Top 10 Bug Out Supplies For Under 10 Bucks

Thursday, January 29, 2015

bug out supplies

Building a bug out bag is an essential step for every prepper, but all the gear you need can really add up! If you are trying to cut costs, you can work on building your preps a little at a time. Here are 10 items that are a great way to start and all of them cost less than $10. Pick up these bug out essentials so you are prepared for anything if an emergency strikes.

If you need to wash your clothes, a basic bungee clothesline will come in really handy to help them dry quickly! You can string up a bungee style line between two trees and drape your clothes over to dry in the sun. A clothesline can also come in really handy for building a shelter. String it up and hang a tarp over the top to keep your sleeping area dry in a downpour.

When you have a lot of gear to carry, a carabiner will make life a little easier. Clip it to your bug out bag and you can hang your hiking boots, canteen, or other emergency supplies from your pack without taking up valuable space inside.

For under ten bucks, you can get a big box of ziplock bags and they can come in really handy in a survival situation. Keep your phone and documents dry in a downpour by zipping them up in these leak proof bags. Keep your items separated by category – a bag for first aid, a bag for hygiene products, and a bag for food.

Save room in your bug out bag with this nesting utensils set from Coleman. It’s lightweight and includes a spoon, knife, and fork to make meals a little easier when you are cooking over a campfire.

Trash bags can come in really handy when you are bugging out. Cut them apart to have an instant tarp or use them for instant ponchos during a rainstorm. Layer them over your pack to waterproof your gear or toss in edible plants while you forage.

Sports tape is the perfect choice for bugging out. It’s got the strength of duct tape, but you can use it for medical purposes too. Use this tape to brace a sprained wrist or ankle. Tape over holes to fix a leaky tarp. Use it to keep garbage bags over your boots to waterproof your feet when traveling through snow or rain. Sports tape is a must have in any bug out bag and it’s small and lightweight for easy packing.

When bugging out, you need a way to transport water without taking up a ton of room in your bag. This collapsible water bottle is a good pick because it rolls up for easy storage. It’s BPA-free and environmentally friendly and it’s a steal at under ten bucks.

This ultra lightweight blanket will reflect 90 percent of your body weight to help you stay warm when you are trying to survive on the road or in the woods. It’s a better choice than the typical mylar blankets because it holds up better to wear and tear. It’s small and easy to pack in your bag, but it will definitely make a difference if you find yourself stranded in the cold on your way to that bug out destination.

If you find yourself wounded and bleeding out, how will you stay alive? This wound seal powder stops bleeding instantly. The special formula was designed for people who take blood thinners so it can handle profuse bleeding and get it stopped in a hurry. Whether you nick yourself with your survival knife or sustain a wound in the wild, you can’t afford to forget this item in your bug out supplies.

This top rated fire starter can help you get a fire going quickly even if you are dealing with harsh conditions. It’s compact and it comes attached to a lanyard so you can keep it around your neck and always available if you need to get a fire going in a hurry.

These are a few of our favorite supplies to buy at decent prices. What are some other budget friendly items that you have added to your bug out gear?

10 Essential Bug-Out Bag Supplies for Winter

Thursday, November 14, 2013

It seems like winter is creeping in a little early this year and cold temperature are already wreaking havoc here in our community. As you prepare for winter, it’s crucial that you modify your bug out bag and prepper supplies for the changing of seasons. Here are 25 emergency supplies that we recommend for winter.

It sounds basic, but keeping your feet warm is essential. Grab a few pairs of high quality wool socks and keep them stashed in your bug-out bag and in your drawers at home. Even if you are just shoveling snow, your toes will thank you!

This one was brand new to me this year, but I am definitely adding it to my gear. If nothing else, it looks perfect for winter camping. Imagine the warmth of your sleeping bag that walks around with you. It’s the perfect winter gear, especially if you live in an area where it is snowing often.

This ointment has been around since 1899. It’s perfect for dry cracked skin or lips and it is an absolute must for winter bug-out bags. Plus, my wife just likes to keep a tin on the bathroom shelf because it makes her skin super soft.

This poncho is easy to fit in your bug-out bag and it provides both protection (camouflage) and warmth (poncho) in the snow. It has great reviews on amazon and I’m putting it on my wish list for Christmas. I’m thinking it will come in handy for hunting too.

