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Day Hike Checklist

What to Pack for a Day Hike

Planning a day hike can teach you so many skills that you can incorporate into your bug out plans. I have advocated that longer backpacking trips are extremely valuable for the lessons you can learn from them, which apply directly to any plans you have of strapping that heavy pack on your back and hiking into the local forest. A day hike gives you similar opportunities to learn, practice your bug out plan, and get some great exercise at the same time in the beauty of nature. What’s not to love?

You shouldn’t just walk into the woods unprepared though even when by definition; a day hike should have you home at night. Accidents happen and that is one reason why I am a prepper. I like to think that even small day hikes present opportunities for me to be able to take care of myself or my family if something unexpected happens. Do you think Aaron Ralston, famously portrayed in the movie 127 Hours didn’t plan to make it home that night he left? Aaron spent over 5 days trapped by a giant bolder and was only able to free himself by first breaking, then cutting off his own arm. Talk about survival!

Each year there are numerous people lost or stranded in the wilderness so it makes perfect sense to me to pack for unplanned visits to the woods.

All of that isn’t to say that I think you should bring your full Bug Out Bag with you, but for some of you that might be a good idea to see how it feels after a few hours. My wife and I did this before our first backpacking trip to try out items like our portable stove, water filtration items, eat some of the freeze-dried food we would live off of in the wilderness but most importantly to see how lugging our new backpacks full of gear felt. That short day hike taught us a lot about our packs so I put together this list below for any of you who might be considering the same thing on a day hike scale.

Day hike checklist

Feel free to print this day hike checklist off and use it for your own adventures. The items I list below are just suggestions. Where you live , the environment you will be experiencing on your day hike and personal abilities should all factor into your own choices, but this list should cover the basics needed for survival.

Day-Hike-Checklist

A day hike checklist will help you be prepared for unforeseen situations.

Navigation

Map and Compass – Who wants to get lost out in the great outdoors? Having a good compass and a map of your area are very important for anything but the shortest hikes in a National Park where the trail is well-marked and usually less than a few miles. Maps are more important if you aren’t familiar with the area, the terrain is treacherous, steep or the environment is harsher (think Grand Canyon). National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps are excellent and usually available for most of the larger destinations. These maps are waterproof which is a huge plus if you sweat like a beast or are planning to ford the local river to punch your bad ass hiker card.

You also need to know how to use that compass and be able to read a map.

Sun Protection

Sunglasses – Sunglasses, especially polarized lenses are a must have if for nothing else than looking cool. Seriously, sunglasses will protect your eyes and keep you possibly from loosing your footing in the gaze of the setting sun.

Chap stick/Lip Balm –This is one thing that I never used to carry until I went backpacking in the winter one time. Usually I never use chap stick, but this one time I had a cold and my nose was stuffed up which meant I was breathing out of my mouth. Eventually, my lips were nice and chapped so some good lip balm, although it isn’t a life saver, sure makes the journey smoother. Yes I said that.

Hat – I try to always wear a hat when I am in the woods. In the winter it is something to keep me warm like a toboggan or I can go Crocodile Dundee with my Outback Trading Company River Guide hat. Nothing beats one of these if you are caught in the rain. They also do an excellent job of keeping the sun off your face. In hotter weather a lighter option might be better like the OR Helios hat.

survival headlamp

A good headlamp doesn’t have to cost a fortune and can be a lifesaver if you are walking in the dark.

Protective layers – In the wintertime this is usually more of a thought but even in the summer I plan for something should the temperatures drop or I am forced to spend the night in the woods. This can be as simple as a capilene base layer or a shemagh. When you are hiking you are burning energy that keeps you warm. I try to plan for what I would want as clothing if I couldn’t move.

Light – Always have a light with you. My flashlight is part of my EDC kit and even sitting here at my computer, I have a flashlight on me. When I am going hiking I always take a headlamp as well because I think they are superior when you are walking in the dark. These come in all prices but you don’t have to spend a fortune on a good headlamp.

First Aid Kit – I don’t expect anyone to take the supplies to be able to suture their arm if they have to hack it off with a dull multitool, but a good first aid kit should always go with you. I have the ultralight first aid kit from Adventure medical, but I augment this with a tourniquet and an extra blood stopper bandage. We have had to break into the first aid kit on multiple occasions for simple cuts and scrapes to aspirin.

