I have been absent from my blog site for quite some time due to life the last couple of years.  I have missed it and plan on getting active with it again starting with this review of the Ozark Trail backpacking tent.  I purchased this tent a few years ago as my budget friendly shelter option to place in my bug out bag.  I paid just under $30.00 for the tent at the time.  This is just one example of a frugal means of providing decent gear for yourself on a tight budget.  I have since purchased an ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 tent which has now replaced it as my go to shelter within my bag.  I will be posting a full video review of that new tent soon, please stay tuned.  Click on the link below for the review of the Ozark Trail backpacking tent.  

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Well I have begun my journey of living small, simplifying my life and striving to get ahead in this economy.  These past few weeks I have been plotting my course down life’s stream more actively than ever before.  For years I have struggled against the current trying to reach the American dream.  I realized I was not getting any closer and that it really seemed to be just a dream for me.  I have not given up; however I have chosen to flow with the current and get to where I am going a little faster with a little different set of goals.  Check out my video to learn more about me and my journey.  

Surviving Life – The Trailer Video

This is an introduction to a new blog post and video series I am producing in which I have dubbed Surviving Life.  The vast majority of us human beings are struggling to earn an honest income that supports our basic needs.  We need income to provide for the essentials that we need to survive such as shelter, water, food and clothing.  It is a challenge to provide for those things in our economy and present society.  I have chosen to go, as well as think outside the box.  I have chosen to do things the way that I want to do them in an effort to try to gain the upper hand in my present situation and to reduce the struggle to make ends meet.  I do not know from one minute to the next how that may play out.  One day’s solution may be the next day’s problem or learning opportunity.  This is my real endeavor to live my life differently than what is typical within society.  Please join me in this non scripted real life reality based series and please view my video below for a detailed introduction.

Jim Cooper 

http://youtu.be/QjRLjcTyKxU

As I have stated in my past articles you face the possibility of some threat to your safety no matter where you live.  The danger will most likely confront you when you least expect it.  Earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, wind storms, fires, tsunamis, dirty bombs, mall shootings, government collapse are all potential threats to your safety.  There are so many more threats to your safety, enough that I may write an article just on potential threats.  Some threats could be as simple as your car sliding off a snow-covered road in a remote location.  My point here is would you be prepared by having the most basic of tools and equipment to keep yourself safe or even survive?  If you said no to yourself what the hell are you waiting for?

In previous articles I have promoted preparedness for you and your family in the form of 72 hour kits, BOB’s, Go Bags and the like.  This articles intent is for you to take action by building or purchasing a small every day carry (EDC) kit that you can keep in your vehicle or office or both.  A basic small EDC kit does not have to cost you a fortune or require a substantial investment like the prior mentioned larger kits.  A small EDC kit like the one pictured in the kit below is all you may need to get through 24 hours or less of hardship.

Small Survival Kit EDC

Lets break down what components I recommend that you should include within your basic small EDC at a minimum.

  • Pouch
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Flint Striker
  • Bushcraft Knife
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Water Filtration Straw
  • Survival Bracelet

 

Now lets examine what you I recommend that you add to your small EDC kit to supplement it.

Altoid Survival Tin

Contents:

  • Lighter
  • Candle
  • Tinder
  • Fishing line, hooks, sinkers
  • Bandaids
  • Duct Tape
  • Signal Mirror
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Safety Pins
  • Can Opener

A small EDC/Survival kit like the one in my video and discussed above may function as a get home bag as well as an everyday emergency kit.  If you are within a day or less travel by foot of your home a kit like this one should aid you in your return home.  My kit goes with me on my short day hikes and serves its purpose very well.  Thank you for watching my video and reading my article.

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Posted: April 19, 2014 in Survival Knowledge

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Thank you to everyone who has visited my blog, read my articles and subscribed.

Sincerely,

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http://www.selfpreparedness.wordpress.com

 

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When preparing your BOB’s, GHB’s, 72 hour kits or stocking your bug out location do not overlook prepping for your pets.  Make sure that you are prepared to care for your pets by having the proper food, gear and medical supplies to keep them safe, warm and happy.

Prepping to leave your home in the event of an emergency is both needed and an excellent idea.  Also take a look at preparing for emergencies at your home when you are away.  For instance if you are gone from home and your dogs and cats are home who may rescue them in the event of a house or wildfire?

I have been a firefighter, captain, training officer and EMT for 22 years and can assure you that the majority of us love animals.  We would take informed and calculated risks to save the life of a pet if we could do so with minimal risk to our lives.   The problem is that we can only make risk versus benefit decisions if we know that there are pets in a home.  If we do not hear barking or see your dogs or cats we may assume there are none in the home.

