What to Pack in a Survival Backpack

What to Pack in a Survival Backpack

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There are many situations in which you may need a survival backpack. In just about any survival situation, you need to have certain supplies on your person at any given time. The best way to make sure you have these items on you is to carry them in a survival backpack. If there is a natural disaster like a Hurricane or earthquake, you need to have survival supplies with you. What if you are not at home? Keep it in your vehicle or on your person. If you are on vacation, bring your survival backpack as well. But, what to pack in a survival backpack? The following are the basic supplies that you definitely need to have.

Food and Water

You may not be able to carry much water in a backpack, but at least have some water as well as a water filtration system, perhaps a compact one such as a survival straw. As for food, calorie bars can save your life in a food crisis.

A Knife

Or, multiple knives. Make sure you have a survival knife which can be used for multiple purposes. Hunting, cutting rope, and more.

An Emergency Blanket

If the weather turns, you may need an emergency blanket to survive. In a backpack, it will need to be compact. A space blanket works best.

A First Aid Kit

First Aid is important to have in any survival kit, especially in your survival backpack. A medical emergency can happen while on-the-go. You may need your medication as well. Keep a well stocked yet compact first aid kit in your survival backpack.

Rope

There are so many reasons to always have rope or paracord with you. Paracord is the best kind of rope to have. It stretches and can be very compact for traveling purposes. You can fit hundreds of feet of paracord in your survival backpack.

A Compass

Getting lost is not fun, but it can be a disaster in survival situations. GPS systems may not work at the time. Know your way around a compass, and keep it handy at all times.

What else do you have in your survival backpack? Knowing what to pack is half the battle. Don’t hesitate, stock your survival backpack today now that you know what to pack in a survival backpack.

Hurricane Survival Supplies

Hurricane Survival Supplies

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Survival supplies are important to have for every disaster situation that is possible. Hurricanes require additional supplies, since you may have to go a month or even longer without basic amenities being available near you. Stores may be shut down temporarily, or even permanently. Your area could be considered a disaster area for a few months. Don’t forget about Hurricane Katrina, which permanently shut down many businesses. An entire economy can be on hold for an indefinite amount of time. You need supplies for before, during, and after a hurricane. Let’s take a look at what hurricane survival supplies you need to have right now.

Hurricane Survival Supplies to buy NOW

If you are stuck at home during a hurricane like many are, you need to keep these hurricane survival supplies in stock.

  • Food – Including Non-perishables, meal bars, and water. Buy enough to last months!
  • Lighting – A solar power lantern comes in handy, as do flashlights.
  • Wood, Hammer, & Nails – You need to be able to board up windows and doors, especially if your windows and doors are not hurricane rated.
  • Radio – You must have a radio to keep up with news about the weather, current status of your area, and more.
  • Tools – Things break during hurricanes, and it is to be expected. You need to be able to repair things as they come up.
  • Pet supplies – Do you have furry friends at home? They need to have enough food and water, just like you.
  • Medicine – If you or any household member takes medication, keep an emergency supply of as much as you can have. You don’t want to go a month without your most important prescriptions.
  • First Aid – Keep a First Aid Kit well supplied and handy. Injuries can happen amongst confusion, poor weather, and distress.
  • Cooking supplies – It isn’t very appealing to eat a cold can of baked beans. Make sure you have the tools to create a fire if necessary, or a camping stove. Pots, pans, and utensils are important as well.
  • Blankets and clothing – With the power out, it can get very warm or very cool. Buy blankets and warm clothing, as well as light clothing.
  • Power Generator – If possible, buy a power generator. This will make any disaster much more bearable.

Always Have Supplies

These are not supplies you can simply purchase once a hurricane warning is issued. Buy these items well ahead of time, and keep them at your home to stay prepared. People flood the stores during hurricanes, and you do not want to be caught up in that mess. Hurricane survival supplies are important to have in your home, right at this very minute!

 

Make Your Hurricane Plan

Make Your Hurricane Plan

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Don’t get caught without a plan

Hurricanes will happen, they are unavoidable in certain parts of the world. You already know how to prepare for hurricane season, but you need a specific plan set in place for you and your household in the case of a hurricane near you. You do not want to wait until there is a tropical storm brewing, or wait until there is a hurricane watch. Your plan should be ready for implementation long before a storm comes.

The first thing you must do is ask yourself some questions. The answers to these questions then need a plan to handle them properly. Let’s go over some of these questions now as a basic guide.

