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Throwback Thursday—The Essential Preppers Guide to Packing a Bug-Out Bag

Bug-out bag and gear

September is National Preparedness Month. Be ready! Have a plan and make an emergency kit. The Shooter’s Log has all the information you need to prepare for disasters. It’s not if, it’s when. Bug-out bag, bail-out bag, BOB, 72-hour kit, or go-bag. Whatever you want to call it, the bug-out bag is a survival kit, usually packed in an easily transportable container like a backpack that holds all the tools you need to survive the first 72 hours of a disaster. The mentality behind building a BOB is for you, your family and loved ones to be fully prepared to get out of Dodge quickly if the need arises. In your go-bag is everything you feel you need to survive a 72-hour evacuation from your home. The most popular items you find in bug-out bags are food, water—or a way to procure it—a fire starter, multi-tool, essential medicines, first-aid kit, flashlight, rain gear, an emergency blanket or shelter, a knife, cordage of some sort, and cash.

Remember the Rule of Threes. You can live:

  • Three hours without shelter
  • Three days without water
  • Three weeks without food

What you decide to put in your bug-out bag can be highly personal, depending on you and your family’s specific needs. No two bug-out bags are going to look exactly alike. However, there is no denying the three essentials to survival: food, water and shelter. Some may keep all three in a large backpack while others choose to throw small items in their pocket daily that they feel will help them procure the three essentials. A bug-out bag, whether small or large, is useless without storing the means to keep you alive.

It’s not only those who call themselves preppers who keep bug-out bags ready to go at home as well as in their vehicles as an emergency vehicle kit or get-home bag for weather emergencies, rolling blackouts, riots and civil unrest, camping, hiking or hunting, or any other imaginable, or unimaginable disaster.

These 10 articles will guide you through assembling and packing your bug-out bag.

What is in your bug-out bag? Tell us in the comment section.

[suzanne]

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Comments (74)

  1. Another thing I found with alcohol.
    If you have some cotton cloth, wrap it around the end of a stick to make a thick bundle, secure it with a piece of wire, soak it in alcohol, and depending on how thick it is, the torch could burn for an hour or more before it even shows signs of charing.
    If needed for longer, smother it, re-soak, and relight.
    Great for a fire-starter or winter camp light/heater, just be sure to have a way of smothering it (slightly damp cloth) if you need to put it out.
    A gallon size zip-lock bag (assuming the torch is small enough to fit) will keep the alcohol from evaporating for multiple uses.

  2. The most important thing about a BOB is to have one and to have selected its contents yourself. You need to know what is in the kit and why and you need to know its limitations, as well.

    To my way of thinking, a BOB should leave your hands free for balance as you walk / assist others over obstacles and to defend yourself.

    The folks at FEMA say that, optimistically speaking, they can get to you in three days. Be a pessimist and pack that BOB for not less than 5 days. Keep the events of Hurricane Katina in mind.

    You cannot carry an armory in the bag, so choose your defensive tools well.

    You cannot carry a weeks worth of water, so carry a little and have a way of making more. In fact, have several ways of making more. A medication bottle with a dropper in the lid will hold enough chlorine for several gallons. The same pan you plan to cook dinner in can bring water to a boil. Pretty much any lightweight (but sturdy) commercial water filter will process enough on a single filter cartridge for a small family for at least a month. Three people for thirty days comes to just a little under 100 gallons. Any commercial filter worthy of the name can do that standing on their head.

    Have multiple ways of starting a fire — a lighter, ferro-cerium rod and a Fresnel lens would be a good start. Don’t get complicated … just reliable. If you carry a small can of fuel for a Zippo type lighter, you can also treat reluctant tinder to a shot of naphtha. Make sure you are carrying seasonally appropriate shelter and clothing for any locale within, say, one tank of fuel from home. If you aren’t confident that you can always find dry tinder and fuel in the wild, carry something that will burn with you. (Used paperback books are 5 cents @ Salvation Army and will serve as tinder for a lot of fires.)

    Have the tools to care for any medical situation you also have the knowledge to cope with. If you can’t use it, don’t carry it.

    Learn how to forage / trap. It’s not that hard to learn a little bit … but as you add seasons and locales you will never master it.

