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    What should i put in my school emergency kit?
    Ok so school is in a few weeks and im trying to come up what to put in my emergency or survival kit.Im a girl btw

    • ANSWER:
      Band-aids, rubbing alcohol prep pads, pads/tampons(if you are that age), hand sanitizer, safety pin(s), gum/mints(as long as it is not against school policy), key chain flashlight, glow stick, extra money in coins(for phone calls, and vending machines, fold-able water bottle, energy bar, survival blanket, rain poncho.

      I do not know if you are making a survival/emergency kit for fun or if it is a required item to have for school. But you can buy emergency survival kits with water packets, energy bars, survival blankets, and other items for around to .

    Items to put in a college survival kit for a girl grad?
    I'd like the gift to be practical, and maybe a little funny. None of the "here's a piece of rope for when you get to the end of yours" stuff though. I mean really, who wants a scrap of rope in college? I have about to spend.

    Some ideas I had: fuzzy spa socks, tide to go pen, febreze, breath mints


    • ANSWER:
      - 100 calorie packs of something sweet so she can snack guiltless

      - A little box of those drink packets you put in water bottles (lemonade, ice tea, powerade, etc.)

      - Key chain nail file/mini nail file

      - Kleenex to go packs are always handy around cold/flu season, especially in cute designs

      - Quarters for laundry or vending machine (quarters can be hard to come by!)

      - Eye mask and/or earplugs (can be found cheap at drug stores & may be good if she has a roommate)

      - Nail polish/ribbons in her school's color (great around sports seasons)
      - If you're not her mother/okay with her drinking (assuming she's of age of course) you could throw in a bottle opener if she drinks

      - Anything travel size that she wouldn't normally buy for herself (think: bath and body works soaps in different scents, fun colored q-tips)

      - Lipgloss, mascara, eye shadow (if you know what kinds she likes, in college these are the some of the low items on the spending list when you're broke and are always appreciated)

      - No Doz and/or energy drinks (just don't include too many!!)

      - Fun/Nice pens and pencils - those are always used

      - Chocolate (or her favorite candy)!

      Hope that helps, my mom always used to send me care packages and I loved them - just looking forward to opening something brightened my day.

    Need some ideas on a gift idea I have for teller appreciation week?
    I want to make up these "teller survival kits". I've already thought to put in tylenol, chocolate (all women, lol), maybe a stress ball. What are some other things to put in it, how could I package it? I've thought of wrapping with a coffee mug, but the bank is always giving coffee mugs away so I may just put it in a bag. One idea or 10, I don't care...bring em on :o )

    • ANSWER:
      bandaids, sample size hand lotions, small hand sanitizers
      lip balm, key chain, because the are they key to sucess
      I have seen the kits where each item is with a little phrase like lifesavers to remind you that people appreciate your help.
      You might see if the local health center has anything they would give, like they give at health fairs.
      you could see if anyone can make up some drawsting bags for it, or a water bottle or go to the dollar store and see if they have any cute containers.

    I need the mommy survival kit poem. I need to know what goes in it and the poem for each item.?
    The survival kit has a band Aid, safety pin, etc. and there is a poem that says want each one represents.

    • ANSWER:
      New Mother's Kit

      Hershey's Hugs and Kisses -- for you and the baby for you both deserve them
      Penny - for your thoughts
      Pen & Journal - ( or the Journal Jar) -- to write down your thoughts
      Clock - to remind you that time will pass by too quickly, enjoy every moment.
      Mirror - to remind you that you are important too.
      Marbles - to replace the ones you will loose.
      Jewel - now that you are a mother you are even more valuable.
      Rubberband - to remind you that flexibility is the key
      Lifesavers - to save you from one of those days
      Tissue - to dry those tears, the babies and yours.
      Toothpick - to pick out the good in all situations
      Fireball - for times when you are burnt out
      Lollipop - to lick all your problems
      Eraser - to remind you that every new Mom made mistakes
      Puzzle Piece - because you are an important piece in your child's journey through life.
      Starburst - for energy.

      New Mother's Kit

      Eraser-to remind you every new mom makes mistakes
      Puzzle piece-yuou are an important part of your childs big picture
      Candle-for when you are burning one at both ends
      Cotton ball-for the times you can't hear yourself think
      Rope-in case you get to the end of yours
      Rubberband-to stretch and grow with your baby
      Sweet & sour candy-to remind you every baby is different
      Nuts-to remind you to get a little nutty
      Silly putty-even babies love sillyness
      Tootsie roll-to remind you to let the small stuff roll off your shoulders
      Do not disturb sign-to remind you that you need time to yourself
      Baby is sleeping sign-to remind others
      Asprin-for when all else fails--take two
      Peppermint-you are worth a mint as a new mom
      Velcro-when you need to get a grip
      Penny-for are on your way as a new mom!
      Balloon-to remind you the sky is the limit in raising your baby
      Cotton swab-for better listening
      Foil-to remind you motherhood makes you shine
      Glitter-a glimpse of how the world looks through a little one's eyes
      A pacifier-you'll find a use for it!
      Pink ribbon-to tie in her curly hair
      Sugar--for a sweet girl
      Spice--so she will have personality "Nice"
      Cough drops--so she will be a "nice" girl!
      Wooden apple--she will be the apple of your eye baby shoes--to keep her always running

    if zombie cyborgs came to destroy us how would you defend yourself?and keep you alive?
    I know this may of been a contribute to my other question if alien cyborgs invaded but I am curios what would you do if this did happen. please give best ways of defences and survival

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      * Lighters/matches
      Matches can be made water resistant by dipping them in hot wax.
      * Small LED flashlight
      Those pocket sized key chain type will work for this kit.
      * Extra Cash
      Most disasters will not be world ending and a little spare cash will be a life saver
      * Contact Information
      Keep important numbers on you. Also, useful incase you are hurt and emergency personel need to find your family.
      * Sewing kit items
      Safety pins
      * Fishing hooks and small roll of fishing line
      * Simple first aid items
      Various band-aids
      Gauze pads
      Pain relievers
      * Small tube of antibiotic cream
      * Candles
      Made of animal fat like tallow it can possibly be used for cooking or be eaten
      * Packet of sugar
      * Something to carry everything in
      A tin like an Altoids can with a reflective lid
      * Cotton
      This will keep it all from rattling and can be used to start a fire
      * Small knife
      * Gun of some kind

    Would appreciate any suggestions on relocating to a new area and what steps can be taken ahead of time.?
    I wish to relocate with my children. I would have no family or friends to help with temporary living arrangements until I can get on my feet. Is there a way to go on line for instance and apply for housing and if so, any suggestions on doing so. Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:

      determine what expenses will be paid by your company
      determine what expenses you will have to cover yourself
      start a log of moving expense receipts (some may be deductible)

      get estimates from two or more movers
      including written commitment of pickup and delivery dates
      get and check references
      check the limits of the insurance offered
      see if the insurance offered covers replacement cost
      purchase additional insurance, if necessary

      give day care center proper notice of withdrawal
      give notice to clubs, organizations, volunteer activities
      cancel newspaper subscriptions and regular deliveries

      check the limits of the insurance offered
      see if the insurance offered covers replacement cost
      purchase additional insurance, if necessary

      arrange transfer of your accounts
      order checks with new address
      clean out your safety deposit box

      hotels / temporary housing
      rental cars / plane tickets
      transport service for pets and automobiles, if needed

      school records / pet documents
      home purchase / sale papers
      wills / marriage / divorce papers
      financial records / stock certificates
      birth certificates / social security cards / passports

      turn in forms at the post office
      mail post cards to friends and creditors

      contact schools and arrange for transfer of student records
      contact doctors for medical records and referrals to new physicians
      change your insurance policies on property, auto, and medical

      take a ruthless walk-through to determine what you want to take
      tag the rest of it and hold a garage sale
      or call a charity for pick-up