Ability to make fire – You may be forced to spend the night in the woods and if this happens to you it makes sense to have something to make a fire with. Normally if I am out on an official backpacking trip I have several methods just in case, but for day hikes I have a simple Bic lighter that I have wrapped about 3 feet of duct tape around just in case. This way I can easily start a fire if needed. I keep this in a waterproof case and obviously you can also take a magnesium striker as backup.

Tools – It may sound like overkill but I take a knife and my multitool. I don’t lug my big end of the world survival knife on day hikes but I have my favorite folder as well as my Leatherman which should cover just about any need I have. Even if that need is to saw a bone in half.

Food – A lot of people take off into the woods thinking they will be back in a few hours only to find themselves stranded for a couple of days. Now, you won’t die technically for a pretty long time from starvation but I always pack some food in my backpack . If the duration of the hike is longer, I will even pack an extra day’s meal. This can be as simple as an MRE although there are lighter options like a Freeze-dried pouch of something like my favorite, chilli-mac, or a few Cliff bars or some trail mix. Even if you don’t eat them, it is a good idea to have them just in case.

Survival Camelbak

Camelbak Antidote 100 oz. capacity and tough as nails.

Water – This can be as simple as a bottle of water or a water bladder. I have grown to appreciate the usefulness (and capacity) of my Camelbak Antidote 100 oz. Plus, I don’t have to stretch my arms behind me or take off my pack to get a drink. If I am going to a new place then I also pack my Sawyer Mini water filter so I can resupply if needed. I haven’t had to use that yet as the Camelbak has always been enough for my hikes, but you never know.

Shelter – For me I usually just have the simple emergency mylar blanket or a survival bivvy . They aren’t perfect, but they are better than nothing. I wouldn’t likely put a sleeping bag in a day pack. You might argue that you should be able to build your own shelter and I agree, but what if you are trapped by a bolder or for some other reason aren’t able to build your favorite debris shelter? Options.

Extra items – Depending on the location I will take a GPS to back up my map reading. Sometimes I will take extra batteries for the electronics, but usually I just put fresh rechargeable batteries in there before we leave. Other nice to haves are dependent upon how much room I have in my pack like a mat for sitting down that I made out of a piece of reflective insulation material. It’s very lightweight and could even double as a signaling device. I will also take a trash bag sometimes because they, like duct tape have a lot of uses. My packs all have whistles as well. You will have other items you want to bring.

What items did I miss? What do you pack on your day hikes?

 

What to Pack for a Day Hike was written by Pat Henry with Prepper Journal and can be viewed here:

http://www.theprepperjournal.com

Lacto-Fermenting: What and How

You may know (or not…that’s another post!), that I love Kombucha…so this was a natural progression for me.  I have made fermented veggies in the past, but it was a hit-and-miss endeavor.  Sometimes they turned out, most often they didn’t.  When Matt from Fermentools contacted me…and I investigated his site and product…I was terribly excited! FINALLY…tools that I could use, that were simple and easy and would have me fermenting like a crazy woman in no time!

Before we get to my first recipe at the bottom of the post…let’s look briefly at what fermentation is, why you should ferment your own food and how it’s good for you!

 

What is Fermentation?

Fermentation is one of the oldest food preservation techniques known to man. The process of fermenting foods is efficient and inexpensive, and it requires little by way of scientific knowledge or special equipment . Fermentation is the only food preservation technique that makes food healthier instead of damaging, which is double duty and double good in my book. The fermentation process is a natural chemical process in which yeast or bacteria convert carbohydrates into lactic acid or alcohol in an anaerobic or near-anaerobic environment (really geeky language there, huh??!!)  When done properly, fermenting food encourages the growth of healthy microorganisms, while seeking to prevent the growth of microorganisms that cause food to spoil or go bad. In addition to preserving food, fermenting breaks some of the substances food is made of down into simple components the body is able to recognize and quickly process into energy and nutrients. Fermented food is full of living organisms that are beneficial to the human body. This stands in stark contrast to most of the foods consumed today, which are largely devoid of healthy organisms, such as fast food, food with perservatives, and the list can go on and on.

From the outside looking in, fermented foods can be a bit intimidating. Fermenting is a foreign concept to most people and it appears to go against the basic precepts of food safety. We’re taught from a young age not to leave food out or it’ll spoil, and leaving food out is exactly what you’re told to do in order to ferment it. While it’s true the fermenting process requires you to leave food at room temperature  in order to ferment it, fermenting doesn’t cause food to go bad. Instead, it does the exact opposite and actually improves the nutritional value of the food by adding healthy probiotic bacteria that rebalance your gut and are thought to improve your overall health.