    Learn how to read a map using a compass and have PAPER maps for a large radius around your point of origin. If you are going to have GPS backup, make sure that it uses multiple systems, such as GLONASS and not just the US military system, which can be turned off at whim.

    What you have in your bag is only useful if it matches up with what you have between your ears.

    1. Bill, your ideas seem real sound and realistic.
      5 days minimum for food, a “Lifestraw” style water filter along with a 2 liter bottle and a collapsible 1 gallon jug to start with.
      The chlorine in a dropper bottle is a real nice idea and the last time I was at the container store, i saw a nice selection of them.
      A few different methods for making fire like a few cheap lighters and one long term magnesium fire striker.
      Also, .45 cal 1911 with 4 magazines and an extra 100 rounds in a zipper pouch all easily fits in a zippered leather business portfolio the size of a national Geographic magazine.
      I also have a 16oz soda bottle with denatured alcohol for wound cleaning and if needed, fire starting.
      I also carry a palm sized magnifying glass as it doubles as a fire starter, map reader, and for finding splinters.
      I used a tuna can and some old cotton shirts to make char cloth and also have wax soaked sawdust cast in a paper egg carton to make a very resilient tinder.
      And as far as clothing, in the winter (we do long distance (400 mile max) courier and expedited delivery) so I carry in the vehicle a folded up snowmobile suit (purchased more than large enough for my backpack to fit inside when it rained) that I used for winter motorcycle riding (in northern CA) and with my Bass-Pro hunting boots and a bunch of those boot and hand warmers I can survive the worst snowstorm we have ever had here without the need for either shelter or fire.

      A lot of what I carry in my daily back pack I would toss in the threat of a real SHTF to make room for more of the long term survival essentials.

    2. Easy and lightweight tinder can be made from a small amount of Vaseline rubbed into a small piece of cotton. A $1 tube of Vaseline and the cotton out of the top of med bottles is always in my outdoor pack.

    3. Another method is to cut regular old corrugated cardboard into one inch squares and then immerse them individually or maybe two at a time in melted wax with a pair of tongs. Just melt old candles or paraffin blocks in an old pot and put the squares in until they are saturated with melted wax. Then put them out on wax paper to dry. You will have fire starter cubes that will light in the wettest weather.

    4. @ Bill.

      The problem with FEMA right now is, that there were 800 Emergency Camps spread across the United States. NOW there only 390, because Congress got into their Collective Heads, to Stop Funding of the other 410. THEY Count, YOU Don’t…

    5. @Bill

      None of us should depend on FEMA anyway, unless we are simply out of options. The FEMA camps will be filled with miserable people that in normal times you would cross the street to avoid.

  3. The one and only thing that should be on the top of the list is a hand gun.
    Everything else you have with you can be taken away including your wife, child or even your life.
    When things go wrong, bad people take advantage of the opportunity to do as they please no matter what is legal, or right.

    1. @Archangel

      I agree that a handgun is critical, although i think there are other things you might need as well.

      I would also suggest that you carry a compact pistol caliber carbine that uses the same mags. We have a Sub2000 that uses the same 9mm mags as my wife’s Beretta. It can be folded and easily carried. I also have an M4 pattern .45 that uses the same mags as my Glock. It simplifies things in terms of mags and ammo.

  4. FYI: The Torch

    Wicket Lasers, has a Xenon Flashlight called “The Torch” with a claimed 4700-Lumens output, also to be claimed. To be Hot Enough to Start Fires and Cook an Egg. It’s probably Hard On Batteries, though…

  5. Maybe “not” everyone should think about a BOB but a GBHB Get Back Home Bag. Some of us clearly spend 1/3 of our time commuting and working away from home. My bag is designed for 48 hours of SHTF scenario to get me back to my sanctuary and my family. If I can haul my overweight ass the 83 miles back home I have everything I need there. I live in the PNW where the threat of the Cascadia Fault creating a 9.0 in the Portland area will wreak havoc on all infrastructure. My goal for my bag is security, light, dark(read stealthy) and efficient to keep me dry, hydrated and warm so I can stay healthy to make it home.

  6. One thing a bug out bag should never be without…toilet paper! Unfortunately, I speak from experience. Forgetting the TP can lead to a real crappy experience, guaranteed!