      clean out club, gym, and school lockers
      pick up all dry cleaning
      retrieve and return all borrowed items from friends and neighbors
      return library books

      arrange for the disconnection or changeover of utilities
      begin packing less-used items
      clean out the cupboards
      plan remaining meals so you can pack what you don't need
      don't buy any more perishables than you have to

      dates / agreements with moving and storage companies
      agreements with auto and pet transportation companies
      hotel and temporary housing accommodations
      rental car and other transportation arrangements
      don't buy any more perishables than you have to

      inform friends and relatives of your forwarding address
      if you'll be without phone service, get a temporary voice mail box
      some long-distance providers offer 1-800 voice mail numbers

      paper / pens
      address book / stamps / envelopes
      cellophane and heavy-duty tape / scissors
      tape measure
      paper cups, plates, and towels / plastic utensils / ziploc bags
      facial and toilet tissue / soap / moist towelettes
      instant coffee or tea / bottled drinks / snacks / can opener
      aspirin / band-aids
      travel alarm
      flashlight / small tool kit
      trash bags
      children's games
      spare car keys
      phone books for the city you are leaving and your destination

      make an inventory list of all items going with you personally
      keep valuable / irreplaceable items (jewelry, heirlooms) with you
      clean out and defrost the deep freezer
      disassemble furniture or other items
      check yard and shed for all items that need packed
      set aside box of cleaning supplies and the vacuum cleaner

      take pictures of furniture / get fabric samples and paint chips
      create a "decorating reference file"
      have measurements taken of the rooms in your new residence
      use floor plans to determine where everything will go

      remove all perishable food
      store anything you still need in a cooler
      clean and defrost the refrigerator and freezer

      complete packing of all household goods for the move
      make sure all boxes are clearly marked

      conclude any arrangements relating to sale or lease of your home
      purchase traveler's checks for trip expenses
      reconcile and close or transfer bank accounts

      confirm delivery address, directions, and delivery date with movers
      make sure boxes are clearly marked
      make sure your instructions are understood

      make sure a relative, neighbor, or real estate agent has the keys
      make sure that person knows how to contact you
      notify insurance agent and police that the home will be empty

      clean the home and check entire grounds before leaving
      check thermostat and make sure temperature is set appropriately
      make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked
      make sure all appliances are turned off
      leave forwarding address, keys, and garage door opener

      supervise moving crew on location of furniture and boxes
      begin unpacking necessary basics first (utensils, toiletries, etc.)
      give the kids a job to do -- let them start on their rooms
      set kitchen and bedrooms up first, to make you feel at home

      go over "Bill of Lading" with the moving company before signing
      check for damaged and missing items and make a note of them
      the Bill of Lading is usually binding once signed

      check to make sure all utilities are on and working properly
      let family members or friends know that you have arrived safely
      check in with employer and real estate agent to confirm itineraries
      now relax, order dinner out, and take a hot deserve it!

    Any1 know where i can buy a -mom to be survival kit??
    my sister in law is having a baby soon and my best friend got one of these for her shower and i thought it was so neat i wanted to get one for my sister in law , the only thing is i dont know how to come up with all the items id rather just buy one already made.NYONE know anywhere online that sells these so i dont have to make it??

    Survival Kit for Mom To Be

    Hershey hugs and kisses - for you and the baby - you both deserve them
    Penny -To help start saving for that college fund.
    Pen & Journal - to write down the special moments and thoughts
    Clock - to remind you time will pass too quickly,So enjoy every moment
    Mirror - to reflect on who you are in this baby's new world
    Marbles - for moments you are sure you've lost yours!
    Jewel - to remind you how valuable you are as a new mother
    Rubberband - flexibility is the key to motherhood nd to stretch and grow with your baby
    Lifesavers - to save you on one of those days
    Tissue - to dry those tears - baby's and yours

    • ANSWER:

      You suppose to buy them a put them in a basket along with that sign; of which you just wrote about. Most of the stuff you can buy at a dollar general store or any local one dollar store the whole thing should cost you about . The jewel, you use a fake plastic jewel. However if you split this between the members of your family each one buy one item by have them draw a number and have them get it, then it won't hurt the budget book so much. I made two of them myself I also add things like a baby bottle,rattle or big plastic keys,diapers, and other small baby stuff.

      Hope this helps

    what should i put in a house or some designs to withstand natural disasters, especially landslides ?
    any help? tnx

    • ANSWER:
      Is your house in a landslide area? Put in a retaining wall. Inside, bolt down all your taller furniture, against the wall. They have special brackets for it, usually for earthquakes. Get good insurance coverage. Window shutters. Keep extra clothes and canned foods (and non-electric can opener), sleeping blankets, and survivals items, flashlights, first aide kits, paper plates, plastic flatware, in a storage facility away from your home, but close enough to get to it. Make sure you always have your keys with you for it. The smallest storage locker isn't that much, maybe you can get together with nearby good friends or family to keep extra supplies in there. (Even an extra bicycle!) Make sure tall trees are cleared out from a landslide area so it can't hit your house. Those are just some suggestions I can think of.

    i have two guy friends graduating from high school and i have noo idea what to get them! help?
    One of them is going to be a professional opera singer (dont laugh lol he is super talented) and the other one is really into drums but i still dont know!

    • ANSWER:
      The best advice you'll get from the internet is generic stuff like nice watches, hats, or engraved pens, that kind of thing. They're your friends, and apparently good enough friends to justify gift-giving; you should know what they're into.

      That said, an idea I've heard and that I want to do for my graduates (cousin, stepbrother, sister) is to put together a "university survival kit." Do you know where they're going for college? Buy stuff in the school colors or with the school logo on it (a lot of universities have online bookstores that sell this sort of thing now). Simple stuff, to get them started - like pens or pencils, a small notebook, sticky notes, a campus map if you can get one, a key ring or keychain. Also clothes, if you want--school T-shirts, sweatpants, cold-weather gear if appropriate, a fleece throw blanket in the school's colors, maybe a nice tie and cufflinks (they'll likely need them at some point). You might toss in one of the plethora of university survival guides that have been written - The Naked Roommate is one such book, search on any bookstore website and you'll find others. These are just suggestions, you don't have to get all of these items. If there's an item you know he needs or likes--a favorite throat spray for the opera singer, new drumsticks for the drummer--get him that.

    Is Southern California going to have an earthquake soon?
    there was one sunday may 17 and a tiny one today, tuesday, may 19 so is something gonna happen>

    • ANSWER:
      Hey I just felt it too!! The one on sunday was pretty big-like 4.7
      The one a few hours ago was a 3.9
      It's difficult for seismatlogists to predict accurately when the next quake will be, but just be sure to have a survival kit and a plan with your family!

