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Thread: What have you done this week to prep? PART II

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cameramonkey View Post
    After rolling past that nasty wreck on 70 tonight, (I got there just after one of the truck's saddle tanks blew, scary stuff) I considered stopping to help (first responders were not there yet), but realized I was probably out of my league. Plus traffic was still rolling past the wreck slowly, and I wasnt thrilled about trying to cross the highway wearing a black coat, carrying an all black go bag, while making sure oncoming traffic isnt looking at the carnage and didnt hit me. This was all going down about 1-2 miles past Greenfield, so no highway lights at all and it was pitch black.

    So that got me to thinking about how to better stage my bag. My hivis vest now pokes out the top a bit so I can grab it quicker. I also need to put a brighter light in a better spot to grab it. (currently deep in a pocket) But as to the backpack I want some removable reflectors. Has anyone seen a source for reflective strap covers? A tube of reflective tape that you thread the strap through. I'd need 3 for my pack to be effective.

    I could probably also add a couple velcro backed ones as well. (I found the patches already)

    And I want removable, because if that go bag was ever needed as a get home bag, I'd want to be able to remove them for stealth. suggestions?

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    If you're looking at some reflective options, I don't know how much coverage you're looking for, but you may be interested in taking a look at some reflective rope. I got started with this stuff so that I wasn't tripping over guy lines when I wake up at night while out camping or whatever. I presonally prefer the bright orange rope that has the reflective stuff sewn into it. That helps me see it during day and night. It may sound a little silly, but when a light hits even that thin of a line it really reflects quite a bit back and shows up very well. I have also used the reflective shock cord to replace any standard shock cords on packs that run through the outside to hold extra stuff down. I have done quite a bit of road hiking lately after the kids go to bed at night and it's dark. For me it's just about the only time I can get out, but I also really don't want a car to come up behind me and clobber me while I'm trying to work on the dad bod.

    My preferred reflective line:
    https://dutchwaregear.com/product/reflective-cord/

    Another great option:
    https://www.amazon.com/Nite-Ize-RR-0...9788980&sr=8-1

    You're probably looking for more coverage that these reflective lines, and you may be able to find a reflective pack cover for your bag too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy12b View Post
    If you're looking at some reflective options, I don't know how much coverage you're looking for, but you may be interested in taking a look at some reflective rope. I got started with this stuff so that I wasn't tripping over guy lines when I wake up at night while out camping or whatever. I presonally prefer the bright orange rope that has the reflective stuff sewn into it. That helps me see it during day and night. It may sound a little silly, but when a light hits even that thin of a line it really reflects quite a bit back and shows up very well. I have also used the reflective shock cord to replace any standard shock cords on packs that run through the outside to hold extra stuff down. I have done quite a bit of road hiking lately after the kids go to bed at night and it's dark. For me it's just about the only time I can get out, but I also really don't want a car to come up behind me and clobber me while I'm trying to work on the dad bod.

    My preferred reflective line:
    https://dutchwaregear.com/product/reflective-cord/

    Another great option:
    https://www.amazon.com/Nite-Ize-RR-0...9788980&sr=8-1

    You're probably looking for more coverage that these reflective lines, and you may be able to find a reflective pack cover for your bag too.
    Yeah, reflective rope isnt anywhere near the scope of this. I need to apply patches to the back of the pack, (found) and for the sides I need to surround the cinch straps with a tube of reflective tape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cameramonkey View Post
    So that got me to thinking about how to better stage my bag. My hivis vest now pokes out the top a bit so I can grab it quicker. I also need to put a brighter light in a better spot to grab it. (currently deep in a pocket) But as to the backpack I want some removable reflectors.
    My bag is black as well, just because that's what I bought. I had never considered getting a hivis vest or even reflectors. I stopped three times at accidents last year. Two in the daytime. One at night where a car was stuck on ice. Didn't need my bag at any of them, thankfully.