    BTW: The tip on batteries was a good one…thanks.

    1. @ Dan.

      Don’t forget to Tape the Contact Points, to make sure nothing Discharges the Batteries. Steel Wool also makes a Great Fire Starter, when used with Batteries…

    2. @Secundius

      Thanks, I’ll keep that in mind. I usually keep matches in a waterproof bag, but the steel wool and batteries make for a good backup.

      BTW: Side flash from a Charter 44 Bulldog is a pretty good (and noisy) fire starter too…no joke. I’m sure other calibers will work too.

    3. @ Dan.

      There’s a “AA” LED Flashlight, slightly bigger than a MiniMag Flashlight made by Solo Scientific, that has a “Capped” Heating Element”. Turn the Flashlight Head “Half Way” and it Lights the LED Flashlight, Turn it “All-the0Way” and it powers the Heating Coils. Hot Enough to Start Fires, Light Fuses, or anything else you can think of…

    4. Dan,great advice on the toilet paper. Never had the experience of being in the boonies without it, but had a friend that did. Used wadded-up grass as a substitute. People in centuries past before t.p. did this, but I am positive that they checked for poison ivy in the grass, before they used it, he didn’t with predictable results. All I could say was; OUCH!!!

  7. I have a suggestion for everyone that stores battery powered devices in the bag,whatever you choose to call it. Remove the batteries and store them in a freezer bag. Store each set in a separate bag. Batteries do leak and one leaker will destroy the device. This is the voice of experience.

    1. @Secundius

      Thought about going today, but had some other things to do. We may go tomorrow, but it would just be to look around and have fun. Don’t really need another gun right now, and just ordered $400+ dollars worth of ammo a few days ago. The show comes every 3 months, and frankly, most of the time I can get a better price om guns on-line.

      But, it is fun to go, and be around like-minded people, and I have bought at least 6 guns at shows. Besides, I get to wear my NAGR Front Line Defender T and my NRA hat. 😉

      I usually don’t wear gun themed clothes because I prefer to keep a low profile when I’m carrying, although I do wear patriotic Ts. My wife and I have lots of Ts from Ranger Up. they have the best for sure.

    2. Naw, she’s a 9mm gal. So a 9mm is on her dream list. I’m the .45 person in the house. I also love my .357 and .44 Desert Eagles.

      How about you?

    3. @ Mikial.

      Still Good New! Me and “ss1” tied up a Website called “Animal Prints, Desert Eagle’s” or something like that. But I ran a cross a Cartridge she might be interested in, in using a 9×19 Parabellum Pistol. It’s called the 960 Roland, is a “+P+” Cartridge in 9.6×23 caliber. It’s specifically designed to be used in 9×19’s Pistols. Think of it as a .357Magnum in a .38Special or Comparing a “Golf Club” with a “Baseball Bat”, an UBER Parabellum if you wish. Just a suggestion, there’s also one in .45ACP-variant, too. SEC…

    4. Sounds cool. We’ll check it out. Told the wife about it and she said “Whatever works, I just want to be sure it kills the MF.” 😉

    5. @Secundius:

      I accidently saw your post here, because I was just beginning to browse this Bug-out Bag topic. I did send you a reply last night on the Animal Prints forum. I was confused at where you were going with the 460 Rowland? Were you suggesting it as ammo for the Hi-Point 45 ACP Carbine? Isn’t a “+P+” or off-beat round of ammo unwise to use in a Hi-Point? I’m actually starting to get worried about my Underwood 9mm +P ammo that’s currently loaded in my Hi-Point 9mm Carbine.

      Forgive me if I mis-understood you, but I’m just going off of what you posted on the Hi-Point forum.

      BTW, I bought a gun today…….S&W MP Shield 9mm, to replace my Ruger .380 pocket pistol. I have not shot it yet. I’m also waiting for my Desert Eagle 44 magnum barrel to arrive tomorrow, so I have 2 new things to work with and get used to.

    6. @ ss1.

      The Companies Literature, makes the Claim that the “Round” is perfectly SAFE for that type of Gun, If your Unsure, talk to your “Smithy”, buy remember Barrel Pressure for Handguns is 125% for that Specified Caliber Cartridge on Pistols and 130% on Rifles. Or, on the “Flip Side” of that “Gun Coin” 80% of what the Specifications are for the Pistol and ~76.923% on Rifles.