      This is what the LA times recommends for a kit:
      Nonperishable packaged or canned food

      • A gallon of water per person per day (Replace every six months and count pets as family members)

      • Manual can opener

      • First aid kit and handbook

      • Clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes

      • Blankets or sleeping bags

      • Portable radio and flashlight, with spare batteries

      • Essential medications

      • List of family physicians and the style and serial number of medical devices, such as pacemakers

      • Extra pair of eyeglasses

      • Extra set of house and car keys

      • Toilet paper, toiletries and feminine hygiene items

      • Fire extinguisher

      • Pet food, water and leash or carrier

      • Cash and small change

      • Water purification kit or unscented liquid bleach (eight drops per gallon when water is first stored)

      • Any special foods and supplies for babies, the disabled or the elderly

      • Plastic eating utensils, paper cups and plates

      • Heavy-duty aluminum foil

      • Paper towels

      • Knife or razor blades

      • Candles and light sticks

      • Matches in waterproof container

      • Work gloves and broom

      • Hammer and nails

      • Coils of rope and wire

      • Ax, crowbar and shovel

      • Small tool kit

      • Cheesecloth (to strain water)

      • Large and small plastic bags

      • Two tarps, 8 feet by 10 feet

      • Local street map and compass

      • Paper, pens and stamps

      • Entertainment pack of family photos, notebooks, reading material and games

    Taking my truck on a 2,000 mile trip?
    I'm making a round trip that's gonna add up to about 2,000 miles and I'm taking my 93 Explorer, it's only got 53K Miles on it and seems to be running fine. What all should I check to make sure it won't break down on the way? I won't have a ton of money on me to get it fixed if anything goes wrong.
    Jesse, are they free? And do you think they'd lie to me like alot of car places do so they can get $$$? lol

    • ANSWER:
      Lets start with MY Car Travel Checklist:

      1. Planning your road trip close to the summer months is nice, but if you're going during July and August, be prepared for crowds at the national parks and other popular destinations and make your reservations early. Camping Check List
      2. Service your car and have a mechanic ok your car for the long trip.
      3. Bring tools, extra fan belt, quart of oil, gallon of water, Hand Wipes, flash light, tire pressure gauge (check tire pressure often), car manual, garbage bags, tire chains if expecting snow, matches, can opener, pillows, babies special items, Vector Power Inverter, cooler & picnic items. Picnic Tips Picnic Supplies Folding Table & Folding Chairs
      4. Check your spare tire and make sure you use your car jack to make sure it works & if all the cars tires can be removed.
      5. Have a Road Emergency Kit with jumper cables and a gas can. Survival Books
      6. Each person should have there own set of car keys. Don't forget a Portable First Aid Kit, and some Sun Screen & Lip Balm.
      7. Buy a Rand McNally 2010 The Road Atlas and maybe buy Driving Software to find campgrounds and points of interest along your chosen route. Try a Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Automobile Navigator but also have maps just in case the GPS stops working but also to verify the routes your taking because GPS systems are not perfect.
      8. Find out if there are any special events happening along your route that you might want to see or avoid. News Papers Events
      9. American Automobile Association (AAA) is a good place for resources. If you become a member you might be able to get some discounts at certain places. Automobile driving links to check for road closures and safety tips
      10. Make reservations to campgrounds or Hotels if needed.
      11. Make a list of things and gear that you might need. Recommended Gear.
      12. A few days before you leave, pack your car with all your gear to see if everything will fit.
      13. Follow the rules and regulations of the places you are visiting and always be nice to the small town locals.
      14. Make a Travel Check List.
      15. Cell Phone & charge cord. Check with your cell phone provider to see if you have coverage in the places you are visiting. Write down and input emergency phone #s into your cell phone of the places you're visiting, hotel phone #, tour group phone #, car rental phone # & the airlines 800 # in case of flight changes, embassies, police, hospitals & your doctor to name a few.
      Travel Cell Phones and GPS Rentals Wireless solutions for over seas
      16. Leave plenty of extra time on your trip to be spontaneous. Try to avoid driving in congested areas during rush hour traffic.
      17. Driving long distances is tiring so take breaks and share the driving. Also bring things to entertain yourselves, like music, games, toys for kids and a journal to write about your trip. Bring a camera too.
      18. Bring your sense of humor and be prepared to get under each others skin because not sleeping good, not eating good and being out of your comfort zone makes everyone a little more susceptible to irritations from travel mates. So be aware that this is usually unavoidable even on short trips. Talk about these moments before you leave. Stay safe and stay in control. Enjoy.

    What's a good general knife?
    I read this from a survival website:

    "A good knife is a survival kit unto itself. From chopping timbers for a shelter, to carving up the makings of a bow drill for fire to whittling the catch for a snare, a good knife in the hands of a knowledgeable individual is THE key item in a kit. The rest is just dressing. I recommend something that can CHOP. Whereas you'll need to drop small trees and branches for all types of purposes, this is critical. Rambo's knife might have LOOKED mean, but in a survival situation? In a true survival situation, I'll take my reworked Ghurka Kukri or US Mil Spec Machete over his 0 Jimmy Lile custom any day of the week. I own a LOT of knives... some of them quite expensive, but for true chopping power, I've made my choice."

    So pretty much I want a good, cheap knife that can do pretty much anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Cold Steel Trail Master is just about perfect for wilderness survival use. The Ontario RTAK II is also fantastic and a little less money. Weight is a major issue in hiking and survival, so you may opt to sacrifice some cutting power to gain mobility. The Cold Steel Recon Scout, USMC Ka-Bar, and Rat Cutlery/Esee knives are all fantastic choices for this purpose. You may consider a second, smaller neck or pocket knife for smaller chores or backup.

    Woodland survival essentials?
    Food and water aside, what are the MOST essential things for surviving in the woods.

    • ANSWER:
      Probably the most important thing would be someway to start a fire. There are ways to tear apart a flashlight and use the batteries and bulb to start a fire. I've seen the boy scouts carrying a 9v battery with some steel wool. They just short the battery with the steel wool to create a glowing mass of the steel wool. I just carry a Swiss fire starter. It looks like a key on a small lanyard with a rod. You just strike the rod with the key and many sparks fly off it that are very hot.
      If you have a survival kit be sure to put a space blanket or 2 in it along with some water purification tablets, fish hooks and line,mirror to signal with, a knife of course,first aid items,compass,cord or light rope and a survival booklet.

    university survival kit?
    i know someone going to university this coming september, and i want to make him a 'university survival kit' as sort of a going away present:) i'm going to cover a shoe box with wrapping paper and fill it with some things, but i'm stuck for what to put in it. ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Aww, that's a sweet gift idea :D You might check the website of his university; there should be a list of recommended things to bring, to give you a few specific ideas.

      But in general, items you can consider are:
      - Pencils, with lead + eraser refills if they're mechanical
      - A nice pen or two, with ink refills
      - An MP3 player or iPod if you can afford it and he doesn't have one
      - An iTunes gift card if he has an iPod
      - An extension cord or a power strip! You can never have too many of these.
      - Candy, cookies, trail mix, is *always* appreciated. Send him cookies or something every couple of months and he and his friends will love you forever.
      - Some postcards so he remembers to write Grandma once in a while
      - A mini stapler, 3-hole punch, and box of paperclips
      - A gift card to Walmart, Target, Office Depot, or Kohl's to get some larger items (e.g. a chair, a lamp, a rug, etc)
      - If it's a bigger shoebox, you might be able to get a small dry-erase board that fits in the bottom
      - Sticky-tack/blu-tack to attach the dry-erase board to the wall/door
      - Extra dry-erase markers
      - If you're confident that it won't be awkward for the recipient and his family, put some condoms in there; better to have them and not need them than need them and not have them. And it saves him the embarrassment of buying them himself.
      - A keychain/carabiner for his keys

    college survival kit/book?
    Hi, im making a college survival kit/book for my older brother for his birthday, he is turning 18 in a few weeks. (i know it sounds corny, but go with it)

    so... WHAT does one put in such a book/ kit.
    i was thinking like easy recipies, maybe a "how to do laundry" thing, but thats as far as i got.. help?

    • ANSWER:
      My brother got one of these for his graduation gift from high school. Here's what was in it: Pens, Mechanical Pencils, Loose leaf paper, 3 hole punch, stapler (and staples), scotch tape, scissors, ruler, calender or appointment book (or both), dictionary/thesaurus, and other office type things. Believe me, you need a lot of random stuff for your professors. I always ran out of pens and paperclips.

      Things I would suggest to really make it something other than "woo school"
      because it's your brother, boy stuff!
      axe body spray or wash, or both. deoderant, a few sticks., boys are smelly. Febreze and that downy wrinkle releaser spray stuff. Boys in college smell, and do not like washing clothes. you know those sample size shampoos and conditioners and all that jazz? those. lots of them. go for something minty or unscented. head and shoulders or pert plus or something to that effect. boys don't like shopping for personal items, if you haven't gotten that already.

      basically all those travel size personal hygiene things are great for this gift, mouth wash, shaving creme, a pack of razors (things he wont have extra cash for that are neccessary in college).

