Bug Out Bag (BOB for short)
With the recent disaster in the northeast United States, with winter approaching, and for those who believe in the Mayan calendar saying the world is going to end on December 21st of this year, the need for preparedness is evident. I talk about preparedness a lot in my posts, primarily from my experiences in the wilderness, but the need to be prepared in your everyday life is equally important.
I hope you all have been taking steps to prepare your homes and vehicles for emergency situations, but even if you have done a great job with those things, what happens if you have to evacuate your home for whatever reason? Whether it means going with a crowd of other people to a shelter, or heading into the wilderness to survive, you need to have the items you will need for survival ready to go at a moment’s notice. This is where Bug Out Bags (BOBs) are critical to have.
A BOB is basically a scaled-down version of what you have prepared for survival in your home, although obviously with less items, limited to what you can carry. You will need the same basic items; food, water, shelter, first aide, clothing, survival needs, and self protection. I sell several items on my website that would be a good base for a BOB, but they don’t include the personal items you will need, such as clothing, medications, glasses, etc. These items can be added to several of the survival packs that I offer.
Tonight I just finished putting together two extensive BOBs for my son Kyle and me. I won’t make a long list of everything included in these BOBs, but they have clothing, non-perishable food (canned meats, dried fruit, power bars, beef jerky, raman noodles), a mess kit for cooking and eating, paracord, fire starters, a stove and fuel, water and purification tablets, a tarp, sleeping bag, candle lantern, a hatchet, extra knives, and the list goes on. The point is that these packs have everything we need, and they are ready to go.
While these BOBs are extensive, you should have a BOB for different situations, like your car, and even your office. If you have children, you will need a BOB specifically for them, especially if you have an infant. Of course these other BOBs would contain different things, and would not have to be a 40 pound back pack like the ones I finished tonight.
I live right next to the foothills in Colorado, and I can be in the wilderness in 5 minutes by car, or an hour by foot. Because of that, my plan if I have to evacuate is to get into the wilderness, that is where I am most comfortable, and where I think my best chances of survival would be. It’s an adventure I kind of wish I could experience; I know I’m ready for it.
There is a lot more I could write about the subject of Bug Out Bags, for now I hope to generate some interest with you all about preparing yourselves for whatever lies ahead.