in World War II. People figured out quickly that paracord has tons of practical applications, from replacing boot laces to lashing wood for shelters. As a result an industry was born to fill the need. We started to see wearable paracord in the form of bracelets. Then somebody got the bright idea to [...]

How To Organize Your Bugout Gear

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Managing Your Bugout Kit Gear is an essential part of any bugout strategy. The typical discussion of bugout gear revolves around the pack and related contents. Everyone has an opinion on what goes in the pack, but invariably everyone wants to bring the same items - weapons, food, water, clothes, etc. The only problem is keeping all this gear organized [...]