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  • Minnesota
  • 1,800 square feet, 1/4 acre lot, suburbs


  • Each time the fire alarm goes off I take the fire extinguisher with me. The first time people looked at me a bit funny but the next time I saw 3 other people with them.
  • 2 Water Jel Burn Dressing, 4″X16″
  • 2 Water Jel Burn Dressing, 4″X4″
  • Bug Out Location

    • Parents double wide manufactured home/cabin in Wisconsin; we plan to shelter in place unless we really need to leave. They don’t have any land for gardening and the neighbors are within 50 feet.
      • We have three ways to cross into Wisconsin then there are many paths to the location.
    • TODO (later): look into $20k~ worth of land but we want to pay cash for it.

    Everyday Carry

  • Wife – 30 years old – 120 lbs., stay at home mom & helps out at the school often
  • Child 1 – 10 years old
  • Child 2 – 8 years old
  • 1 dog – 70 lbs
  • 1 dog – 5-7 lbs
  • 1 cat
  • Home Security


    Bug Out Bags & Get Home Bag


    Energy & Heat

    Other Items



    Bug Out Checklist

    • If there is time to bring items to the car.
    • Use TV room for staging area.
    • Pack whatever truck is available.
    • Put all shoes on
    • Blankies x4
      • Have girls get them and hold on them
    • Purse
      • Put in staging area
    • Keys & Cell Phone
      • Put in staging area
    • Take out the trucks third row seat
    • Turn truck(s) around, back into garage and close the garage door
    • Close the windows shades
    • Ask kids if they have their shoes and blankies
    • Locate Cat
      • Put in cat carrier and put in staging area
    • Locate Frogs
      • Put in staging area
    • Locate Dogs
      • Put Macy in carrier and put in staging area
    • Go upstairs: Tactical vest and bullet proof vest
      • Put in green duffel bag on the gun safe
      • Bring green duffel bag to staging area
    • Guns: AR-15 rifle, 22 rifle, Deer rifle, shotgun, Kel-Tec, Revolver, 22 handgun, Ruger LCP
      • Place AR-15 rifle in front seat of truck
    • Go upstairs: Ammunition boxes
      • Bring to staging area
    • Ask girls if they have their shoes and blankies
    • Go upstairs: Load black gun bag
      • Family records / water proof bag in safe
      • Money / Gold / Silver in safe
      • Bring black gun bag to staging area
    • Go to basement: Water jug blue 5 gallons
      • Bring to staging area
    • Backup batteries, solar panel, generator, 12volt lamps, electric heater & walkie-Talkies, Berkey filter
      • Put in a blue tote or bring to staging area
    • Coats & Boots
      • Put in a blue tote and put in staging area
    • Seeds in freezer
      • Put in a blue tote
    • Emergency radio
      • Put in a blue tote
    • Cat litter
      • Put in a blue tote
    • Toilet paper x2
      • Put in a blue tote
    • Laptop from main level
      • Put in staging area
    • Leashes
      • Put in a blue tote
    • Batteries & Charger
      • Put in a blue tote and put in staging area
    • Cloths 3 days worth
      • Put in a blue tote and put in staging area
    • Load bug out bags into truck(s)
    • Load blue totes into truck(s)
    • Load truck(s) with Survival food (people, dog, cat, frog) and save room for animals and people
    • Lockup house and arm the alarm system


