Let`s look deeper at Preparedness
Types of Survival / Emergency KITS.
Well this is where Alpenlore BELTS came to be. Ya know how a lot of us carry a little emergency kit in our house or car or even carry one in a little pouch on our hip? Yeah, well those are still great ideas and EVERY person should have at least one Survival KIT that they keep somewhere. But having 4 types of KITS are the way to go if you take preparedness seriously.
Let`s begin by talking about 4 types of Main Kits that you should have and then focusing on one for today.
Here they are but not in order of Importance because they are all equally important.
These 4 types of Emergency/Survival KITS cover your bases because when disaster strikes, you usually don`t have a clue in the world where you`ll be. aiSo let`s go over each one in detail.
Destination KITS which is what I like to refer to them is a place you think you might go when the Shat hits the fan. Maybe and hopefully if you`re lucky, it`s a place not far from where you live and work. A place you can get to in 20min or less. A place that is geographically safe. A place that has running water and shelter from wind, rain/snow and cold and other obvious elements of nature as well as being away from a highly populated area if you`re lucky. If you have a place like this that you can build up with necessities such as food and water and first-aid gear, you have the makings for a Disaster Destination SITE. Load up the car or truck and go!
When we get there we sometimes don`t know what to do so your destination site needs a few dry runs to prepare yourself and family / friends.
NOW, the Destination KITS I referred to gotta have stuff like Blankets and other items. Toothpaste, extra clothes, spare glasses for reading, boots, socks, knife, shovel, cooking supplies and a very big tank of purified water or have a water purifier or tablets and firewood. The list goes on for items you need but that`s not what we`re focused on today.
Your destination has to be solid and driven to regularly if it`s a place that`s difficult to remember, especially at night. Your final destination after an emergency or disaster. So this is what I mean about a Destination KIT. It`s usually not a KIT but a Place that is equipped with Gear and items to live and keep you safe and healthy.
That wraps up today`s topic of KITs and Destination KITS but I would like to comment that the Internet is RICH with information and professionals regarding survival and bushcraft and we are lucky to have it all so we can gather as much information as possible and enjoy reading interesting articles and ways to do things. Youtube is now full of Survival Guys teaching cool and interesting tips for survival and outdoor living. Ray Mears is probably my favorite although he had his own Television Program in the UK and basically taught Bushcraft which is not so much about surviving outdoors but more like Living Outdoors. This was an incredible eye opener for me and helped me gain a new perspective on the Lore of the Outdoors.
Next time I hope to cover the next type of KIT that is necessary in being fully prepared. Please join me in discovering these interesting types of Emergency KITS and thanks so much for tuning in my friends.
Have a great weekend!
Scott / Alpenlore Founder
Camping in Stealth Mode
Last week I talked a little bit about my camper and how I set it up with a combination of Goal Zero energy with solar as well as a composting toilet. Today I would like to talk in more detail about Goal Zero.
Goal Zero is an advanced battery bank that allows you to plug just about anything to it including toaster, refrigerator, power tools, and just about anything you can imagine. You also have a 12v connector for all those camper items that pull low power. It`s great for emergencies when the power goes out in your home or for powering stuff while working outdoors or camping, but for me, I want to use it in replacement of my camper battery by hooking it directly into my breaker box. I am really looking forward to enjoying the benefits of having power when parked in a Walmart parking lot or roadside wherever I travel.
Most campers have loud generators that help power the camper but are so noisy and draw attention to yourself. I prefer not to have anyone knocking on my door at night telling me to move cause my camper is too noisy. I really rather be stealthy and let my Goal Zero do all the work.
My Goal Zero has Solar hookups so you can add as many panels as you need to keep a continuous stream of energy to maintain a full or near full battery while you`re running everything inside.
The particular battery I have is the YETI 1400 Lithium, the biggest and best one Goal Zero makes. It sips energy and lasts forever it seems. It has a nice lit panel that displays your input and output of energy and also shows other useful information. You can really keep tabs on everything that`s going on with your battery. Just a great device for everyone.
Other cool things you can do to a camper / RV is to remove the heavy water heater with a compact Tankless water heater which heats up water as it runs thru a series of compact pipes and as the water flows thru it heats up to the desired temperature then releases the water in a shower. This will be the next project for my camper in 2018.
It`s always fun to buy a camper whether its old or new and change things around to fit your style or convenience. The sky is the limit. A lot of people that do these customizations tend to add space or turn a booth table into a side desk for example to open up the camper and allow for more livable space to stretch out because nowadays campers are just jammed packed with storage and creature comforts and are so complex trying to compete with competitors that there is no room and you feel so claustrophobic while inside.
Next week I would like to talk about this and some interesting ways of creating more space and how to use color to also aid you in this quest for spaciousness.
See you next week for our next topic!
The Staff at Alpenlore USA