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When you're packing a bug out bag it's tempting to throw in more than you actually need. There's a slight chance you might actually need something, so you tend to toss in a whole heap of unnecessary items. And when you actually try to shoulder the bag, it's far too heavy to actually carry. Which just isn't practical. How do you expect to carry your bug out bag anywhere if it's too heavy to pick up? In today's article, I'm going to cover a number of strategies to lighten your bug out bag. Every, single item you've collected and "thrown...

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I had a rather alarming surprise a few months back. We'd taken a run up to one of our more remote bug out locations, it's a new one we've been building out on a couple of hundred acres in, what I like to think, is the middle of nowhere. Or so I thought. About three o'clock in the afternoon, we had two hikers walk up to our door. They'd seen the smoke from our chimney, and needed a little help. They'd gotten lost. Of course, we helped get them back to their car, but the whole time I was seeing...

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Online you'll find an almost endless amount of recommendations for your bug out bag. I know, I've written a couple myself. Because a bug out bag is one of the most important things you can prepare, but if you get it wrong you may end up carting around far too much useless gear. Gear which slows you down as you evacuate Gear which limits how far you can hike The goal of your bug out bag is a simple one. To give you water, food and supplies as you make your escape to your bug out location. That's it. It's...

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I'm rather lucky as my family is (now) rather supportive and we all take prepping rather seriously. But it didn't start out like this. Despite the information available and the logic, my better half just didn't "get it" at first. She saw money being spent on supplies like portable solar chargers, that could have gone to other things, and I've got to admit. It caused a little tension. But I stuck with it. And there's a few tips I'd like to share today that covers a strategy you can use to get your partner to warm up to the idea...

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It's not often that you get a warning before a natural disaster. Or even if you do, many people fail to understand the impact it's going to have. For me, there's no greater risk than being unprepared. I've lived through military takeovers, flooding that cut me off for months, and there's one thing that I always keep with me now. My bug out bag. But there's a few caveats. Because what I packed in mine while I lived in the city requires a little bit of a different approach to the one I have now on my homestead. As big...

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