Laughing Buddha Statue: Bringing Good Luck and Happiness

Do you want to bring good luck and prosperity to your home? In this humdrum busy life, people find them living monotonous and dull life without any fun or peace. They are constantly running after money and fame and forget to add contentment and satisfaction. So, they find themselves stressed and anxious all the time. They even become victim of various diseases at a very early age and have to spend good amount of money in visiting doctors. So, the best way to bring happiness and contentment in your lives is through buying laughing Buddha statue.

Happy Buddha or laughing Buddha statue represents a bald and grinning figure with a cloth bag in hand and having a large exposed belly. The statue of laughing Buddha is long considered by Buddhist experts to bring happiness and prosperity. This is the reason why it is highly famous as the best gift for weddings or anniversaries. People keep it in their homes to add positive energy in their otherwise busy and dull lives.

History

Chinese legends consider this statue’s history back to a traveling monk who lived in the 10th century. The statue is actually believed to depict an ancient fertility figure whose large belly is the sign of a good harvest.

Geography

The names for the laughing Buddha statue in Japan (Hotei) and China (Budai) both indicates the bag that he carries. Additionally, the Chinese laughing Buddha is sometimes known as Pu-Tai after the name of the original monk who initiated the legend.

Features

If you look closely at the statue, you will find it having large earlobes and a fat belly and always carries a cloth bag. According to the original legends, it was believed that the bag contained candies that the monk passed on to children to bring smiles on their faces. However, now people think that the bag is full of gold.

In the historical books you can find some fun facts that state that rubbing the belly of the laughing Buddha can bring personal good luck. With so many features and good lucks attached with the statue, it has become the best gift for all occasions. The recipient of the gift will be extremely happy with the gift and will always remember you with love. You can now easily buy these statues with the help of internet at cost effective prices and bring happiness in your live as well the lives of your loved ones!



Source by Shelly Dicousta

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Examining A Low-Cost Dividend ETF – Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (NYSEARCA:SCHD)

I have published numerous articles on the Dividend Aristocrats (NOBL, SDY) and a low volatility, high dividend strategy (SPHD). Both strategies have produced higher absolute returns than the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) with lower variability of returns. A common question I get from readers is how these funds have performed relative to the ultra-low cost Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF (NYSEARCA:SCHD).

The Schwab U.S. Dividend Equity ETF replicates the Dow Jones U.S. Dividend 100 Index. The starting universe for that index is the Dow Jones U.S. Broad Market Index, which includes the 2,500 largest U.S. stocks based on market capitalization. Notably for dividend investors, REITs are excluded from the index universe. To be included in the Dividend index, stocks are screened for dividend payments consistency (minimum 10 consecutive years of dividend payments), size (minimum market cap of $500 million), liquidity (3-month average daily trading volume of $2 million) and relative fundamentals.

The last piece of the inclusion criteria might be the most interesting. The eligible securities are ranked by four metrics: cash flow-to-total debt, return on equity, indicated dividend yield and five-year dividend growth rate. These rankings are combined to create a composite score, and the top 100 ranked stocks are included in the index. The index constituents remain in the index as long as they are among the top 200 based on composite score on the year-end analysis. Stocks are weighted based on a modified market capitalization approach that caps single stock weights at 4.5% and industry weights at 25%.

The replicating ETF has been around since October 2011 and carries an attractive expense ratio of just 0.07%. The three funds I will be discussing in this article all have post-crisis inception dates, but have managed to attract more than $11 billion of assets under management.

While some may be tempted to examine their relative performance since their respective inception dates, I believe a more meaningful depiction of relative performance of these three funds is to examine the underlying index data. The graph below shows the cumulative total return, including reinvested dividends, of each index for the longest jointly available dataset.

(Source: Standard & Poor’s, Bloomberg)

All three indices strongly outperformed the S&P 500, which returned just 5.63% per annum over this time horizon.

The indices seem to move together, so I calculated the correlation coefficient of monthly returns. Below I depict the correlation with the Dow Jones U.S. Dividend and the S&P 500 respectively.

While that correlation is very high, the top ten holdings of SCHD have no overlap with those of SPHD. SCHD and NOBL only share one top ten constituent – Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).

There weren’t any notable risk skews among the dividend-focused strategies. As one would expect, each had lower variability of returns than the S&P 500. All of the dividend-focused strategies had relatively better performance in their worst month (October 2008) in the dataset than the broad market. Despite the fundamental factor tilt of the Dow Jones U.S. Dividend strategy, it had a marginally higher standard deviation and marginally worse performance in the crisis than the other dividend strategies.

