Survival Bracelets

With all the popularity over “survival bracelets” the past couple years, I wanted to draw your attention to some survival bracelets that are made of much more than just cordage. Each bracelet is built and hand tied by us here at Armstrong Survival Gear LLC (family owned and operated). All of our cord is American made and weight tested. We try to put only quality parts into our products and we make changes periodically to better our products not to cut costs at the expense of customers.

Each of these bracelets was designed by me to help cover different needs that people would have based on their survival situation and level of expertise. Some people desire to carry and rely on as little gear as possible and others want to carry and rely on as much gear as possible. So I designed different bracelets for each of these types of people. From our base model the Fire Bracelet, which is very basic, to our Explorer Bracelet which has everything you could want in a survival kit you can wear on your wrist.

We have four models of survival bracelets. They are the Fire Bracelet, the Beaver Bracelet, the Minimalist Bracelet and the Explorer Bracelet. Each model contains different products that will help aid you if you ever find yourself in a survival situation. Here is information as well as specs for each model of bracelet.

 

Fire Bracelet

You’ll have everything you need to get a fire started; fire steel, a striker, tinder and paracord for making a bow drill. We’ve got your back!
Contains:
• 550 Paracord
• Whistle Buckle
• P-38 Can Opener
• Fire Toggle
• 2’ Jute
*optional quick tinder with ranger band

 

Beaver Bracelet

This bracelet will give you the help you need to build a shelter or to start a fire. We’ve got your back!
Contains:
• 550 Paracord
• Whistle Buckle
• P-38 Can Opener
• Fire Toggle
• Ranger Bands
• Compass
• Wire Saw
*optional quick tinder with ranger band

 

Minimalist Bracelet

Here is a simple bracelet to take care of some basic needs of survival, from starting a fire to being able to fish for some food. We’ve got your back!
Contains:
• 550 Paracord
• Whistle Buckle
• P-38 Can Opener
• Fire Toggle
• Ranger Bands
• Compass
• 30’ 50lb braided fishing line (won’t be a tangled mess)
• 2 #8 hooks
• 2 weights
• 2 swivels
*optional quick tinder with ranger band

 

Explorer Bracelet

Explore the great outdoors with peace, knowing you have the very best survival bracelet available. We’ve got your back!
Contains:
• 550 Paracord
• Whistle Buckle
• P-38 Can Opener
• Fire Toggle
• Ranger Bands
• Compass
• 2’ Jute Twine
• 18” Snare Wire
• Wire Saw
• 30’ 50lb braided fishing line (won’t be a tangled mess)
• 2 #8 hooks
• 2 weights
• 2 swivels
• 18” 45lb lead
• Dry Fly
• Bobber
• 2 safety pins
*optional quick tinder with ranger band
Here is the link if you would like to check out any of our bracelets: http://armstrongsurvivalgear.com/category/survival-bracelets/

 
My goal in creating these survival bracelets was to better something that many people were already wearing anyways. Why not better your chance of survival by wearing a bracelet that contains many aids for survival instead of one that only carries cordage? I like all my gear to be as versatile and multi functional as possible, thus the reason I designed these bracelets. These bracelets can be worn daily, thrown in an emergency bag, clipped to your backpack or clipped to your belt loop for easy access. If you are an avid outdoorsman, outdoors women or are just preparing for a possible emergency, these survival bracelets may be of interest to you. Do you wear a 550 para cord bracelet already? What limitations or capabilities does your current bracelet have?

One side note:

Our bracelets do not carry anything for water purification other than purifying water over the fire that these bracelets can help you start. I was going to include water purification tabs when I first designed these survival bracelets but the purification tabs do expire and I didn’t want people to rely on something that may not be any good when they need it most. What I would recommend doing if you order one of our bracelets is to get some Aquamira purification tabs and slip one or two tabs in their packaging underneath one of the ranger bands. This way you will have easy access to the tablets and you can change them out periodically as they expire.

Quick Tip #6

Carry some moonshine, everclear or any grain alcohol that is 80 proof or higher, in your emergency bag, bug out bag or in any pack you may use for the outdoors. You can use the alcohol to start a fire by soaking some tinder in it. This will also help if you are dealing with wet tinder. You can use the alcohol as the base for many herbal remedies. If you lack any other type of antiseptic, you can pour or dab some of the alcohol onto the wound. You can use the alcohol as a mouth wash as well. In a survival situation it is not recommended to drink the alcohol because it is only going to dehydrate you (but hay that’s up to you). You can also soak some rags in the alcohol and wrap them around sticks to make torches to be used at night for light or personal protection. There are many survival uses for high proof alcohol which is what makes it a great survival tool to add to anyone’s kit, as long as they are over 21.

