Pt 2 – Creating a First Aid Kit Suited to YOU and YOUR Needs

By Ray Gano

In Part 1 I talk about a customized first aid kit for you and your family I introduced the different levels or foundations.

REVIEW – Foundation #1 – Custom Car First Aid Kit

First foundation was a customized car first aid kit.

What I took was an off the shelf Coleman First Aid Kit and used that as my basic foundation for my customized car kit.

From that I added the following items…

  • Trauma Shears
  • Israeli Compression Bandage
  • Military Issue Combat Application Tourniquet
  • Quick Clot Blood Clotting Agent
  • Super Glue Single Packs
  • Gorilla Tape To-Go
  • Hand Sanitizer Gel
  • Microfiber Travel Towel

If this is to much to think about, I highly recommend a all in one pack called – Trauma Pak with QuikClot

In your car kit I am also recommending that you put a few ounces of silver / American Eagle silver dollars in my kits. Why? You never know when you will be in a situation where you need to have some quick money.

Situation #1 – You are stuck on the side of the road, and your wife is injured. Someone has pulled over to help and you need a ride to the hospital. Having a couple of silver dollars in your first aid kit might help secure a ride.

Situation #2 – You need a fast hotel room to apply medical treatment. Again whipping out some silver may be the thing to gain you access.

The good thing is that this is money that is difficult to spend quickly.  But in an emergency situation, people have offered services when you surprise them with some silver.

As always, I recommend getting your silver from Steve Quayle’s Renaissance Precious Metals. He makes it easy to purchase a few ounces just for a situation like this.

Renaissance Precious Metals –

Recommended Custom Basic Car First Aid Kit

Coleman First Aid Kit –

Trauma Shears –

Israeli Compression Bandage –

Military Issue Combat Application Tourniquet –

Quick Clot Blood Clotting Agent –

Super Glue Single Packs –

Gorilla Tape To-Go –

Hand Sanitizer Gel –

Microfiber Travel Towel –

REVIEW – Foundation #2 – Custom Urban Home First Aid Kit

The first level / foundation is our car kit, and our second level / foundation is our urban First aid kit.

By foundations or levels what you have in your Urban Home First Aid Kit will also have the same items that your Customized Car First Aid Kit.

Most important is a good means to keep your kit in a good secure bag / backpack of some sorts.

You need something simple to keep your first aid gear organized. Organization is critical so that you can find stuff in a hurry.

After doing a lot of research, I have found the “3V Gear Velox II Large Tactical Backpack”

I like this for several reasons…

It flips completely open exposing the main compartment. This is important so that when you arrive on the scene you can quickly unzip it and get to the items you need quickly.

It is rugged, tough and with the MOLLE set up you can add more bags, canteen, ect to the outside. It also has Velcro strapping on some of the pockets so that you can Velcro things to the outside like labels, patches, etc. These sort of labels can also assist you in finding things you need quickly.

It isn’t small, but it isn’t huge either. You want a first aid pack that you can quickly pick up with one hand and sling it on your back if you have to. The straps on this also are very rugged and positioned well so they do not rub. You can carry this for some time on your back and not be hampered by the straps cutting into your neck like a standard school backpack does.

It also comes in different colors. So if you are not the OD Green type, there are other colors to choose from.

3V Gear Velox II –

According to the Center for Disease Control, around 213,000 people are treated in emergency rooms each year for injuries that result from outdoor recreation.

The most common injuries (27.4 percent of them), are fractures, followed by muscle strain and sprains (23.9 percent), bruises and abrasions (15.9 percent), lacerations (14.81 percent) and dislocations (3.81 percent).

The CDC also lists concussions, burns, crushing, dental injuries, skin inflammation and poisoning as other common injuries experienced in the outdoors.

If you have not read my first article on a Urban Home Custom First Aid Kit, take the time to read all the items that believe will help you build a really great custom first aid kit for your home.  I go into great detail as to what is realistic to have on hand.

You can read the first part of that article here…

Please take the time to read that because you need the #2 Level / Foundation items so that you can then build off of that and go to our #3 Level / Foundation Custom Suburban / Country First Aid Kit.

Foundation #3 – Custom Suburban / Country First Aid Kit

You have your custom car kit and your custom urban kit, now we are going to take those two kits and build off of those to create a custom suburban / country kit.

NOTE – As I have mentioned before, you will run into different sort of wounds living in the city/urban environment than that which you will run into living in a suburban/ country environment.

What I am presenting is suggestions that I think are wise if you live in a suburban / country environment.

But my suggestions are not an end all to be all. What you need to do is really survey your living situation and think about what illnesses or injuries you or your family may encounter.

One of the first things that I recommend to anyone living outside and a distance from a doctor or clinic is one of the best books in the world, “Where There Is No Doctor” by David Werner

This book was written with missionaries in mind being in the deepest parts of the world where no doctor is available. So you become the primary care giver. This book is a wealth of information and will teach you have to treat a plethora of illnesses, injuries and even some minor surgeries. It is written in a very easy to understand way so that a lay person can read it and be able to perform medical functions. It also has a lot of images to help the person who is treating and caring for the sick.

One other thing that I am really impressed with this book is the list of medicines and illnesses in the back. For example, you need to use an antibiotic, but you are not sure what antibiotic to use. This appendix helps you determine what doses and medicines for you to use for certain situations.

Where there Is No Doctor –

There are some great companions books that go along with this series that I HIGHLY recommend as well.

Where there is no Dentist –

Where there is no doctor for Women –

Finally I recommend and excellent book by my friends Dr. Joseph Alton AKA “Doc Bone” and his wife “Nurse Amy”  “The Survival Medicine Handbook.”

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

These are all very good books to have on your shelf and I would keep “where there is no doctor” in your bag so you have it as a reference.

In fact, the author made the book available for free in a PDF version. If you would like to download a copy to keep on a Kindle or Smart phone, you can download the PDF here…

Where There Is  No Doctor PDF –


I DO NOT recommend this be your only copy. You need to have a physical copy of this book so that you can look things up in a hurry and possibly have someone holding the book so that you can read and treat at the same time.

Where there Is No Doctor –

In The Country? Beware The Critters

As man moves out into the country where critters live, he is more than likely going to run into said critters.

Some of these animals are nice, cute and cuddly, others will kill you if you harass them to much.

Some of the most common is the Rattlesnakes, Cotton Mouth / Water Moccasin, and the Copperhead. There are others like the Coral Snake, but statistics show that they are not as aggressive as the vipers mentioned above.

So what you need is an excellent snake bite kit.

Forget those little “Cutter Hi-Lo” snake bite kits.   They are outdated and it is found that cutting the wound to make it bleed is not a good idea.

There is a great kit on the market called “The Sawyer Snake Bite Kit” which uses a special pump that looks more like a syringe and it is very easy to use. In fact, you can use it with one hand if you had to use it on yourself.

