Being Prepared: Tactical gear to own when the unexpected happens!

You’ve seen them in busses, on the subway and even shopping at malls. All decked out in camo jackets and combat boots. Always with a duffle bag slung around their shoulders, with “who knows what” inside. Well, you may look at them kinda “funny” when they pass by, but when the unexpected happens – like when you lock your car keys inside or the lights go out, chances are that the “nut job” will have a Swiss Knife or Tactical flashlight that saves the day!  Luckily TacPack members can be prepared without drawing attention when walking around town.

Tactical Gear 101

Tactical gear can range from assault rifles and stun guns, to flashlights, CB radios and multi-purpose Swiss Army knives. Most ordinary individuals however won’t need high-powered rifles or battering rams to tactfully respond to the unforeseen. But it never hurts to have multipurpose tools, wire cutters or splicing knives in your kit.

Here are some ideas for tactical gear that everyone should consider owning:

  • FLASH LIGHT: Some of the most common tactical emergencies call for a flash light. Whether it’s a black-out situation or searching for something under the hood of your car, a good tactical flashlight is a must have!
  • FOLDING KNIFE: A good stainless-steel folding tactical knife is an absolute essential. There are many use case scenarios for possessing one, like jimmying a window to get indoors when you’re locked outside. But if you ever have a hiking or camping emergency, your tactical knife can be a life saver!
  • TACTICAL JACKET: A good tactical jacket can save you from a number of situations – some expected and some not. Wearing one when stepping out in a snowstorm, or having one in the trunk of your car in case of a breakdown in winter, makes great tactical thinking
  • TACTICAL BOOTS: You don’t need to a Marine or on a SWAT team member to appreciate a great pair of tactical boots. Chosen well, your tactical boots can pass for most ordinary wear. But if a tactical situation does confront you – like an unplanned long hike or a walk on difficult terrain, those tactical boots will sound like a great thing to have worn!

Having the right tactical gear is all about being prepared. While no one can prepare you for every tactical situation under the sun, you can take steps to enhance your readiness for many an unexpected scenario that you may encounter.

Emergency Readiness with TacPack

At TacPack, our members will never be unprepared to respond to the unexpected. Each month, they receive a range of gear to add to their TacPack. This assortment of tactical gear, survival gear and EDC gear consists of a select list of items that can be used in any number of unexpected situations.

The best part of being a TacPack member is that you don’t need to go out and start thinking of what to put into your Grab Bags. Every month, you get tried and tested tactical and survival gear from our reputed partners. All that’s then left is for you to act when others are still figuring out what to do!

Survival 101: Gear to be aware of When The SHTF!

How often do we turn on the TV, or log on to our favourite news website, and hear stories about ordinary humans surviving catastrophic events – despite the odds against them!  Individuals and families go through extra ordinary ordeals, and come out on top at the other end.

But if you read those news reports carefully, you’ll always find that the ones that make it though okay are the ones that were well prepared for a survivalist situation. The question is: When faced with a SHTF scenario – will you and your family survive?

Here’s some survival gear that you must own to tip the odds of survival in your favour!

Must Have Survival Gear

When you first start thinking about putting together a survival gear box, you may find yourself overwhelmed. What should I include? Why do I need two of these? Do I really need this? As a result, it’s hard to decide what’s in and what’s out. Let’s take the guess work out of your survival gear list. Here are a few things you should absolutely include:

  • FOOD: When the SHTF, you’ll likely not be able to order take-out. Here’s what you need to prepare yourself:
  • Binoculars to spot prey
  • Rifle with ammo
  • Snare wire, Fishing rod/line, and lures
  • Canned food, Energy bars, Trail mix
  • Axe, Folding knife, Butane stove, Portable pan
  • WATER: To stay hydrated:
  • Water bottles
  • Water collection barrels/tanks
  • LifeStraw (or equivalent) Personal Water Filter
  • Water purification tablets, Iodine tablets/Chlorine
  • HEATING: To stay warm and keep hyperthermia at bay:
  • Rain Jackets
  • Poncho
  • Sleeping Bag, Thermal Blankets
  • Space Heater
  • SHELTER & SAFETY: To stay safe and survive bad weather:
  • Tarps
  • Portable tents
  • Survival hammock
  • Bivy sack
  • First Aid Kit
  • RESCUE & NAVIGATION: To move to safety or signal for help:
  • Maps of the area
  • GPS device
  • Compass
  • Portable (battery-operated) HAM, SW or CB radios
  • Flash light, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Emergency flares
  • Whistle
  • OUTDOOR CLOTHING: To survive harsh weather outdoors:
  • Hiking and Tactical Boots
  • Wool socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Shemagh or Scarf

While this list of gear contains the bare essentials that you need to survive and ride out a SHTF situation, you might need to add other items to the list depending on your personal circumstances. For instance, if you have a particular medical condition, or are allergic to certain environments (e.g. pollen), then you may need to add a list of common medications to this list.

While not at all exhaustive in nature, this list of survival gear is a great start for anyone looking to build a survival pack. Of course, an easier way to get a head start would be to reach out and contact specialist survival and tactical gear providers.

