Putting Together a Winter Survival Kit

Putting Together a Winter Survival Kit

survival backpackYes, in many places it is still hot as hades, but now is the time to get started on your winter survival kit. Countless Americans will put this off, even forget about doing it until it is too late. One of the best reasons for working on your winter survival kit now is that you will be able to find everything more easily because demand will be much lower for those items you need in your kit. You can also find that you can save money as many items will be on sale during the summer months.

Cold Kills – Winter Survival Kit Tips

When winter rolls around, and it will, and temps fall below freezing, humans are at risk. Every year, hundreds of people perish because they were not prepared. Your winter survival kit can save your life and the lives of those you love. These kits are not expensive, and they can be put together in little time. There is no reason not to have one.

What You Need In Your Winter Survival Kit

Let’s begin by saying that the following is a basic list. You can add whatever you like to your winter kit. Also, keep in mind that it is a very good idea to have two types of winter survival kits. One for keeping in the home should the power go out, and the second type for keeping in your vehicles (all vehicles should have their own survival kit).

Blankets, Gloves, and Hats

Few things are as important as blankets. It is imperative that you stay as warm as possible during a winter emergency, and blankets are one of the keys to your survival. Sleeping bags will also work  but they can take up a lot of room in a vehicle. If you have a smaller car, consider getting space blankets. Your vehicle kit, especially, should have extra gloves and hats.

Fire for Staying Warm and Cooking

If the power is out for any length of time, you may need to start a fire for cooking, added heat, or keeping wildlife away from you at night. Have some waterproof matches or lighters in your kits. For both home and vehicle winter kits, having a few candles on hand can be very handy.

Shovel, Survival Knife/Tool, and Traction Aids

For your vehicles, have a shovel in the trunk as well as something to help you get some traction in case you get stuck. Sand, cat litter, or tire chains will all work (in most cases). If you cannot get the chains onto the tires, lay them out as flat as possible in front of the drive wheels. This may provide enough traction to get you going again. A good survival knife or survival tool can be worth its value in gold for cutting wood, skinning game (if it comes to that), and protection.

Food and Water

You should always keep some non-perishable food in both auto and home. This can be anything from MRE’s to energy bars. Make sure you have enough food and water for everyone who normally drives or stays with you. Bottled water will last a long time if it is not opened, even so, rotate your food and water supply once every couple of months.

First Aid Kit

Every home and vehicle should have a first aid kit in it year round. You can purchase inexpensive kits just about anywhere, and they can be life-savers when needed. Make sure your first aid kit has what YOU need; add to it or buy a better kit if it does not.

Flashlight

A light source is very important for both home and vehicle kits. Make sure you need fresh batteries on hand. You do not want to skimp on your flashlight; get the best you can afford.

Whistle, Mirror, Red Cloth

All (or any) of these can be used to signal others that you need help. If help cannot see or hear you, they cannot help you. Sometimes it can be the simplest of things that can save your life. For more information on how to use signal mirrors, see our previous blog post on signal mirrors.

Survival Mirrors – Survival Gear

Survival Mirrors Tips and How to Use Them

Survival Mirror

Those new to personal survival tactics and gear may not appreciate how important the lowly mirror can be in times of trouble. A survival mirror can be of great value if you are out in the wild, injured, stranded or lost and need to signal your whereabouts to others. In fact, very few other items can perform this particular task as well as a good mirror.

Mirrors have been used for centuries as signaling devices for one reason: they work. When your GPS device runs out of battery; your mirror will still work. When your cell phone is out of range/service, your mirror will still work. Your survival mirror will work anything, as long as it has a light source to reflect. Inexpensive, reliable, and easy to use. What more could you want?

While mirror signaling can be done just about anywhere, there are two places where it really shines (no pun intended). In mountainous, wooded terrain, nothing beats a mirror for alerting your position to those who may be searching for you, especially those who may be overhead in aircraft. Bright reflections are easy to spot from the air, even through relatively dense canopies.