Why It’s Better to Ferment Your Own Food

Spend enough time around people who ferment food and you’ll undoubtedly hear someone say fermentation is more of an art form than it is a science . The lacto-fermentation process doesn’t lend itself well to large -batch fermentation because it’s tough to produce consistent results. Even when fermentation methods are standardized, the end product won’t consistently be exactly the same every time— which is what consumers expect from off-the-shelf, mass produced products. For this reason, most manufacturers use brining methods that mimic fermentation in flavor and texture, but don’t feature the same healthy bacteria you get when lactobacillus is used. These manufacturers use techniques that slow or completely eliminate the formation of healthy bacteria in the name of more consistent results.

Fermented Foods Are Alive

If you’ve never fermented anything before, you’re in for a special treat. Fermented foods are living and breathing foods teeming with life. They’re nothing like the sterile, boring foods you’re used to. Fermented foods bubble, froth and create gases as part of the fermentation process and people are often surprised by just how dynamically alive (and pungent) fermented foods can be.  Fermented vegetables go through a transformation process known as lactofermentation. Natural lactobacteria that exist on the vegetables begin to feed on the sugars and starch in the food and they convert it to lactic acid, gases and small amounts of a bunch of other compounds.

Let’s get to my first recipe…I think you will LOVE it!  But be warned, it is strong, I wouldn’t let these little beauties sit and ferment to long!

Green Tomatoes & Garlic

I decided to use garlic and green tomatoes for my first fermenting project.  I am a southern gal and we just love our green tomatoes.  And for some reason, they were plentiful here in southern California this year.  So, after I made a batch or two of Fried Green Tomatoes I had leftovers and thought…what shall I do with these beauties…ferment them!!

 Ingredients:

Garlic Cloves

Green Tomatoes

Red Chili Peppers

Himilayan Sea Salt

Water

Jar(s)

Fermentool Fermenting System

Directions:

*Prior to assembling your ferment, wash and sanitize your jars.

1.  Seperate your head of garlic into cloves and peel.

2.  Gather your green tomatoes

3.  Dice tomatoes into rough chunks

4.  Layer garlic cloves and tomatoes

5.  Add red chili peppers to taste

*To make your brine use distilled or filtered water, boil it, and add 3 TBSP of Himalayan Salt per Qt. of water.  Allow to dissolve, pour over vegetables leaving 1 inch of head space.  Install the glass weight on top of your veggies to keep it under the brine.*

*Allow your ferement to buble away for about 1 week, but I would check it after 3 days.  Everyone’s taste is different. The longer you allow it to ferment the stronger it will get.  When it is to your liking, remove the ferment system, cap with a regular lid and refrigerate.  Your fermented veggies should keep for about 6 months.

I used the ferementing system from Fermentools.  They have a complete system that only requires you to have good water (aka distilled or filtered) and your wide mouth canning jars.  And we all have those…right?!!  Also the beauty of using Fermentools system is that it is ideal for small batches.  Which is just perfect for my hubby and me.  We don’t eat much so a Qt. at a time is juuuust right!  Fermentools kits come with everything you will need:

Himalayan Salt

Stainless Steel Tops

3 Way air locks

Stoppers

Gaskets

Glass Weights

 

For some reason some of my photos that I took of the supplies in the kit didn’t come out right.  So I went and snagged these pics from Fermentools website so you could see the amazing tools you get to work with when you purchase your kits from them.  I promise, I will get you more pics in future posts!

This is a sponsored post.  I was sent a kit from Fermentools for my consideration and review.  I would only recommend to you, my dear readers items that I myself would use and that I think are just fantastic…which this is!  Fermentools has an amazingly easy and simple product to use and top-notch customer service.  Why don’t you head on over to Fermentools today and check out all the kits, info and recipes today!

 Do you ferment?

What’s your favorite food to ferment??

Want more “Fermenting” articles and recipes?  Head on over to these great sites for more…..

My dear friend Janet from Timber Creek Farm has a great post: Easily Ferment Vegetables at Home

And my other dear friend Jo from Homestead Chronicles has a great post: Veggie Fermenting Simplified

 

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This article was written by Kat from Simply-Living-Simply and can be viewed here.

