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5 Survival Books to Get You Through Any Disaster

Disaster can strike at any time…. Would you be prepared? Whether you are a prepper, survivalist, or just someone who wants to know what to do in a chaotic situation, survival books are great to have on hand. With so many natural zombiedisaster happening lately and the looming zombie apocalypse, reading one of these useful books may be a good idea. Harry’s has a variety of survival books available and we think these 5 definitely deserve a read!

1. SAS Urban Survival Handbook by John “Lofty” WisemanUrban Survival Book

This survival handbook is great for those of you living in an urban setting. There are different considerations that need to made in comparison to living in the country. This manual explains how to survive and protect yourself against terrorism, natural disasters, fires, home invasions, and everyday health hazards. Cities can present tricky situations since people are living so close together. This book explains to deal with Influenza which can spread like wildfire in a city. You can also learn how to handle a situation with a dangerous dog or how to deal with being mugged. Wiseman explains how to realistically and practically approach these situations. After reading this book, you will be able to recognize risks, make quick decisions, and live confidently in a modern urban city center.

2. What to Do When the Sh*t Hits the Fan by Dave BlackSurvival Book

Would you know what to do during an unexpected disaster? With a very practical, real world approach, this survival manual explains what to do in almost any situation. Dave Black provides readers with step by step instructions and actions to makes it through a variety of cirses, ranging from terrorist acts to deadly natural disasters. Black has even provided plans for businesses, communities, organizations, and individuals based on the type of emergency and the environment you may be in. On top of all that, this survival book provides readers with a hierarchy for response that includes communication, healthcare, food, water, and shelter when government institutions fall. This book is a fun and informational read and even though you may not think catastrophic events will happen, you will still be prepared if they do.

3. The Disaster Preparedness Handbook: A Guide for Families by Dr. Arthur T. BradleyDisaster Preparedness Book

When you think of prepping, you may think of the people on television that have ridiculous stock piles of supplies that will end up expiring in 5 years because it hasn’t been used, but in reality it is a good idea to have some supplies on hand for an emergency. This survival handbook helps you put a disaster preparedness plan in place for you and your family. All of the basic human needs are addressed and there is also information addressing the needs of the elderly, pregnant women, people with special needs, and pets. Whether you are an avid prepper or just starting out, this is a must have book, especially if you live with your family.

4. The Self Reliance Manifesto: How to Survive Anything Anywhere by Len McDougallSelf Reliance Manifesto

Wrote by someone who has been in a variety of crises and situations, this survival book gives you information on how to get out of trouble. McDougall reveals how he lives life and tells readers how to live life with the same confidence in any scenario. We like that this book is fully illustrated so you can actually see how to build a fire in a variety of conditions or how to build a shelter. There is so much information in this book so you can be prepared for anything. You should also be happy to know that Len McDougall has field tested pretty much everything, including water filters, kayaks, tents, cameras, and boots, so you can trust his tips and information.

5. Modern Survival: How to Cope When Everything Falls Apart by Barry DaviesModern Survival Guide

Barry Davies spent 18 years in the British Special Air Service, so he knows a thing or two about being prepared. This survival handbook is pretty up to date and modern since was wrote in 2012. Davies has taken into account all of the modern aspects of society and put together tips and plans for you to continue your life successfully in a healthy manner when all else fails. After reading, you will be far more prepared for a natural disaster, biological and chemical warfare, a government shut down, and many more terrifying situations.

tornadoWe know the chances of a catastrophic event can be slim, but after the tornadoes in Oklahoma, wild fire out west, and the crazy floods in Calgary having some extra knowledge and some survival skills would not hurt! And of course if a World War Z type situation occurred all the skills these books talk about would totally apply. So whether you are prepping for a hurricane, war, or for zombies these survival books will help you successfully make it through. Check out our whole selection of survival manuals online or come flip through them in the store and while your at it, pick up some survival gear to have on hand just in case the unthinkable happens!