      I don’t now weather you saw the Last Page about the “Beowulf” Question, but Magazine Loads are 35% of Magazine Capacity (so for 30-rounds, 10-rounds) always “Round-Down” when making for Calculations (it gives you a Safety Margin). SEC…

    7. @ ss1.

      According to Hi-Point, the 9545 will Fire .45ACP+P and .45ACP/Auto Rims. But NOT .45ACP/Super, .45 ACP/Magnums or the 460 Rowland. The 460 Rowland is considered a “Wildcat/Magnum, SO DON’T USE IT.

      Sorry for the Bad Advice…

    8. Thanks, Bill.

      I think so. 😉

      We were at a gun show last year and I saw a very cool AR pattern rifle in .45 ACP that used Glock mags. I looked at it and it was evident I loved it, but I said no, we shouldn’t get it.

      She took me aside and gave me hell until she’d talked me into buying it for myself. The guy selling it was like, “Wow, I’ve never seen that before. A wife telling her husband to buy the gun.”

      Yup, she’s a keeper.

    9. @ Mikial.

      Man, you got ONE Lucky Lady There. TEN-different rounds I found that can be substitute for the 9x19mm/Parabellum. Hell I might just one too. SEC…

    10. An addition to the battery suggestion: there’s a reason alkaline batteries are nicknamed ‘alkaleaks’. If folks can afford them, Lithium primaries are far better for stored emergency use. Much better storage life, they don’t leak AND unlike alkaleaks that die even quicker when cold, lithium primaries work at below zero temperatures (even down to -30 to -40). They also last quite a bit longer in high current draw applications.

      Rechargeable LSD (Low Self Discharge) NiMH batteries also don’t tend to leak in storage and the newer LSD AA and AAA Eneloops can supposedly be recharged well over 1000 times and hold 70% of their charge after 5 years of storage.

      I don’t have any with that many cycles but I do have more than a few with 400+ charge/discharge cycles and they still work great.

      I keep those with a small solar recharger in the BOB with lithium primaries as a cold weather backup.

    11. @ Max T.

      Consider Lithium-Iron “AA” Rechargeable Batteries instead of Lithium-Ion “AA” Batteries, 2900mAh vs 3000mAh. But a HELL of a Lot Cheaper ~$1.65/Battery compared to ~$5.00/Battery. (www. batteryjunction. com)…

    12. It seems like there’s some confusion with battery types here.

      AA Lithium Primaries = non-rechargeables when referring to batteries eg. Energizer Ultimate Lithium (which are Lithium Iron Disulfide). Normal 1.5v nominal voltage and can be used in any device using alkaline 1.5v AAs but better for long term storage (20 years), high current draw capacity AND cold temperatures (-40f), and they’re lighter than alkaline AAs too.

      AA sized Li-ion = 14500 Li-ion rechargeable batteries. Operating voltage of 3.6v (4.2v when fully charged). These ARE rechargeable, but will fry most electronics meant to operate on 1.5v AAs. These should ONLY be used in equipment made to handle the much higher voltages (like my 4/7s wide-voltage range EDC backup light that can run on 1xAA, 2xAA, 1×14500, and even 1xAAA with a little tinfoil spacer and a dollar bill).

      Powerizer AA Lithium Iron = for all intents and purposes, these are simply an off-brand version of Energizer Lithium Primary AAs (but without the extensive track record and non-rechargeable).

      NiMH = rechargeable batteries. There are normal NiMH and LSD (Low Self Discharge) versions. The normal versions have higher initial charged capacities, but if you leave them in a BOB for a year without recharging, they’ll likely be dead when you need them. LSD versions will hold about 70% of their charge even after 5 years since the last time they were charged.

      P.S. some companies have recently put out 1.5v AA sized Li-ion rechargeables with built-in circuitry to reduce the nominal 3.6v Li-ion voltage to 1.5v. These are the silliest things ever. They don’t have any real advantages over NiMH rechargeables in capacity, but they still have the inherent dangers of using Li-ion batteries.

