To all ZRT members, friends, and followers; you are cordially invited to join in the celebration!After the turkey is carved and pies are a distant memory, you can change gears and celebrate all things ZOMBIE. Join us Sunday, November 30th from 12noon - 6pm EST at an online celebration of the publishing of ZRT's blog's contributing author S.G. Lee's17 book Journal of the Undead: Littleville Uprising. In addition winning S.G's book and some cool prizes (some from the ZRT store), there will be books from 10 of my favorite ZomPoc authors to be given away as prizes. To sweeten the deal, there will be books in all formats: paperback, ebook, audiobook, and even advanced review copies. You could be the first to read zombie stories that haven't been released yet! Simply click on the link below and then select "JOIN". It's that simple. Then on the 30th log on and get ready to have fun!
I'm a huge procrastinator. When I look at my to-do list everyday, I seem to always put off half of it for the following day.
But when it comes to prepping, I don't procrastinate.
Why, you ask?
Because an emergency or disaster could happen AT ANY TIME. And if I put off getting prepared and learning new skills and making sure my packs are up to date on a the regular, then when something finally does end up happening, I'll be scrambling to get prepared all at once!
It's better to prepare little by little.
Start with the basics:
Get some flashlights and candles along with extra batteries and matches
Get some nonperishable food items
Buy an extra 24 pack of bottled water
Buy a backpackers stove and camping propane tank
Bam. You're prepared at home to handle an emergency or disaster!
Doesn't seem like a lot, does it? EVERYTHING above can be bought when you're doing your weekly/monthly grocery shopping. There's just no excuse to NOT be prepared at your home.
Of course, once you're prepared at home, you can move onto getting prepared to bug out with a bug out bag, exit plans, etc. But that can be accomplished little by little depending on your disposable income.
So why do people procrastinate when it comes to getting prepared?
It's mainly because people don't really believe that anything will happen any time soon. Even if they live in tornado alley or a place prone to terrible snow storms or floods or whatever, they just want to live their normal life and not think about the bad things.
It's fine to live your normal life, you don't have to focus your WHOLE LIFE on prepping. All you need to do is focus a little bit of time here and there throughout your week to get and stay prepared.
Honestly, when we're not doing ZRT biz, we're only spending about 5 hours out of our week getting prepared. And that could be going to the range, changing out stuff in our bags, getting new food, learning a new skill or whatever. Sometimes we'll take it a step further and take a really long class during the weekend or something, but that's MAYBE once a month.
We try to stay engaged in the community, as well. I'm a big believer in getting involved in the prepper community because seeing other people getting prepared is a GREAT motivator for yourself.
We have our dogs carry their own bug out bags and in order for them to do that, they need dog packs.
When we needed packs for our dogs, we looked into Outward Hound because they have a good track record for great products.
There's LOTS of room
There's a little mesh pouch inside
Affordable, running around $20 on amazon.
They're a little TOO big
The straps aren't very padded, so I could see it rubbing the dogs wrong quickly
The biggest con with these packs is that they are so big. What you see in the pic is what we put inside the packs and there's just too much extra room. The stuff inside the pouches just rumble around, which causes a lot of friction for the dogs which causes more fatigue.
If you do choose these packs, if you normally choose large items for your dog, try the medium size, that should be about right.
Overall, these are well-made and are great packs for really large dogs, but for dogs that are any less than 50 lbs, maybe look into a smaller pack. Our dogs are 40 lbs and 23 lbs, and they both can handle them, but they're just very baggy and they can't have them on for extended periods of time.
Watch the video below to see how we use them and what we put inside of them:
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