- Capacity: 5187 cu in (85 l)
- Backpack with snow guard
- Detachable side pockets (7.5 l) – can be used individually or both as a day sack
- Neoprene helmet fastener
- Detachable lid subdivided into 4 pockets
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- Volume (liters): 37
- Front loading backpack with two large main compartments
- Subdivided into 7 separate pockets
- Six tube or antenna outlets at main and front pockets
- Hydration system pouch with tube outlet in the main compartment
- Integrated rain cover and rescue handle in the bottom compartment for transporting casualties
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- Universal 22 l combat backpack. Features: Ergonomically padded back; Ergonomically formed, padded shoulder straps; Removable hip webbing; Compression strap; Visible marking; Front and side areas with MOLLE system for optional attachment of additional pouches;
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- Two compression straps surround the complete pack;
- Molle system on all strategic fastening points;
- Drinking system;
- Measurements: 18 x 11 x 2 inches
By Lee Flynn (Freelance writer and expert in emergency food preparedness and food storage)
Winter comes with treacherous road conditions. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain can quickly cause road conditions to deteriorate.
While none of us like to think that it will happen to us, we should always be prepared for the worst case scenario.
In addition to making sure that your gas tank is always half full there are five must have supplies that should always be kept in your during the winter.
1) Emergency Flares
Whether you slip off the road and down an embankment or come to a halt on the shoulder of the road, it is always important to let other drivers know that you are there.
Emergency flares are small and can be easily stored in the glove compartment or trunk of your car.
An emergency flare lets other drivers know that you are in trouble.
Emergency personnel often use these flares at the sites of accidents and other emergencies to illuminate the area creating a zone of safety.
Other drivers on the road will immediately know upon seeing a flare that the other driver as an emergency.
Flashers on your car may only indicate to another driver that you have stopped and not that you need assistance.
2) Warm Clothes/Blankets
Warm clothes and blankets are especially important during the winter months.
If your vehicle becomes disabled, you will have no source of heat.
Your only way to stay warm will be by layering on extra clothes and blankets.
Blankets made out of thick material such as fleece fabric can also be used to block any areas where cold air may be entering the car.
You should always make sure to group together with other occupants.
Use extra blankets to block off a section of the vehicle if possible and huddle together.
The more people that are huddled together the more you can use each other’s body heat to try and stay warm beneath your layers.
3) Water & Snacks
Hopefully, you will never break down or have an accident during the winter and if you do it will be on a frequently traveled road, where you are soon to be discovered quickly.
However, just in case, you need to make sure that you have an extra supply of bottled water and a few snacks, such as crackers.
You should always keep at least three days’ worth of food and water in your car.
Winter emergency food stashes could ensure that you keep your strength up and keep hydrated for when rescue comes.
These items can be stored under your seats or in the trunk of the car.
4) Cell Phone Charger
Your cell phone will be your only means of communication until help arrives.
You need to make sure that you have a dependable cell phone charger and should keep your phone plugged in and at full power while driving.
This way if your vehicle stops and the battery is dead you will have a full battery on your phone to contact help.
Cell phone chargers are small and easy to store. They will plug into your car’s cigarette lighter or USB port.
5) First Aid Kit
First Aid Kits are handy to have in the car no matter what the season.
You should ensure that at a minimum your kit contains hand sanitizer, bandages or gauze, antibiotic ointment, pain killers (such as Tylenol), a first aid manual, alcohol swabs, tweezers, scissors, and a packet of tissues.
These kits can be purchased from local stores or on the internet easily.
If help cannot get to you quickly, they could prove to be very helpful.
You should always keep your first aid kit within easy reaching distance.
The glove compartment or under the seat is an excellent place to store these kits.
Just remember it is always better to hope for the best, but plan for the worse and be prepared.
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This article was written by Tom Chatham and originally published at Project Chesapeake
Many people now feel that pending trouble is in the air. They may not know what or why but they can feel it deep in their bones. For these people the urge to prepare for potential problems is now incorporated into their everyday lives. When something far reaching and catastrophic happens the ability of groups and communities to pull together is one way to deal with the aftermath and work through the problems to remain safe and healthy.
When something happens that may prevent outside help from reaching you, it is necessary to have the infrastructure and supplies to help yourself until the situation stabilizes. For the group or community there are certain actions that can be taken beforehand to insure the group can sustain themselves for the duration.
– Economic Crisis: How You Can Prepare Over The Next Six Months (Alt-Market, Sep 9, 2015):
I wouldn’t say that it is “never too late” to prepare for potential disaster because, obviously, the numerous economic and social catastrophes of the past have proven otherwise. There simply comes a point in time in which the ignorant and presumptive are indeed officially screwed. I will say that we have not quite come to that point yet here in the U.S., but the window of opportunity for preparation is growing very narrow.
