Prep of the Week: The Ultimate Toboggan for Winter Bug-Outs
It’s important to keep an ever-vigilant eye out for great prepper deals. You should never go broke trying to get prepped. Right now, you might be able to find some great winter related preps.
ReadyNutrition Guys and Gals, I recently wrote about bugging-out in winter and how having a toboggan would come in handy. Well, I found a good one! Yes, I had an older, junky, dark-green toboggan/sled that I kept in my vehicle. I was in Target this past week, as we’ve been really getting hammered in Montana with the snow…and what to my wondrous eyes should appear? The toboggan. I knew it existed, but had never found it until now.
Yes, it ran me $19.99 (no sales tax in Montana) out the door, and here’s a picture of it:
Is that not a beauty? You’ll have to fight your kids off for it, seriously! Now, see that red piece in the middle? That is a “seat” made out of some kind of rigid plastic foam…and it’s glued in place so loosely that you can just grab an edge or corner and peel it right off the bottom…and good riddance! It is made of a high-density polyethylene, and I’m here to tell you, it’s sturdier than any kid’s sled I’ve ever seen. Right up there with strength and rigidity with the bigger ones used to haul wood and game in Wal-Mart that I’ve mentioned before.
It’s 48” in length, 24” wide, and about 8” in depth and lists to hold up to 200 lbs. The way these things stack? If you have a spouse and two kids, you can pick up four of them and they’ll nest neatly within one another. They only weigh 5 lbs. apiece. I’m going to modify mine and drill 4 holes on each long edge and 2 on the short edges to enable me to put bungee cords or a net over the top. Probably the cords, as they have more use for other things.
You will have to check your local Target for availability because it’s no longer available for online purchases. The store item # for this guy is 091050553, and you can find it in the kid’s toy section. Besides just gear, remember: this thing can have a secondary use as a litter for a wounded patient. Just make sure to pull it over a smooth path if you can, but you never know when a patient is ambulatory and needs to be transported. The tow rope is pictured as black/dark, but actually, it’s white with thin red “pinstripes.” Although it looks kind of stupid up close, it’s barely noticeable, and you can always switch it out. I’ll keep mine as it is. I found the last one, and if they had more I would have picked up two.
It’s a really good quality, and it doesn’t take up much room at all. In addition, if you needed to hunker down for the night, you could reverse it, put it up on poles or bungees, and have a makeshift “roof” for yourself. I put the old green dinosaur in the woodshed, and this new sled is riding with me. I highly recommend it…for gear, or if you need to transport someone, or for an expedient shelter-roof, this sled is inexpensive, and it foots the bill. JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
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