Here  is the description of the Sawyer Snake Bite Kit…

The Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit extracts venom and poisons from the bites and stings of snakes, bees, wasps, mosquitoes and more. The Extractor’s double chamber vacuum pump action is designed to provide powerful suction for the extraction of venoms and poisons without the need for scalpel blades or knives used in other kits. Because it’s a pump, not a syringe, it’s easy to use with one hand.

When using, select one of the 4 plastic cups that will best cover the bitten area and attach it to the pump, then using your thumb simply push the plunger and the extractor pump will quickly and effectively remove venom’s and poisons from beneath your skin. By simply cleaning the cups after each use you can safely reuse the pump many times over.

The Sawyer Extractor is most effective at retrieving venom outside of the muscle areas of the body. Retrieving venom quickly can significantly improve treatment results by medical practitioners. In muscle areas such as the calf muscles, venom quickly enters the circulatory system and an extractor pump is less effective.

This is the kit that we have, in fact because they are so inexpensive, I have several and keep them in places where I can get to one quickly if I have to.

Sawyer Extractor Pump Kit –

Dealing With Bee, Wasp, Scorpion Stings

You do not know how many times I have been pruning a bush and I upset a wasp’s nest that I had no idea was there.

Talk about a sting that really hurts. Those buggers pack a punch. Usually I get stung on my forearm and when it has happened, it swells up pretty badly.
When this happens, the first thing that I do is get my Benadryl and pop a few of those. It will help with any possible allergic reaction that I might have.

Benadryyl –

Second I get some anti-sting medicine on it and it helps ease the pain.

Sting Kill Swabs –

Third, and this is something that I found really helps is putting a cold pack / ice pack on the sting. What is amazing is that the cold literally shuts down the pain. Why it works I have no idea, but it helps.

I remember recently I got stung by a scorpion and I slept with an ice pack on my foot, (that’s where I got stung) and it kept the pain at bay pretty well. I wrapped one of those old fashioned ice packs on my foot with an ace bandage and it was good to go.

Muller Ice Pack –

These are a great thing to have no matter what and have many applications.

SPECIAL NOTE – If you live in the country, you may want to get a test done to see if you are hyper-allergic to bee stings and the such. If you are or you know that you are, you need to have some “eppi-pens” prescribed to you so that you do not go into anaphylactic shock and your airway becomes constricted. Benadryl will help with this, but if you hyper-allergic, it is better to be safe than to be sorry.

Punctures & Serious Lacerations (cuts)

Living in the country often means having to do laborious outdoor work. It also means that you will be exposed to tools of the farming trade that you may not be so familiar with, for example…

  • Pitchfork
  • Machete
  • Scythe
  • Hoe
  • Ax
  • Chainsaw
  • Hatchet
  • Long Knife
  • Skinning Knife
  • … and the list goes on.

You get the idea. Many of these tools can really do some damage. If you are punctured or cut with one of these, you’re in a world of hurt.

Now the items that I am going to recommend may sound funny to you, but if you think of the logic around these items, they make complete sense.

Not only is it a good idea to have several Israeli bandages on hand, but I have found that using women’s sanitary products, which are made to absorb large amounts of blood, can also help in a big way.

What turned me on to this ideology was when I was attending a CQC handgun class. The teacher said that he kept several tampons in his “blow-out” kit. He noticed that the different sizes of tampons correspond to the different sizes of bullet wounds.

Small tampon – .22 – .38 bullet

Medium/Regular tampon – 9mm – 45 cal

Large tampon – 357 on up.

Because these are made to expand and basically stop the bleeding, inserting these into a puncture wound will also do the same thing. Pour some “quick clot” on the wound and insert the tampon and you could effectively stop the bleeding long enough to get the person to a clinic or hospital.

Super Absorbent Tampon –

Women’s kotex can also help be uses as pressure bandages. The different thickness’ and sizes can be adapted to different cuts you may need to treat.

In today’s modern kotex they are treated so that they can absorb more blood  in a thinner amount of padding.

So if you were out in the field cutting down weeds and vines and your arm or leg got badly cut, applying one of these “sanitary napkins” could help keep the bleeding at bay.

SPECIAL NOTE – As I have stated before, I HIGHLY recommend having multiple Israeli compression bandages on hand. But if you do not have some of these, then applying quick clot, a kotex pad and wrap it with an Ace bandage can also help. A sanitary napkin is just a quick replacement in case you do not have a compression bandage in your kit.

One Final Thing To Think About Pet Medicine

If you have pets, and you live out in the country, you may want to think about how you will treat them medically if they have an injury or illness.

The best place to start is… you guessed it, a first aid kit.

Here is what I recommend the “AKC Pet First Aid Kit.” Couple this with what you have in your total kit and you have what you need to treat most pet injuries and illnesses.

This kit can be used from everyday tick removals, insect bites, extra water for a walk in the park and of course when emergency help is required for your pet.

This 50 piece kit, also provides extra room inside so that you can customize it for your pet. Good things to think of including are some of your pet’s favorite treats, any special medications they may need, special vet instructions, etc.

Some of the items in this kit include…

  • waterproof emergency ID card
  • a thermal foil emergency blanket,
  • reflective leash,
  • a collapsible food/water bowl,
  • plastic water bottle,
  • plastic pill/vitamin container,
  • alcohol cleansing pads,
  • medicine applicator,
  • fur-friendly vet wrap,
  • tweezers with attached magnifying glass,
  • pet safety guide and more.

We have two of these kits and we have added a 16 oz bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide to clean wounds and also if needed to help induce vomiting in case the dog ate something poisonous. Included in this are some syringes so we can draw up a certain amount of peroxide and then administer it down the pets throat. The size of the pet will determine the amount of hydrogen peroxide you will need to use.

AKC Pet First Aid Kit –

We also have included charcoal pills that will also help with poisonous substances that the dog may have ingested. Please note that since we own dogs, most of what I am suggesting is geared to dogs, but in a lot of cases can be used for cats as well.

Also continuing the “Where There Is No Doctor” theme, here is an excellent book that I recommend, “Where There Is No Animal Doctor. The author’s hope that this book will be useful for people living in areas where there is no veterinarian available

This is an amazing manual covering animal functions of all the major domestic animals. It is written in a simple, easy to understand style, and like the other books, have many good graphics to help illustrate.

This book was really developed to benefit folks living in many of the rural areas of the world where livestock still play an important role in village life.

It deals with many different animal health related topics, including disease prevention, control and treatment, and the promotion of good animal nutrition.

It is hoped that people who use this book will be able to realize which disease conditions they can handle on their own and when to call for help from more experienced animal health workers.

Where there is no animal doctor –


It is my hope that this two part article has been able to serve you and help you think about creating and building your own Custom First Aid Kit no matter where you are located so that in any sort of emergency or even non-emergency situation, you can treat yourself and your family if you have to. Once you then have them stabilized and if needed, you can then seek further medical treatment from a medical professional in your area.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Stay Safe!