Invest in a good quality ice tool set for your bug out bag. You need a good scoop for removing snow or scooping it into a pot to boil for water. An ice fork and pick will also come in handy. These sets are inexpensive and can easily be stored in your bug out back.

6. Full Coverage Ski Mask

I chose this mask because you can wear it three ways: cover the neck, cover the face or cover your whole head. It’s high quality and comfortable so it’s the mask I recommend to my friends.

Having a base layer is essential to stay warm when you are stuck out in the cold. I like this particular set because it has the fly which lets you use the bathroom without stripping down. There are tons of other options online at BackCountry or Amazon, but make sure you have a set for everyone in your family.

Snow blindness is no joke and these glasses are well worth the investment if you find yourself in a SHTF scenario. They have great reviews online and I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my pair. They will go straight to the bug out bag and stay there unless I make a winter camping trip this year.

There are so many reasons to invest in a good headlamp. Imagine yourself searching for a safe place to use the bathroom at night. Or what if your kid wonders away from camp in the dark? Having a good headlamp is essential.

Don’t rely on cheap gloves for a survival situation. You will regret that you didn’t drop $20 on a decent pair of waterproof all weather gloves.  Seriously, if you don’t buy anything else on this list, get the gloves. Order them online or go to an outdoors store in your area and get a really good quality pair. It is worth every penny!

59 Reasons Why Every Prepper Should Frequent the Dollar Store

Monday, November 11, 2013

I might be a prepper, but I’m also a cheapskate. I like to find a bargain because for every dollar I save, that’s another dollar I can spend on more costly preps like firearms and ammo. With that in mind, I’m often found strolling the aisles of my local Dollar Store looking for a bargain. While you aren’t going to find top of the line survivalist gear at the dollar store, you will find a lot of handy supplies for super cheap! I compiled a list of 59 items that I’ve bought at for my own personal prepper stash during visits to my local Dollar Tree store. These are my 59 reasons for suggesting that you shop at the dollar store in your town. Check them out and then see what you can find at your Dollar Store!

Antibiotic Ointment
Rubbing Alcohol
Hydrogen Peroxide
Toothache Gel
Burn Cream
Paper Tape
Baby Powder
Diaper Rash Ointment
Aloe Vera

(Note: Some people suggest that the medications available at dollar stores might have questionable expiration dates or potency. I’m of the opinion that in a SHTF scenario, any medicine is better than no medicine at all. My family has used antihistamines, Ibuprofen, and Acetaminophen from the Dollar Store with no ill effects. However, do your research and use your own judgment. Shop at your own risk!)

Personal Hygiene
Lip Balm
Hair Elastics


Miscellaneous Uses
Antibacterial Wipes
Vinyl Gloves
Disposable Masks
Duct Tape
Petroleum Jelly
Cotton Balls
Steel Wool
Air Horn
Eyeglass Repair Kit
Rain Panchos
Plastic Tarps
Sewing Kit

Food Supplies
Beef Jerky
Canned Foods
Energy Bars
Stacker Energy Drinks
Trail Mix

What other items have you seen at your local Dollar Store that would be helpful in a survival situation?

41 Reasons Why You Must Have Duct Tape In Your Emergency Kit

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Whether you are building a simple bug-out bag or an extensive supply of prepper gear, there is one essential supply that you cannot afford to miss: Duct Tape. Yes, the old adage is true! You can fix almost anything with duct tape. The men in our family have been relying on duct tape for decades and now, we are sharing some of the best potential uses in a survival situation. Check out these 43 reasons why you must have duct tape in your emergency kit.

1. Repair a Cracked Water Bottle

Imagine that you are stranded out in the wilderness with only one water bottle to carry your precious supply of H2O. What happens when that water bottle springs a leak? If you have duct tape on hand, you can dry off the surface and tape it closed.

2. Leave a Water-Proof Note

Rip off a piece of duct tape and write on it with a sharpie. You will have an instant water-proof note to leave for your friends or family.

3. Make a Butterfly Bandage

While it wouldn’t be my first choice to treat a cut, duct tape will work in a pinch. Use two small strips and add a smaller strip across the center to create a last resort butterfly suture.

4. Repair Holes in Shoes

When you cannot quickly run to the local Wal-Mart for a new pair of shoes, you can make your current duds last a little longer by repairing the holes with duct tape.

