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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2011, 01:32:34 AM »
College is a great place to practice store what you eat and eat what you store. I wish I had a meal box like that Readymom +1. Though after a couple nights on the town I can see that two weeks become one weekend regardless of what is in it ha.

Also you may want to check what the campus health center if offering. I often got free flu shots and I know where my brother went to school the doctors gave out prescriptions like they were candy and a lot of it was covered under tuiton (I guess thats what private school gets you) he brought most of it back and my mom would store it for emergencies.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2011, 04:27:18 AM »
Im a security officer for a college. If you are anything like our students you want to store alcohol, condoms, various drugs, porn, women, and video games. I'm not advocating any of this I just thought you might get a laugh. On a serious note its hard not to get stuff stolen. Anything you can fit in your vehicle and or locked footlocker would be ideal. Also blankets, canned food, candles, backpacker stove with pellets, lighter. You could always go to the campus laundrymat and get lint for tinder. I have a half case of water left in my car right now. I normally rotate it out for my lunches at work and when I go to the gym and just replace it when I'm half out.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #32 on: February 12, 2011, 02:34:54 AM »
If you have classes on upper floors keep a 50-100 ft length para-cord with you so you can get out a window quickly & safely. I carried a broken down zip gun that used shot gun shells. They are easy to make, cheap, work well, no one knows what it is until its together and fits well into a large marker/highlighter. A off campus storage is a must & you can rent a small one cheap, $20-40 per month.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #33 on: March 04, 2011, 07:18:27 PM »
Here's what I've discovered about BOB's on a college campus: A backpack sitting in a car screams "Textbooks and expensive calculators potentially inside!". After a rash of car break-ins at various campuses in my area, I've switched to a cheap, old duffel bag to keep in my SUV. A thief looks at it through the window and thinks "There are probably gym clothes in there. Not worth the risk." and I'm less likely to get ripped off. I still have a backpack BOB, which I keep i my commuter car (in the trunk).

I guess that's one of the disadvantages with SUV's, hatchbacks, and wagons: a lot less privacy.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #34 on: March 27, 2011, 11:06:00 AM »

I guess that's one of the disadvantages with SUV's, hatchbacks, and wagons: a lot less privacy.


Hey Ivan, if you haven't already seen it, check out Goatdog's BOV thread:
http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=7415.0

Although it looks like a bit of work, he built a really impressive false floor for his SUV.  It looks really great and I think it would fool pretty much any criminal passing by. 

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #35 on: May 31, 2011, 02:48:44 PM »
I don't know if it's been stated here before or not, but if you are like me you also wear glasses and or contacts.  In eithier case in your bug out bag I would keep a spare pair of current prescription glasses regular and sunglasses as well as at least 1 year of your current prescription contacts as well as at least 3 -4 eyeglass repair kits and the saline solutions necessary for your contacts

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #36 on: June 02, 2011, 08:23:28 PM »
As far as making room for storage in a college dorm, my uncle created a platform for my bed that was collapsible and could be transported using something as small as a station wagon. He used 4x4's as the 6 posts, split the platform into two 3' or so sections to accommodated the size of the long twin bed, and secured everything with bolts to make it easier to take down and put up. This allowed for the bed to be raised much higher and giving about an extra 50 cu.ft. of storage.

After having it for over 10 years, it is still in use as a general work station/table.


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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #37 on: June 14, 2011, 07:51:22 PM »
This isn't a BOB, this is a tiny life-support bag for my daughter to get her through the few hours (days?) until I can get in and extract her from New Orleans.  It's only a little over an hour under normal circumstances, so how bad can it get?  (famous last words)  The point is that it is small – except for the Camelbak and a Berky bottle, it's small enough to all fit in a fanny pack, so it's not in her way, and innocuous enough that it has stayed 'out of sight, out of mind' to roommates and friends so far.  I'll write how this has worked out over the past two years momentarily.  Anyway, here's somewhat flippant note enclosed with the pack. (Flippant is how we communicate; it defuses things. )

----begin note, minor personal things omitted----

So, I guess you’re reading this ahead of time, maybe even showing it all off to your friends: “lookie here what my paranoid papa packed for me!”  Whatever.  Or maybe something’s gone Badly Wrong and you’ve never looked into this goodie bag before.  I’ll assume this is the case.