Quick Tip

Here is a simple and easy fire starting kit that you can put together yourself. Get a lighter that is full of fluid. Next get 1-3 quick tinders or something similar like the zippo wax coated tinders. Now get a 1 1/2″ ranger band (bicycle tire inner tube cut into different size rubber bands). Wrap the ranger band around the lighter. Now just stuff the tinders under the ranger bands. You now have a simple, lightweight fire starting kit. If you use quick tinders, each one will burn for about two minutes. Also if you make this kit using a zippo lighter, the kit will be easier to use in high winds. If you make this simple modification to every lighter you own, you’ll never be stuck without a way to start a fire as long as you always carry one kit in your pocket. These kits are perfect for emergency/bug out bags.

Choosing a Backpack

Choosing the right backpack for your needs can become very overwhelming quickly and seem like an impossible task. Many people don’t even think about what they actually need their pack to do, and just go to the local outdoors store or online store, cover their eyes and grab a pack and call it good. They never ask themselves any questions about what their intentions are with the pack they are intending on buying. Buying the right pack for the wrong use can be burdensome and frustrating to say the least. Here is a sample list of questions you should ask yourself before buying a new backpack.

Sample Backpack Questions

  • What is my intended use of the pack?
  • Will the pack be used for all four seasons?
  • How rugged does the pack have to be?
  • How well made does the pack need to be?
  • How much does the pack need to hold?
  • Do I want internal or external framing?
  • Does the pack need to be compatible with a hydration system?
  • How much weight am I putting in the pack?
  • What size pack do I need for my body size?
  • Do I want one big open compartment or a pack with sectioned off compartments?
  • How much use is the pack going to get? (be realistic, it could save you a lot of money)
  • What extras would you like the pack to have? (rain cover, gear attachments, extra pockets etc.)
  • Does the pack need a good padded hip strap and well padded shoulder straps?
  • Does the pack I’m trying out fit properly and comfortably across my shoulders and hips?
  • Is the pack made well enough to hold up to constant use?
  • What color pack do I want?

The very first thing you need to do is figure out what your intended use is for the backpack and then you can go from there. I recommend that you lay all your gear out ahead of time and see how much you really have to fit in the new backpack. Depending on how much you hike, camp, hunt or if you are just putting an emergency bag together you might just need multiple bags. For summer camping I like to backpack as light as possible so I use what most people would consider a daypack. This makes for easy long distance hiking and a really enjoyable time. For colder backpacking I use a bag made by Golite. It is still lighter than most packs out there but I can now carry the extra needed things. For my emergency/bug out bag I use a Rothco medium transport bag. It is much heavier and rugged but if I’m in an emergency situation I don’t want my bag to fail me. This works for me but it might not work for you. Each person has different needs in a pack. A rock climber is generally not going to be using the same pack as someone lightweight hiking and so on. If you take the time to figure out what your needs are ahead of time it will make your backpack shopping much easier and less of a headache. The best time to buy a pack is in the winter. In February-March you can find great deals online and in stores. Many stores are trying to get rid of last year’s models and make room for this year’s inventory. What do you use your pack for? Are you in need of a new or proper fitted pack? Do you maybe need multiple packs? One side note there are some manufacturers out there that do design packs specifically for women so that you’re not stuck with a pack that was really made for a man’s body type. Golite is one of those manufacturers. I know many of us are looking forward to spring with much anticipation. Now is the time to get all of your gear out and check it over, give it a wash if needed and replace anything that needs replacing. Heres to warmer weather, beautiful greenery and wonderful memories made on the trail!

Ultimate Survival Kit

I don’t want to state that this is a review of the Ultimate Survival Kit simply because I designed it and would of course be biased in the reviewing of it. So think of this as more of an informational piece letting you know that this kit exists.

A few years ago I set out to try to buy a survival kit that had everything I needed it to have, was compact and light, not half full of useless junk and had good quality items in it. What I found in searching around online and at local stores was that either survival kits were incomplete, half full of useless junk that I wouldn’t trust with my life (to keep the price down) or highly overpriced for an incomplete kit. Because of this, I decided to put my own kit together that incorporated products that were the best on the market, a kit that is very versatile, reasonably priced and full of things I would trust with my life. So the Ultimate Kit was born.

