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2021 SURVIVAL DAY 20 (Potable Aqua Germicidal Water Purification Tablets)

I first used Potable Aqua Germicidal Water Purification Tablets like these 30 years go. Yes, I feel old. When I was younger I did a lot of hiking on the Appalachian Trail and it wasn’t possible to carry a weekends worth, much less a week’s worth of water, and that mean refilling canteens from streams and the like. I’ve seen what happens to people who don’t use Purification Tablets while camping, and when overseas. A buddy thought I was being paranoid when I would use these Purification Tablets on bottled water in India. Water we were buying from roadside stands and vendors while exploring the country. driving to Mysore and other locations within a days drive of Bangalore (now Bengaluru). Guess who caused us to have to stop so he could squat every half hour on the drive back? Not me.

I keep a bottle of these Purification Tablets in my Medical Pouch because you never know how long its going to take you to get from primary residence to bolt hole – or what utilities will or won’t be working.

Plan for the worst. It’s really hard to fight Zombies if your clenching your cheeks together.

  • Makes questionable water bacteriologically suitable to drink within 35 minutes
  • Effective against Giardia lamblia when used as directed
  • Water purification for camping, hiking, travel and natural disasters
  • Used by military and emergency organizations worldwide

Barbarians Tactical Vest Build out:

DayItemCategoryEstimated Cost
Survival Day 20Potable Aqua Germicidal Water Purification TabletsBasic Gear$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $1090
Survival Day 19Pocket Window PunchBasic Gear$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $1060
Survival Day 18New-Skin Liquid Bandage SprayBasic Gear$5 X 2 = $10
Total = $1030
Survival Day 17Jet Windproof Torch LighterBasic Gear$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $1020
Survival Day 16Rothco OTG Ballistic GogglesBasic Gear$40 X 2 = $80
Total = $980
Survival Day 15CELOX Gauze RollBasic Gear$30 X 2 = $60
Total = $900
Survival Day 14Gerber Suspension Multi-PlierBasic Gear$40 X 2 = $80
Total = $840
Survival Day 13Black Nitrile GlovesBasic Gear$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $760
Survival Day 12Shotgun Ammo Cartridge PouchBasic Gear$16 X 6 = $100
Total = $660
Survival Day 1132oz Stainless Streel Water BottleBasic Gear$12 X 2 = $25
Total = $560
Survival Day 10Shooting GlovesBasic Gear$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $535
Survival Day 9Tactical Molle Water Bottle PouchBasic Gear$12 X 2 = $25
Total = $505
Survival Day 8Flex CuffsBasic Gear$12 X 4 = $50
Total = $480
Survival Day 7Olight I3T EOS 180 Lumens Dual-Output Slim EDC FlashlightBasic Gear$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $430
Survival Day 6 LarKoo Pistol Pouch HolsterBasic Gear$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $390
Survival Day 5SZCTKlink 3-Pack Outdoor Portable TourniquetsBasic Gear$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $340
Survival Day 4Gonex MOLLE Medical PouchBasic Gear$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $290
Survival Day 3Kershaw Camp 10Basic Gear$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $250
Survival Day 2Barbarians Tactical VestBasic Gear$60 X 2 = $120
Total = $150
Survival Day 1Disposable Face MasksBasic Gear$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $30

Bad Gun Handling – Boom

This scares the hell out of me.

I don’t know exactly what caused this, so I’m sorry if this turned out to be a freak accident due to bad gunsmithing or commercial ammo manufacturing.

So why did I include it here. Because there are a few causes that are more likely, and those are all user associated things.

Did he set it barrel down? Is there debris stuck in the barrel?

Did he load is own ammo? Is it way over pressure?

Is the weapon maintained? Is this the 100,000th round and the gun’s never been cleaned?

The bottom line, be careful so things like this are less likely to happen to you.

2021 SURVIVAL DAY 19 (Pocket Window Punch)

I have three of these Pocket Window Punches, One of them is clipped to my Tactical Vest and I know that if I need to scavenge it is a must have tool to quickly and relatively quietly get into abandoned vehicles and locked up homes. Sure, I may need to kill a few surprise zombies inside either, but getting in quietly means I’m less likely to find a horde after I’ve scrounged whatever I can from inside.