First, before you read the rest of this, go fill your Camelbak.  You did clean and dry it after Jazzfest, right?

Remember the rule of threes: you can live three minutes without air, three hours without shelter (or clothes... or mosquito repellent!), three days without water, or three weeks without food.  So screw the food, you’ve got air and clothes – go fill your Camelbak.

Good, now you’ve got water and you’re back.  Let’s go over the rest of this gear:
  • Mosquito Repellent (duh).  It's in a ziploc to keep it from leaking all over hell and breakfast.  DEET is nasty shit to plastics.  Don’t get it on your glasses.
  • Note Cards.  You are going to leave a note on your bed telling me where you’ll be, so that when I get there I’ll know the next place to look, right?
  • Pen, too, just in case you can’t find one.
  • Phone Numbers on a laminated card.  Backup for your cell phone’s memory.
  • TP, three rolls.  There’s a roll in your Camelbak too.  You’re welcome. (note to TSP: these are the little camping rolls)
  • Caffeine Pills, ‘cause I know how you get when you can’t get your coffee.  Best we can do at present.  Take with plenty of water.
  • Poncho.  It’s a tent, too, if you get all clever and have a little tape left.
  • Space Blanket.  Not comfortable, but it and the poncho will prevent hypothermia in most of what the local climate can throw.  The only one I could find came with a whistle too, go figure.  P.S.: space blankets don’t re-fold, so don’t unfold it until you need to.
  • Water Purification Tablets.  In case your Camelbak runs dry, maybe you can find water you sorta trust; these will make sure you can trust it.
  • Duct Tape.  If you can’t figure out a use for this... 
  • Paraframe Knife.  Clipped to the water tab packet.  Keep it handy.  If you have to take mass transit out of town (read: “we’re searching everybody for weapons”), tape it to your shin then tape a nasty-looking bandage over that.  (But you won’t ever have to do this, because I’ll have gotten you out already.)
  • Flashlight.  Twist the tail cap to turn it on, untwist a quarter-turn and you can use the bump switch for quick flashes, or twist out a full turn for full off.  A pretty good weapon, you can dazzle an attacker with it long enough to get away.
  • LED Flashlight, for when all other lights go out.  Clip the ring to something you won’t loose, like your Camelbak or a necklace.
  • Multitool, on the pack belt.  You did put it back in the sheath after the last time you tuned up your lip-jewelry, right?  Remember, it has a blade too.
  • Lighter.  Don’t set anything on fire that I wouldn’t.

“Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff.”
                        – Major T.J. “King” Kong


OK, got all that?  I’m probably already on the way.  Maybe we managed a phone call and are meeting up, maybe you’re driving out with friends, or maybe we’re down to Plan D (having exhausted A thru C) and just sorta winging it.  If you’ve filled the damn Camelbak already, you’re good for at least three days and can stretch to a week or so with what you have on hand, so congratulations, you’re in the top 90% of the local population already.  Good luck, and I’ll see you soon.

----end of note----

It's worked out pretty well over the past two years.  The bag has stayed hidden and un-raided, which is frankly a lot better than I expected.  Added a lighter and a Berky bottle this past winter.  OK, the bottle doesn't fit in the pack, but it winds into the belt OK.  Need to update the note, and add some more specific instructions on meet-up and extraction.  (She's responding to specifics better these days.  When I first wrote this, a specific instruction to do something was effectively a specific order to do something else completely different at random.)  Beyond these refinements though, it's working out so far.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #38 on: June 15, 2011, 03:26:16 AM »
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First, before you read the rest of this, go fill your Camelbak.  You did clean and dry it after Jazzfest, right?

