This colorful season warns us to be prepared.

LeavesFall is upon us. The crisp chill of the morning air, the dew on the grass and the colorful changing of leaves are all signs of change. Like spring, autumn is a transition month. Spring shakes off the cold and displays the wonders of life. September and October splashes us with warm days of the summer past and warns us of the impending cold winter days ahead.

Hiking thru the woods, truly tests your ability for observation and survival. Autumn, with warm days and cool nights, is an ideal time for a woodsy trek or for braving the concrete jungle (especially when waiting in line for that newest must have technology). The sky usually has less humidity creating a clearer view of the night sky. An early morning hike can become a hiker’s epiphany as the sun breaks thru the tall magnificent trees, dazzling the observer with colors beyond compare. Oak Leaves & AcornsBeyond the trees, the sun  exposes the mountains behind them in a greyish-blue fog that only distance can create. A hiker can smell the freshly fallen foliage and hear the subtle sounds of the forest. Peaceful. Listen intently to the birds, the scurrying of the woodland critters and the rustle of branches, it appears the forest is alive. But, you cannot see it. Nature is preparing for winter right in front of the spectator. Anyone can hear the forest’s noises, taste the berries, touch the foliage, smell the forest smell but only glimpse the activity. A deer, turkey, fox or other animal are only seen briefly before they dart off. A chipmunk zips across your path with a mouth full of acorns, but nature is already hard at work preparing for winter. The absolute wonder of nature is unseen, even before the hiker’s eyes.

New England Fall
New England Fall

The entrance to the woods has an opening that shows the majestic trees displaying, in elegant grandeur, their rainbow of colors. A deer off to the left darts into the forest. Entering the woods, deer paths are many and confusing, a compass and a map is a must have because they do not require batteries, and they are lighter than a cell phone. Dress appropriately, wear long pants, and comfortable hiking boots. Ticks and poison ivy are not enjoyable. Some types of wasps nest underground so, if you are allergic to wasps, bring your allergy medicine and remember to bring any other medications. Put the appropriate doses of all medications with your first aid kit.


A word of advice, when you plan, prepare, pack and proceed, take along a survival kit (View the Hunter’s Survival Kit) that is properly equipped for the number of days and meals you expect to be hiking for. Carry additional food and water or a water filtration and purification system, just in case an injury or other event prolongs your stay on the mountainside or urban setting. The planning for a successful hike includes packing a well-made quality hiker’s backpack. The backpack takes the abuse of the trail, well, your body does too, but the backpack needs to protect your survival gear. In addition to the aggressive tree limbs trying to tear it off your back, the backpack is repeatedly dropped, thrown on the ground, kicked, and used as a pillow. It holds your entire survival collection and the backpack is the key to survival if it is properly equipped.

Survival kits vary in contents, durability and quality. Our best-selling Elite Survival Kit is similar to the Hunter’s (camo) Survival Kit, with a notable exception, the Elite multi-pocket backpack is red and grey with black trim, and some of the contents may differ View Elite Survival Kits. All of our survival kits were designed using advice from experts in the emergency preparedness industry. They follow guidelines given by government agencies and non-profit preparedness organizations.

Ideally, the first aid kit must be lightweight, contain at least basic medical supplies and contain enoughOak Leaves and Acorns (2) bandages to redress a wound. A first aid kit should include bandages for cuts and scrapes; gauze pads, for larger wounds; adhesive tape; alcohol pads; and an elastic bandage for sprains. The longer the hike, the more comprehensive the first aid kit should be, within reason of course.

The colored leaves that filter the sun will soon fall, and the acorns will pummel around the hiker, but sitting on a log, and observing nature as it prepares for winter should remind us that we too, need to prepare for the coming winter. Even if you are not a hiker or a hunter, you are, by nature a survivalist. Therefore, you need to prepare yourself for an emergency or a disaster.

FEMA, the American Red Cross and Just Us Enterprises all recommend, at minimum, a 72-hour survival kit. However, a two-week supply of food, water, first aid and supplies is strongly suggested. Ice storms and other disasters have shut down power for days to weeks at a time. A home survival kit will keep the essential emergency items accessible, together and ready to go. Like the squirrels gathering their acorns, survival kits and Preparedness Packages will help ensure that emergency supplies are gathered together for future use, but unlike the squirrel’s acorns, these supplies come in backpacks and bags for the ease of transportation.

Leaf peeping season is a reminder to prepare for the cold weather and winter storms. Just as hikers prepare their backpacks to enjoy nature’s beauty, we all must prepare for an emergency or disaster. Just Us Enterprises – Emergency Disaster Preparedness provides quality products for hikers, first responders, OEM, homeowners, contractors, and schools with survival kits, preparedness packages, auto emergency kits and more.

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