The Four Morons of the Apocalypse

The Four Morons of the Apocalypse

The world of preparedness is as vast as the dangers that we all prepare for. Supplies, tools, food, water, solar, gardens, chickens, livestock, canning, knitting, reading, planning, welding, hunting, fishing…dot, dot, dot, etc…There are so many things to do, learn, and stock up on to prepare yourself and your family. Just what are you preparing for? Wildfire, tornado, hurricane, financial collapse, political or civil unrest, EMP, CME…SOL PDQ… sometimes the whole prospect seems overwhelming. It’s best to take a step back, take a breath, and make a well rounded plan that takes several possibilities and incorporates them. Take the whole thing in manageable bites. I suggest starting with an evacuation plan. Remember, preparedness is not a sprint, preparing is a marathon. It even has mile markers!  Today’s article is a warning to those starting out or just getting established. Those who are well on their way down the wrong road are harder to turn around.  Here is your warning Don’t get stuck in one area of prepping!  We’re going to use 4 common stereotypes of people as object lessons. We’ll refer to them as: The Four Morons of the Apocalypse.  I’ll introduce you to the cast of characters as we go.  -The Gear Junkie (aka Mall Ninja) You’ve seen him. You know you have. This guy goes to Walmart wearing 1/2 of a combat loadout just to grab a carton of smokes. He’s got Blackhawk pants and his Zombie Team hat. He wears 5.11 shooting glasses just to take a leak. His Merrell tactical boots, “are the same ones the Delta guys wear”. If you stumble across him at...
17 Things You Need For Travel Preparedness 

17 Things You Need For Travel Preparedness 

I received an email from a friend asking about travel preparedness. Here is her letter and my take on it.  From “Betty”: Hey Todd, I started an email to you from Texas over a week ago. I received an urgent call from my niece saying my brother, her Dad, was not doing well. He had been fighting cancer since October and was losing the battle. I knew I had to fly down if I was going to see him alive. I also knew I couldn’t take my EDC and other stuff with me on a plane! So I left most of my stuff behind and headed to Texas. And since I was a bit distraught over my brother’s condition, I forgot some things like snacks/food. Hey! At least I remembered my meds! LOL! When I arrived, I felt totally naked and vulnerable! I stated an email to you asking what you thought I could get while I was down there that I could take back home with me in my suitcase/carry-on. Well, my email messed up and it never sent. So I went to Target, Walmart, and Dollar Tree for some “supplies”. Here are some of the items I came up with… FIRE: I got a magnesium stick with a ferro rod and striker. I left it in my purse and they let me on the plane with it coming home! WATER: 12 pack of 16.9 oz water from Target SHELTER: Small tarp FOOD: Trail mix, beef jerky, Lance crackers FIRST AID: I carry bandaids, BZK wipes, and such in a small container in my purse so that went...
Smaller Go Bag For Basic Evacuations – EvacSak

Smaller Go Bag For Basic Evacuations – EvacSak

This will be short and sweet. If you are in a situation where you need to evacuate for weather or wildfire etc… you’ll, hopefully only need to be away for a few days to a week. Here’s a quick run down of the things you might need if you have to evacuate to a shelter, hotel, or even to the home of a friend or family.  If you do have to leave your home, consider leaving a notice for the first responders in your area. It can save them valuable time and alert them to potential danger areas around your home. Here is our version.  Hopefully, you’ll never need any of this but it’s easy to be prepared and will help you get out of harm’s way...
Review – PATRIOT PANTRY COFFEE

Review – PATRIOT PANTRY COFFEE

So, we have some wonderful fans who are spending the next few months camping all over the place in Arizona. They’ve graciously agreed to write some reviews for us. Here is the first one… Patriot Pantry Coffee The package is extremely lightweight and easy to pack.  I made 2 cups with hot water boiled in a standard kettle on the propane camp stove.  We didn’t pack any measuring cups or spoons. So using an actual long handled teaspoon, I measured one very rounded and the other a little shallow. Then I eyeballed 6oz of hot water into each of our 20oz travel mugs    (if you are hiking or backpacking I would recommend these carabiner mugs with measure marks inside).  The coffee blended nearly instantly. It certainly is the quickest way to a cup of coffee. I had two cups made in less than half the time it normally takes us to make one cup.  I took the shallower spoonful. It was a little bland. I realized belatedly that I could’ve simply added a bit more of the coffee to the water. And if it was too much I could’ve added a bit more water. Keep in mind, I was making the coffee before I had the coffee 😉 . So, instead I added a bit of the kids’ chocolate powder. It just finished my cup. It was pleasant if not spectacular. Like a cafe mocha I might’ve got at the shop at my high school summer camp. I gave the rounded teaspoonful to my husband. My first sip had an initial bitterness that dissipated quickly. Perfectly drinkable but...
3-Day Infant/Toddler Car Kit – By MamaTactics

3-Day Infant/Toddler Car Kit – By MamaTactics

3-Day Infant/Toddler Car Kit   By, MamaTactics     When considering what you should put into your child’s car kit there will always be individual needs and considerations that are specific to each child: special blankies, toys and medications. However, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind that will apply to everyone. Feel free to add to it as space allows. And as a good rule of thumb,  Go through this kit at the change of every season! Our littles grow like weeds and as weather changes so will the types of clothing.  * Water! Having bottled water (also keeping a small water filtration system like a Sawyer Mini  or a Renovo  is a good idea) in your vehicle will be a must for every Car Kit, but even more essential for your Infant/Toddler Kit. Not only is it hydration for mom, especially if she’s nursing, and other caretakers, it can be used for making formula. Keep in mind that an average baby will eat every few hours, and each bottle will be 4-10 oz. Multiply that by 6-8 bottles per day for 3 days. (Plus extra for rinsing the bottle after each use would be good.) * Formula (packets or dry canned)
 Even if you are nursing, having formula on hand is a good idea. In the event 
that mom is unable nurse, or if her milk supply is diminished due to stress, this will provide the essential nutrients to get through the next few days. When you go through your kit each season, especially during warmer months, check expiration dates and switch out your formula supply....
Review – Olight i3e EOS

Review – Olight i3e EOS

  I was contacted by Olight about taking their new micro EDC light for a run around the block. As it turns out, my new work schedule (and winter) have me leaving the house in the dark and getting home in the dark. Plenty of opportunity to put a light through its paces.     First thoughts – The new packaging is very compact and looks great. This would make it an attractive and affordable gift item. The current Amazon price on the Olight i3e (4 colors) is, $11.99. There is a black model for $9.99 and the silver is $13.99. That makes this light a great value, too. The second thing I noticed was how tiny this thing is. It’s barely a 1/2 inch longer than the battery that powers it. Speaking of batteries, one AAA battery is included in the package.     The light also has a small key ring on the back end. The i3e uses a TIR lens rather than a traditional reflector. For a more in depth description see out review of the Olight S1. The TIR lens works great for giving a nearly artifact free wash of light. Very “floody” with no noticeable “spot” to the light. This lends itself very well to the up close kind of tasks that are most common with an EDC light.       Now, there aren’t a ton of great lights in the single AAA battery category. Most of them have very anemic output and even worse runtimes. There are a few exceptions and Olight makes one of them. I carried their other model, the i3S EOS, for a...
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