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  • My MOST VALUABLE piece of gear!!!!!!

    We all know that "KNOWLEDGE" and "THE WILL TO SURVIVE" are the most important aspects of survial along with gear and knowing how to use that gear.

    We are also human and the reality is humans can panic when put into an actual life or death/survival situation. The key is to prepare the best you can, but also PRACTICE the skills you learn. The other factor is NO ONE really knows how they will react until the time comes. I have seen first hand how a VERY PREPARED individual can crack under pressure and forget things they have not only learned, but practiced over and over.

    So, what is my "MOST VALUABLE" piece of gear? It's a journal! It's cheap, compact and worth it's weight in gold. Keep in mind though...you will only get out of it what you put into it!

    My journal is 51/2" wide x 81/2" long x 11/2" thick. What do I keep in it/use it for? Well, here it goes...

    *Plant identification with actual photographs.

    *Not only as a reference for myself, but also for teaching others.

    *Photographs of family...something as simple as this could be used to give you that extra push when you are running out of steam and can be used for identification purposes.

    *Locations of interest. For Ex. In the areas I frequent I will make notes of places that I can get cell phone reception.

    *First aid

    *Land navagation/small back-up compass/grid reader

    *Shelter building or pre-existing locations.

    *Caches of supply locations.

    *Water purification methods.

    *I write down all of my GPS waypoints/coordinates in case my GPS fails or is disabled. I can then still find those areas with a grid reader, map and compass.

    *Holding small items like grease pencils, pencils, pens etc...

    *Small magnifying lens.

    *Morse code/signaling methods.

    *Radio frequencies.

    *Phone numbers.

    *Trapping methods.

    *Lists of things I want to try and/or need to practice.

    *Weather predictors

    *Signaling methods

    For the wealth of information this contains and how small it is there's no excuse not to have one. It's an excellent tool for young and old alike!

  • #2
    Great post, thanks for sharing.

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    • #3
      Great post!!!

      I had 1536 items flash through my brain when I read the topic. "Multitool... knife.... firesteel.... etc..."
      A journal wasn't even on the radar.
      Got my gray matter all twisted up now... Have to think on putting together something similar.
      The 12ga.... It's not just for rabbits anymore.

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      • #4
        .... I was thinkin knife too. Good info, thanks.

        O.W.
        Things are seldom what they seem.

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        • #5
          love the journal! I carry a small one, abd the Mr carries a rite in the rain as well! those are so handy!!
          If the zombies chase us, Im tripping you!!!

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          • #6
            Never thought about that ,great idea.

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            • #7
              I agree 1,000,000%! :D Kind of the same theme, I add a good survival manual to the mix - the SAS and the miniature SAS are good for Bug-Out bags and EDC kits respectively. I use a Franklin Planner for my non-computerized Journal.
              - Bill, Geezer Gadget Geek, ARRL/ARES/Call: K0WBZ

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              • #8
                My M1a Scout....308 just fills right in the desert !;)

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                • #9
                  A person's mindset is most valuable survival tool......

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                  • #10
                    Great idea. I keep a "journal" on a acer tablet I bought just for that purpose. I also back it up on a zip drive and printed out ( most of it) and kept in a binder.

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                    • #11
                      I was in the 101st airborne while stationed in Vietnam. Hardest work I ever did in my life. Worked 8 hr. days, then that night pull guard duty on the DMZ. Fun stuff!

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