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The BlackBerry PacMule​

by Ozark Trail

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"A portable fold-up buggy to transport your gear."

Whether you are camping or going to sporting events or picnicing, you can make one trip when transferring your gear."

"Let's Go Camping!"

Before we talk about the BlackBerry Survival Team and BlackBerry Outfitters, let's talk briefly about camping. Most people say they don't like camping but have never been camping. If you ask them what they think they don't like about camping, they'll say, "don't like bugs or scared of snakes and spiders. I have been camping since I was 13 years old and I've camped from the Hocking Hills of Ohio to Palo Duro Canyon to the Grand Canyon and I've seen 2 snakes over my entire life. One was being shown off by a park ranger and the other one was dead on the trail. Chances are you'll never see one. I tell people that a camping trip is like a picnic. The difference is when the picnic is over, you don't go home. You sit around a campfire with family and friends having great conversations then get in a tent for a goodnights sleep. You get up the next morning and the picnic starts all over. So don't ever miss a chance to get out of the city to breath some fresh air and to engage in some meaningful dialog with family and friends. Now let's hit the trail.

Survival For Seniors

From the wildernessfolk.com, Don't let your age stop you from learning and practicing survival skills. How are we as seniors likely to find ourselves in a survival situation? Generally speaking, our vehicles are in pretty good shape, but all it takes is a little side trip from an established itinerary. Even just an hour off the beaten path or the main road, down a two-track and you are 30 miles into the brush which translates to a 3 or 4 day hike out in good weather and depending on your health.

What Seniors Can Do To Prepare For Survival

First, keep a Survival Kit containing the items you may need should you find yourself lost or stranded somewhere. In your kit, keep a complete change of clothes, food, shelter, water, a means of starting multiple fires and a knife - one of the most important tools to have in your kit. The weight of your kit will be a factor so keep it as light as you can. 30 lbs. will feel like 60 in a very short time and 60 lbs. will feel like a ton. So, have a grab and go bag in your trunk but be sure to try to keep it as light as possible.

So what should seniors do differently? The answer is really quite simple. Do everything the same as any other survivor, just pace yourself and maybe go a little slower. You know your own limits. Take more breaks and do what needs to be done but just a little slower.

SURVIVAL TIP

Don't be afraid to ask your doctor for an emergency supply of your crucial medications. In today's world of terrorists and super storms, most doctors will understand your need and comply with your request.


The 5.11 Rush 12, 24 and 72 Series

The 5.11 Rush 12 and 24 in my opinion are best suited for EDC, Everyday Carry. These bags or backpacks are suited for carrying everywhere you go everyday. These packs are also considered great, GHB or Get Home Bags. The pack featured to the right is the 5.11 Rush 72, which is a great bag for extended camping, backpacking and for an extended survival situations. For more information and discounts on these bags, please contact the

Blackberry Survival Team  by email.

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5.11 Rush 72 Backpack

The 5.11 Rush 72 is one of the best backpacks on the market.

What's In My EDC Bag

Remember, EDC stands for Everyday Carry. These are the things you carry with you in your bag everyday and everywhere you go.

Exactly what does that mean? That means you take this bag and its content to work, to the grocery store, to your child's sporting events, to church, to the club and any place else you might go during the day everyday of your life. This doesn't mean you need to have your pack on your back at every turn but what is does mean is having your bag close at hand in case you need it for a SHTF or an emergency.

What you have in your bag will differ based on your location and your everyday habits. Example; if you live one mile from work, your bag will be different than if you lived 5 miles from work. By the way, your EDC bag now turns into a GHB Get Home Bag. 


SHELTER

If you are Bugging out, one of the things you want to do is establish some shelter from the elements, whether it be rain, the heat or the cold. A tent or some kind of protection from the elements. A tarp and some paracord will do. Remember to practice setting up your shelter before the SHTF. All you need is two trees, a tarp and some cordage. Practice Practice ...

FIRE

In any situation, you need some fire. Fire to boil water, prepare food and you'll probably need some heat and some light in times of darkness. You will also need some tools to process wood for your fire. Tools like a saw, knife, hatchet or axe and a lighter or matches. Remember the things mentioned here are just the basic stuff. Also remember to Practice Practice  fire building and extinguish.

WATER PURIFICATION

At some point your are going to need some water to cook or to drink and for hygiene. Therefore if you run out of clean water, you will need to find a good source of water and it will probably need purification. You can boil some water, or use a LifeStraw or you can us bleach to purify your water. Remember, Practice Practice and research for different ways to purify your water.

FOOD/COOKING

After you prepare your shelter, chop and prepare firewood, you're gonna work up an appetite, its time to eat. You'll need some food and cookware to prepare your food. There are several types of light weight cookware you can purchase and we'll discuss that later with pictures and ideas.

SLEEPING

Hey, you know what happens after you have a great meal, yep, nap time. Hee Hee Hee! Just kidding. You will need a good nights sleep tho. A good sleeping bag and pad to insulate you from the ground or a cot would be nice. What about an air mattress  Remember these are only suggestions to get your fluids flowing.

HYGIENE

Whether you bug out or bug in, hygiene is very import for your health. At some point you will need to relieve yourself and you'll need to wash up or shower. There are a number of portable showers on the maeket and waterless ways to clean yourself. Researh the ways that best suit you. Hey, don't forget toilet paper...

Evacuation/SHTF

Seniors, listen up! Do you use a Walker or Cane to get around daily? If you do, here are a few ways to move around in case of an emergency evacuation or SHTF situation. The photo, (Top left} Blue Buggy , lets you transport your backpacks and other items you might not be able to carry. With that Buggy, you'll be able to carry or pull your pack, water, tarps for shelter should you need shelter and maybe a few other items. The photo of the Walker, {Top Right, Walker) would allow you to attach your packs, water bottles and will allow you to move out quickly. You could store First-Aid kit along with medication under the seat 

The 5.11 Rush 24 Backpack above is the perfect pack for loading all the necessary items you'll need in a bug-out or evacuation situation. Carry this pack or load into your buggy. The backpack on the right is a rolling backpack. You can carry it on your back, which then keeps your hands free or pull up the handle and roll the pack. Remember, you can also load it in your buggy. The small bag can be carried cross body with your important papers, wallet, cell phone and more. This bag can also be used as your EDC, (Everyday Carry) bag.