Interested in great bushcraft ideas? I was searching around on the web a few nights ago and ran across a great YouTube series from Dave Canterbury ( from Dual Survival Season 1 & 2). Dave is someone whom I admire for his ingenuity, survival skills, and bushcraft skills. He is all about being prepared but also being practical about it. Dave knows that survival needs to be put into the hands of the common man and that your survival gear doesn’t always have to be a huge brand name in order to be high-quality. I loved this video series and wanted to share it with you. Dave talks about the importance of sleep and the quality gear you can acquire at a reasonable price. Check out the series below and let me know what you think.
Bulletproof Bushcraft | Quality Sleeping Gear for All Seasons
If you have the money to spend, you can go for quality lightweight tarps that are fairly expensive. It will be at a price range of around $65-100. On the other hand, these inexpensive tarps are an alternative bushcraft camping gear:
- Regular Polypropylene Tarp – Choose a thickness of 4 mils for this tarp. It’s a pretty good thickness that will last at least a season. At 6 x 8 ft, this tarp is big enough to cover one person and costs only $4-5 depending on where you buy it. This tarp is also going to fold up really small to put in your pack in emergency situations.
- Canvas Tarps – The canvas tarp in this video has grommets in about 8 to 10 places on the tarp. It costs $35 but this one’s going to last longer than a season. Canvas tarps are water resistant and are not as susceptible to flame as Polypropylene and other more expensive tarps.
There are high-quality wool blankets that are thick and big for you to wrap up in comfortably below freezing point. However, if the temperature goes down below 20 degrees, it’s going to be hard staying comfortable unless you spend more money on a good one. Keep in mind that if it’s not 100% wool, there’s not a whole lot of advantages. Wool blankets have to be fire retardant, water resistant, and maintain the insulative value even if wet. This can only be accomplished if the wool blanket is 100% wool. The difference in price between ordinary wool blankets and hand-woven 100% wool blankets is huge. Ordinary wool blankets costs around $15-20 whereas 100% wool can be 10 times the price. The big advantage of 100% wool is it keeps you warm below freezing point.
The modular sleep system for the military uses the bivy bag and arctic bag. It’s a sleep system designed for harsh weather conditions considering what soldiers go through in the field. The bivy is a gore-tex bag which is 100% waterproof. You can lay in a puddle with it and not get wet. With the use of the bivy and arctic bag, you can sleep on top of nine inches of snow in minus 13-degree weather and still feel warm. Sleeping bags have the advantage for their lofting that keeps you warm and traps dead airspace. However, the big disadvantage is that you can’t use them around a campfire. A small mistake can easily burn these materials. Looking at the brighter side, this waterproof sleeping system costs around $75.
This is really good information for preppers out there. There are advantages and disadvantages to any system that you want to use. If you have the money to buy, there isn’t going to be a problem looking for the most durable and comfortable sleeping system. If you have a tighter budget, then you need to be able to mix and match the cost and quality of your gear.
What do you think about Dave’s presentation in choosing your sleeping gear? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published in May 2013 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.