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Seasoned Preppers “Bug Out Bag”

Bug-Out-Bag-Piv

The following post was originally published over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be scene in its original format HERE.

by “The Coach”

I am not ashamed to say that I am 63 years old. I have been a prepping since I have been 17 years old. This is a long time before “Prepping” was fashionable.  I was in the U.S. Military, Law Enforcement and worked for a number of years as an E.M.T. I have many stories and have written articles about many of those experiences.

Until two (2) years ago, my

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7 days and 3,055 miles in a 1968 13.5’ single axle “Canned Ham” travel trailer

Going_down

The following is a guest post entry into our Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest.

 

Considering the nuances of bugging out from town to my off grid rural cabin I had an epiphany.  I would be better off if I could take my “home” with me in the event that it would be impossible to get to my cabin or other circumstances made it impractical to do so.

 

I recently acquired a 1968 13.5’ single axle “Canned Ham” travel trailer.  This old girl was used for hunting camp and over the years it had pretty much been taken down to

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Long term homestead, survival property and/or retreat location for sale

Interested in non-domestic retreat property? This looks interesting…… Rourke

 

View terrace restaurant

View terrace restaurant

View Tempus from 2 tucanes

View Tempus from 2 tucanes

WE REACH THE WATERFALL

WE REACH THE WATERFALL

road to spa area

Road to spa area

Road to facilities

Road to facilities

 

Ideal long term homestead, survival property and/or retreat location!

 

By owner – This land has the ideal features of a survival property and at the same time is the ultimate home and/or retreat location, in a socially and financially stable country such as Costa Rica, in a sought -after and

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Ideal long term homestead, survival property and/or retreat location for sale

View terrace restaurant

Interested in non-domestic retreat property? This looks interesting…… Rourke

 

Ideal long term homestead, survival property and/or retreat location!

By owner – This land has the ideal features of a survival property and at the same time is the ultimate home and/or retreat location, in a socially and financially stable country such as Costa Rica, in a sought -after and dreamed-of location such as the Caribbean.

Seclusion, food production, plenty of water from its own water springs permits of exploitation and defensive characteristics are key aspects of this site. This property potentially offers several commercial income sources that could supplement

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Part 7: To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question

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To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…PART 7

by M.B.

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6

  

      This is a good spot to briefly discuss bartering. Bartering for life saving resources is a lot different than haggling over a used car or something at a garage sale. Give it some thought. You may want to have some extra – extra supplies on hand. You never know what you have that another may need & you never know what you have that another may want

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Part 6: To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question

wilderness

To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…PART 6

by M.B.

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5

      Where – If we have to go on foot and we make it to the wilderness, how will we survive? We have to be able to make Shelter and Fire, get Food and Water and SECURE ourselves. I say again: you need camping gear. A good tent, some good sleeping bags and a pad are a good place to start. How will you make fire? Having a disposable lighter &

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Part 5: To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question

camping-fire

To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…PART 5

by M.B.

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4

Other clothing:

Long johns are always good to have no matter what the season. It can get chilly at night. You should have a good pair of pants with multiple pockets in your bag. Carpenter type work jeans or military clothing would be good. Perhaps a trip to a surplus store would be a good idea.

Gloves – 1 pair of ‘work’ (cut resistant) and 1 pair ‘warm’. Make sure that they

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Part 4: To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question

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To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…PART 4

by M.B.

Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

      Where – Where will we meet if separated before, during and after an event? A minimum of two Rendezvous Points (R.P.’s) per time period would be good (a main & an alternate), remember that it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. So 2 places to meet before an event (if we’ve been warned through the Emergency System), 2 for during the event (if we’re able to travel) and 2 for

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Ideal long term homestead, survival property and/or retreat location for sale

Road to facilities

Interested in non-domestic retreat property? This looks interesting…… Rourke

 

Ideal long term homestead, survival property and/or retreat location!