Ha I'm pretty sure mine still has an after taste of PBR and Vodka Redbull. College was a pretty good time. ha still not sure how I graduated or survived for that matter ha.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #39 on: February 01, 2012, 12:04:28 AM »
I put some serious thought into this after I jokingly commented a few months ago. I hope it's not in bad taste to post a link from my blog, but here it is. http://oeoutdoors.com/uncategorized/survival-prepping-for-college-students/

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #40 on: February 01, 2012, 12:48:13 AM »
I put some serious thought into this after I jokingly commented a few months ago. I hope it's not in bad taste to post a link from my blog, but here it is. http://oeoutdoors.com/uncategorized/survival-prepping-for-college-students/

great ideas there.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #41 on: May 15, 2012, 07:27:27 PM »
For those of you who want a gun on campus, find a campus that will support it.  Like Jack has said, move with your feet.  I know that my campus in Utah supports it.  I keep a mini GHB in my backpack, things like duct tape, a water bottle, some hard candy, enough quarters to make a phone call and enough cash for a bus ride, multi tool, when I can afford a pistol I will keep an extra mag of ammo.  For a semester I had a 7 mile walk from campus everyday, I used it to listen to the Survival Podcast.  Many campuses (especially community colleges) have classes on things like auto repair, advanced first aid, wood working, recreation, etc that can be useful for a self sufficient life.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #42 on: May 17, 2012, 02:29:10 PM »
For those of you who want a gun on campus, find a campus that will support it.  Like Jack has said, move with your feet.  I know that my campus in Utah supports it.  I keep a mini GHB in my backpack, things like duct tape, a water bottle, some hard candy, enough quarters to make a phone call and enough cash for a bus ride, multi tool, when I can afford a pistol I will keep an extra mag of ammo.  For a semester I had a 7 mile walk from campus everyday, I used it to listen to the Survival Podcast.  Many campuses (especially community colleges) have classes on things like auto repair, advanced first aid, wood working, recreation, etc that can be useful for a self sufficient life.

Bingo on the last bit.

That's how I learned how to turn a lump of metal into a precision-machined, threaded, heat-treated whatever-kind-of-tool-you-need with anything from a pocket knife to an engine lathe and back again.

I also met a blacksmith via the instructor at the community college, and wound up hooking up with the art department at my University, and the local blacksmith's guild. We actually have a minor in Jewelry - kid you not. Thinking I should have taken that instead of biochemistry... I could have built a watch for my thesis, rather than writing a 25 page paper and giving a 30 minute lecture on Deep Vein Thrombosis and Coagulation as a Shifting-Equilibrium Reaction.

Don't forget the other classees that help with social encounters - Ballroom Dance did wonders for both meeting women in the class, and making approaches to anyone at all in virtually any situation - if you can walk across a dance floor and ask a drop-dead-gorgeous girl to Tango, then you can walk across the street and approach the most heavily armed ass-kicker on the planet and ask for help with a jump start.

