Disaster Preparedness

Ready America 70385 72 Hour Deluxe Emergency Kit, 4-Person 3-Day Backpack, First Aid Kit

Emergency Survival Kit – $33.99
Features: MULTIFUNCTIONAL COLLECTION PACKAGE: Provide many useful survival tools and necessities for survival in the wild or disaster, LED flashlight (without battery), compass, folding pliers, flashlight, multifunctional umbrella rope bracelet, tactical pen, kettle buckle, etc. Essential tools for practical life.

Ready America 70180 72 Hour Emergency Kit
Included Components: ‎(1) Disposable Dust Mask, (1) Emergency Poncho, (1) Pocket Tissue Pack, (6) Water Pouches 4.25 oz each (5-year shelf life), (2) Nitrile Gloves, (1) 2400 Calorie Food Bar (5-year shelf life), (1) Emergency Whistle, (1) Emergency Communication Plan/Contacts, (1) Emergency Blanket, (1) Emergency Lightstick (12-hr)

AOKIWO 126Pcs Emergency Survival Kit – $39.99
Features:Top Quality Survival Gears & Approved First Aid Kit – Includes the most popular survival necessities: military knife, saber card, tactical pen, 3-mode tactical, multi-function paracord bracelet and more practical survival gears. Approved comprehensive first aid supplies for emergency treatment, you can deal with wounds soon to prevent wound infections. Allowing to treat a single family or a group of friends under emergency case.

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Survival Gear

Survival Kit 35 in 1, First Aid Kit, Survival Gear, for Men Boyfriend Him Husband Camping, Hiking, Hunting, Fishing

Check out these great deals on bundled survival kits.

Survival Kit 17 in 1, Survival Gear Tool Cool Gadgets Emergency Tactical Equipment Supplies Kits Stocking Stuffers for Families Hiking Camping Adventures
Description:【17 in 1 Survival Kit】This is a 17-in-1 professional emergency survival equipment kit. Included: waterproof box, tungsten fountain pen, tactical compass, flashlight, water bottle clip, two screw drivers, multifunctional spork, wire saw, folding military survival knife, 5-in-1 survival rope bracelet, collapsible fire tube, fire starter, carabiner, multifunctional card, ruler, first aid blanket.

18-in-1 Survival Kit with Water Filter Straw – $32.99
Description: Professional Emergency Kits – Get what you need in camping and other emergencies. This survival kit Includes: personal water filter straw, tungsten pen, multi-function knife, 5 in 1 multi-flatware, army card, first aid tourniquet, mini fire starter with whistle, wire saw, emergency blanket, fire starter, flashlight, whistle, water bottle buckle, tinder rope, survival bracelet and raincoat.

XUANLAN Emergency Survival Kit 13 in 1 – $29.99
Description:【UPGRADED – MORE SAFETY AND PRACTICAL】5-IN-1 paracord bracelet with embedded compass, fire starter, whistle; Luminous Compass of military grade: Features 360 degree rotating bezel; Thermal Blankets are essential for preventing hypothermia as they retain 90% of body heat; They can also be used as a signal, to make a shelter, or as an extra layer in cold weather […]

Hiking and Camping

Latest MOLLE Pack Deals From Ebay: USGI US MILITARY MOLLE II PATROL ASSAULT PACK W/ STIFFENER 3 DAY BACKPACK

USGI US MILITARY MOLLE II PATROL ASSAULT PACK W/ STIFFENER 3 DAY BACKPACK – $47.95
Features:
*Material: Nylon Cordura
*Capacity: 1850 cu in
*Color: ACU Digital Camo
*Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
*Manufacturer: Specialty Defense
*NSN #: 8465-01-524-5250

U.S. MILITARY ISSUE MOLLE II Rucksack Large Pack Backpack Surplus – $33.22

US ARMY Multicam OCP Molle II Medium Rucksack Backpack – $26.00
Features:
*Original/Reproduction: Original
*COLOR: MULTICAM
*Featured Refinements: Molle Strap
*MPN: 8465-01-585-1512
*MODEL: MEDIUM […]

Three Day Assault pack
Hiking and Camping

Military Surplus Three Day Assault Pack

The Three Day Assault pack is a military surplus backpack that was designed for excursions lasting more than one day. It has a capacity of around of 1,850 cubic inches, which is enough room for the essentials.

The Three Day Assault pack has three compartments, large main compartment and an outer compartment. The outer compartment has a small storage pouch inside, and outside of it.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the United States military phased out the ALICE pack in favor of the MOLLE.

Three Day Assault Pack

The Three Day Assault pack is one of four backpacks in use by the United States Army:

  • Patrol Pack – Suited for day hikes, or lightweight overnight camping trips. No frame.
  • Three Day Assault pack – Large enough for a couple of days in warm weather camping. No frame.
  • Medium MOLLE – Slightly larger than the three day pack and has a frame.
  • Large MOLLE – Largest of the four packs. Suited for excursions lasting several days and has a frame.

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Military Surplus Patrol Pack
Hiking and Camping

Military Surplus Patrol Pack First Impressions

Overall, I found the patrol pack to be a well rounded and perfect addition to my backpack collection.

Call me old fashioned, if I like something, then I hang onto it. For the longest time ,one of my go-to packs for day hikes and even warm weather overnight trips was a Jansport black book bag. That pack was retired when I migrated to a Maxpedition.

For several years my go-to pack was a Maxpedition Condor II. The Condor II is a great pack that is perfect for day long excursions.

As with everything else, after using the Condor II for several years, I decided it was time to try something new. So where did I go to find a new pack? I went to Ebay and looked through various military surplus packs.

After shopping and doing my research for a couple of weeks, I found a military surplus patrol pack for $29.95 + $9.19 shipping. […]

Red Rock gear sling pack on hiking trip.
Survival Gear

Gear Sling Pack For Get Home Bag

Are gear sling packs suited for a get home bag? After a hiking trip in July of 2016, my opinion is that it you use a gear sling for a get home bag there are some things you need to look for in the pack design.

The July hiking trip was a little short at around 6 – 8 miles. Up until then I had never taken a gear sling pack on more than just a couple of miles. At round maybe the 5 – 6 mile mark, the strap started digging into my shoulder. My arm felt like it was going numb from the pain.

I took a bandanna, folded it up and put it between the strap and my shoulder for extra padding. That helped for a little bit.

The pack I was using is a Red Rock Rambler. The strap is on the left side and can not be switched to the right. I ended up taking the pack off and carrying it by hand for the last couple of miles. The pain was so intense my shoulder was sore for a couple of days.

Get Home Bag

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Maxpedition Noatak
Disaster Preparedness

Ideas for a Get Home Bag

Something happened to the main power feed for my town, and then the backup power feed failed. Someone said it was related to the wildfire about 15 miles north of here, but I do not have any proof of that.

First thing I realized was that we do not have a radio here at work that works off batteries. Once outside power is cut, we lose all communications with the outside world. My boss pulled out a hand crank radio, but the hand crank was locked up to the point where the handle could not be turned.

I thought about getting a $10 am/fm radio with some lithium batteries to keep at my desk. The power does not go off very often, but when it does it would be nice to get some news from the local radio station.

Second thing was that I needed a flashlight. I have a small AAA light on my key ring, but something a little larger would have been nice. My little AAA light does good for close in work, like plugging computer wires into the back of a computer, or lighting up a small room. To make sure the battery has plenty of life, I used an energizer lithium battery. […]