The first thing I decided right away was that I wanted everything to fit inside an Otterbox. These cases are awesome and help make the kit very versatile. They float, are water proof and are crush proof. What better case to use for a survival kit that you need to trust with your life! Next, I decided that I wanted a couple of options for starting fires as well as some tinder, a signaling device, an emergency blanket, a good quality pocket knife, an emergency fishing kit, a compass, a small saw, a light, an emergency whistle and some way of filtering or purifying water.

So I sat down and scoured the internet, read a lot of reviews, tested different items out and tried to design the kit so that it would fit in the smallest Otterbox that I could. What I came up with, and sell on my website is the very same kit that I now carry with me when I head out into the wilderness. Whether I am kayaking, backpacking, camping, hunting or anything else outdoors I always carry this survival kit with me. I also have one of these kits in my emergency bag/bug out bag. You can’t beat its quality and strength for a small survival kit. Here is the info I have on my website pertaining to the Ultimate Survival Kit:

“Our Ultimate Survival Kit is the perfect kit to carry with you on any outdoor adventure! It only weighs in at 1.5 pounds! It was designed to be as compact as possible, yet be able to float, be strong and contain most of what you would need in a survival situation. We feel we’ve accomplished this!

This Survival Kit contains: an orange emergency blanket, a StarFlash mirror, a Pocket Chainsaw, a “pico” style light, 12 Industrial Revolution Stormproof Matches, a 4seasons Spark Lite with 10 Tinder-Quik fire starters, a Jetscream whistle, one of our Survival Pods (20feet of 20lb test fishing line, 2 hooks, 2 swivels and 2 weights), a pin on compass, a Gerber mini paraframe pocket knife, a Frontier Filter (water filter straw) and its all contained in an Otterbox 3000. There’s even room to fit your favorite bag of tea and a small piece of hard candy or stick of gum. You can take it camping, hiking, boating, fishing and hunting as well as any other outdoor activity where you would find it useful and may need a tough survival kit handy. This is the same kit we here at Armstrong Survival Gear trust our lives with when we go on an outdoor adventure, shouldn’t you?”

Again my goal was to create a good quality survival kit that did not incorporate any junk products just to keep the price down. I think quality and usability matters more. This kit is designed as a survival kit not a first aid kit. You can fit some band aids as well as antiseptic wipes inside the case for minor injuries if you would like. What kind of basic survival kit do you carry and use? Have you tested the contents of your survival kit? No matter what survival kit you carry, whether bought premade or put together yourself, make sure to test all of the contents to make sure you are familiar with how they work, they work like you expect them to and that nothing is defective.

Extra Tip: I wrap 550 para cord around my kit so that I always have good quality cordage with my survival kit.

Emergency Blanket

An emergency blanket is one of the lightest and easiest things that you can carry with you at all times and could possibly mean the difference between life and death. There are many manufacturers that make and sell some version of an emergency blanket. Like anything, whichever brand of emergency blanket that you buy, test it out before your life depends on it. Some emergency blankets are silver, some are orange and some are designed to be more like a sleeping bag. Here again it will come down to personal preference. The emergency bivy’s are a little too bulky to be able to carry easily in your pocket, which means you might not even bother carrying it, which in turn  won’t help you in the end if you need it but left it home.

There are many stories of survivors who survived a cold night stuck in the wilderness only because they had one of these emergency blankets. Emergency blankets reflect a huge amount of your body heat back onto your body and can help keep you from becoming hypothermic in cold weather conditions. These blankets can also be used to keep you dry in wet weather. You can either wrap yourself up in it or you can use it like a tarp to make a makeshift shelter. Be careful if you do try to use it as a tarp because emergency blankets are much more fragile than tarps. Tying an emergency blanket too tightly or using it as a tarp in high winds could cause it to tear.

Another option is to find some wood and kindling for a fire. Then find yourself a good tree that you can comfortable sit and lean against. Sit down and spread your legs and dig a small pit in the ground for a fire in the area between your legs. Build a bank around the pit, to protect your legs, with the dirt you dug out of the hole. Now build a little fire in the pit and keep the rest of the wood in arms reach. Sit there with your emergency blanket wrapped around your body and create a sort of funnel over the fire and allow the heat from the small fire to rise up inside the blanket. Smoke will come inside as well but will escape through the hole around your neck. Just make sure it’s not so bad that all you are breathing is smoke. You can use a small stick to help keep the blanket spread out over the fire as well as keeping it up high enough that it doesn’t melt. You want a very small fire, it won’t take much. You must be very careful if you choose this option but it can help you stay somewhat warm and help you survive a cold night stuck in the wilderness.

