Solo Overnight Survival Scenario: Cold, wet, & no shelter but a TITAN emergency sleeping bag. A YouTube Product review from HEO.
There's three key areas that you want to stop and assess if you're ever in an emergency situation like this first, you're going to want to look at your immediate person and think about what you have on your body at this time. So if I look, think about what I'm wearing right now, I've got blue jeans on blue jeans will not do a good job of keeping you warm. Definitely not waterproof or even water resistant. I have a basic cotton t-shirt and then a cheap flannel shirt. This isn't wool or anything like that. I do have a good waterproof outer shell that I know will keep me dry. I've tested this thing. I know it's good. And I do have a hood, so that's huge. I have my ball cap on again, not waterproof, but it may help a little bit. I'm wearing my hiking boots, which you can't see in the video there, which are not waterproof water resistant, but not waterproof. However, I do have a pair cord laces on my boots, and this is actually tightened survival survivor cord. So it also has fishing line, jute, twine Tinder in there as well as a copper snare wire. So just something to think about that. I do have that with me in case this situation gets drug out further. I also have my belt. If I need to use that for something else, I have my wallet with credit cards and things like that. Not a lot in there that's gonna be useful. I do have my car keys on me as well as my cell phone, which of course for this scenario, I don't have any, any signal. So I'm going to want to make sure I turn that off and that I get it somewhere where it's going to be dry in case I do get somewhere where I'm close enough, that I have signaled that I can call for help. I do happen to be wearing a pair cord survival bracelet that I made for myself, which has a mini feral rod on there. So that is good. Good to note. Unfortunately I will not be able to start a fire tonight. It's been raining all day. Everything is soaking wet and it's way too late in a game to even be thinking about trying to do that, but that would be something to keep in mind for tomorrow. The next day you don't want to look is in your immediate surrounding area. So that's going to be everything that's right around where you are at the time. You as well as what's in your gear, if you have a pack. So we'll do a quick assessment on that. Make sure you check all your pockets because especially when you're stressed in your emergency situation, you're not going to be thinking clearly. So you're going to forget what you have. So I'm checking the side pockets, nothing in here. I do have, you can see one empty Gatorade bottle here. So I already drank this earlier today. However, that is a container for water. So I'll want to hold on to that. And then I do have my regular water bottle, which is still a good part of the way forward. Check the front pockets. It looks like I have a Ziploc bag with a few snacks. And there's also a Ziploc bag here. Make sure you never drop these or lose them because something like this I could use to carry water. I can use it also to protect my cell phone and things like that tonight. This is a, okay, this is a buff. This is a polar buff. So this is like a scarf head wrap type of deal. So this is great. I'm definitely gonna want to use this tonight to help keep my face warm. Awesome. I did bring a LifeStraw with me. I do know that if I'm out of here for multiple days that I've got some way to get a safe drinking water, anything else in this front pocket? Okay. I have my flash blade from UST. It's like a little key chain. It has a small led flashlight on there and it has a small knife. So I do have some kind of a cutting tool and then also a, a bottle opener. So if I do have to pry on anything, I'm not going to use that knife blade and risk breaking it. You've got this that you can work with. I'll put that in my coat pocket. Cause I know this jacket does have a sealed zippers on it, so that will not get wet. So I'll put that there right now. So I do have my little UST tick Wrangler on here as well. That's good that I have that, but also I can use this as a Pharaoh striker. He mindful of all your equipment by the way as well, because this backpack I know is not waterproof. It does have an arraigned cover though that I'll pull out, so, okay. Let's see what else we have in here. We do have a small first aid kit, which is great. This is a basic kit. The hiker might carry which is great if you did get any scrapes or booboos but also think outside the box there's a ton of stuff inside first aid kits that makes really, really awesome Tinder. So to make sure you keep that first aid kit dry. Okay. So having an extra pair of socks, that's pretty typical. Okay, good. Also have a beanie and this is not waterproof or anything, but that'd be a little better than my ball cap. As far as keeping me warm, looks like I was planning on having a relaxing little day out in the woods, going to do a little light reading and it didn't go so well for me, but the good news is dry paper. I can also use this as Tinder. So I do a hoodie in here and I know that this hoodie is water resistant, but it's not waterproof. So what I'm going to do I have right now because the temperature is already starting to drop. So I'm already