Might need to change your pants afterward, but social functioning is as important as firearms functioning. In most circumstances, it's more important.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #43 on: October 07, 2012, 06:18:52 AM »
adding my two cents based off of the comment that getting out and traveling and seeing different regions really open one's eyes... i would add that traveling in and of its self is survivalism in mirco-form. I spend two years as a missionary where every six months give or take i would have to rotate to a different congregation, a different place to live and all that. Now add five years in the Military with the last two years almost i have been part of the Marine Security Guard program where we are assigned to a different embassy to guard for a year at at time. Talk about eye opening and making sure you keep all your stuff, traveling and shipping things internationally into a 3rd world country is an experience that is filled with lessons about storing, packing and accounting for everything of yours. lol. I have found that foot lockers are man's best friend when you can't have an actual dog. They are water proof, lockable (huge, even when you are using diplomatic channels to ship stuff) and still man portable do a fair degree.
Cash is king, I'm currently living in a part of the world where the US has finical sanctions against, let alone the power goes out anywhere from two to TEN times a day for any length of time as well, so forget about using credit or debit cards.
With all the traveling and the fact that the US is one of the few, if not the ONLY people on earth that use 110 instead of 220 i have found that the using my labtop as the mainstay of my charging needs has been one of the smartest things i did by accident. My labtop is good up to 240, so buying the right plug adapter and then though the three or four USB slots i plug in all of my other devices to charge. It nice to only have to buy the one plug adapter and then a regular and mini USB cable and I'm pretty much set for anything i need.
Steel/metal framed pens... serves two functions, the original, writing and the other, it is a ok alternative for defensive weapon. Not talking Jason Bourne type defense (as bad ass as that movie scene is, not "common man" type skill set) but more like kubaton type defense. Funny story, my little sister used a plastic Bic pen and preformed a kubaton move on a guy that wasn't getting the hint that he was being annoying one day in class while she was at high school.... needless to say the guy got the hint after he picked himself off the ground and massaged his thumb back into feeling. i can only think with a sadistic smile about how much better the lesson would have been with a metal framed pen instead of a plastic Bic. LOL
I guess this post is more in line with the bugging out or transit life of college but i hope it promoted some thoughts and a different outlooks on matter.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #44 on: October 20, 2012, 05:31:53 AM »
My humble two cents:

From my college experience, if I had had a plan (but I did not because I was  young and stupid) it would have been having multiple ways to get out of dodge to where I did want to be.  Trying to prep in my collage would have been an exercise in futility and would have made the RAs day.   My prep would have been a cheap (so nobody wants to steal it) but solid bicycle, back pack, clothing for all seasons and a plan.  Oh yeah and another plan because the first one never works.

That's view from over here anyway:   -LY

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #45 on: November 10, 2012, 06:15:36 PM »
I used large tubs that I could stash under my bed. The big stuff, tent, sleeping bags, other camping stuff I just shoved into the corner and told the roommate to leave it alone.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #46 on: November 16, 2012, 12:36:48 PM »
I attended the Ohio State University from 2000-2004.


My biggest tip would be to get off campus and get an apartment or rent a house with people that you trust as soon as is possible.


Most schools only force incoming freshman to live in the dorms for one year. If you have to do that, then by all means do it. Don't not go to college and get a degree which could lead to a job you love because you freaked out about SHTF during 9 months where you had to live in a dorm.

I was woefully underprepped when I lived in the dorms, but I knew it was temporary. I had a blast for my one year in the dorms, but when it was time to re-up and move back in I laughed at them and got an apartment with my friends.

So my biggest advice is to not live on campus.

If you have no other choice than I would say first and foremost NOT break the rules. Don't smuggle in firearms or generators and canisters of gasoline or hot plates or any of the other things that make complete sense to have, but which 99% of college dorms don't allow due to liability reasons. The last thing you want is to get expelled from school.

That being said there are a lot of things that most schools will allow students to keep. So, keep the bare essentials in your dorm room (3-4 day supply of food, water, blankets, flashlight, batteries, a map of the area, and general medical supplies like a first aid kit).

After your year in the dorms is up, hopefully you made some friends that you trust to live with. Gather them up, rent a house and get off campus.



Essentially, I agree with Lone Yankee... trying to live on campus in a dorm style stetting and prep is an excerise in futility. Too many rules preventing you from possessing essential things and not enough space to provie for the massive rush of people who will storm your room if things get bad.

Basically, if SHTF then you are going to have multiple floors worth of people who didn't plan harassing you for supplies. It's going to be impossible to store enough.. so just store the basics and don't flaunt the fact that you are doing so. If things get bad, you have enough to survive for a few days and hopefully there is a window that opens up during those days when you can get off campus.


I hope this helps someone... and honestly, if you're going to be an incoming freshman in college, have fun! Don't freak out about prepping because most likely it's just you that you need to take care of. Keep the basics on hand and keep in mind that it's temporary.