    • Making Bread – Beginner
      • Have ground our own wheat and made around 25 loaves of bread so far.
    • Gardening – Intermediate
    • Chemical Toilets – TODO: No Skills
    • Ham Radio – TODO: No Skills
    • Hand Guns – Intermediate
      • Can keep it in the kill zone.
    • Tactical Response – Beginner/Intermediate
      • TODO: planning on taking some courses. I have watched 5 DVDs on the subject.
      • I am in “Code Yellow” 95% of the time.
    • Fire Starting – Intermediate
      • I know tons of way to make fire and tried a few of them.
      • I know how to make fires for cooking, warmth and longevity.
    • Navigation – Beginner
      • I know how to use my GPS ;-).
      • I have a compass but no topographical maps. They wouldn’t help out much without the knowledge.
      • I have 2 copies of maps in our trucks. We have an extra one in case we have to leave notice of where we are.
    • Hunting
      • Rifle – Beginner
        • I can shoot but have never hunted
      • Shotgun – Beginner
        • I can shoot but have never hunted
      • Bow & Arrow – Beginner
        • I have shot before and am pretty accurate but have never hunted
      • Sling Shot – Intermediate
        • I have taken animals before
      • Pellet Gun – Intermediate
        • I have taken animals before
      • Snare Traps – Intermediate
        • I have made them before but never used them
      • Dead Falls – Beginner
        • Read about them and watched them be made on the TV. I think I could set them up if I had my books with me.
    • Hand to Hand Fighting – Intermediate
      • Karate 2 years
      • Boxing 6 moths
      • Mixed Martial Arts 6 months
      • In high school I could wrestle some of the heavy weights and hold my own. I never wrestled on the team but the coach would bug me every time he saw me.
    • Knife Fighting – Beginner
      • Watched DVDs on the subject
    • Knife Sharping – Intermediate
      • I know how to sharpen everything I own. Knives, gardening tools and axes.
    • Mechanical – Intermediate
      • I have worked on my vehicles since the age of 16.
    • Carpentry – Intermediate
      • I have built sheds, playhouses and interior rooms before.
    • Plumbing – Intermediate
    • Rappelling – TODO: No Skills
    • Medical – Intermediate
      • I have some knowledge beyond basic first aid
    • Electrical – Intermediate
      • I know and understand home electrical systems, solar and batteries
    • Reloading – TODO: No Skills
    • Computers Hardware & Software – Expert
      • I have been programming computers over a decade
    • Blacksmith – Beginner
      • I understand the principals and I have read and watched about it done but have never done it.
    • Seamstress – Beginner
      • Could do it if I had to.
    • Dog Trainer – Intermediate
      • Worked for a company that raised pure bread German Shepherd’s. Trained my own as personal protection dog.
    • 4×4 Off Road Driving – Beginner
      • I have read, watched and practiced on this topic. There is more to it than one would think.
    • Lumber Jacking – Beginner
      • Done enough to fall a tree and cut up for firewood.
    • Food Preserving
      • Canning – Beginner
        • Need more practice at this. We were only able to do a few jars last fall. Overcooked them.
      • Drying – Beginner
        • Understand the principals and know how to make a solar oven/dehydrator
        • Want to start with a dehydrator
      • Salting – TODO: No Skills
      • Root Cellar – Beginner
        • We have a cold area in our basement.
    • Candle Making – Beginner
      • Seen it done on YouTube
    • Raising Animals – Beginner
      • Read tons about it. Could do chicken or rabbits if needed
    • Dentist – Beginner
      • Have a book on it
    • Water Purification – Intermediate
      • I know and used a few different methods
    1. I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work Look forward to reading more from you in the future.

    2. Jerry says:

      Looking through your list I did not notice any radiation survey meters……maybe i just missed them. I beleive we will see financial followed by a nuclear calimity. Most people today have no clue of Time Distance and shielding from a nuclear war or event. With out proper shielding or knowledge of exposure to contamination they will not survive.

    3. Rangegal says:

      Rawles has been providing an important service to the readers of his books and of his survivalblog for years. Disasters happen regularly all over the world, and Rawles has the best and most relevant info on how to prepare and cope with these life-threatening problems and this book shows you how to do it. I recommend everyone read his books and blog and take steps to prepare for what will inevitably come, be it storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, terrorism, economic breakdown, or civil unrest. Do a little bit of preparing every week and you’ll sleep better knowing you can keep your family fed and sheltered in case something bad happens. If it never comes, all the better! We all have home and car insurance, right? This is just another kind of insurance.

    4. Jim C. says:

      Backpacking with the scout troop in the Colorado back country, we see a bunch of different water filters. This is one of the easiest and fastest to use. The inlet line can be easily placed in a small stream, and the float adjusted so it doesn’t sit on the bottom. It isn’t very sensitive to being fully submerged, unlike some other filters. Even the younger boys have no trouble operating this one. You can easily fill up a 1-quart water bottle in less than a minute. It comes with a reasonable carrying bag, although some care must be taken to keep the inlet & outlet lines separate. Parts (e.g., replacement filters) are readily available from a variety of sporting-goods & camping stores.

    5. Kevin says:

      Looking at your CCW permits, you could invest ~$140 in an IN lifetime permit–yes it doesn’t expire (and they issue out-of-state)! I haven’t compared the ones you currently have/want to see where you’re trying to overlap, but it’s a pretty good deal nonetheless (albeit coming from an IN resident). Thanks for sharing.