Anytime you head out into the wilderness it is worth putting an emergency blanket in your pocket especially if you plan on just hiking for a few hours or just going out on a day hike. These are often times when injuries happen or someone gets lost and can’t find their way. This is also the time when people are not prepared to spend a night in the woods. They usually are not carrying any form of shelter or sleeping bag. In the spring and fall this could become life threatening because temperatures at night could still drop very low causing hypothermia. So for what little an emergency blanket weights why not carry one in your pocket to help protect yourself in an emergency survival situation? It may just end up saving your life!

Quick Tip #5

Here is a simple check list to get you started building an Emergency Bag/Bug Out Bag

  • A good quality bag like a Rothco medium transport
  • 72 hours worth of food or more
  • A couple of bottles of water
  • A water filter or purifier of some sort (Aquamira Filter Bottle)
  • A simple cook stove and cook pot
  • A good quality Full Tang Knife
  • Multi Tool
  • A simple survival kit (contains fire starters, fishing kit, signaling device, emergency blanket etc)
  • Basic First Aid Kit (add medications)
  • A Simple Shelter (Lightweight Tarp and Tyvek ground cloth)
  • Lightweight Sleeping Bag
  • Headlamp (batteries)
  • Backup Flashlight (batteries)
  • Two way Radio (batteries)
  • Dust Mask
  • Work Gloves
  • Hard Candy
  • Some Instant Coffee or Tea Bags
  • Toiletry Bag (Small Shovel and Toilet Paper in Diddy Bag)
  • Zippo Lighter
  • Emergency Rain Poncho
  • 100’ of 550 Para Cord
  • Roll of Duct Tape
  • Small Weather Radio
  • Bandana
  • Ziploc Bag with a copy of all important documents
  • Walking Stick
  • Deck of Cards
  • A Local Map
  • Extra pair of socks
  • A small note pad and pencil

Optional

  • Hunting implements (snares, rat trap, slingshot, guns etc.)
  • Things for personal protection
  • Extra Food

550 Para Cord 101

In the last 3-5 years 550 para cord has gained mainstream popularity. With a lot of survival gear designed out of 550 cord or incorporating 550 cord somehow, a lot more people are carrying it. Since the invention of 550 cord, which was originally made for and used in parachutes for the military, many outdoor enthusiasts have carried this cord for building shelters, lashing things together as well as many other things. Many people that were familiar with its strength have always kept some in their garage as well. 550 Cord is useful for so many applications that it is considered the duct tape of cordage. It wasn’t until “survival bracelets” became popular and became very fashionable, that many people became familiar with this type of cord. Many veterans that were familiar with 550 para cord because of their military service continued to carry and use 550 cord after they left the military just because of its usefulness.

I as well as many others have always carried some 550 cord in their packs well outdoors. 550 para cord is great because it is made of a synthetic material (nylon or polyester) and because of that it does not rot or mildew. This is great for water applications. Since I like to Kayak it’s great to be able to not worry about my cordage deteriorating because of water contact. 550 cord is affected by UV rays and will weaken with prolonged exposure to the sun. Dirt and oils, like the oils from your skin do affect synthetic materials as well. That is why climbers take very good care of their robes. After each climb they are washed, dried and stored in a dark place. This helps any synthetic cordage to last longer. I’m not telling you that you have to wash your para cord bracelet every time you wear it but remember the dirtier and older it is the higher the chance the cord will not be as strong when you use it. You also want to be careful around open flames or intense heat because 550 cord will melt. That is one of its weaknesses.

If you are buying 550 cord or any gear made out of 550 cord make sure that it says that it is made in America. All of the American cord is tested to meet the 550 lb limit and some of the cord even surpasses 550 lbs. The stuff coming from china is not tested to meet the 550 lb limit even though it is labeled as 550 cord. One of the local companies that I order my 550 cord from, they make 550 cord for our military, has tested Chinese para cord and most of it is failing around 150-200 lbs. You can use this cord if you want but don’t expect it to hold 550 lbs.