The second application is for those who may be stranded on large bodies of water. Because there is virtually nothing obscuring its refection, a mirror signal can be seen for miles and miles over water. This makes it much easier for other people to see you, even though they may not be able to see your boat (or you if you are floating in the water).

How To Buy a Survival Mirror

When it comes survival mirrors, quality does matter to a certain degree. You can find very good quality mirrors online or at the better outdoor gear stores, but you can also find some very cheap, inferior mirrors on the market as well. The best advice for those shopping for a good survival mirror is to shop with reputable vendors.

It is always better to get a survival mirror that is includes retro-reflective aimers. Some good brands to look for include:

The 2 inch by 3 inch Survival Mirror by Coghlans and the 2 by 3 inch Signal Mirror by S.I. Howard Glass.

The Rothco 2 inch by 3 inch Signal Mirror is also a very popular cost friendly option.

You can find some very good plastic mirrors as well. These are lightweight, very durable, and most of them float (important for those on the water). It should be noted that plastic mirrors do not reflect quite as well as glass mirrors (they reflect about 90 percent of what glass does), but they are still very effective and cost less.

If you want a lot of added security while you are out and about, consider adding a survival mirror to your gear. Once you have one, spend some time getting to know it and how it works, and you will much better equipped for facing future problems. The last thing anyone wants to see is help passing them by because they could not get their rescuer’s attention when they needed to do so.

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Final Four – Tactical Pack Edition

March Madness Tactical Pack Showdown

In the spirit of March Madness we decided to set up a final four of our own, pitting four of our most popular packs against each other in an effort to find out which pack has what it takes to survive the gauntlet of things thrown at it during use. In the NCAA Tournament, every team is playing the same basketball game, but not all teams play in the same style, and it’s each team’s unique attributes that determine whether it wins or loses. In our tournament, we have a diverse set of packs all competing for the title of champion, however it will be the unique attributes that each possess that will determine which moves on, and which didn’t make the cut.

Here is how it works:

We assembled a panel of three judges to field test each pack and give their opinion on which should advance to the next round of the tournament and why. A majority vote will secure a victory. The determining factors were left up to the judges; however in the spirit of impartiality we selected three judges with diverse backgrounds and interests. The judge’s credentials are listed below for review.

Judge 1:

  • AGE: 45
  • GENDER: Male
  • Military Veteran
  • Weapon Enthusiast
  • Hunter

Judge 2:

  • AGE: 22
  • GENDER: Male
  • Paintball Expert
  • Tactical Gear Enthusiast
  • Outdoorsman

Judge 3:

  • AGE: 32
  • GENDER: Female
  • Outdoor Enthusiast
  • Avid Hiker
  • Rock Climber

So, without further ado, we present the Final Four: Tactical Pack Edition:

ROUND ONE: ROTHCO MEDIUM TRANSPORT PACK VS. PROPPER BIAS SLING BACKPACK

Judge 1: “Being a concealed carry permit holder, I appreciated that the Propper Bias Sling Backpack had a built in compartment to safely carry my weapon. I also enjoyed the one shoulder design that allowed me to quickly slide the pack to the front instead of taking the entire pack off. With that said, I would have to give this round to the Rothco Medium Transport Pack. With lots of MOLLE attachment points and plenty of diverse storage space, I found myself gravitating to this pack more. It is a diverse every day pack that even includes a place for a hydration pouch if I took it out to my stand during hunting season.”