As expected, U.S. stocks are now revealing the underlying instability of our economy, which has been festering for several years. Extreme volatility not seen since 2008/2009 has returned, sometimes with 1000 point fluctuations positive and negative in the span of only a couple days. Current market tremors are beginning to resemble the EKG of a patient suffering a heart attack.
H/t reader squodgy:
“Might be worthwhile getting a stock of seeds of favourite vegetables, or even doubling up the stock and keeping half in the refridgerator in case…..”
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And collect the seeds of edible weeds and medicinal plants growing all around you, like nettles (Urtica dioica), bishop’s goutweed (Aegopodium podagraria), dandelion, chickweed, gallant soldier (Galinsoga parviflora), buckhorn (Plantago lanceolata) etc.
Books on edible weeds/wild plants and herbal medicine are essential.
A manual (wheatgrass) juicer will prove to be very helpful to extract all those nutrients from wheatgrass, barleygrass and the above mentioned herbs, when there will be no electricity and no supermarkets during bad times.
This juicer is for the good times … 🙂
I built this hut in the bush using naturally occurring materials and primitive tools. The hut is 2m wide and 2m long, the side walls are 1m high and the ridge line (highest point) is 2m high giving a roof angle of 45 degrees. A bed was built inside and it takes up a little less than half the hut. The tools used were a stone hand axe to chop wood, fire sticks to make fire, a digging stick for digging and clay pots to carry water. The materials used in the hut were wood for the frame, vine and lawyer cane for lashings and mud for daubing. Broad leaves were initially used as thatch which worked well for about four months before starting to rot. The roof was then covered with sheets of paper bark which proved to be a better roofing material. An external fireplace and chimney were also built to reduce smoke inside. The hut is a small yet comfortable shelter and provides room to store tools and materials out of the weather. The whole hut took 9 months from start to finish. But it only took 30 days of actual work (I abandoned it for a few months before adding bark roof, chimney and extra daub ).
– Preparedness Critics Are History’s Cannon Fodder (Alt-Market, July 8, 2015):
The world is entering a kind of no man’s land, in between the realms of insane denial and utterly obvious crisis. Europe is now destabilizing amid the Greek soap opera (an event that I predicted in January would occur in 2015); China’s stock market bubble is bursting; and the U.S. dollar’s world reserve status is about to be decimated by the global shift toward the International Monetary Fund’s basket currency reserve system. I’m afraid I’m going to have to say this because I don’t know if anyone else will admit it: Alternative economic analysts were right, and the mainstream choir was either terribly wrong or disgustingly dishonest. However, as most of us in the liberty movement are well aware, being right is not necessarily a solution to disaster.
– Collapse Survivor Explains Strategic Savagery: “You Have Two Choices – Fight To The Last or Run” (SHFTplan, Feb 18, 2015):
Editor’s Note: The following commentary comes to us from Selco of SHTF School, one of the preparedness community’s most well known authors – and for good reason. Selco survived the Balkan war of the 1990′s and described his experiences in his online course One Year In Hell.
He has seen the worst that humanity has to offer and once again shares his thoughts on living in a world that has completely fallen apart.
If you want a first person perspective on what collapse looks like then keep reading.
It looks like there is no sense and order in what ISIS folks are doing while they are terrorizing people and burning them alive, stone them to death, kill captured soldiers or simply women and kids. But spreading terror and pure fear makes lot of sense in terms of strategy, especially in already „chaotic“ times and territories where they are trying to advance.
Terror is a psychological game.
The “they are coming for me feeling”
I have experienced for myself, more than once the feeling that „they are coming for me“. It is that moment when you are armed and ready, together with more folks, who are armed too and we are all waiting for attack.
– This Is What a Real-Life Economic Collapse Looks Like (The Organic Prepper, Jan 27, 2015):
Did you ever think about what your life would be like if the stores were closed? I’m not talking about a post-apocalyptic Mad Max scenario or a winter storm that clears the shelves. I’m talking about a long-term disruption of services caused by an economic collapse.
What if you couldn’t run to Wal-Mart to get soap? What if the grocery store had supplies so limited that they were rationed out to people in such small amounts that the food you got was not enough to meet your needs? What if there were no diapers for your baby or aspirin to cure a headache?
