Archive for the ‘Equipment’ Category

Every first aid kit should contain Israeli Battle Dressings.  The following are the steps for using this first aid pressure bandage.  It’s main purpose is to serve as a pressure dressing to prevent excessive blood loss due to an injury.  Seek medical help immediately and keep these in your first aid kit just in case.

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You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting to read if I do say so myself 🙂

Can your cell phone give away your location?  Yes it can.  Anytime it has a power source attached it can be tracked; which means simply turning it off is not enough.  If it has access to power, via a battery, as an example it can send and receive tracking data from nearby towers.  Your signal can be triangulated between towers which can then identify your position whether the cell phone is in use or not. Removing the battery is the only way to eliminate this tracking; however, once you re-insert the battery, it re-registers the network and your location can once again be revealed.

Check out my book series American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution as well as the four other books in that series which can be seen on the left side of my blog page; and are available at Amazon.com.  They are interesting fictional reading and provide a clear indication of what can happen if cvivilization and society breaks down and you are left to fend for yourself.

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For most disaster scenarios I anticipate bugging in rather than bugging out.  However it is still essential to have a bug out bag packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice.  So with that said; what gear do I keep in my bug out bag? The following; in no particular order is a list of my bug out bag gear.

  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • 3 Tee shirts
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 Jacket
  • 2 Pairs of Pants with Belt
  • 5 pairs of lightweight work gloves
  • 1 pair of shooting gloves
  • 1 pair of winter gloves
  • 1 Raincoat
  • 1 Boonie Hat
  • 1 Winter hat
  • 1 Complete First Aid Kit including Medicines
  • 2 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
  • 2 Small compressed rolls of Toilet Paper
  • 9 Eyeglass Wipes
  • 1 Eyeglass Case
  • 1 Compass
  • 1 Set of area maps
  • 1 Fixed Blade Knife with Sheath
  • 1 Spare Pistol Holster
  • 1 Spare Pistol
  • 1 Spare Mag Pouch with 3 slots
  • 3 Spare Mags
  • Spare Ammo
  • 1 Riggers Belt
  • 1 Flashlight 100 Lumens
  • 6 replacement flashlight batteries
  • 3 packs of waterproof matches
  • 1 Firestarter
  • 2 Removable Canteen Straps
  • 2 Canteens in Canteen pouches with water
  • 2 Metal Water Bottle with Molle bottle holder
  • 120 Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Water
  • Flavored Drink Mix
  • 1 Bottle of Vitamins
  • 2 Bottles of Water Purification Tablets
  • 1 Water purification filter with straw
  • 1 Water Bladder
  • 4 Packages of Iodine Tablets to protect against radiation
  • 1 Adhesive Radiation Detector
  • 1 Pair of Binoculars
  • 1 Portable Radio
  • 4 replacement radio batteries
  • 1 Bandana
  • Assorted Petty Cash
  • 550 Paracord
  • Climbing Rope
  • 1 Roll of Cloth Tape
  • 5 Snap Straps
  • 4 Compression Straps
  • 1 Sleeping Bag with Stuff Sack 
  • 5 Mylar Emergency Blankets
  • 1 Fork and Spoon Set
  • 1 Can Opener
  • 1 Bottle Opener
  • 1 Signal Mirror
  • 1 Pocket Knife
  • 1 Multi-tool
  • Various Important Documents

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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What’s next on my prepper purchase list you ask?  After reviewing my survival and preparedness gear, equipment and supplies the next item I plan on getting is the EcoZoom Versa Rocket Stove.  For those who are unfamiliar with a rocket stove they are basically simple cooking stoves which can be used when camping or when there is a power outage.  They can either be homemade or purchased from reputable manufacturers; and they are efficient and relativley easy to operate.  I’ve already asked my wife for this item for Christmas this year 🙂

Here’s the product description.  EcoZoom’s Versa Stove can burn wood, charcoal, or dried biomass and is their most versatile cook stove. The Versa is a great option for those wanting cook fuel options while still providing the same EcoZoom durability. The Versa is there most popular emergency preparedness model in the United States and is also great for camping. The Zoom Versa features an abrasion resistant and durable ceramic combustion chamber with a 10 cm in diameter vertical section that forces the gases to mix with the flame, decreasing harmful emissions and adds a refractory metal liner to the inside of the combustion chamber that protects the ceramic insulation, increases the life of your stove, and improves combustion efficiency. This stove features there new hinged combustion chamber doors enabling for an effortless conversion from wood to charcoal fuels. Both the main combustion chamber door and the damper door (bottom door) have reinforced metal frames and have hinges that serve to securely close the doors and regulate airflow. The Zoom Versa also has a durable, reformulated 6-pronged cast iron stovetop that improves heat transfer for all pots including round bottom pots and woks.

I can’t wait to try this out when I receive one for Christmas.  Just a gentle reminder and hint to my wife 🙂 

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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Probably one of the most overlooked items of prepper gear is what to wear on your head.  Military helmets will get you strange looks and they are also much too heavy.  Baseball caps are a consideration but they have some drawbacks as well.  While they are socially acceptable the front bill of the hat can interfere with rifle optics and they do nothing to protect the back of the neck from the sun or the rain.  Yes I know you can wear them backwards but who wants to constantly be flipping their hat back and forth.  A common and popular solution is the Boonie hat.  They are easily foldable to avoid interference with rifle optics, offer a degree of sun and rain protection for the back of your neck,  and are comfortable to wear.  If you haven’t thought about head gear from a survival/preparedness aspect, now is the time to do so.