I keep another Window Punch in my vehicle for emergency use. I haven’t had to save a kid or a dog inside a hot car yet, but if it happens, I’m ready. I keep yet another Window Punch in my tool bag and I have used that one to finish breaking a window that was being replaced. It was safer to break the rest of the glass than try and remove the window the way it was.

Be ready, be prepared, and if you survive the Zombie Apocalypse maybe we can have a drink after we bump into each other on the road.

  • Reliably break vehicle glass.
  • Reliably break home and commercial windows.
  • Must have for every emergency kit & medical kit,

Barbarians Tactical Vest Build out:

DayItemCategoryEstimated Cost
Survival Day 19Pocket Window PunchBasic Gear$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $1060
Survival Day 18New-Skin Liquid Bandage SprayBasic Gear$5 X 2 = $10
Total = $1030
Survival Day 17Jet Windproof Torch LighterBasic Gear$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $1020
Survival Day 16Rothco OTG Ballistic GogglesBasic Gear$40 X 2 = $80
Total = $980
Survival Day 15CELOX Gauze RollBasic Gear$30 X 2 = $60
Total = $900
Survival Day 14Gerber Suspension Multi-PlierBasic Gear$40 X 2 = $80
Total = $840
Survival Day 13Black Nitrile GlovesBasic Gear$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $760
Survival Day 12Shotgun Ammo Cartridge PouchBasic Gear$16 X 6 = $100
Total = $660
Survival Day 1132oz Stainless Streel Water BottleBasic Gear$12 X 2 = $25
Total = $560
Survival Day 10Shooting GlovesBasic Gear$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $535
Survival Day 9Tactical Molle Water Bottle PouchBasic Gear$12 X 2 = $25
Total = $505
Survival Day 8Flex CuffsBasic Gear$12 X 4 = $50
Total = $480
Survival Day 7Olight I3T EOS 180 Lumens Dual-Output Slim EDC FlashlightBasic Gear$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $430
Survival Day 6 LarKoo Pistol Pouch HolsterBasic Gear$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $390
Survival Day 5SZCTKlink 3-Pack Outdoor Portable TourniquetsBasic Gear$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $340
Survival Day 4Gonex MOLLE Medical PouchBasic Gear$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $290
Survival Day 3Kershaw Camp 10Basic Gear$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $250
Survival Day 2Barbarians Tactical VestBasic Gear$60 X 2 = $120
Total = $150
Survival Day 1Disposable Face MasksBasic Gear$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $30

2021 SURVIVAL DAY 18 (New-Skin Liquid Bandage Spray)

I always keep a bottle or two of New-Skin Liquid Bandage Spray in my Gonex MOLLE Medical Pouch. It is perfect for small cuts and wounds. I’ve used New-Skin Liquid Bandage on everything from blisters on my hands from cutting wood while camping to closing small cuts and scrapes from hiking.

When I’m out and about in the wild, or fleeing after strapping on my Tactical Vest, I always keep a bottle New-Skin Liquid Bandage to take care of those little injuries so they don’t get infected.

  • Antiseptic treatment & waterproof bandage for scrapes, minor cuts
  • Seals out germs & forms a tough, protective barrier
  • Helps prevent blisters & calluses
  • Fast drying & waterproof
  • Helps prevent infection in minor cuts & scrapes
  • Dries clear, is waterproof, & stays put
  • Great for protecting blisters & calluses

Barbarians Tactical Vest Build out:

DayItemCategoryEstimated Cost
Survival Day 18New-Skin Liquid Bandage SprayBasic Gear$5 X 2 = $10
Total = $1030
Survival Day 17Jet Windproof Torch LighterBasic Gear$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $1020
Survival Day 16Rothco OTG Ballistic GogglesBasic Gear$40 X 2 = $80
Total = $980
Survival Day 15CELOX Gauze RollBasic Gear$30 X 2 = $60
Total = $900
Survival Day 14Gerber Suspension Multi-PlierBasic Gear$40 X 2 = $80
Total = $840
Survival Day 13Black Nitrile GlovesBasic Gear$33 X 3 = $100
Total = $760
Survival Day 12Shotgun Ammo Cartridge PouchBasic Gear$16 X 6 = $100
Total = $660
Survival Day 1132oz Stainless Streel Water BottleBasic Gear$12 X 2 = $25
Total = $560
Survival Day 10Shooting GlovesBasic Gear$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $535
Survival Day 9Tactical Molle Water Bottle PouchBasic Gear$12 X 2 = $25
Total = $505
Survival Day 8Flex CuffsBasic Gear$12 X 4 = $50
Total = $480
Survival Day 7Olight I3T EOS 180 Lumens Dual-Output Slim EDC FlashlightBasic Gear$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $430
Survival Day 6 LarKoo Pistol Pouch HolsterBasic Gear$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $390
Survival Day 5SZCTKlink 3-Pack Outdoor Portable TourniquetsBasic Gear$25 X 2 = $50
Total = $340
Survival Day 4Gonex MOLLE Medical PouchBasic Gear$20 X 2 = $40
Total = $290
Survival Day 3Kershaw Camp 10Basic Gear$50 X 2 = $100
Total = $250
Survival Day 2Barbarians Tactical VestBasic Gear$60 X 2 = $120
Total = $150
Survival Day 1Disposable Face MasksBasic Gear$15 X 2 = $30
Total = $30

60 MIN CHALLENGE – DAY 122

I forget to post this on Sunday as I started drinking once I got off the treadmill. So this is getting posted late, but I did achieve my 20/30 3.1mph cycle.

Starting Speed: 2.5 mph

Ending Speed: 3.1 mph

Duration: 80 Minutes

Cross Crunches: 33

1/19/2021
DayDate60 Minute Distance
1221/17/20214.060
1211/16/20214.010
1201/14/20213.960
1191/10/20213.910
1181/9/20213.850
1171/6/20213.801
1161/5/20213.750
1151/3/20213.700
1141/1/20213.655
11312/31/20203.600
11212/29/20203.540
11112/27/20203.490
11012/25/20203.440
10912/24/20203.380
10812/23/20203.335
10712/22/20203.285
10612/21/20203.235
10512/18/20203.250
10412/17/20203.181
10312/16/20203.100
10212/15/20203.021
10112/14/20204.45
10012/12/20204.400
9912/9/20204.350
9812/8/20204.300
9712/6/20204.250
9612/5/20204.200
9512/3/20204.150
9412/2/20204.100
9312/1/20204.005
9211/29/20204.000
9111/28/20203.500
9011/27/20203.950
8911/25/20203.900
8811/24/20203.850
8711/23/20203.800
8611/21/20203.750
8511/19/20203.639
8411/17/20203.650
8311/16/20203.600
8211/15/20203.550
8111/13/20203.500
8011/12/20203.451
7911/11/20203.408
7811/9/20203.350
7711/8/20203.300
7611/7/20203.250
7511/4/20203.200
7411/2/20203.145
7311/1/20203.081
7210/31/20203.052
7110/28/20203.050
7010/27/20202.966
6910/25/20202.885
6810/24/20202.849
6710/22/20202.812
6610/21/20202.754
6510/20/20202.699
6410/18/20202.625
6310/17/20202.557
6210/13/20202.427
6110/10/20202.276
6010/8/20202.159
5910/7/20202.126
5810/4/20202.00
577/16/20202.418
567/13/20202.347
557/11/20202.697
547/10/20202.595
537/8/20202.515
527/7/20202.498
517/6/20202.427
506/30/20202.431
496/24/20202.435
486/4/20203.470
476/2/20203.403
466/1/20203.397
455/31/20203.187
445/28/20203.510
435/26/20203.317
425/25/20203.434
415/24/20203.220
405/18/20202.467
395/17/20202.628
385/16/20203.077
375/14/20202.754
365/13/20203.332
355/12/20202.955
345/11/20203.271
335/10/20203.122
325/7/20203.174
315/5/20203.116
305/4/20203.336
294/30/20202.269
284/27/20202.291
274/26/20203.356
264/24/20203.304
254/22/20203.265
244/21/20203.301
234/20/20203.173
224/19/20203.271
214/18/20203.182
204/16/20203.208
194/15/20203.148
184/12/20203.156
174/11/20203.129
164/9/20203.083
154/8/20203.092
144/6/20202.642
134/5/20202.956
124/1/20203.082
113/30/20203.039
103/29/20203.008
93/28/20202.750
83/24/20203.116
73/22/20203.103
63/21/20203.098
53/20/20203.009
43/16/20203.501
33/13/20203.445
23/11/20203.390
13/9/20203.171