The most important tip though, is to have a good head on your shoulders and to be mentally prepared for reasonable emergency situations as they arise. If you can do that, you're ahead of 99% of the other kids on campus.
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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #47 on: January 26, 2013, 11:35:54 PM »
On the subject of student campus prepping in particular, under my experience as an undergraduate I would advice to store at least 2 weeks of cheap food (Pasta/Rice and Tomato sauce) and have a cash reserve for a month worth of expenses (food + transportation).

I have seen so many people, and have myself been in, so many "dry month" running out you just run out of money and have to wait a week or two before getting help from your folks and that kind of stuff. Also if there is any kind of emergency the money would buy you a ticket to anywhere if you need to evacuate in a hurry.

That would be a good start for prepping.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #48 on: April 16, 2013, 06:05:00 PM »
For those of you who want a gun on campus, find a campus that will support it.  Like Jack has said, move with your feet.  I know that my campus in Utah supports it.  I keep a mini GHB in my backpack, things like duct tape, a water bottle, some hard candy, enough quarters to make a phone call and enough cash for a bus ride, multi tool, when I can afford a pistol I will keep an extra mag of ammo.  For a semester I had a 7 mile walk from campus everyday, I used it to listen to the Survival Podcast.  Many campuses (especially community colleges) have classes on things like auto repair, advanced first aid, wood working, recreation, etc that can be useful for a self sufficient life.

If I'm not mistaken Utah is one of the few, if not the only state, that allows those with concealed weapons permits to carry on college campuses, unless the college itself specifies otherwise. I know Southern Utah University, where I attend school, allows it. It's one of the few benefits to attending a university in Utah.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #49 on: May 24, 2013, 11:09:16 AM »
AVOID STUDENT LOANS!!!!

The number one prep, not exciting, and it won't fit in a bugout bag.

Think it over. It's unlikely you will experience a collapse or SHTF situation in college, but more likely within the 15 years after college. BUT, your ability to be resilient/prepared in later life will depend a whole LOT on your financial health... and if your financial health sucks because you took a load of college debt, you will struggle to be prepared.

So the number one thing you can do to "Be Prepared" while in college, is to avoid student loans, so you can be prepared later.

(it's almost like I'm speaking from experience, huh?)
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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #50 on: June 24, 2013, 01:47:26 PM »
AVOID STUDENT LOANS!!!!

The number one prep, not exciting, and it won't fit in a bugout bag.

Think it over. It's unlikely you will experience a collapse or SHTF situation in college, but more likely within the 15 years after college. BUT, your ability to be resilient/prepared in later life will depend a whole LOT on your financial health... and if your financial health sucks because you took a load of college debt, you will struggle to be prepared.

So the number one thing you can do to "Be Prepared" while in college, is to avoid student loans, so you can be prepared later.

(it's almost like I'm speaking from experience, huh?)
SJ

While no one should take out more loans than they are capable of paying back, student loans are still being given out a very reasonable rates and should be used to bridge the gap if a student needs to use them for a worthwhile purpose (getting a good degree in a field that is hiring).


The problems I see (I work in education, specifically student finance as an auditor for a group of universities), are the following:

1) Students pursuing degrees in fields that are not hiring. I see some kids taking out $60,000 in loans to get a theater degree. It doesn't make any sense. That's not to bash peple with theater degrees, but how many companies are hiring people with bachelors degrees in theaer?

If you have the resources to pay for a theater degree yourself and you're passionate about theater, go for it. Don't sandbag yourself with debt getting a degree that yields fields that aren't going to pay enough back to pay off that debt though.

2) Students paying top dollar for GEC's (general elective courses) and financing them through loans.

Go to community college to get your history, basic match, foreign language and culture credits. Don't shell out $300+ per credit hour at a high priced university. The basic math class at your community college rivals the basic math class at Harvard University. It is the exact same material. Algebra is algebra wherever you go. Ditto with U.S. and European history. Shell out the big money for courses in your major (and pick a smart major).

3) Students attending universities that they can't afford.

