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The overall consensus wiithin the prepper community is that survival planning is expensive, and yes, it certainly can be. Another consensus is that you “get what you pay for”; also true...to a point. My belief is that while no prepping model is free of expense or of quality concerns, perhaps there is a middle road that activists with thin wallets can take which will provide solid gear for less money, and that will serve most of the functions of high-end gear that is ten times as expensive.
The staff evaluate over 500 packs each year and ship back over 9000 lbs of gear from the store.
Originally posted by MyMindIsMyOwn
reply to post by Asktheanimals
Thanks for putting this together and the link to your other thread on your BOB contents. It's about time for us to do our semi-annual BOB check and these will come in handy as a reference. I think we are pretty well 'stocked' but it never hurts to double check against a list compiled by someone trusted with a greater knowledge than myself.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
reply to post by Starcrossd
As for tinder you can make your own char cloth. get some old cotton material like flannel and put it inside an altoids tin. Place it near a fire or use a blowtorch to slowly heat it up with the lid closed. Remove from heat and check often to see when the cloth turns black. Once that happens it will catch a single spark to make a fire.
Or use cotton balls soaked in vaseline and put in airtight container for tinder.
Learning to find tinder in the wild is a skill everyone should have. The easiest tinders to find are usually the shredded bark from cedar trees. You can also use the inner bark of any dead tree if it comes off the trunk in stringy bunches. Leaves from the ground are not a good source, try dead shredded grasses or if nothing else dead leaves still on branches especially thin, papery ones like beech or birch.