 

By owner – This land has the ideal features of a survival property and at the same time is the ultimate home and/or retreat location, in a socially and financially stable country such as Costa Rica, in a sought -after and dreamed-of location such as the Caribbean.

Seclusion, food production, plenty of water from its own water springs permits of exploitation and defensive characteristics are key aspects of this site. This property potentially offers several commercial income sources that could

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Part 3: To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…

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To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…PART 3

by M.B.

Part 1 – Part 2

  Where – If the ‘where’ is close there may not be time to flee. Bug-In and fortification become priorities. If the ‘where’ is away from us but at some point we will have to leave anyway, driving may be an option. However, man-made catastrophes tend to spread quickly and the first casualties (after the initial wave) are usually people trying to flee. Another ‘where’ to consider is where will we wander? If we leave

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To Flee or Not To Flee……Weapons: Part 2

Part 1 can be read HERE.

 

To Flee or Not To Flee

That is the Question…

PART TWO

(…Well one of them anyway)

A (Short) Beginners Guide to Preparing for Emergencies

Proverbs 19:20

by M.B.

Now onto some other weapons.

Knives are good. They’re quiet, concealable, never run out of ammo & are easy to maintain. However, an issue with knives is the proximity you have to be in to use them & stabbing a living being (animal or man) requires more nerve than most people imagine or have readily available. A

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To Flee or Not To Flee……That is the Question Part 1

The following is Part 1(of 7) in a series of guest posts that will be running over the next week or so.

 

 

To Flee or Not To Flee

That is the Question…

(…Well one of them anyway)

A (Short) Beginners Guide to Preparing for Emergencies

Proverbs 19:20

by M.B.

 

Introduction

 

      I would like to begin by saying that this is not intended to be a manual, doctrine or anything of the sort. It is not intended to incite fear, but to entice

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LIFE’S LESSONS: A Little Exercise In Emergency Bugging Out

The following article originally appeared over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen in its original form HERE.

- – – Rourke

 

Woods in Winter

By Harold, Editor-At-Large

SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com

July 4th every tenth year, we have a family reunion on my Dad’s side of the family. This year, I happened to be the oldest survivor, (There were a couple of cousins-in-law that were a couple of years older than I, but I was the oldest direct descendant at 70.) remaining of my Dad and his brother’s families. I had several younger second cousins and

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Call to Action: June ’13 – Shelter

This is the second (and very late) installment of a new monthly series called “Call to Action”. Call to Action (CTA) is a monthly reminder to review one part of your prep’s and strengthen it.

This month is looking at what I consider an often overlooked prep…..shelter.

Full disclosure here….this is one of the preparations that I lack most. Like many others – I have a roof over my head and forget just how delicate a house can be. Whether it be fire, a hurricane or tornado, or a sudden need to evacuate – I may lose that roof and the protection it provides.

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And we arrived in Costa Rica………

Many of us have grown accustomed to not sleeping well at night.   We worry… we fear for our future… and we know… beyond doubt… that the “worst” will inevitably happen.

 

But most of us don’t really know what to do.

 

So we don’t do anything… except continue to worry.

Because it is human nature not to deal with problems… and to deny them.

 

There are literally hundreds of thousands, and probably millions of people, that are predicting “financial Armageddon” at the best and rioting and civil war at the worst.   And these people are not your

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Guest Post: Fashion for the apocalypse

 Fashion for the Apocalypse

by AniOre

 

Ah ha ~ those that know me, will say, ‘oh that’s so her’, because in my previous, lah de dah lifestyle, I was all about fashion ~ and still am in a fashion (pun intended); so I can’t pass up this opportunity of talking about fashion in the reference to packing for emergency situations. And in my research so far, for ‘emergency preparedness’, I found hardly any discussion on what to wear, or what clothing to have ready in your “BOB or BOV” aka “Bug Out Bag or Bug

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Guest Post: Bug Out Vehicles

Bug Out Vehicles

There are an almost infinite number of choices when it comes to bug out vehicle options. You have your 4×4 trucks and SUVs, retired military vehicles, ATVs, Track/Trail bikes, and even mountain bikes. Rather than make any recommendations I am simply going to tell you about my choice for a BOV and my reasoning for that choice.

