Author: Dave Asprey

Hiking Backpack review

Hiking Backpack review

Osprey Atmos 65 AG

  • Main Fabric: 100d X 630d Nylon Dobby
  • Maximum Dimensions: (mm) 840 (l) X 380 (w) X 390 (d)
  • Weight: 2.18 Kg
  • 2017 mod
  • Best place to buy is at Amazon 



After having my own now for the last month or so I thought I must do a hiking backpack review on it.

I feel its important to let all you guys know how good this pack has preformed over this period. This pack has many good positive features and I can’t fault the bag in any way. It has been a pleasure to have on my many hikes and I highly recommend this backpack if you are thinking of buying.

The time spent in detail, quality and innovative design proves that this hiking pack definitely means business. It’s strong and sturdy features instantly give me the confidence that this pack will last many walks into the unknown. When carrying it under load it has great weight distribution because of its hip belt design and back support. Its durability and toughness when using it is outstanding

When running my fingers over the shoulder straps I noticed that all the stitching is nicely done and neat. Its sleek mesh back support, which has a fully ventilated hip belt gives a futuristic appearance. The design is this area of the pack is amazing and I don’t think I have seen it on other packs. The mesh is one complete piece running right through to hip belt.

The pack completely hugs my back when trying it on and surprisingly feels very light. The mesh smooth texture and breathable webbing, would add to the needed ventilation when out on those long hikes.

Pure Joy

I had laid out all my hiking bits and pieces on the living room floor and began to slowly pack these into the main compartment. As my other pack is a little larger from this one, I thought it might be tough going getting all my contents into this pack.

When I started packing my larger items into the bottom of the main compartment, I soon realized how much storage this pack has to offer. It was like a never ending void that never could be filled.

I noticed that there’s a divider that would allow you to separate your wet and dry clothing, which is a massive bonus. It also has a sturdy draw string with clip adjustment to keep this compartment shut. The water bladder is located in nicely tucked away spot so it doesn’t get in your way. I can also access my contents via top and bottom entry points.

I then considered my other items that would be separate from my main compartment and noticed how many pocket options I have for storage. The double zippered front pockets look as though they could store a heap of stuff. I put my hand into one of these to see how deep they were and to my amazement realized they both run down to the bottom of the pack.

At the bottom of the pack there’s a large sleeping bag compartment. So I gab my sleeping bag of the floor and proceed to stuff it into this area. Wow! Easily fits with room to spare. It also has straps under the pack that I could relocate my sleeping bag if need be, but I found these straps to be handy in securing my camera tripod.

I gathered some of my documents and smaller items and filled some inside pockets. There’s plenty of useful internal pockets I can utilize for things like food or first aid.

I’ve decided to use the top lid compartment as my day pack because it completely separates from the pack. So I begin to pack into this area all my items that I may use if I was going to hike lighter and separate from my main pack.

When the top lid compartment is attached to the main pack, its held down by two sturdy compression straps. All the straps I used so far on this pack clip into place beautifully and show no signs of ever failing.

The hip strap feels secure and comfortable with nice padding and ventilation. It has two pockets on either side of the strap that offer a small amount of room for perhaps an energy bar or small camera. I must say that the hip belt looks and feels much superior to other hiking packs on the market.

There’s a handy front pocket on the pack that’s made from mesh type ultra strong material. In this area I packed a few first aid items and tools that I may need to grab for when hiking

There’s a handy two-way bottle holders nicely located in a side area that easily accessible. I have found this to be a problem in the past on other packs, as they can be located in awkward areas making it hard to reach for when wanting a drink. So big thumbs up here

All the rest of my items were packed into the other well-thought-out locations of the pack. It’s here that I realized that this pack is definitely much superior to my other hiking packs.

I’m actually pretty blown away that all my items were able to be packed effortlessly without having to overthink the packing too much. Everything just seemed to fit perfectly. When out hiking the bag performed well in regard to load stability and has good weight distribution. I think definitely because of the back system that’s a little different on this pack.

When the weather turns ugly and you need to keep your precious back pack and its contents dry, pull out the integrated & detachable rain cover found inside the lid. This rain cover looks very robust and capable of keeping out all the rain. It easily covered the whole bag, not like some other brands out there.

The Osprey Atmos AG backpack in my opinion is King

When doing my research on this backpack I learned that it had won an Innovation Gold award. This is not hard to believe because of the way it looks, feels and preforms when out hiking.

All the adjustments and clips work extremely well and are very sturdy. Compression straps I found all are all easy to get to, and pull the pack neatly and tightly into place. The built in whistle is a bonus and sounds loud when blowing into it.

The zippers are all very functional with sturdy little rubber loops that in my opinion would never break even with the hardest of hands.

