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    Emergency Travel Kit

    Emergency Travel Kits

    I recently put together an emergency kit for someone who travels alone through the Black Hills on a regular basis and had never even thought about needing one. With the winter travel conditions we normally get here, and especially this winter, sliding off the road and having to spend the night (or longer) in your car is a real possibility. Most of my shopping for outdoor gear in Rapid City has been at one of the “big box” stores, where the selection is good but the prices can be high. As I was driving down Main Street making a mental checklist for the kit I noticed The Connection Army-Navy Store at 817 Main Street.
    I have driven by this store for years and for some reason had never ventured inside. Big mistake on my part. I was pleasantly surprised by how large, clean, neat and well laid out the store is. They have a huge selection of gear, from boots to coats, gloves, wool blankets, police gear, martial arts gear, a large assortment of packs, and the best part is the excellent prices. They even have a selection of pink camouflage which a female clerk told me was hugely popular, must be for color blind prey or maybe for hipsters to hide out at Alternative Fuel. I found several items that were over ½ the price of the big box stores, and much of it of a higher quality. I found a small pack that was perfect for my emergency kit, and stocked it with a wool hat, gloves and socks, emergency can opener, flashlight, small knife, and wooden matches. (Then I stopped at a grocery store and added 2 small water bottles, assorted nuts and energy bars and a couple of small cans of canned meat.) This makes for a great survival kit should you need it, but you should also carry one with jumper cables, emergency flares, a can of tire inflator (great to have for flats in a blizzard), blankets and a shovel.
    If you have never been to the Connection you owe it to yourself to stop in. it’s a great locally owned store and Walt is a very knowledgeable and friendly guy. Tell him the Trail Buzzard sent you in.
    See you on the trail.


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