Often, If You Didn't Bring It With You, You Ain't Got It

What got you to where you are may be the only supply of Survival equipment available to

Although Survival stories are a relatively usual news story, the ones that really get our attention
are usually the stories of people becoming stranded in a wilderness area while traveling in their
automobiles while doing something they have done perhaps hundreds of times before -
travelling from Point A to Point B.

I am thinking of a story from several years ago where a young couple with a nursing child was
stranded during a snowstorm. The couple sat in their car running the engine to keep the heater
working until the car ran out of gas. Then, after several days of sitting in the car, the husband
takes off walking, eventually becoming lost in the snow and freezing to death.

The wife and baby, who was nursing from the mother, were found in time. This sad story stands
as the perfect example of how fast the ordinary turns into the extraordinary - what was thought to
be a routine trip of usually short duration became a struggle for Survival.

It is obvious to many of us in the Survival Equipment industry that even the most rudimentary
Survival kit is a must-have for our cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATV's, boats, etc. But it is the average
person who has the average mindset that does not consider that bad things can happen to them.

Taking the time to either purchase a pre-assembled Survival kit and stowing it in the trunk of your
car, behind the seat or in your pickup truck's toolbox, putting a kit in the saddlebag of your motorcycle,
in the storage box on your ATV, etc., is the single best investment you can make in Emergency
equipment. With prices for good quality kits starting well under $75, and the ability to make your own,
there is no sound reason not to have a Survival kit of some kind with you whenever you travel by land.

Even a kit as inexpensive as our Emergency Ration Pack
contains equipment that will help if you are stranded for a few hours to a few days. Having a kit as
basic as this one and a few bottles of water could mean the difference between Surviving and not

One more thing - let's talk about emergency signalling.

If there is a mouth-operated Survival whistle that can be heard by aircraft flying nearby, I would like
someone to point it out to me. One of the most effective visual signals other than smoke would be a static
visual marker such as logs you have placed that would be seen from above as "HELP" or "SOS" etc.

Or, something that really stands out, such as a Signal Panel. These have been used for decades by the US
Military and other military forces worldwide to mark forward positions of ground troop and landing sites for
helicopters (watch the opening title sequence to "MASH" and look on the ground where the choppers land -
those are signal panels blowing in the downwash.) I carry one in my Harley saddlebags along with my Survival
equipment and bottled water.

We offer a civilian version of these panels that are very bright orange and are easily seen from the air at
altitudes where rescue aircraft are usually operating. Put one of these with your Survival equipment when you
travel by ground - it is cheap insurance and can pay off big when you need it.


Next Time... Using your conveyance and components as both shelter and Survival kit.

Remember - "Fortuna favet præparaverat  -  Fortune Favors the Prepared!"