In my first installment of this series I pointed out that the trusty “keep my keester alive for 72 hour” bug out bag (BOB) that I was maintaining made little sense for the types of disasters that I would realistically face as an urbanite in the United States of America. Thus, I decided to modify my BOB into a more applicable “my house is being violated by fire or bad people” BOB. However, as I was dismantling my old BOB I got thinking; “When might I want to have a good old keep yo’ keester alive for 72 hours BOB?” After some thought, these are some situations that I came up with:

Unstable Environment – I define an “unstable environment” as an area with a high probability of putting its inhabitants into a situation where they will be forced to take care of themselves with little or no external assistance for a few days or more. Obvious areas like this are Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and other foreign countries that are plagued by war, civil unrest, or government instability. However, based on this definition, your local environment here in the United States may not be immune to becoming unstable either. In the recent past, earthquakes and hurricanes have both done a good job of thrusting entire communities into enough instability that its inhabitants have become “on their own” (i.e. Louisiana and Japan). Thus, assess your survival needs regularly and plan your BOB accordingly.

Unfamiliar Environment – I call this my “stranger in a strange land” scenario. If you are, or are planning to, reside in an area where you don’t have intimate knowledge of the geography, surrounding community, political climate, or in some cases, the language I think it’s a good idea to make a few preparations to enable you to take care of yourself for a while. The benefits of this are twofold, not only will you be able to care for yourself if disaster strikes but you will also have the power to help others, which as a stranger, is a great way to make friends.

Evacuation – As my wife can tell you from her experience with the evacuation of New Orleans for hurricane Katrina, an evacuation can be a long process with a lot of unexpected changes. That is why for this situation I feel it is necessary to have a traditional 72 hour BOB. Your vehicle could breakdown, or a series of breakdowns on the road ahead of you could make your evacuation route impassable. You could end up on a bus to a faraway football stadium like so many of those in Katrina. How indispensable would your BOB be then?

Isolated Homestead – If you live in the middle of nowhere (i.e. more than ten miles from your closest neighbor) I’d have a traditional BOB at the ready. The main reason for this is because a house fire could very quickly cause you to be naked and standing in the snow in front of your house with no means of communication. Now, this is no big deal when your neighbors are fifty feet away, but it’s a little different when they are ten plus miles.

So what do you think? When are the times that you feel having a traditional 72 hour BOB is necessary?

I bought this sharpener a couple years ago, and I have to admit, I didn’t use it much for the first few months. However, after sitting down, watching the included DVD, and practicing with it for about an hour I don’t know how I lived without it! After using the Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker I don’t think I’ll ever go back to my trusty Boy Scout whetstone again. Check out the video and hot list below for the details.

 

HOT LIST

What Is It? – A high quality, very versatile, portable sharpener

Why Do I Need It? – To sharpen everything in your house that has an edge or a point!

Ease Of Use – If you watch the included DVD you see that this kit is very easy to use on a wide variety of edged/pointed tools.

Comfort – The longest that I’ve sharpened tools at one sitting with this is an hour, and I found it pretty comfortable. One reason for this is because it is an easy tool to use with both hands.

Quality/Strength – I’ve sharpened everything with this thing over the last year and it still cleans up like new.

Features/Versatility – In case you didn’t get it before “It sharpens EVERYTHING with an edge or point” …at least that I have

Carry Case – The stand doubles as a plastic box. It’s a slick case but it doesn’t clip shut. So, if you throw this in a backpack you better put a rubber band around it.

Options/Aftermarket – Replacement stones are sold separately.

Price – Amazon – $50

Overall Impression – I use this sharpener about once a week, and I highly recommend it.

Review: Leatherman Micra – A Hygiene Tool?!?

June 15, 2011

When I received my first Leatherman Micra as a gift a few years ago I thought to myself; “What am I going to do with this little thing?” Well, fast forward to today and I now own three of them. From tightening the screws on my shades to cutting the occasional hang nail, I’ve managed […]

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A Bug Out Bag …What’s The Point? (Part 1)

June 14, 2011

The Bug Out Bag, or BOB, is infamous among preparedness enthusiasts. It’s that backpack that sits in the corner of many a survivalist’s bedroom that is ready to grab with only a moment’s notice and is chock full of gear to keep said survivalist alive for a minimum of 72 hours. Well, I’m here to […]

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Poison of Overconfidence

May 23, 2011

Mario’s eyes widened in stupefied shock as I reached down and grabbed a brightly patterned creature from the lush jungle floor. A genuine childlike curiosity has always compelled my hands to latch, fiddle, and examine the mysterious items which inspire this desire. Mario adamantly rejected an offer to hold this beautiful species as it crawled […]

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Review: SOG Flash I – My Favorite EDC

May 11, 2011

Knife, wallet, phone.  I always have at least these three things on my person, and more times than not, the knife is a SOG Flash I.  It’s light, it’s durable, and in two years of service …it hasn’t failed me yet.  Needless to say, this review is a positive one.  Check out the video and […]

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Snakes and Delusions

April 16, 2011

Contrary, to my more introspective brother blessed with supernatural powers, I have tragically been left without such abilities. Enlightened by moksha medicine, David insisted, “I can sprint through the jungle barefoot at night without harm.” Prodded for more specifics he would admit the full moon assists such endeavors and to ignore the circumstance of a […]

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Lessons Learned From A 15 Mile Hike Home From Work

April 12, 2011

Last night (September 5th, 2010), as I sat at my desk sticking the business end of a safety pin into the side of a nickel-sized blister on my foot, I thought to myself “How could I have made this hike better?”  Actually, the first thing I thought was “Why the hell did I talk my […]

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You Don’t Need to be Crocodile Dundee to Survive in the Jungle

April 9, 2011

The jungle can be a dangerous place mate. Its lush and spectacular diversity offer both challenges and unique opportunities for survivability. Over half the world’s species of plants and animals are competing for survival in the jungle, and thanks to Hollywood, this fact may give you a false impression that your greatest dangers are jaguar […]

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