 

 

Four Ways to Increase your Survival Endurance

News of the recent Ebola case in Texas has a lot of people on edge. You may have felt the urgency yourself as you read the news and monitor the progress being made, or not made in controlling this virus. Events like this are what preppers for years have been planning for and if you are new to prepping you may fear that you are behind the eight ball at a crucial time.

For what it’s worth, I don’t think anyone should be panicked about the events in West Africa or Texas, but I do think they are something to pay attention to. On the other hand, I don’t recommend doing nothing if you have serious holes in your preps. Events like the Ebola outbreak do two things. The first is that they motivate preppers again and they bring new people into our sphere of influence as more people try to learn all they can, search for prepping checklists, or research how to find the right bug out bag and so much more. The second thing that something like this latest Ebola news does is remind us that there are real threats out there in the world. Ebola is a virus that kills people. Viruses can spread to other people so it stands to reason more people can die or will die from Ebola. This isn’t science fiction or conspiracy, it’s just a fact that the people in Africa at least are living on a daily basis.

But regardless of whether you are just now getting into prepping or you have been prepping for years, there is more to survival than having a stocked pantry, bountiful garden, or a well with a hand water pump on your property. Simply having supplies isn’t the true yardstick you need to be comparing yourself to if you realistically want to know how prepared you are for this or any other crisis that may happen. Supplies can be taken away, they can be flung across the county or washed down the river. What matters most of all is your mental capacity to see you through difficulty. Your will to live and survive no matter what the odds will do more for you than any survival knife. Your determination and confidence that you will succeed will be more valuable than a box of MRE’s or freeze dried food.

Without being trained in survival though, how can the average person get this type of mindset? Do you need to have survived through a big earthquake or tsunami in order to have what it takes? Should you sign up for intensive wilderness immersion courses that teach you the things you need to know? Possibly and I am not discounting any training like that, but the average person can increase their survival endurance skills by much simpler means. Some people are born with the will to survive and other people need some practice.

Pull the plug

Have you ever imagined what your day would be like without electricity? If you have lived through any power disruption you know. Out of habit, I will flip on light switches and nothing happens. I will press buttons, open doors to use appliances and it takes a second to realize that nothing is working in each instance. I still go to the wrong silverware drawer in our kitchen even though my wife changed that years ago so maybe its just me. Dealing without power or electronic devices is a huge hurdle for some people to overcome. In a life or death situation, the absence of power is disorientating so what can you do now to develop experience in living without the convenience we are all so used to?

You could go a weekend without power and this is frequently recommended. Simply flip the main breaker on Friday night and put all of the cell phones, tablets and e-readers in the closet. Bonus points for shutting off the water also.

This exercise will allow you to adapt to living without electricity as you see how to light your way, possibly use stored water or perhaps go and get water to live on, cook and bathe for the weekend. For a lot of people this is a huge eye opener that can highlight holes in their preparedness plan.

Practice makes perfect

Is your plan to bug out to the woods if Ebola breaks out or some other form of societal collapse? Have you meticulously gathered the contents of your Bug Out Bag and have it ready to go in the back of your car? Have you ever put it on and walked 20 miles through the woods or even down the road with it on your back? Have you tried to live for 72 hours off the supplies in your Bug Out bag to see if you have the right equipment and more importantly the experience with what works and what doesn’t. Another aspect of prepping is the knowledge and experience of what to do with these supplies you have stored. You don’t want your first experience building and lighting a fire with your Swedish fire steel to be when it is raining, dark and you are scared. Your ability to safely collect and filter water will give you confidence. The ability to navigate without the benefit of roads or GPS possibly will also give you invaluable exposure to the aspects of your plan that could fail.

Activities like backpacking are the perfect test scenario for bugging out. You strap that behemoth you have been building for months with all of the gear you have read about on bug out bag checklists and see what it’s like living in the woods for 3 days. There will be so much you learn about both your physical ability, the weight and utility of your bug out bag as well as whether or not the items you have worked or were necessary in the first place. After my first backpacking adventure with my family, I knew that I needed to drop at least 20 pounds from my pack if I had any hope of running through the night away from disaster in it.

Challenge yourself in small but important ways.

Develop a can-do attitude

One of the main elements of survival is the belief that you will make it through; that you can overcome whatever obstacles you face. This is not something that comes naturally to everyone so it helps to put yourself in uncomfortable situations and see how you fare. Just take something as relatively simple as being too hot or too cold. When winter comes do you run inside the second you get cold? This is probably because you aren’t dressed for the weather. What if you couldn’t go inside? Would you sit there, shivering and complaining?

