Although it may be safer in most situations to wait out accidents in the community, you may be forced to leave your home or neighborhood. There may be floods, destruction from the earthquake, a fire or a variety of threats that make your home unlivable. You need a bug out bag (BOB) if this occurs.
What’s a bug-out kit in the world?
A bug out bag is a travel bag containing all the things that a catastrophe may need. It must be small enough to bear, however large enough to accommodate all you need. It’s a good idea to keep one next to your front door in each car.
There are hundreds of thousands, from the Haitian earthquake survivors to the refugees of Hurricane Katrina, who probably wish they had a bug out kit when disaster struck. Your life will be infinitely easier if you find yourself in a situation of survival by planning ahead.
Where am I going to get one?
You’re definitely going to have trouble locally finding a good bug out. Only sporting goods retailers typically do not bring bug-out bags fully stocked. But there are plenty of places you can buy online. I suggest the nitro-pak.com 72 Hour Pack. They have kits designed to accommodate two or four people and several extras. But, designing your own bug out bag may be a little easier.
Which kind of bag do I need to use?
You should use any kind of bag that is strong enough to hold the weight, like a duffel bag. Nonetheless, if you use a sturdy bag, ideally one with an internal frame, I think it’s better. You will not be slowed down by a backpack as much as a cumbersome duffel bag. Jansport and Teton are creating some really nice backpacks, but they get anything that fits.
What’s going on in a bug-out bag?
All kinds of goodness! There is no set list that is observed by everyone. Some of it relies on your choice for yourself. Use your discretion to try to anticipate the circumstances you will face and the things you need. Here are a few essential things: bug spray-There will be a lot of standing water following storms and flooding that is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If there is a pandemic because mosquitoes are believed to spread disease, the condition is even worse.
Camp axis-If you need to cut small trees for shelter or break firewood, you might need this.
Compass-Telling the way by the sun is not as easy as you might think, especially in the middle of the day. Hold one of them in your BOB if you get stuck.
Disposable ponchos-This will make your day a lot less stressful if you are forced to move in the storm.
Duct tape-With duct tape, you can repair all kinds of things.
Emergency whistle-One for every member of the family. If someone goes off alone to use the toilet, this is critical. After accidents, offenders often take advantage of the lack of police officers. These may also help attract fire crews ‘ interest.
Energy bars-If you don’t like energy bars, there will be products that are high in calories but don’t take up a lot of space. Examples: beef jerky, pasta, salmon, etc.
First aid kit-People can easily get injured while walking on foot, heading out to new places, setting up tents or cooking food.
Flashlights-In each pocket you should have one. Using only one at a time so that resources are not lost. Having said that, carry some extra batteries as well.
Folding shovel-Great to build a fire pit or dump waste (hopefully you won’t have to do that).
Hand crank radio-They do not take batteries or energy and can hold you up-to-date on conditions, details, evacuation routes, etc.
Hand sanitizer-If you’re outside or with other men, you’ll probably need this. Germs spread rapidly because individuals have no access to showers, toilets are not working, and trash is not being gathered.
Imodium A-D-The resultant vomiting may be life-threatening if you or a family member has diarrhea in a survival situation.
Chart of your local area-In a survival situation, neglect to use the iPhone or car’s GPS device. There’s a new type of electricity-free map!
Multi-tool-Not only for bug-out packs. You can carry nearly anywhere one of these.
Multivitamins-You’re not going to get all the resources you need from FEMA’s meals or rations. Apply these to your diet to keep your health and your immune system healthy.
Paracord-Strong and powerful, this material can be used to protect a tarp, set traps, create a line of clothes, and much more.
Playing cards-A lot of time is spent sitting and waiting in a state of survival. These are important in the battle against boredom.
SAS Survival Guide-This guide will teach you all you need to learn about shelter construction, seeking food and water, staying healthy, getting saved, and more. And in your bag it battles right.
Stainless steel water bottle-This holds water contaminant safe and can be conveniently used to boil water by holding it over a paracord threaded fire across the rim.
Sun block-Critical if you’re caught in the sun outdoors. A poor sunburn is seriously painful and can get burned.
Tarps-You have an immediate protection by stringinging them between two trees with your paracord.
Thermal Sheets-Mylar sheets are perfect when you’re caught in the cold to keep in moisture.
Fire resistant matches-You may also find a smaller butane torch, a firesteel, or sticks that light up.
Water testing / purification-If you can’t boil water, you’re going to want to test it to make sure it’s drinkable (including tap water in a disaster). If it is not clean, a few drops or tablets will be needed to purify it.
Waterproof package-At least a few hundred dollars in cash and money will be on you. It, along with your purse, passport or other small items, should keep your money safe.
Ziploc containers-Great for preserving food and keeping things safe.
Pick up on every shopping trip a few of these things or buy a few online each week. I recommend visiting the Emergency Preparedness Center where you can create your own survival kit if you have the resources to get everything you need at once. If you’re just starting out with emergency preps, your first goal should be a bug-out kit.