Building A Realistic 72 Hour Bug Out Bag

By Ray Gano

We have seen all the survival movies and read some of the really good prepper books. All of these you will see the hero or heroine have a “bug out bag” AKA BOB.

Whenever the good guy is faced with some sort of apocalyptic situation, they dug into their trusty BOB and pulled out that needed survival item that saved the day for them and their group.

Another situation that often happens, the good guy runs up against the undead and the hero again pulls out some great weapon and takes out 20 zombies.

Finally, the group stops and makes camp and once again the hero basically pulls out the Hilton hotel of tents, sets it up in two minutes, has a fire and is munching down on some really great food.

REALLY?? What DOESN’T this guy have in that back pack?

Folks, what we need to remember is that this is Hollywood and isn’t real.

When we lived in Texas I used to conduct classes teaching people how to build a realistic Bug Out Bag.

But before we started the class, I wanted everyone to have a good US Army MOLLE Back Rucksack or at least the equivalent.

Here is what I suggest –

Now if you buy one new, they are on the expensive side about $175-$200 and that is when you can find them in stock.

You can also get them used, which you find these used ones in really good condition and those range around $75+.

NOW, the problem with a used ruck is that some of the gear is missing, like the better padded waist belt or the improved shoulder straps. These are included in the MOLLE II ACU pack, so keep your eyes out for them. They will make a difference.

Here is a good link for used rucks –

Now, the reason I had my students get these before the class because I held class at Walmart.

I made the students wear the pack and as we walked through the store, I would make recommendations to them about the different gear, supplies, food, ect.

No shopping carts were allowed, but they could use the hand baskets that you can carry. When we walked through the store, they had to put all the stuff in the back pack or in the hand baskets. But no matter what, they had to carry their items.

That in and of itself was a big learning lesson for a lot of people. They realized really quick was really needed verses that stuff that looked good in the movies.

My class usually lasted about 3 hours and it gave folks a good idea of what it meant to lug all this stuff around, dodge other shoppers and well as stay out of the way of each other, but close enough to listen to my lecture.

Building Your Own Customized Realistic Bug Out Bag

So right now you should have a good sturdy rucksack that can hold a bunch of survival stuff with you, throw it on your back and then walk to your predetermined destination.

But here is the realistic thing, just because you have tons of pockets, pouches and such, does not mean that you have to fill them with stuff.

This is one of the mistakes that a lot of people make when building their 72 hour Bug Out Bag.

It is 72 hours folks, this is NOT a Get Out Of Dodge Bag. I will talk more in the future about a true Get Out Of Dodge Bag (GOODB)

If you read my Customized First Aid Kits article, then you understand that I customize in stages or what I call Foundations. This 72 hour BOB is foundation #2.

What is Foundation #1? Well your office Get Home Bag, you can read about that here…

Get Home Bag –

Foundation Bag #3 is your Get Out Of Dodge Bag (GOOD)

So, first things first, let’s focus on the BASICS for a 72 hour bug out bag.

Basics #1 – Clothing, Hat, Gloves & a Drive on Rag

Clothes are important but what we need to remember is that we are packing for 72 hours, NOT packing to live the rest of our lives out of a backpack.

We need to be strategic in what we are going to wear.

First, we need to take weather into consideration. Is it hot where you live, cold, rainy, snow, etc? To keep your BOB up to date, you will need to pull clothes out and put clothes in to suit the weather.

Let’s focus on cold and think in layers. If you focus on cold and maintain layers, you can always adapt and strip down layers if the weather is warm. What you do not want to do is pack for warmth and then all of a sudden unannounced you are stuck in the cold with only warm weather clothes.

A good pair of jeans several shirts, and thinking layers, so a “T-Shirt” then a long sleeve shirt and then even a long sleeve wool shirt or light jacket depending on where you are located.

IF you are in a colder region, you may want to pack some Thermasilk long underwear. Yes, they are more expensive, but they keep you warmer and they are lighter to carry instead of the bulky cotton ones you normally find at Walmart.

It is always good to have some sort of head covering like a good baseball hat, stocking cap or both. You lose the most amount of your body heat from your head. IF you keep it covered, it helps keep in the heat. A hat also protects your head from the elements and will cushion a bit if you bump your head against some low hanging branch, or some sort of obstacle you may be crawling / ducking under.

When I was in the Army I was part of Special Ops and one thing that to this day that I always have in any of my bags is a “Drive on Rag.” What is a Drive on Rag? It is a Military Cravat Triangular Bandage. These things are great and have many uses.

Primarily we hung it off our rucksack strap and used it to wipe the sweat from our face as we were humping through the brush. “Wipe that sweat off your face their troop and drive on.” Thus, the name Drive on Rag.

But another great use is to wear it on your head like a bandana, it helps absorb the sweat, but it will also help trap in some of the heat, so you do not lose body temperature. You can also wear it under a hat, just adjust the hat to fit.

Something else that is like the drive on rag is the Shemagh. This is a large thin cotton scarf that you see a lot of military wear. They have million and one uses. I have several I still use them.

In fact, here are 20 ways to use your Shemagh…

– Protection from Sun

– Cool Down Yourself

– Warm Layer

– Protection from Dust, Sand & Wind

– Improvised Water Collector

– Primitive Pillow to Make Your Sleep Comfortable

– Simple Traveling Bag

– Soft Towel to Dry Yourself

– Bandage to Keep Small Wounds Clean

– Tourniquet to Stop Bleeding

– Sling for Injured Arm

– Emergency Water Filter to Get Rid of Debris

– Comfortable Foot Wrap to Replace Lost Sock

– Makeshift Potholder

– Blanket to Keep Yourself Warm

– Improvised Baby Swaddler

– Simple Trail Marker to Not Get Lost

– Splint Tie to Fix Your Injury

– Poultice to Speed up Healing Process

– Washcloth to Keep Everything Clean

Hands need gloves. It is imperative that you have a good pair of gloves that allow your hands to breathe as well as protect your hands. I like the “Mechanic” brand of gloves. They are meant to take a beating, but they are thin enough to maintain your finger dexterity.

You want to wear glove if you are bugging out to your predesignated site. Why? You may fall, need to climb walls or fences, crawl on the ground, move debris, a number of things you may encounter where you may need to clear obstacles with your hands. Doing something like that when your hands are not used to it, and without gloves, your hands are going to look pretty chewed up. You will need your hands once you get to your destination, so make sure you protect them with a good pair of gloves that you can really work and maneuver in.

Finally, it is a good idea to have a pair of high impact safety sun glasses. I have a pair of Jackson Nemisis Safety Glasses. These are made for people who use those gas-powered weed-eaters. You know how small rocks, and such always get slung through the air. Well these are great high impact sunglasses. You do not know what sort of situations you will be facing, falling debris, people throwing rocks and such, wind hurling all sort of stuff in the air. This is why it is good to have a pair of high impact glasses.

The Nemisis glasses are super thick plastic, anti-fog and run about $9.00 on Amazon. These are what I wear today, and they are great.