The water sack inside looks tough and durable allowing me to carry bucket loads of drinking water. It’s located in a nice little spot tucked away from the main storage area.

My rating for this back pack is 4.9 out of 5

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Any questions drop me a comment below. Hope this helps with your next

Cheers Dave

How To Use A Compass With A Map

How To Use A Compass With A Map



Be warned! Hiking can become very addictive.

When I first started bush walking and hiking I was instantly in love. Do you also hike trails around your area? Or perhaps you travel to amazing places around the globe finding the most popular hikes?


Some hikes can leave you with lasting memories that can last forever

I try to get out into the bush whenever possible, hiking almost immediately calms my thoughts and helps me see life a little more clearly.

When away from all the noise of suburbia and the mindless chatter that goes on through the weeks activities, hiking amongst the trees and all that fresh air made me feel alive and gave me a sense of purpose and respect for life. Do you also feel the same? There’s something positive that happens to our bodies when we are observing nature

When I was younger hiking some absolutely stunning trails around the area I lived, always left me feeling that I wanted to venture off the well-worn path. To discover a never before seen waterfall or walk knee-deep along a pristine river bank observing the local bird and animal life all alone.

When hiking down many trails I would see the barely noticeable tracks veering off, made by the many types of wildlife as they passed from one location to the other. I wonder where these tracks led off too?

I need to explore them I would tell myself, imagining that these tracks led to some hidden lair of an animal thought to be extinct many hundreds of years before.

When out hiking, often I would catch a glimpse of a distant mountain or river that took my breath away leaving me with goose bumps. I would scan the horizon and would ponder for ages whether I could make it there on my own, traversing untouched ground.

I always stopped myself from venturing off into the deep unknown because of the fear of getting lost, not knowing where I am with nobody to find me. However, making my own paths from a starting point on a map to a destination continued to be on my mind when considering hiking a new area.

When this longing to get into the untouched parts of the wilderness got unbearable, I decided I needed to learn how to find my bearings out there.

I enrolled myself into a navigation course that gave me some priceless knowledge on reading from a map and using a compass amongst other useful things.

I practiced some different scenarios out in the bush around my area and in time I became proficient in compass and map reading.

Its absolutely amazing when you choose a destination to hike to and you use a compass and map to get there. I remember my dad pulling out the old topography maps and laying them on the lounge room floor when I was a kid. He would plan our camping trips looking at these maps and always found great locations to camp, often near rivers or rocky outlooks.

I would see him with his pencil and compass out, drawing lines and writing notes. He would point out all the different details of contours of mountains and valleys and also explain how long it would take to walk to our destination.

I’ve come to realize that I totally love hiking and I need to do it as often as possible. I guess you could say it’s my authentic self, it’s in my blood. Probably ingrained in me from a very early age

I can absolutely guarantee that if you get yourselves out into the great outdoors you won’t be let down.

I’m grateful that I can now pass down all this knowledge to my two young boys and watch their happy faces when we are exploring the trails together

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Wilderness survival gear

Wilderness survival gear

At some stage in our lives we could find ourselves in a survival situation. This could happen at home but often happens when we are enjoying outdoor activities such as camping, hiking and exploring the great outdoors.

If we are under prepared in our knowledge of bush skills we could find ourselves in a dire situation with no way out. We also need to be constantly reviewing our wilderness survival gear before embarking on any hike

We have heard of the stories of people that go out for a leisurely hike or mountain bike ride in the bush only to get lost for days at a time. Because of their lack of understanding of the environment they are in, they find themselves exposed to the elements. Sometimes ones have lost their lives due to the lack of knowledge on how to survive in this type of situation.

Recently I heard of a teacher that took his young students on an outdoors excursion in the bush, only to get lost. Luckily he was well-equipped, knowledgeable and well-prepared on bush survival. The teacher had the commonsense to notify the local authorities of his plans beforehand, and they were quick to respond when he delayed in returning from the hike.

Because of his well-thought-out preparation, he had the knowledge to stay put in the one spot and the skill to build a fire to keep warm. He kept the students occupied by building a basic shelter to keep dry and carry out some basic tasks. Thankfully all of his students survived three nights in extreme conditions.

There are many things we can learn, that will guarantee our survival when getting lost in the great out-doors. These can be so easy to learn that even our kids can gain a proper understanding on how to keep safe and sound if they were ever lost

But Let’s focus on how to build a fire from scratch with no man made tools, with basic bush materials

Building a fire with a flame

You have been out exploring taking photos of some remote bush-land for the day and its starting to get late. You decide to pack up and head back to the car. After a while the trail you thought was the one you walked in on, ends up winding to a dead end. You scratch your head and turn around to familiarize yourself with the trail and your surroundings. You decide to walk back to the original location to find the trail back, but this also leads to a dead end. Oh no you whisper to yourself IM LOST!

