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Box of waterproof matches from Coleman.

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Throwback Thursday: What’s in Your Bug-Out Bag?

What makes a good emergency kit, survival kit or bug-out bag? Well, that depends on who you ask. Some believe all you need is a knife, a firearm and some matches, while others pack almost everything but the kitchen sink. These seven Shooter’s Log readers reveal what they keep in case of emergencies. Do their lists match yours?

Picture shows a brown box filled with MREs.

Camping & Survival

On the Ninth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me, a Case of MREs

For a fast and convenient complete meal ready-to-eat, there is no comparison to a basic, made-for-civilian MRE. Made with quality ingredients, a case of MREs, which includes 12 full meals, is the perfect gift for the prepper, non-prepper, camper or hunter in your life. When bad weather knocks the power out you need food that does not require any of the utilities to prepare. In the case are 12 complete meals—more complete than freeze-dried or cans can give you.

Picture shows a metal army surplus ammo can.

Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: 50 Survival Uses for Ammo Cans

The first and obvious use for these metal and plastic new and surplus ammo cans are to keep your ammunition in. However, there are limitless uses for ammo cans whether in a survival situation or not. Ammo cans are perfect for the garage, workshop, camp, hunting, boating, cache, the shooting range, a 72-hour bug out kit, and as extra storage in your vehicle. I have seen people make space heaters, barbeque grills, mailboxes, and even radios out of ammo cans. The gasket lids and o-ring seals create a water-resistant seal and are perfect for caching valuable items. The plastic ammo cans offer durability, the same water-resistant seal and are undetectable to metal detectors. Bury them along a fence line, as most treasure hunters won’t search there. Items in metal ammo cans can rust, so throw in a desiccant or store your gear in a waterproof bag first to prevent moisture damage to the contents.

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The Bug-in v. Bug-out Question

I admit, I have been a prepper—to various degrees—for decades. In that regard, my plans have always been to bug out if things got rough. With that in mind, a seismic shift went through our prep plans when we came to the obvious conclusion that unless it was BAD, we needed to bug in.

Picture shows a family playing a board game by lantern light in a room with no electricty.

Camping & Survival

Preppers: The Emergency Action Plan

During an emergency panic can easily take over and cloud your thinking, as well the thinking and actions of those around you. Having a plan is only half the battle. After all, having a tourniquet in the right scenario can be a life saver, but you have to know how to apply it; it will not apply itself. The same is true of a plan. If you have not rehearsed it, trying to figure it out in the middle of a natural disaster is a disaster of a whole other kind.

New Orelans underwater after Hurricane Katrina

Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: Hurricane Katrina — Learning the Lessons of the Past

Ten years ago today, America’s costliest and one of the most deadly hurricanes hit the Southern Coast. It took nearly 2,000 lives, hundreds of thousands of homes and did over a hundred billion dollars in damages. We learned a lot from Hurricane Katrina. We saw the worst in people and the best in people. Most importantly, we learned the importance of preparedness. This article lists the top articles on preparing and surviving hurricanes and floods that we have written over the years.

Picture shows a 55-gallopn drum filled with #10 cans of food

Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: The Essential Preppers Guide to Storage

Storage is always a concern for preppers. Stockpiling a six-month supply of food, water, batteries, and supplies is not an easy task. For those living in apartments and small urban spaces, storage is a problem. Some have found solutions by masking storage containers as furniture. Others have buried their cache. Either way, Cheaper Than Dirt! presents 10 storage solutions to keeping food, firearms, ammunition and water safe for when you need it most in The Shooter’s Log’s Essential Preppers Guide to Storage.