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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2013, 08:47:16 AM »
That looks really nifty.  Great post!

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2013, 08:48:12 AM »
That looks really nifty.  Great post!

Yes that does look great! What a handy deal to strap on top of the vehicle!
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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2013, 03:47:40 PM »
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http://prephappy.com/prepping/a-survival-blanket-can-save-your-life-are-you-covered/

A Survival Blanket Can Save Your Life, Are You Covered?

by Nancy Smith, Happy Prepper

Do you know the important role a survival blanket plays in your disaster preparedness plans? Do you have the right blanket for your climate and lifestyle? No matter what time of year, you should always be prepared for a cold snap. These items are not perishable, so once you’ve acquired them, you’re set.



The Important Job of a Survival Blanket

The important job of a survival blanket is to increase your odds of surviving in extreme conditions. Most survival blankets are tear resistant and have some type of reflective material on the outside of them. Some can also be used in water to help lock your body heat in.

They can be made of various materials and are extremely portable with most of them folded into a shape about the size of an adult’s hand. They can serve many different purposes in order to help save your life.

Lightweight blankets are made of material that’s intended to keep the rain or other elements off of you. They help keep out the chill, but they’re not good if you’re going to be somewhere windy or snowy, or if you need to use a blanket as an emergency shelter.

A heavy blanket can be used to create a way to keep the elements off of you and can be rigged up over tree branches as a way to make a shelter. You’ll get a protective barrier against wind, rain and even driving sleet.

Survival blankets come in different sizes, widths and colors. One of these colors is bright orange, which makes it easier for you to be found in the event that a rescue is needed. When blankets come in different colors, get the orange one.

Types of Survival Blankets

There are several types of survival blankets out there, and the choices can be confusing once you start digging into it a bit more. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Lightweight Thermal Blankets

Lightweight thermal blankets are specifically designed to keep you alive in very cold conditions. These are self-heating blankets that use your body’s own heat to generate the warmth you need. These are recommended for folks who may encounter a snowstorm – and for those in the US, that’s many of us. These are the original “space” blankets and are a good value at Amazon. They are very lightweight and you would only use these to wrap around your body.

2. All weather blankets

All weather blankets are also known as “survival blankets.” They can deflect heat or hold heat in even in below zero weather. This kind of blanket is good to have in the event of a major disaster like a hurricane or snowstorm if you live in the colder states and lose your electricity during winter months. The all weather blankets are strong enough to double as a shelter. Placed in the bottom of a tent, they can protect you from the cold or wetness of the ground.

Here’s my favorite one: it’s a nice mid-weight blanket – not so heavy that it takes up a lot of room in your car trunk, and it’s good for hiking. Just make sure you order the one in orange.

3. Heat reflective sleeping bags

There are also heat reflective blizzard survival sleeping bags designed for use in extreme cold by Special Operations forces worldwide. They come in tactical olive drab and are reversible to silver color for emergency signalling to help you get rescued if needed.
 

Please make sure you have at least one of these in each car your family drives, and several in your home. There’s no better way to keep yourself warm and alive in a cold-weather survival situation.

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2013, 04:06:09 PM »
I see the prices on military sleeping bags and I cringe, because I acquired one or two over the years...  But, let me tell you, they are freaking awesome!!!  There is none better.  It is worth the $250 it would cost to own one.  Pay the money!!!  They are worth every penny. You will see them in Army/Navy stores and at gun shows.   If you can get one for less than 250 then you are golden.  -from a Marine who has deployed all over the world with the same sleeping bag...
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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2013, 07:59:46 PM »
I see the prices on military sleeping bags and I cringe, because I acquired one or two over the years...  But, let me tell you, they are freaking awesome!!!  There is none better.  It is worth the $250 it would cost to own one.  Pay the money!!!  They are worth every penny. You will see them in Army/Navy stores and at gun shows.   If you can get one for less than 250 then you are golden.  -from a Marine who has deployed all over the world with the same sleeping bag...

Kyle, do you have a favorite brand or two to recommend?
Also how about the space blankets -where is a good place to buy those?
Thanks,  :)
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« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2013, 08:08:22 AM »
I have purchased space blankets at Walmart, Bi-Mart, Sportsman's Warehouse, almost all stores who stock camping supplies carry them.  Mine are little cheapies, running only a dollar or two at most.  They are small when folded, not much bigger than a deck of cards and easy to slip a few into your BOB.

