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72 Hour Bag

Post by Nick on Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:35 pm

Once you've gotten together your basic bag, you should start focusing on building it up to a 72 hour bag. This is designed to help you survive without help or assistance for up to 3 days.

In addition to the items from your basic bag (numbers and amounts should increase accordingly), you should add these following items:

Mylar blankets
-Mylar blankets are great because they are stored in a very compact size and can be squeezed in pretty much anywhere. They're very light and will keep you warm in virtually any environment. As great as they are, mylar blankets have a few downsides. First of all, they aren't very comfortable. That rattle and make a lot of noise. They're also very fragile. If you're very careful you might be able to get two or three uses out of one, but after that its going to be hit or miss. Another problem with them is that they're reflective, so if you're trying to stay hidden while using one you may want to improvise some camouflage.

Water Purification
-This can vary greatly. It's recommended that you have on hand at least one personal purification system, such as a Lifestraw, and a set of water purification tablets. Both are equally useful, and both accomplish the same thing. The upside to the purification system over boiling or tablets is that you don't have to light a fire or worry about filtering sediments out of you water. Just stick it in a source and take what you need.

Knives(utility)
-You want your utility knife to be a well made, solid, dependable tool and not just a piece of stamped steel. You'll be relying on this for your life, literally! Make sure it's in good condition, well sharpened and not rusted. It's never a bad idea to have more than one either.

Paracord
-Paracord is an indispensable necessity for the prepper or survivalist. You should have at least 100 feet (more is better here) of paracord. You can use this for everything from setting traps to building your shelter. But wait! There's more! If you hack off the end of the strand you'll see seven smaller nylon strands inside, and each of these can be used individually as well. It's recommended that you keep it black or dark green, so as to blend in with your surroundings better.
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