    The night accident was well lit, but I still had an idiot swerve, hit ice and head toward me. Slow, but scary.

    Taking the spousal unit to a doc visit today. Think I will stop in a couple places and see about snagging a thin vest that will be big enough to go over my winter clothing.

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    The Hivis thing is something to consider.
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    High Vis Vests work!!!! As a utility worker, seeing every other car go by with a distracted driver makes you worry when your by yourself along the roadway. By giving them something more visible to catch their eyes,
    the vest does get them to put the phone down a little quicker.

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    Got too busy at work. Was not paying attention to world events. Catching back up and adding a few spares.
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    Added my first bit of canned goods to storage. I know it's not a high speed prep, but I had to start somewhere. I will look into longer term food options as funds permit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Usmccookie View Post
    Added my first bit of canned goods to storage. I know it's not a high speed prep, but I had to start somewhere. I will look into longer term food options as funds permit.
    Welcome to the club. That is a 100% reasonable place to start. It's also easy.
    -When you would normally buy 2 cans of soup, buy three instead and build a stock over time. If there is a sale, you can get more.
    -Eat what you store. Store what you eat. Be sure to rotate your purchases with your storage, so you don't end up tossing old food and feeling like you wasted money.
    -Water storage is easy. Don't use milk jugs, but 2L soda bottles work well. Rotation isn't as important as for food. You can get fancier, but simply storing tap water works well. Keep these out of direct light to avoid algae growth.
    -Food and water are a great place to start. They can help you through many short-term emergencies. Think about what other contingencies you might be concerned about and start working on those. Unemployment? Major electrical outage? Local severe weather event? Zombie apocalypse? Financial collapse? Pandemic? Smaller, more localized more events are more common than big regional/national/international emergencies.
    -You will find that there is a lot of overlap in preps for different contingencies. Have cash saved for emergency expenses? That also helps if banks shut down or if you have to bug out. Likewise, food/water stocks can help you in multiple emergencies. Etc, etc.
    -Stuff is helpful, but look to build practical skills and a community for mutual support as well.
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    Shopping for N95 style respirators, but have really no idea what is best for short term use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phase2 View Post
    Welcome to the club. That is a 100% reasonable place to start. It's also easy.
    -When you would normally buy 2 cans of soup, buy three instead and build a stock over time. If there is a sale, you can get more.
    -Eat what you store. Store what you eat. Be sure to rotate your purchases with your storage, so you don't end up tossing old food and feeling like you wasted money.
    -Water storage is easy. Don't use milk jugs, but 2L soda bottles work well. Rotation isn't as important as for food. You can get fancier, but simply storing tap water works well. Keep these out of direct light to avoid algae growth.
    -Food and water are a great place to start. They can help you through many short-term emergencies. Think about what other contingencies you might be concerned about and start working on those. Unemployment? Major electrical outage? Local severe weather event? Zombie apocalypse? Financial collapse? Pandemic? Smaller, more localized more events are more common than big regional/national/international emergencies.
    -You will find that there is a lot of overlap in preps for different contingencies. Have cash saved for emergency expenses? That also helps if banks shut down or if you have to bug out. Likewise, food/water stocks can help you in multiple emergencies. Etc, etc.
    -Stuff is helpful, but look to build practical skills and a community for mutual support as well.
    Thanks for the tips! I've been trying to keep up on this thread, but there is a lot of advantages ed stuff going. I havent had room for storage. Having just bought a larger house, the basement will be built to suit my needs/wants.

    As of now, if feel extremely comfortable for 48-72hrs localized emergency.

    Baby stuff, boo boo kits, 25 gal potable water, and several days worth of canned goods. Vehicles have the essentials for emergencies.

    Next step is to get to a weeks worth, then start thinking longer term food supplies. Get home bag for each family member. As well as rebuilding my stay at home aka big med kit.

    I have to ease into it because of funding, but I should meet my "week" goal in a few months.


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