sure that my body temp is gonna start trying to drop. I'm gonna go ahead and put this hoodie on, get my rain jacket right back on. So I know that's covered up. I've still got my Scarf and all that. I don't know if I quite need that yet. So I'll wait on that and see how it goes tonight. One important thing to remember when you're layering ups, you don't want to get overheated and start sweating because then the reverse can happen. Then you can do getting hypothermia cause you'll sweat and then you'll start getting cold. So do not overlay or take your time and adjust as necessary. What else do we have in here? Okay. We have our Titan survival emergency sleeping bag. So if I did nothing else, right packing this bag this could be the type of thing, this small little deal that could really, really save your life. Seriously. They do come in a sturdy case there, you can see with the drawstring on it and they build theirs to be able to be used multiple times. Now this thing's not indestructable by any stretch of the imagination, it's still a, you know, kind of like space, blanket type material. But they do make there's what I can sell a lot stronger than some of the cheap ones you see on the market. Because especially if like this, where it's starting to try to start raining again now, and it's supposed to pick up tonight later on you need something that's gonna stay waterproof. So if this tears easily or something like that, or the scene blows out, then you're in big trouble. They are sealed on all the sides. You can go in and put your feet in, pull it up as high as you can. And it's not going to let air circulate around, you know, a space blanket. You got to play with it more, get yourself wrapped and all that. Now I would have loved to see if there were a, another, just a emergency blanket in here. Then we could have potentially done something as far as making ourselves like a, some kind of a shelter, some kind of a cover. But unfortunately we do not have that. So we're going to have to go without, so this is, this is all we've got closed up check and make sure that I haven't dropped anything on the ground. So I want to make sure I get to get this bag covered up. So what I do have in here, if it starts pouring down rain overnight, I won't lose it. So that's ready to go. And I'll make sure I keep that nearby me tonight while I'm sleeping. So lastly, so I've looked on my media person. I've looked at in my immediate surrounding, and there's not a lot around here. And then after that, you would look in your you would expand out into the broader area, unfortunately again, because in this scenario I have made the mistake of waiting too long. It's dark. Now it is too late for me, try to exp you know, too much exploring, all right guys. So I did a little bit of looking around and, you know, you would hope, you know, you think that you'll find that nice ideal tree, the nice big fat tree that you can lean your back up against, but no low branches, you know, nice thick canopy. And I'm just not finding that if I looked further, I probably would have found something better. But again like a lot of people do you know, you wait too long and it's getting so dark, like, so, so dark so fast now, even when you're accurate doing something like this I know where I'm at. You know, the reality is I'm not lost, you know, when it starts getting dark, you can't see every little noise out in the woods jumps out at you. And I can see you know, if this was a real world situation where I was really lost it would be very hard to focus. You'd be freaking out. That's why one of the most important things is, is to say, stay calm. I think ahead. Make sure you have the gear you need. Yes. That's important. Could I have set myself up better on this deal right here? Yeah. I mean, shoot, if I would had a shelter tarp in here, then, you know, it would have been like camping. But you know, that's not always the way it goes. But the important thing is to be mentally prepared that if something like this does happen, that you're ready to adjust you're willing to deal with the stresses that you're going to have to deal with. So we want to go ahead and we'll get situated. We're going to pull out our Titan survival emergency sleeping bag. Now one of the things, especially if you're using something like this to check the ground where you're going to be at real quick, make sure you don't have any big sticks or anything jutting up. That's going to tear this thing because for one, it might start leaking water and you'll get wet in the middle of the night and for, to you know, when you get lost, you don't know if it's going to be one night. So you want it to last, I have a few small pieces of duct tape on my bag for when I taped up my straps. See, and we miss that when we were talking. So that's something to think about. So if something did happen, I got a tear. I know that I can look on my bag, pull that tape off and potentially fix it. So the little stuff that could make a difference, all right, let's go ahead and open this up. By the way, while we're talking about this, they do have using like camouflage colors. If that's what you're looking for. You know, if you're like a prepper or somebody who's not wanting to be found but for most folks hikers and stuff, this the safety orange is good because it's gonna stand