Basics #1 Links – Clothing, Hat, Gloves & a Drive on Rag

Thermasilk Pants –

Thermasilk Shirt –

Drive on Rag –

Tactical OD Green Shemagh –

Mechanic Wear Gloves –

Jackson Nemesis Sunglasses –

Basics #2 – Food & Water

If you have been a reader of mine, you know that I am a fan of the ER 3600 Calorie Bar. These taste great and are pre-scored into smaller bars that you can break off or easily cut off with a knife.

They taste kind of like butter cookies, and they do not make you thirsty like other survival bars or food will do. They are 6″x6″ square so you can fit a number of them in your Bug Out Bag and they not take up much room.

You can see the video here that I produced talking about the ER Bar.


Another item that you need to have in your Bug Out Bag is a means to contain and filter water.

I am a HUGE fan of Berkey water filters. We use them ourselves and we even own a Royal Berkey Water Filter. These are the best water filters in the world. One of the best things you can put in your bag is a Berkey Sport bottle. This will filter 125 gallons of treated water, 75 gallons of swamp / muddy water. These are a great thing to have on hand to not only keep in your Office Bug Out Bag / Get Home Bag, but also to keep a few in the car and other places. You never know when you are going to need to get some water and these are inexpensive enough that you can purchase multiple bottles.

Here is a video of me when we lived out at the ranch of me drinking out of a skanky pool that our dogs and chickens used to drink out of and even bath in.


Finally, you want to have water in your bag just in case you cannot supply yourself before you leave your area.

Answer – emergency water pouches / boxes are a great way to go. The negative is that they will weigh down your pack, so you need to really assess how much you will put in your pack to get you going till you can find some sort of water that you can use your Berkey Sport Bottle.

NOTE – if you are having to seek out water, find your water source and make sure you hydrate yourself by drinking as much as you can there at your water source, then filling up your bottle on top of that.

Throw in a few salt packets or Gatorade packets in your bag so that you can put some in your mouth and then drink some water.

DO NOT ADD SALT OR GATORIAD TO THE SPORT BOTTLE… it will filter those things out as well. But you need replenish your electrolytes. So, putting a little bit of powdered Gatorade in your mouth then taking a swig of water will help you build those electrolytes back up again.

Another good thing is adding a bottle of salt pills. These will help you replenish your electrolytes as well. Keeping hydrated and the electrolytes up will help you in your trek home.

Basics #2 Links – Food & Water

ER Emergency Ration 3600+ Calorie, 5-Year Emergency Food Bar –

Berkey 22-Ounce Water Filter Sports Bottle –

Emergency Water Packets –

Electrolyte salt pills –

Gatorade packs –


Basics #3 – First Aid Kit / Gun Shot Kit

I like the Coleman’s Expedition First Aid Kit. It has 205-Pieces and it is slim in a neoprene sort of case. This is a good starting point for your BOB First Aid Kit.

You also want to have in your bug out bag medical supplies like an Israeli Compression bandage, Tourniquet, quick clot blood clotter. These are needed just in case one sustains gun shot or bad knife cut. If you are bugging out, then things have gotten bad. There could be a chance that you could get cut or shot while traveling. You will need to have the items on hand to stop the bleeding.

Something else that a number of people have told me about is having a small tampon in your gun shot kit. A small tampon can be pushed into the bullet hole and then deployed into the wound. The small size tampon is about the size of a 9 mm to .45 caliber bullet. These are made to stop the bleeding and that is what you have to do. Having a few sanitary pads also are also good for knife wounds, bad cuts and scrapes. Again, these are made to hold blood and can help stop the bleeding. You can use some Gorilla Duct Tape to keep these things in place.

OH… super glue. You would be amazed at the first aid uses super glue has. It is great at closing up a cut quickly. This is why I always keep it on hand.

Put all these things in your Coleman First Aid Kit and you are good to go..

Now because this is custom to you, you also might want to odd assortment of stomach meds, allergy meds, head ache, nausea, sore muscles and whatever else you might need or can think of.

One last thing, bug spray and sun tan lotion. These are also good things to add to your first aid kit. You will be walking, and you will encounter both bugs and the sun.

Basics #3 Links – First Aid Kit / Gun Shot Kit

Coleman First Aid Kit –

Israeli Compression Bandage –

Military Issue Combat Application Tourniquet –

Quick Clot Blood Clotting Agent –

Super Glue Single Packs –

Gorilla Tape To-Go –

Walking? Think Sore Muscles

This is something that a lot of people do not think about to put in their bug out bags. You are probably going to have to walk to where ever you are going. Driving a car out of a disaster area, or where ever will probably not be realistic. You and a million other people will be trying to drive out of town. So, you need to be ready to walk. That may be 10, 20, 30 plus miles.

Newsflash – You will be sore; your muscles will hurt if you are having to hump a ruck out of town.

So, it is a great idea to keep something for sore muscles and pain relievers. Personally, I LOVE tiger balm and in fact we use it all the time. It comes in a really small jar that you could keep in the first aid kit and a little bit goes a long way.

Keeping a few pairs of extra socks and a few pairs of extra underwear also in your bag is a very good idea. You do not need clean pants or shirts, but clean socks and underwear are not only a pick me up motivator, but it will help prevent blisters, chafing and fungal infections. Putting a small bottle of Gold Bond Medicated Powder in your bag is also a good idea. This will help prevent any fungal infections taking root.

Believe me, I speak from experience. When I was in Spec Ops and out in the field, we easily walked 20 + miles a day with a heavy rucksack on our back. Having fresh socks, underwear and some body powder was like a blessing from heaven. If you have to walk, you will be glad for the little comforts as well.

There is an old saying” Take care of your feet and they will take care of you.” Believe me, this is gospel truth my friend.

Sore Muscle Links

Tiger Balm –

Gold Bond Medicated Powder –

Basics # 4 – The Need For Sleep – Poncho, Poncho Liner & Space Blanket

You have to think about how long it may take you to literally walk to your predetermined destination.

Forget those “survival blankets” made out of thin mylar. They rip really easily, they are shiny like a mirror, and they are very noisy. Plus, they really do not do a good job of keeping you warm. They cost what, $3.00 or so? Well you get what you pay for …. right?

But you need something that will help you stay dry and keep you warm at night, in fact something you can use multiple nights if is necessary.

When I was in Spec Ops we did not have the luxury of sleeping bags. What we used was a wet weather poncho and a blanket type item called a poncho liner.

When you tie the poncho and liner together, you have a pretty good weather proof blanket that you can cover up with and get a good night’s sleep. The newer wet weather poncho also comes in a digital cammo pattern. Covering up with this will also camouflage you and not draw attention to yourself. Being digital cammo, the pattern does well in both a city and urban and wooded environment. You need to remember that things may not be going well, and you will not want to draw attention to yourself. So remaining camouflaged may be something that you want to do and having a digital pattern poncho could help you with that.