5 Michigan Campgrounds to Visit on Your Next Camping Adventure

Summertime means camping time and here in Michigan thousands of people are going to make their way to one of the hundreds of camping sites located in this beautiful state. The Harry’s staff is full of avid campers and we’ve put together a list of campgrounds that we highly recommend for your next camping trip. We’ve got something for everyone and these state park campgrounds are so awesome that even you out of staters are going to want to make the trek to Michigan!

1. Ludington State Park- Ludington, MI

State Park

Ludington State Park

Located on the western side of the state on the coast of Lake Michigan, the campgrounds at Ludington State Park may offer the best camping experience available in the state. Within the park are different campgrounds to accommodate different types of camping ranging from super rustic (no electricity and rustic toilets) to modern sites with showers, bathrooms, and electricity. They even have some cabins. What really sets Ludington apart from other camping spots is the variety of activities available to campers. For those of you who love the beach, Ludington offers several miles of beaches for you to relax on. There is a boat launch and if you feel like paddling into the lake there are boats you can rent. Catch some fish or go for a hike to the local lighthouses in your down time. There are 21.5 miles of hiking trails, a 4 mile canoe trail, a 2 mile bike trail, and a 10 mile cross country skiing trail if you happen to be there in the winter. This is the perfect camping spot for the whole family, whether you are a busy body or just looking for some relaxation time.

Porcupine Wilderness Park

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

2. Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park- Ontonagon, MI

The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is located on the northern coast of the Upper Peninsula and is 60,000 acres making it on of the few large wilderness areas remaining in the Midwest. This state park offers a variety of camp sites from the rustic to sites with modern bathroom and shower facilities. If tent camping isn’t really your thing, cabins, lodges, and even yurts are available. If you are not familiar with what a yurt is, a yurt is a circular domed tent that sits on a platform. The activities are endless in this state park. If you are looking for some adventure try mountain biking through the mountains. It’s really the only way to get to the most remote (aka most beautiful) parts of the park. This state park also has more than 90 waterfalls surrounded by lush green forests. One thing to be aware of is that there are black bears in this park so there are certain rules that you will need to follow in regards to your food and gear. The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is truly an outdoor playground and perfect for anyone wanting to do more than just camp.

3. Tahquamenon Falls State Park- Paradise, MI

State Park

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Staying up north in the Upper Peninsula, our number three pick is camping at Tahquamenon Falls State Park. This park has different sites to suit whatever type of camping you prefer ranging from rustic sites to cabins. The obvious attraction to this state park is being able to see the Upper Falls, which is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River. This waterfall is 200 feet across and has a 50 foot drop. It is truly something to see. Four miles down the Tahquamenon River is the Lower Falls. The Lower Falls consists of a series of five smaller falls cascading down around an island. Not quite as exciting as the Upper Falls, but still beautiful. There are several different hiking trails to explore during the day and there are plenty of good fishing opportunities along the riverbank. Boat rentals for canoes and row boats are available at the Lower Falls. Black bear, fox, deer, coyotes, otter, beaver, and mink can all be seen in the park along with many different types of birds including the bald eagle. Moose can often be seen in the wet areas of the park as well. The scenic landscape cannot be beat and if your looking to see some wildlife this is the place for you.

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

4. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore- Empire, MI

If you are looking for a family friendly camping area the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the one for you! Different camp sites are available depending on if you want electricity hook ups and there is also backcountry camping if you want the full on rustic experience. On the coast of Lake Michigan, there are beaches perfect for sun bathing and building sand castles. Your visit would not be complete without climbing the Dunes. Climb up to get exercise and a great view of Glen Lake. There are about 100 miles of hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty, so there is an option for everyone. Each evening the park has a free Ranger program which can keep the kids busy. Other water activities like tubing, kayaking, and canoeing are also available. The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is really great option for families with children due to the vast amount of activities available that the kids would enjoy.