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Judge 2: “The Rothco Medium Transport Pack is a great multipurpose pack without a doubt. It has a compact design that isn’t bulky or overbearing and the padded shoulder straps really made it a comfortable pack. The Propper Bias Sling Backpack had all of those features and then more that really pushed it over the top for me. I loved the single strap design that allowed me to pull the pack in front quickly for access to all of the pouches without taking it off. If I did need to take it off, the quick release buckle made it simple and efficient. I also noticed that the Propper bag allowed me to lock the zippers together so nothing would fall out and that was a great feature when I was pulling the pack to the front of my body frequently. “

VOTE: Propper Bias Sling Backpack

Judge 3: “Without a doubt, the Rothco Medium Transport Pack impressed me more. Being on the trail a lot, I like to take a pack that is multidimensional and the Rothco pack had everything I was looking for and then some. The hydration bladder feature is one that I always look for because it is easier to use that carrying multiple water bottles so that really pushed it over the top. I also enjoyed the different pouches and compartments because it allowed me to better organize my gear than the Propper pack. One thing I really enjoyed about the Propper pack, however, was the fact that I could slide the pack across the front of my body to access accessories while on the go. “

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

WINNER: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Rothco Medium Transport Pack

ROUND ONE: MAXPEDITION SITKA GEARSLINGER VS. 5.11 TACTICAL RUSH 24 BACKPACK

Judge 1: “This matchup proved to be a much more difficult decision. On one hand, the Rush 24 has much more storage room and great internal organization dividers; however the Sitka Gearslinger is outfitted with a concealed carry compartment to carry my weapon and it also has the every-day-carry feel to it that I felt the Propper pack lacked in the previous matchup. I also really enjoy the single strap design for quick access to my firearm should I need it. This one goes to the Maxpedition pack in a close one.”

VOTE: Maxpedition Sitka Gearslinger

Judge 2: “I have to admit, although I selected the Propper pack in the last matchup, I’m not the biggest fan of the single strap design. The Maxpedition Sitka is a great pack but it didn’t really meet my needs as an everyday outdoor pack. The 5.11 Rush pack on the other hand really blew me away. My first impression of the pack was that it had tons of room to carry everything I need during a day outdoors. Not only was it spacious, but 5.11 did a great job of creating practical organization pouches. I found myself enjoying the easy access to items without digging through the pack to find what I was looking for. While I would use both packs for different situations, my vote is for the 5.11 Rush 24 Backpack.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

Judge 3: “The Rush 24 had all of the features I liked in the Rothco Medium Transport pack and then some! Since I spent a fair amount of my previous review on the hydration bladder, I need to note that the Rush 24 actually features the tube hole on both sides of the pack which is a great feature for flexibility. When not in use, the Rush 24 allows the tube hole to be covered up, preventing moisture from entering into the pack, something I haven’t seen before. The Rush 24 also took organization to the next level. Numerous pouches and compartments allowed me to have easy access to everything without a struggle. The Sitka did have one feature that I really enjoyed and that was sheer ruggedness of the material. It was tougher than any fabric I had seen before and Maxpedition bills it as completely abrasion and water resistant.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

WINNER: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: ROTHCO MEDIUM TRANSPORT PACK VS. 5.11 TACTICAL RUSH 24 BACKPACK

Judge 1: “I voted for the Rothco pack but not the 5.11 Pack. Therefore, I’m casting my vote for the Rothco Medium Transport Pack. The real selling point for me was the fact that the medium transport pack was a more compact version of the 5.11 Rush pack. I prefer a pack that I can grab and go without much bulk to it. Oh, and the Rotcho Medium Transport pack is far less expensive!”

VOTE: Rothco Medium Transport Pack

Judge 2: “This one was an easy choice for me. I loved the diversity that the Rush 24 provided. It has lots of space, perfect organization, and represents a true everyday pack in my opinion. If I had to get any pack on the market now, it would be the 5.11 Tactical Rush 24.”

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

Judge 3: “I’m the only judge that picked both of the finalist packs in the first round so this decision was a little tougher to me. Both have the features that I look for in a pack, but what it really came down to for me was the additional space that the 5.11 pack gave me. Both had great organizational components and are hydration bladder compatible, but I can see myself using the 5.11 Rush pack more. “

VOTE: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

CHAMPION: 5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack

5.11 Tactical Rush 24 Backpack - Mutli view

Open Carry Laws and Drop Leg Holsters

Rothco Deluxe Adjustable Drop Leg HolsterDid you know that many states allow for open carry of a hand gun?  In fact there are only seven states that outright prohibit open carry of a side arm.  The laws in the United States regarding open carry of handguns vary by state. The following is the full list of open carry states and the conditions attached.

