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Category: Preparedness

When someone mentions preparedness, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it prepping, the end of the world, the apocalypse…or, does it simply mean being in a state of readiness for whatever life throws at you? We believe preparedness is having the knowledge, skills, ability, and gear to handle life in a way that builds confidence and peace of mind. This isn’t about doom and gloom, it’s about getting out and living life to the fullest.

scammer using social engineering

6 types of social engineering and how to respond to each one

What is social engineering, what are the different types, and why would you ever need to use it? Why should you be on the lookout for it? The basic premise of social engineering is to psychologically manipulate someone to get what you want. Sound harsh, doesn’t it? The truth is, we all use “social engineering” on a daily basis without even realizing it.

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Think outside the box

What is a well-rounded EDC?

We need to have the mindset to do what we need to do, the physical capability to carry it out, the skills to efficiently do it, and the equipment to support the task. Let’s take a look at these four areas we need to focus on in terms of everyday preparedness, which is how you carry yourself on a daily basis. We want to move beyond just talking about gear and look at the other areas of our life that drive the gear we carry.

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International Travel

International travel tips – 7 things to do before you go

When planning a trip to an international destination, there are a lot of things we should look at well in advance of stepping foot on a plane. There are also some things to keep in mind when you reach your destination. Not only does this give you peace of mind, but it also helps prevent any unforeseen issues that may pop up.

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everyday carry tourniquet

Should I carry a tourniquet?

It can be a pain to carry all the stuff we “need” on a daily basis, but the weight and bulk can add up. If it becomes too much, we start looking for stuff to leave at home based on nothing in particular other than, “What do I use the least?” While this has some merit to it, maybe we should rethink the things we leave at home in terms of how critically important they could be in the rare situation we find ourselves needing them. If you’re not carrying a tourniquet on a daily basis, we hope we can convince you to change your mind.

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hatchet

10 Ways to use a hatchet

A good quality hatchet can be used for more than just making kindling. Inspired by a conversation with a Wisconsite, I found that incorporating the usefulness of a hatchet into everyday life just made sense. These tools are incredibly versatile and can make short work of many tasks. Here are 10 ways to use a hatchet, meant to inspire you to pick one up and see how you can make it one of your most-used tools.

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travel in a crowd

Traveling as a gray man

Maybe you live in a safe neighborhood in safe town, and you try to be prepared for what can come your way. But, the reality is no matter how “safe” you feel, bad things happen all the time. Learn what travel means to a gray man and how you can be better prepared as you move from one place to another.

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compass matchcase with stormproof matches

How to keep matches dry – 3 options

Keeping your gear dry. It seems like a fairly common-sense thing … until you walk outside. All of a sudden, having the ability to make fire becomes a critical and potentially life saving skill. We look at different options to ensure your matches and tinder stay out of the elements.

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550 paracord

How to use paracord – 21 practical uses

Paracord is inexpensive, easy to get your hands on, and can be used for so many different things. We put together a quick list of ways you can use it and why it’s important to make sure you always have some with you, no matter if your adventure is in a far off jungle or making your way to and from the office.

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tacmed soft t tourniquet and phlster flatpack tourniquet carrier

How to carry a tourniquet

This week we are going to highlight one of the most overlooked pieces of an Intentional EDC … Medical. Actually, we are going to focus in even more and look at carrying a tourniquet and how to incorporate one into your Primary EDC.

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flashlight in the dark

How to use a flashlight for self-defense

A self-defense flashlight is a light specifically chosen and carried to be used as a less-than-lethal defense tool. We want to talk about why a flashlight is a vital part of an Intentional EDC, how to use your light as a force option as well as some considerations when buying a flashlight.

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