      Food section:
      Anything microwaveable. Easy mac. pop tarts. microwave popcorn. these will be food groups to him after awhile, he will want more of them than you can imagine. plus, he will be sharing with his roommate.

      Non-perishable is key. I think my roommate and I lived off of hot cocoa mix for a month. oh, make sure it has marshmallows. boys like that. throw in his favorite candy or boxed juices, things that won't go bad immediately.

      (to that end, you may want to give him everything but the food and wait till august for that part)

      if you are feeling extra generous, and sneaky, throw in some condoms. I don't know how old you are, but if he's going to college... ya know. Slip them to him on the side, tape them to the inside of a box of popcorn, hide them from your parents. But I bet you'll be the best sister (did i make up that you're a girl, i hope not...)ever if you do it.

      hope this helps!

    Need ideas for a "Future President's Survival Kit"?
    My friend's bday is this week, and he is a political junkie. He constantly proclaims that one day he will be president, so I wanted to put together a "Future President's Survival Kit" as kind of a joke. Does anyone have any ideas of stuff I could put in the kit? The only thing I have so far is a mirror (to practice his speeches in.) Witty items are a plus! (I'm just not very witty...) Thanks so much for your help~

    • ANSWER:
      1.) An Arabian Turban to wear when meeting with OPEC
      2.) A FLAG PIN
      3) Keys to Airforce One
      4) "Red" telephone
      5) hand sanitizer (from shaking all those hands)
      6) Red tie--they always seem to wear a red tie
      Hope that helps! Good Luck!

    Who makes Paracord 550?
    I'm trying to find the manufacturer (or key distributor) in the USA that can supply me in the UK for large quantities of the stuff. I'm hitting dead-ends all around.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure if these will help but maybe you can give it a try. The first selections are ones you can check on. The second one is a place where you can order. Bear with me with the suggestion that you find someplace where there is one of the cords or buy one and look at the paper work that comes with it or the wrapper or one of the places that sell them and ask for their distributor or the manufacturer. Surely something is written that gives the name, address, phone number,email,or fax. This is all that I can help you with and I am so sorry I was unable to get you to the source.

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    what to pack for a family vaca to Jamaica? also what not to put in your carry on?
    leaving from canada....going for 7 days with our 6 yr old

    • ANSWER:
      For the carry on, check the airline that you are flying and their rules. Most airlines now require small containers. All other large containers can go in check in luggage. Anything you forgot can be bought, but expect a tourist rate, but being from Canada there is still an advantage in the currency.

      For your vaca, carry essentials like a baby survival kit bag (diapers, rash cream, wipes, medical items, etc), map (good one to scale), passport, copy of passport in case yours gets lost, address to the nearest canadian embassy and phone number and hospital, sunscreen (lots) with bug repellant, key medical supplies (like allergy medicine, heart burn medicine,diarrhea medicine, anti-histamine cream, motion/sea sickness pills if on water - Keep in orginal boxes for identification), extra batteries or plug converter from canada, small flashlight, waterproof bags for the beach and for valueables if going on water, visor or sunglasses and sunscreen for you and the 6 yo, hand fan - it gets alot hotter than some people realize, a gps if renting a car, extra luggage tags. I would also check the average rates for taxi services, currency exchange rates, and get familiar with the customs and courtesies. Currency is the Jamaican dollar (JMD). In the Caribbean, taxis usually charge per person instead of by meter, ensure you negotiate a price prior to getting in a taxi. Register with your country, so they know that you are there - in the US all Americans can register their travel with the state dept. in case of natural disaster, etc so they can be found. but, most of all, dont forget your camera and a smile. Have fun - thats why your there.

    Gift for some one moving to malawi?
    Friend is moving to Malawi for 2 years.. i want to get her a practical gift that she can use..thru out her whole stay...

    Please help

    • ANSWER:
      My favourite is always a wind-up torch. Sometimes it is combined with a radio. One is also able to charge it with a cell phone charger. When your friend leaves Malawi, then the torch can be a valuable gift for someone.

      Or a little survival pack: with favourite herbs, spices, recipes from home, chocolates, favourite snacks like jerky or whatever one is not able to get in Malawi. When one is feeling lonely and homesick, then the survival pack helps keep up the spirits.

      Or look at this list:
      We suggest you consider bringing the following items with you:

      A Petzl Tikka or Zipka series headtorch is a must, together with a supply of good batteries as the ones available in Malawi are useless. (It really isn't worth buying a cheaper make of headtorch as previous volunteers have found that they have broken early on and then they've been left with nothing.)

      A Pacsafe Travelsafe in which to keep your valuables

      Mosquito repellent and/or coils

      Sun protection cream

      All medications, including malaria prophylaxis, and a simple medical kit

      Multi-vitamin supplements (as the local diet can sometimes be limited)

      Special sauces, spices, etc., especially from Asian shops (Nali hot sauces are very popular with the volunteers at Mwaya Beach)

      Spare camera battery, lots of memory cards, and a 4GB flash stick to store your pictures on — you will take many more pictures than you think!

      Magazines and books (although you can become a borrowing member of the library)

      Spare padlocks and keys for your chalet and luggage

      A sleeping bag, although not essential for Mwaya, is useful whilst travelling

      An umbrella if you're volunteering during the rainy season

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read my english essay?
    PLEASE proofread my essay and help me! Its due tomorrow and im afraid its not good enough (7th Grade)

    When stranded on an uninhabited island, there would be many things to bring along to survive. The first thing I think of to take with me is a first aid kit. The kit would contain many useful items, bandages being one of them. Bandages help with many things, not just injuries. Yes, they can splint an injured joint or aid a cut, but there are many more things to do with them! For instance, bandages can serve as a form of a rope or string. I could tie things together with them for all sorts of handy inventions. The best part is, they are reusable! I could just wash them, which brings me along to the next thing the first aid kit would hold, disinfectant! Though it may sting at first, it can be used to treat open wounds and prevent from infection. I’m not very fond of the idea of being stranded on an island with a serious medical condition! Disinfectant could also be used to clean food. It may sound gross and weird, but putting some disinfectant on my meal could prevent it from being my last! In addition, it could be used to make grills, pots, and weapons clean as a whistle! It wouldn’t be great if I was eating out of a filthy pot or cooking food on an area that wasn’t sanitary. Lastly, the first aid kit would hold a scalpel. Scalpels, of course, can be used for very serious injuries, but they have many more hidden uses as well! Though small, a scalpel can be used to hunt miniature animals, which very well may keep me alive. Preparing food could be another one of its uses. Just because it may sound like a scalpel shouldn’t be used or treating wounds, preparing food, and hunting, cleaning it with some disinfectant would make it dirt free. Being stranded on a deserted island is something I would never wish upon anyone, but just in case, everyone should be prepared, and having a first aid kit would be beneficial to my survival.
    A cooking kit would also be a vital key my survival on an abandoned island. It would definitely contain a grill, which could be used to cook raw meat. It would be unfortunate if I finally caught and killed an animal to eat and then died from salmonella poisoning! A grill could be used for warmth during the frigid nights on the island. Boiling water would be another one of a grill’s many uses. Making sure water is clean and free of bacteria is always a good thing! I would boil the water in nothing other than a pot, which happens to also be an item that the cooking kit would contain. After boiling whatever is necessary and draining the excess water, I could eat out of the pot instead of wasting more disinfectant to clean dishes. Also, if absolutely necessary, I could use the pot as a weapon. Lastly, the cooking kit would hold matches. Matches can light up the grill to help cook food, which would provide warmth and make for another night of not freezing to death. This may sound silly, but matches can be used as a form of entertainment, and I’m not talking about playing with fire! I could use matches to build sculptures to keep myself busy during the solitary days on the island. Last but not least, matches can be used to make a campfire incase I was in a situation where my grill wasn’t nearby. If I was stranded on an island all by myself, I would make sure I would have a cooking kit or else I would probably suffer.
    Lol yeah sorry its kinda long...:P
    Keith O-
    Thanks for the feedback. The prompt never said what you were bringing had to be logical, though. Some people in my class were bringing monkeys (god knows why, but thats their problem haha). Thank you for everyones help! I will take everything into consideration while im revising!!! :D

    • ANSWER:
      G'day Doog.