In a disaster, expect things to be uncomfortable. Expect to suffer a little bit and try this out when you are perfectly safe. Stay outside in inclement weather all day and do physical things. You will learn that you won’t die and that you can make it through situations where you’d rather be back indoors. Spend the night out in the woods by yourself, set up your tent, build a fire and think big things. You learn that you aren’t helpless and that you can do things for yourself. Even if you already have a healthy dose of this experiences like this build your endurance. They mentally reinforce you will the knowledge that you can do things on your own.

Train to build up your body strength

Nobody ever said survival was easy. You could expect to be hungry, tired and to work more than you do on any normal day. To have the best chance at survival you need to be in excellent physical shape. Does that mean you need to be carved up like one of the models on the fitness magazines? Not at all, but you do need to be able to carry yourself around all day without pain or discomfort regardless of your age. Can you walk around all day, possibly with a pack or do you have a hundred pounds or so to lose? Can you pick yourself off the ground when you fall? If not, how do you expect to survive out in the wilderness with that bug out bag that’s too heavy on your back? Some people want to give up rather than put the effort into survival but even if you have every prepping supply in the world, you have to be in shape.

Get in shape now or suffer later.

Everyone who doesn’t have a physical handicap can get in better shape for $0. If you are overweight, start off walking. Walking is a great exercise that is free, doesn’t require a membership and you don’t need fancy clothes or equipment for it. Start off slow and build your way up. Maybe you could even begin running one day. Personally I think everyone who is seriously considering any bug out on foot scenario should be able to run 2 miles without stopping. Can you run at all? Can you run with your bug out bag?

Mastering your own body strength is something that anyone can do with time and will give you a huge amount of endurance. If you can walk all day without stopping, run a few miles three times a week, knock out a few dozen push ups and sit-ups daily you will be in so much better shape than the person who watches TV for 4 hours or sits in front of that computer all day. Strength will keep you healthy, it will prevent injuries and will help you last longer, go the extra mile when you might need to in order to save your life.

I wrote recently about the will to live and I believe that is at the heart of every prepper out there. I know it is my goal and I want to take as many people along with me as possible. Do you have what it takes to endure?

This article was written by Pat Henry at The Prepper Journal.  The original article can be viewed here.  Like them on Facebook while you are there!

Learn About Health From Your Garden

Healthy Plants don’t get disease. The same goes for the Human Body.  Healthy soil feeds the plants. Just like the body, if the plants get the right nutrients, they will be able to fight off any disease.  When you treat a disease with a chemical, you may kill the disease, but the underlying condition that created the weakness, allowing the disease, is most likely still present. It will just manifest itself as another disease or symptom.

When you create health through nutrition, the plant will become strong and its immune system, which is more capable and nuanced at fighting disease than any chemical, will eliminate the disease naturally. The plant is now using the disease-fighting mechanism that Mother Nature gave it and that science cannot recreate artificially.

Don’t forget that using chemicals comes with many health hazards for you, the microorganisms in the soil, and the wildlife. Microorganisms in the soil, in the human body and in all of life are so very critical for health.

Why are the good bacteria important?

* Healthy bacteria are essential for any type of immune system to be strong and fight off disease and infection.

* Healthy bacteria are essential for delivering life sustaining nutrients to all forms of life, including our horticulture.

* Healthy bacteria are the first step to absorbing essential nutrients.

* Healthy bacteria aid in the defense of pests and fungal attacks without the use of any chemicals.

An organic, biodynamic plant food preparation, cultured or fermented to contain microorganisms, is wonderful for restoring the nutrients in the soil and feeding the earthworms that help keep the soil healthy.

How can we keep our bodies healthy??

  • Eat a Healthy meals and snacks
  • Drink at Least 8 Glasses of Water daily
  • Take a Good Quality Multiple Vitamin/Mineral
  • Connect with Other People
  • Express Your Emotions Appropriately
  • Eat Fruits and Vegetables & fermented/cultured foods
  • Spend at Least 30 Minutes Outdoors daily
  • Do Something Physically Active daily
  • Take Some Quiet Time for Yourself
  • Keep Regular Sleep Hours
  • Take a pro-biotic

I have been taking Lifelong Vitality Pack for over 6 months now.  I fell in love with them for several reasons.  One, there are only the highest quality ingredients in these supplements. Two, doTERRA has included complete profiles for each supplement meaning…sometimes you have to pick and choose which supplement to take…supplement A has this in it but not that…and supplement B has that supplement but not this.  doTERRA’s LLV has all the important ingredients together in one pill.  Three, I love that not only do we get vitamins, minerals, omegas which are extremely important but that herbs and essential oils are included as well.  These supplements truly are the ONLY ones you will need to take!!