The first thing you will wanting to do is build yourself a fire. This will be vital in keeping you warm and signaling for people who may be looking for you. A fire will also dry any clothes that may become wet, cook some food or boil water. Also, a fire will keep any nasty animals away that may want to eat you through the night.

Starting a fire isn’t as complicated as you may think. If you are fortunate enough to have a lighter or matches on you, this process will be quite simple. However, if you don’t you will have to make a fire from scratch.

First of all you will want to

  • Clear an area where you intend to have your fire
  • Find some large stones that you can form a circle
  • Collect small kindling and leaves that can be used to start the process
  • Collect some large, dry fallen tree branches

Clearing an area for your fire is a must because you don’t want the fire to take hold of other surrounding grass or debris. Forming a circle with some stones will guarantee that no fire will spread by wind or sparks. Obviously you don’t want a raging out of control fire, just one that will keep you warm.

Small sticks no bigger than a match stick in thickness and leaves will ensure your flame will take hold as you build on your fire with bigger sticks. When your fire has been burning for more than 15 minutes you can start increasing the size of your logs. Be sure not to smother your flame by adding too much to soon.

The fire triangle consists of




Take one of these components away from any fire and it will go out.

 No Flame no worries

Imagine the feeling the first person had when they created fire. You could imagine his amazement as he stared down into the glowing ember and feeling the first signs of heat as the smoke circled around his body, filling the nostrils of everybody that was close by. Fire changed everything back then, how people cooked food, made tools and the list goes on.

But nowadays we have so many ways of making a fire, such as using matches or a lighter etc. But you may ask, how would I start a fire if I didn’t have any of these?

First we need to find the tools needed to make the friction needed to create a burning ember

you will need a sharp pointed stone

To find the wood needed I try to find a old dead log thats been lying on the ground for a long time. If you can pick it up and try to smash it on the ground or on some rocks. This will give you many pieces of different sizes to use.

When making the bow you will need a long (arm length) flexible stick about the width of your middle finger. If you don’t happen to have any string, you can use material from a shirt or shoelaces. Tie each end of the material to the stick so there’s just a little of flex in the stick.

The piece of wood that will act as your drill will need to be the width of your thumb. Scrape off the bark at the end of the stick making it into a blunt point, you can use a sharp rock to do this or scrape it backwards and forwards on a large boulder.

The piece of wood on the ground needs to be flat and about a finger width thick. With a sharp stone dig some holes into the wood until it goes through to the other side. This is where your drill piece will spin to make the necessary friction and heat.

  • Make a loop in your string of the bow and put your drill piece through the loop
  • Place drill piece in the dug out hole
  • Cup a piece of wood in your top hand and put some of your weight on the drill piece
  • Move bow backwards and forwards, turning the drill piece in the hole
  • Do this unit smoke billows from the hole in wood

After you have done this process a hot ember should appear around the bottom of the drill and hole in the wood. You will then need to transfer this hot ember to your tinder. Do this by rolling the ember into the dry debris, or place a little bit of your dry tinder on top of it. Allow the ember to get some oxygen, by gently blowing on it. Don’t blow to hard on the ember as it may go out. This should be sufficient and by now, you should have a flame.

Practice practice

There’re tonnes of online tutorials on this subject, so I suggest watching as many as you can to see what works and what doesn’t. Go out into the back yard and practice using different timbers and materials and with the knowledge you have now gained, you will have a fire cranking in no time at all.

Teach and show others how its done

This skill is priceless and everyone should know how to do this. Get the family practicing and copying you, once you have mastered the technique. Go out into the bush and test it out to see what troubleshooting you may have.

Don’t leave yourself in the cold

All the best with mastering these techniques and learning how to build a fire from scratch.

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Back packs for girls, what to look for when purchasing

Back packs for girls, what to look for when purchasing



Okay, so you have decided to head out to the nearest camping store to purchase your first back pack. Perhaps it’s because all your friends have taken up bush walking for a hobbie or you’re getting serious about having the right back pack to bug out with. What ever the reason, buying a back pack should be exciting and fun.

When you first walk into some of these camping outlets, you are confronted with a huge variety of bags. All sorts of colors and styles, hanging on a wall that seems to endlessly span the entire length of the shop. Which one should I choose you may ask yourself?

To make matters worse the guy from the store asks a bunch of questions that you have absolutely no idea what he’s talking about. Scratching your head you decide to pick the one that’s pink and head to the checkout. But when it comes to using it you realize it’s far to large and uncomfortable.