    6. pk richardson says:

      why do you not allow any healthy discussion/disagreement/debate with your videos and presentations. i notice that you have blocked anyone who disagrees with your youtube videos???? don’t you think that people who follow these threads and videos would be better served to have the opportunity to be exposed to a broader input than your own??if you are confident in what you are doing and publishing than why not engage with the viewers that you are pandering to?? i appreciate the subject and the intent of what you are publishing but find it to be extremely self serving when it is so myoptic and self serving… Happy to hear a response..

    7. Shib says:

      I notice that you dont have much climbing gear in there, might want to get some full body harnesses, locking carabiners, Rescue 8s, helmets, rope, webbing, etc. Then you could get things below cliffs/drop out of helicopters if you needed to do that.

    8. jhogg says:

      Why did you choose birdshot for the shotguns? I heard it may not go through heavy clothing or might just give a person “road rash” type effect? Why not buck shot? Very informative website… gave me some good ideas!

    9. Sigdrifa says:

      Hey awesome blog! Just a hint for your first aid kits. A tube of Natpro progesterone cream. My stepson suffered horrific head injuries in January in a car crash, and was put into an induced coma. I was desperate and googled brain trauma and came across trials with promising results using progesterone. Google the key words “brain trauma progesterone”. In Australia where I am, it isn’t even considered. I smuggled my tube of Natpro (I only use that one because it is the most natural) into the hospital on day four (that’s how long it took me to come out of shock and start searching for an answer). I surreptitiously rubbed an inch and a half into his bare arms for two days, and suddenly his brain swelling dropped overnight and he was brought out of the coma. He had been fighting for his life on day four and was going downhill fast. We had been warned to expect the worst, and at best he would be in hospital for up to a year and would never work again. Apparently progesterone has been having amazing results on brain trauma and spinal cord injuries. It is May the 5th, his injury was January 29th. He is out of hospital, going to the gym and getting ready to start work as a brick layer again.
      The specialists couldn’t believe it. I will always have a tube with me, just in case, for anyone. The sooner after the injury it is administered, the better – within hours if possible. I learned this from a video on Youtube called ProTect. In the event of TSHTF, there may be seriious injury, and this really works.
      I know that’s a little long winded, but I just can’t believe how effective it is, and it may save lives. I just wanted to share it.
      As I said, awesome blog, and thanx so very much for sharing it.

    10. TripodXL says:

      gigaJack, I appreciate your efforts at informing and sharing with the “at large” crowd. I do have a question about guns and flashlights. I am a gun guy and a survivalist and you appear to have learned it as a practical necessity for survival as opposed to being a gun guy to begin with. Also I like to have a lot of flashlights, too. My question concerning these is that you have so many different flashlights and to a lesser extent a variety of firearms, particularly handguns. Why so many different kinds? I figure you’ve got $1500 worth of flashlights, if I could keep up with all of them. I have tried to standardize my equipment wherever I can. I also use it and verify that it performs as advertised. Woe to the person that fails to do this. Every magnesium/firesteel is not created equally and I can tell you that you will be sorely disappointed in the under performance of many of them and likewise could be said about anything. I like the flashlights that use standard batteries. I love the ones that use 3 AAA batteries in a carrier and a lot of them use this design. To be sure I have a surefire E? whatever with a 45 min runtime and the blinding never fail light and durability. But the versatility of using the same kind of common battery, and rechargeable is even better, seems to be just too big a logistical point to over look. I have headlights that use this system, stick type flashlights with the 3xAAA carrier and single cell AAA penlights. My only exception to this is a solar charged flashlight which takes 2×2032 battery which is dumb, but it will charge in the sunlight and float and seems quite durable. The other isn’t really a different battery as it is a “shake” light that floats. I standardize all my BOBs for family, too as you seem to do somewhat. I noticed that you’re that first one that I’ve seen that puts money in the kids bags. I put a roll of quarters and dimes and 25 1 dollar bills in my grandchildren’s BOBs, that way they can use vending machines. And if they are separated from their parents during a disaster someone is more apt to take care of them if they come with resources of their own. Also on the firearms, I’m a dyed in the wool .45 ACP pistol fan, but good logistics outweigh my personal preferences. I have identical 9mm pistols & magazines and identical AR style rifles with identical shotguns for me and the little lady. Makes can vary but here again you want standardization and KISS. I can’t stand a Glock, but a Glock 17 or 19 with appropriate spare parts can be kept functioning forever. The same can be said of a stock M4gery AR A3 style rifle with spare parts. You don’t have to be a gunsmith to fix either one. If you aren’t able to put in the spare parts you probably aren’t survival material. I have been prepping since 97 and live on a small homestead, 22 acres, below the Mason/Dixon line and am a fair gardener and am moving towards 90% independence this year and hope to be off the grid next year. I live where I intend to survive. That seems to be people’s biggest problem, they won’t move to a rural area away from metro areas in advance of TSHTF. That fact alone will do more for personal survival than just about anything else. Take care.