Just because you got accepted to Harvard doesn't mean you have to go there, especailly not for your first 2 yeras (where you are taking mostly elective courses and introductory courses). Go to a community college for those first 2 years and you're cutting your overall loan debt signifficantly. If you work during those two yeras, you're reducing it even more.

4) Students not using available grants/aid.

I had a student who had a full ride to any university in the state of Texas through the VA department. He decided to go to one of our schools instead and pay out of pocket. I actually went out of my way to try to talk him out of attending the school I work for, but he refused to listen to common sense.  I see this a lot with students who are working for employers that offer tuiton reimbursement, and never bother to ask/look into it. Saved a lot of students a lot of money by looking at their application, seeing they worked for a company I know offers reimbursement, and telling them to fill out the paperwork to get it.

5) Students loading up on stipends

I see so many kids who take out $20,000 to go to school... and then another $20,000 in stipends becuase the government makes it available to them. They use this money for partying, paying rent, paying cable/cell phone bills... everything outside of what it is intended for, which is school. Most people who are completely over their head in student loan debt took out a ton of stipend money on top of their tuition eligiblity. Schools are not allowed to decline stipend money as long as it does not exceed the coast of attendance.



Loans are not bad, as long as poeple are responsible. Most students who I have seen get into trouble fall into one of the 5 categories above. (that's not to say someone could follow everything above and fail, they could... but, a jet could crash into my house and kill me tonight. It could happen, it's just unlikely)

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #51 on: July 03, 2013, 12:17:39 PM »
As a college student, this thread has been incredibly helpful.  You all who've posted have made a confusing topic that doesn't get a lot of attention easier to grasp for a young person.  Thanks

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #52 on: August 13, 2013, 05:52:42 PM »
#1. I admit that I didn't read the replies above.
#2. I would work on some basic food storage, money saving, and exit strategy and bugout scenarios.
#3. I hope I am not overstepping my boundaries if I post a link to a post that I wrote: http://cleversurvivalist.com/2013/04/10/apartment-prepper-survival-how-to-survive-food-stores-etc/

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #53 on: October 05, 2013, 12:06:13 AM »
i'm too old for beer and partying. i used my student loans to buy guns. lmao. but seriously, having a way out is always the better option. let's face it if something bad goes down, it's cool to have two, three, four weeks worth of food, but what good is that if you're stuck in your dorm room and other students are freaking out and rioting or looting, right? because eventually they'll hit your room. personally, i live close (35 minutes) from my school and can make that treck in no time taking the back roads and cutting through the  woods, etc. so it's a little different for me. but, i also have a friend whose business is about five blocks from the school and he lives about four miles from me, so if something were to go down and couldn't get to my car i'm still pretty set on transport home. i know (because i've lived here my whole life) at least a dozen ways to get from here to there. anyway, i'm rambling...

basically i guess what i'm saying is money for bus fare, train ticket, cab.. those things are what i'd concentrate on to begin with. oh, and improvised weapons... always.

ETA: did NOT realize this thread was three years old... oh well.
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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #54 on: October 05, 2013, 08:03:13 AM »
ETA: did NOT realize this thread was three years old... oh well.

The thread is ongoing. It's not a problem.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #55 on: October 07, 2013, 04:46:37 PM »
The thread is ongoing. It's not a problem.

oh, i know. lol.

i was thinking this morning living in a dorm can present more difficulties, obviously, than home or even apartment prepping specifically; space. i'd advise against trying to store lots of "food." Rather i'd consider the datrex/ration bars over cans or MREs (or at least completely MRE). i'd split it about 60-40 (give or take) datrex and MRE (or even more to the ration bar side) respectively. keep in mind this also depends on the size of the bars you get. i've seen some of those bars that are about the size of a big mac (bulky but lots of nutrition) and others closer to a protein or candy bar. i say this because of space issues, if you can find a good supply of the smaller bars AND have the knowledge/ability to trap, the bars and MREs can be saved and rationed out only when necessary. i say to keep MREs as well because they contain at least some water, much like cans over dehydrated and at least taste half ok.