      Thank you for your question.

      It seems in reasonable shape. However, a few suggestions. I wouldn't put disinfectant on food. Making sure it is properly cooked is much better.

      A grill might need electricity which would make it impractical. I would look at cooking utensils such as pots that you would not need electricity for.

      Blankets would be very useful to keep you warm at night if the island was cool. I wouldn't waste things such as matches for entertainment. You will only have a limited supplies and hunting food and preparing it will mean that you won't have much time.

      I would have knives and guns to hunt food. A scalpel will not be of much use. Look for survival literature on the web for suggestions.


    Survival Gear Help(alil long)?
    i was wondering if you would suggest for me to add or take something out of my survival gear.. it's about 20 pounds.. here is a list of what i have;
    hatchet, sharpening stones, ballistics glasses, skinning&gutting knives, 2 combat knives, first aid kit, leather work gloves, slingshot, thermal/refletive blanket, magnesium firestarter, lighter, tinder, duct take, compass, fire paste, glow sticks, paracord, fishing gear, and MRE's..

    • ANSWER:
      20 lbs? kinda heavy to be hauling around as a field kit. More like a leave it in the vehicle kit.
      Survivla "kits" havet to be adapted to several things. Environment (cold weather needs more attention to fire, and clothing) hotter needs more attention to water gathering and supply) etc.
      Also, it varies from the type of use you seek.
      And, it is really not a one kit does it all idea. Let me explain:
      on my person at all times is a basic bare bones unit. It consists of a leatherman "Wave" tool which gives me two knife blades, needle nose pliers,scissers,3 screwdrivers and a bottle opener. I use it daily. I carry a bic disposable lighter in my pocket (no, I don't smoke) on my key ring I have a small flint and steel, and one of those zenon key ring flashlights. In addition, rather than carry cord etc, I have extra long boot laces that I can cut down for emergency needs. I've used them for a fish stringer, fishing line, thread for sewing and more. I always carry a handgun and an extra mag or speed loader.
      If I leave the vehicle and head out for any reason, even if it is walking the property here on the ranch, I have a small fanny pack that I strap on. it contains a buck light folding knife, a diamond sharpener, tender, a very small first aide kit with bandaides and one large wound dressing and has a military canteen and cup on the belt, a small plastic bottle with aspirin, tylenol and salt tabs in it,another lighter and a candle, along with a ziplock baggy containing two tea bags, two packets of dried soup mix, two packets of cocoa powder, and two packets of coffee, hard candy, and a space blanket and a packet of tissue paper which doubles as tender, or TP.
      If I am going a long ways from the vehicle, I always have a backpack in all my vehicles, which is set up much better to cover emergencies. It contains 2 bottled waters and a folded plastic water container, tender, flint and steel, a food packet similar to my smaller one, but more extensive, a folded plastic tarp, a larger first aide kit, a signal mirror and whistle, a lightweight blanket, a wind breaker, a paper back book and a field guide for edible plants in my state, a map of my state, toilet paper, extra socks (which can double as mittens if needed), a small coffee can with lid (to cook in or heat water for coffee, tea etc), and a folded up survival rifle that fits into it's own buttstock and a box of 100 rounds of ammo, along with a heavy 7" blade ( I don't need a hatchet, I can do anyting with that knife and a billet of wood or a rock that you can do with a hatchet). My fishing kit is small enough to fit in a matchbox. It holds 4 hooks, 5 flies, split shot, and fishing line wrapped around a piece of dowel.Most of the itmes fit inside each other and so take up little space. If you combine all three of my "kits" they still weigh less than your single kit.
      Survival is not the same as a "bug out" kit. A bug out kit contains just about everything you can imagine for a longer stay and covers all your needs and more comfort items. A survival kit must be light weight, or you are going to either leave it in the car because it is too heavy or, you are going to end up dumping stuff along the way to lighten the load.
      So, on your "kit", get rid of the hatchet, stick with one quality belt knife (don't scrimp on it!!) get rid of the heavy sharpening stones and pick up (at a lawn mower supply house) one carbide blade tool (about 5 inches long and weighs a few ounces) this will put an edge on anything, and one "fine" diamond stone. (mine is an aluminum tube and the actual surface screws inside, again, weighs a few ounces). Ballisic glasses? toss em and carry a good set of sunglasses, toss the skinning and gutting knives and carry a folding knife in your pocket at all times. leather work gloves? unless you plan to repel down a line, just carry a lighter pair of wool glove liners (army surplus .99 and weigh ounces), a pair of extra heavy socks, sling shot? seriously?? dump it and get a .22 pistol or even a take down .22 rifle and a small box of shells. toss the roll of duct tape, and instead, get a wooden dowl and wrap about 3' of the tape around it. Much lighter and takes up less room. fire paste? nope, toss it, get a 35mm file container, or since they are hard to find now, a used plastic wide mouth aspirin or tylenol bottle, soak some coton balls in petroleum jelly and keep then in it. Best fire starter around. Mre's are fine for a bug out kit, but too heavy and take up too much room. What I do, is take the condiment packet out of a couple of MRE's and toss them in my kit. Gives you some nice luxury items. Get a ziplock baggy and put some lipton tea bags, instant coffee packets, cocoa packets, dried soup mix, packets of sugar and creme, a roll of life savors, some salt and pepper packets you swiped,er, I mean borrowed from mcdonalds. carry a military canteen and stainless steel canteen cup that it fits inside. and if you need a larger cook pot etc, use a sma

    How to avoid prosecution for price gouging?
    I plan to expand my emergency preparedness consulting business by offering "survival gear" and supplies for sale. My plan is to put together customized kits from many common "off the shelf" products and provisions. My primary goal is to provide a turn-key solution, but I would definitely want to offer these items individually as well via my online store and catalog. Since I can't take advantage of any economies of scale, I would need to sell the individual items at prices considerably higher than "retail." My concern is that during an actual crisis I might be one of the few suppliers of essential goods for my local area, perhaps the only supplier left if competitors run out of stock. I would never consider raising prices in a crisis, but since my prices are already high, could I be prosecuted for price gouging after the dust settles? My reasoning is that if I can show that my prices in the past were just as high as during the crisis, then I would be off the hook. But I'm not sure how a local prosecutor might see things. The business is in Texas.
    Here's an example to clarify my question. A well known premium retail outlet (I will not name, but you can guess) sells a hand-cranked weather radio. The same radio sells at discount stores for three times less. As a hurricane makes landfall and people buy these radios, does the premium store face price gouging charges if they don't lower their price? Suppose they also sell flashlights, camping gear, travel gear, tools and other items necessary in a particular crisis.

    • ANSWER:
      Price gouging is price gouging no matter what. Just because it is during non-emergency times does not mean those prices are reasonable, acceptable, and not considered as gouging. Price gouging only becomes problematic during a crisis and that is when the law steps in. Otherwise, people will gladly spend their money at a more reasonable establishment.

    tips on buying a keyboard?
    I'm 14 years old. I want to buy a keyboard and I have about 0 to spend but I would rather NOT use all of it, haha.