out. You could also use this for signaling or something like that. That rain is starting to pick up now, too. So I definitely want to Hang out here much longer. There we go. This stuff just kind of has a lot of static to it. If I had more light and stuff, I'd probably just try to shake us out like a garbage bag and it would be fine. But being back in the woods here, I don't want to risk tearing it. So I'm just going to go ahead and climb into this, my beliefs at all. Just be careful, make sure I pull this up. I'm a little bit shorter so I can probably afford to stretch my legs out a little bit. If you're tolerant, you might not have that luxury, but this is like a sleeping bag, as I mentioned. So this is open down here. So you want to think about this if it's raining, right. And I go to sleep like this, what's going to happen. It's going to fill up with water. So the best thing I can do right now is to open up my rain jacket and pull this emergency blanket up around my chest. And then if any rain that hits my rain jacket, I'll just run off instead of running inside. All right. So I've got that. I've got my hood and I'm a situated as I can be. It is going to be a long night. So I'm going to shut this off for a while. We're going to see how this works. All right, folks. So just to give you an update it is now 10:00 PM. We've been out here for a couple hours. So that method I was using of tucking, the sleeping bag up under my rain jacket. That works really well, as long as you're planning on sitting up. And a lot of times you know you might be sitting up a good part of the night. I know for me the first couple hours, honestly you know, that kind of hypervigilance kicks in and you're hearing every noise and everything, and it's just, you're not really looking like you, you know, you're not trying to, to get to sleep at that point. So, but now that I am kind of trying to actually lay down and rest the best thing you can do with a emergency sleeping bag like this is to basically pull it up over your body and make yourself like a big cocoon and this sleeping bag, at least for me is big enough that I can kind of pull my body up into a fetal position because you want to kind of try to pull everything close to your core, your arms and your legs and all that to get that warmth all kind of together. And then you can pull it up over your head and kind of, and bunch it up for it. Just leave enough of a, of an opening obviously. So, you know, fresh air can get in and out. You don't want to accidentally suffocate yourself overnight. That would be pretty unfortunate. To explain the Weyburn, she sleeping bags work they're not about insulation and see the student doesn't have insulation in it. What it is reflecting your body heat and your whole body's in there. And you've got it pulled up tight and enclosed as much as possible while still allowing you to breathe so that it can hold all that body heat. So as your body heat escapes that be contained within that within the emergency sleeping bag. And it'll keep you warmer so far, all of the seams have held up really well. There's been no tears. Again, I was careful to check the ground and make sure there were no sticks or anything before I laid down to make sure I didn't get a puncture, but I've had no issues with water leaking into the bag. My BlueJeans unfortunately were a little damp just from standing in the rain and then from getting situated in a sleeping bag and everything. And I'm feeling that in a few spots still honestly cause it allowed my pants to get wet. But if your blue jeans get soaking wet you're going to be in a lot of trouble. I have a good rain jacket, which is great, but a lot of people, very few people bring rain pants but in a situation like this, if you get soaking wet, it can be very, very dangerous. So that's definitely something to consider, but the fact that I had this thing and it's helping to keep the parts of me my clothing dry, that aren't waterproof is huge. So, so far things are going pretty well. Hopefully I can get a little bit of a shut eye here and check back in with you guys in a couple hours. Yeah, I, so it is one 25 now. I actually got a little bit of sleep in there. I'm not sure exactly how much I kind of lost track of time. But I was able to to doze off for a little while the sleeping bag is still doing a good job of keeping me warm. It also does a good job of blocking out the wind. So that makes a big difference as far as that's concerned. One thing I have started to notice now is some condensation starting on the inside of the sleeping bag. If you've ever used emergency sleeping bag before, you know that this is not something that's unheard of, you know, you've got your soda with ice in there and then you bring that glass out into the heat. And then that moisture starts to build up on the outside of the glass. And that's due to the temperature difference between the material on the inside of the glass and the outside of the glass. It's kind of a natural reaction and you can get the same type of reaction with one of these sleeping bags. So it's definitely a little bit a little bit damp inside at this point. But a lot drier than it would have been without it, for sure. So one of the things that I did do when I woke up and I noticed that, and it had stopped raining out out here. So I got out