Show me your BOVS!-To celebrate the launch of my my new book BUILD THE PERFECT BUG OUT VEHICLE, I’m holding a BOV photo contest on INSTAGRAM. Well, it’s not really a contest because the 2 winners will be chosen by random but you get the gist. Below are the details! Not familiar with INSTAGRAM? Download the app to […]
Bug Out Vehicle (BOV) Chronicles: The Final Post : Series Post #6-It’s been a few months since my last post about the progress of my new Bug Out Vehicle. Well… I’m happy to announce that it’s finished and I’m really loving it. So let’s see a before picture to remind you what it looked like when I first got it. And now….after my modifications. Pictures speak […]
Build a Bug Out Kindle: A Digital Survival Library at Your Fingertips- If you haven’t already, check out the article I wrote over at ARTOFMANLINESS.COM about putting together a BUG OUT KINDLE. I list some of my favorite survival books as well as discuss the advantages of packing an entire survival library in your Bug Out Bag. It’s not for everyone but certainly an idea to […]
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: 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 #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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Confidence. You can read about survival skills in a book and you can watch countless videos online. But it wasn't until I saw the lifesaving skills preformed successfully at Willow Haven outdoor that the things I've seen on my computer monitor and in all those books that I felt knowing them would make a difference.
The SurviVaction was one of the best weekends of my life. Creek is a very patient and passionate instructor who makes sure you understand the concepts behind each skill, successfully demonstrates each technique and spends time with you so that you too will make it work. Creek showed us so many lifesaving things, it was like the entire Boy Scouts journey in one weekend. His outlook on short-term survival really hits home and the stories shared with other vacationers showed how important that WHEN something happens you have the knowledge and confidence to survive.
You don't need to be an expert woodsman for Willow Haven Outdoor, but you'll feel like you're on your way by the time you arrive at the gate. Creek and Clint showed us the basics needed so we could take home and practice the skills learned that one day could save a life. The confidence from one weekend has made a big impact on my life and I am very grateful to Creek and everyone that made our time at Willow Haven Outdoor one of the best and most insightful weekends ever.