Bugging Out

  • 6 Strategies to Lighten Your Bug Out Bag - Is it time for BOB to go on a diet??? One very popular question I get is about Bug Out Bag weight.  Unfortunately, it’s never that there is TOO MUCH space left over in the pack.  I’m always ask for ideas about how to reduce pack weight and eliminate unnecessary items.  Below are 6 tips [...]
  • Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) Chronicles: The Urban Camo Layer : Series Post #5 - If you remember, in Series Post # 4, I had just wrapped the truck in camo and left you hanging with some modern shaped black designs on a table.  Below are 2 pictures for reference.     Below is a photo series showing how I used those black designs.  Also, I officially put the bed [...]
  • Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) Chronicles: Oh no he didn’t! : Series Post #4 - Oh yes I did!  My apologies in advance to all of you BOV Purists out there – I had to do it.  I just couldn’t stop myself.  I know, I know… the original bad paint job would have blended better in a crowd of vehicles over the camo.  But trust me, this thing isn’t going [...]
  • Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) Chronicles: Creek’s Project BOV Truck: Series Post #3 - Since my last post I’ve taken some time to do a few interior upgrades to the BOV Truck Project.  First, let me remind you of what it used to look like with a few interior photos from when I first got the old fella.     I’ve always said to choose a BOV that is [...]
  • Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) Chronicles: Creek’s Project BOV Truck: Series Post #2 - Anyone wondering what I’ve been doing to the BOV????  Well… here’s another update. I found a Truck Cap I bought a really nice black aluminum truck cap on craigslist for $200  It’s got locking side doors and locking back barn doors with metal mesh across the inside of the windows.  It’s rock solid and it [...]
  • Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) Chronicles: Creek’s Project BOV Truck: Series Post #1 - Hello friends.  I’ve owned several Bug Out Vehicles over the years.  Some have been my daily drivers and others have been a dedicated stand alone vehicle.  Some have been new and some have been old.  I had a pretty cool 4×4 Ford Cargo Van that I really liked.  I’ve had a couple old Broncos and [...]
  • DIY: Bug Out Meals Ready To Eat - I recently received a package in the mail that I thought was worthy of sharing.  I’ve got to give credit to Dutch from Texas for this awesome DIY Bug Out Meal idea!  When I opened the box I found a couple homemade vacuum sealed food kits.  UPS delivers here right before lunch so it was [...]
  • The 9 Most Awesome MOVIE Bug Out Vehicles of All Time - There’s nothing I love more than a good BUG OUT movie truck.  Below is a collection of some of my favorite movie vehicles that I’d take on a BUG OUT any day of the week.  I’m sure I missed some, so please add your own favorites in the comments section below! Here they are in [...]
  • How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster - Today, http://www.artofmanliness.com published an article I wrote title: How to Bug-In: What You Need to Know to Survive a Grid-Down Disaster Hurricane Sandy is yet another sober reminder that none of us are exempt from disaster.  Sometimes, BUGGING OUT is not the best decision OR possible.  In this article I discuss a few thoughts about prepping [...]
  • Bug Out Pack Review: The All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (A.L.I.C.E. Pack) - I wish I had $1 for every time someone mentioned or had a question about the military ALICE Pack.  This Bug Out Bag Review Post is long overdue.  In my experience with discussing the ALICE pack with survivalists, campers, soldiers and outdoors men and women, there seems to be very strong feelings about this pack [...]
  • Questions from the FRONTLINES: An On-Going Willow Haven Q & A Series - I am spending an increasing amount of each morning answering e-mails with questions about a variety of survival related subjects.  Most often, they are from people who have picked up a copy of my book (Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag) and have some follow-up questions.  I find myself always saying, “That’s a really good [...]
  • A Great Bug Out Bag Back-Pack: REI Crestrail 70 - I get TONS of e-mails from people asking me what pack to choose for their Bug Out Bag.  I wish I had a BLACK & WHITE answer to these questions.  The fact is that we (people) come in all kinds of shapes and sizes and quite frankly, different packs work best for different people.  My [...]
  • The Ultimate Bug Out First Aid Kit: The MedCallKit by MedCallAssist.com -   First Aid is one area where I’ve always felt a little under-prepared.  I’ve kept my First Aid preps pretty basic – stocking up on the obvious items.  Even the First Aid Kit I outline in my book is pretty basic.  I’ve never really owned a First Aid kit that has given me some serious [...]
  • Disaster Eye Care: Protection + Treatment + Trauma - **NOTE**  This is a GUEST POST from Dr. Ballon.  Dr. Ballon has been in private practice for 20 years since completing his residency at Duke University Eye Center.  He is President/CEO of The Harman Eye Clinic, in Arlington, Washington.   For those of us who are blessed with good vision, ultraviolet (UV) and safety protection [...]
  • Turn Your Stainless Nalgene Water Bottle Into a Hunting Tool - As many of you know, I’m a huge proponent of packing at least 1 metal water bottle in your Bug Out Bag.  I switched out my aluminum military style canteen a couple months ago for this Nalgene Stainless Steel Water Bottle.  My only complaint is that is comes with a fabric rope tether between the [...]
  • Colorado Wild Fire Bug Out – A First Hand Account - A good friend of mine forwarded me an e-mail he had received about a 1st Hand Bug Out Account from the Wild Fires in Colorado.  I think we can all take a lesson away from this.  Below is the e-mail: We received confirmation last night that our house is still standing (great news!) but won’t [...]
  • How to Build a Get Home Bag (GHB): When you’re away from home and things get CRAZY! - What if disaster strikes and you AREN’T AT HOME?  Maybe traveling or at work – and far from your BUG OUT BAG?  That’s simple, just grab your GET HOME BAG! Check out my GUEST POST EXCLUSIVELY at ARTOFMANLINESS.COM titled HOW TO BUILD A GET HOME BAG: http://artofmanliness.com/2012/05/10/how-to-build-a-get-home-bag-book-giveaway/ ARTOFMANLINESS.COM is also giving away 3 copies of my new [...]
  • Creek’s Mid-West Book Tour – Now Scheduled! -   If you live in the Mid-West, join Creek at an Outdoor Retailer near you in May or June for his Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag Book Tour!  Creek will not only be on-site autographing books, but he will also be giving a short Bug Out Bag Presentation titled “The Top 5 Items that MUST be [...]
  • 12 Reasons Why Everyone Needs a Bug Out Bag: Series Post 5 of 12: Fire - Series Introduction This post series is for anyone who has an interest or curiosity in building their own Bug Out Bag.  In the next 3-4 months leading up to the release of my book Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit, my publisher has authorized me to write a series of 12 posts outlining [...]
  • 12 Reasons Why Everyone Needs a Bug Out Bag: Series Post 4 of 12: Clothing - Series Introduction This post series is for anyone who has an interest or curiosity in building their own Bug Out Bag.  In the next 3-4 months leading up to the release of my book Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit, my publisher has authorized me to write a series of 12 posts outlining [...]