of the sleeping bag for a little bit, stretch my legs and kind of opened it up and shook it out a little bit and got a little bit of that extra moisture out of there. But it still wasn't too bad as far as that was concerned actually better than I expected. Considering the circumstances it is pretty, pretty cold out and it's been raining pretty steady most of the night. So it is very, very moist out here. You can just feel it in the air. The air is just saturated. So you know, given that given the situation and the fact that I really don't have any significant shelter whatsoever I didn't have any kind of tarp that I could set up to block the rain or anything with all that being said. It's actually worked really, really well. I'm a little bit cold right now but not enough that it's causing me to, to shiver or anything like that. I'm doing all right. So at this point we've really got a few more hours just kinda waiting for the sun to start coming up to give us a little bit of light. So we can go ahead and, and get out of here. All right, folks, we made it through the night. I actually woke up around three 30 in the morning because I was very cold. What folks say about you know, getting coldest before sunrise, that tends to be the case from what I've seen. So but I made it through and I'm all good now, surprisingly enough. I got back to sleep and I slept so well that I slept through a sunrise. I kind of expected it to wake me up, but so what are my thoughts? The Titan survival emergency sleeping bag definitely got me through the night. It was not the most ideal or most comfortable situation. Certainly, but it it got me through so definitely an emergency situation. This certainly could save your life. One of the key things we've learned kind of from this scenario is about being prepared, being prepared in case you have to stay overnight and making sure you have the right equipment stopping early enough to better prepare. So you can make yourself more comfortable through the night. And just you know having the stuff that you need is key. All right, guys. So let's go ahead and pack this up and we're going to get a, hit it out of here. Yeah. We're just getting it stuffed in here. If I fold it up nice. It would fit in there. Nice, easy. But I know I'm going to unpack it and shake it out and dry it out and everything. So I'm not too worried about it, but it's still got it in there. All right. Folks, let's get out of here. All right, guys. So now that I've had a chance to kind of get back to the house, get cleaned up, warmed up a little bit kind of look over the footage and think about what happened last night. I'd like to go over a couple of things with you. First of all, I want to make sure I'm perfectly clear that this was not meant to be a, how to a survival video. There's a lot of stuff you saw in the beginning of this video where I kind of deliberately set myself up for failure in a sense if you recall, the scenario was a hiker or somebody just going out for a walk in the woods who got lost, who waited until after dark, because they were in a panic trying to find their way out, waited until it was already dark to think about settling down for the night. So I gave myself next to no time to prepare. I also had very minimal supplies with me. You saw my kit. I did not really have any kind of a serious cutting tool. I had a very small knife but not any kind of a survival type knife. I had a very small Farrow which in ideal situations I could start a fire just fine, but those were definitely less than ideal. Everything was completely soaked and wet. So fire wasn't really an option. So I could have had some kind of a dry Tinder with me. I could have had a larger oversize feral rod or some kind of a fire starting tool, or even something as simple as a big lighter. I'd tell you, some people might think that that's kind of like cheating, but the reality is generally speaking a bit lighter is part of my everyday carry, just having a disposable lighter, just so you always have an easy source of ignition you know, Ferro rod stuff like this. That's great too. And it's definitely great to have even more important to make sure you know how to use it. But why not have a lighter, right? That's something that's super easy to carry. So really there were a lot of mistakes in this video, kind of from a survival perspective that I kind of deliberately did to myself just for demonstration purposes, but they're common mistakes that a lot of people make. And to be perfectly honest, the reality is there's been times where I've gone out in the woods completely unprepared, thankfully nothing's ever happened. So it's never come back to bite me. But you know, it's easy. You see those shows on TV, you know, of the people who barely survive out in the woods or who don't survive and you go, man, I can't believe that they did that. They didn't have this, they didn't have that. They didn't have this, you know, what were they thinking? Well, I mean, we do, we all have done it from time, time. If we look at ourselves, honestly, we've just never got caught in a situation where it caught up with us. So something to be very, very mindful of the primary purpose of what I was doing last night really was to, for one, to test out the emergency sleeping bag that I got from Titan survival, as well as just to