      • Janet says:

        I watched your videos of your stockpile in your basement, all stacked up on shelving units. I used to do that, too, but ran into some issues with that storage method. First, I live in an old house in a cold climate, and in the winter, burst pipes often cause a lot of grief, soaking everything as the water drips to the basement floor. Secondly, I live in an earthquake prone area and really didn’t want to spend the day after an earthquake mopping broken jars of Ragu off the basement floor. Third, if I ever have to evacuate in a hell of a hurry and want to take supplies with me, I don’t want to have to round up containers and get everything packed on my way out the door. Therefore, now I store all my stuff in sturdy portable containers, and *nothing* is loose. I use the standard 5-gallon buckets, picnic coolers, rubbermaid tubs, and oversize tin canisters of the sort that Christmas popcorn comes in. Everything is clearly labeled and duct-taped shut. No moisture, moths, or mice can damage anything, and I can heave the whole shebang into the back of my pick-up truck and trailer on the way out of town without having to waste time searching for flimsy cardboard boxes on the day that the SHTF. Would recommend everyone do the same.

    11. Southern Prepper says:

      I see you created your website and your Survival Summary with Google Docs. Did you just create individual docs and link them…or is this a presentation setup . I am unfamiliar with Google Docs, but you did such a great jjob, I wanted to do something similar for my extended family to have of my preps.

    12. Bill Hodgkinson says:

      Thanks for your info, we think alike. Your site has allowed me to refine my gear. Thanks again

      Semper Fi. USMC.

    13. jennifer bullard says:

      Wonderful website. I originally found you on Youtube under food storage, you have inspired me. If you could guesstimate the total cost of your prepping supplies (all inclusive), that would be much appreciated. Just wondering what my long term goal will run approximately. My husband is mainly interested in guns and protection while the rest is falling on me. Would love to know of any female prepper websites if you are aware of any. Thanks so much for all the info and on behalf of all the survival moms out there just trying to keep their families safe!!

      • gigaJack says:

        Just ballparking, I would have to guess $20k. I also have a tons of items that I would not purchase again. If I was starting out I would only focus on food, water & protection. I would skip tons of the camping items as bugging out would be the last resort.

    14. Bax says:

      Hi there.

      Got your comment re: DailySurvival

      I’ve added you to my Blogroll. Reciprocate? 🙂

      Nice blog you have here. Mind if I repost the odd, older article?

    15. evilofindifference says:

      love the site

      been working myself on getting more/better prepared

    16. nick says:

      this is very helpful thanks, and i agree the next 2-3 years are going to see some hell

    17. John says:

      This is great! Wow you have thought of everything. I seem to have many of these items at my homestead, but the way you organized this is incredible. I have a feeling we will all be putting our survival skills to use in the next 2-3 years. I need to “clear away” some kid toys and make a dedicated area for preps as you have.

    18. Joseph says:

      Hi. Thank you for sharing your videos.
      We have a private property in North West Mexico. Over here the CIA/Illuminati “war on drugs” is felt at its most. Police have deserted. Soldiers commit abuses and confiscate weapons from law abiding citizens illegaly. Also, its has been known that the army is helping the Zetas by giving them guns and ammo, not patrolling rural areas and by harrasing motorists at many checkpoints.
      This is only the beginning. Mexico will burn. Its has gone from relative tranquility and prosperity to complete anarchy. You have no idea of whats happening here and what is coming to. The US will be afected so much by Mexico’s controlled collapse that you will only then know how much we depended on each other and how little was done to outreach to the hispanic population.
      In a sense we are aware of this conspiracy by the powers that be, many others are in denial, but we know this has come due to our mental waekness, lack of faith and waiste of time.
      Pray for your country, from the heart. The US will suffer greatly. If you think Chechnya was hell on the earth then prepare with faith and trust in God because its coming. Its at your doorstep.