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Our pets look up to and are supported by us and love us unconditionally.  Show the same love by making sure that they are prepared for bugging out or staying in.  Put together a pet Bail Out Bag (BOB) or 72 hour kit for each dog or cat under your care.  I will discuss the specific contents for a pet survival kit or BOB in my next post.

One thing that you can do to ensure your pets are safe is to place save our pet stickers on the outside of your external doors of your home.  The save our pet stickers will alert firefighters to the fact that you have pets in your home.

Start preparing for your pets safety now, order save our pets stickers one for each external door of your home.  Take advantage of the low shipping cost and order 1-25 stickers.  You may order them for yours as well as your friends and families homes.  Order your save our pet stickers by clicking on the pet sticker image below.

Do not delay!  Purchase one save our pet sticker
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As I have stated in my past articles you face the possibility of some threat to your safety no matter where you live.  The danger will most likely confront you when you least expect it.  Earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes, tornados, blizzards, wind storms, fires, tsunamis, dirty bombs, mall shootings, government collapse are all potential threats to your safety.  There are so many more threats to your safety, enough that I may write an article just on potential threats.  Some threats could be as simple as your car sliding off a snow covered road in a remote location.  My point here is would you be prepared by having the most basic of tools and equipment to keep yourself safe or even survive?  If you said no to yourself what the hell are you waiting for?

In previous articles I have promoted preparedness for you and your family in the form of 72 hour kits, BOB’s, Go Bags and the like.  This articles intent is for you to take action by building or purchasing a small every day carry (EDC) kit that you can keep in your vehicle or office or both.  A basic small EDC kit does not have to cost you a fortune or require a substantial investment like the prior mentioned larger kits.  A small EDC kit including the knife like the one pictured above is all you may need to get through 24 hours or less of hardship.

Lets break down what components I recommend that you should include within your basic small EDC at a minimum.

  • Pouch
  • Emergency Blanket
  • Flint Striker
  • Bushcraft Knife
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Water Filtration Straw

Now lets examine what you I recommend that you add to your small EDC kit to supplement it.

  • Altoid TinAltoids Tin
  • Lighter
  • Candle
  • Tinder
  • Fishing line, hooks, sinkers
  • Bandaids
  • Duct Tape
  • Signal Mirror
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Safety Pins
  • Can Opener

I believe that everyone should have at a minimum a kit containing some or all of the equipment discussed in this article.  Do not delay an emergency is not going to wait until you are prepared to handle it.  Purchase a small ready made kit like the one below or put together your own.

Click the image below

Small Survival Kit EDC

So you may have your 72 hour kits, bug out bags, camping gear, water, food and other necessities to ride out any potential threat be it man made or natural in origin.  Have you thought about how to entertain yourself or your family for days, weeks or months after an event?  That is assuming that there is no power which means no video games, computers, smart-phones, tv’s, DVD players or any other form of electronic entertainment.  Kindred Games published an article that addresses solutions for post apocalyptic entertainment click the link below to view their article.

http://kindredgames.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/entertainment-without-power/

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It can be difficult to prepare for emergencies on a low or virtually non-existent budget.  With little money to spend I research and ultimately purchase the best equipment available for the amount of money I have to spend.  I have conducted a great deal of research looking for low-cost survival knifes of which I have not found many, that is until I finally found a relatively unknown high quality yet affordable knife.

The knife is manufactured by Boker a company that began around 1829 in Germany.  The Magnum Elk Hunter knife is one of the knives within the Magnum line by Boker.  For a review of the Magnum Elk Hunter please view my YouTube video by clicking on the video below.  Click on this Magnum Elk Hunter link for more information or to find out where you can purchase the knife.

In my previous posts on 72 Hour Kits and Survival Bags I discussed the gear needed to assist you during a time of need.  You may have a need for some of the items everyday while other items may only be used durning a natural disaster, roadside emergency or civil disturbance.  If you do not yet have some sort of kit/bag for preparedness for such an event I suggest you do so soon if not now.

IMG_3490This post is intended for you to be able to fairly quickly build your own custom BOB (Bail Out Bag), EDC Kit or 72 hour kit in one place at one time.  Instead of spending hours of research on products online you can pick and choose from quality items already reviewed by myself or others in the BYOB Market Place.  My goal is to help as many individuals and families become prepared for events that may occur at any time.

The BYOB Market Place is stocked with the major items needed for your BOB with additional items periodically being added to the stock.  The following items are things which you can then add to your new BOB inexpensively on your own to make it complete.

Please check out the BYOB Market Place and start preparing today, even just a few items will get you more prepared.  If you have any questions, need help or have suggestions for gear to be added to the BYOB Market Place please feel free to comment.