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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If society collapses, or the SHTF, or TEOTWAWKI, (The end of the world as we know it) scenarios occur having the following item available and ready to go is essential.  The piece of gear I’m talking about is a load bearing vest.  Most services that people depend upon will be gone, during a serious disaster, and you will be responsible for your own self defense and security.  Police and law enforcement will be non existant and criminals, thugs, and looters will be everywhere waiting for an opportunity to strike.

A load bearing vest allows you to have defensive and survival gear on you at all times as you will be patrolling, gathering supplies, disposing of trash, investigating disturbances, etc.  Essentially you will be going into nothing short of a potential war zone so configure your load bearing vest to be flexible and to be mission specific.  

Using molle attachment points and molle gear will making swapping equipment as needed a fairly easy task.  Some vests come with pre installed pouches while others have no pouches at all; and you add them as needed.  I prefer starting with a vest with no pouches as pictured at the bottom of this post and then adding pouches until I’m satisfied with the functionality.  At that point I keep it conveniently located until it is ever needed.  Of course hopefully it will never be needed.

Some of the items on your load bearing vest in their respective pouches/holsters should include lots of rifle magazines, spare ammunition, handgun, handgun magazines, flashlight, spare batteries; fixed blade knife and first aid kit.  You can add or subtract items as the situation warrants.  Remember the items you select should be mission specific.  So set up your vest now; size it properly for your dimensions and try it on once a month to make sure it fits properly and that everything it carries is where it needs to be.  If a serious societal ending disaster strikes; you’ll be ready to defend yourself and your family.

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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Whether you are looking to survive natural disasters, manmade disasters, apocalyptic events, or even zombie attacks; a bug out bag is an essential component to your overall survival and preparedness needs.  Preparing your bag starts with actually having a bag.  Your bug out bag should be durable, comfortable, have adjustable shoulder straps, as well as lumbar and sternum straps, and have the ability to add additional smaller pouches via molle attachment points.

When deciding what to keep in and on your bug out bag make sure you have the necessary items to address all of these major specific areas.

  • Water
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Fire
  • Medical Supplies
  • Proper Clothing
  • Communications
  • Signaling
  • Weapons
  • Ammunition
  • Navigation
  • Personal Items
  • Cutting
  • Climbing
  • Lighting

If a disaster occurs; having all of your essential supplies in a conveniently placed bug out bag, ready to go at a moment’s notice can make all the difference between life and death.  If you already have a bug out bag review the contents on a monthly basis.  If you don’t already have a bug out bag the time is now to put one together.

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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Picked up 4 – C4A1 Israeli gasmasks with hydration tubes and sealed filters to add to my survival and preparedness gear and also picked up a 42×20 gear bag to keep in the back of my SUV for the seperate emergency items I keep in the vehicle at all times.  It’s amazing the stuff you can find when you’re in the mood to add to your supplies 🙂

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550 paracord is a kernmantle rope consisting of a braided covering over a bundle of seven inner cords. Paracord has many uses.  Here are some of the things I have considered using paracord for.  I’d be interesting in hearing what additional uses you might have for paracord for as well.

  • Replacement shoe laces in the field
  • Carry Strap
  • Ridgeline for a tarp shelter
  • Clothes line
  • Splint for broken fingers
  • Lashing items to a pack
  • Trip line
  • Zipper pulls
  • Tent guy out line
  • Belt
  • Knife Lanyard
  • Hanging a metal pot over a fire
  • Perimeter trip wire in conjunction with tin cans.

You can get a free preview of my first zombie fiction book or my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my zombie or survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse, American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.  Make your purchases before it’s too late.

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I have three primary first aid kits and I stock all of them the same way.  The first one is my home first aid kit which is contained in a military mechanics canvas tool bag and clearly labeled on the outside first aid kit.  It is kept in a primary location inside my home.  The second is attached to my bug out bag with a Molle quick release system.  That first aid pouch is made by Condor.  The third hangs on the wall near the door leading to the garage for whomever wants to take it with them if they are going out.  It is identical to the Condor First Aid pouch which is attached to my bug out bag.  This would be for use in conjunction to the existing car first aid kits.  My first aid kit contents are as follows.

  • Bandaids
  • Butterfly bandages
  • Gauze pads in various sizes
  • Alcohol Wipes
  • Lens Cleaner Wipes
  • Non Latex Disposable Gloves
  • Ibuprofen
  • Benadryl
  • Anti Diarrhea Pills
  • Plastic Tooth Picks
  • Bandage Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nail Clippers
  • Sun Protection Lotion
  • Waterproof Bandage Tapes
  • Velcro Finger and Thumb Splints
  • Surgical Dressings
  • Battle Dressing
  • Anti Itch Lotion
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Hand Sanitizer

You can get a free preview of my first zombie fiction book or my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my zombie or survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse, American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.

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