Ultralight Backpacking Gear – How to Hike Light and Fast Going “ultralight”, or at least shedding pounds from your backpack, is not as tough as it may sound. Initially, it just takes a commitment to spending money on newer, lighter gear and depending on how light you want to go, making a few sacrifices. Once you have replaced a few basic items, you will have to convince yourself that your insulated mug is not necessary, that you don’t really need all those stuff bags, that your Thermarest chair can be left behind. And finally, you arrive at the point where …Continue reading →
Regardless of how many #10 cans of “just-add-water-ready-to-eat” stuff you have, at some point, you’re going to have to learn to use a kitchen in much the same way as your granny, or your great-granny did. So we’ve put together this list of 38 essential kitchen items for any survivalist. Matches If you don’t smoke, why on earth would you need matches? But if we’re going to learn to cook like granny, for most of you that would include cooking on top of a wood heat stove, or on a wood cook stove with an oven. I know there are …Continue reading →
There are several types of Bug-out-Bags (BOBs) that are regularly discussed among the preparation crowd. Although folks like to break down BOBs into numerous categories, I tend to think that two types are enough to fill most needs, and the larger of the two bags tends to be more like full on moving than just bugging out. I’ve noticed that people like to add their everyday carry bags to the list of BOBs, something that I find pointless because going about one’s daily business is hardly an example of bugging out. I should also note that I separate BOBs from …Continue reading →
It’s like that chore you know you have to do, but you just don’t want to do it. But having said that, I realize it is very important, and I just need to make the time to finish it! Collect copies of all of most critical documents and place them in a waterproof envelope like the one in the picture. Then you can add them to your bug-out bag. While you’re at it, it’d be smart to make a third set for your safe or safety deposit box.