Awesome “Bug-Out” Products (just for fun)

Anyone can take anything to new extremes and bug-out products are no exception to this. Check them out.

For about $25,000 you can get a fully equipped Bug-Out Survival Trailer by a company called BIBO Outfitters. It has everything two people need to survive in the wilderness for 30 days. It even has a small bathroom set-up.


Or this: the sleek, well-designed BOSS system. The company that makes it claims it will sustain a couple for three months.


You can do it yourself if you don’t want to shell out 25 grand. The internet is peppered with do-it-yourself plans for using a camper hull or a cargo truck to make a survival shelter.  Your transportation needs will dictate in part the type of trailer you use. Live-in trailers will require a larger SUV or half-ton pickup to haul them. The smaller trailers, like the ones shown above, may be pulled with a mid-sized SUV or a pickup.

First Aid Kits


Many of you have asked me to please recommend a portable first aid pack you can use for field trips. I use this one…the SOS First Aid Fanny Pack. It is pretty basic but then, that’s what you need. It will give you the basics. If you need more than that, then you probably should be calling emergency services.


What is an All-in-1-Tool?

An all-in-1-tool is exactly what it sounds like: there are many tools in one device. They are very handy and everyone should have one at home. They are essential to include in a well-equipped Go-Bag.

Here are several we like:

The CoBean 8 is an 8-in-1 tool you can buy for around $10 – $12. What we like most about it, besides the price, is that it includes a hammer and it’s only 6 inches long.


In approximately the same price range is the Sheffield 12913 Premium 14-in-1 Hammer Tool. As the name says, it gives you almost twice the tool power at just a few dollars more. Made of heavy duty steel, it is also about 6 inches long.


The next tool, this time in the $20 price range, in the Leatherman Style PS Multi-tool. This one does not have a hammer, but does have 7 other functions. It is lightweight and compact.


Why is compact size and weight a factor? First of all, many multi-tool owners like to be able to carry their tools in their backpacks while traveling, camping and hiking; they are not solely for keeping in the Go-Bag. Many people want their multi-tool to be able to go through security at the airport. If that is true for you, then you should buy one that is labeled TSA Compliant. The tools we’ve listed above are so economical, there is no reason not to buy two: one for travel and one to stick in your Go-Bag. Second, is that you are carrying this tool in a backpack with many other items. You do not want any more added weight or bulk than necessary.

Now, we’ve mentioned Leatherman and we’ve mentioned price. Start researching on your own and you will find that you can pay $10 – $300 for a multi-tool.  Yes, that’s right…$300. We personally would not put out that many dollars for a tool, but some people gotta have the best they can afford. However, if you want to spend a bit more to get better quality, there are many models of multi-tool in the $60 – $100 range.

Leatherman has so many, many models, you should have no problem getting exactly what you want in a tool. Other companies to research are Gerber, Columbia, and Skeletool.

Good luck with this and remember, don’t obsess over it. Just pick one you can afford and get in into your Go-Bag.

What do you really need?

You will most likely be in your classroom when an emergency strikes. We’re talking: lock-down, earthquake, fire, chemical disaster and so on. Different disasters require different action. However, there are some items you need to have on hand for all of these incidents. So, you have some work to do for your own personal safety and that of your students. You won’t do them any good if you can’t function.

There are two things you need to assemble; these are the basics you need. First, you need a supply area or a box in your classroom with the following:

  • Water, as many gallons as you can fit without compromising your instruction
  • First Aid kit, either school supplied or one you make up on your own
  • Food, 30-60 protein bars or survival bars
  • Toilet device, such as a 5-gal bucket from the home improvement store
  • Box of plastic garbage bags for the 5-gal bucket
  • Thermal sheets, as many as you can get, they are flat and space efficient
  • Duct tape, several rolls
  • Paracord, 550 lb is best

Second, you must have a bug-out bag, preferably a backpack:

  • LED flashlight and extra batteries
  • Handcrank multi-band radio
  • Steripen
  • Matches, or better yet, a firestarter kit
  • First Aid kit, this can be a smaller version
  • Multi-tool device
  • Personal items: a 7-day supply of your meds, feminine products, wet-wipes
  • Your personal contact information (you might be the unconscious one)
  • Notebook and pen
One teacher’s bug out bag in the works

It goes without saying that all of this needs to be locked up tight. Yes, your school is supposed to have these items on hand for all personnel and students. But, what if you can’t get to them? What if they get damaged? What if they are not where they are supposed to be?

We can keep asking these sort of “what if” questions but the fact of the matter is that preparedness is ALWAYS a good idea. You are not be paranoid or fatalistic, you are being smart.

Be prepared and be a survivor.

Making Emergency Contact Quickly

What if there were an app for your phone that would instantly contact emergency services for you?  Well, there is one. It’s called SafeTrek.

SafeTrek was created by college students so they could feel safer once leaving home and living on campus. You can use is on both your Android phone or your iPhone. It does cost, $2.99 a month, but the cost is minimal when you consider the piece of mind it gives you.

SafeTrek works on an incredibly simple design. You press the app button and you are given a screen with a large button on it that you press on until you feel safe. Within 10 seconds of you letting go, if you do not punch in your four digit code, it contacts emergency services for you. It works that simply and easily.

Scenarios for teachers:

  • You hear gunshots.
  • You’ve had a late evening at the school and the parking lot is dark.
  • A student or another teacher is badly hurt and you can’t leave his/her side.
  • You or a student have been injured on a field trip.

Most teachers can think of even more scenarios than these.

Check out the app.  There is a free 7-day trial.

Set up the app. This is super easy to do.

Make sure your cell phone is in very good working condition. Keep a charger or extra battery at school or in your schoolbag at all times.

Be prepared.



Be Ready

If you’re reading this, you are a classroom teacher in a school district with not-so-great funding. You have too many students and too little resources. You spend your own personal funds on items you need to enhance your students’ learning. You also bring in your own personal items to enhance your teaching and save your sanity.

Emergency response is one of those things that teachers are required to know. You must be CPR trained. You must know basic First Aid. You are given a kit at the beginning of the year to keep in your classroom. It is supposed to contain everything you would need to keep your students and yourself would need to shelter in place.  Have your really looked at the kit? Does it seem adequate to you?

I had a teacher friend (High School English) who took one look at the white bucket they gave her to use as a portable potty and proclaimed “Ain’t no way in hell I’m using that thing in front of a room full of high schoolers!” She was also supplied a pair of plastic gloves and a few garbage bags for liners and “easy disposal of waste”.

So what are teachers to do? As always, you must look to yourself.

What do you think you should have on hand in case of an emergency?