besides a bug out plan, cash and food, obviously a need for defense is there.

for instance, my school just went to a COMPLETELY weapon free campus. we're not even allowed to carry a pocket knife. what they don't know... right? i carry my knife, my chain wallet (loaded with all kinds of heavy stuff that's good for swinging), my keys on a carabiner which also happens to hold and old falstaff can opener (nice for gauging) and small led light, an aluminum pen light (which i can use as a kubaton style weapon for striking, pressure point/pain compliance techniques or joint manipulation), and i carry OC spray. in my car i carry a machete, a hatchet, "broken ax handle" and head that way if i ever get a random search i don't have any weapons in my car, they're all tools. lots of defense i know, but i still have to make it home no matter what happens; riots, emp, zombies, aliens... whatever.

but, as far as defense in a "defenseless" area i think the best thing to have is a knowledge of improvised weapons, remember it's a mindset not a thing, don't think for a second i won't stab a shooter in the throat with a pen or try to crush his esophagus with a textbook and situational awareness, just keep an eye on the news and weather, keep an eye out for people following or eyeballing you, ESPECIALLY if they don't look like they're students.

but maybe that's a little over the top since things like that ever happen, right? i mean, people don't REALLY get killed, kidnapped raped or beaten on college campuses, right?

about two weeks ago we broke for lunch from a night class, a group of four or so were ahead of me and one girl (cute, about 5', 100 lbs) was about forty yards behind me. out of habit i checked the scene looking all around and noticed a car with two guys who "didn't quite look like college material" (take that how you will) they slowed WAY down and were watching her and talking back and forth. i immediately slowed down myself to let her catch up as i turned to check on the car they turned left (after that the only way to go was back in our direction). about 20 yards later they  passed us, just as we hit the cross street, and slowed down again. this time i let her pass in front of me and stepped between her and the car and stopped, that's when i noticed what looked like a third guy laying down in the back seat ( i could be wrong). my eyes met the driver's and i turned broadside to the car in a very aggressive stance.  he stepped on the gas and i stood and watched as they left campus. i haven't seen the car since.

just saying.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #56 on: October 10, 2013, 05:09:03 PM »
Another thought, and goes with Jack's philosophy, learn to cook.  It will make your life better now and will help if you need in in a crisis, personal or otherwise.  Plus, it might get you a special someone in your life. 

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #57 on: January 04, 2014, 02:36:29 PM »
My EDC GOOD bag has to go through multiple security checks so I've found that carrying minimal works best for me and I can always have it with me. Snacks, fluid, para cord, and a marine radio because I work on the coast. Any second form of communication will work.

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #58 on: January 08, 2014, 09:13:47 PM »
Any suggestions for a travel halfway across the country bag/trunk of a car? I go to a college that severely limits what I can and can't have in my room. It is not an ideal situation but I want to make it work. So far I have some things but I really want to improve it.
3 day assault pack
-5 cliff bars
-30oz bottle for water
-folding knife
-whet stone
-bic lighter
-8ft 550 para cord
-extra phone battery
-compass
-basic first aid kit
-$100 cash in 1s and 5s
-$30 quarters
-flashlight
-sunglasses
-hat
-hiking boots
-light jacket
-100-300 rounds 45acp ammo(not until summer)
-extra mags (not until summer)
-springfield xds 45(not until summer)
-small gun cleaning kit(not until summer)
Car
-jumper cables
-~15 bottles of water
-2 change of clothes
-400-500 rounds 45acp(not until summer)
-possible second pistol?(not until summer)
-$150 cash

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Re: On Campus Prepping For College Students
« Reply #59 on: January 24, 2014, 02:30:58 PM »
I would say fill up a few washed out 2 liter pop bottles with some slightly chlorinated water for emergency purposes and keep them in the trunk of your car. These are great because they are cheap, light weight, can hold alot of water, and are really durable.