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Can opener syndrome

Can opener syndrome
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The can opener syndrome is when your so focused on larger things, that you forget about the smaller items.

An example of this happened a few months ago when my kids and I went to the camp for the night. Around 10pm or so we decided to go out and take a look at the fields.

Guess what, we forgot to grab our regular flashlights and bring them to the camp with us. This left us with the handcrank flashlights that I had stockpiled. Handcrank flashlights might be good for around the house, but their not good for lighting up a 10 acre field.

Survival camp water well

Over the past year or so I had been more focused on planting fruit trees, stockpiling ammo and first aid supplies,,,, other odds and ends that I had totally overlooked some simple and inexpensive LED lights for the Bug Out Location.

Carving and steak knives is another thing I had overlooked.  A couple of months ago I found a knife set at an estate sale, so I bought the set and brought it to the camp.  Now we have a set of carving knives, steak knives and a knife sharpener.

Solar showers is another thing that I need to get a few of and keep stored at my house and at the Bug Out Location.  For privacy when taking a shower, I might need to get a couple of 6 foot X 8 foot tarps and some trotline string to hang the tarps up with.  I already have the trotline string, its just the tarps and the solar showers I need to get.  I was thinking of getting at least 4 showers per location – 4 for the Bug Out Location and 4 to keep at my house.  The showers can come in handy on camping trips and not just emergencies.

Some of the small things that might get overlooked:

First aid supplies – bandages, pain killers, wound cleaners

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Can opener
  • Spoons
  • Knives
  • Forks
  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Cookware – pots, pans, serving spoons
  • Pens, pencils and writing paper
  • Lightweight blankets – like fleece blankets
  • Extra sheets for the beds
  • Solar shower
  • LED lights
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes

Even though my family keeps a good stockpile of supplies at the Bug Out Location, a lot of stuff we bring up there for the weekend and then bring home. Lets take hand tools for example. We keep a set of hand tools at the camp, but nothing compared to what I keep at my home. If I know I will be working on something at the camp, I will bring my home tool set.

Its the smallest of the small that is often overlooked, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste. A few months ago when my kids and I spent the night at the camp, I realized that we only had a couple o extra toothbrushes and almost no extra toothpaste.

Bar soap – we have 2 liquid soap dispensers at each sink and a couple of gallons of liquid soap, but almost no extra bar soap. Liquid soap is good for washing your hands or face, but bar soap is good when your taking a shower.

When I get a some solar showers for the bug out location, I will probably pick up a few extra bars of soap just to bring up to the camp.

Lets take something small, cheap and useful as an example – a hair comb.  Not only do you use a comb to groom your hair, but in cases of hair lice, a good small comb can be used to help find the nits.  Combs cost almost nothing, but they are great to have around.

To help organize the gear, I would like to get some shelves, and some clear storage boxes and put a lot of the stuff together.  Items like combs do not expire, so I thought about storing a bunch of items together in clear plastic boxes.  That way we can see what is inside the box without having to open it.

We keep the first aid supplies in a cabinet out of reach of children.  Since the first aid supplies are out of sight, they also stay out of mind, out-of-sight-out-of-mind.  I probably need to get some bandages, and some antibiotic ointment.

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Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
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