NOW… to kick this up a notch and this is what I personally carried, it was an all-weather space blanket that is the same size as a military poncho. These do not have the hole or hood cut out in the middle. I tied my poncho liner into space blanket and had a great warm blanket. If you have a wife who likes to sew, have her sew the two together, but keep them seam on the edge so that there are no holes in the middle to prevent rain from seeping in. Just so you know, I have slept in mine in below 30 degree weather and it kept me toasty warm.

How I used all these items together…

I would gather up a pile of leaves or pine needles. Once I had a good pile, I would cover that with my poncho. Then lay on top of the soft pile covered with the poncho and then cover up with my space blanket and poncho liner. Let’s just say that I started a trend with my team and we all slept well, that is when we were able to get some sleep.

A good military poncho and poncho liner will also help protect you from the elements, keeping you dry as well as warm as you are walking.

Pairing the poncho with some 550 paracord, you can also make a shelter out of the poncho and still have the poncho liner to keep you warm.

Here are some examples…

The military poncho is a very versatile tool. But you couple that with a space blanket and poncho liner and you are able to handle just about any inhospitable weather Mother Nature wants to throw at you. These fold/roll-up pretty tight, they are light, and easy to stuff in your Bug Out Bag / Rucksack

Basics # 4 Links – The Need For Sleep – Poncho, Poncho Liner & Space Blanket

Military Poncho Digital Cammo –

Poncho Liner –

All Weather Space Blanket –

1000 Ft of Black 550 Paracord –

Basics #5 – Weaponry – Tools – Fire Starter

My Tatang Survival Knife

If you are looking for a great survival fixed blade knife, I HIGHLY recommend this knife. It is a high carbon steel knife that I can sharpen to a razor edge with a rock if I have to. This is why I love higher carbon-based knives. This blade is so sharp I can literally shave with this knife.

Here is my Tatang in relation to a K-Bar. As you can see this knife has got some heft and you are able to also choke up on the blade to give you more fighting agility. Hold it by the grip and it will hack into any tree or lop of any branch you need it too. I have also sharpened the top edge, which was sharp when I pulled it out of the box, but now it is razor sharp. This knife with its “Spear point” can literally double if need be as a spear. Strap it on with some 550 cord to a long stick and you have a pretty formidable weapon and a means to defend or hunt if you have too.

It is also very versatile where you can dig with this knife, chop as I mentioned, and even use it to skin out a deer or hog. The edge holds pretty well and I was really surprised. This is a knife that if you had to, you could even throw it. But it would take some practice to do that.

This is a beast of a knife and is one of my top ten knives out of all the knives I own. This is definitely my “go to” knives if I needed to be in a survival situation and the main reason why I purchased it.

Tomahawk / Map & Compass

A much-needed tools to have in your Bug Out Bag is a tomahawk, map and compass. I personally recommend United Cutlery’s M48 Ranger Hawk Axe with Compass. I personally have this very tomahawk and I have put it through its paces. It is a GREAT cutter and you can put a real good edge on it. The compass is a good military type compass that when you pair it with a map of your local area, or the area you where your predetermined destination point is located.

Why I recommend having a tomahawk in your bag is that it will double as a weapon, but you may need it to cut open a door, break a window, chop wood or chop up a wooden pallet to make a fire.

The Tomahawk is a great all-around tool and that is why many of the frontiersmen carried them.

The compass is needed to help you get home, especially if you have to go navigate areas you may not know or know as well. You do not know what sort of situation may be taking place, so you may have to avoid areas that have riots, fires, who knows what. So having a map and compass in your Bug Out Bag is critical.

Leatherman SkeleTool CX Multitool

This is a great multitool, it is on the expensive side because it is the one made with carbon fiber, which makes the weight about 5 ounces. This has all the basic tools that you really need…

A lock blade Knife

Screw driver with philips and flat head bits

Needle Nose Pliers

Regular and Hard Wire cutters

Bottle Opener / Carabiner

Really, those are all the tools that you will really need in the day to day life. I have used my Leatherman for a million and one things. I got it when they first came out and I have loved it ever since. You can carry it on your belt loop, which is what I often do, or slip it into your pocket. There is a belt holster you can get for them, but I don’t like those so I don’t use it. Clipping it on my right side belt loop and then my cell phone can also help hold it in place which I do clip to my belt.

Here is a video review I did several years ago –

Spyderco Resilience G-10 Plain Edge Knife / Cold Steel Voyager Clip Point XL

The Spyderco Resilience G-10 and The Cold Steel Voyager Clip Point XL are my “EDC” knives.

EDC = Every Day Carry. So every day I have one of these knives in my pocket almost all the time. If I do not have it on me, then it is sitting by me on my desk.

I am someone who likes big folders (pocket swords) and I swap out between Spyderco and my CS Voyager about every 2 months or so.

Right now, the Spyderco Resilience is in my BOB, and I am carrying the SC Voyager Clip Point.

Both of these knives are great all-around carry knifes that you can keep in your Bug Out Bag or do what I do and swap out knives from time to time.

So right now, my Cold Steel Voyager XL is my EDC and Spyderco is in my bag. There will be a time that I will want to swap them out and probably want to start carrying that again and put the CS Voyager back in.

NOTE – What is great about the Spyderco knife is that you can do a red-neck fix on them by putting a zip tie on the ring and it allows the blade to be deployed as you are pulling it out of your pocket.

Because these knives are so large, you can also use them to chop and split wood, skin out an animal, but the biggest reason is that they make for excellent self-defense knife.

Because these blades are so large, I am able to “flick” them open with some practice, thus speeding up the deployment, and if you need your knife in a hurry, then this is a great thing to learn how to do.

Once you learn how to flick it open, it is a noise that people just know and raises the hair on the back of their necks.

Here is a video review that I did a while back on the Cold Steel Voyager Large and the XL knife.


Three Sources To Make Fire

Light and fire are a huge motivator. Just having a fire that can help keep you warm does wonders for the emotions and stress levels. This is why it is important to have multiple means to make fire in your Bug Out Bag.

First – Storm / Weather Proof Matches – these are a great thing to have. Small and compact. They also come in their own weather proof box that has a striker on the side.

Second – Swedish Army FireSteel 12,000 Strike Fire Starter – These are great to keep on your key ring or just about anywhere. The throw off 2,980-degree C spark in any weather, at any altitude. These are also approved by International Survival Instructors Association.

NOTE – if you take plain 100% cotton balls like they sell in the makeup section at Walmart and you get some petroleum jelly AKA Vaseline, melt the petroleum jelly and pour it over some cotton balls, stick them in a small plastic jar or bottle and you have instant fire starter that will burn for several minutes. One spark is all it takes to get a fire going using the Swedish Firesteel.

Finally – Bic Long Stem Lighters – HEY… keep it simple and just light a fire. This is why I like these. You can reach this into a fire kindle bundle and get the fire going. Add some of the fire starter you made with cotton balls and vasoline and presto … fire. No fancy Rambo stuff, just pull the trigger and light the fire.