5. Prevent Further Tears in Clothing

If you catch your jacket on a tree limb and it starts to snag, you can use a piece of tape to patch it quickly and prevent additional tearing.

6. Do a Quick Hem on Pants

If your pants are too long, you can make a quick hem with duct tape. Just fold the pants legs to the desired length and then tape the hem in place.

7. Make an Instant Belt

Take a long strip of duct tape and twist it to create a rope. Thread it through your belt loops and use it to tie your pants in place for an instant belt.

8. Rig Up Some Makeshift Handcuffs

When you need a quick retraint for the enemy, that handy duct tape will do the job. Just tape his wrists together tightly by wrapping and rewrapping tape around them.

9. Make a Drinking Cup

By carefully folding and layering the duct tape, you can fashion a make shift cup to use for drinking water when you have no other option.

10. Remove Cactus Thorns or Splinters

If you find yourself with a major splinter or a sharp cactus thorn embedded in the skin, cover it with duct tape and then peel it away. This should pull out the splinter or thorn enough that you can easily grasp it and remove it.

11. Get Rid of Warts

If you get a wart, keep it covered in duct tape. Change the duct tape out as needed until the wart eventually disappears.

12. Repair a Torn Tent

If your tent is torn, you are going to need to repair it quickly to keep out the rain and unwelcome critters. Duct tape is a quick option to cover the tear and fix your tent.

13. Make a Rope

Pull a large strip of duct tape to the desired length and twist it to create a rope.

14. Rig Up a Clothesline

Fashion a rope out of your duct tape and then tie it to two poles or trees to make a quick clothesline.

15. Repair a Busted Sleeping Bag

Just like you repaired the tear in your tent, you can do the same with your busted sleeping bag. This will prevent losing any of that precious insulating foam or stuffing that keeps you warm at night.

16. Reseal Packages of Food

Make sure your food stores last as long as possible by resealing them with duct tape.

17. Keep Tent Closed

If your tent doesn’t have a door that zips shut or your zipper is busted, you can tape the tent closed to keep out the rain or other unwelcome visitors like possums, squirrels, or even bears. Yikes!

18. Catch Flies

Duct tape works well as a fly trap. Lay it with the adhesive side up and maybe sprinkle some honey on a few spots to attract the pests. They will soon be stuck to the tape so you can get rid of them.

19. Hold Together a Broken Tent Pole

If your tent pole breaks in half, you can hold it together by wrapping it securely in duct tape.

20. Repair Your Fishing Rod

Don’t toss that broken fishing rod! You might just need it. Wrap the broken area in duct tape and it will work just as good as new.

21. Turn a Knife into a Spear

Tape your knife to a stick to make a spear for fishing or hunting. This would be a great way to catch your dinner if you are stuck by a stream with nothing to eat and no fishing gear!

22. Wrap a Sprained Ankle

Duct tape will create a great splint to support a sprained ankle. Wrap the ankle like you would use an ace bandage. Try to wrap it over a sock to avoid ripping tape off the skin later.

23. Create a Shelter

If you have no tent and you need to create a shelter, duct tape could be your best friend. You can tape together large limbs to make a quick shelter to keep you warm and dry.

24. Instant Bandage to Cover Blisters or Cuts

When you don’t have access to Band-Aids, a little piece of duct tape and a piece of fabric will do the trick.

25. Make a Splint

Making a splint can be difficult in a survival situation if you don’t have a lot of supplies. But you can use the duct tape to fashion a fairly sturdy splint that will last you until you can get help.

26. Hold Together a Cracked Window

Run a strip of tape over the window’s crack to prevent further damage and create some temporary structural reinforcement.

27. Mend a Broken Screen

Just like you fixed the broken window, take a strip of duct tape to hold together a broken screen to prevent it from ripping further.

28. Repair Your Glasses

You need your glasses for proper vision so if you break them, a piece of duct tape will hold them together temporarily.

29. Tape Pants Legs Closed to Keep Mosquitos Out

If you are out in the woods and mosquitos are threatening to eat you alive, pull out the duct tape! Just tape your pants legs tightly closed to prevent mosquitos from finding your skin.

30. Add Some Extra Insulation to Your Boots

Make your winter boots a little bit warmer by taping the insoles with duct tape, silver side up. The shiny tape will reflect the warmth of your feet back into your boots.

31. Mark a Trail

If you are worried about getting lost, mark your trail with duct tape. You can easily stick it to trees and the reflective nature will catch your eye to let you know how to find your way back.