Questions to Ask before you Make Your Hurricane Plan

  1. Do you have children in your household?
  2. Are there any elderly family members to take care of?
  3. Do you own any pets that are members of your family household?
  4. Where are all of your important documents, deeds, birth certificates etc?
  5. How much gas does your vehicle hold in its tank, and do you have extra gas storage?
  6. How many family members fit inside your vehicle?
  7. Does anyone in your household have a medical condition requiring medication?
  8. Do your family members all know CPR and other First Aid trainings? Also, do you have First Aid kits?
  9. Where are the most important and sentimental items in your home?
  10. What is your city or town’s evacuation route in case of emergency?
  11. Do you live on a flood plain?
  12. Where will you go to ride out the hurricane?
  13. Do you have flashlights and batteries?
  14. Do you have emergency food and water storage?

When you answer each of these questions, you will have an outline of your hurricane plan. These considerations are important when making sure your family will stay safe during a hurricane. It’s time to start preparing now, not when a hurricane hits. Once you make your hurricane plan, go over it with your family every year, before hurricane season. Make sure everyone knows what to do, who to contact, and where to be in case contact is lost. Medications need to be gathered. Travel needs to be arranged in advance. Important items need to be in an easy to access location. Answering these questions is truly the first step in order to make your hurricane plan.

What are the Hurricane Categories?

What are the Hurricane Categories?

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According to the National Hurricane Center, the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale is a 1-5 rating based on the wind speed of a Hurricane. Not the wind speed at certain times, but the sustained wind speed. The scale can quite accurately determine potential damage of a hurricane, depending on the scale’s rating. Let’s examine the different hurricane categories and what they actually mean.

Category 1

A category 1 hurricane is a hurricane with sustained wind speeds of 74-95 miles per hour. Even a category 1 hurricane is very dangerous. Frame homes can sustain damage to major structures, such as the roof, vinyl siding, gutters, and more. A strong tree branch can easily fall or break off and fall onto a house, car, or even a person. Trees with shallow roots can completely fall over. Power lines may have damage, leaving people without power for days on end.

Category 2

Category 2 hurricanes have wind speeds of 96-110 miles per hour. These extremely dangerous winds cause extensive damage, without a doubt. Shallow root trees can snap, even larger branches will fall, and roads have branches blocking them. Expect total power loss which can take up to a week or longer to restore.

Category 3

Category 3 hurricanes have wind speeds of 111-129 miles per hour. The damage at this point is now devastating. Major damage to houses is common, and decking may be completely destroyed. Electricity and water can potentially take weeks to restore after the storm is no longer viable. This is the first category considered to be a “Major” hurricane.

Category 4

Category 4 hurricanes have wind speeds of 130-156 miles per hour. The damage is now catastrophic. Homes can lose the entire roof, or even exterior walls and siding. Most trees within the hurricane’s path are uprooted or snap in half. Power lines are almost all down, and outages can last months. Where the storm hits is uninhabitable for an unforeseen amount of time.

Category 5

This is the most devastating category of a hurricane. Wind speeds are 157 miles per hour or faster. A large amount of homes are completely destroyed. Roofs fail, and houses collapse. Trees and power lines are down everywhere within the storm’s path. The area of devastation takes weeks or months to rebuild.

Hurricanes are deadly. There can be loss of life in a category 1, and there is certainly loss of life at category 5. Know how to prepare and be safe. It’s hurricane season, so gather your supplies and evacuate when it is necessary. Here are some supplies to consider:

Emergency Food Rations

Flashlights

First Aid Kit

Survival Backpack

Water

Medication

…The list goes on. How do you start to prepare for hurricane season? Start here.

What is Hurricane Season

What is Hurricane Season

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So, what is hurricane season? Hurricane Season is also known as The Atlantic Hurricane Season. It’s a set period of time when most tropical cyclones of the year are expected to develop across the northern Atlantic Ocean. The start dates and end dates can vary from year to year. The 2017 hurricane season is between June 1st and November 30th. 

How Hurricanes Form

NASA says that hurricanes are the the most violent storms on planet Earth, and they should know. The ingredients of a hurricane are very simple: heat and water. Hurricanes happen over warm water, which exists above the equator. Above the ocean’s surface, the air takes in both heat and moisture. When the hot air rises, lower pressure is left behind below it. Higher pressure air moves into lower pressure air areas. It heats up and rises, and then the process repeats itself. This then creates swirls in the air. When the hot air rises higher into the atmosphere, it cools off and becomes clouds. Now, the swirling air and clouds combine to create a deadly hurricane. There is no such thing as a safe hurricane.

How to Prepare

Before Hurricane Season begins, you must prepare. Know your evacuation route at all times, especially the time leading up to Hurricane Season. You must have supplies for before, during, and after the hurricane. Even if the storm is only tropical and not a full-blown hurricane, the damage can be devastating. Have all of your supplies and evacuation plans in place, just in case. If you want to read on how to specifically prepare for and survive a hurricane, check out our blog here.