5. Hoffmaster State Park- Muskegon, MI

State Park

Hoffmaster State Park

Last, but not least is Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon, MI. WE recommend this campgrounds for those with smaller children looking for a peaceful camping experience. Firstly this campgrounds has alcohol restrictions, so you aren’t going to encounter any wild parties going on all night. The campground offers a private beach and there is a larger beach in the park, both are pristine. Many of the camping sites are spacious and heavily shaded so you can get away from the sun. Children’s activities are hosted each and the Gillette Visitor Center offers other nature activities. The main attraction at Hoffmaster is the Dune Climb Stairway which leads you to the top of a dune with an observation deck looking over the dunes and Lake Michigan. The camp sites have electrical hook ups and the bathroom facilities are modern. This campground and state park is a great alternative for those who don’t want to drive all the way to the Upper Peninsula.

Whatever campgrounds or state park you choose to visit in Michigan, we know you won’t really be disappointed. Our state has so many outdoor sights and experiences to offer. Lakes, forests, sand dunes, and mountains, we’ve got it all! The only thing left to do is evaluate your camping gear situation. Make Harry’s your camping headquarters this year. Stop by the store to check out our camping gear selection and get valuable camping tips or shop with us online to make sure you’ve got what you need. Happy Camping!

 

 

Survive Summer with Our Favorite First Aid Essentials

Today is the first day of summer and camping, hiking, and playing sports are all great things to do when warm weather hits. The most important thing to remember when spending time outdoors whether on your own or with your children is to bring along some first aid essentials so you’ll always be prepared no matter what comes your way!

Snake Bite Kit

The first thing you’ll want to carry is The Pocket First Aid Field Guide that’s small and compact so you can easily carry it in your backpack and has basic instructions on how to treat minor injuries and even more serious injuries.

A super common ailment when being outdoors are bug bites, never be itchy again with this Tender After Bite Xtra Insect Treatment that relieves itching from bites and even itching from poison oak or poison ivy!

No one wants to ever think about creepy crawly snakes when they’re camping, but having a snake bite kit is one of those things that you might not want to do without, this Snake Bite Kit givesyou everything you need to effectively remove snake venom after being bitten.

First Aid Survival Kit

If you want something small to throw in your purse or backpack, the Small Olive Drab Military First Aid Kit is perfect for you and totally affordable at only $7.99!  This kit includes sterile pads, bandages, and aspirin as well as some other first aid essentials.

If you’re looking for something more extensive, the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate First Aid Survival Kit  is more of an investment at $53.99 but includes everything you could ever need to survive in a hostile environment. Some of the items found in this kit include a multi-tool, mini flashlight, handsaw, blanket, waterproof matches, fire-starter, and more!

Check out our entire first aid section at Harry’s and take a look at all of our awesome first aid products to take on your next camping adventure!

 

 

5 Beautiful Hiking Trails to See Before You Die

Hiking is a great way to get exercise, but it can also be an amazing way to see the world. Here are 5 places where hiking, culture, and beautiful landscapes all come together.

1. Cinque Terre- Italy

If you are looking for a less strenuous hike with plenty of amazing views and still

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, Italy

want to take in Italian culture, hike Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a rugged portion of coast in the Italian Riviera and is made up of 5 villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore.  You can hike between all five villages at your own pace with mountains on one side and the sea on the other. Taking the coast trail takes about five hours at a continuous pace. There is a more difficult trail that goes along the ridge if you are looking for something more challenging. Be sure to bring a bathing suit on this hike because you will most definitely get tempted by the sea. Don’t worry about getting tired either! Trains and ferry service connect all the villages as well!

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc

2. Mont Blanc – France, Italy, &  Switzerland

This European hike takes you through three countries and all throughout the Alps. This hikes takes you on a two week circle and has huts to stay in at night. Valleys, meadows, glaciers, and the white peaks on the mountains provide excellent views. This hike is best done during the summer so you can have good weather and this hike has very easy stretches and very difficult areas. Plus since you are going through three different counties, you get to take in three different cultures.

3. Tongariro Northern Circuit – New Zealand

Tongariro Northern Circuit

Tongariro Northern Circuit

New Zealand is a beautiful country and there are plenty of reasons to go there, but the Tongariro Northern Circuit is another reason! This hike takes you around one of the three volcanoes on the North Island: Mt. Ngauruhoe, which Is featured in Lord of the Rings. This hiking loop is about 19 miles long and your see a variety of landscapes like forest land, desert, and grassy areas. On top of all that, you also get to see Red Crater and Emerald Lakes.  Plan for about 3-4 days to walk the trail and do it in the summer when it is well marked.

