In Depth Articles To Help You Plan The Perfect Bug Out Strategy

Planning a successful Bug Out is a complex operation and should never be taken lightly.

It typically begins with finding a good bug out location to bug out to. Then you need to research information about what makes a good bug out bag and decide what gear to put in it.

Once you sort out those challenges, you'll need to start working on your acutal bug out route. Next you should find time to scout out good resting locations, where water sources are located and what back up routes do you have should your primary route become compromised.

All that and were honestly just getting started. The good news is we cover bugging out extensively here at SkilledSurvival.com

Make sure to read the following in depth guides to get started.

- How To Select The Best Bug Out Bag
- Survivalists Guide To Shaving Lbs Off Your Bug Out Bag

Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,
"Just In Case" Jack

Urban Escape and Evasion Techniques After The Collapse

Urban Escape and Evasion TechniquesFirst, there were riots and now the city’s been dark for months.

There’s no indication things are going to improve anytime soon. Roaming street gangs have formed and stealing everything of practical value in this harsh new world.

Roadblocks are everywhere and the few vehicles that still run are either gunned down in the street as someone tries to escape or they’re stolen as the gangs make their rounds.

Movement is what keeps me alive.

I travel light and only on foot during periods of low-light. Each day is becoming more difficult to find food and this life on the move is hard on me. There are quiet whispers of a community 200 miles outside of this hellish city working together to survive.

The squeeze on resources has choked the life out of this city. It’s time to escape… [Read more…]

S&W Airweight Review – A Badass Little Revolver For Conceal Carry

S&W Airweight ReviewSo you’re on the lookout for a new conceal carry weapon (CCW). One that’s small, light reliable, and accurate while still packing a punch.

Maybe you currently carry a popular semi-auto CCW (such as a Glock 26, S&W M&P Shield, Ruger LCP) but are looking for something even lighter and smaller.

Or perhaps you’ve heard about the reliability of the revolver over a semi-auto and are reconsidering your options.

Or you’re looking for a solid conceal carry firearm for someone new to carrying. Something reliable, simple and not intimidating.

Well, then I may have just the right gun for you. [Read more…]

Bushcraft Gear – 7 Of The Best Bushcraft Tools For Survival

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Bushcraft Gear For The Serious Survivalist

The ability to invent, create and use tools are one of the major ways humans differ from animals. Bushcraft gear is the group of tools we first invented as a species. The gear we first crafted from sticks, stones, and bones found in nature. In order to make knives, arrows, spears, fire, shelters, etc.

The best bushcraft gear is the tools that give the ability to make a large array of other tools. For example, having a bushcraft knife opens up a world of possibilities to build hundreds of other useful tools and items.

Before humans became advanced engineers and scientists, we played by the rules of nature. If you go back far enough in history, survival was an everyday endeavor; it was the only lifestyle we knew.

There was no comfortable couch waiting for us at home, or steamy hot shower either. There were no grocery stores and no prepackaged food to meet our hunger pains.

And worse yet, no indoor plumbing so when “nature called”, we were already there because the wild was our home.

Living in those circumstances required a very particular set of tools and skills. What we today call bushcraft. [Read more…]

Best Survival Belts And How To Use Them To Secure Your Future

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Survival belts have come a long way…

When thinking about belts, I bet the last thing that comes to mind is versatility. Because the primary function of a belt is to hold up your pants (or discipline children).

And since the latter is frowned upon, we’re left with the basic task of holding up one’s trousers. Beyond that, they are of limited use on a day to day basis, right? That’s what most people think.

But belts are surprisingly useful. A belt can be one of the most functional accessories you wear. A good solid belt is durable, designed to cinch and bind, and can secure things in place.

They can also work as a makeshift self-defense tool. When you really stop to think about it, the survival uses for a good belt are nearly endless.

And more recently belts have become available specifically for survival. [Read more…]

15 Best Survival Books For The Mind, Heart, and Soul

survival booksSurvival Books Are Amazing

They are simply pages with words all bound together to transfer knowledge. Doing so silently between human beings across time and space.

When you read, you’re learning from (and being entertained by) someone who’s not in the same room as you. Who you’ll likely never meet and who may no longer be with us.

Let that sink in for a moment and you’ll realize how epic an invention they are.

Books became the most dependent method of storing and sharing information for centuries. They’re one the best survival resources because they teach vast amounts of knowledge.

First, you read, then you understand, then you apply, and finally you master.
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10 Best Survival Shovels For Your Bug Out Bag

survival shovels with a bunch of gearHave you ever dug a large hole or trench without a shovel? I hope not because it royally sucks.

Trust me; a stick is no substitute for a shovel.

It doesn’t matter what material you’re digging through – dirt, sand, mud, snow or ice. Plus, if you’re not wearing gloves you destroy your hands. With gashes, scrapes, cuts, blisters, and bruises.

Even worse, you end up wasting valuable hours and spending excess energy. Digging without a shovel is a difficult, tiresome, and even dangerous chore. [Read more…]

How To Build An INCH Bag “I’m Never Coming Home”

Survivalist Hiker With An INCH BagAn I.N.C.H Bag stands for I‘m Never Coming Home Bag

It’s a Bug Out Bag on steroids. If you build an INCH Bag, not only are you planning to get the hell out of Dodge but fully intend to never come back.

For some of us, there’s zero difference between our current bug out bags and an INCH bag. Maybe you’ve planned your bug out bag as an INCH bag from the very start. And if that’s you, great!

However, most people built their bug out bags intending to return home as soon as things are all clear. If this is you, you may now be interested in the key differences between a regular bug out bag and an INCH bag. Differences such as bag size, gear selection, weight, and supplies.

You also might want to plan an INCH Bag just in case SHTF happens and it’s NOT just a short-term emergency.

But what extra gear should you add? And what gear should you leave behind? We’ll answer both of these questions and more. [Read more…]

Survival Packing List: Planning Your Ultimate Escape

survival packing listIn today’s modern world, it pays dividends to be prepared for all possible emergencies.

From natural disasters to civil riots. From winter power outages to end of the world scenarios.

We can all agree that emergencies have occurred in the past, they happen in the present, and will happen in the future. So it’s irresponsible to stick your head in the sand and pretend that “it won’t happen to me“.

If an unforeseen emergency was to force you from your home, would you be prepared to leave on a few minutes’ notice?

If you can’t honestly answer that question with a “hell yes”, then you’ve some work to do. You need to get your “stuff” together and start planning your survival packing list. [Read more…]