      The whole reason for 14500 cells (AA-sized Li-ion batteries with 3.6v nominal voltage) is for the higher voltage and current draw capabilities. For instance, even now, single AA LED flashlights generally only put out about 100-200 lumens at the most, with an AA. Most need NiMH AAs to do that (alkalines can’t handle the draw). The small pocket-sized 4/7s backup light I carry puts out over 400 lumens with a 14500 in a 1xAA sized light, and in a pinch, will run on any AA (although maximum brightness on alkaline or NiMH AAs is limited to 120 lumens).

      Limiting the voltage on a Li-ion to 1.5v means you now lose the higher voltage advantages, and still have the Li-ion dangers.

    13. @ Max T.

      I apologize for any confusion to you Sir. Most of my Equipment is Military-Grade and NOT Mil-Spec or Heavy Duty. My knowledge of Power-Systems is about 5% compared to Weapon Systems and most of that is 1-inch caliber or higher. I known that Sanyo NiMH batteries are the Industry Standard in Rechargeable Batteries, and that NiCad’s are to be avoided at ALL COST’S. LiZN or Lithium-Zinc batteries are showing promising results and might become the Industry Standard of the Future. Also Fast Chargers 15 to 30-minutes are to be avoided, because they can actually “damage” power cells and “trickle chargers” are best. There’s a website that can answer your questions better than I can (www. budgetlightforum. com >…> rechargeable batteries). And again, I apologize for any Confusing Advice…

  8. I was in Walmart, of all places and struck up a conversation with a man, 55-65 years old. Turns out former Moscow Embassy Guard. Talking about lack of ammo he said 3 rounds is enough, one of the 3 is going to have something you can take. Took a second, then got it.

  9. Preparation is good if all hell breaks loose. However, ask a combat veteran of how may times units are hit while on the move or patrol as compared to those at “hardened target” base camps.
    Movement during bad times not only unnecessarily raises the risk to personnel to attack but exposes them to open/unshielded Nuclear radiation, Chemical hazards and any unseen biological agents.
    A well supplied and equipped hardened target of a rural home can provide more support than just 72 hours of provisions.
    My advice to all is to make your home a “Hardened Target.”

  10. Bug Out bags are great and everyone should have one,. They should also have a car bug out kit in case they need to evac in their vehicle. All good planning.

    But the best place to be, if it is at all possible, is in your own home. Yup, if the water is rising, or the forest fire is closing in, you may need to leave. Otherwise, the best place to be is in your home, properly reinforced and stocked for survival.

    If you live near a big city concentration of worthless parasite welfare types, you may need to consider that in your calculations and leave, but where will you go? Just bailing out for some unknown destination with doubtful sources of food and shelter is a formula for disaster.

    You may need to prepare for a siege if you stay, and I’m not talking about walls and moats, but caltrops on the covered approaches, NVGs to see what’s happening in the dark, recruiting like-minded groups to join you, stocking everything from foo to medical supplies to TP and ammo, and being ready to stack up a few bodies on your imprinter as a warning to anyone who might think you are a soft target could become a necessity.

    1. @Mikial:

      Regarding your “recruiting like-minded groups to join you”, are you suggesting joining some kind of group BEFORE anything disastrous happens? Please explain further if possible.

    2. @aa1

      I guess what I’m saying is that we do a little recce and intel gathering and get to know the people around us. And if we find some people we think might be good to have around if TSHTF, then we dig a little deeper. Figure out where they stand, and more than that, figure out what they can offer and how we can work together. but you also need to determine if they are going to have a lot of people coming to them for help who can do nothing to help themselves.

      I’m saying find people who you think might be reliable . . get to know them . . but don’t give too much away until you are sure they are someone you can trust.

    3. @Mikial:

      Thanks. Here’s why I asked that question……

      Regarding a bug out bag, I personally only look at this topic as a “what if my vehicle breaks down in a remote area” scenario, or maybe a “what if bad people are in pursuit of me outside the city” scenario. I still need to improve my bugout bag for those scenarios.

      But regarding SHTF, I’m so unprepared because of very weak, unreliable or anti-gun family members, and also because of where I live. If I’m serious about this scenario, my only hope would be to team up with people who have a plan. That is why I have yet to participate in the “how much ammo do you need” forum. Ammo is the least of my problems for SHTF.