Basics #5 Links – Weaponry – Tools – Fire Starter

Blackhawk Tatang Knife –

Tactical Tomahawk and Military Compass –

Leatherman Skeletool CX –

Spiderco Resilience Lock Blade Knife –

Cold Steel Voyager XL Clip Point –

Storm Proof Matches –

Swedish Fire Steel –

Bic Long Stem Lighter –

Basics #6 – Personal Papers, Copies, Cash & Coins

It is a good idea to make copies of all your important documents like birth certificates, wedding certificates, and passport. It is also a good idea to make copies your driver’s license, social security card, and all your credit cards.

Take these along with say $100 in cash (small bills) as well as several ounces of silver and put all these into a vacuum seal bag.

If you do not have a FoodSaver vacuum sealer, then it is a very good investment. Not only can you seal food, make your own MREs and other things, it will also help protect you documents and such that you can then keep in your Bug Out Bag.

Get all these together and you then vacuum seal it all so that they are air tight and will last.

As always, I recommend getting your silver and other precious metals from Steve Quayle’s Renaissance Precious Metals. He makes it easy to purchase a few ounces just for a situation like this.

Renaissance Precious Metals –

Another good thing to put in your Bug Out Bag are family photos. You do not know what will happen in the future and if you are bugging out, there is a serious reason why. So like it or not, loved ones may or may have not made it through whatever might have taken place, so having a good number of family photos sealed up in your Bug Out Bag can be a very positive motivator.

Finally, I recommend Waterproof King James Bible.

This is a great bible. It is made in the USA with a 25% lighter weight paper

Extremely Durable Synthetic Pages Sewn and Glued into Spine

Stain Resistant

Ultra Clear Text

Ideal for Gear Bag or Backpack

Dry Highlight

Write and Underline with pencil or ball point pen

No Bleed Thru


The durability of the Waterproof Bible gives you the freedom to take God’s Word with you anywhere – lounging, traveling, exercising… with worry free confidence that your Bible will withstand the test of time.

Basics #6 Links – Personal Papers, Copies, Cash & Coins

FoodSaver –

Renaissance Precious Metals –

Waterproof King James Version –

Packing Your 72 Hour Bug Out Bag

You now have the basics. What you want to do is now pack your rucksack.

First thing is go purchase some heavy duty 55 gallon garbage bags. Pack several in the bottom of your rucksack. These make great ground cover, cut holes in them and they make great rain gear, etc.

Take another 55 gallon garbage bag and use that to store your clothes and other items in that need to stay dry.

If you want, use one bag for your clothes and another for your supplies and such. This way you can grab what bag you wish to use and keep the other packed away in the rucksack.

When packing your rucksack you want to put the lighter things towards the bottom that sit lower on your back and the heavier things towards the top of the rucksack.

This will help you if you are walking a really long distance. If you place the heavier things in the bottom of the rucksack, you will find that your lower back will get pretty sore and waist pad will start to push into your back. By placing the heavier items on top, your shoulder and the padded waist belt will help distribute that weight better.

Now if much of what you have weights about the same, then I recommend packing in regards to necessity.

I would put my sleeping gear and heavy clothes towards the bottom of the bag.

You will want to get to your food, water and first aid rather quickly, so I would pack those towards the top.

If you feel comfortable, strap your Tatang knife onto your left strap with some 550 Para cord. Make it tight and also tie it HANDLE UP.

I say handle up because that is one of those Hollywood things you see in the movies, the handle to the knife is facing down.

You would not believe how many knives have gotten lost because they just dropped out of the sheath.

Another point is that if you come across someone who wants to do you harm, having your handle down gives the attacker a tactical advantage. All they need to do is grab the handle, pull down and push into your abdomen.

By having your handle up, it will prevent you losing your knife.

The M-48 Tomahawk has straps so that you can strap it to the side of your rucksack if you wished. Personally, I would make it the first thing that I can reach for when I open my rucksack. It is a tool that you will use a lot for many situations. If you do store it on the outside of your rucksack, make sure that it is secured really well, you do not want to lose your M-48 Tomahawk.

The flap of your rucksack has a clear plastic covering that is secured with Velcro. This is a perfect place to keep a map as well as your photos and documents. This is also a pretty waterproof area in your rucksack. So keeping flat items like that in the flap will help protect them better. This also helps keep the flap of your rucksack somewhat “flat” when you close your rucksack.

Packing Your 72 Hour Bug Out Bag – Links

1000 Ft of Black 550 Paracord –

55 Gallon Garbage Bags –


You now have a packed 72 hour Bug Out Bag that contains the basics. I recommend that you try it on, see how it feels and if you need to make adjustments to the bag, now is a good time to do it.

In upcoming articles we will discuss taking this bag to Foundation #3 and add items to it to make it a Get Out Of Dodge Bag – GOOD.

We will also follow that up with an article about testing your 72 Hour Bug Out Bag.

Remember, the key is to keep things light so that you can bug out quickly. You goal is just 72 hours, not spend the rest of your life living out of the bag.

Till next time – Stay Safe!

Dems, Win or Lose – There Will Still Be Blood in The Streets

By Ray Gano

Last night I was talking to a friend and discussing what might happen if the Dems win.

The general consensus is that win or lose, there would be revenge taken by the Dems. They are bullies and win or lose they will see it as their right to bring about violence. Violence on the part that they are the winners and we on the right need to be dealt with or violence because they lost and now they need to fight even harder.

So, no matter what, I strongly believe that we will see blood in the streets at the hands of these thug socialist democrats and their Antifa foot soldiers.

Going to restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, any public place, these nutcases will feel like it is their right to accost you, get in your face and probably even commit violence against you.

Either they are driven by rage because they lost or driven by revenge and feeling emboldened and untouchable.


No matter what, Conservative Christians and just about anyone with a Trump T-shirt, bumper sticker or MAGA hat will be fair game in their warped sense of social justice.

So what do we do to combat these lunatic social justice warriors?

We need to start improving our situational awareness and be ahead of the game when these sort of predators are in the vicinity.

One of your best weapons against the predator is being aware of him / her. Predators are cowards. They usually act in packs and there is usually an alpha dog who is the leader. The alpha will always sends in a beta dog to test the victim. If the beta dog can handle it, the rest of the pack might come in, but if the beta is taken out, the pack flees.

The key is constantly watching out for suspicious people. Believe it or not, by you having your radar on high, predators will most likely leave you alone. They do not want a fight, they want easy prey. So, if you look like you know what is going on around you, the predator will tend to choose another victim that is weaker and not as aware.

Survival Means Developing Situational Awareness

Situational awareness is something that you need to practice and basically you can cultivate it by generally keeping tabs on your surroundings. This was drilled into me when I served in Special Ops. We were told to always “Check your six” – meaning to keep an eye on what is happening behind you. Whenever I go into a restaurant or someplace where I am seated, I like “keeping my back to the wall” with the doors in sight as well as knowing alternate exits.