    I'm NOT getting a keyboard to learn how to play, so the lighted key thing is probably unnecessary. I have a grand piano downstairs but I want a keyboard for my room so that I can write songs (without my entire family listening in) and possibly upload them to my laptop?

    Yamaha's are normally my favorite.... so if they have a keyboard you think will fit my needs, that would probably be my preference.


    • ANSWER:

      Yamaha's! Good choice. I think in equally priced products, Yamaha always has the best Grand Piano sound.

      Now..... onto a keyboard that just might suit your needs, and for under 300!

      The Yamaha PSRE 413 sounds like a keyboard that would suit you fine. It only has 61 keys, but, also has a built in SIX TRACK recorder too. This would allow you to write your own compositions, and, record different parts onto separate tracks right on the board. So you've came up with a nice piano song, but want bass guitar and a string section? NO PROBLEM!...and, that's only 3 tracks used. Leaves you room to add the on-board guitar, maybe an organ, or anything you choose. The keyboard also features built in drum patterns with different variations, as well as fills.

      Im going to enclose a link for this board. When you get to it, you will see that there are 2 prices for it;..... 229, and with the survival kit, 259. The survival kit includes the power adapter, headphones, sustain pedal, and a few other things. While you can just use batteries, this keyboard would eat them up in a hurry. Its definitely worth the extra 30 bucks for the survival kit.

      Here's the link:

      By the way, I have an older 76 key model that I still use for working on compositions. Hate sometimes plugging a ton of gear in to work on ideas. Great keyboard, and has been VERY reliable over the last 7 years.

      Hope this has helped, and KEEP PLAYIN!

    Wilderness club for high-school?
    Hi, so a few friends and I decided that we wanted to start a hiking/wilderness/outdoor survival club at school. It's easy to start a club as long as 15+ people sign a petition and we get a teacher supervisor (all done). However, our school has no money to spend so our club options are limited. We probably will have bake sales/ other fundraisers but yet we'll have probably only have around 500-1000$. We'll be meeting once-a-week in the morning for 30 minutes and we might be able to do some weekend activities. Do you have any ideas what to do in the weekly meetings to make it fun? Also, any other advice would be helpful!
    sorry, forgot to edit. Pardon the mistakes!

    • ANSWER:
      Try by getting a free fundraising kit from various websites. It's a great way to learn more about the fundraising options they offer. With the right information and the right tools they can help you make your next fundraiser a success.

      All fundraising groups are going to have to sell their items to generate money. Everyone starts with selling to mom and dad then moves on to friends. The more successful the campaign means the more people you will actually have to talk to. Here are a collection of sales tips you can use to help you while you are raising funds.

      - Have fun and enjoy what you are doing. It is not necessary to have a canned speech and perform it by memory. You can talk to people and have fun with your campaign, the donors will pick up on this and sales will increase.
      - Be honest while making the rounds for sales. You are a representative of your school group.
      - People do not want to be told what to do. Your job is to make people feel good about donating to your school group.
      - When you get a no, don’t take it personally. The donors are not saying they don’t like you; they just may not care for the product or have the money available at the time.
      - For people who are nervous about selling a little preparation is key. By practicing your sales talk it will bring confidence. Again the goal is not to recite something word for word but to talk about your fundraising campaign with confidence. It might sound a little funny but try role-playing if selling is an issue with you. Spend time with people rehearsing just talking and getting past an objection or two.
      - Avoid hard selling. There is no need to be pushy while fundraising. People like to help out and also enjoy buying. You may even be able to offer them the chance to show up to school to check out the new equipment, or the new uniforms for the baseball team. By being friendly and a good representative you just might pick up new volunteers along the way.
      - If possible get a booth or a table in a high traffic area. Places like malls or local events. This will get you lots of traffic and potential donors that you can approach.

      These sales tips are good for whatever sales you might find yourself in. You might even consider these tips good advice for talking to people and relating. Remember interacting with people will serve you better than just about any learned skill taught. A little preparation with these tips will insure that your fundraising campaign is both fun and profitable.

    Emergency school survival kit for teenage girls!!?
    ok, so, i am 14 and well i am going into to highschool (well actually im 13 but i will be 14 in like a week) Anyway, i want to be prepared for anything! like what will i need like perfume, lip balm etc etc. what else do i need?? where do i carry it?'? 10 points best answer!!
    ok, so its obvious that i am going to need pens, pencils, all my school supplies but i mean like what a girl might need in an emergency, you know us girls, what i mean about and "emergency" if you dont then where have you been the last few years?? but seriously, anything i might need please that would be helpful,

    p.s. i actually live in Acapulco, mx, but i lived in CO for 10 years so ha yes i do speak english, um here in all the schools you wear uniforms and I cant wear make up!! sadly..but anything that i basically might need will be good

    • ANSWER:
      carry it in a purse, large purse are really in style right now.
      most girls in high school carry purses.

      in your purse carry:
      1. perfume
      2. lip balm
      3. roll on deoderant.
      4. carry your makeup in a makeup bag.
      5. compact mirror
      6. this sounds sily, but keep a small water bottle and a little snack - 100 calorie pack works best. trust me, it comes into use many times!
      7. cell phone (obviously)
      8. calculator
      9. hand sanitizer
      10. your house keys or garage clicker
      11. extra pens/pencils (mechanical/non mechanical)
      12. tampons/pads (stick them in a makeup bag so its not super obvious in case someone opens your purse or a boy goes in!)
      13. tic tacs/mints
      14. gum
      15. bring change, even if you use change always keep a little extra! (emergency money)
      16. tissues
      17. lotion!!
      18. and you may want to keep a mini first aid kit, I thought my mom was crazy to keep it in there when she made me but it actually came in handy!

      I hope that helps! (:

      and some cute purses to keep it in include:

      have fun in high schoooll! xoxo (:

    Emergency school survival kit for teenage girls!!?
    ok, so, i am 14 and well i am going into to highschool (well actually im 13 but i will be 14 in like a week) Anyway, i want to be prepared for anything! like what will i need like perfume, lip balm etc etc. what else do i need?? where do i carry it?'? 10 points best answer!!

    ok, so its obvious that i am going to need pens, pencils, all my school supplies but i mean like what a girl might need in an emergency, you know us girls, what i mean about and "emergency" if you dont then where have you been the last few years?? but seriously, anything i might need please that would be helpful,

    p.s. i actually live in Acapulco, mx, but i lived in CO for 10 years so ha yes i do speak english, um here in all the schools you wear uniforms and I cant wear make up!! sadly..but anything that i basically might need will be good

    • ANSWER:
      carry it in a purse, large purse are really in style right now.
      most girls in high school carry purses.

      in your purse carry:
      1. perfume
      2. lip balm
      3. roll on deoderant.
      4. carry your makeup in a makeup bag(even lip gloss if you can)
      5. compact mirror
      6. this sounds sily, but keep a small water bottle and a little snack - 100 calorie pack works best. trust me, it comes into use many times!
      7. cell phone (obviously)
      8. calculator
      9. hand sanitizer
      10. your house keys or garage clicker
      11. extra pens/pencils (mechanical/non mechanical)
      12. tampons/pads (stick them in a makeup bag so its not super obvious in case someone opens your purse or a boy goes in!)
      13. tic tacs/mints
      14. gum
      15. bring change, even if you use change always keep a little extra! (emergency money)
      16. tissues
      17. lotion!!
      18. and you may want to keep a mini first aid kit, I thought my mom was crazy to keep it in there when she made me but it actually came in handy!