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #21 on: September 11, 2013, 09:28:14 PM »
I have purchased space blankets at Walmart, Bi-Mart, Sportsman's Warehouse, almost all stores who stock camping supplies carry them.  Mine are little cheapies, running only a dollar or two at most.  They are small when folded, not much bigger than a deck of cards and easy to slip a few into your BOB.

Thanks for sharing that; I had not heard of those.
That sounds like a good idea to have a whole stash of small ones.
Also a good idea to have a heavy duty, tough one.
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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #22 on: September 12, 2013, 06:39:03 PM »
I see the prices on military sleeping bags and I cringe, because I acquired one or two over the years...  But, let me tell you, they are freaking awesome!!!  There is none better.  It is worth the $250 it would cost to own one.  Pay the money!!!  They are worth every penny. You will see them in Army/Navy stores and at gun shows.   If you can get one for less than 250 then you are golden.  -from a Marine who has deployed all over the world with the same sleeping bag...

Kyle, do you have a favorite brand or two to recommend?
Also how about the space blankets -where is a good place to buy those?
Thanks,  :)
Yowbarb

Sorry for the tardy response...  You can get the Military sleeping system on-line or at Army/Navy Surplus stores but they are pricey.  I would think the best bet would be Craig's List or sites like Pendleton Yard Sales:
 
http://pendletonyardsales.com/s/sleeping%20bags
 
I know it may be confusing, but, a COMPLETE military sleeping system consists of both the black outer sleeping bag WITH the thinner green inner bag pictured separately on the website above.  The green bag goes inside of the black bag when it is really cold.  Use just the black bag for normal winter conditions.  The green bag is for mildly cold winter conditions.
 
They are awesome, but, the only thing that sucks is, where has that sleeping system been???  I don't even want to think about it.  You can wash them and then air dry them and they will be good. 
 
I slept like a baby in my issued system during the most vicious sandstorm I ever saw in the middle east.  We are talking sustained winds of 70Mph with gusts over 100Mph, for an entire night.  Basically, it was a hurricane in the open desert.
 
There is also a little bivy compression sack that comes with the complete system and you can compress that whole system to about twice the size of a bowling ball.  Not bad.
 
As for space blankets,  they are not for long-term use, I hope you know.  They are for emergency use and don't last very long.  I mean, they are great for one night, but don't count on it after that.  I am thinking of the Mylar-type survival blankets.  They are great to have, don't get me wrong, but they are not a substitute for a sleeping bag on steroids.
 
I haven't checked recently but I would imagine you can find them on:
 
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/Main.aspx?
 
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/
 
http://www.basspro.com/
 
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/home/index.jsp
 
Also, I just googled "Mylar Blankets" and a whole bunch of websites popped up. 
 
Lastly, I have the military sleeping system and my wife has a combination of two different sleeping bags we purchased at Bass Pro.  The only downside to her combination is it is not waterproof.  However, that problem is quickly solved with a tarp that you can buy on any of the above websites.
 
I hope this answers your question and was helpful...
 
 
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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2013, 07:06:07 PM »
I see the prices on military sleeping bags and I cringe, because I acquired one or two over the years...  But, let me tell you, they are freaking awesome!!!  There is none better.  It is worth the $250 it would cost to own one.  Pay the money!!!  They are worth every penny. You will see them in Army/Navy stores and at gun shows.   If you can get one for less than 250 then you are golden.  -from a Marine who has deployed all over the world with the same sleeping bag...

Kyle, do you have a favorite brand or two to recommend?
Also how about the space blankets -where is a good place to buy those?
Thanks,  :)
Yowbarb

Sorry for the tardy response...  You can get the Military sleeping system on-line or at Army/Navy Surplus stores but they are pricey.  I would think the best bet would be Craig's List or sites like Pendleton Yard Sales:
 
http://pendletonyardsales.com/s/sleeping%20bags
 
I know it may be confusing, but, a COMPLETE military sleeping system consists of both the black outer sleeping bag WITH the thinner green inner bag pictured separately on the website above.  The green bag goes inside of the black bag when it is really cold.  Use just the black bag for normal winter conditions.  The green bag is for mildly cold winter conditions.
 
They are awesome, but, the only thing that sucks is, where has that sleeping system been???  I don't even want to think about it.  You can wash them and then air dry them and they will be good. 
 
I slept like a baby in my issued system during the most vicious sandstorm I ever saw in the middle east.  We are talking sustained winds of 70Mph with gusts over 100Mph, for an entire night.  Basically, it was a hurricane in the open desert.
 