John Muir Trail

John Muir Trail

4. John Muir Trail – California, USA

Beginning in Yosemite National Park and continuing on 215 miles through Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sequoia National Park, King’s Canyon National Park, and ending at Mount Whitney. This is the perfect trail if you are a nature lover this is the hiking trail for you. It’s best to hike this trail in August or September so you can avoid snow and to do the whole trail takes about 30 days. For a more practical hike to this trail in one week sections and do one each summer! This is a moderate to strenuous hike so it is not recommended for beginners. This trail does require a trail permit and you will need to protect your food from bears.

5. Inca Trail – Peru

Inca Trail

Inca Trail

Often rated in the top 5 hikes in the world, the Inca Trail takes you through the Andes Mountains to Machu Picchu. This four day hike can be done if you are in decent shape and it is wise to take a couple breaks to adjust to the altitude. The landscape is amazing combining nature with the historic ruins of the Incas. Time this hike right and you can end up at Machu Picchu for sunrise ( the best time).  Go from April to October and use an authorized guide. We also recommend getting good boots as some of the terrain can be hard on the feet and ankles.

For hiking in general, having the right gear including packs and boots, will make your experience much more enjoyable. Check out our selection on or website or in our store. Fore more info on how to choose the right gear check out our other posts, Choosing the Best Hiking Pack and How to Choose the Best Hiking Boots

Get Military Fashion Looks for Less!

Rihanna, Jay-Z, Common, Lana Del Rey….What do these celebrities have in Lil Wayne in Camocommon? They are all in on the camo trend!

Military inspired and camouflage fashion trends come back around every couple years and it just happens to be in right now. Huge fashion retailers have jumped on the bandwagon offering modified military looks that include studs, tighter fits, and high prices. Harry’s offers a lot of the staple pieces needs to pull off these hot fashion trends at a much more affordable price.Jay-Z in Camo

For guys looking to stay on point in the fashion game, a super easy way to incorporate camouflage into your wardrobe is with a pair of camo pants or camo shorts. You can go with the traditional style or a vintage wash. Jay-Z went with the traditional look, which is a stiffer, more crisp material. Camo pants can be dressed so many different ways. We Common in Camoreally like pairing them with a bright pair of sneakers like Common to make the camo seem less military and more high fashion. Camo shorts, like the ones Lil Wayne is wearing, provide a more casual look and can easily be paired with hoodies, sneakers, and sandals.

Ladies, you too can find these trendy looks for less with Harry’s! If you aren’t ready to fully commit to the camouflage trend, then start out with a subtle camo hat like Rihanna. There are so many camouflage patterns available in the traditional patrol cap that youRihanna in camo won’t have a problem find a hat to match your outfit. If you want a more bold look, get the paratrooper pants. Pair them with sneakers for a casual look or cinch the ankle openings and throw on some heels for a look thats ready for night on the town. Lana Del Rey has taken a men’s BDU coat and paired it with shorts and wedge boots.

We also have basic camo t-shirts that are also an easy and very inexpensive way to add camo to your closet. Also if your a local customer, check out our Lana Del Rey in Camosurplus section. We get plenty of surplus clothing including jackets, shirts, pants, and hats that can be worn as is or can be revamped. Our surplus clothing section offers slightly blemished clothing at ridiculously good prices, plus its authentic military gear.

Whether you shop online or in store, finding the perfect camo items will be a cinch. Hats, pants, shirts, jackets, coats, bandannas, we’ve got everything!

The History of Memorial Day

Memorial-DayAlthough we are inundated by barbecues, annual sales, parades, and festivities in the warm weather, the true meaning of Memorial Day  is to to commemorate the men and women in the Armed Forces who have died serving our country. Memorial Day was once referred to as “Decoration Day”, a name that came from a tradition of decorating the soldier’s graves.