Often, customers ask us why would a civilian even need to open carry using a drop leg holster?  We explore several practical situations on our product page for the Rothco Deluxe Adjustable Drop Leg Holster.  This is a very versatile adjustable holster that is made of heavyweight 600 denier polyester. Click here for more information.

States that permit open carry without requiring the citizen to apply for any permit or license:

  • Alaska
  • Montana
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming
  • Nevada
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Kentucky
  • Virginia
States that permit open carry with restrictions:

  • Utah
  • North Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Iowa
  • Tennessee
  • Mississippi
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Rhode Island
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
States that prohibit open carry:

  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Washington D.C.
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • South Carolina
  • New York
  • Florida.

One of the questions that comes up is the practicality of open carry. Are there some legitimate situations that being able to open carry would be beneficial? We believe there are many situations where a drop leg holster is the best choice when open carrying.  Click here for more educational information on drop leg holsters.

 

 

3 Badasses We’d Love to Outfit

Alpha Leather JacketIf you know us, you know that we have an appreciation for those who perform extraordinary feats – and do so with swagger. Badasses may be plentiful, but there are a few that stand out in our mind as some of the coolest people on the planet. These are the guys – living or dead – that we would LOVE to outfit. Seriously. How awesome would it be if any of these guys wore our gear?

Here are some serious badasses who we’d love to outfit.

Joseph Teti: Of “Dual Survival” fame, Joseph Teti is a veteran of the US military and the US government special operations units, or more specifically, a former Force Recon Marine, Army Special Forces Green Beret and a former operator in a highly classified government counter-terrorist. He’s a soldier and a survivalist, so naturally, he’s high on our list of people we’d love to grab a beer with. Joseph, we know you’d love our MultiCam and A-TACS gear. Please, please, please. Call us.

Teddy Roosevelt: Who GOT SHOT while giving a speech – and FINISHED THE SPEECH? You’re damn right that our 26th President did. In 1912 while campaigning, Roosevelt was shot in the chest. The bullet passed through a thick copy of his speech and his steel eyeglass case and was lodged about 3 inches into his chest muscle. Concluding that it couldn’t be that bad because he wasn’t coughing blood, he chose to speak for 90 minutes – then went to the hospital where it was discovered that they couldn’t safely remove the bullet. He carried it with him for the rest of his life. His opening comments? “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.” Add in the Rough Riders, the boxing, and the Ron Swanson-esque mustache and you’ve got one of the biggest badasses in history. Mr. President, we think you need a nice, sturdy pair of ass-kicking boots. We recommend a classic, like Danner boots, for you, Teddy.

Steve McQueen: He wasn’t called “The King of Cool” for nothing. Steve McQueen was best known for flicks like Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, The Towering Inferno, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape and The Thomas Crown Affair, not to mention, the TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive where he played a bounty hunterHe competed in off-road motorcycle racing, collected classic motorcycles, and considered becoming a professional race car driver. Oh yeah, and there’s that ridiculously awesome Ford Mustang GT 390 from Bullitt, too. For Steve McQueen, we’d love to suit him up in one of our sweet Alpha leather jackets. He’d make this already cool staple even cooler.

Have another badass you’d like to recommend we outfit? Leave us a comment!

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.

 

 

Hunting Season Savings

Mens Rocky Bearclaw3D Insulated Gore Tex Hunting Boot  9276. Buy Rocky Boots at Patriot Surplus.

Mens Rocky Bearclaw3D Insulated Gore Tex Hunting Boot

That’s right, patriots. I’m talking about one of the best times of year: hunting season. It’s right around the corner, but of course, I have to ask the question: are you prepared?

