Saturday, August 17, 2013

Packing a Bug-Out Bag

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Whether you think the world’s electric grid will be put out of commission by solar flares rendering us all powerless, the stock market could collapse leaving us in a state of economic chaos or the rapture is about to take half of the population — leaving the survivors in a desperate struggle for power and survival — chances are there’s a doomsday scenario that you feel strongly could and will happen.

Maybe you prepare for it. You stock your kitchen and garage stash with canned goods and non-perishable items, you keep a stockpile of weapons and ammunition to protect your own. Perhaps you’ve turned your residence into a fortress that no disease-infested “zombies” could overcome!

But, what if the unthinkable happens? Your stockpile dwindles. The enemy overruns your fortress. One of your family members is at risk. Do you have a bug-out plan? A place where you can escape if all else goes wrong?

What about a bug-out bag? Have you thought of what supplies you should keep on hand, packed and ready to go at an instant for the event that your last effort to maintain your home is thwarted?

Must-Haves

The difference between a fortress and a bug-out bag is that a bag is supposed to sustain you while you travel from point A (your original fortress, home, residence, etc.) to point B (your meeting point when you have no other choice, where other tools should be on hand for long term survival).

Items to include in your bug out bag include:
  • Dried food packets (enough to last 72 hours)
  • Water
  • Emergency radios (hand-pump-able vs. battery powered)
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Ammex vinyl gloves (you never know what you’ll have to protect yourself from)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First aid kit (complete with gauze, band aids, skin disinfectant, etc.)
  • Blankets
  • Sneakers (especially if you don’t wear them on a regular basis)
  • Compass and map
  • Small Toolkit (screwdrivers, plastic tabs, etc.)
  • Anything else you need to survive for 72 hours

Each person in your family should have their own bug-out bag packed and ready to go at a minute’s notice.

Think Outside the Bag

While the bag is the focus of this article, it’s important to think outside of the bag.

Keep a vehicle stocked with gas and extra supplies that could come in handy in disaster situations. Items to keep in your bug out vehicle include:
  • Extra blankets
  • Extra medical supplies
  • Buckets (for collecting anything from rainwater to gasoline)
  • A gas tank
  • Spare tire and jack set
  • Jumper cables
  • Rope
  • Any large items you use that would be necessary for survival

Keep Stock

Because some items just don’t last forever, once you’ve created an efficient bug out bag and vehicle, it’s important to take stock on a regular basis. On a monthly schedule, look at the items you have prepared to evacuate your current location. Check expiration dates and replace items as needed. Keeping stock is just as important as the initial packing is.

While there are a number of doomsday scenarios that could happen, being prepared is the most important plan for any of them. A bugout bag is an absolute necessity when it comes to making sure you’re ready for any situation.

Adrienne is a skeptical blogger who writes on a variety of topics.

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