One of the ways that we continue to honor fallen veterans on Memorial Day each year is the tradition of placing flags on the graves of fallen soldiers at Arlington Cemetery. One of the infantries of the United States Army patrol and make sure that all of the flags remain standing over the weekend. Sadly, this is one of the few last remaining traditions of decorating soldier’s graves as Memorial Day has become largely commercialized once the National Holiday Act of 1971 turned Memorial Day into a three day weekend.

We understand how easy it is to be distracted by your day off and all the fun you will have this long weekend celebrating Memorial Day, but please take a moment to think about the men and women that died to protect our freedom. This is the same freedom that allows you to wake up and celebrate Memorial Day this year however you want and we owe it all to those who served and those who are still serving. Don’t forget to thank a soldier today!

 

Surviving a Snake Bite ; Snake Bite Kits and Their Benefits

Each year we hear plenty of stories from around the world about people or their pets getting bit by venomous snakes, many of whom die or lose a limb. Recently, the news informed us of a man who was hunting and was bitten by a poisonous snake ( you can read article here ). He was able to stay calm enough to get his $10 snake bite kit out of his bag and extract the venom. In doing this, he was able to save his own life. Now, you’ve got to be wondering ‘Well, where can I get one of these snake bite kits?” No worries! Harry’s Army Surplus has got you covered!

You may think having a snake bite kit is not a top priority in your bag while hiking, camping, or even walking the dog, but it should be especially if you live Snake Bite Kitin an area with a high or growing population of venomous snakes. We offer three different snake bite kits and all three are extremely affordable. The most basic kit we offer is the Coughlan’s Snake Bite Kit. At $4.99 this is something anyone can afford. We like this kit for its compact size. This kit is small enough to keep in your pocket (which is ideal in a snake bite situation). it comes complete with 3 suction cups, an easy to use one-hand lymph constrictor, scalpel, antiseptic swab, and detailed instructions that we recommend you read before you head out on you adventure so you already know how to use it.

If you want a kit that is not so basic, then take a look at the Sawyer Bite and Sing Extractor Kit. On sale for just $17.95, this kit is perfect to have at home, in your car, or in your pack. This emergency kit can remove venom and poison from snake bites, bee stings, wasp stings, and other bug bites. It Snake Bite Kitincludes the extractor pump, 4 plastic cups, 1 razor, 3 sterile adhesive bandages, 2 alcohol wipes, 2 bite antiseptics and pain reliever wipes, and instructions all packed into a small plastic carrying case.

Either of these kits would be a great addition to you survival gear. Remember, you can never be too prepared! Check out all of our great survival gear and make sure your next adventure is safe one!

A-TACS Camouflage..What is it?

For those of you who love camo, we are sure you have heard at least a little bit about A-TACS camo, but do you REALLY know what it is or what sets it apart from other camouflages? Many people don’t, so your friendly staff at Harry’s Army Surplus has put together a little info to help you understand the benefits of using A-TACS.

A-tacs is a new and radical advancement in camo design and technology. It A TACS Packwas designed to answer the call for better and more effective camouflage system integration for duty personnel in any service branch from military to law enforcement. A-tacs is designed as a universal pattern for a wide range of operational environments with additional supporting colors and design variants to follow. Many of the modern digital camouflage patterns currently in use have flaws. Most digital camo patterns use small square pixels. A-tacs by way of comparison uses very small organically shaped pixels. The end result is that all the hard 90 degree angles of a typical pixel are removed which creates a camo pattern that has a more natural appearance.

A TACS HolsterThe square pixels that are used in the digital patterns to create the distortion effect do not replicate the shapes, forms, and shadows of the environment that are deployed in, especially when viewed through optics. The ninety degree angles and the limited use of natural colors can make detection easier. This then produces a blobbing effect when viewed from a distance. Taking this process a step further the small organically shaped pixels are placed within larger groupings to create a pattern within a pattern. This radical advancement means that A-tacs is able to conceal the operator far more effectively and at greater distances vs. many other camo patterns. The A-tacs camouflage is one of the best on the market and provides the ultimate concealment in the field.