      I hope that helps! (:

      and some cute purses to keep it in include:

      have fun in high schoooll! xoxo (:

    what is a emergency grab bag?
    emergecy situvation handling bag

    • ANSWER:
      an emergency grab bag is basically just that--a bag that u can grab n the time of an emergency.
      4 the home, the situation is usually a disaster, b it a tornado, a fire, an earthquake...therefore there r things that u wud want immediately available. these r recommended: Consider including the following items:

      •Copy of your Household Emergency Life-Saving Plan
      •First aid kit and medication
      •Copies of important family documents in a waterproof bag
      •Prescription medication
      •Cash and Credit Cards
      •Car Keys
      •Toiletries and sanitary supplies
      •Mobile phone and charger
      •Infant supplies
      •Spare clothes
      •A battery torch with spare batteries or a wind up torch
      •A battery radio with spare batteries or wind up radio
      •Bottled water and emergency food, enough for three days
      •Childcare supplies or other special care items
      •Extra set of house and car keys
      •Cash and credit cards.
      (& i wud highly recommend toys if u have children. & these days, a wireless laptop that u already have may want 2 b available)

      & u shud keep an Emergency Grab Bag in your car. This is extremely important during cold weather. It should include the following:

      •Suitable winter clothes and a blanket or a sleeping bag
      •Mobile phone, torch, radio and extra batteries
      •Shovel and windscreen scraper
      •Tow chain and rope
      •Jump leads
      (& i wud recommend a few bottles of water & some granola bars. toilet paper wudnt hurt either)

      & of course u wud want 1 for ur pet--pet food, collar & leash (dog r cat..either cud get frightened & try 2 run away) / pet food / bedding / litter box & litter (cat) / pooper scooper & plastic bags (dog) / toys / medicines...

      its also recommeded 4 media crews--

      We recommend that media organisations seriously consider the issue of emergency ‘grab bags’ for major assignments. These would have been very useful in the Gulf, and would have given crews the security of knowing that they could have survived for a period of time in an emergency until help could reach them or they could reach safety.

      An emergency bag is designed to hold items essential for survival for a minimum of 48 hours and includes such things as press accreditation (if not on person), passport, spare cash, means of shelter, adequate food and water, warm clothing, etc. These types of bags are invaluable in the military world in times of emergency, but are equally valuable in civilian life.

      We particularly recommend a 45-litre rucksack (Stretcher Bag) that is new on the market and unzips to turn into an emergency stretcher. It has the ability to carry a 6 ft person comfortably supported with carrying handles.

    Help in this situation...NEDD HELP SERIOUSLY?
    well im going camping in michigan near tarverse city and need to pack for this trip we are staying in cabins near traverse city and i need a list of everything to pack thorough

    • ANSWER:
      Ok Here is al the stuff you need: Jeans, Sweater, T-shirts,Toothpaste, Tooth brush, hair shampoo/conditioner, socks, underwear, flash light, first aid, dress clothing and shoes (plus stockings, tights, ties, etc.), underwear (plus bras, girdles, etc.), bathing suit (and goggles, cap, nose plug, if used), swim shoes, sweaters, coats, hats, mittens, scarf, shoes, extra shoes, boots, slippers, sandals, workout clothes, running shoes, watch, jewelry (and cufflinks, etc.), hiking boots (and hiking socks), rain gear

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      General Items:

      Plastic bags (for carrying out garbage), car seat (if flying) and head or chin brace, blankets (for bed, comforting and car), stroller, camera, film, extra batteries for camera and toys, binoculars, cell phone and chargers, umbrellas

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      Eating Items:

      Spoons, forks, knives, juice bottles, straws & caps, milk cups and lids, plates, bowls & lids, storage containers, ice packs, cooler (with ice), snacks, food and drinks that travel well, plastic wrap and/or bags, basic cutlery & plates & bowls, storage containers, lunch bag (for carrying food while walking, hiking or touring)

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      Ideas for Entertainment:

      Stickers, scissors, writing pads, crayons, pencils, pens, coloring books, Magna Doodle or Etch-a-sketch, tape recorder (for younger or older child), favorite music and CD player or tape player (with headphones!!), electronic games, musical keyboard, books (for children and adults), alphabet game, stuffed toys, finger puppets, sandbox toys, play dough, workbooks, magnifying glass, deck of cards, cribbage board, games or toys specially formulated for traveling (such as chess, Scrabble, checkers, etc.), and magazines. Some people find that installing a VCR and video player in their vehicle helps immensely with that last hour when everyone really wants to just get out.

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      Plane tickets, all pertinent maps, passports, birth certificates, driver's license, military ID, shot records, medical records (if traveling overseas), notarized letter from spouse (if traveling alone with child), checkbook, traveler's checks, extra cash (not too much in case it gets lost), separate list of what's in your purse and belongings (in case something gets lost), emergency phone numbers (including the financial numbers you need to call if your wallet is stolen, such as bank, financial accounts and credit card companies, etc.)

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      In the Car:

      Umbrella (s), extra oil, ax, saw, rope, basic tool set, small shovel, windshield wiper fluid, ice scraper and snow brush, booster cables, spare tire & jack, mace/gun/whistle, extra key, pen & paper, quarters for toll booths, survival kit, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, blankets, pillows, LOTS of extra water (and juice, sports drinks, etc.), mirror for signaling, fire starter, matches, lighter, high-energy snacks, extra food, space blanket, extra change of clothing, flashlight, toilet paper, tissues, batteries, garbage bags, snacks, bottles/cups, cell phone and vehicle charger, tapes or CDs, emergency information and phone numbers, change for a phone call, and paper and pencil for writing instructions or directions.

      A package of baby wipes can be helpful for cleaning off faces and hands, and for cleaning up small spills. You should have a good-quality first-aid kit that includes items such as chemical ice packs, antiseptic ointment and wipes, gauze pads, sterile eye wash, hydrogen peroxide, rubber gloves, a thermometer, safety pins, sterile cotton, scissors, non-allergenic adhesive tape, adhesive bandages, tweezers and acetaminophen or ibuprofen. And even if your child is potty-trained, consider bringing a potty. When you're stuck in 8 lanes of traffic, nobody's moving and a little voice pipes up from the backseat: "I have to go!" -- or even if you're able to pull over, but are reluctant or unable to leave the vehicle -- a potty can be very helpful. Just make sure that if the traffic starts moving again, everyone is buckled in before your vehicle moves.

      If you're traveling in the winter, consider also bringing chains, rope and other items for pulling yourself out of a ditch. See our Winter section for other tips for preparing your vehicle for winter.

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      Additional Items for Hiking, Camping:

      Tent, poles and stakes, mosquito net, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, pillows, space blankets, backpacks, hiking boots, socks and thermals, first-aid kits, applicable repair kits, insect repellant, sunscreen and sunburn lotion, skin lotion, blister protection, knife sharpener, lighter and matches, fire starter, pocket knife and/or multi-tool, water purifying tablets, stove and fuel, food that travels well (such as beef jerky, high energy bars, peanut butter sandwiches, trail mix, dehydrated food, biscuit mix, fruit, bagels, boxes of macaroni/cheese, trail mix); cook kit and utensils, water containers and bottles, headlamp, flashlights with extra batteries, lant

    Tarp/Bug Out Bag Rope?
    I've been working on adding stuff to my BOB (Bug Out Bag) over the past six months. One thing I really want to add is a tarp with some quality rope. I want the rope to be durable and able for use in other occurrences besides just holding up a possibly hunting, climbing, and whatever else. What is a good brand of rope that is still fairly priced?

    Also what's a good brand of tarp?

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't done a lot of climbing, and for what I have done, other people have supplied the gear, so hopefully someone with more knowledge will chime in. Climbing rope is bulky, heavy and expensive. A 70m (230-ft) length of climbing rope will weigh over 8 pounds and take-up a good portion of your pack, while costing you around 0. You would not want to sacrifice part of a climbing rope by cutting-off lengths to secure a tarp. Plus climbing rope is thick (9.4 to 10+ mm diameter), so it could be difficult to thread through the grommets/loops on a tarp.

