Saturday, October 29, 2011

Every Day Carry (EDC) (SHTF Survivalist)

Every day carry items are things you carry with you every day. From a survival stand point there are a few things to keep with you at all times. There are three items no one should leave home without.

A good pocket knife should be part of your EDC. There are many uses for a good pocket knife. Pocket knives can be used to cut rope, build shelter, skin animals, and personal defense just to name a few. I recommend never leaving home without a good pocket knife.

A fire steel or lighter should also be part of your EDC. Being able to start a fire on demand is something no one should be without. A Fire can be used to boil water for safe drinking. A fire can also be used to keep warm or ward off dangerous predators. Having a way to make a fire can mean the difference between life and death in a survival situation.

The last item no one should leave home without is a multi-tool. Multi-tools can be used to cut, bend, and pry things. Multi tools can also be used to put together or take apart mechanical things with screws and bolts. Multi-tools can be used in unconventional ways too. With so many uses a multi-tool is something everyone should carry every day.

A pocket knife, way to start fire, and multi-tool should be part of your EDC. These three items are the best tools you can keep on your person. Having these three items will greatly increase your chance of survival should a survival situation occur. Don’t forget to check your pockets next time you leave your home.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bug Out Bag

A bug out bag or BoB is a great way to be prepared for disaster. There are a few things to consider when preparing a bug out bag: what kind of bag to get, the duration your BoB will need to be able to sustain you, and what to pack.

There are many bug out bags on the market. Among the more popular bug out bags are Molle and Alice packs. These military style packs are great and come in many different sizes with many attachments. Mountaineering packs, like Alps produce, are also great for bugging out. Whatever type of bag you get make sure that it fits your personal needs.

When picking out a bug out bag, you will have to have an idea of how long you would like your bag to be able to sustain you. The longer you need sustainment, the larger your pack will have to be. Some bug out bags are meant to sustain you for one day, other bags for 72 hours or more. Packs start around 2700 cubic inches and go all the way up to 6200 cubic inches.

After you have a Bug out Bag, you will need to decide on what to pack. Water and food should be high on your list of priorities. Any medication you are taking should also be included in your BoB pack. A medical kit and way to make fire is also a good idea. I also recommend a sleep system and some cook wear.

Now that you know a little about bug out bags, get moving and start you own. A bug out bag can greatly improve your chances of surviving in an emergency situation. Below is a video of my bug out bag for your enjoyment.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ozark Trail Hobo Tool

I would like to start off by saying that I am not paid nor am I affiliated with Ozark Trail in any manner. That being said I would like to give you my honest review of the Ozark Trail Hobo Tool. The Ozark Trail Hobo Tool is a neat little multi tool for eating. In this blog I will go over the positives and negatives pertaining to the Hobo Tool.

Among the positives is affordability. Priced at three dollars U.S. currency the Ozark Trail Hobo Tool is priced to sell. The Ozark Trail Hobo Tool is constructed well and feels durable. Seven in one tool makes the Ozark Trail Hobo Tool a versatile tool. The seven tools are as follows: can opener, bottle opener, corkscrew, awl, knife, spoon, and a fork.

The negatives are as follows. The can opener is not engineered very well making it a time consuming process just to open a can. There is no locking mechanism for the knife, fork, or spoon making the Ozark Trail Hobo Tool dysfunctional for a left hander person to use. I find the awl to be a waste of a tool. I would of much rather have a tooth pick.

In all I give the Ozark Trail Hobo Tool 5 out of 7 stars since five out of the seven tools are useful. As long as you are not a left hander the Ozark Trail Hobo Tool is an affordable and compact way to take care of your utensil needs.

Buck Paklite 143 Review

I would like to start off by saying that I am not paid or affiliated with Buck in any manner. That being said I would like to offer my honest review of the Buck Paklite 143. There are both positives and negatives about the Paklite.

Among the positives is quality for price. The Paklite cost about twenty U.S. dollars compared to the ESEE IZULA’s sixty dollar price tag. The Paklite is constructed out of 428C stainless steel and come razor sharp. It weighs in at 2.8 ounces. Although designed as a light weight skinning tool the Paklite is a cutting machine for its size. The Paklite slashes through hardwood with ease and also batons size appropriate wood fairly well.

Although the Paklite is a great knife there are some negative things about it. The handle is a little short for the average person’s hand. The Duracoat falls off quickly with regular use. Underside of the Paklite is a little dangerous because of the short handle.

For the most part the Buck Paklite 143 is a great knife for the price. If you are looking for a light weight and durable knife that can take a beating than this is the knife for you.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

How to Make a Paracord Survival Bracelet (Cobra Weave)

From lashing things together to hanging you gear in the trees paracord has hundreds of uses. A paracord bracelet is a great way to take a little extra with you. In this short video tutorial I will show you how to make a cobra weave paracord bracelet.