$0.99 Disposable Cake Pan For Your B.O.B.? (video)

I know many people include aluminum foil for similar reasons, but a cake pan such as this may prove more useful and probably more durable too. The only major problem I see is that the creases (to fold it up for storage) will eventually wear thin which could make this idea less desirable than at first glance, that is, if this cake pan is anything like the aluminum foil I keep in my wallet, lol…

Next Level Water Purification: GRAYL Ultralight Bottle (video)

Want a whole other level of water purification? Then apparently this Grayl ultralight water filter bottle is it!

Perhaps one of the easiest of backpacking water filters to use, it’s not without potential drawbacks. For example, like he says near the end there may be some concern for contamination after purification due to design but if you’re careful that shouldn’t be an issue.

On the other hand, it works fast and according to their specifications does a wonderful job purifying all sorts of contaminants…

The Fire B.O.S.S. 33 Piece Fire Starting Kit (video)

Here’s a neat bug out fire starting kit from StanfordOutdoorSupply.com which includes quite a number of fire starting implements, including items you’d expect like a firesteel and lighter as well as “fatwood” and charcloth. There were several items I didn’t expect to see, on the other hand, such as magnesium capsules, steel wool, pocket magnifier, and a pencil sharpener (for making tinder) to name a few. At $19.99 this one looks like a winner and this video agrees…

Bug Out To A National Forest, Good Idea Or Not? (video)

Personally, I’m not a “bug out into the wilderness” sort of guy, but if you’ve got no choice but to bug out into a forest then a national forest may be a better idea than most wilderness options given the vast expanse they tend to cover and general lack of population, including tourists, among other reasons.

Here’s 10 tips (and a few warnings) about bugging out into a national forest and, to be honest, this video is mostly about tips for bugging out into a forest, national or otherwise, lol. Skip to about the 3:00 mark to get to the tips…

The Ultimate DIY Survival Blanket (video)

This is a long video but quite interesting nonetheless. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of effort to make this particular blanket but doing so could be very useful to you for a bug out or for general backpacking use.

You can skip to about the 8:15 mark to get to the heart of the blanket idea, though he does cover some of the details of the blanket and bag that he made for it in the beginning of the video if interested. Last at about the 15:20 mark he heads out into the woods and begins to demo his ultimate survival blanket in a handful of different ways which I found quite interesting as well…

“High Lines” and “Pipelines” As Alternate Bug Out Routes (video)

Developing bug out routes is a must for any prepper and being able to travel relatively easily in any cardinal direction is a must since you never know which way you’ll be forced to travel. This is an interesting take on the idea of developing alternate bug out routes using power lines, pipelines, and railroads to stay off the beaten path which is, in my opinion, nearly as important…

How Far Can You Walk, Really? (link)

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I thought this was an interesting question and exercise Jim and his wife undertook this past weekend.

Rather than being one of those extreme “how far can you bug out” type of questions where you lugged a 50+ pound bug out bag through dense underbrush for days on end, they decided to see if they could more or less walk the distance of a marathon in a single day with fairly lightweight packs around a scenic lake.

Besides some significant soreness and age-related gripes, they finished the hike that same day. More importantly, however, for you and I are a few useful takeaways Jim left us with throughout the article and really… just the question of “what can you do” if you had to right now?

I might also point out that the weather conditions were favorable, walking paths relatively good in most cases, their loadouts were fairly light, and stress level was probably around zero.

In a true bug out situation these conditions could be very different and, so, you shouldn’t assume that you can replicate a dry run like this during a real bug out situation. That said, at the very least, it’s a good starting point to understand what you and your spouse might be capable of accomplishing.

Here’s the first part of the article…

“If you had to bug out right now, in your current physical condition, how far could you go on foot in a day? I don’t mean under the weight of a heavy pack or while trying to dodge someone who might be tracking you. I mean, how far do you think you could you make it in a single day if you had to do it, say, tomorrow?

Near where we live is a large lake. It is about 8 square miles in size, so while not huge it is a pretty good-sized puddle. Unique among lakes in this area, it has a recognized “shore path” that surrounds it. This single track path is publicly accessible year round. The path consists of varying surfaces throughout, from concrete to stepping stones to loose gravel to just plain grass. There are low spots where you are mere inches from the water and high spots that overlook the waves crashing against the shore…”

Read the full article here

How to Use a Shephard’s Sling (video)

I can’t say that this would be anything more than a last-ditch weapon or way to catch game but if you’re looking for a lightweight idea for a bug out bag then this Shepard’s Sling could be just what you’re looking for; just make sure to practice with it A LOT before assuming you’ll be able to use it effectively…