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If you are new to prepping or a veteran, you have likely come across articles that recommend using a flash drive, a memory card, or an external hard drive to store important documents and reference materials. Some sources will recommend having hard copies of important documents, sealed in a waterproof bag. Both of these methods work, but there is a better way to store important information. Here enters the survival tablet.
The fanny pack was one of the most memorable fashion trends of the 80’s. While this fad has endured the years, it is usually a tell-tale sign of an out-of-place tourist or an old person carrying their medications. In 2006, Weird Al Yankovic released a song named “White & Nerdy”, where he mocked the wearing of the unfashionable fanny pack (Need a laugh, Watch the video). While the stereotypes continue to this day, fanny packs have become popular once again for the shooting and tactical communities. Whether you call it a fanny pack, bum bag, belt bag, belly bag, hip sack, waist bag, or hip pack, the unfashionable fanny pack can play an important role in your survival system.
As you outfit your prepping gear and clothing, you may have debated on whether to take a military/law enforcement approach or use civilian/camping gear. Like me, you have probably searched several prepping and survivalist forums or watched YouTube videos to find out what others are using, and have come across the civilian-military SHTF debate. On one side of the debate is the low profile approach, which uses civilian gear to blend in with the local populace. On the other side, some believe the high profile approach using military gear, is best to deter threats and provide group cohesion. Personally, I believe whatever you feel comfortable using is the best. There are benefits of both, and I blend civilian and military products throughout my inventory.
Everyone knows that insect repellent can make a big difference while at a cookout, camping, or conducting an outdoors event. This would be even truer during a survival situation. I recently conducted a two day survival training event in Virginia, miles away from civilization. To say there were a lot of insects and other wildlife would be an understatement. The training location was a large primitive hunting property, and prior to the event the property owner repeatedly expressed the need for insect repellent. Following his words of wisdom I began conducting research to find the best products.
Whether you call it a Survival Bag, Bug Out Bag (BOB), Get Home Bag (GHB), FEMA 72 Hour Kit, or by another name, this is your life line in a survival situation. The saying, “Everyone has a rear-end, and they all stink” also applies to a Survival Bag. We can't even agree on what we call this bag. Also, what works for one individual, may not work for another. This is due to several factors, to include finances, experience using certain items, and regional considerations. The following article discusses the items I feel are most important. Also if you look under the attachments, located at the end of the article, you will find a .pdf document of my current layout.
Are you new to prepping, a veteran, or somewhere in between? Are you feeling a little overwhelmed? Prepping can be a hard concept to understand at first. Some people believe prepping involves having camping supplies, a case of MREs, and a few bottles of water. While those items can be used for a mini-disaster and be part of your larger preps, if you are a true prepper you actually have a plan. And, multiple contingency plans. When you are a "true" prepper, you have made a life choice, and the prepper's cause usually consumes every available dollar and every second of your free time. So here is my introduction to prepping.