The outperformance of these dividend strategies over this time horizon should come as no surprise to my long-time readers. The explicit low volatility tilt of SPHD, the dividend growth requirement of NOBL and the fundamental inclusion rules of SCHD all served to capture the Low Volatility Anomaly, another one of my “5 Ways to Beat the Market.” In this dataset, which featured two large downturns (tech bubble and financial crisis), the higher-quality stocks that populate these indices produced outsized returns. In delving into SCHD, I thought its broader inclusion rules might capture the size effect as well, but the weighted average market capitalization of its holdings is actually larger than NOBL and SPHD and only slightly smaller than SPY.

For investors looking for an ultra-low cost, dividend-focused ETF, SCHD certainly has merit. There is a large degree of overlap with the other two dividend ETFs I described given the strong historical correlation, but you can enter SCHD at a much lower running cost. While I believe steady dividend payers should outperform over long-time intervals, the relative outperformance of this 19-year period may prove outsized relative to forward periods.

Disclaimer: My articles may contain statements and projections that are forward-looking in nature, and therefore, inherently subject to numerous risks, uncertainties and assumptions. While my articles focus on generating long-term risk-adjusted returns, investment decisions necessarily involve the risk of loss of principal. Individual investor circumstances vary significantly, and information gleaned from my articles should be applied to your own unique investment situation, objectives, risk tolerance and investment horizon.

Disclosure: I am/we are long SPHD, NOBL, SDY, SPY.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Tips on Ordering Basketball Uniforms For AAU Leagues and Tournaments

AAU is one of the most prestigious athletic organizations you can participate in. High school coaches and college scouts alike recognize the talent that comes from the Amateur Athletic Union and its members. Joining a team or forming your own AAU team to participate in competitive leagues and tournaments is easy. There are some requirements which you should follow when ordering uniforms though. The next few paragraphs provide a basic outline on what to follow when designing and purchasing basketball uniforms:

Home and Away Sets:

This is where the initial cost first comes in. The AAU requires that teams have a “home” and “away” jersey to participate in league play. This is quite surprising, considering the high school I played for only had 1 uniform for both. There are ways around this to make better use of the team budget when being required to have two separate uniforms:

1. Order reversibles! As long as one side is light, and the other is dark, a reversible will suffice in most AAU district leagues. Typically, the reversibles can get a little heavy, although a reputable uniform company will have means to manufacture a lighter uniform to solve this issue. You can also choose to sublimate or screenprint the jerseys instead of tackle-twill to take some of the weight off.

2. Order a reversible jersey with standard short. Some uniform companies offer the option of purchasing a reversible jersey with a single sided standard short to match the jersey design. This is a cost cutter versus ordering a full reversible because typically the single-sided shorts are much less expensive than having a reversible.

3. Order two jerseys and one short to match both. If weight becomes an issue, or the age group participating is under the 9/10 range, you can always order two separate jerseys and a short to match. You can get a short color that matches the color scheme both jerseys, or get a reversible short to go with either. The guarantees the jerseys won’t be AS heavy as the reversibles and may even be a relief on team mom’s not having to wash the same uniform over and over again!

Customization

Customization is a crucial part of the AAU uniform. Unlike middle and high school play, most AAU districts allow the team to have unlimited customization on the uniform. The kids feel great, look professional, and most of the time this translates to them playing a little bit better! Basketball is the most “flashy” of all sports uniforms, so get creative with piping, accents, sublimation, and logos. A reputable uniform company should be able to provide you a unique design from scratch, and allow you to add just about any thing you want to the uniform.

Numbering:

Numbering can generally be either tackle-twill, screen-print, or sublimation. But, once again, districts do vary, but most follow the following rules (quoted from the NJ AAU girls basketball website): “Each player shall be numbered on the front and back of the shirt with plain Arabic numerals.

The following numbers are legal: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 00, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55. (But double zero and zero cannot both be used for the same team) The number shall be at least 6 inches high on the back and at least 4 inches high on the front and not less than 3/4-inch width.”

I hope this helps all you AAU coaches and interested participants out there!



Source by Dustin Brown

Money-Saving Tips: Save On Groceries, Car Costs, And More

Search the social networks. You’d be amazed at the offers you can find on the social networks. Some companies are just getting into the swing of using Facebook and Twitter, and begin by doing special offers for their readers. All you have to do is search for your favourite stores on there, and have a read of what they have to offer. A good example is Old Navy clothing – they give out printable coupons on their Facebook page, and you can sometimes get substantial discounts.