There is also a little bivy compression sack that comes with the complete system and you can compress that whole system to about twice the size of a bowling ball.  Not bad.
 
As for space blankets,  they are not for long-term use, I hope you know.  They are for emergency use and don't last very long.  I mean, they are great for one night, but don't count on it after that.  I am thinking of the Mylar-type survival blankets.  They are great to have, don't get me wrong, but they are not a substitute for a sleeping bag on steroids.
 
I haven't checked recently but I would imagine you can find them on:
 
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/Main.aspx?
 
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/
 
http://www.basspro.com/
 
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/home/index.jsp
 
Also, I just googled "Mylar Blankets" and a whole bunch of websites popped up. 
 
Lastly, I have the military sleeping system and my wife has a combination of two different sleeping bags we purchased at Bass Pro.  The only downside to her combination is it is not waterproof.  However, that problem is quickly solved with a tarp that you can buy on any of the above websites.
 
I hope this answers your question and was helpful...

Thank you for these links JKB, very helpful!
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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2013, 01:38:24 AM »
I see the prices on military sleeping bags and I cringe, because I acquired one or two over the years...  But, let me tell you, they are freaking awesome!!!  There is none better.  It is worth the $250 it would cost to own one.  Pay the money!!!  They are worth every penny. You will see them in Army/Navy stores and at gun shows.   If you can get one for less than 250 then you are golden.  -from a Marine who has deployed all over the world with the same sleeping bag...

Kyle, do you have a favorite brand or two to recommend?
Also how about the space blankets -where is a good place to buy those?
Thanks,  :)
Yowbarb

Sorry for the tardy response...  You can get the Military sleeping system on-line or at Army/Navy Surplus stores but they are pricey.  I would think the best bet would be Craig's List or sites like Pendleton Yard Sales:
 
http://pendletonyardsales.com/s/sleeping%20bags
 
I know it may be confusing, but, a COMPLETE military sleeping system consists of both the black outer sleeping bag WITH the thinner green inner bag pictured separately on the website above.  The green bag goes inside of the black bag when it is really cold.  Use just the black bag for normal winter conditions.  The green bag is for mildly cold winter conditions.
 
They are awesome, but, the only thing that sucks is, where has that sleeping system been???  I don't even want to think about it.  You can wash them and then air dry them and they will be good. 
 
I slept like a baby in my issued system during the most vicious sandstorm I ever saw in the middle east.  We are talking sustained winds of 70Mph with gusts over 100Mph, for an entire night.  Basically, it was a hurricane in the open desert.
 
There is also a little bivy compression sack that comes with the complete system and you can compress that whole system to about twice the size of a bowling ball.  Not bad.
 
As for space blankets,  they are not for long-term use, I hope you know.  They are for emergency use and don't last very long.  I mean, they are great for one night, but don't count on it after that.  I am thinking of the Mylar-type survival blankets.  They are great to have, don't get me wrong, but they are not a substitute for a sleeping bag on steroids.
 
I haven't checked recently but I would imagine you can find them on:
 
http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/Main.aspx?
 
http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/
 
http://www.basspro.com/
 
http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/home/index.jsp
 
Also, I just googled "Mylar Blankets" and a whole bunch of websites popped up. 
 
Lastly, I have the military sleeping system and my wife has a combination of two different sleeping bags we purchased at Bass Pro.  The only downside to her combination is it is not waterproof.  However, that problem is quickly solved with a tarp that you can buy on any of the above websites.
 
I hope this answers your question and was helpful...

JKB, belated reply to your answers. Somehow I missed your post of Sept 12.  :)
Sounds like you know whereof you speak.  :)

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #25 on: September 22, 2013, 08:40:58 AM »
JKB:  Great post and very informative, I also have researched sleeping bags and what you have to say is "right on."

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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2013, 04:00:28 PM »
Nothing sucks more than waking up freezing cold in the morning, and still having to shave your face...  Screw that.
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Re: Bug out gear a few thoughts
« Reply #27 on: September 23, 2013, 10:14:43 PM »
Nothing sucks more than waking up freezing cold in the morning, and still having to shave your face...  Screw that.

Do a lot of men just let their beards grow, in an all out survival situation?
Seems it would be a good idea, anyway...

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« Reply #28 on: November 14, 2013, 05:39:07 PM »
I really hadn't thought about it but, yeah, I probably would...  I mean, if my wife wants to leave me post-Armageddon because I look stupid with a beard, happy trails...  If you are worried about what you look like while surviving the end of the world, well, dare I say I don't think you're gonna last very long.
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