Preppers: Bugout Bag
A new fad that has probably been around since the dawn of time, but has suddenly hit the mainstream:
It’s not as crazy as you think; although some tend to go overboard!
Businesses and large corporations have what’s called a (BCP) Business Continuity Plan. What it is, is a plan to keep their business running in a disaster. A company should have a portfolio of BCPs one for each disaster.
Gas shortage and others maybe even a zombie apocalypse. Lol
So, if a company has a BCP, why shouldn’t you? After all, your family and their survival is the most important thing in the world to you… Isn’t it?
Well, in the next 2 posts we will be looking at 2 essential tools of any Preppers arsenal:
The Bugout Bag and the EDC -everyday carry.
Lets get something straight off the bat! If emergency services says: it’s a mandatory evacuation, you better get the FUCK out! Grab your Bugout bag and go! Don’t ignore them an be a hardass and try to survive, chances are you will either die, or have to be rescued by us: the US Military, local/state/federal Police, or emergency services and it is not fair to us that we have to put our lives at risk to save yours when you were too stupid to listen in the first place.
I think anyone that stays and needs to be rescued should get fined with a huge ticket! Like, a few thousand dollars! Tell them that if they stay they will be fined and if they don’t have the money to pay their salaries will be garnished! Watch how fast everyone evacuates!
That being said, what is this Bugout bag that we have to grab?
A bug-out bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit. The kits are also popular in the survivalism subculture.
The term “bug-out bag” is related to, and possibly derived from, the “bail-out bag” emergency kit many military aviators carry. In the United States, the term refers to the Korean War practice of the U.S. Army designating alternate defensive positions, in the event that the unit(s) had to displace. They were directed to “bug-out” when being overrun was imminent. The concept passed into wide usage among other military and law enforcement personnel, though the “bail-out bag” is as likely to include emergency gear for going into an emergency situation as for escaping an emergency.
Other names for such a bag are a “72-hour kit”, a “grab bag”, a “battle box”, a “Personal Emergency Relocation Kits” (PERK), a “go bag” or a “GOOD bag” (Get Out Of Dodge).
That being said, there are a lot of sites that sell premade configurations at crazy prices.
It’s quite simple to make your own on amazon (I buy everything there lol) or military surplus shops.
Hint number 1:
This is not a metrosexual bag! You don’t need brand name shit!! A lot of contents can actually be picked up at a dollar store such as: matches, detergent, tampons/pads (even if you aren’t a girl they are good for cleaning and field combat dressing) I don’t know about you, but I hate plastic utensils, so I need at least 1 set of cheap metal utensils!
Bugout Bag Contents:
The suggested contents of a bug-out bag vary, but most of the following are usually included:
Enough food and water to last for 72 hours. This includes:
Water for washing, drinking and cooking. Canada recommends 2 litres per person per day for drinking plus an additional 2 litres per person per day for cleaning and hygiene. New Zealand recommends 3 litres per person per day for drinking. US recommends 1 gallon (3.78 litres) per person per day.
Water purification supplies
A first aid kit
Fire starting tool (e.g., matches, ferrocerium rod, lighter, etc.)
A disaster plan including location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes, etc.
Professional emergency literature explaining what to do in various types of disaster, studied and understood before the actual disaster but kept for reference
Maps and travel information
Standard camping equipment, including sanitation supplies
Weather appropriate clothing (e.g., poncho, headwear, gloves, etc.)
Bedding items such as sleeping bags and blankets
Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period
Pet, child, and elderly care needs
Battery or crank-operated radio
Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks)
Firearms and appropriate ammunition
Cash and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available during the initial period following an emergency or evacuation
Positive identification, such as drivers license, state I.D. card, or social security card
Birth certificate and/or passport
Fixed-blade and folding knife
Duct tape and rope/paracord
Plastic tarps for shelter and water collection
Slingshot, pellet gun, blowgun or other small game hunting equipment
Wire for binding and animal traps
Hint number 2:
When it comes to tools only buy the best! This is where name brands come into play: don’t buy a cheap knife or cheap old rusty gun
I go with a Tops Knives Tom Brown Tracker survival knife and a Walther P99 9mm handgun
Non perishable food:
Check out my emergency roadside tuna recipe!
Also the Preppers dream food: Peanut Butter and Crackers – have plenty of it!
Tip Number 3:
Don’t buy soft crackers such as Ritz!! You will have crumbs!! Try spreading peanut butter on a bunch of crumbs! Stick to hard crackers such as Wheat Thins.
Tip number 4:
Most of the stuff can be shrunk down buy a compression bag or a vacuum sealer machine.