Save on your car costs. There are some really simple things that you can do to save money on vehicle running costs, which could add up to quite a few dollars saving each year. For example, accelerate slowly and maintain a consistent speed where possible, minimize braking (coast where you can), keep tyres at optimum pressure, don’t have excess weight in your car, properly maintain your vehicle (oil changes, etc), find out the optimum speed for your own car’s fuel efficiency. Paying a little bit of attention to these small aspects of running your car can mean decent savings.

Don’t be scared to ask for a discount. Canadians can be very polite. But are we too polite to ask for a better deal? If you’re in-store, don’t be scared to ask for a discount, especially on big ticket items – not on your weekly groceries! The sales people are used to it, they hear it all the time. You never know, you could save a lot of money. I saved over a thousand dollars on my car… just by asking for it.

Buy an eBook reader. If you are an avid reader, it’s easy to spend a lot of money on books. You could consider buying an eBook reader. Yes, it’s a larger initial cost than just buying a paperback, but it will last you for years… and has a lot of benefits. You can load it up on books if you’re going travelling, so you don’t have to carry your reading material with you, taking up valuable room in your luggage.

Rent e-books at your library! Did you know that many libraries now rent e-books as well as the good old-fashioned paper type? If you’ve got an e-book reader like the Amazon Kindle or the Sony reader, you can grab many books from your local library, store them, and read them at your leisure. Just check and see if your local library provides this service. And there are thousands of classic ebooks online which you can legally download for free, as they are now outside of their original copyright period.

Join email newsletters. This is a great tip for shopaholics (like me). I use a junk email address to sign up to a lot of email newsletter from major stores and brand names. Sometimes they are just full of marketing speak, but from time to time you can get a real gem of a discount. If you would like some examples, the Michaels ( http://www.michaels.com/ ) newsletters send out excellent discounts every week – up to 50% off. These deals are applicable in the US & Canada.

Save on electricity. This one is pretty obvious, but you’d be amazed by how much you save by under-taking a few simple steps. Turn off the light when you’re not in the room. Buy energy saver globes. Get a programmable thermostat. Never leave appliances on standby, always turn them off properly. Or you could even buy a device which does that for you – on my PC, I have a special adapter which sees when the PC is powered down, and turns off all the peripherals at that time (printers, monitors, desk lamp, etc).

Stock-pile. I save quite a bit by buying in bulk and stock-piling my groceries. In particular, stock-piling works well with canned goods, dried goods, toiletries, laundry and cleaning products. I always use coupons to get a good deal, then buy as many as I can store (always checking the expiry dates too). I never run out of soup or shower gel!

Recession gardening. Recession gardening has been in fashion lately – it’s simply growing some of your own veggies or herbs. In the long run, it’s much cheaper than buying at the supermarket, plus there is the added bonus that they are natural and organic. You can buy seeds and start from scratch, but I find it is much easier to buy young plants and transplant them into your garden or window boxes. I have a herb basket of mint, parsley, rosemary and thyme, which I regularly use in cooking.

Sell your parking space. If you live in a big city and have a spare car parking spot, consider if your parking real estate could be useful to someone. There are a few websites that facilitate the “renting” of your car parking spot to someone who commutes to the city and wants cheaper parking facilities.

Stock up on soup! As a foodstuff, soup has a much lower cost per portion than a lot of other things you eat. Plus, it’s pretty healthy and delicious. You can even make large batches, and freeze some soup for future use. The possibilities are endless too… from Blue Cheese and Onion soup, to good old tomato.



Source by Anna J Waters

Hidden Costs While Buying Or Owning A New Home That You Need To Be Aware Of

Home buying can become more expensive than what you expect it to be, especially if you are not aware of many hidden charges involved in the process. These hidden costs can actually add up to about 10% of the total cost of your property. If you do not budget for these expenses in advance, then for the first couple of years, you will have a tough time handling your other daily or monthly expenses.

You might have saved enough amount of money for the down-payment, and have calculated the mortgage amount that you need. At the same time, you must also be prepared to pay all the hidden costs that you will incur while buying a property.