– 89 Tips That Will Help You Prepare For The Coming Economic Depression (Economic Collapse, Jan 13, 2015):
What do we need to do in order to prepare for the coming economic collapse? Are there practical steps that we can take right now that will help us and our families survive the economic depression that is approaching? As the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, I get asked these kinds of questions a lot. Once people become convinced that an economic collapse is coming, they want to know what they should do. And so in this article I am going to share some key pieces of advice from some of the top experts in the entire country. If you are not convinced that economic disaster is on the way, this article might not be for you. Instead, I would encourage you to go to my website where you will find more than 1,200 articles that set out the case for the coming economic collapse in excruciating detail. For those of you that are interested in getting prepared, I apologize in advance for the outline format of this article. To examine each of these points in detail would take an entire book. In fact, I am the co-author of a book that will soon be published that discusses many of these things in great depth. But you don’t have to wait for a book to get prepared. Mostly, it comes down to common sense. In this article, I share 89 common sense tips that will help you get prepared for the coming economic depression. Hopefully a lot of people will find these to be very helpful.
This first set of tips are 11 things that I strongly encourage my readers to do…
– Fear we are returning to a time in history where it is a common occurrence to fight for one’s life? (ZeroHedge, May 10, 2012):
“There are going to be situations where people are going to go without assistance. That’s just the facts of life.” – Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates
So, you are a successful trader, speculator, investor, money manager, and is typical, have little patience. Something has been bothering you. You have been reading Zero Hedge long enough that you are now absolutely convinced that TEOTWAWKI is indeed nigh, and it could well be quite violent. You have also decided that you want to do something to prepare, beyond getting short the equity markets and going long gold and silver coins, but you do not know what to do, exactly. The HELP function on your Bloomberg terminal is, unsurprisingly, not helpful. A quick review of the government and Red Cross emergency preparedness websites tells you nothing about guns. This is problematic, as you fear that we all might be returning to a time in history where it is a common occurrence to fight for one’s life, and you know that we usually do that in today’s day and age with guns, or a knife close in.
What to do?
– So You Think You Know How To Grow Food? (Alt-Market, Aug 14, 2014)
– The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid (Politico, Jan 3, 2014):
When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: America’s dangerously vulnerable power grid. In speech after late-night speech on the House floor, Bartlett hectored the nearly empty chamber: If the United States doesn’t do something to protect the grid, and soon, a terrorist or an act of nature will put an end to life as we know it.
Bartlett loved to conjure doomsday visions: Think post-Sandy New York City without power—but spread over a much larger area for months at a time. He once recounted a conversation he claimed to have had with unnamed Russian officials about how they could take out the United States: They would “detonate a nuclear weapon high above your country,” he recalled them saying, “and shut down your power grid—and your communications—for six months or so.”
Bartlett never gained much traction with his scary talk of electromagnetic pulses and solar storms. More immediate concerns always seemed to preoccupy his colleagues, or perhaps Bartlett’s obsessions just sounded more like quackery than real science, even coming from a former Navy engineer who had worked on the space race. Whatever the reason, Congress’s failure to act is no longer Bartlett’s problem. The octogenarian Republican from western Maryland—more than once labeled “the oddest congressman”—found himself gerrymandered out of office a year ago and promptly decided to take action on the warnings others wouldn’t heed, retreating to a remote property in the mountains of West Virginia where he lives with no phone service, no connection to outside power and no municipal plumbing. Having failed to safeguard the power grid for the rest of the country, Bartlett has taken himself completely off the grid. He has finally done what he pleaded in vain for others to do: “to become,” as he put it in a 2009 documentary, “independent of the system.”
– A List of Over 100 Heirloom Seed Suppliers (Waking Times, Nov 20, 2013)
In my opinion the media is using every chance to give preppers a bad image and the Spartan Survival group is no exception.
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
People like the Spartan Survival ‘preppers’ are one of many reasons why this blog’s name is ‘Infinite Unknown’.
How stupid would it be to tell people to stock up food, water, survival gear and have physical gold and silver outside the banking system and give away my name & address?
People like James Wesley Rawles have turned their home into a deadly fortress for invaders…
– Interview With Former US Army Intelligence Officer And Bestselling Author James Wesley Rawles: Global Economic Collapse – Gun Confiscation – How To Survive The End Of The World – If The Power Grid Goes Down We Are In A Massive Die Off Situation Where Literally More Than 50% Of The Population Of The Country Could Die In Just One Winter (Video)
… and they all know exactly why they had to do this.
I like to have the advantage of being totally anonymous. You will not find photos or anything about me on the internet.
And I have all thought that through before I created ‘Infinite Unknown’.
For those that still think I am a paid disinformer I want to say to you, that there are many people on the interenet that have a nice biography and some of what they are posting also makes sense, but they are bought and paid for.
Not one disinformer out there is keeping his identity secret to my knowledge ( … because it wouldn’t make any sense).
But let’s just assume for one moment that I could be bought and paid for.
Take a close look at what I’ve posted on I. U. and tell me what kind of interest group would be willing to pay me?????
