E2: Mistakes We Made Starting Off and How To Avoid Them

//E2: Mistakes We Made Starting Off and How To Avoid Them

E2: Mistakes We Made Starting Off and How To Avoid Them

In Episode 2 hosts Aaron Frankel and Jonathan Kanarek discuss mistakes they made starting off as new preppers and how to avoid them.

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Topic 1 – Mistakes

  • The downfall of focusing on gear instead of skill.
  • Start off right by preparing for the most likely.
    • Red Cross
    • CERT
    • Books and Videos

Topic 2 – Blackout Kit

  • Importance
  • Items list

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By |2016-12-31T17:36:57+00:00February 7th, 2011|Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|4 Comments

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  1. Jono June 10, 2011 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Hi guys,

    Love the podcast, just found it recently so I’m now starting to catch up. I wondered if you’d ever run across a list to build a bug-out bag over a longer period of time similar to the list for 7 days from the govt of Alaska?

    Keep up the good work, I’m looking forward to getting the rest of the way caught up.


    • Aaron Frankel June 11, 2011 at 9:54 am - Reply


      Years ago I spent 2 months backpacking across Colorado. I did it with less gear than I have in my bag now.

      After 3 days skill comes into play, but the contents don’t really change. A friend recently asked me to help her prepare a bag she could live out of for a year while touring Europe. What I have come to find, in a more focused way than I already knew, was the contents don’t really change. You just learn to live with what you have and procure supplies where you end up. You can’t carry everything for every situation for every length of time on your back. Conversely, you can carry an encyclopedia of skills and creativity in your noggin.

      A three day bag gets you through 99% of the things you will ever encounter. In most instances it should be enough to get you to a safe place where you can procure food, water, shelter.

      • Jono June 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm - Reply

        Man, I’m sorry about that – I think I had a difficult time with commas which caused you to give an (excellent btw) answer to a different question.

        What I was actually looking for was something that said “This is you you can build a bug out bag over a 12 week period by doing acquiring these things each week” similar to the one for the 7 day home preparation.

        I recently had the same epiphany you mentioned above, where I realized that 72 hours was all I needed to plan for, but that’s still a little intimidating when attempting to build something for myself and my wife, and cover each of our small kids. Something that broke it down into simple steps, and gave a liberal amount of time to put it together would be awesome for my situation.

        Thanks so much for the answer, sorry about that mis-use of written language 🙁

        • Aaron Frankel June 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm - Reply

          No problem. I don’t think I have seen a list that breaks it out like that. No reason you could come up with one.
          Make a list:

          • Contents needed for each bag
          • Assign cost to items on a list.
          • Make a budget
          • Break down by week.

          Will try to come up with a spreadsheet in a week or two like this and will post it to the site.

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