Katadyn Hiker Pro

Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter for clean waterA must-have for your hiking bag or 72-hour bug out bag. 

One of the things I see questionable with most Bug Out Bag Checklists is the 1 Gallon of Water needed per day.  So for a 72 hour bag, you need 3 Gallons of H2O, and at 8.34 lbs. per Gallon, you’re looking at adding 25.02 lbs. for your water.  [Read more…]

Quick Access to Tape

Use a large carabiner to secure multiple rolls of tape to your bug out bag

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True Lime, True Lemon, True Orange Packets

True Lime, True Lemon, True Orange Packets Flavoring

Most people think that to add flavor to your food it can only mean to add some brand of hot sauce to it, or if you’re not concerned about your blood pressure, adding salt.  I came across True Lime about 3 months ago and loved it so much I had to get my hands on True Lemon and True Orange.  I think these would be in the top 5 list of unexpected things you should pack in your get out of Dodge bag.

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Nite Ize ZipLit LED Zipper

Nite Ize ZipLit LED Zipper Light

There’s not a ton of useful, durable gear that’s priced under $5, with the exception of the Nite Ize ZipLit LED Zipper lights.  [Read more…]

Backpacker’s Pantry Freeze Dried Beef Pho Review

Backpacker's Pantry Freeze Dried Beef Pho ReviewWhen I saw that Backpacker’s Pantry added Beef Pho to their extensive and impressive menu of freeze dried food, I had to try it! Glad I did, as I was vastly disappointed! [Read more…]

Bug Out Bag Crucial, Even in Small, Uneventful Towns

Entering Wenatchee sign WA Fire 6-28-2015

On Sunday, June 28th, my wife and I heard news on the radio that a fire had broken out in Wenatchee, WA and our thoughts immediately turned to family living in the area.  After a few phone calls and texts we were on our way to Wenatchee to escort our sister-in-law, niece and nephew to stay with family in Quincy.  [Read more…]

Moon Cheese

Moon Cheese Pepperjack

I picked up some of this Pepperjack Moon Cheese as it sounded as a delicious snack for my bug out bag that was calorie dense from fat and proten instead of carbohyrates. [Read more…]

SpareOne Emergency Phone


I just received a couple of SpareOne Emergency Phones that I ordered for my bug out bags and overall, I’m quite impressed!  The SpareOnePlus is kind of cool, because there’s a voice when pressing numbers, instead of just a tone, but overall they’re pretty much identical.  [Read more…]

BioLite Wood Burning CampStove: USB-Charging While You Cook

BioLite Wood Burning CampStove

The BioLite Wood Burning CampStove is by-far one of the most impressive pieces of equipment that I have in my Bug Out Bag! [Read more…]

Field Testing Your Bug Out Bag

Camping is a good way to Field Testing Your Bug Out Bag

Want to know if your 72-hour bag is complete?  I recommend field-testing the gear you’ve accumulated by going camping, relying on nothing more than your Bug Out Bag! [Read more…]