There are four main benefits of the LLV:

  • less pain
  • more energy
  • enhanced immunity
  • improved mood

A two month study was conducted with 16 participants who had never taken LLV before. The study participants included individuals who were:

  • healthy weight to overweight
  • did not take any other supplements
  • maintained a normal lifestyle

After two months of taking doTERRA, the results of the blood work demonstrated improvements were found in all four major clinical categories, including:

  • cardivascular
  • blood sugar
  • antioxidants
  • inflammation

In the human body, cultured or fermented foods and liquids are the best way to restore healthy bacteria to the colon because they can actually pass through all the acids of digestion and get to the colon still active. These types of foods are more effective at restoring the microflora which is the first line of defense for our immune systems.

What is the best probiotic supplement?  I have tried several, even a few that are very expensive and some over the counter, and doTERRA PB Assist+ is my favorite.  Why? The reason it impresses me the most, other than it works, is that it has a time-release double-capsule delivery system that protects sensitive probiotic cultures from stomach acid and it has a really high amount of pre-biotics and probiotics.  This is amazing!!  The folks at doTERRA actually thought this through. Instead of the pill dissolving and starting its digestive process before it hits your lower intestines (it’s future home) with the double-capsule system, these little probiotic guys have a safe environement all the way to your lower intestines.  This means many, many more of these important guys LIVE and that means better health for you.   It is also a high quality probiotic shown in clinical studies to protect sensitive microflora from stomach acid for release in the intestine. PB Assist+ helps boost your immune system, digest food, and create an unfavorable environment for unhealthy bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms

PRIMARY BENEFITS
• Supports healthy digestive functions and immunities while creating an unfavorable
environment for unhealthy bacteria, yeast, and other harmful microorganisms*
• Helps boost GI immunities to prevent digestive infections such as traveler’s diarrhea*
• Helps manage the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome*
• Helps support optimal absorption of food nutrients and energy metabolism*
• Helps support healthy skin conditions*

I love the garden and Mother Nature. It is so ancient and wise and has many gifts to give us if we just listen and watch. It makes sense and if you listen to your intuition, you will know that it is true.

Nature provides the tools we need. Trust your intuition.

 

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This article was written by Kat from Simply-Living-Simply and can be viewed here.

Prepper Preparedness: Personal Fitness and Health

Hiking-for-Survival_thumbThe older I get, the more I value the importance of good health and good physical fitness as it relates to long term survival.  After huffing and puffing during a recent hike up 800 feet, I realized that the time had come to reassess my personal health and fitness goals and to bone up on personal medical preparedness.

It is not that I am in bad shape, mind you, but that there is room for improvement.  What I am talking about here is not only the replacement of toxic pharmaceuticals with natural remedies, but with an overall physical assessment to include mobility and stamina as well as diet, exercise and heart health.

Somewhat egging me along is the realization that this is one area of survival prepping that tends to fall to the bottom of almost everyone’s priority list.  Think about it. You might have six months of food, six months of water, a sustainable food garden, a fully stocked first aid kit, and tools, supplies and generators that would allow you to live off the grid if the SHTF.

But what if you had to flee? What if you had to grab your boots, bags and backpacks and really get the heck out of dodge? Could you make it? How far could you walk in dangerous weather conditions or uncertain terrain? And the stress. Could you cope?

The Personal Fitness Inventory

These are all important questions that might be answered by taking a personal health and fitness inventory by asking the following questions:

Health:  What the state of your general health?  Do you take a lot of prescription drugs?  Is your weight in proportion to your height?  Do you check your blood pressure regularly and do you see a dentist at least once a year for a general checkup and cleaning?

Fitness:  Do you exercise regularly?  How far can you walk briskly without getting winded?

Mental Balance:  Are you happy?  Can you cope with the stresses of daily life?  Do you consider yourself mentally “balanced”?

It is my belief that these three survival tools (health, fitness and mental balance) work together so that improvement in one area synergistically helps with the other two.  Want some recommendations?

Read more here…

This article was written by Gaye Levy from Backdoor Survival

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.