    4. @ss1

      Don’t feel bad, Brother, you do what you can.

      We have survival backpacks in both of our vehicles in case we get stranded in a blizzard or some other mishap. Warm clothes, water, a couple of MREs, and a good first aid kit among other things. You need these since common daily mishaps are far more likely than a SHTF scenario.

      Not knowing where you are, I can only suggest that you maybe start making careful recces at ranges and other functions where you might find like-minded individuals. You can look into militias, but they are sometimes, not always, but sometimes fringers who might not be especially reliable and might also be people who draw a lot of attention to themselves.

      I do international high risk security work, and believe me, being the grey man is the way to go.

    5. @Mikial:

      Thanks for the great advice. I know what you mean about militias and “fringers”. The people who seem to show up on our local news for one reason or another seem to be the types that you describe.

      Maybe you made a typo, but can you clarify the word “recces” above, as in “start making careful recces at ranges”?

      It’s possible that the right group or groups are out there already, but I have to make a good effort to look for them.

      I live in the greater Phoenix area. If there was a serious disaster, getting out of town would be very, very difficult because of the lack of freeways out of town. If it was in the summer, it would be even harder.

      Also, I like the comments you make in other posts about staying clear of all the welfare recipients and staying clear of FEMA camps that have the type of people you normally avoid. When you really think about it, it’s true!!

    6. @ss1

      Sorry, I’ve worked a lot with Brits and South Africans overseas, and they use the term Recce for what Americans would call a recon. Same thing. essentially, you start making discrete inquiries without being too obvious and get people talking. Once you do that, and just sit back and listen, you would be amazed at what you can learn.

      As for Phoenix, I have been there and the Mesa area and you are actually not in too bad a position. I was afraid you were in New York or California where it would be a terrible challenge to develop a plan. At least in AZ you are likely to find people who are 2nd A supporters you can work with. i recognize that there are a lot of immigrants in the area, as well as cartel and ganger types, but with some careful planning you should be able to avoid them in many ways.

      The main thing is to get your household on board. Your area is well known for flash floods, so use that as your reason for being prepared. You have to capitalize on whatever rationales you have.

    7. There’s a YouTube video related to this specific topic of finding likeminded folks that is worth watching/noting. It’s by PatriotNurse, and she brings up a very valid point:

      The NUMBER 1 criteria for selecting ‘likeminded people’ shouldn’t be what they have, but their moral character. When it’s crunch time, can you trust them with your life and the lives of your loved ones?

      The fact that they may have better preparations/equipment doesn’t matter if they may abandon you when things get rough, or worse take your supplies and/or possibly your life.

      Hard times can bring out the best in some, but unfortunately, it seems to bring out the worst in more.

      If they’re psychologically or emotionally unstable, look elsewhere. If their morals and scruples are suspect, look elsewhere.

      One of the points I and my likeminded group agree on is that all the supplies and preparations won’t matter if you’re unable to defend them and hang on to what you’ve got.

      When people get desperate, some WILL try to take what you have, by force when they think they can.

    8. @Mikial and @Max T:

      Thanks for the excellent advice. I will watch the YouTube video, and I will start a sideline project to see what’s out there with different groups of people.

    9. @MaxT

      I could not have said it better myself. Survival situations bring out the best and the worst in people, and what you are describing is the utmost in common sensethat too many people forget.

      Thanks.

  11. The best BOB (Bug Out Bag) I ever and STILL own to this day. Is one of those Khaki-Colored Heavy Insulated Canvas 5-Gallon Jerry Water Can Container Bags, with the Heavy-Duty Wrap Around Zipper. Anything you can “Stuff Into It”, is going to be Extremely Well Protected…

  12. I use a small generic camera bag for an emergency bag that never leaves the car. It has a surprisingly long list of small items in it including a small first aid kit. I have a separate medium first aid kit that also never leaves the car. Additionally, I keep a rubber maid top open locking container about 25 qt. packed with everything I can think of for several days survival and small car repairs ready to go in the garage that I throw in the back anytime we go out of town. The center console and numerous other storage spaces and cubby holes throughout the SUV are strategically filled with additional items that may be needed. Not perfect and not for everyone I’m sure but for us at our age this seems to be the best compromise between everything I can fit in a semi-tractor, what my old back can carry if forced to hoof it and what can be used if we stay with the car.