32. Make Emergency Repair to Your Car

Duct tape is a miracle worker, isn’t it? You can even tape a broken water hose to make a quick car repair.

33. Plug a Hole in Your Canoe

If your canoe springs a leak, plug the hole with anything you can find – plastic, fabric, or even just a ball of duct tape. Then run a strip of duct tape over the top to seal the hole shut.

34. Hang Lights Around Your Camp

Use duct tape to secure lights in strategic places so you can easily find your way around the campsite.

35. Make a Disguise

Duct tape will help you create a quick disguise if you are hiding from an enemy. Tape some leafy limbs onto your shirt or hat for a quick camouflage.

36. Hide Your Valuables

You can duct tape your valuables on the inside of your clothing to keep them safe when you are on the move.

37. Keep Ammo Close

In the same way as you hid your valuables with duct tape, you can tape your ammo to your body or to the inside of your clothing for easy discreet access.

38. Make Some Fire Starter

Wrap some dryer lint in duct tape for an instant fire starter.

39. Make a Hat

Keep the rain off your face with a hat made of duct tape. You can shape and mold duct tape into almost anything!

40. Create a Trap

Use some sticks and duct tape to fashion a quick trap for catching small game.

41. Weave a Basket

By taking long strips of twisted duct tape, you can weave together a basket to carry your plants and berries that you forage in the wild.

We Love Duct Tape!

Obviously, duct tape is a survival tool that is like manna from heaven. You can use it for practically anything! What other uses of duct tape can you think of?

Essential Survival Skills Part 2 - Water

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

By now, you have successfully navigated the maze of starting fires in Part 1 of our Essential Survival Skills series. So now you have heat, but what about water or a place to hide from the elements? When it comes to survival there is nothing more important than water.

You can survive for nearly three weeks without food, but when it comes to water you have a matter of days to find it, purify it, and drink it. But in most cases drinking water straight from the ground can be a recipe for disaster. Let’s forgo the nastiness of describing the types of illness that can strike your body after drinking tainted water.

There are several ways that you can find drinkable water. Maybe you have a stream that runs through your yard. Maybe you are stranded in the woods and you find a small creek or even a river. But what if you are facing an urban survival scenario? How are you supposed to find water when there is nothing around for miles? Sure, you can find mud holes and even standing water in ditches, but is that really where you want your fluids to come from?

When your life is on the line you really can’t spend time being picky. When you need water you have to take it where you can find it…usually. So here are a few ways that you can clean your water.

1. Boiling

Remember that fire you started? Yeah, that fire serves as more than just a furnace. Boiling your water for 15-20 minutes will make your water perfectly safe to drink. Just make sure you have some kind of container that is safe to use over a fire. We love this Jetboil Cooking Pot because the lid can double as a plate if you are going to be cooking over your fire later.

2. Chlorine

Chlorine is a great way to purify your drinking water. Not only is this a chemical used by the majority of cities to purify the drinking water but this is an easily accessible chemical. You can buy chlorine in several different forms for a relatively low cost.

3. LifeStraw

The LifeStraw is a survivalist must. This straw is small, so it can be stored easily. But the best part about this straw is that it filters water directly from the source. Can you imagine drinking water directly from a pothole or a cow pasture ditch? You can learn more about the straw here.

4. Sand

It's not the best filter in the world but it will work in a pinch. Two coffee filters are really all you will need. Take one filter and fill it with sand. Take the other filter and sandwich the sand. Then run the water through the filter. It really is that simple.

Here's the bottom line. If you want to be prepared for an emergency situation, you need to think ahead about your water supply. Know where your nearest water supply is located and have a plan for hauling water and storing it during an emergency. Even better, keep some big barrels on hand to collect rain water or store up water in large tanks ahead of time.

What is your survival plan to insure you have sufficient clean water in an emergency?

Essential Survival Skills Part 1 – How to Start a Fire

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

So the big idea behind is to present all the information you will need in order to better understand and deal with a potential survival situation. While the issues that could arise are never fully identifiable, there are always a few mile markers along the highway of destruction. Looking at the current landscape of the political and financial system in the United States, there are certainly a few red flags.

With that being said, there are several key factors to survival that you need to know. Over the next couple weeks, we’re going to cover the most essential skills you need and the supplies you should be gathering every day as you prepare.

