Your To-go Binder should consist of information gathered from various sources both online and offline. I recommend a binder that will last long and withstand weather and rough handling conditions. Also, you might want or somehow waterproof your binder or use waterproof paper and ink. You can also use those clear plastic three-ring envelopes, whatever you think is best for you to work with. Always label the index tabs and organize your information for easy accessibility. What you put in your To-go Binder should be relevant information for you to use in all situations. For example, not limited to, but an emergency situation like evacuating because of a Hurricane. You would want important information in your To-go binder; important documents such as birth certificates, emergency contacts, insurance info, medical documents, etc. You can always expand your To-go Binder and add more information relating to survival. For example, instructions on how to purify water, identify edible plants, trapping skills, etc. I would recommend having a map of the area or an egress route to your bug-out location. But also keep in mind, this binder is full of information that you want to keep safe and protect. There are a lot of websites providing information about To-go, Survival, or Bug-out Binders. You can choose from many examples but make sure it’s practical for all situations.
If you are not sure what information to add to your To-go Binder or where to start, here’s a website that I use often, Survivalblog.com. You can also find this link on the sidebar of my Blog.
For an idea, Here are my contents of my To-go Binder (always adding/reorganizing):
- Emergency Contacts
- Financial Information
- Copies of Vital Documents
- Medical Information
- Legal Documents
- Others – Emergency Plan, List of vital websites/passwords, Keys to vehicles, homes, storages, Evacuation Checklist, Maps, Photos, Cash, etc.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
What hardships from your past have shaped and forged your character? Do you need to look at your current hardships through a different lens?
Interested in survivalism? The first thing you should do is brutally be honest about your skills. Take a self-assessment on your survival skills. Ask your self these questions: What areas are you most skilled? What areas are you lacking and need improvements? If an emergency situation comes up, Are you bugging-out or bugging-in? Do you have survival gear and do you know how to use them? You cannot accumulate items and not know how to use them. It is best to know how to use your gear and often practice their uses to avoid panic and further mishaps. Here’s a list of skills you should acquire and practice:
- Food Processing – Learn to prepare survival foods.
- Bulk Food Storage – Learn to properly store and rotate food.
- Emergency Medical Care – Learn a sufficient medical training (CPR, First Aid, Herbal Medicine, and EMT.
- Gardening – Learn to grow food.
- Preserving Food – Learn food preservation skills (Can, Dry, Smoke, Cure, Pickle, Bury, Vaccum-Pack, etc.).
- Hunting – Learn to hunt for food.
- Trapping – Learn to trap for food. Save time for other things.
- Firearms Repair – Learn about gunsmithing.
- Self-Defense – Learn Hand-to-Hand Combat techniques
- Firearms Proficiency – Learn to properly use a firearm; marksmanship.
- Water Purification – Learn to find and purify water.
- Using Tools – Have the tools…learn how to use them properly (hand tools, survival gear).
- Livestock – Learn how to raise livestock (Large or small) for food, trade, resources.
- Power – Learn about alternative energies and how to build homemade electrical generators.
- Investing – Accumulate some barter skills/goods (ammo, pocket knives, a limited amount of silver and gold, liquor, etc.).
You should be honest about what you know and what the skills you lack. Start by learning those skills and practice every chance you get because when you find yourself in an SHTF situation, it’ll be too late.
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Gates of fire, a novel about the Spartans and the battle at Thermopylae. The author, Steven Pressfield wrote about how the Spartans trained:
” The hardship of the exercises is intended less to strengthen the back than to toughen the mind. The Spartans say that any army may win while it still has its legs under it; the real test comes when all strength is fled and the men must produce victory on will alone.”
Having the will to fight on and not quit is more of a trait than it is something you can “learn” through conditioning. A warrior never leaves a fallen comrade behind and only needs to look to his left and right to find a reason not to quit and to keep the will to drive on until the war is won.
Once you learn to subdue you fear and vanquish panic, you will be on your way to achieving the warrior mindset.
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