The great thing about 550 para cord is that, say you only have a two foot piece of cord, you can take that short piece, cut the melted ends and pull the seven inner strands out and now you have eight cords, two feet long. You will now have enough cord to tie the frame of a shelter together. You can also take one of the inner strands that you just took out of the outer sheath and unwind it so that it can be used for fishing line. There are tons of uses for 550 para cord. Here are just a few:

Making a Shelter                                              Attaching gear

Fishing Line                                                         Snares

Knife Lanyards                                                  Neck Lanyards

Bow Drill                                                              Shoe Laces

Making a Hammock                                        Fishing Lure

Lashing a Knife to a Spear                             Hanging Things around Camp

Tourniquet                                                         Gun Slings

Belts                                                                      Repairing Failed Gear

Equipment Handles                                        Color Coding Gear

 

I could go on and on about how useful 550 para cord is and all of its many uses but I’ll stop here.  550 cord will only be limited by your problem solving skills and or imagination. If you do not have or are not using 550 para cord I suggest that you get some and keep it in your bug out bag, backpacking bag, hunting bag, garage or anyplace you may be able to use it. I always carry 100 feet of cord in my backpack no matter what I’m doing. It is to useful not to have some on me at all times. What things do you use 550 cord for? Are you familiar with its strengths and weaknesses? All of the 550 cord gear in my store is made in America by Americans out of American made parts. You don’t have to buy from me but make sure you are buying quality para cord gear that is made in America out of American made parts.

Hennesy Hammock Review

This is just a quick review for an Expedition Asym Classic Hennesy Hammock. I have had this hammock for about four years now. First off, if you want one, this is the time of year to order one. They are generally on sale and giving extras away as well. When I ordered mine I got a free set of snake skins, which come in very handy and free shipping. I also ordered the larger rain fly. I use the smaller rain fly with an ENO Nest Hammock for my son. I wanted the larger rain fly so that gear I left on the ground under the hammock wouldn’t get wet. Mostly just my shoes, I usually clip my bag onto the ridge line.

I love this hammock. It is much easier to get into than standard hammocks and the Velcro entrance closes right up once you are inside. It is so much more comfortable than laying on the ground and it is fairly quick to setup. It will take you a few times setting it up before you’ll have the process down. The other nice advantage to a hammock over a tent is that if it is pouring out, chances are you’ll stay drier in the hammock than you will in a tent.

Another good quality about this hammock is that the mosquito netting is sewn on, so there are no holes for the blood suckers to get through. There is also a nice pouch hanging from the ridge on the inside of the hammock which is great for flashlights, glasses and other small things you may need quickly or want within reach.

My hammock has held up well and I haven’t really had any problems with it at all. The only downside to this setup is that it is still heavier than the setup I use for my son which I also use when I want to backpack as light as possible. The Hennesy hammock is still lighter than most tents and a whole lot more comfortable and easier to pack. It also has the mosquito netting for bug protection. Here are the specs for the hammock I bought as well as the information from Hennesy hammocks website:

 

Classic bottom entry with velcro closure.

This is our most popular model with all our patented features including mesh pocket on ridgeline and webbing straps to protect the bark of trees.  New asymmetrical shape and 30% larger rainfly than the Scout model.  New 70D catenary cut rainfly to reduce weight and wrinkles.  This is an all-purpose hammock – great for backpacking, family camping, expeditions, kayaking, motorcycling, and any other purpose which requires comfort and durability at an affordable price.

Specifications

Height limit: 6′ tall / 180 cm

Weight limit: 250 lbs / 115 kg

Packed Weight: 2 lbs 9 oz / 1160 g

Packed Size: 4″ x 7″ x 9″

Hammock fabric: 210D Oxford nylon

Hammock dimensions: 100″ x 52″‘ (diagonal)

Mesh: 30D polyester No-See-Um netting

Suspending ropes: 10′ long 1600 lb. test polyester rope

Webbing straps: 1.5″ x 42″ long black polyester

Rainfly weight: 10 oz / 280 g

Rainfly fabric: 70D polyurethane coated polyester ripstop

Rainfly dimensions: Parallelogram 63″ X 99″ / 160cm X 252cm Diagonal length above ridgeline 132″ / 335cm

Color: Hunter green hammock with hunter green fly and black trim

Stuff Sack: Logo and set up instructions printed on ripstop polyester bag (18 g., 5/8 oz.)