If you’ve been putting off getting your gear together for this year’s upcoming season, now is the best time to start getting what you need. At Patriot Surplus, we’ve been working on giving you an awesome selection of hunting clothing, boots, and accessories to get you equipped. Plus, we’re offering some awesome pricing and savings deals to help you get an even better price on all of the essentials. For example, if you’re on our newsletter list, you’ve already seen our coupon deals for Danner and Lacrosse boots. Keep your eyes open, patriots – there may be more coming your way!

P.S. If you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter, be sure to do so. Just go to our homepage and scroll all the way down to the bottom to enter your name and email address. No worries – we won’t give your address away to anyone. You’ll just get some news and updates from us, plus some coupons and exclusive savings.

Remember – if you need hunting gear, get it from Patriot Surplus. We’re veteran owned, veteran approved, and we’re hunters, too!

Rambo’s Guide to Shopping for Military Boots

Strong. Resourceful. Ready to kick ass.

These are the traits we think of when we hear the name, “Rambo”. But wait a second. What if Rambo was shopping for boots? I mean, c’mon. If Rambo REALLY needed boots, you know he’s probably just fashion them out of a wild boar. He’d tan that hide with the fury of a 1,000 suns and stitch pure fear, yes, FEAR, into the insole. But hey, sometimes even the greatest of heroes can appreciate convenience offered by ready to wear military boots.

If Rambo were shopping for military boots, we think these would be the tips he’d follow:

Choose boots that accentuate your ridiculous muscles. They don’t have to fit big or be physically big, but they need to LOOK big. Have them match the guns or whatever. You’re going into battle – and you need to look good, dammit. Choose something with a bit of style, you know? You can go for the classic jungle boot or bring your ass kicking into the 21st century with some of the latest military boots from Belleville, Altama, or Converse. Oh, and don’t forget about Rocky boots either.

Choose boots that fit well. If you’re going out into the jungle to battle a terrorist threat, you need a pair of boots that can keep up with you. Find a pair that’s not too tight and not too lose, and most importantly, comfortable, something you can walk in for days if needed. Take advantage of comfort features built into the boot and state of the art footwear technology. Trust us – a good pair of boots can go a long way. Luckily, we have plenty of boots to choose from so you can always find the best pair.  Plus, if you’re not sure on sizing or the way these boots feel and fit, you can always consult our product descriptions or give us a shout. We’ll let you know what you can expect from your boots.

Choose boots that can tackle the terrain. The jungle or the Pacific Northwest. It’s all the same to you. You need boots that can tackle the terrain and be made just for you and whatever sort of trouble you like to get yourself in. When shopping for boots, take a closer look at the features built in to the boot to make sure you’re getting one that can keep up. Pay attention to things like tread, strength, venting, waterproofing, resistance to blood borne pathogens, and abrasion resistance.

You’re one man, but you can take out an army. At Patriot Surplus, we’ll make sure you have the right boots to do it.

Check out the military boots in our selection. Not sure what Rambo would pick? Well, you can always send us a message or give us a call and we can guide you toward the perfect pair. We’re veterans too, and although we may not look like Stallone, we know our boots.

We’ve got a knife for that.


Now, that’s a knife.

At Patriot Surplus, we’ve got knives for just about anything. Hunting, survival, military service…you name it and we’ve probably got a knife that can keep you prepared for just about anything. As for sizes and styles, let’s just say we have a full range, from the pocket knife to the machete. Just take a look at our knife selection and you’ll see what I mean.

What are the best knives we carry? Well, I tend to think it’s a matter of opinion. In my experience, I’ve never been let down by Smith and Wesson’s HRT series knives. They are pretty much up for any task. ASEK survival knives are popular among those who serve and collectors appreciate our GI pilot survival knives and genuine British Commando knives. Those who like the great outdoors think are machetes are badass (they are) and usually go for any of the military survival knives in our selection, which come with accessories that can get you through an emergency situation. My fellow Marines also know what it means to have a Ka-Bar USMC knife at your side. Oh yes, there’s nothing better for keeping a Marine prepared for anything than a Ka-Bar USMC knife.