Seems like a lot to remember and being a tad paranoid helps. So, to help you develop this, here are some things that I do and teach my students.

1 – OODA Loop = Observe, Orient, Decide, Act  – This is the key to situational awareness. By observing your surroundings, orienting yourself to entries, exits, choke points – Decide what you are going to do and then take action.

Example. I am coming out of Walmart. I am pushing a cart. I tend to park towards the back where I can put space between my car and others. I walk down the middle of the parking isle where most people will either stick to one side of the parked cars or the other. By walking in the middle of the road, you are less of a target.

As I am walking I am constantly scanning the area looking to ambush points. If I see one I will either pick up speed or avoid that are by moving more to one side or the other.

Once I get to my car, if there is another car parked by it I will take a wide swing so that I can take in as much visual information as possible checking out the car next to mine. IF there is someone in that car, I go into a higher alert status, maybe keep my hand close to a weapon and be ready for an attack.

If my wife is with me, I will usually have her open the back of the car, put stuff in as I maintain security. I will then have her take the cart back and I will watch her so that she is a safe distance and then I will get in the car and pick her up at the front door area. This allows her to avoid coming close to the suspected car and the potential attacker that is in the vehicle.

Through this entire process, I am constantly doing the OODA Loop – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. – Repeat. The repeat part is why it is a loop. You constantly take in information, make a decision and then act.

2- Learn to Predict Events – As your Situational Awareness grows and getting better, you will start noticing the ability to project / predict possible situations around you.

By running your OODA Loop over and over, your brain will start taking this information and begin to “think ahead.” It (your brain) takes in the information, determines if there is a danger, possible danger or determine that there is no danger at all.

Basically, what your brain is doing is processing “cause and effect” and predict an accurate outcome. You are not seeing into the future, your attention to detail is getting better, thus know what will happen in the next second or two based on that attention to detail.

3 – Trust Your Instinct / Feelings – God has put into us a sixth sense where you just know that you know something is not right. Pay attention to that, do not blow it off thinking that you are just imagining something. Ignoring a gut feeling that things are not right can cause you to lose proper situational awareness. This clue is one of the most reliable because the body is able to detect stimulus long before we have consciously put it all together. This is part of “predicting events” – listening to your gut and then getting the heck out of dodge.

4 – Identify Elements Around You – When developing your Situational Awareness it is important  to identify elements within your environment. Remember the parked car that I talked about earlier? When we got out of our car there was no vehicle around. If you remember I stated that I like parking towards the back of the lot. When we returned I instantly asked myself “why is there a car parked next to mine? By identifying elements that are around you, you will start to then identify the threats and possible threats.

Now, take this a step further and start including objects, events, people and any other environmental factors. Start paying attention to locations, conditions and actions of the elements around you.

All of these steps sound like it’s a lot, but believe it or not, you probably do a lot of this already, but it is more subconscious thinking than being “Situationally-Alert”. These skills that I have discussed here, you are already using them on a daily basis. What you need to do is use them more and become cognoscente of what you are doing. That cognoscente behavior is Situational Awareness.

There is a lot at stake, we must educate ourselves and start making a stand for what is right.

My people perish for the lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6

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Survival Means Having A Weapon/s So You Can Defend Yourself

More and more states are coming on board with concealed carry, i.e. carrying a gun to protect yourself.

In regards to which gun is a good carry weapon – I have written an entire article on titled “My Gun Line-up” – You can read it here –

But if you find yourself in a situation it is very wise of you to carry not just one weapon, but carry multiple weapons on you at the same time.

Everyday I usually have 2-3 weapons on me and if I am going to the big city, I have 4-5.

This was my Every Day Carry (EDC) when I lived in New Braunfels Texas. Now that we live in Houston, I have upgraded my EDC.

Here are the weapons that I HIGHLY recommend that you get and arm yourself with.

Police Grade Pepper Foam & Gel – In many of my articles I recommend SABRE Red Pepper Foam as a first form of defense type weapon. It is inexpensive enough where you can purchase 2-3 cans so that you place some in areas ready to use like in the car, in your pocket / purse, on a key chain, on your belt, etc.

NOW… why foam?

First – If you are outdoors and there is a slight breeze, you will not have the liquid pepper spray blow back in your direction.

Second – the foam is sticky and when it makes contact it instantly melts. This has about an 8 – 10 foot range and can spray multiple targets with this foam.

SABRE Pepper Foam –

Another solution and something that will give you more distance between you and the thugs is SABRE Pepper Gel. Like the foam, the gel sprays and does not blow back if there is a breeze going. Also, because it is a gel, it will shoot further than the foam and has a range of 18 feet. Another plus with this is that SABRE includes a belt holster that you can wear and always be prepared. Like the foam, it has good control factor and will not have liquid mist floating in the air.

SABRE Pepper Gel –

Cold Steel Ti-Lite Zytel 6” – I have written about this knife in some of my other articles. This is probably my #1 go to fighting weapon / knife.

PRO – I like that you can carry this in your hand and it doubles as a kubaton. It is large enough to really do some damage without even deploying the knife. This can be used to control a person sitting in a pew by applying pressure techniques used with the kubaton.

PRO – The quillion, the little hook at the base of the knife blade, also is a very mean weapon in and of itself, The rough thumb grooves on the quillion will do damage if you use this as a kubaton. You can hook a chin, rip an eye, do a number of kubaton moves where the quillion will do some major extra damage.

PRO – You can deploy the knife as it is pulled out of the pocket by “snagging” the quillion on the pocket edge. This is a move that needs to be practiced as well, but you will have a great tactical advantage just taking the knife out of your pocket and it deploying as you remove it.

PRO – With some practice, you can learn to flick open this knife one handed. So, if you are using it in a kubaton style, it is nothing to flick it in the process of a swing or block and deploy the 6” razor sharp blade.

NOTE – this knife is literally a “pocket sword” it is a good 13 inches long and will give you some good distance between you and the attacker. Because this is such a large knife, check your local laws to make sure it is carry legal.

PRO – Cost – ON SALE – $50.00 w/ free shipping

Cold Steel Ti-Lite 6″ –

Streetwise POLICE FORCE 9,200,000 Volt TACTICAL Stun Gun Flashlight – This is a great stun gun. It is smaller in diameter, so it is easily concealed and also made to look like a flashlight. It small enough to conceal and keep in the hand without it being obvious that you have a stun gun in your hand. So it is an excellent weapon that you can carry deployed while walking around and people will not take much notice of it.

Another great point about this stun gun is that it fits the budget. It runs around $25 – $30 dollars and at this price, you can purchase several of these so that both you and your spouse has one on them.

This also has a good lanyard on it so that if you do lose your grip, it will not fall to the ground and you can easily bring it back into your hand.