Hidden Costs of Purchasing a Home

Home Inspection Fee – You could avoid spending a lot of money on repairs and replacement expenses, by hiring professionals to conduct home inspection. They will dig out all the underlying issues in your home, which you would not have known without a thorough inspection. That will help you in deciding if you are really getting a good deal, or not.

Lawyer’s Fee – This fee can vary, depending on the purchase price of your home. If you choose to hire the same legal representative as the seller, then you could get good discounts on legal costs.

Stamp duty – This can add as much as 7% of the total cost of your home.

Home Insurance – Home coverage protects your property against unforeseen incidents like flooding, fire, etc. You will need to consult a good insurance agent to get the best policy.

Appraisal fee – A few of the lenders demand an appraisal on the home that you are willing to purchase.

Utility and Maintenance Costs – You also need to budget for electricity, cooling and heating, and other expenditures on a monthly basis. If you are buying a condo, then you need to also need to arrange for the monthly maintenance fees.

Moving Costs – You could either take some time out to pack and move all the belonging yourself, or hire any movers and packers to do the job more efficiently. A moving company usually charges you depending on the size of your home, and the distance to be covered between the old and the new residence. Hiring professionals will turn out to be a reasonable option, and is less tiring.

Redecorating – Ideally, most of the new homes do not need any work to be done. However, a few might need some minor building works or redecoration. Doing it yourself may sound cost effective, but if you are not skilled, then you’ll end up spending more than expected.

Sale Closing costs – Lastly, you will need to have enough funds for the closing costs, which add up to 2% – 5% of the total price of your home.



Source by Charls Colgate

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Optilipo For Cellulite

Optilipo is a thigh cellulite treatment option that has recently been introduced to the market. During this procedure, small amounts of natural plant extracts, homeopathic agents, and vitamins are injected into a person’s skin. A physician based upon the seriousness of a person’s cellulite condition will determine the exact composition of the formula used on a patient. Optilipo can also be used to effectively treat sagging skin. Liposuction does not treat cellulite directly and can, inadvertently, enhancing preexisting cellulite.

By contrast, Optilipo treats cellulite directly. The ingredients used in Optilipo removes fat from targeted areas of the buttocks and thighs and prevents the reformation of fat in these targeted areas. This thigh cellulite treatment is non surgical and requires only a minimal amount of invasiveness. Furthermore, it does not require admittance to a hospital, anesthesia, or a recuperation period. It may take several sessions of treatment with Optilipo before a person’s body is able to block the formation of fat in the treated areas of the body.

On average, it will take two to four sessions of treatment before results are visible to others. Most patients describe the sensation of the injection as relaxing, similar to that of acupuncture. A patient may incur bruising at the injection sights; however, their physician should be able to provide oral or topical supplements which can be applied to reduce swelling or bruising. Certain medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, should be avoided for one week before the Optilipo treatments begin. Vigorous activity or strenuous exercise must be avoided for 48 hours after the initial treatment. The cost of Optilipo varies widely; however, a full course of treatment will generally cost between $2,500 and $7,000. A full course of treatment is generally comprised of five to fifteen sessions. Results are generally maintained for six to twelve months, and an individual’s doctor may recommend one to three maintenance sessions during the first six months after one’s treatment sessions are complete. Approximately twenty percent of patients will need to undergo a second round of Optilipo treatments after one year.



Source by M. McCoy

Glee Covers Songs From The 80s

The hit TV series Glee is currently on its 4th season and it is still getting the same popularity as it was first shown. Glee showcases talents of the characters through singing songs from classics to recent hits. They are not just beautiful actors but magnificent singers, too. Some of the well-known songs that the cast has performed with their own renditions are “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Toxic” by Britney Spears and “Don’t Stop Believing” by The Journey. However, despite of having younger audiences, their choices of songs have not been limited to just songs from the famous artists of today. They have also chosen songs from the year of great ballads – the 80s. Here are some of the songs they sang during on various episodes.

The Glee cast left a remarkable version of “True Colors” that is originally done by Cyndi Lauper before Season 1 has ended. Phil Collins has also his own rendition of this heartwarming song. It was a perfect song to end the season.

“Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield was also in the Glee’s song list which was performed by Finn Hudson. The song is about unrequited love with an up tempo melody but sends a sad message. It was originally released in 1981. Rick Springfield received an award for that song. It was a huge hit.

“Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler is another yet 80s song that was released in 1983 and was a big hit then, making it number 6 for the whole year in the billboard hit charts. The Glee members who gave a lovely rendition to this song are Finn, Puck, Jesse and Rachel.