Buying on line can sometimes be just as confusing. If your anything like me, you may feel that you need to see and touch the item before making a purchase. Making sure that it has all the necessary details you will need

Before we head out and spend all our hard-earned cash on the first thing we see, lets consider some frequently asked questions, that women may have when looking for back packs for girls.


There’s one definite must a backpack should always have tons of organization. Most top brands on the market, now design their bags with storage in mind. However, there’s still numerous products out there that don’t deliver in this area.

Things to look out for are

  • Top lid converts to a day pack
  • Duel side mesh pockets
  • Zippered hip belt pockets
  • Stretch mesh front panel pocket
  • Ice tool loops with bungee tie offs
  • External hydration sleeve
  • Full body main compartment opening for easy unloading
  • Weather shield pockets
  • Bottle holster for one handed access when your on the go

I don’t know about you but there’s nothing worse than looking for your toothbrush, and remembering that it’s somewhere down near the bottom of your backpack. Digging your way through to the bottom of your bag trying to find it is really annoying. Its awesome to have the perfect pocket for all your toiletries that you can easily unzip, taking it with you to the nearest water hole or shower.

At the top of the list, the first must have is an assessable pocket where you can easily grab for your first aid pouch. I have known of people who have stumbled and fallen when hiking. Injuries can happen quickly when out hiking, so you must have a location on your backpack that you can reach at to get your first aid quickly.

A pocket for food and water, needs to be in a spot where you can access easily. However, you don’t want your water canteen to be in the blazing sun whilst you walk, so a well ventilated cool area of your pack is the best place for it.

When on a hike I always find myself reaching for something to nibble on for energy, so the last thing I want to be doing is taking my pack off every time I want a drink or something to eat.

When talking recently with some mates and their partners, we got onto the subject whether a back pack needs to look good or not. Does it need to look like it’s in fashion? The guys in the group just laughed and pretty much said that if it functions for all my needs when hiking we are happy.

But is this the case for the girls out there?

When asking this question to the hiking loving girls out there, they all said they wanted to look good whilst hiking with there packs. They want it to perform and function properly, but also having all the nice bells and whistles we see on most top brands now.

Back in the old days most back packs were mostly in drab color. Beige and brown or off yellow and green. But nowadays you can get any color under the sun. You can bling yourself out looking like a queen of the catwalk or camouflage yourself with all the colors in the world.


Size of your pack does matter

When looking to purchase your back pack, you will need to consider the size. There are many shapes and sizes out there that cater for all types of applications.

  • Things to think about are
  • Your height and weight
  • Duration of hiking
  • Comfortability
  • Will it carry all my items
  • Does it break down into separate compartments
  • Do the straps support the size of my pack when full
  • Does it provides a good back support

Looking back over a few of my hiking trips, I now know exactly what type of pack will suit and exactly what I will want. This comes with time and experience so don’t get frustrated that you pack the wrong things in the wrong locations at first. Just try to get out there with your pack on as soon and often as you can.

When I walked for 10 days to base camp Mt Everest, I was so glad at the end of the day, that I could put my bag down knowing that all my items were in locations that I could get to easily. When your exhausted and stuffed from walking up stairs and boulders all day, the last thing you want to be doing is pulling out all your contents to find that tin sardines for dinner.

Durability and material

When you find yourself embarking a hiking trip, your back pack will be exposed to all the elements. One minute you can find yourself walking with the sun shining on your back, and then next minute it can be raining cats and dogs with gale force winds blowing in your face. Make sure your pack comes with a rain cover to keep it all dry.


The other things to consider is how will your pack stand up to transportation and storage. There’s some great sturdy materials now that offer great bag durability. Take it from me, you will need a good strong pack if your planning on traveling oversees, especially in 3rd world countries.

Are we there yet?

Here’s a list of what I recommend having a look at. Some of these packs do cater more for men, but some of the ladies out there are fitter and stronger than some of the guys making some of these packs ideal

  1. Osprey Atmos (click here check out my review)
  2. Gregory Response Baltoro
  3. Arcteryx Bora AR 63
  4. Lowe Alpine Cerro Torre
  5. Osprey Aether AG
  6. Arcteryx Altra 65
  7. Granite Gear Crown 60
  8. Osprey Xenith 75
  9. Deuter Act Light 50
  10. Granite Gear Nimbus Trace
  11. The North Face Banchee 65
  12. Mountain Hardwear Ozonic
  13. Patagonia Ascensionist 40
  14. Kelty Coyote 65
  15. Flex Capacitor 40-60

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Bush shelter, Great idea to bug out in

Bush shelter, Great idea to bug out in


OK we have put together our go bags and quite proud of ourselves. Now comes the decision of what location we intend to bug out to. Making a beeline for the forest, woods or bush land could be a good option as it offers safety and protection.

