Friday, October 25, 2013

Preparing Your own Bags and Kits

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     I don't judge the people who buy and store ready made survival kits and bags.  There's nothing wrong with purchasing for convenience to get started.   I have been given a good bag that was fitted for three days of survival, as a gift.  But, when I got home, the first thing I did was unpack and repack it.  I want to know what I have and where everything is.  

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     Every pre-made survival kit or bag has a distinct and separate list of items.  Above left is a kit called survival kit, so is this one to the right.  See the difference?  The difference is neither one of these kits was custom made for you, your family or what you think you will need in an emergency.
Survival Kits

     Knowing what you have is as important as knowing where it is.  Every pre-made bag has its' pockets, zippered compartments and velcro flaps.  I changed handbags last week and I can't find anything.  A bug out or bug in bag is more important that the file of receipts I keep in my handbag, so I owe it to myself to know which flap hides the glow sticks, which pocket has the multi-tool, and where is the water filter?  
     
Survival Pack Supplies: Homemade Survival kit
     If you think you will have time to pull everything out of the pre-made bag and sort it in an emergency, then try it one night with the lights off!  One night, turn off the bright lights and lamps, crack open a glow stick and take apart your pre-made bag.  

     

     I recommend for the price and the fact that you will always know where your stuff is if you put it together yourself.  Home made kits are the best kits.  They can be as fully kitted as any ready made kit or they can be made for specific tasks.  You can make a fire kit, a food kit, a first aid kit, a hunting kit, a tracking kit, then keep a bigger bag with all the individual kits inside.  They are great gifts, but once you give one, if you see it again, don't frown when you see it 'remade' to fit that person's needs.  


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When you get familiar with your bag and it's contents, take a minute to think about your second in command, your spouse or better half.  

     If you are separated for any reason, even if for a few minutes, the other half can start setting up the home if they a.) know where the gear is and b.) know what's in the pockets, flaps, cans or bags.  

     Two can survive better than one.  Well kitted and ready, two can survive almost anything, together.

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