Skills don’t weigh nuthin. Get it into your head right now that it would be better to know how to make something out of scrap you find than it would to carry it. with enough knowlege, you could get dropped off into the middle of the woods naked and still be able to survive. Sounds kind of fun, actually. Maybe a little painful. Drill, drill, drill. A big part of preparation is rehearsal. Special Forces units practice for months for operations; you should too.
It is easy to improvise most things on this list but some can’t be improvised so easy on the go, thing is if you are bugging out to a safe area you can possibly keep things minimalist, and if you are lucky enough to legally obtain firearms then a reliable compact pistol such as a Walther P22 or Springfield XD 40 can be teamed up with either take down .22lr rifle (AR7-1022tdr) or .40S&W carbine so you can have close in capabilities and also reach beyond the typical shotgun toting highway raider.
Once you’ve got basic stockpiles and plans for meeting all of your basic survival needs, you can move on to skill acquisition. This is where you go from the basics to becoming a certain “type” of prepper. We’ve already gone over some of the skills relevant to shelters, food, and water, but there are a huge variety of useful skills and knowledge that you can pick up that might come in handy in a true disaster scenario. Make sure you check out our survival skills section – pick and choose the things that interest you the most.
Ark has the "alpha" tribe meta going on, where a tribe will rule a server. They routinely wipe all other players' habitats and dinosaurs off of the server for fun, and they also roam to other servers (which Ark supports) and do the same there. They also use every exploit available in this Early Access, very unfinished game to ruin access to the game for anyone on the servers, such as pillaring / turreting critical resource-gathering spots, releasing extremely high-level tames onto the beaches to kill all new players, etc. Your best bet is a good, private unofficial server, but you'll have to do your own research to find one. Good luck! See More
sorry Paul…if you get a Lifesaver bottle, it does filter bacteria…in fact it filters everything. And its good for 1000s of litres. http://www.iconlifesaver.eu/ Theres lots in the article I agree with, and lots I don’t. Get an SAS style hammock with shelter for over top and at least be comfortable. An ultra light sleeping bag weights less that 12 ozs and is a whole lot more comfortable than an emergency blanket. There are so many LED lights out there that you can pack a small crank or solar rechargeable light. Fire might bring the baddies. Better to be safe and unseen than seen an unsafe.

It's very hard to find valuable gear in this game. Most of the caches the player finds will be filled with items that can be crafted into useful gadgets, and even they are very rare. Not having good gear means that you will be dying a lot, especially in the early stages of the game, since you will be venturing to find anything you need while being practically defenseless. While pretty fun at first, scouring the map with little to no protection will start feeling pretty tedious soon enough. See More

Astroneer isn’t quite as bleak as most other survival games, despite being just as treacherous. There’s a gorgeous low-poly art style that promises to soothe you as you crest every new horizon, and then there’s the fact that you can have your pals join you at any time thanks to drop-in/drop-out co-op. There’s a sense of progression in Astroneer, too, as you can eventually blast off and start colonising the other six planets in your solar system, providing tangible goals for you to work towards rather than mere existence.
The Stealth Tactical bug out bag assumes that you have not been able to make it to a shelter and will need to fend for yourself in the outdoors. As such there’s plenty of tactical gear to keep you moving, keep you dry, keep you hydrated and keep you safe. That includes a dozen packets of purified water, rain ponchos, emergency sleeping bags, a fire starting kit, survival knife, foldable saw, emergency whistle, first aid kit, paracord, multi tool, candles and even a stethoscope so you can monitor your health.
Denier is the term that is most often used to suggest the strength of the threads in the fabric used to create the pack. And when it comes to the quality of the seams, look for a pack that advertises double-stitched seams if you want a pack that will last longer and holds up against the environmental factors it could be exposed to in the event of an emergency. Ultimately, your pack is an investment in your survival and the contents of the BOB don’t do any good if your pack fails and you can’t carry everything.

We had huge barrels that we went to a neighbors pond, with permission, and got water to flush our toilets with. We had chest of ice water, tub full of water. We had collected a hangup shower, cold but a shower! Bug meds etc… Tons of can goods, mre’s and those heater meals! Not to mention we had lots of canned sodas and other sorted drinks. Stay away from the booze for drinking but is great to trade with.
However, I do have a medical background (combat medic, EMT, surgical nurse). My suggestion to you would be to learn basic first aid, and assemble an advanced first aid kit (try some websites that cater to military, and look for CLS training books and med kits). While I think that it admirable that people want to have surgical kits and such, they are not really useful (quite the opposite actually) if you do not know how to use them. So I would recommend getting a trusted friend with advanced medical skills to come live with you in the event of a catastrophe. Make your site their bug-out location, and assign them the responsibility of preparing advanced medical supplies.

As important as the size of the pack you choose is the comfort of the pack. Many of the packs that we reviewed have compression straps, extra padding, and other features to ensure that your body is healthy and able to carry what you need. In general, comfort is largely a balance between enough padding and a lighter weight so that the bag doesn’t hinder your ability to move efficiently. When you’re considering the comfort of a given bug out bag, you’ll also want to pay extra attention to how the pack’s hip belt is constructed.

