20150827170138-bottle-keeper-beer-coldThe BottleKeeper is a stainless steel contraption that slides over a 12 oz glass beer bottle (they also make a big one for bombers) and keeps it ice-cold, thanks to a special neoprene lining.  Seems like the perfect incognito way to enjoy a cold one on the beach or at a game or concert. the BottleKeeper is safer than naked glass around the pool, and it’s even FAA approved if you decide to take it on a plane flight.

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Les Stroud on Survival Kits


“There are a lot of different additive forces in survival.  Certainly, the will to live is the most important. But that’s followed by luck, what kinda shape you’re in…geographically where you are, whether you’re alone or with other people, and a big one for me is whether or not you have a survival kit.  It might seem like a small thing at the time, but there are items in a survival kit that CAN ACTUALLY SAVE YOUR LIFE and make a big difference. And I’m not talking about grab-off-the-shelf survival kits that are available today. I’m talking about putting stuff together yourself so you know what you’ve got, you know how to use it, and you know that it works…That’s the only type of survival kit to have, in my books.”

B.O.B. Shelter

Food, water, defense, and shelter– the “4 food groups” of preparedness. Traditional shelter may not be portable enough to fit in your bug out bag.  But resourceful preppers can build decent shelter from pack staples like paracord and a tarp.  We’ve narrowed it down to 3 basic shelter options.

Tarp Shelter
A makeshift tarp shelter is minimal, portable and generally effective for providing cover from the elements and keeping you dry. In order to take full advantage of a tarp’s ability, be sure to include some paracord and duct tape. The paracord will allow you to tie off the tarp to a tree or other structure to create a roof over your head and the duct tape will come in handy for repairs should your tarp become damaged. This method will at least provide you with a dry place to hunker down in and can be pulled out of or packed back into your BOB quickly. A tarp is also light and won’t take up valuable room inside your BOB. Continue reading

The 10 Essential Groups of Supplies for Your Survival Kit

There’s many schools of though on what should go into a “bug out bag”.  It all comes down to personal preferences and also factors like location, family-status, short vs long-term, etc.  We compiled this list to serve as a starting point for a general 72-96 hour pack for one person.  If you have pets, check out this post on recommended list of items to pack for your cat or dog.  Please continue to do your own research and feel free to leave tips in the comments below.

The 10 Essential Supply groups for Bug Out Bags:

Military Advanced Expeditionary Assault Pack Backpack

  1. The Bag
  2. Water
  3. Fire & Cooking
  4. Food
  5. Shelter
  6. First Aid
  7. Tools
  8. Electronics
  9. Clothing
  10. Comfort Items

The Bag
Choose a decent sized assult or tactical camouflage backpack matching your local terrain.  If you can spend the extra money, look at the FDE brand, specifically the 5.11 Rush 72 Back Pack. Or if you’re on a budget try Riot Gear’s Military Advanced Expeditionary Assault Pack Backpack (pictured right).  Some must-have features to look for in a good bug-out bag: Bladder pocket, molle straps, weather proof.

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