A basic bush shelter may keep you warm and dry for weeks at a time, in the event of a natural or man made disaster. Choosing the right area and knowing what bush shelter to build can sometimes be a challenge for some people.

A pre selected area

You have decided to head to the hills in the event of a disaster. Now what? You need to map out a route you intend to go arriving at your destination.

A Google search of your intended destination should give you a detailed description of roads, train lines, tracks and paths you can travel along.

Also you can get in touch with local authorities to get your hands on a few topographic maps. These are great as you have a hard copy of the area you are intending to head to. Digital details and instructions could be lost due to battery life of the device or damage due to rain etc.

Picking the perfect spot

Once you have chosen the route to your destination and practiced getting there by a few different ways and methods, its time to pick the perfect spot to build yourself a shelter.

Choosing the ideal spot would depend on a few different factors such as-

  • Summer or winter
  • Bushland or forest
  • Flat or mountainous terrain
  • Types of wildlife in the area

For example:

Theres been a magnitude 8.5 earthquake in the city you live. Theres mass confusion amongst the population and violence and looting are starting to take place. On top of this a tsunami warning has been issued to hit within a hour.

Its winter, cold and raining. You have practiced your escape route to your bug out location many times. Once your on your way you notice that all public transport and services are totally stopped. You choose to ride your bicycle to your location as all the roads are destroyed.

You are confident that all is going to be ok because you have previously built yourself a shelter at your bug out spot. Its in a isolated area out of sight from other people. You have stocked it well with water and canned food.

Your shelter has been built by sturdy materials keeping you safe and protected from the elements

When choosing the site for your shelter, consider the following-

  • Do I need to build my shelter high and off the ground
  • Whats my options for building materials
  • Whats the best foundation to build off (sand, rock, snow etc.)

Bears, tigers and snakes are just a few animals that can kill you pretty quickly, so take this into account

What materials can I use?

There’re many types of shelters that we can build to keep us safe and protected. When building a bush shelter I keep in mind

  • What resources I have at my disposal
  • what hazards do I need to avoid
  • What offers the best protection

This allows me then to choose a suitable site in which I can go about construction of my bug out shelter

If my shelter location site was near a river I might use river stone in the construction. Long straight trees with forks at the end, can be used to make a frame work of your shelter. Mud and clay can be used to make bricks and tiles. Logs from large trees can be stacked together to form walls and floor beams. palm, fern leaves and grass can be thatched together to make a roof.

Regular visits to your bug out location will familiarize you with your surroundings.

Expanding on your knowledge

Reading books and watching tutorials on building and basic construction, will help you to understand what methods will work. Enrolling yourself in a building course is always a great way to learn, also meeting people with similar interests can expand on your knowledge.

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Best Bug Out Locations

Best Bug Out Locations

Natural disasters can happen very quickly and without warning. Have you been taken by surprise and been affected by a natural disaster in your area? Fortunately most of us haven’t. But does this mean that we can switch off to the possibility that it could happen to us or our loved ones.

Imagine this scenario.

It’s 9am in the morning, John had already completed half of his mornings to do list, working steadily and feeling quite happy with how the morning had just cruised along.

He had shared a few lighthearted jokes with work colleagues about the weekend and now he started heading over to the lunch room for his coffee break.

Johns phone starts vibrating in his pocket and he grabs it and puts it to his ear. On Johns wife’s first couple of words, his heart sinks. It’s fire John! It’s fire she screams.

John left the house reluctantly this particular morning. After having breakfast he kissed his wife and kids goodbye and gave the dog a quick pat. As he walked out to the car parked in the street, John noticed a faint smell of smoke in the air and a haze out in the distance.

There’s lots of bush land surrounding his home and the threat of bush fires has been very real, particularly this year. It’s a hot day already, and the wind has picked up. It’s been a very hot dry summer with little rainfall over the past couple of years, and John thinks about how low his water tanks must be.

There has been quite a bit of talk among the neighbors and the local news articles have spoken extensively about fire prevention. Fire can engulf a house within minutes in the right conditions they continue to warn. He thinks to himself that this is certainly the right conditions for bush fire

Over the past month John has thought serious above what he’s heard from the local fire authorities and he feels he has taken all the necessary precautions. John turns around takes and quick look at his house and instantly feels a sense of relief.

Recently he installed a sprinkler system around the perimeter of the roof. He also recently cleared a large section of trees that were hanging close to the house. He placed two good quality water pumps close by, with many meters of hose allowing him access to water from his swimming pool.

John had talked extensively and planned an escape route and to bug out location with his family, so they now know how to get away safe in the event of a bush fire. Most importantly the go bags are hanging within grabbing distance near the front door.

John feels satisfied that he’s done all he could to safeguard his family. He starts the car engine and begins to make his way to work.