What’s Included: All Hennessy Hammocks come complete with attached mosquito netting, detachable rain fly, support ropes, and stuff sack with set up instructions on back. Hennessy Hammock also provides complimentary standard 42″ long “Tree Hugger” webbing straps to protect the bark of trees. Because these accessory webbing straps are complimentary, they are weighed separately from the hammock.

 

If you would like to just buy a complete hammock setup, then I highly recommend Hennesy Hammocks. You can’t go wrong.  They do have lighter weight packages but I didn’t want to spend the extra money. Have you ever used a Hennesy Hammock or any hammock for backpacking or camping? If you have used Hennesy Hammocks, have you had any problems with your setup? I hope this review was helpful. If you have never tried using a hammock for camping or backpacking I recommend you try it. You may never use a tent again.

Starting an Emergency Bag: Part III

This will be the last part of this series on building an emergency bag/bug out bag. At a later time I will review my emergency bag and give you a look inside to see what all I carry and why. I just want to touch on some other things that you might want to add to your emergency bag depending on your situation and needs.

Some simple things that you could add to your bag or each bag if you have a family (each person should have their own emergency bag). Hard candy, like Jolly Ranchers, or even gum are a great addition to any emergency bag. They help both you and your children mentally. You won’t be as apt to think about aches and pains or even complain as much. You can also use these candies to barter for other things you may need.

At some point your food will run out and you may need to forage or hunt, so it is a good idea to have some way of catching game. There are many options for this. You can carry some simple snares in your bag to be able to catch small game. A pump action BB handgun is also great for small game because it is quiet and can be pumped to high pressures. Another option for many is carrying a takedown survival riffle that can fit nicely in the bag or a larger rifle or shotgun. These serve a dual purpose; they can be used for hunting or for personal protection (should only be as a last resort). By using a gun you are going to giveaway your location and attract attention so I highly recommend finding quiet ways to catch game and avoid conflict with others as much as possible. Give whomever you may be having trouble with a piece of your candy and try to walk away. Most people will accept the kind jester and walk away. A really simple easy way to catch small game is by carrying a simple rat trap. They are easier to set than snares and work great for a lot of small game. Tape a peanut butter packet to the trap so that you will already have some bait. Some people carry sling shots as well as cut down arrows to use with the sling shot. It is totally up to you if you would like to add any of these things to your emergency bag. These are just some of the things some people choose to add to their bag.

Here is a list of some other things you may want to add to your bag:

100’ of 550 Para Cord (must have)                            Duct Tape (must have)

Poncho                                                                                 Lightweight Sleeping Bag or Emergency Bivy

Dust mask                                                                           Eye Protection

Work Gloves (protect your hands)                           Weather Radio

Extra Pair of Socks                                                           Zippo Lighter

Mosquito Netting                                                            Cash (small denominations)

Walking Stick                                                                      Extra Tarp

Machete                                                                              Hatchet or Axe

Toilet Bag (small hand shovel and toilet paper stored inside a diddy bag)

Everclear or moonshine (good antiseptic and great for bartering)

Copy of all Important Documents in a Ziploc Bag

Cigarettes or anything else that is good for bartering

 

I want to stress that these are all just some ideas of things you may or may not want to carry. It is totally up to you what goes into your emergency bag. Your emergency bag can be as heavy or as light as you want it to be. I want to restate that I highly recommend learning different survival/bushcraft skills and relying on them instead of gear that may fail, get lost or stolen. Learn to adapt and problem solve. Learn to think “outside of the box”.  Your goal is to survive an emergency situation or natural disaster and avoid conflict. Learn to walk away or avoid conflict. Nothing, not even your pride, is worth putting your life or the life of your family in danger.

Once you have an emergency bag put together I recommend that you field test it. Go into the wilderness for a weekend or longer and test all of your gear and see what holds up and is useful and what isn’t. Make sure you are able to walk long distances with your bag on your back. If you can’t, you’re going to have to lighten the load. The last thing you want is a back injury or to be slowed way down because of a heavy bag. I would recommend trying to keep your bag weight at 35 lbs or less. Most People can carry this much weight unless they have back problems. Children will also need a bag that weighs much less. I hope these last few posts were helpful and inspired you the put together an emergency bag. With all the natural disasters we have had lately, it is a good idea for everyone to have some sort of emergency bag. You never know when you might have to leave your home at a moment’s notice and it will be much easier if you are able to just grab a prepared bag and walk out the door than to try to survive with just the clothes on your back. What extra things do you carry in your bag? Do you know what your bag weighs?