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    My Bug Out Bag

    My Bug Out Bag.

    My Bug Out Bag might also be considered a bug IN bag if the expected Winter storms knock out power in my area.

    Dave Canterbury of the Pathfinder School and formerly of the Discovery Channel's Dual Survival with Cory Lundin says, Two = One and One = None when it comes to having duplicate survival items.

    That means if, for example, you have two ways of starting a fire in the wilderness that you should always have a backup and if you have no backup you aren't really prepared.

    The same principle applies to all of the 5 C's you should pack, he says.

    Good advice.

    I'm getting backups for all my BOB items.

    I have 5 ways of starting a fire at least. 2-3 Ferro Rods, a solar reflector a bic lighter and a magnifying glass. And that is without even the bow and drill method.

    I bought one of those home made beer can alcohol stoves and chicken wire mesh pot stand. Now, I am saving my beer cans so I can make one of my own using the instructions I saw online and trial and error from looking at the real example in hand.

    I have three knives already: a folder, a Smith & Wesson (Taylor) Karambit neck knife and the Cold Steel Bushman. Two BudK Wahoo Killer Knives (patterned after the much vaunted Mora blades) for $2.00/ea. should be in my mail box next week.

    I am getting 50' of 7 strand paracord.

    I have two Smith pocket knife sharpeners.

    A 5 x 8 tarp. And I'll need two.

    A woolen blanket (can keep you warm even when wet!) instead of a sleeping bag or sleep "system."

    Let's see...Dave Canterbury's system involves getting prepared with the 5 C's.

    Cutting tools - Knives

    Container for water - I will need a canteen and cup & cover of some sort to carry and store water until needed. I'll also need a set of outdoor cookware. Maybe an aluminum cheapo cook set with lid to cover the container while cooking reduces cooking/boiling time, keeps bugs and twigs and leaves out of your pots/pans or cups while you are cooking and helps conserve alcohol fuel.

    Combustion - The five fire making devices already mentioned.

    Cover - The tarp.

    And finally Cordage - The paracord.

    He says these are the things that are most crucial to survival and can't be easily fabricated in the wild.

    in addition there would be the signaling devices, mirror & whistle, water filter (the Sawyer mini looks to be outstanding), water purification tablets (always use two methods of cleaning the water of nasties. Boiling and/or purifying chemicals (bleach or tablets or iodine) and a good filter. Of course you'd strain out the sediment and large items from the water, first.

    Then a compass, a multi band AM/.FM/SW/NOAA Weather band radio with multiple power sources (solar panel, batteries and a dynamo crank) and a way of charging cell phones and a flashlight. All of this would go into a backpack and be kept stocked up and ready to grab and go if necessary.

    Or to bug in with in case of storms and power outages.

    I will also invest in some Wise Emergency food packs to last at least a week.

    I've got bleach in the house and several washed out gallon sized plastic milk jugs filled with water.

    That's along with a .22 lr Rifle for small game and a 9mm pistol and a wrist rcket slingshot with steel ball bearings.

    I want to learn how to skin small game for food and to learn how to fashion traps and snares.

    Also need to become proficient at knot tying the most common knots.

    And I intend to get a small first aid kit and a couple of books on survival.

    Dave Canterbury's book. Then there's the SAS Survival Manual. And I need a book on identifying edible vegetation in the wild.

    And as much survival gear as I've already mentioned there is still a need for at least one of those prepared survival kits in a small container you can buy anywhere with needle, thread, fish hooks, line and sinkers, duct tape and such as that.

    I'd also include pencil and paper, toilet paper, bug repellant, gloves batteries and a baseball cap.


    That's a lot but better prepared than not.

    Because you never know.



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    Instead of a bunch of fire lighting stuff, I'd like to recomend a zippo, a few extra flint packs, and a few cans of lighter fluid.

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    or a bag of bic lighters.


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    Batteries fail, lighter fluid runs out, BIC lighters empty, but low tech versions last longer.

    I have 5 ways of starting a fire at least. 2-3 Ferro Rods, a solar reflector a bic lighter and a magnifying glass. And that is without even the bow and drill method.
    Knowing how to use a bow & drill method to start fires is nearly as good as having one. Hard to build a magnifying glass or a magnesium stick. Wilderness knowledge is the best tool over all and it appears @Pregnar Kraps has a good knowledge basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Rockatansky View Post
    Batteries fail, lighter fluid runs out, BIC lighters empty, but low tech versions last longer.



    Knowing how to use a bow & drill method to start fires is nearly as good as having one. Hard to build a magnifying glass or a magnesium stick. Wilderness knowledge is the best tool over all and it appears @Pregnar Kraps has a good knowledge basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    Instead of a bunch of fire lighting stuff, I'd like to recomend a zippo, a few extra flint packs, and a few cans of lighter fluid.
    This is all you need:


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    I really dig this guy's videos.

    Chris Tanner of Preparedmind101.com

    Here's one of his vids. I think he'd say he is a PREPPER/SURVIVALIST.



    Everything I wrote in this OP was learned by watching his vids.
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    a strong magnifying glass isn't a bad item to have either. It's use is somewhat limited but still not a bad idea to have one.


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    Using daily, all day, it last 10 years. I just replaced my last one. Fluid and flints are cheap and lite. By time one sparks or magnifies a fire, I'm getting warm.
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