  13. I, Have Done extra work on my House , just to stay put , ie extra walls all of my protection and water – food and medicines , Stay safe, every body will be out there – why not just stay here , I live in a very small town

    1. Buck I think for a lot of us it’s a good plan. I have decided to do the same thing. Just fortify the place i’m at. Have you heard of window security film? Great stuff,

    2. @MC RUGER

      Yes, it is good stuff. We use it in Iraq and Afghanistan to prevent spalling in the event of an explosion, but it is also great in the USA to make it very difficult for anyone to simply kick the window out and enter your home. I have it on all my ground floor windows along with security bars on all the doors and basement windows.

    3. @ Mikial.

      How “Impact Proof” do you want your Window’s? There’s Yttria (Y2,O3) aka Transparent Ceramic Armour, Spinel (Mg,Al2,O4) aka Sapphire Glass or ALoN (AL23,O27,N5) aka Transparent Aluminium. ALL of which is going to be EXPENSIVE to Install…

    4. The film I have is excellent and it wasn’t that expensive. It will hold the glass together much like the way a car windshield will not shatter and leave the window frame wide open. You buy it in a roll and cut it to fit the window. You can even get it to fit patio sliding glass doors,.

    5. @ Kim.

      Mylar is a Trademark of 3M. You can get Mylar Tape through ULINE and HTG Supply. But Fiber Glast, sell’s Kevlar in Sheets and Rolls…

  14. Its best, I think , to stay in place for a while until you can evaluate the situation calmly and realistically. You have, I hope, everything you need where your @ now. If you leave, only take absolutely what you need. Time is critical if you must fly the COOP!. No time for convience items anymore. Tip: Dont forget the maps you need to get there unless you already know. Just remember, jammed frwys., pannicked people, bridges down, and etc.. If your close to a water way out of town, thats Great!__geta bsmall boat used and store it.

    1. M square,
      I believe steve is referring to the Rule of Threes I mention in the post.
      Remember the Rule of Threes. You can live:
      Three hours without shelter
      Three days without water
      Three weeks without food

    2. @Suzanne

      You have the three rules right.

      I have to admire your patience on this blog. Some of these people are not even on the same planet as the rest of us.

  15. Everyone needs to remember that firearms are loud, a silent weapon that can bring in birds and other food sources is more valuable. Slings, and sling shots and snares are a valuable tool in survival. I love my guns. But always make sure to carry a quiet hunting tool, silence is another part of survival that’s forgotten. Give away your position and you might not see tomorrow. A slingshot or sling can also hurl a rock to make noise far away from your position. Leading those who mean you harm away from you. Survival is not just food and water and shelter, it’s living to fight another day. Any trick in the bag helps, and thinking outside the box is critical. Food, water, and shelter are easy, survival is not.

  16. I have multiple bug out bags in each of 2 Vehicles and Secret Secure? firearms storage in both also. Ammo and duplicates of same tools, same cal. also.

    1. Secundius

      I’m with you. I can take what I have on hand with me which might be a months worth or I few days. I never let my meds get to zero. My prep work is centered around maybe getting out for a short period if absolutely necessary. For the most part it is prep for being able to stay put for the long haul.

    2. @ Mc Ruger.

      It looks like OUR WISHES, May Have Come True. A 3D Printer for Prescription Medication. The ONLY Question is, “Will We Live Long Enough To See It” become available to those that NEED IT…

  17. In a past blog on camping gear I talked about getting your kids involved in overhauling your kit. Camping gear -bob-earth quake or other kits will have a lot of overlap. Even the youngest kids SHOULD help put it together and overhaul it. this teaches them about your gear. When disaster comes YOU may not be around.If they know your kit they will have a fighting chance. Even a 6 year old can step up and be the man if they have a little training.—There was a young autistic boy who did not talk,or interact with others.His mother fell off a ladder knocked out cold. He found the phone called 911, talked to and stayed on with the dispatcher until fire got there then unlocked the door on command. You never know what a kid will remember. Even if they mess up your stuff you can fix it latter .Let them help!!

    houl

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