What’s the best Bug Out Location?

Whether your single, married couple or have a family, bugging out requires the same principles. The best Bug Out Locations would depend on where your live and these locations need to be well-thought-out beforehand and must provide the best safety for your and your family.

These locations should also be well stocked with water, food, clothing and first aid supplies for your and family members. A good Bug Out Location would also need to keep your dry and warm, offering good security.

When considering the best to bug out location for yourself, your need to think about everything your take for granted (water, gas, services transport etc.) These will most likely come to a grinding halt.

For example if your choose to just stay put in your home in a disaster, your need to stock up on things that your will need-

  • Fuel
  • Food with long shelf life
  • Drinking water
  • Gas for cooking
  • Medical supplies

In some situations for a variety of reasons, we may not get the chance to make it to our Bug Out Location, this is why its vital that your and each family member has a Bug Out Bag. These should be easy asses sable near the exit point of your home. I have a family Bug Out Bag always in my car just in case.

The best Bug Out Locations for your to consider may be-

  • Your home
  • Emergency shelters
  • Friends and family homes
  • Pre chosen destination
  • Bush location
  • Boat or yacht

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During the Bug Out

Acting quickly will definitely be the key when faced with the decision to leave your home to make way to your to bug out location. John in the outset had taken all necessary steps to get his family prepared. But he now faced the dilemma of getting himself back to his family and to their to bug out location. But he knew even if he wasn’t able to get there straight away, he had a bug out bag in the car and he knew that his family knew what to do in his absence

Getting to your to bug out location needs to be done with organization and calmness. Children can pick up on a panicked parent so keep calm. You would be surprised how strong children can be in these types of situations. We agreed memorising a few of our favorite songs would boost our spirits when confronted with a disaster. We can sing these on the way to our bug out location if need be

You must practice getting to your to bug out location on a regular basis. This will help everyone involved to get their safely and come what may can survive. Keep comfortable once their attending to any important concerns.

After the disaster

Avoiding decease and danger will be of most importance when living at your to bug out location. This is where the wheels can fall off if people are left idle. Your location needs to feel like your home environment.

Things to consider are-

  • Keep lookout for danger and be prepared for intruders
  • Keep conditions sanitary
  • Properly cook food and drink only filtrated water.
  • Use protective equipment when working to reduce any injuries such as broken bones etc.
  • Keep up a good routine

If your choose to have any strangers stay at your location with your, make sure they know all the rules regarding what’s required of each member. You and family members are your first priority in this situation

If all hell breaks loose

Some disasters may lead into an absolute collapse within society. Past natural and man-made disasters have shown us how society can break down within hours. Take cyclone Katrina for example, their was mass looting and violence


If your decide to stay put in a disaster, make sure your have a good to bug out bag on standby. Learn and practice some good defensive moves and have options that would be handy to safeguard you and family members. Be prepared to stay longer than expected if their was a total system collapse after a disaster.

In the times we are living in we must now prepare for all most any types of disaster scenarios, such as-

  • Nuclear weapons
  • Decease outbreak
  • War
  • Collapse of economy
  • Population disturbances and riots
  • Chemical weapons
  • Robot uprising

It’s good now to arm yourself with knowledge on how to survive off the grid. Some things your can do now are-

  • How to make a bush shelter
  • How to naturally filtrate water,
  • Growing food
  • Hunting for meat
  • Nutrition, fitness
  • Different techniques on bush and urban survival
  • Bush tools
  • Smoking food
  • Fixing power equipment

Your on the right track

Reading this and content similar your are making the right decision by arming yourself with the necessary information you are going to need in a disaster. Continue learning and involve your whole family through discussion and practice, keep it fun and engaging.

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Bug out bag contents checklist to survive

Bug out bag contents checklist to survive

Natural and man-made disasters can occur suddenly with absolutely no warning. People of all backgrounds have been caught off guard in the past and have been left in desperate situations, leaving those vulnerable, scared and sometimes all alone.

We only have to cast our minds back to the last decade and see the destruction and loss of life that has occurred on a huge scale. People have been displaced with no adequate food, water, first aid or shelter for days at a time. Unfortunately past disasters have taught us that law and order usually breaks down leaving innocent vulnerable people open to violence.

Cyclones, earthquakes, floods and wild fires continue to be a great threat in many parts of the world. Nuclear war, terrorism, economic uncertainty and cyberattacks are talked about on a daily basis within news reports and social media.

Corruption within governments leave us feeling very uncertain about the times we live in, and we don’t have to look too far to see things are almost boiling over with regard to religion and culture.

Do you agree there’s a lot of anxiety surrounding people’s view of the future? What do we do to overcome our justified fears and concerns? Do we just bury our heads in the sand and live in denial, or should we take measures to safeguard our selves, friends and family?