Speaking of being prepared, we also have multitool sets and pocket tools in our knife selection that are great for carrying along anywhere. We have the classic Red Swiss Army Type knives, plus a few different Leatherman and Gerber compact muli-pliers and pocket tools that include everything from scissors to screwdrivers. Stow them in your bag, car, or office. You never know when you might need them.

Need a knife? We’ve got the one you’re looking for: military knives

Patriot Surplus Introduces Zombie Survival Gear

Man, we suck at this whole posting on time thing – and we were really excited about this one too! So here’s what happened. In all of the hustle and bustle of getting in our new collection of Magnum boots (more on that later), we forgot to put up our April Fool’s post. We’re sorry, patriots. We spaced on this one. 

Without further ado, here’s the April Fool’s post that was supposed to go live on April 1st – but didn’t. Hey, it’s 4/11 – that’s kind of close, right? Double ones? *crickets*

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Patriots, listen up.

Now, we all know that we want to be prepared for any situation. After all, you never know what could happen. These are crazy times we’re living in and if those Mayan calendar people are right, we’ve got a lot to be thinking about. In preparation for the impending zombie apocalypse, Patriot Surplus has been busy readying our strategy for making it out alive. That’s right. We’re about to get all kinds of Bruce Campbell up in here.

Zombies are a different kind of challenge. Whether they choose to reanimate based on radioactive spills or some weird genetically engineered virus, there’s one thing for certain: these are not the kinds of house guests you want busting up your BBQ. These are tough creatures, so it takes time, planning, and preparation to ensure that you make it out alive. Trust us – when a zombie arrives at your door, you better have that bug out bag packed and ready to go.

When the zombie apocalypse strikes, you need to be ready with all of the survival essentials. Now, we’re not sure how long it’ll take for you to find a farm, compound, camp, or community of other survivors, but we recommend that you pack enough for at least a few days. Thankfully, Patriot Surplus has your back with our selection of zombie survival gear.

Now, I know what you’re thinking:

“Steve, this is the friggin’ zombie apocalypse – how will I EVER be prepared for that?”

Don’t worry. The crew at Patriot Surplus has had plenty of time to think about how to gear up for an occasion like this. Sure, we know how to handle extreme weather conditions and unique terrain, but don’t think for a minute we haven’t considered what you’d need in the event of the undead (and we’re not talking Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” kind of undead. Serious undead. The Walking Dead undead.) Survival is all about having the necessities, no matter what conditions you’re under. So, when it comes to escaping these creatures and making it to a safe haven, we’ve got the gear you need to take care of the basics without weighing you down. After all, you’re going to be on the move.

To get you started, we have an awesome selection of Maxpedition and MOLLE bags that are perfect for acting as the base for your bug out bag or zombie survival kit. Once you’ve got the right bag, you’ll want to toss in your basic tools, a mess kit, first aid kit, fire starters, weapons (choose wisely – previous experience shows that everything from old records to axes can work in your favor), MRE meals, a water treatment kit, flashlight, batteries, radios, and of course, a military survival guide or two. Before you zip things up, you may want to do a quick web search for zombie survival tips and print those out too. Depending on the unique type of zombie you’re dealing with, you may need to read up on how to take down these bastards.

Once you’ve got your bag packed with zombie survival essentials from Patriot Surplus, stash it in a place that’s easily accessible for when you’re on the move. Hell, you may even want to keep spares in your car, garage, office, or at a friend’s house. The minute you hear the word “brrraaaaiiiinnnns”, lace up your Magnum boots and book it. It’s time to go.

Alright, patriots. Gear up. Check out our survival gear for the zombie apocalypse and start planning your escape route. You never can be too prepared.