American Survival Guide - - NEW PRODUCTS -

If you smoke cig­a­rettes, you are noth­ing but a li­a­bil­ity. Smok­ing is the lead­ing cause of pre­ventable death in Amer­ica. You will be very lit­tle help to your fam­ily and friends when the end of the world does ar­rive if you are suf­fer­ing nico­tine fits and pant­ing like Jabba the Hutt af­ter a 10K foot race. If you smoke, you will be the first one eaten when those puck­ish zom­bies show up.

Quit­ting is tough, but that doesn’t change the fact that you’ve got to do it. Gum and patches are over­the-counter now, and your physi­cian can hook you up with stronger tools if you can’t shake the habit on your own. You will un­doubt­edly make a zil­lion stupid ex­cuses for con­tin­u­ing this ridicu­lous prac­tice, but you need to just suck it up and get this stuff out of your life.

Each cig­a­rette sub­tracts 12 min­utes from a nor­mal life­span. Cig­a­rettes kill a quar­ter of the pop­u­la­tion, and yet, we still tol­er­ate it. Cig­a­rettes make you slow, cost you money you could use for im­por­tant things (such as bug-out bags and guns) ... and cause you to smell bad. Those of us who don’t smoke know you do the mo­ment you walk into a room.

If you care enough to drop your well-earned money on this fine pub­li­ca­tion, you should have more sense than to smoke cig­a­rettes. Do what­ever it takes to quit smok­ing.

the bare steel bed of a pickup truck in cold weather will suck the heat out of your body as fast as you can pro­duce it.

A de­cent sleep­ing bag is also a great boon when at­tend­ing to in­jured folks. Keep­ing an in­jured per­son warm will help ward off shock. Metabol­i­cally speaking, an in­jured body has enough to fret about with­out try­ing to main­tain core body tem­per­a­ture.

As with all as­pects of a bug-out bag, as­sess your cir­cum­stances. A light­weight, com­pact bag that is easy to tote might be a good com­pro­mise when tem­per­a­tures are not too wretched. Re­mem­ber that even in tem­per­ate ar­eas, it can get chilly at night. In a sur­vival sit­u­a­tion, you need not re­ally be com­fort­able; you just don’t want to freeze.


Above: Your bug-out bag should be a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent and cus­tom­ized to your unique cir­cum­stances. Whether you ex­pect to have to carry it long dis­tances is the start­ing point.

Be­low: If your main con­cern is sur­viv­ing a se­vere weather event, your bug-out bag’s load­out should be dif­fer­ent than for some­one whose pri­mary fo­cus is civil un­rest.

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