The Aftermath

Hurricanes can obviously affect people and families. They can be responsible for hundreds or thousands of deaths if deadly enough. But that’s not the only thing hurricanes can do. Economies can be affected when an area needs FEMA intervention. Businesses may need to close permanently after a hurricane causes too much damage to fix. Insurance claims skyrocket, and can put family businesses and local government on hold.

Hurricane season can be scary, but you can be prepared for whatever is to come. Have one goal in mind: survival!

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

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There are many different ways on how to prepare for Hurricane Season. There are also different times to manage different tasks in preparation. Let’s go through what you should do before Hurricane Season, when there is a warning, and when the Hurricane hits.

Before Hurricane Season Starts

You need to start off prepared for the upcoming Hurricane Season. If you live near a coast, you need to learn and know your evacuation routes. Is your house Hurricane Proof? If not, consider having your home upgraded with storm shutters, Hurricane Windows, and more. If you are having a home built, ask the builder what updates you can make to help your home be more Hurricane resistant.

There are also items and supplies you need to have an abundance of to stay prepared.

When there is a Hurricane Warning or Watch

Leave any areas that are low, or have a probability of flooding. Get to your home, and put boards on the windows and doors. If you have patio furniture or any large objects outside, you must secure those. This is also a good time to gather all of your food and water supplies, as well as the first aid kit and additional clothing. If there is an evacuation put in place, take immediate action and get out! Pay attention to all weather reports and news stations.

During the Storm

Stay in a room that is secure, does not have any windows, and does not have large objects. These large objects can become deadly projectiles. Don’t use any candles, either. These can quickly become fire hazards. Continue to monitor the weather using a radio, or NOAA radio.

After the Hurricane

First of all, make sure the storm has actually passed. Do not go outdoors until you know the storm is completely over. Even after the eye of the hurricane passes, there are still deadly winds and storms to shortly follow. If there are any power lines that have fallen or are down, report them and stay far away from them. Use your supplies including the food and water. It may take a while, but things will return back to normal. Continue to listen to the radio for weather updates. If your family needs assistance, contact local law enforcement. They may be busy, but help will come. Be patient, surviving a category 3 or higher hurricane is an achievement and a relief in itself!

Do you have any additional tips on how to prepare for hurricane season? Let us know in the comments section of this post!

How to Make Coffee While Camping

How to Make Coffee While Camping

How to Make Coffee While Camping

When you go camping, it’s nice to be able to still enjoy some of the same daily traditions you have at home. For many, the day starts with a good old fashion cup of coffee. There are a few different ways on how to make coffee while camping. Some are easier than others, and some turn out a bit more sophisticated. Either way, you should be happy to know that you do not have to go without your cup of coffee during your camping trip!

If you want to add creamer, it’s best to have some packaged dry creamers available. Liquid creamers need to be kept cold, and it can be difficult while camping unless you have a great quality cooler such as a yeti cooler.

The Old Fashion Way

The simplistic way to make coffee while camping is to fill up a coffee pot like this one with water. Dump your coffee grounds into the pot, and put it on the campfire. Once it is hot, you can pour yourself a cup of coffee. The grounds should settle down on the bottom of the cup so that you can enjoy your cup of joe!

The Coffeemaker

If you have a camping stove, you can use the Coleman Camping Coffeemaker to make coffee, just like you do at home. You put it on the stove, and it acts just as a regular coffee maker does. This is a good option when you don’t have to hike to the camp site, so you have more room in a car to store the items. It can be heavier if you have it in your backpack.

The French Press

A french press is lightweight, and easy to store in a backpack. Heat up the water, pour it into the french press, and add coffee. Voila! Your coffee brews, and you can press down to push the grounds all the way to the bottom.

Having coffee does not have to be a luxury. There are simple ways to get your cup of joe in the mornings, even while camping. Give it a try, and let us know your preferred method in the comments!

Tips When Camping

Tips When Camping

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Camping is a fun activity that can be done with family, friends, or your partner. It can also be a good test of survival skills, instincts, and outdoor skills in general. There are some tips you may not be aware of to help you on your adventure. These tips can be helpful, or even life saving. Let’s review the best tips when camping we have for you today!

Campsite Location

Choosing a good location is imperative when camping. Have you ever heard someone call a tree a widow maker? It has the name for a very specific reason. Dead limbs and branches can be deadly. Do not camp near a dead tree, or in an area where there are dead limbs and large branches on the ground. Instead, camp under healthy trees for a bit of cover in case of light rain – it can definitely help.

Tent Choice

Camping tents come in all sorts of sizes, with different features and set-up times. If you are alone or with one other camp mate, consider choosing a smaller tent. Set up time will be quicker, and it’s light weight. If you’re bringing the whole family, buy a tent made for 8-10 people. No family enjoys a cramped space to endure all trip long!