      Paracord is a common staple of BOB's and other camping and survival kits. It is inexpensive and lightweight but strong -- rated for 550 pounds static load. I just bought an additional 300-feet of Paracord today at a local swap meet/military vehicle show and paid . However, you would not want to use Paracord for climbing or rappelling. At 3mm, it is 1/3 the diameter of most climbing rope, so it would be impossible to get a good grip with your hands for climbing, or to generate enough friction for speed control with a descender. Also, the 550-Lb static load limit would easily be exceeded while bouncing during a rappel or the arresting jerk after a fall.

      If you need to prepare for the possibility of a climb or rappel you should get properly rated dry or static rope intended for climbing, with thicker diameters (10mm+) being easier for beginners (like me) to handle. Also get yourself some training on how to use rope safely.

      For everything else Paracord is a good utility rope.

      As for tarps...

      SilNylon (silicon-coated nylon) tarps are very popular for backpacking because they pack up extremely thing and are very lightweight. Integral Designs, Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO), Granite Gear and MSR (Mountain Safety Research) all make SilNylon tarps; Integral Designs is considered the best. But these are expensive, averaging around .

      A key strategy for BOB's is to select multi-use items. Here's a situation where a tarp/poncho has some benefits. Equinox, Sea-to-Summit and Integral Designs make SilNylon Tarp/ponchos that are very lightweight, pack compactly, and can be used as a poncho by day and a tarp by night. I have a few Campmor (made by Equinox) SilNylon tarp/ponchos and they are very convenient.

      There are also lightweight poly tarps worth looking at. I picked-up a lightweight blue woven poly tarp, 6x8 feet, from REI for .50 just out of curiosity, and have used it several times with good results. It is a few ounces heavier than a SilNylon tarp and doesn't fold-up as compact, but is still very lightweight and compact in my pack. I just used this tarp again yesterday to make an awning off the side of my Jeep at a military vehicle show and flea market. Although we had torrential rain and winds up to 40MPH, the tarp stood up very well all day and night. I'm so impressed I'm going to buy a couple more in the same and larger sizes for my other gear kits.

    Backpacking equipment? ?
    If any one out there has been travelling/backpacking ect is there any equipment that you think is vital? or if you went travelling again you would take with you? i will be spending about 3 months in china and 4 months in america.

    • ANSWER:
      This kind of depends how you want to do your back packing? If you really want to rough it, then I would first get a book on survival in the countries you are going to visit + the Scouts survival book which gives hints and tips on fire building and the best way to errect a tent. An essential item though would be a top of the range Swiss army knife and a small sharpening stone which you can pick up on e-bay.

      Definately a torch, backpacking utensil kit, blister cream, stomach antacid, sunglasses, high intensity sun cream, anti hisamine cream and a peaked hat. theres nothing worse from a back packers point of view than exposure to the elements. A rain mac would also be an essential item + plenty of currency - dollars and yen in your case.

      Whatever you do, though before you go, study the countries your going to visit first, decide where you are going to go, make a plan or itiniary and stick to it. Also, be prepared to spend a little more on your back pack items. the rule of thumb is that the lighter an item the more expensive its likely to be! But weight is your key factor when back packing. The less weight obviously, the less likely you'll dehydrate in what is probably going to be strong sunlight in both those countries. In the Chinese mountains during the summer, the sun can become absolutely intollerable!

      Oh one last thing, get yourself a decent solar powered GPS unit you can strap on your wrist. I think Black's do them, but theyre available on e-bay once again?

      Good luck

    Is this a terrible keyboard?
    I'm trying to pick out a nice quality keyboard, and have narrowed my selection to 3 choices.
    (They are all Casio keyboards, is that even a good brand?)
    I'm looking for the best deal, but most importantly a GREAT keyboard that I can keep with me for a long time.
    Any suggestions would be of help, too. :^)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Melissa:

      At best, the Casio's you are looking at are merely "toys".

      If this is for a youngster, then I would say its ok. If you have any desire to learn Piano, then this would not be a good way to go. In this price range the sounds also become very annoying after a short time! You get exactly what you pay for with these "budget" instruments.

      You have mentioned 2 things in your question. 1. quality keyboard. 2. GREAT keyboard that I can keep with me for a long time.

      The Yamaha YPG235 would be a great entry level keyboard. 76 keys, as opposed to 61 on the Casio. This is a MUST if you have a desire to learn piano. While there are 88 keys on a standard piano, only very advanced classical pieces require the use of all 88. 61 is definately not enough. The Yamaha also has "touch sensitive" keys. What this means: You strike a key lightly, it produces a quieter sound. Just like a real piano. You strike a key hard, its louder. With the Casio's you were looking at... no matter how hard or soft you strike a key, the same sound will come out.

      The Yamaha also features "onboard" lessons. RIght hand, left hand, or both, and, at different tempos. Like the Casio, it also grades you on your performance. But, there are no annoying lights that will eventually go out, or.. even better.. light up the WRONG keys after prolonged use.

      Also bear in mind this Yamaha is still relatively cheap for an electronic keyboard. Some professional workstations, such as the Korg Oasis run in the area of 8000.00.

      One nice thing about the Yamaha too. It features a 6 track recorder to where you can record your own music. As you progress, you might come up with some original compositions you would like to do. You can add a string section, bass, horns, guitar, drums, the possibilities are endless with this keyboard. From my experience, I have found Yamaha to have the best sounding piano per keyboard in perspective price categories. EX. 200.00 Casio compared to 200.00 Yamaha. The Yamaha will always sound better.

      Here is a link for the Yamaha:

      There are 2 prices for this keyboard. One of the prices includes the "survival kit." What that is: A sustain pedal. A power supply, if you don't want to keep buying batteries. A set of headphones. A dvd, 2 year extended warranty, plus rebates for other Yamaha products. Good additional investment. A basic keyboard stand can be purchased from this same site for about 20 bucks. There is also an easy pay plan available, where the total amount is divided by 4. If you have a debit card, your checking account will be billed once a month for 4 months. Great plan for a great keyboard!

      Hope this has helped, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me.

    Which keyboard should I buy?
    I have been playing for a while now- about 4 or 5 years. I want a good quality keyboard that is at an affordable price. I just lost my adapter thingy for my Yamaha psr-s700 (which was around 700-800 dollars) and they don't sell the ac adapter for it separate anymore so I cant buy a new one. I don't want anything as expensive as that one now because I don't have that much money. I need a keyboard asap because I'm going to Ethiopia this Sunday for 2 months to teach underprivileged kids how to play.Something I can get quickly from Sam Ash or Guitar Center. I don't want to have to search everywhere for it since I don't have time.

    Any recommendations? I would prefer a Yamaha btw. Thanks in advance :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, those adaptors are still available. Here are some offering one-day shipping. See if any of them is in a State near you.

      I have also used a Universal adaptor successfully. You need to choose the correct voltage and polarity, and they work fine. The Yamaha adaptors are better because the wiring is better protected by stronger plastic cable.


      At Sam Ash check out the Yamaha Survival Kits. Each of them contains an adaptor. 3 different survival kits, one of them may have the adaptor you require. The same page also shows other Yamaha adaptors, and you should bring in your keyboard and see if any of those adaptors will work on it. They should. If the connection doesn't fit, you may be able to get an intermediary plug at an electrical store - - just the same as buying an adaptor to make a 2-pin plug fit into a 3-pin socket, or an adaptor for use with your electrical items in a foreign country

      Of the keyboards at Sam Ash, is best, but it is almost 0 (sale price 9 less than usual)
      Next best is even though it is mainly piano with limited keyboard extras. I have a NP31 which is 76 keys and rather awkward for carrying around. I use it for piano, with the benefit of having a metronome beat.
      Next best doesn't really compare well with your own psr s700.

      The Guitarcenter website didn't show any Yamaha keyboards.,Virginia-Beach.gc?src=&storenumber=843&storename=Virginia%20Beach&localstoresearch=true

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