 

Rather than choosing a traditional BOV I have gone with the original SUV, a station wagon, a 1957 Chevy Belair station wagon to be exact. There are many reasons for my choosing this vehicle the first being my love

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Jesse James bugs out……….

BOB Trip

For those waiting with bated breath, here it is. It’s not exactly Man v. Wild, but then again I didn’t have any support staff helping me out (last Grylls dig…I promise). I apologize for not getting more videos, as the batteries went out MUCH sooner than I anticipated. The backpack I used is a Lafuma Mont Blanc 60L. I did not do an exhaustive inventory of everything in my bag, but if enough interest is shown I will pull it apart and do a list. In the video I tried to just hit the high points. As an

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Guest Post: Relocation, Relocation, Relocation………..

by Millie

 

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

Whether it’s nuclear war, an environmental disaster or overcrowding, in some cases the urban environment might be the most dangerous place to be in after a TSHTF situation. In this case, it might be necessary to get out quickly, which would mean leaving your carefully prepared homestead behind. So if you’re an urban dweller who’s worried about preparing for an emergency e-vac, take note of the following tips.

Get the Lay of the Land.

Most people who don’t already live in rural areas are unable to move to a safer

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Guest Post: Bugging Out………Digitally!

 

Bugging Out………Digitally!

by Gary Hines

 

“ITS TIME TO BUG OUT!”  If you’ve ever heard those words before, you know, your heart starts racing, the gears in your head start turning, and all your “fight or flight” mechanisms kick in telling you to flee!  You may not have time to discuss the reasons you’re bugging out, or your options.  The people in and around Chernobyl got 15 minutes to round up their family and what belongings they could before most of them were put on buses headed out of the city prior to a nuclear meltdown of Chernobyl’s reactor.  Your first thought is your

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Repost: After TSHTF – Uncommon places to find supplies

In a significant TSHTF incident—there may be a need to obtain additional supplies. This need may come from having to replenish your stocks over time. Also—you may be caught away from your cache or traveling—and need to access these valuable items.

Once the “event” occurs grocery stores will be completely out of food within hours. If there is power—lines will form and gas stations will be out of fuel quickly. The most obvious sources for certain items will already be picked thru. There are a couple of places that may get overlooked. These are Office Buildings and Manufacturing/Industrial Facilities.

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Guest Post: Alternate Home and Bug Out

Alternate Home and Bug Out

by TMM

 

There has been discussion before on the use of boats for bugging out.  However, I would like to expand on that some.  I also think that boats are highly under rated for normal day to day living as well.  There are not many homes that you can bug out with and not have to pack before leaving.  You can also carry a lot more on a boat than you can in a backpack.

 

I approach this topic from the aspect that my spouse and I are full

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Guest Post: How an RV Can Save Your Family in an Emergency

The Ultimate Bug Out/In Vehicle: How an RV Can Save Your Family in an Emergency

 

My wife and I have lived full time in RV’s for five years and have owned every kind of RV on the market. When an emergency strikes having an RV fully loaded and ready to go (or stay whatever the case may be) can be a lifesaver; literally! Think about it, you have a fresh water tank, full propane tanks, a toilet, shower, refrigerator, lights, heater and if you have a built in generator you also have air conditioning

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks…….

The Panhandle Rancher responds to my recent post on redoing my bug out bags……..  - Rourke

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Rourke,

  It is my experience that the large and medium ALICE rucks and metal frames offer the very best value to price ratio. For safety, I drilled all of the old loose rivets on the ruck frames and replaced with 10-24 bolts and nylon locknuts. After stripping off all of the webbing (be sure you can replace it properly especially the lumbar support strap), the frame was repainted using Krylon camo spray paint. For day trips in my vehicles, I have a heavily

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