Fire

Know how to build and start a fire. This will be essential for light, food, and family fun. Along with the fire, bring any pots, pans, and utensils you need for eating. If you aren’t the best at starting a fire, make sure to get a fire starter that will easily suit your needs.

Food

Bring food that is compact and will not spoil throughout your trip. You should also bring food that is fun to eat – consider the classic S’mores! The whole family will enjoy this delicious treat while enjoying quality time together around the camp fire.

Safety

It’s important to make sure the entire family or other camp mates are familiar with camping safety. The fire has a lot to do with this, so make sure everyone understands what to do and not do near a camp fire.

Your clothing should be weather appropriate. If it’s cold, make sure to pack cold weather clothing that will keep you warm during your camping trip. If it’s hot, bring even more than enough water and wear clothing that allows you to breathe.

Do you have any additional camping trips? Let us know in the comments, and have fun camping!

 

How Much are Camping Tents?

How Much are Camping Tents?

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Tents come in all sorts of shapes, colors, and sizes. There are tents that can fit one person, and there are also tents that can comfortably fit eight people. Obviously, these two tents are going to be different prices. Tents can come with very basic features, or they can come stocked with the latest technology. This will also make for a price difference. Are you looking for something more basic, or something from a camper’s dreams? How much are camping tents? Let’s take a look at some different tents with very different features so that we can compare prices.

Basic Small Tents

This tent is as simple as it gets. It fits two people, it has easy set up, and it’s light. It’s just over $20, which is a great price for what you’re getting. It’s not for rugged settings like extreme heat or cold, but it will work for a simple camping trip nearby. A tent like this should work several times, and is great for those who don’t camp often. However, it will not have the long-lasting durability of other, more expensive tents.

If you’re looking for something more durable, this tent is what you’re looking for. It’s heavier, but it’s more durable. With aluminum ferrules, it is nearly rust-proof. There are doors on both sides, so you will not have to crawl over anyone to exit the tent. There is a mesh roof area that can be used for stargazing. The zippers are extra large for extreme durability. At about $80, the extra features and durability may make this heavier tent worth it for you.

Larger Tents

This dome family camping tent can fit five to six people, and it is ideal for camping with the whole family. The assembly is fairly easy, and it is completely waterproof. The ultra-thin mesh makes it ideal for keeping bugs out, while allowing a breeze to flow through the tent when weather permits it. It’s just over 15 pounds, which should be expected for this size of a tent. It’s a very reasonable $134.99.

If you’re looking for the ultimate family camping tent, this Coleman is probably it. It can fit 8 people, and it even has two separated spaces, or “bedrooms.” It has two doors and seven windows for full ventilation. The poles come pre-attached, making set up take only one or two minutes, much less time than most tents. This tent is heavier, so it is not ideal for backpacking. However, if you’re driving somewhere to go camping with your family, this tent is a must-have at $270.

So, how much are camping tents? The answer is, the price can vary. It depends on what you want, and what you’re looking for. Whatever your needs, you can find them with the tents on this list!

Survival Instincts – Tune in to yours!

Survival Instincts – Tune in to yours!

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Survival Instincts are an important part of human nature. They exist to serve us, but sometimes they can hinder us as well. Once in a while, make an effort to re-train your brain! With modern technology, we have texting, television, videos, and more all at our fingertips. We can easily forget about our surroundings, making our survival instincts way out of tune.

Luckily, you can hone in on your instincts by doing some exercises. One of these exercises involves bugging out, and one involves bugging in. We will go over how to do both of these below. Pick one to do, or even do both! They can’t be done at one time, but they can be done sequentially.

Bugging Out

In the world of survival, bugging out means leaving your home and going to a remote location for at least 72 hours. You must survive without the use of technology, electricity, and more. Make sure you have a bug out bag prepared at all times. Be able to pick up and go at a moment’s notice. You need to have food, water, weapons, tools, and more. A way to stay warm, a way to stay cool, and shelter are all factors to consider.

Bugging In

Bugging in is just about the opposite of bugging out. In some emergency situations, you may not be able to leave your house. It’s important to be prepared for this. Turn off the electricity, cut off the water, and prepare to survive! No electronics are allowed, so you may want to shut them down and leave them in a closet. For bugging in, you need to have just as much preparation as bugging out. Just because you are home does not mean survival will not be difficult.

How well will you fare bugging in and bugging out? At first, your modern day habits will nag you, and you may want to cave in. Don’t do it! The only way to improve your survival instinct is to focus on survival only. Modern amenities will not always be there. Cell service may not be able to save you, and you may not always be able to contact 9-1-1. Disaster can easily strike at any given moment. Hone-in on those survival instincts, and be prepared!

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