Sheila,  I am in exactly the same position as you.  I am 62, a retired RN, living in a FEMA trailer in a RV park.  All the residents here are full time. I don’t even have a vehicle. Circumstances can be rough, especially with no real income beyond survival expenses.  Can you have a garden?  What about foraging, dehydrating, canning anything that you don’t immediately use. I am including my email. Contact me if you wish.  It seems we may have similar problems but many of the same solutions!  culversonrn@gmail.com


The setting is something very new and fresh and the atmosphere is amazing. The fear you experience when you are in an open area where you know there could be dangerous creatures alone shows how great the under water environment plays together with the atmosphere created by the developers. The survival aspects of the game were quite enjoyable, because they weren't too excessive, though I changed the settings a little so the need for nutrition was a bit less extreme, since it is not difficult to find food and water, so the default settings were a bit repetitive and annoying to me. It's very easy to change though, so don't let this hold you back from playing the game. See More
Build Quality – The last thing you want is to be trudging through the windswept landscape trying to escape the oncoming storm surge and have your pack split open and spill your survival gear all over the place. The bug out bag should be made of durable, water resistant nylon and have high quality zippers (waterproof if possible) and double stitching all around. The shoulder straps should be firmly affixed to the bag and be well padded to help absorb the load you’re carrying. And if there’s a waist strap it too should be well-padded and preferably adjustable to accommodate people of different heights.
Once you’ve considered what you’re at risk for, we’re going to shelve that information for a bit.  The federal government provides some good starting points for considering how to protect yourself (you’ll want to do a lot of research later about how to be safe and survive that scenario).  We’re going to move on to a personal assessment of what you currently have.
A bug out bag or a tactical backpack,  is a large, accessible, strong, and convenient backpack that you can personalize the contents for your situation. This is a bag that you want to have ready so that you can grab it at a moment’s notice. The pack should always be packed and stored in an accessible place. You never know when you might be forced to leave your home and have to survive on only what is on your back. Not only will you need a pack you will need good quality boots as well.   To help you find the best bug out bag, we have listed out some things to consider when buying.
Cold weather gloves: A sturdy pair of gloves will provide you with better grip, protect your hands from cuts and splinters, offer warmth in low temperatures, and keeps your hands clean to reduce the risk of infection. In the aftermath of a disaster, you may be tasked with moving fallen branches, gathering firewood, or making your way through broken glass, and high-quality gloves will give you the dexterity to accomplish these tasks.
For example, relatively near me recently there was a village evacuated from their homes for about a week due to a large damn above the village that was looking likely to burst as the damn wall started crumbling the torrential rain had the water at dangerous levels as it was. People who were home were given minutes to get their sh*t and leave while others were in work away from the danger zone and had zero chance to grab anything. For situations like these a mobile phone, charger, radio, batteries for headtorch etc are a completely rational and extremely likely to be heavily used while you get housed in a local community hall, leisure centre or school etc.
The Bug Out vs. Bug In is something I wish I would have read about earlier in my prepping. I made the assumption getting out was the only option. The reality is though, I’m nearly 60 and disabled from Degenerative Joint Disease, therefore, Bugging Out is the last option I should choose. The list of potential factors to help you determine BO vs. BI are many and the list seems to grow daily. What size community is the line in the sand in determining it’s best to leave? What is the SHTF event(s)? And 100’s of other questions and potential scenarios that could play out.
The GR1 is a USA made backpack made to Armed Forces specs but with a civilian friendly design. The pack is a favorite among travelers, military personnel, law enforcement, hikers, emergency preppers, students, and of course GORUCK Challenge participants. This pack was specifically built for the Special Forces and has been used in Baghdad and New York City.(2)

Hi, Do not buy land more than 90 miles from where you reside permanently. In the event of discord travel will become impossible, even 90 miles will become almost an unthinkable distance to travel. Plan for the worse case scenario which wont be having a leisurely drive to your hidden bunker. Try and find land that is secluded, has its own underground water supply (a well only costs 5-15 grand to dig) and is remote to suburban living. Above ground living during significant discord will be an impossible survival solution–even out in the boonies. You can purchase steel storage containers (they move cars from Europe to the US in them) which are 40 feet by 10 by 8 for about 3-5K each, You can have land dug out, lay a cement pad and have it craned in for about 10 grand. I can provide you specifics on building if your interested. Dont look for something above ground, unless its just a postal workers strike you and your loved ones will become tagets for non preppers. Good Luck! Im at artofmal@aol.com if you wish to contact me.

Once you’ve gotten some idea of what you need to do and how to do it, you really need to sit down and make an overall plan. This is kind of like making an outline for a book or story. This is where you’ll list any plans you have or things you still need to do in general terms. You should be continually updating this overall emergency plan. It should be in one place (or exact copies) that anyone in the family will know where it is to grab. I’d keep it in a binder at the house and some kind of copy in your bug out bag. Digital backups are always a good idea but don’t make it your only method.
There are several different biomes in Conan Exiles. Barren wastelands, harsh deserts, sparkling rivers, and haunted forests are just a few of the ones you'll encounter, but you'll want to get out there and really explore the environment. Every biome holds different secrets to discover and, more importantly, different materials so you can craft new stuff, which is always satisfying. Exploring also lets you scout out enemies that you plan to attack, find new areas you want to settle, or even make new friends to cohabit the area with. You'll have to explore whether you want to or not, but Conan Exiles makes it very enjoyable by making sure it's a rewarding experience. See More

The set up is largely familiar – grow crops, build settlements, club enemies to death – but Conan has a back-of-the-box-bullet point that none of the competition can claim: human sacrifice. Should you be able to wrestle someone to an altar and butcher them, you can invoke the favour of the gods and shift the balance of power your way. That unique concept sets Conan Exiles apart from the pack.
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