Jun 072012

When bugging out, important documents and information are usually one of the first things people worry about.  With thumb drives becoming very inexpensive and high capacity, they are perfect for storing tons of information in your bug out bag.  Scans of important documents, precious family photos, maps, and reference materials can be carried in a tough portable package.

Manufacturers are starting to see the need for rugged, waterproof thumb drives.  One of the best on the market, so far is the Corsair Flash Survivor USB 3.0 32GB Drive

waterproof flash driveFeatures:

  • Up to 128 GB Storage
  • Water proof to 200 meters
  • Vibration and shock resistant
  • USB 3.0 or USB 2.0

With 32 GB of space, you’ll be able to store tons of files. Throw this in your bug out bag and don’t worry about it.  This flash drive is rugged!

16 and 64 and 128GB sizes are available as well, if that’s enough storage space for your needs.

Check out the customer reviews here!

May 212012

what is paracordWhat is paracord?  “Paracord“, also referred to as “parachute cord” or “550 cord” is a flexible, lightweight nylon rope.  It was originally used during World War II by U.S. Paratroopers as suspension lines.  It is very strong for its weight and has many uses.  It is comprised of an interwoven nylon sheath with numerous nylon strands inside.  The sheath and the strands may separately be used for different applications, for example, you could use the outer sheath as a shoelace, while you could sew up a hole using the inner threads.  Two ends can be melted or fused together using a lighter or candle.

It can be used to secure items to a backpack, used as fishing line, or attaching a tent or other shelter to tree branches.  Its uses are endless.

Paracord comes in different specs, each based on how many threads are contained and how much weight it is rated to be able to support.  Most military spec paracord can hold a minimum of 550 lbs, hence the term “550 cord”.  Different versions are available for civilian use, and is usually rated for less weight and contains fewer strands.

For accessibility and portability paracord can be braided into “survival bracelets”, belts, keychains and watch bands.  Since the knotting and braiding decreases the size of the overall cord, several feet of paracord can be carried around the wrist as a bracelet.  There are several patterns and styles of braiding, but generally, for every inch of braided paracord, it can be unbraided to about a foot.  The availability of different colors adds some flare as well.

However it is carried, paracord should be an essential addition to your survival gear.

Many colors and lengths of paracord can be purchased here.

For instructions on making your own survival bracelets and many other projects, see:  Decorative Fusion Knots: A Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide to New and Unusual Ornamental Knots