PRO – Slim, small and easily concealed

PRO – 9,000,000 volts and rechargeable – that is a lot of volts you will send through a person

Streetwise POLICE FORCE 9,200,000 Volt TACTICAL Stun Gun  –

There are other weapons that you and your team can look into like collapsible batons, fighting sticks, saps, ect. The negative is that with some of these weapons, you need to check your local laws in using them. Weapons like the collapsible baton are against the law to use in many states.

Uzi Tactical Pen
– Folks, I love this pen and I have owned this for over 7 years. Back then I bought it for around $14.00. The price today is around $16.00 and it is still a great purchase. It has some nice weight but not too heavy and really fits nicely in my hand. You can fill it with any sort of ink cartage. I personally like the .07 gel ink cartage because I like a thicker line when I write.

The great thing is that I have carried this in airports and other “secure” areas and it has never been taken from me. Heck, even it is does, I just buy another one off of amazon. This is truly a worth while pen and a great weapon to have on hand.

UZI Tactical Pen –

Got Weapons – Now Start Training

Having weapons is great, but if we do not train, we will not be able to fight if we are called to do so. We need to be ready and the best way is to train. Get out and train pulling out your pepper spray. Practice taking out the TI-Lite knife and using it as a fist weapon. Find a punching bag or make one with some rice filled in a few pillow cases. Once you have that, hang it up somewhere against a wall and start punching.

In fact, here is the punching bag I have.

The Wing Chun Punching Canvas Wall Bag with Striking Surface 3-section

This is a very well built bag. Once you get it you can either fill it with sand or with what they recommend, rice. The leather pads also help protect the hand from getting all marred up like you normally do when working with canvas.

Once you have it filled, go hang it up on a wall and start punching away.

This is great training and you will be amazed at the arm strength you attain just by punching the bag daily.

This bag is only $35.00 and shipping is free. Not a bad deal at all for the quality you are getting.

Wing Chun Punching Bag –


These Antifa thugs are in existence because we have allowed it by enabling them and empowering them. If the Dems win, they will be embolden and attack, if they lose they will be angry and attack. No matter what, IMHO, they are going to attack.

Like it or not, they have become bullies and how you fight the bully is pushing back and getting in their face.

A lot of times if you stand up to the bully, they will back down, or you take out the leader and the rest will back off.

You do this by being situationally aware, which makes you ready and not backing down.

We need to pull on the big boy / girl panties and stop allowing these degenerate kids thinking that acting like spoiled brats is ok.

It is time to pull out the pepper spray, knife, stun gun and if we have to, don’t be afraid to use it. If one of these bully thugs get in you face, be ready and take them out.

If enough of us stand up and let them know we are not going to take this sort of behavior any more and set boundaries, then we will see the predators start being more cautious and weaponize yourself instead of having the free rein that they have today.

It is time to start defending one’s self, start pushing back, showing our teeth and letting them feel our bite.

Otherwise you will be the heap of bloody mass on the ground hearing their evil screams and howls standing over you in their victory.

Be the sheepdog and not get slaughtered like the sheep.



Black Friday Weekend – Buy Food Now – Food is an Investment

By Ray Gano

This weekend is probably one of the best times to buy food.

Why this weekend?

Right now, there are some really great sales on many food items. Thanksgiving is over and there are still a lot of turkeys, hams, green beans, etc left over on the store shelves they want those food items gone.

If you buy in bulk, you can really stock up the pantry in a great way.

Food is an investment and like any investment you want to buy low, sell high.

In most cases though you are not going to be selling high. What you will be doing is saving money because you are eating food bought at a lower price.

Money saved is money earned.

I know that I sound like some broken record warning about the high prices that are coming.

Facts are that we have seen at least a 25% price increase every year for the past several years since I have been keeping an eye on food.

You have witnessed this yourself at the cash register. I have noticed that I can’t walk out of the grocery store without spending at least $75 and in more cases over $100. Even more when we are doing that once a month restocking of the pantry.

WE KNOW that prices will go up, so why not take advantage of the sales going on and REALLY stock up the pantry.

Take advantage of the food sales that are going on this holiday weekend.

Do you like green beans? – Then why not buy a whole case? That is 24 weeks of a bean side dish if you have one can a week.

Same goes with corn or some of the other canned veggies. If you buy green beans, corn, peas, mixed veggie blend, and one other, you have 5 nights of side dishes for 24 weeks.

How much money is that going to save you over that time of 24 weeks?

Like Stuffing? Sales on stuffing are really good right now. I have been seeing $1.00 a box. Normally it has been $2 – $3 depending on the brand.  Buy a case of this so that you have it on hand. It makes for another great side no matter what time of the year it is.

Turkey, Ham & Roasts – I know that my local grocery store has some incredible sales on these meats. In fact, what our store does is if you buy that meat, they will throw in the sides and even a desert. Look for these sort of sales so that you can stock up on the meat as well as the dinner sides.

Got Food? Now Where To Put It

As many of you know Tracye and I rep Thrive Life / Shelf Reliance foods. Thrive Life will be having an HUGE Black Friday Sale with a lot of great things at reduced prices. If you have any questions, contact me. If you would like to purchase long term food, please contact me and I can help or just go to my website at

Ray & Tracye Shelf Reliance Website

Many of you have done that and kudos to you. But I am not here trying to sell food. What I am here to do is help you be able to store food in a small amount of area.

If you go to the Thrive Life website from the link above and then go to SHOP >>> PANTRY ORGANIZERS you will see a shelf that holds about 460 cans of food.

This shelf is called “The Harvester 72” This is the best food storage shelf that money can buy.

In the past this shelf was selling for $459.99 but the “website sale price” is $299.99. This does not include tax and shipping.

That is a good price!

Storing 460 cans? Yes, that many cans is a LOT of food, a great investment and great “food insurance.”

Quick Specs on The Harvester Shelf

Food storage management has never been easier thanks to the Harvest 72″. Featuring patented front-loading technology that automatically rotates cans on a first in first out basis, the Harvest 72″ is the largest, most popular food rotation system offered by Shelf Reliance. This FRS is easy to adjust for different can sizes and boasts the capacity to hold 460 cans. With its easy-fit design and unique features, the Harvest 72″ makes food storage management a breeze.

Dimensions Capacity Up to 460 cans
Height 72″
Depth 24.5″
Width 36.5″

Can width is adjustable

Small tracks hold up to 15 vegetable size or 17 soup size cans

Medium tracks hold up to 11 medium size cans

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What we need to remember is that like it or not, believe it or not, food prices are going up.

Start investing in food. Start creating your ark.

Here is what God told Noah…

Genesis 6:21-22 And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather it to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. 22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

We need to learn from scripture. God did not drop an ark out of the sky for Noah, he had to build it.

God will not drop an ark out of the sky for us, we too have to build it.

I have been warning about this for some time now and you must admit that you see it also. The cash register doesn’t lie.

Do something and take action. Don’t allow “the wait and see” mentality to overcome you.

If one continues to “wait and see” then they will pay a higher price in many ways than just at the cash register.