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    Question Lets be honest

    When was the last time that you inventoried and checked your:

    1-home emergency preparedness kit?

    2-car emergency kit?

    3-outdoor survival kit?

    4-bug-out-bag?

    I honestly try to check and add to or take away from my supplies and check expiration dates on some gear( tylenol, imodium, water purification tablets, etc.) at least once a month.
    Take only what you need, and leave the rest.


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    This past Sunday. I switched over my Slim Jims.
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    Slim Jims? Ick. Those plastic wrappers are so chewy.

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    I used to maintain all sorts of kits and bags. Every time I would want to do something my gear was in several different bags depending on what I wanted to do or changes in the seasons. I have long since gone to the BOP (Bug Out Pile). All of my critical kit is dumped into a large pile in the corner of the room, small items dumped into two dresser drawers artfully concealed under a bulging layer of socks. In the event of an emergency I would simply move the pile to the trunk of the car and drive off. Mac
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    Slim Jims! I make my own.

    Take bacon fat and chicken drippings and melt together in a pan.
    Add Lowrys seasoning
    Stir
    Cut 1/2 inch hemp rope into 6 inch lengths
    Immerse rope in grease
    Wait for bubbles to stop rising
    Remove rope and allow to cool

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    finished about a month or so ago going through everything and rotating things that needed to be rotated.
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    End of winter to get ready for the season and the fall to get ready for the hunt
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    I just started, so I'm still adding to all but my "bug out bag", which I'm not too sure should look like, honestly, as I'm not really much of a believer in "end of Civilization as we know it"..

    But I have in the back of my mind an idea of when I'll have to chuck certain provisions and replace them..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougz View Post
    I just started, so I'm still adding to all but my "bug out bag", which I'm not too sure should look like, honestly, as I'm not really much of a believer in "end of Civilization as we know it"..

    But I have in the back of my mind an idea of when I'll have to chuck certain provisions and replace them..
    Don't think of a "bug out bag" as a resource to get you through the end of civilization. Think of it more in terms of something to get you by for a few days or so should you have to leave right now. Not 10 minutes from now, but right now. A gas leak like the one Ken posted about. ....or.... What if somebody stole the world’s largest tree crusher and went on a rampage crushing homes and your home was in the path?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vthompson View Post
    When was the last time that you inventoried and checked your:

    1-home emergency preparedness kit?

    2-car emergency kit?

    3-outdoor survival kit?

    4-bug-out-bag?

    I honestly try to check and add to or take away from my supplies and check expiration dates on some gear( tylenol, imodium, water purification tablets, etc.) at least once a month.
    Honestly? I am in my kit all the time because I try and get out and camp with it as much as I can.

    It's how I refined my set up which works for me quite well.

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    Think of it more in terms of something to get you by for a few days or so should you have to leave right now
    I get what you're saying, but how then would it differ from an outdoor survival kit, or as I call it, my SAR "ready-bag"?

    Do you mean stuff like credit cards, money roll, passport, contact numbers, driver's licence.. Stuff like that?

    What if somebody stole the world’s largest tree crusher
    That made me smile..

    Mackenzie, BC is home to the world's largest tree crusher.. For real..

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    get what you're saying, but how then would it differ from an outdoor survival kit, or as I call it, my SAR "ready-bag"?
    For many, they might be exactly that.
    Do you mean stuff like credit cards, money roll, passport, contact numbers, driver's licence.. Stuff like that?
    Having copies of those ID's is an excellent thing to have. Not sure about Mackenzie, but around here if something happened where people had to evacutate, they may not be allowed back into the area unless they had ID showing they lived there, and even then it may only be to retrieve a few things. If you had to "take off" last night and in the rush forgot your wallet, you would at least have something to fall back on.
    Mackenzie, BC is home to the world's largest tree crusher.. For real..
    Yep, seen pictures.

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    Yep, seen pictures.
    LOL..

    And here I thought you were just pulling an outlandish, hugely coincidental scenario out of your butt..

    D'oh!

    I should make photocopies of all my card numbers, passport numbers, etc..

    Put them in the safety deposit box, and keep a copy with my dad and brother..
    Last edited by dougz; 02-28-2009 at 01:07 PM.

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    I forwarded Pict's receipt for Slim Jims to my wife.

    She USED to eat at least one of the long, big ones a day, after reading the receipt she is having seconds thoughts. 8-)
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    I just make a pile of everything and kinda split it up. Depends on where I am going. I have an ATV pile noted by helmets on top. Jeep means more of everything. Car is basically the same. This pile of stuff is extra and I don't need to inventory, I replace quickly if I use anything. I carry my 45 and usual two knives but add 12ga pump in the Jeep. Overkill on a lot of stuff but I want standard size tools that I can work with. Summer I add a Single Six with 22mag snake shot, just my personal favorite.
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    I am always messing around with my kits. I have a car kit for when I just camp out at a state park. I have equipment for when I am tromping through the woods. Much is interchangeable. I live for the outdoors. When my bills for the week or month are paid, I can go find new bits and pieces for my outings. I am always messing with my stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pict View Post
    Slim Jims! I make my own.

    Take bacon fat and chicken drippings and melt together in a pan.
    Add Lowrys seasoning
    Stir
    Cut 1/2 inch hemp rope into 6 inch lengths
    Immerse rope in grease
    Wait for bubbles to stop rising
    Remove rope and allow to cool

    Mac
    That Chicken Drippings... or DROPPINGS???
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    Personal "pocket" survival kit is gone through and messed with twice a week on average.
    BOB: my wife and I each have our own and they are gone through once a month to allow for the change in seasons and because I sometimes forget what the heck I put in there!
    Home preps are a weekly affair and our water storage is refreshed once a month. Backup fuel is cycled about every 2 to 3 months except propane which is never cycled, just stashed and consumed as needed.
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    I am proative in keeping all our supplies and kits updated.
    DH and I have our own bags in our vehicles, home and BOBS.
    I keep a log (hard copy) of our long term supplies and check
    it monthly. Our stored water in barrels is changed out every
    6 months and even then we use the water to do laundry.
    Since we have weekends of survival scenrios at
    our refuge our BOBs are replentished when we come home.
    When I learn something new from the postings here I keep
    the info to update any place where we may be lacking.

    I think that practice with weapons are as important as all
    the above. You can have all the guns, knives,
    flame throwers (my personal favorite!) but without
    knowing how to use and care for them properly, safely,
    and accurately, it's just excess weight

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