In another episode, Finn Hudson also performed his own version of “Don’t Dream It’s Over”. It was originally sung by Crowded House which was out in 1986. Upon its release, it immediately reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Another 80’s song from the movie Flashdance entitled “What a Feeling” originally sung by Cara was also performed by Rachelle’s character. Until now, that rendition still has the same impact like it was first aired on the radio.

Through new and brilliant music arrangements, the generation today is now being introduced to the music of the 80s. Thanks to TV shows like Glee and to its amazing staff and crew because they continuously give new meaning and reintroduce songs that have meaningful messages which once been a significant part of lives of the older generations.



Source by Anna Mundo

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Canada’s Evolving Market for Low-Cost Carriers


A WestJet 737-700 (Photo: BriYYZ from Toronto, Canada (Westjet 737) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

 Canada is a market that most tend not to think of in regards to the aviation industry in comparison to the U.S. However, the industry is slowly beginning to gain ground in recent years, with the busiest airport in Canada, Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), serving over 40 million passengers in 2015. 

This is comparable and nearly surpassing Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a major hub for both Alaska and Delta Air Lines. The Canadian market still has plenty of opportunity to grow, with many of Canada’s major and minor airports continuing to grow in size, along with numerous airlines in the low-cost category hoping to accelerate their expansion.

WestJet

As one of Canada’s low-cost carriers (LCC) based in Calgary, WestJet offers service to over 100 destinations in North America, the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe. The airline recently announced its plans on starting an ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC), pending government approval.

Such a service is planned to begin in 2017 with the usage of ten Boeing 737-800’s. This new carrier is expected to bring Canadians cheaper flight options across the country. This ultra low-cost carrier business model can be compared to that of Allegiant’s and Spirit’s in the US.


Westjet 737-800 air to air (Photo: Westjet)

“We have built WestJet from its low-cost, regional roots into a renowned, international airline with service to 21 countries and today it’s all about disrupting at the price-sensitive end of the market,” said Clive Beddoe, co-founder of WestJet and Chair of the Board of the Directors. “Launching a ULCC will broaden WestJet’s growth opportunities and open new market segments by offering more choice to those Canadians looking for lower fares.”

“The worldview on low-cost airlines has changed since the launch of WestJet in 1996 and we are responding,” commented Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. “The complete unbundling of services and products in order to lower fares for the price-sensitive traveller has created the ULCC category and our new airline will provide Canadians a pro-competitive, cheap and cheerful flying experience from a company with a proven track record.”

WestJet’s initiative in creating an ultra low-cost carrier is an interesting move considering that the airline itself is already considered a low-cost carrier. This startup carrier would be competing against Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada’s low-cost carrier. However, at the same time, the ULCC would technically also be competing with parent company, WestJet, in certain markets. 

The airline understands the possible implications of starting a ULCC, acknowledging the fact that their startup might not have the desired impact on their operations. Some risks that WestJet acknowledges are that there could be changes in schedule, fuel prices, and a change in passenger demand.

Air Canada Rouge

Air Canada Rouge is Air Canada’s leisure airline founded in 2012. The airline is slated as Air Canada’s low-cost alternative for passengers, as well as offering routes to predominantly leisure destinations. Rogue has a fleet of 47 mixed Boeing and Airbus aircraft including A319-100s, A321-200s, and 767-300ERs.

The aircraft are configured to seat more passengers in comparison to mainline Air Canada aircraft. The airline has seen recent success taking over some routes that used to be served by parent airline Air Canada, successfully utilizing its lower cost structure and high-density aircraft.

Canada JetLines

Canada JetLines is currently a planned Canadian ultra-low-cost carrier that was founded in 2013 with is headquartered in Vancouver. The airline hopes to serve routes that other carriers either fly in very low frequency or do not fly at all.

The airline’s model and system is partially based off of other low-cost carriers, such as Ryanair and easyJet. When the airline starts up, it will be competing with WestJet’s future ultra-low cost carrier.

Sunwing Airlines

Sunwing, founded in 2005, is a Canadian low-cost carrier based in Toronto, Canada. The airline currently offers scheduled and chartered service from Canada to 73 destinations across North America, Central America, and South America. The airline also offers seasonal service to Europe.


A Sunwing 737-800 (Photo: Ian McMurtry)

The carrier is a subsidiary of Sunwing Travel Group and was founded in response to the growing popularity of the company. Sunwing began operations in 2005. The airline operates 39 aircraft that are all Boeing 737-800s, some leased from other airlines in a high-density configuration of 189 passengers.