    19. Tony says:

      Thanks so much for this. It is great! Good job!

    20. Cliff says:

      Dude!! seems like you are slowing down. things seem to getting further and further apart. You’d be surprised how many of us lurkers are just dying for more cool videos and comments and stuff.

      Thanks for the great resource.

    21. Gaylee Ankerberg says:

      I am so appreciative of your work…….I’m a grandma and widow…….I’m going to prepare for the rest of my family. Thanks again !

    22. eric says:

      I wonder, what is an estimated cost associated with all you have prepared for. There is so much and I know the costs can be astronomical unless they are budgeted correctly and over a reasonable time frame. Also your rotation software for food, can you tell me what you use?

      Thanks for your time and for spending the time to post all of this.

    23. MIKE says:

      Very, Very, Very NICE!!! Thank you. This will help me much…..

    24. Dene Brock says:

      Glad I found this again.. great list! Thanks for the info.

    25. gritzgrunt says:

      excellent site… very thorough

    26. Doug H. says:

      Amazing website, thanks for the lists.

    27. esb says:

      Wonderful, wonderful list! I, too, live in MN and it’s nice to know there are other like-minded folks in my state 🙂 You put my preps to shame, but I’ve got a lot of new ideas now, thanks to you.

      Thanks for putting this together and sharing it with us.



    28. TheMirage says:

      Any new updates in your preps since July?

    29. JC says:


    30. Steve Mills says:

      Thanks for your hard work!! You continue to provide a great service to the preparedness community!!!

    31. James says:

      Just saw your Kel-tec pf9 review. Whats the model of your lazer grips for it?And does the lazer stay on once you put your finger inside the trigger guard?
      Great site, some people think we are paranoid. They are the one’s who will be looking for help when the shit hits the fan.
      Thanks James.

    32. John says:

      Great bunch of info I wish I was as prepared as you are
      Thanks for info looking forward to your post

    33. Mercedes says:

      Wow that’s a lot if information. Thank you.

    34. Loreo says:

      Well – I stumbled on your food storage on youtube which directed me to your website. Very impressive and gave me a lot to think about while preparing for myself and my family.

      Thank you for your thoroughness and all of the links. I am a single mom and on a very tight income, but – perhaps I can try to find a lot of these items on craigslist; ebay; garage sales; etc….

      I feel so unprepared, but am going to write a plan similar to yours within my budget to try to obtain a lot of these items. Thank you so much for your site!! I really think that things are really going to be changing for us American really soon and I want to be as prepared as possilbe!!

    35. AZguy says:

      Nice list. Any chance you’re a project manager by profession? You’ve done very well for a young man, obviously you’re fully invested in the notion that the shit and the fan are rapidly coming together. (I am too.) keep up the great work, it inspires us all for various reasons.


    36. Jr says:


      Thank you for sharing your slice of the world. We can all learn something from one another and I appreciate your time and information.

      I initially found one of your YouTube videos and of course it snowballed from there. In one of your videos you mentioned that “Strike Anywhere” matches are no longer legal to sell. Could you please provide more information on this? Here in my area of the midwest, stirke anywhere matches aren’t common, but are sold in several places.

      I found it funny that you seem fond of strike anywhere matches; ME TOO! Ohio Blue Tip matches sure aren’t what they use to be and if there is pending legislation to restrict strike anywhere matches, I want to know.

      Thank you again.

    37. Ryan says:

      Love all your videos and lists. It has helped me a lot with my own survival set up.

      Thank you

      I also wanted to let you know about a book I thought you’d like.

      Its called Crisis by Design by John Truman Wolfe
      you can get it on amazon.

      Thanks again

    38. c0 says:

      This is quite a comprehensive list / description of your preps. Good information for all.

    39. TheMirage says:

      You don’t have a bug out bag? I see a get home bag, one for the wife, and child. Nothing for you.

    40. Lynne says:

      Great summary, I have been prepping for around 18 months and I like the thoroughness of this list. Would it be okay to link to this list at ferfal’s “Surviving in Argentina” Grab the Apple forum?

      • gigaJack says:

        Link away…

        Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.

    41. Russell says:

      Your website is amazing. Your thoroughness is appreciated.

    42. tardbruff says:

      Very Good site, thank yo mister, it’s help’s me!

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