The following discusses some simple and basic steps we can take to safeguard ourselves and those we love in times of a disaster.

Before You Prepare

Before we can put any plan together and put together a bug out bag checklist, we first must think carefully and prepare our minds for the event of a disaster. We need to acknowledge that disasters do happen and that we could be affected at some stage.

We need to do some research on disasters that have occurred in our area in the past. For example, we may live in an area that has been affected by bush fires. By researching what happened, we get to see and form a picture in our mind of the disaster and how people were affected.

We can then think of what items would best suit us in a similar situation. This then gives us a massive advantage by putting a plan together on our bug out bag checklist.

Just a side point before we discuss our bug out bag check list contents.

When there’s a disaster whether natural or man-made, we would have to expect and prepare for the worst. All power, gas and health services could shut down. Water can become contaminated in a chemical disaster and access to fuel, food could stop all together. Public transport might come to a grinding halt as well.

A well executed escape plan is essential with a bug out location. If you plan to stay put, have well stocked supplies, but we will discuss this further.

Shelter and Clothing

Essentially what a bug out bag is designed for is to help you survive for a given amount of time. The contents of the bag is chosen for a specific emergency situation. Seventy two hours is what I base my bug out bag on, as most emergency organizations are there and assisting people by then.

Clothing and shelter you plan to use needs to reflect the surrounds and whether patterns you are custom to experience where you live. I go through the contents of my bug-out bag every six months and pack for either summer or winter. It’s no good having your bag packed for winter if a disaster happens in the middle of summer.

When choosing to clothe, I buy new. I don’t pack pre worn clothes as these are usually big and bulky to pack and take up too much room. New packaged clothing is folded nicely and smells great also, which would boost my spirits in a disaster situation

I give shelter to keep me dry top priority when I pack my bug-out bag. I usually pack a small waterproof tarp and a tent. Tents now are pretty small and compact, saving on weight and space.

Essential items are

  1. Ground mat or blow up mattress
  2. Water proof tarp or small compact tent
  3. Rain gear or full length poncho
  4. Sturdy walking shoes (Click here to see my review on the top 3 best hiking shoes 2018)
  5. Three pairs of socks, shirts, underwear
  6. Fleece jacket
  7. Hat and beanie
  8. Sturdy zip half /full length pants
  9. Jumper
  10. Silk scarf (Also to be used as a dust protector)

Food and Hydration

When choosing Food to take with me, I go for small, lightweight, high calorie, long shelf life products. There’s lots of yummy dehydrated meals you can purchase. By adding hot water you can have a hot dinner. You can buy these from most food outlets and they can store for years at a time.

My review of a high quality emergency food supply is found here click this link 

Emergency organizations suggest that each person carries 3 gallons (11 liters).

Essential items are

  1. Chocolate
  2. Mixed nuts
  3. Dried fruit
  4. Powdered potatoes
  5. 6 dehydrated meals
  6. Cliff bars
  7. 2 large bottles of water
  8. Camel pack carry water
  9. Life straw to filtrate dirty water (Best place to purchase Amazon)

First aid and miscellaneous Items

When it comes to first aid kits there are plenty on the market that are cheap and very effective. I researched a whole heap of first aid kits on line that were good and quite affordable. The St Johns first aid kit is what I use and they are great for any medical emergency.

I also suggest you complete an advanced certificate in first aid, so your educated in dealing with any given medical situation.

Miscellaneous items I have included within my bug out bag are

  1. Woolen blanket
  2. Head lamp, pencil torch and Mag light
  3. Crank radio/battery bank to charge iPhone etc.
  4. Batteries
  5. Whistle/mirror and colored reflector
  6. Large water tight container with lid
  7. Water proof matches, lighter, flint strike bar and kindling
  8. Scalpel and pocket knife
  9. Hunters knife and work gloves
  10. Face paint, sun block and sunglasses
  11. Para cord
  12. Tent pins and large screw driver (used as a lever)
  13. Hatchet
  14. Fold away saw
  15. Collapsible bottle
  16. Multi tool
  17. Dust mask and waterproof tape
  18. Toiletries with travel towel
  19. Wet ones
  20. Medication, stomach relief tablets and pain killers
  21. Vodka for sterilization (and drink)
  22. Important documents and photocopied prescriptions
  23. Cash, credit card and gold
  24. List of emergency contacts, local maps and meeting places
  25. Extra set of house and car keys
  26. Note pad and pen, games
  27. Purification tablets
  28. Heat beads and paper
  29. Spork and garbage bags
  30. Stainless cooking pot
  31. Candles
  32. Your choice of defending yourself and family

The Perfect Plan and Bug-Out Bag Contents Checklist

Even the most perfect bug-out bag will be of no use if you don’t regularly go through it and get familiar with its contents.