Porter Airlines

While Porter Airlines isn’t necessarily a low-cost carrier, they have been very influential in how citizens of Canada travel. Since 2006, Porter Airlines, a regional airline based out of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport has changed the way regional travel takes place within the country. The airline currently has a fleet of 29 aircraft with 24 destinations across Canada and the United States.

Porter only has one type of aircraft in their fleet: the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400. This aircraft offers passengers economy seating in two-by-two configuration with no middle seats. Snacks and drinks are complimentary on all flights. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport also offers the convenience to passengers to fly directly out of Downtown Toronto, avoiding the trip to the larger but further away Toronto Pearson International Airport

Overall, Canada has seen growth in the industry, ranging from full-service carriers to the development and planning of ultra low-cost carriers. Each airline prides itself in being different than the others and serving a unique niche and hopes that they can leverage this to serve more passengers both in Canada and across the globe.

Samuel Chen

Samuel Chen

Ever since he made his first trip on a Boeing 747 in 2005, Samuel has been an AvGeek at heart. He is a dedicated United (ex-Continental) loyalist and frequent flier who attempts to live by Continental’s slogan, “Work Hard, Fly Right.” He has a huge love for the Boeing 777 along with any other Boeing wide body aircraft. Samuel is an avid collector of all types of airplane memorabilia ranging from model airplanes to in-flight magazines. In his free time, Samuel enjoys playing guitar and piano, and he is constantly on various airline websites scanning for any breaking news.

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Low Cost Essentials for Bail / Bug Out Bag Survival kit – SHTF Preppers Pack 2017 Prepping



It’s primary purpose is to allow one to evacuate quickly if a Natural or Man Made Disaster should Occur. This pack could maintain at least 1 adult for up to 2 weeks.

Some Typical Recommendations are:

Enough food and water to last for at least 72 hours.
At Least 1 gallon (3.78 litres) per person per day.
Non-perishable food (Freeze Dried MRE’s, Powered Protein, Dehydrated Beef Jerky, Fruit, nuts)
Water purification supplies. (Personal LifeStraw or Family Bucket Filtration System)
Cooking supplies.
A first aid kit.
Fire starting tool (e.g., matches, ferrocerium rod, Magnesium rod, Flint Stick, lighter, 9volt battery, etc.).
A disaster plan including location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes, etc.
Professional emergency literature explaining what to do in various types of disaster, studied and understood before the actual disaster but kept for reference.
Maps and travel information.
Standard camping equipment, including sanitation supplies.
Weather appropriate clothing and UV protection (e.g., poncho, golf umbrella headwear, gloves, etc.).
Bedding items such as sleeping bags and blankets. If you have to sleep on the ground then a thick plastic tarp under the sleeping bags will keep ground moisture out of your bedding. A second one suspended on a rope between two trees or other supports can be used to form a tarp tent shelter from the morning dew or a rainstorm.
Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period.
Copies of medical records for each person in the family.
Pet, child, and elderly care needs.
Battery or crank-operated radio.
Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks).
Cash and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available during the initial period following an emergency or evacuation. (Gold, Sliver, Copper, Brass)
Positive identification, such as drivers license, state I.D. card, or social security card, plus any medical ID cards if you have them. Those with allergies should have a MedicAlert or similar ID.
Birth certificate or passport.
Fixed-blade (With FULL Tang) and folding knife
Swiss Army Knife
Multi-tool, like a Leatherman
Duct tape and rope or Paracord
Tarpaulins (Tarps) for shelter and water collection
Wire for binding and animal traps
Compass
Firearms and extra ammunition
Slingshot, pellet gun, blowgun or other small game hunting equipment
Small fishing kit
Signal mirror
Emergency whistle
Rubber/PVC tubing
Digestion care medicine for indigestion, stomach ache, nausea, and diarrhea
Tampons
Trash bags
Tinfoil
Bandana/Hat
Gloves
Super glue
Hatchet
Clean Water Storage

Also Known As:
bug-out bag
bail-out bag
BOB
SHTF Bag
Preparedness Kit
72-hour kit
a Grab Bag
Battle Box
personal emergency relocation kit (PERK)
go bag
GOOD bag (get out of Dodge)
INCH bag (I’m never coming home)
Urban Survival Kit
Disaster Kit
Zombie Survival Kit!
Apocalypse Bag
quick run bag (QRB)