Those who still wonder why I want to be anonymous (and not give away my name & address), here is one of many reasons why …
– Tyler Smith of Doomsday Preppers: Apex Predator or Apex Punk? (The Organic Prepper, Nov 14, 2013):
If there was ever a case study on why preppers should be prepared to defend their supplies, the upcoming episode of National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers would provide a perfect example.
“We’re not in it to stockpile. We’re in it to take what you have and there’s nothing you can do to stop us,” Tyler Smith says. “We are your worst nightmare, and we are coming.”
Smith, 29, is the leader of Spartan Survival. The group has more than 80 dues-paying members. Smith founded the organization in 2005 to train and prepare others on survivalism.
On Tuesday night, Smith’s story will be told on the National Geographic Channel survivalist TV show “Doomsday Preppers.” (source)
So, not only would someone with supplies need to worry about everyday commonplace looters, they would need to be concerned about Smith and his band of merry marauders, whose survival plan seems to hinge on overwhelming force against those who have spent years gathering supplies and planning for a secure and peaceful existence.
– Why Does The Mainstream Media Like To Make Fun Of Preppers So Much? (The American Dream, Nov 14, 2013):
Have you noticed that the mainstream media has a tremendous amount of disdain for preppers? Even though there are now approximately 3 million preppers in the United States, most of the time the media ignores us. But once in a while an editor in New York City or Los Angeles decides that it would be fun to do a story about the “crazies” that are preparing for doomsday. And of course it is very rare for any piece in the mainstream media about preppers to be even close to balanced reporting. Most of the time, news stories that report on preppers portray them as mentally unstable kooks and loons that everyone else in society should be laughing at. But perhaps there is a deeper explanation for the contempt that the mainstream media has for preppers. After all, those in the media are representatives of the establishment, and they are probably deeply offended on some level that we don’t have the same kind of blind faith in the system that they do. The fact that so many Americans believe that the system is on the verge of collapse doesn’t make any sense to them, and instead of really looking into the truth of what we are saying, they would much rather dismiss us by labeling all of us a bunch of uneducated nutjobs on the fringe of society.
A few days ago, I came across another example of this demonization of preppers by the mainstream media. The following are a few lines from a recent CNN article entitled “What I saw at the doomsday prepper convention“. For the first few paragraphs the piece actually seems fairly balanced, but by the end of the article the author can’t resist openly mocking preppers and what many of them believe. Just check out these zingers…
– What To Expect During The Next Stage Of Collapse (Alt-Market, Aug 29, 2013):
For years now at Alt-Market (and Neithercorp.us) I have carefully outlined the most likely path of collapse to take place within the U.S., and a vital part of that analysis included economic destabilization caused by a loss of the dollar’s world reserve status and petro-status. I have also always made clear that this fiscal crisis event would not occur in the midst of a political vacuum. The central banks and international financiers that created our ongoing and developing disaster are NOT going to allow the destruction of the American economy, the dollar, or global markets without a cover event designed to hide their culpability. They need something big. Something so big that the average citizen is overwhelmed with fear and confusion. A smoke and mirrors magic trick so raw and soul shattering it leaves the very population of the Earth mesmerized and helpless to understand the root of the nightmare before them. The elites need a fabricated Apocalypse.
– Those That Are Not Preparing For The Coming Economic Depression Are Going To Bitterly Regret It (Economic Collapse, Aug 18, 2013):
The next great economic crisis is rapidly approaching, and most people are going to be totally blindsided by it. Even though the warning signs are glaringly obvious, most Americans continue to believe that our “leaders” know what they are doing and that everything will be just fine. But what will happen when the next great financial crash happens and trillions of dollars of “paper wealth” disappear into thin air? What will happen when the coming credit crunch causes economic activity to dramatically slow down and millions upon millions of people lose their jobs? This shouldn’t sound far-fetched to you. Remember, this is exactly the kind of thing that we saw back in 2008, and the next great financial crisis is likely going to be significantly worse. Our economy is in far worse shape than it was back in 2008, and government dependence is now at an all-time high even though most Americans are still enjoying debt-fueled false prosperity. We are living in the largest debt bubble in the history of the planet, and when it bursts we are going to experience a crippling “adjustment” to our standard of loving. Some people understand this and are busy preparing for what is ahead. It has been estimated that there are approximately 3 million “preppers” in the United States, and that number is growing all the time. Unfortunately, most Americans are not preparing for the coming economic depression and they are going to bitterly regret it.
So what does preparing for the coming economic depression look like?
Well, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Most of the things that you should do are just common sense.
– No Garden? Here Are 66 Things You Can Can Grow At Home In Containers (Wake Up World, Aug 20, 2012)