see in general, the whole concept of an emergency sleeping bag, how much would it help you in an emergency situation if you did not have any other kind of shelter depend on now, if I had all the time in the world to, you know, build some kind of a Bush shelter, get some branches together and do all that. If I had time to start a campfire and you know, everything like that, then it really wouldn't be much of a test because to be honest, if you could get a, you know, a, a shelter built and get a good campfire going, I mean, you'd be just fine probably without any kind of sleeping bag or anything. So that wouldn't really be an effective test. You can certainly utilize products like this in a situation like that, where you're a little better off and you'll probably have a little better result. But I wanted to see what the product could really do kind of in, you know, a less than ideal situation. And that is definitely what we got last night. There comes a certain point where it's time to bunker down. We should've done that earlier in the scenario. We should have done that while it was still light. But we didn't. So we made the best of it. But at any rate, the sleeping bag, it got me through the night. That's the main thing to put through to you guys. Ideally if I would have had some kind of cover overhead, it would have worked better. One of the issues you saw in the video that I had to deal with was the condensation. And that's something that you, that you just get with emergency sleeping bags, the way they are. But I think if I had some kind of decent cover, if I just have a really basic shelter tarp in my bag that I could have just set up real quick that way I wouldn't have actually had rain landing directly on me, you know, because the entire outside of the emergency sleeping bag was just soaked with that cold rain. So I think that magnified that problem of the condensation on the inside of the bag. So definitely it would be a wise idea to always carry, I would say some kind of a shelter tarp, and it doesn't have to be I'm, I'm talking about some big, heavy you know, blue tarp from home Depot. You can get plenty of like ultra light tarps. I have a hex tarp from ultimate survival technologies that I picked up that would have been great because it comes in a nice bag. Drawstring bag has guidelines in there with some, a few steaks. So I could have just set up a real simple, just, you know, a frame tent just, and I would've had that cover over the top. So all of that moisture, all that rain would have been hidden in the top of, and would've got some condensation on the, probably on the underside, you know, throughout the night of that. But not as much on the emergency sleeping bag itself. So I think that would have been great companion to this product. However, in the end of the day, this is something that's small, it's super lightweight. I mean, it weighs next to nothing. So it was nothing to throw in your pack, no matter how light of a pack you're carrying to just toss it in there. And, you know, you've got something you've know you've got that emergency backup. In case things go sideways. So definitely a, a good product. I thought it was a good night overall, and I highly recommend whatever setup you have. You should always have some kind of emergency shelter set up, even if it's, if all it is is an emergency sleep mag, all right, at least you have that. If it's an emergency sleeping bag and a tarp, or maybe you buy one of those, you know, emergency what you, what do you call them? Like tube tents. You guys have seen where it comes with the line, and it's basically like a big space blanket. Like a big triangle is how it's supposed to come out. You need to take that out and test it overnight. I challenge you. And if you're not willing to do that, if you don't think that you're gonna, you know, make it through the night, comfortable enough to deal with it, then you probably shouldn't be counting on that in an emergency situation, because the reality is until you take it out and use it, you don't know if it's going to work or if it's going to fail. And if it fails, when you need it to work, you could end up dead. That's the reality of it. So better to try it out. When, you know, you have, you know, a control environment, you know, that you can bug out. If you need to, if things start going sideways, then to find out when your life depends on it. So make sure you test out your gear, you know, how to set it up. And you know, that it's actually going to give you what you need. For that time of year, you should have that emergency kit. You should have that emergency plan. And when you do a dry run on it, you can see where the weak spots are. You can see where the potential for problems are and you can address those. And then you can make sure you have that ideal kit. You can keep it as lightweight as you want, but have all the items that you need to make sure you can survive the worst conditions that that particular time of year might have to offer. Okay. Folks, I just want to say that I appreciate your support. I appreciate you tuning in and checking out this video. If you've got any comments or questions, feel free to leave them down below this video, and we'll do our very best to get back to you while you're at it. 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