While you wait on the end of society or a natural disaster… you can enjoy learning survival skills, hiking and camping. A fun way to spend this time is GeoCache Hunting This will allow you to do your Indiana Jones type finds and get you in shape using compass and hiking with some possible camping. Learn to scavange and detect items hidden by others, while enjoying your day. This can be accomplished with a minimal GPS or even an Iphone or Android phone with free apps. no phone capable or GPS yet? You can get a Small handheld GPS at a good price these days and the fun is worth investing. Check here for more info.
If you have the room and the right to do it, build a small garden this spring. You will have better food and possibly some extra food when the bottom falls out. Plus it’s fun to learn. No place outside to have a garden? look into “indoor” gardening on the web.
Let’s start with some PDF files. survival-evasion-recovery manual, link to the US Army Survival Manual. You can find many books in PDF format online to print out. But, with the cost of ink, your best to grab a paperback such as the SAS Survival Handbook ! Excellent read! Read up and get better prepared.
Get yourself a Crank Powered Radio Possibly with added feature of a flashlight and ear plug for private listening. These can be a valuble item during disasters. keep the size small and easily stored in your BoB.
You will be using limited amounts of rope in the field. Learn different type knots for speed and safety while preserving your rope. Paracord is light weight and very strong. keep about 50 feet extra with you. You can use it in many ways and store it in quick release knot formations. Look up some videos on how to do this.
Get a Shemagh! These scarfs usually associated with Arab fightings have been used for decades among the west. For decades, keffiyeh have been issued to British soldiers who now, almost exclusively, refer to them as shemaghs. Their use by some units and formations of the military and police forces of the former British Empire dates back to before the Second World War.
Because of its utility it was adopted by the Palestine Police Force, the Transjordan Frontier Force, the Sudan Defence Force, the Arab Legion, the Libyan Arab Force, the Long Range Desert Group, the Special Air Service and Popskis Private Army, among others, who wore them while operating in North Africa.
After the war, their use by the Army continued with the shemagh being worn in both desert and temperate environments. Australian Army forces have also used the shemagh since the Vietnam War, and extensively during Iraq and Afghanistan, particularly by Australian Special Forces units.
Since the beginning of the War on Terror, these keffiyeh, usually cotton and in military olive drab or khaki with black stitching, have been adopted by US troops as well. Their practicality in an arid environment, as in Iraq, explains their enduring popularity with soldiers. I would suggest the Olive and Black in your survival BoB.
Soldiers often wear the keffiyeh folded in half into a triangle and wrapped around the face, with the halfway point being placed over the mouth and nose, sometimes coupled with goggles, to keep sand out of the face. This is also commonly done by armoured, mechanised and other vehicle-borne troops who use it as a scarf in temperate climates to ward off wind chill caused by being in moving vehicles.
British soldiers deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan are now issued with a tan-colored shemagh. Irish Army Rangers use a green shemagh to conceal their identity whilst in the “green” role.
Learn how to put one on by watching videos! Besides, they are in style now. And work well as a sling for your medical kit!
In the end, you can’t carry everything but owe it to yourself to find what items might be of good use. Try out a Camp Axe ! I perfer a wooden handle that goes all the way thru the head and a sheath to carry on my belt. It is important that you choose the right size so that using it will not require too much energy. It must not be too big or too small and it should not be too heavy on your arm. Camping axes go by many names, compact axes, hatchets, Tomahawks. I strongly suggest one with a hammer face backside to sink those stakes etc. The size of your camping axe must be appropriate for your size and frame. Your arm strength will determine what type of axe you should buy. If you have a strong arm then choose a heavy duty axe so that you can be sure of quality cutting and durability. You must have the skill to use it.
Axes, especially when new or newly sharpened are definitely dangerous, so get familiar with its weight, strength, power and capability. Besides hammerng stakes and chopping wood, your camp axe can also double as a small shovel(hold the head not the handle when shoveling) for camp fires and when burying garbage. Make sure you carry a small sharpener.
You might want to invest in a small camp saw . Until you use one, you would not believe how many times they can come in handy with making shelters and collecting firewood.
A few of those Keychain pull alarms and a spool of fishline or tripline can be used to setup your perimeter come camp time and nitetime. Battery will hopefully last a long time if not used. Other simple perimeter trips can be easily made with mouse traps etc.. keep the line about 18 inches off the ground. always leave yourself enough daylight to investigate your site and set this up at a safe distance before feeling secure.
For those times the lights go out and you want them on..before you have to leave your home.. here is a good little 1400-2000watt that wont break the bank, plus a few other items for the home.