“It’s a belt. Well, it’s not a belt. No it is a belt, but it’s more than a belt.”
That’s how SurvivalMike begins his video review of the Tybelt Pro Ultimate Multi-Purpose Belt.
This BBM product (made in France) is an actual trouser belt that’s rated to support 4,850 pounds. Yes, 2.43 tons.
Created for use both in open and closed configurations when mountaineering and rock climbing, this belt can be used in other situations:
Unless you already live at your bug out location, you’re going to need a vehicle to get you and your family there … wherever or whatever there is.
I assume you keep the vehicle you would use for this emergency response in good repair. You follow basic car maintenance timetables, and any issues are immediately resolved. Making an appointment with your mechanic when the SHTF is not a good preparedness option.
And if you’re proficient with car repairs, you have a tool kit stashed in the vehicle.
Below we list both car prep survival gear and safe travel plans … including the always important Plan B.
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Prepping your Car – Repair Kit
… When it comes to prepping your car you should consider the following for your repair kit:
- A spare tire
- A tire repair kit
- Jack and tire iron
- Gravel, sand or kitty litter that can be used for traction on icy road spots
- A box of extra fuses
- Duct tape
- Hose clamps
- Road Flares
- A collapsible or multi-use shovel
- Snow brush and ice scraper
- Windshield washer fluid
- Oil and engine coolant (the type recommended for your vehicle)
- Jumper cables
- Fire extinguisher
- Pry bar
- Empty gas can, siphon, and funnel (you will have to scavenge for fuel at some time)
These items are a minimum for prepping your car and you should consider getting them …
Prepping your Car – Emergency Kit
Besides a repair kit, every car should have an emergency kit. The good news is that you can use your bug out bag for that. Your bug out bag should include most of the items needed for an emergency if you’ve done your homework.
Think about adding these items when prepping your car:
- Water and food depending on the number of your family members
- Energy bars
- Waterproof matches
- Hot packs
- Sunscreen and insect repellent in summer
- A small compact medi-kit
- Light sticks
- Road flares
- Collapsible stove and fuel canister
- Aluminum foil
- Water filter
- Small pan
- Unbreakable cup or mug
- Hand cranked radio
- Flashlight (a hand cranked or solar rechargeable one)
- A few heavy-duty trash bags
- Wool blankets
- A tarp
- A paracord
- Rain ponchos
- A cell phone
- A GPS system
- Baby supplies, if you have a young child (diapers, baby food, and so on)
- Pet supplies
- A few distraction items (something to keep the kids busy …)
- Make sure to add an extra set of clothing for each family member … ( … gear that can be used for all types of weather)
- One or more protection items of your choice (firearms, crossbow, stun gun, knife, etc.)
Now this solves your bug out bag problem!
Is your bag complete? Do you have one for your car? Do you have one?
Well, there’s now an awesome internet site that helps you build, buy, and ship your pack. How? They start with 29 product categories including:
Each category has several products from different manufacturers, all with customer reviews. As you make your selections, as you build out your bag, the tool (the website) tracks in real time the weight, volume, pricing, and progress of your build.
When you’re done, you check out through Amazon “knowing how much your bug out bag will weigh, as well as knowing that all of your gear will fit into it”.
Source: Scott Hunt, of Practical Preppers, discusses the tool on the short video below:
Here’s the link to the website tool: eBugout. It can’t get easier than this.
Image: Dan Evans
Having just finished a survival training session in Kentucky, David of Ultimate Survival Tips breaks down the required tactical and survival loadout he built for the course.
Although put together for this training, the loadout would serve well in any worst-case scenario event.
Essentially, the ruck and chest rig is a three-season bug out survival kit with a strong tactical emphasis.
The combination of gear in his ruck and chest loadout rig includes just about everything you’d need to survive for 72 hours if bugging out … plus whole lot more.