It’s the Little Things, Patriots

When you’re out traveling, shopping at your local market, or just walking down the street, remember it’s the little things that make a patriot a true patriot.

What do I mean by that? Well, for starters, a true patriot is someone who knows their manners. C’mon – you and I both know that we live in a fast-paced world where no one stops to hold doors anymore. Be a patriot and break out those chivalrous tendencies Mom and Grandma beat into you. Hold doors. Say “please” and “thank you”. This is basic stuff, patriots, but not everyone does this. Show respect for your fellow man and act with courtesy.

Another thing, patriots. Take the time to thank a soldier. When you see a man or woman in uniform, actually take the time to stop, shake their hand, look them in the eye, and thank them for their service. Many of you, dear readers, are servicemen and women too. You know how much this means. For those of you that aren’t, make this a habit. It means more than you’ll ever know. Seriously. And the same thing goes for families of those who serve.

Finally, hold up on your word. A man’s word should be worth it’s weight in gold and true patriots recognize this. It’s simple, but powerful. Follow through. Honor your commitments, and take responsibility.

So, hey (you might ask) – why write this post anyways? Well, patriots, it’s a good reminder and it’s the little things that add up to make an everyday hero.

Cold Weather Survival Tips for Every Patriot

This recent cold snap in the Northeast got us thinking about how dangerous it can be to spend too much time in cold weather. But what happens if you’re forced to? Here at Patriot Surplus, we have a variety of warm and durable winter gear items to help you brave the cold this winter season. But you need more than just the right outdoor winter gear. You also need to know how to keep your wits about you when cold weather strikes.

The first thing you need to know is that there are many health hazards that come along with the cold weather. We’re not just talking about a red runny nose, either. You should know how to recognize and treat, frostnip, frostbite and hypothermia. Some of these cold weather-induced maladies can be fatal in very extreme cases.

Frostbite is recognized when the skin begins to turn gray or white and takes on a waxy texture—it may even look frozen. Frostnip involves white patches of skin that are numb. Other symptoms can include blistering, swelling, and deep pain the rewarming process.

Important tip: DO NOT pour hot water on frostbitten body parts or expose frostbitten skin to heaters, fireplaces, etc. as these heat sources can actually cause tissue damage. Instead, get out of the cold, warm the entire body, remove any wet clothing and replace with dry. Seek professional medical help when dealing with frostbite at any point! Wrap affected areas, keep warm and wait. To gradually warm frostnip affected fingers, put them on your stomach or under your armpits. The key to dealing with frostbite or frostnip (its precursor), is to rewarm the affected areas slowly while avoiding rubbing. Again – seek professional medical help if you’re experiencing frostbite.

Hypothermia is indicated by drops in body temperature, uncontrolled shivering,confusion and delusion. When your body drops below 95 degrees F, it becomes incredibly dangerous and damaging for your body’s systems. To treat, the first step is to get out of the cold, then, gradually warm the body back up, starting with your trunk – not your hands and feet. Remove wet clothing and replace with dry. Wrap your body in blankets – do not take a hot bath or hot shower, as the shock can cause arrhythmia. Seek medical attention.

The key in these cold weather survival concerns is preparation. 

Wearing the right clothing is one of the most important things when it comes to the cold. Your goal should be to cover as much exposed skin as possible—from head to toe. Layer your clothing. Wool is a great insulator, and you can find the ideal wool garments right here at Patriot Surplus. Make sure you start off with base layers that can wick moisture away from the body while also preserving body heat. Proper footwear, outerwear, and accessories are going to be key – you need to keep your body warm and dry.

Bonus tip: Try to have a change of dry clothes ready at any given moment during the cold weather. This is one of the most important things you can do.



Until They Are Home Causing Marine Buzz at Sundance

The Sundance film festival is something movie buffs look forward to every year, but this year, there’s a new military documentary that’s earning a lot of buzz – and rightfully so.

Until They Are Home is a documentary that tells the story of the World War II Battle of Tarawa and the U.S. military’s attempt to recover the remains of marines left behind in 2010. It’s not an official Sundance selection, but the filmmaker Steven Barber has brought it to Park City, Utah for several free screenings, which has picked up quite a bit of buzz.

Barber’s start of the documentary features an interview with actor Eddie Albert, who was actually a hero of Tarawa, saving the lives of many fellow marines. This interview is what sparked the documentary about the 1943 battle where more than 1,100 American died over a period of just tree days. 527 Marines were left behind on Betio, an island in the Pacific as a result of the battle. The Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC) recovery teams held six digs to recover the remains of those left behind. Those digs are what the documentary covers, as well as the history behind the effort.

If you ask us, Sundance needs more films like this. Celebrating and documenting our nation’s military is important – and while we’ve seen a number of great films in the past few years celebrating our troops, there’s always room for more.

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Introducing Made in the USA Products at

Made in America ProductsThe sad truth is that as US manufacturing is shipped overseas, the opportunity workers and businesses alike diminishes. When you buy American-made products, you’re helping your friends and neighbors, and supporting the American job market. When you buy goods made in the USA, you help keep the American economy growing – and that’s something everyone can get behind. is proud to announce our Made in America section on our website. We proudly carry Made in America clothing, knives, lighters, accessories and more to help you suit up or gift a fellow patriot with something that’s made right here by US workers. For example, in our new Made in the USA section, you can find an amazing pair of Danner boots that will last you a lifetime while supporting American workers and our economy. The time to buy American made items is now!

Not convinced? Here are 5 reasons to support American-made goods:

  1. Jobs shipped abroad almost never return labor to the United States. When you buy goods made in the USA, you’re helping our economy grow.
  2. Items made in the United States are durable and crafted by workers just like you. American-made goods are sweatshop free, and when you choose products made in the USA, you’re contributing to the payment of honest workers’ wages.
  3. Factories are being shipped to countries that aren’t supportive of the American military, foreign policy, or democracy. When you purchase American-made items, you’re buying goods that aren’t impacted by political conflict.
  4. American-made goods can be more environmentally friendly than those produced by other countries.
  5. The US trade deficit leads to over borrowing from other countries. When you buy American-made goods you’re preventing more unnecessary debt.

Buy American, patriots. And start today with our selection: