We never want to be stuck in an emergency or disaster but it could happen. If you were caught in an emergency and you have to walk any distance, have you given any thought to the shoes on your feet? Every person in your close circle should have a decent pair of walking shoes. Something that is comfortable to wear and something that will be durable. You wouldn’t want to start walking in a pair of flip flops.
With your shoes you should also have a couple pairs of good socks. One pair to wear and the other to change into in case the first pair gets wet. Get good quality socks, something that can breathe.
Also make sure you have worn your shoes many times so they are broke in before an emergency arises. Blisters are miserable, you don’t want blisters no matter what, in case you do get blisters have some moleskin in your emergency kit. It can save you so much agony in the long run.
Your feet can literally save your life, take good care of them. I know this is not a glamorous topic but it is one of the most important.
You might be thinking why do I need a radio? Well what if the power goes out, or some other emergency happens. If you have a small radio you can listen to the lastest news if there is any to be had. You might get directions on where to meet others, or evacuation routes. The uses are endless. A small radio is something I would suggest having more than one of, also have extra batteries for it. Keep one in your house and car and keep a small one in your bug out bag in case you have to leave everything behind. You can get important weather updates, and warnings, information on areas to go to, or to avoid. It is a great safety item to have for you and your family. There are many radios on the market, choose one that is easy for you to use. I like this one, it will fit right in your pocket or you can wear it around your neck.
You might be thinking why would I need such an item. If you can keep yourself warm and dry you have a much better chance of surviving. Your body temperature will drop much faster if you are wet and cold. Your outlook on survival will be much better if you are somewhat dry. Keeping the wind off of you is huge, even a thin poncho can help keep you warm in an emergency. Being out in the weather you will also get very dehrydrated. In a survival situation this is a very bad idea. When you get dehyrdrated it affects all your body systems. You won’t be able to keep your body heat if you are dehydrated, or cool your body off if you are dehydrated. Severe dehydration can lead to other serious problems and even death. A small tarp like this can literally save your life. It is lightweight, durable and easy to keep in your car or emergency kit. You never know when an emergency can strike.
If you are anything like me, I am always working on my emergency gear. These two products are pretty cool. Both are lightweight and can be very useful. Think about what you are preparing for and prepare accordingly.
I don’t know about you but I love Paracord. It has so many uses. It is light weight and really strong. Paracord that has 550 on it, means it has a breaking strength of 550lbs. If the paracord has 325 on it, that means it has a breaking strength of 325lbs.
Paracord was first used by soldiers in world war II. They figured out pretty quick that it was an amazing tool for so many things. It comes in a huge variety of pretty bright colors or dark camo type colors. Paracord is something every bug out bag should have.
Paracord comes normally in 50 or 100ft hanks, You can also get it in 30ft lengths or custom off the spool. It is an all around perfect tool to have. Paracord is a lightweight nylon rope. You can never have to much. Here are some things you can do with it.
You can bundle things together, make your pet a brightly colored leash that you could also use for emergency later if you needed to. You could tie up someone, hang your food in the trees to keep animals away, make small snares to catch food with. Fix your shoelaces, secure your tent, a tarp or things to the outside of your backpack. Make a clothes line to dry your clothes, You could also use it for first aid purposes, maybe make a splint, tourniquet or sling.
The list is endless, you are only limited by your own imagination. There are several good articles online to teach you how to use it. Get some today, experiment with it, learn how to use it. Keep some in your car or bug out emergency bag. The better prepared you are the better off you will be.