From time to time walk around with your bug-out bag on, going up and down stairs, over obstacles and walking on long distances. Try to run with your bag for 500 meters, how does it feel? You will get a good idea by doing this if your bag is too heavy or not sitting right on your back.

Pull apart and go through your bag in the dark or practice in a confined space. We never know where or what time of the day/night we may need to use the items.

Store your bag in a dry cool place within your home that you can grab quickly and easil.

Have self defensive items on the outside of your bag, just in case you need to defend yourself quickly. I carry a sturdy metal torch when I’am walking and I have a knife on a clip on the side of my bag that’s easy accessible. I also keep myself fit and know a few quick and easy defensive moves that can get me out of trouble if need be.

Regularly check used by dates on foods, replacing water every six months. Check the life of your battery run items.

Choose a back pack that you are comfortable with. Not too big but big enough to carry all your contents. The zips should close up easily with no sharp objects bulging out. Lots of bags now have good back supports and plenty of pockets and detachable sections. Pad lock your bag zips when not open and carry keys on you. I have a sewn hidden pocket in my hat or pants to put them.

Keep all your documentation in a waterproof container or a zip lock bag.

Put a plan together that you know well and go over it regularly. If you have children sit down with them and go over the items in their own go-bag and yours. Show and teach them how to open their food, how to light a fire, how to make a shelter and how to administer first aid etc. Our children could be separated from us so they need to be educated on this type of situation. They need to be familiar with the plan and meeting places you have designated.

Prepare and practice is the key

Remember! When in a disaster, you can be the master.

Thanks for reading and any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below



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A little about me

A little about me


Camping and enjoying the outdoors has always been a part of my life. My parents always had us outside doing exciting and new things. Growing up as a kid on the Central Coast of New South Wales Australia, there was always plenty to do. Just out the back door was bush and wetlands that stretched out for miles. It was a playground of natural obstacles that kept me occupied for hours, never did I ever wonder what was there to do.


Early days

My early teen years were spent out in the bush where my dad had a property. I loved this place because it was deep in a large valley in the middle of nowhere. It was thickly dense with gum trees and loads of wildlife, you would regularly see kangaroos goannas snakes and much more, laying in the sun. There was also natural springs of deep clear water that had turtles and fresh water fish. The isolation was great as it meant that we wouldn’t see another car or person for days at a time.

Then in my late teens I gravitated towards people who also loved the outdoors. We would bush walk or camp on the many isolated beaches nearby, surfing for days at a time. The only food we had was what we had caught on our fishing rods or in our nets. I surrounded myself with books on adventure and dream t of a time and opportunity when I could get out into the world to explore it for myself. I was getting comfortable living simply and being self-sufficient, this type of life was something I definitely wanted to achieve for myself and family. Little by little I started learning and talking to whoever I could on the subject. I came in contact with some amazing people around this time of my life who taught me many valuable lessons


A turning point

Around this time a few things happened in my life that shaped my thinking. Around the globe, terrorism was becoming one of the main talking points on the news. On top of this endless discussion, there also seemed to be more frequent occurrences of powerful life threatening natural disasters, that affected many people’s lives. I started to wonder why people weren’t prepared for this type of thing. I started reading lots of information on the subject and watching tonnes of videos from experts.

my oldest boy Kynan and myself exploring the maclay river NSW


In 2010, I was asked if I could develop a Bug Out bag for a family I knew. I had developed a few of these in the past so I was only too happy to help them out. We talked about the many types of applications and situations the bag could be useful in. So over a few days I put together a bag for each family member and gave them some basic training on how to use the contents effectively. Over the next few months, word was getting around that my Bug Out bags were the real deal and I began to take on more orders. I started thinking more on this and talked to friends and family about the subject. I put together a quick online survey asking people what were there most pressing questions on preparing for a disaster and put together some information on it.

Educate yourself now before its too late

Now I specialize in information on survival and living self sufficiently. I’m passionate about helping people make the needed adjustments to protect themselves for the unexpected. When disaster has struck in the past, many people lose there lives not because of the disaster, but because they were under prepared and this is a tragedy.


6 April 2018 Family holiday Merimbula NSW

Now I am older, married with two boys, my passion is all about survival, living simple and off the grid. I test the many types of camp and survival products out there and do my own reviews on them. My love for adventure has never dwindled. Whenever we get the chance to get out into the bush or explore along our beautiful coastline we are off. I love life and discovering the road less traveled. It’s a joy to see my kids as passionate about life and the outdoors as I was at there age.


If you ever need a hand or have a questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,

Dave Asprey

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