Today, let’s look at one of the obvious skills you need… starting a fire. Sure, right now a fire is only a flick of the lighter away. But what happens when the matches are gone, the lighter is empty, and the fireplace has long grown cold? There are several ways that you can start a fire in a survival situation.

Friction Based Fire Starters

Friction is the tried and true form of survivalist fire starters the world over. Friction based fire starting is by far the most tedious and the hardest form to master. However, this is the most versatile means of starting fire. All friction-based methods will require a bundle of tender to catch the embers as they form.

1. The Plough

a. In this method you will need a rather flat piece of wood. You will need to carve a small groove into the plank that allows the spindle room to maneuver.

b. You will also need a separate stick, somewhere around 10 inches in length and about ¼ to ½ inch thick.

c. Now comes the fun part. Rub the stick through the groove continuously. As the wood heats you will begin to see smoke. DO NOT STOP! Keep pushing the stick and your embers will emerge quickly.

2. The Bow

a. This method will require a spindle, a plank, and a handmade bow that consists of a curved stick and some string.

b. Take your plank and carve a small hole in the base. This will serve as the bed for your embers.

c. Next, take your curved stick and tie your string to both ends of the stick. Leave a little slack in the string. Then take your spindle and wrap the loose string around the spindle. This will allow the spindle to be held securely while being able to spin freely.

d. Place your spindle in the hole on the plank, and begin “sawing” your bow back and forth. This will take quite some time, so patience is key.

Flint & Steel Method

Flint and steel is always a good stand-by. Easily accessible and rather cheap, there is no reason you could not have these 2 items in any of your survival kits or bug out bags. This method simply requires that you have a prepared tender pile. Simply rub the flint against the steel and you will have a spark!

Allow the sparks to settle into your tender pile and simply blow on the embers. It really is that simple.

Lens Based Method

The lens method is all about harnessing the power of the sun. This method can be used with a pair of eyeglasses, a magnifying glass, and even a balloon or condom. How does this work?

a. Using eyeglasses is as simple as taking your glasses off, placing them directly over a prepared tender pile, and then focusing the light of the sun into a small point on the tender.

b. The magnifying glass method is something that most people have seen or done in the past. Whether you are burning ants or starting a fire, the magnifying glass method will always work…as long as the sun is out. Simply focus the light of the sun onto a prepared pile of tender and allow the sun to do the work.

c. A balloon or condom? It can be done. Simply fill the balloon or condom with water until the item is ¼ of the way filled. The water will act as a lens. All you will do is squeeze the balloon until you are able to form a small point of light. The rest works just like all the other lens methods.

Battery Method

This method of fire starting will require a piece of steel wool and a battery, preferably a 9-volt battery. Simply stretch the steel wool out and then apply the battery to the wool, holding the steel wool on the contacts of the battery.

Done properly this will make the steel wool glow which will make embers that can be used to start a fire.

Fire is an essential element of any survival scenario regardless of the location. Having these simple items in your stash is a must. Fire will give you the ability to stay warm, cook food, boil water, keep animals away, and potentially signal for help.

Alert: Midwest Water Supply Threat

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Just a few days ago, Reuters reported that the FBI is investigating several threats to the water supply systems in the midwest. Wichita, Kansas is a known target, but other facilities could be involved.

(KSN News“The FBI as of our law enforcement agencies take any threats to the public personal safety very seriously,” said Bridget Patton, Media Representative for the FBI.
For the last several days, the FBI has been looking into a regional water threat.
KSN News learned the potential hazard affects four major water systems in the mid-west including Wichita. 
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(ReutersThe U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation learned of the threats in the past two days and has contacted the water supply facilities and law enforcement offices for the municipalities, said Bridget Patton, a spokeswoman for the FBI office in Kansas City, Missouri. 
Patton declined to discuss the nature of the threats or the number of cities affected. She said investigators had been sent out in response to the reports, but offered no details.
“We were made aware of the threat,” Patton said. “We have not been able to substantiate any of the threats.” 
Wichita city officials warned employees in emails to be on guard for suspicious activities. City officials also told residents the water is safe to drink and the public will be notified immediately if this changes. 
Wichita Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte said Friday that the city had taken steps to keep the city’s water supply safe, but would not describe what measures had been taken. 

Don't be caught unprepared. How are you prepping your water supply to be ready for threats?

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