Pack For Survival

At TacPack, we are determined to give our members the ability to survive through even the most trying of SHTF situations. We believe that no one can anticipate any specific survivalist event. However, if you are prepared and equipped for a range of dire scenarios, the odds are higher that you and your family will survive through it.

Each month, our TacPack’s are loaded with survival gear that gives you an edge over those that aren’t prepared. If you plan on surviving a SHTF event, then you’d better be ready with the right survival gear.

The alternate is just unthinkable!

2017 Essential Survival Gear List

A Peek at the 2017 Essential Survival Gear List 

2017 is a great year to fatten up your stash of survival gear. There are many exciting, innovative and useful products that can help you take care of the situations that can arise when you’re out there enjoying nature or dealing with an unexpected crisis in everyday life. What are the emerging must-have survival items that everyone needs to keep around to stay prepared and remain in control in high-pressure situations? Take a look at the top items on our 2017 essential survival gear list.

A Knife Is Still The Foundation
A knife is essential if you want to cut through whatever stands in the way of having an amazing experience in the wild or surviving when things suddenly go sideways in the world around you. A good cutting tool is actually one of the most versatile items you should have on your list. In addition to serving as an essential piece of camping equipment that can help you with common tasks, your handled blade could save your life. Of course, the size of the blade you need will depend on the types of adventures you’re planning and what you feel comfortable with carrying around with you. The important thing is to never underestimate the power of a trusty blade when you’re in a bind. Here’s a list of things knives are useful for:

  • Clearing brush from paths
  • Splitting wood
  • Creating fire tinder
  • Defense
  • Hunting and dressing game
  • Opening cans and jars
  • Digging
  • Hammering
  • Staking
  • Picking your teeth
  • Wound care
  • Cutting and trimming loose material from clothing
  • Creating a shelter

Tourniquet – Bare Minimum for Emergency Medicine
The top rule to follow is to prepare for the worst while enjoying the best adventure of your life. This means you should definitely have a pressure-inducing device tucked away if you’re going to be stepping into some wild and remote terrain. This is also a very helpful tool to have in your possession in the case of not being able to get medial attention during a disaster scenario. The reality is that sharp rocks, boulders, wild animals, falling debris, violent people and even tree branches can create injuries that require the use of tourniquets for survival. Simply creating a makeshift device by ripping some strips from your shirt or pants may not stop the bleeding at the level you need when your life is hanging in the balance. A lot of outdoor enthusiasts changed the way they thought about packing survival bags after watching the movie “127 Hours” and witnessing the true story of how Aron Ralston was forced to amputate his arm after becoming trapped under a boulder in a remote Utah canyon. Savvy adventurers now always bring tourniquets along. The good news is that there are now emergency tourniquets on the market that can stop severe hemorrhaging. What is notable about these devices is that they can be applied using just one hand. They make it possible to apply the stress needed to stop bleeding and maintain homeostasis. Take a note from our Vets and lessons learned in the GWOT – you can never have too many tourniquets and you should always have at least one.

72 Hour Bag – Be Fully Prepared for the Long Haul
Sometimes the difference between life and death can all come down to what happens during a span of 72 hours. This is why having a kit with some life-sustaining essentials ready to go at all times is a smart idea. Who needs a survival bag? These bags are ideal for both recreational use and general at-home preparedness. These kits are sometimes referred to as bug-out bags or get-home bags. They can contain a wide variety of items that will help you stay sustained during an emergency or disaster scenario. The key thing to remember when choosing one of these bags is that you should have one that is only as big and heavy as you can realistically carry around. The last thing you need is to be weighed down because you’re carrying too much on your back when you need to flee an area. One good way of cutting down on unnecessary weight is to make sure the bag you choose has a very lightweight frame. The second important thing to remember about choosing a solid 72 hour bag is that yours should be personalized to meet your specific health needs. This is the place to keep extra supplies of any medications, inhalers or glasses you need to stay alert and capable in the case of a troubled scenario. What are some of the essential items that everyone needs to have in their survival kits? The answer is water, water and more water. It definitely helps to have a bag with special external pockets that are designated to hold water. The bottom line is that any bag is better than no bag when you need to grab some essentials and go without wasting a minute. Here’s a list of items that you may want to have ready and waiting inside your bag:

  • LED lantern
  • Lighter
  • Rope and bungee cords
  • Medical kit
  • Flares
  • Energy bars
  • Batteries
  • Matches
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toilet paper
  • Campfire tools
  • Blanket
  • Fishing tools
  • Earmuffs, scarf and gloves
  • Personal defense items

Getting the Best
It goes without saying that quality is important when you’re picking out the knives, tourniquets or 72 hour bags that your life could depend on one day. Choosing products that really pass the test is important when putting together a plan for surviving anything. Many survival enthusiasts are already getting tastes of the latest and greatest gear by subscribing to TacPack to receive curated and vetted kits that feature survival supplies and camping gear. These kits give members opportunities to try out and own quality, cutting-edge gear. Consider signing up to see why so many people are preparing for the worst by getting their hands on the best.