There are two types of A-TACS camo: A-TACS AU, which is meant for urban and desert environments and A-TACS FG, which works really well in forested environments. If you want to stay ahead of the game, we suggest purchasing some A-TACS gear. Check out our selection of A-TACS gear and stay concealed!

Brand Spotlight : NDUR Survival Gear

NDUR is another great brand Harry’s decided to pick up this spring. They make a line of innovative survival products, designed to provides excellent performance and extremely functional. With a slogan like “to Survive – to Outlast – to Endure”, NDur products will help you get through your next camping or hiking adventure.Filtration Straw

The coolest product, in our opinion, is the  Portable Water Filter Survival Straw. This straw is way more convenient and easier to carry around in comparison to water bottles and canteens. Probably more important than the size, this straw is packed with awesome features that you wont find anywhere else. This straw is made with BPA-free plastic and it’s filter life is good for up to 25 gallons or more depending on the quality of the water source. The filter in this straw removes up to 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, 99.9% of micro-organisms, 99.9% of heavy metals, and (here’s the most impressive one) 99.9% of radioactive elements such as Gross Beta, Uranium, Plutonium, Radon, Radium, Cesium, Strontium,  and Radioactive Iodine. Basically this straw could save your life. All you need to do is fill up a bottle or a glass and drink from the straw and Voila! Clean Water! We recommend having one of these around the house just in case the impending zombie apocalypse happens.

Camp StoveLooking for an actual filtered water bottle? Well, NDUR has one. This water bottle offers all the same great features as the straw minus removing the radioactive elements. Other great items are Whistlethe survival blanket, the super lightweight camp stove, and a 7 in 1 survival whistle. Even if you’re not a hiker or a camper, all of these products would be great to have in your home in the case of a natural disaster or power outage. We really love these products and are sure you guys will too!

 

 

Going Green Tips – Military Surplus Style!

Sustainability and going green aren’t just ideas for environmentalists. These are concepts that everyone needs to be concerned about, including us here at Harry’s. Among other things, we have started recycling and switched to using energy efficient bulbs within the building, something that all of you can do at home. Going green can sometimes take some creative thinking so we have put together some tips and some products to help you!

One of the most basic ways to promote recycling is to go to thrift stores for clothing or footwear. We offer a variety of military surplus clothing, available in-store only, from all branches of the military. The BDU’s we get in can be used to go hunting, play paintball, Halloween costumes, or some people just wear them as a fashion statement. Sometimes we get surplus jackets, coats, and even footwear that has not even been worn before or just lightly worn, which is a great way to recycle clothing (also cheaper).

Another super easy way to go green is to invest in a reusable water bottle. Whether it be a filtered water bottle or a non filtered water bottle, you are saving the the planet from all of the plastic from bottled water. Our pick is the NDur Filtered Water Bottle. This 28 oz. water bottle is made with BPA-free plastic and the filter is good for 100 gallons or water or more depending on the water source being used. This filter removes up to 99.9% of viruses, bacteria, micro-organisms, heavy metals, and chemicals from your water, so not only are you being green, you are also getting purer water.Water Bottle

Probably the most creative way we came up with was re-purposing ammo cans. We sell them in-store only, but you can view them on our website. We’ve heard many stories about motorcycle riders using them as saddle bags, but a simple way to use them if you’ve got one handy is as an herb garden container. Now you may be thinking “Having an herb garden isn’t manly”, but we think it can be. Just take off the lid, get some top soil, buy some herb plants or seeds, and plant them! Herbs make your food taste way better and keeping plants indoors help improve air quality. If you’re a manly guy, housing your herbs in an ammo can is definitely cooler than having it in some random pot. Another tip: You may want to drill a hole in the bottom of the ammo can so that water can drain through.Ammo Can

So, if you’re local stop in the store to check out our “going green” goods. If you’re not local, take a look at our website for items like the NDur water bottle. For military surplus clothing or ammo cans, look for a surplus store close to you, we are sure you will find something awesome!

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