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Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« on: April 01, 2014, 07:58:33 PM »
For most people living in the concrete jungle, the thought of how am I going to survive if the SHTF in any number of possible scenarios, such as loss of the power grid, government collapse, yellowstone popping its cookies, etc...has never crossed their mind.

on any given day there is a three day supply of food on the grocery store  shelves in America; yep, three days...if the supply chain is interrupted for some reason, trains can't haul, trucks can't deliver, the cupboard gets bare quickly...

I have always advocated that everyone should keep a bugout bag in each of their vehicles for emergencies, and an additional one at home with increased amounts of supplies that will support their needs for a minimum of two weeks...

it literally blows my mind at the number of households (especially in urban or city limits) that do not have any supplies to hand; I mean, literally, they shop for food every day...

At a minimum, there is enough room in the trunk for these essential items that will cover  almost any scenario...

a case of bottled water; a one pound bag of soda crackers; one jar of peanut butter; one pint of honey; one pound of beef jerky; at least a dozen packages of instant soup; several assorted tins or pouches of fish, chicken, sardines, vienna sausages, corned beef, items that are easy open and can be consumed right from the package...

it is all too true that most of these items listed are high fat content; in a survival situation that is a good thing; also include some trail mix and a few candy bars; also good to have salt,pepper, mustard, and ketchup( mine also has a bottle of hot sauce 8) )plus several different flavors of instant kool aid and tea/drink mix that can be added to the water...


include a small tarp (8x8 or 8x12) 100' of parachute cord or nylon twine, 2 space blankets, strike anywhere matches, butane lighters, a knife, one package of emergency candles, flashlight, a decent first aid kit; a box of alcohol wipes, liquid soap, a roll of paper towels, toilet paper, and I keep a box of plastic forks and spoons along with a camper's mess kit...

everything I have listed except the water fits into a medium duty backpack quite easily along with a brick of .22long rifle shells and a nine shot revolver, small led lantern with extra batteries, crank powered radio, magnesium fire starter and a compass...

I will add to this as I go, but you get the basic idea...


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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2014, 08:17:14 PM »


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i hope you won't mind my adding just a little tiny suggestion to your wonderful list


if you can't manage to do this at one time..stagger your items.. and replace items at least once every 6 months...while this stuff stays a long time it still doesn't stay forever...
i.e. get a new jar of peanut butter and take the old one  into the house to make cookies..

another tiny item in case of emergency.. like a natural disaster is to have your bank, insurance, etc numbers written down somewhere where you can get to them if.. heaven forbid your house burns down with yoiur info in it..

great beginning info seeker...hugs

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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2014, 11:30:44 PM »
Of course, the modus response will somewhat depend upon the created event being encountered. Certain situations will require a "bug-out" to somewhere different than one normally lives in. Other situations could call for a "hunker-down" in place as a reasonable response. The bug-out requires some amount of mobility consideration, whereas, the hunker-down has a bit more allowable flexibility in preparation. Certainly, life support is a primary factor in either situation, and both have many commonalities for prep.

Both could represent extreme variation to the "normal way if life" for us, so not only do we need to prepare physically, i suggest that we need to prepare mentally, through some planning/practice, so that we KNOW what has to be done, when we need to do it! I also suggest that good mental preparation is the "best seed" that enables the "best over-all planning and material preparation". 

One of the things I have heard mentioned, that we need to keep in mind. in any event,  "survival" is the intent! And that makes a big difference in what is necessary for a short-term bug-out bag/box/car trunk. For a long-term/permanent condition, then that is a whole nuther story!

No, I am not prepared very well, only just a little so far.

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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2014, 03:04:16 AM »

When you start to think slightly longer term then don't forget your CB radio (in a biscuit tin)...

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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2014, 05:41:01 AM »
well i won't be going anywhere.. unless i need to get 'home' from somewhere
so mine is a bug-back bag
i.e good walking shoes and jacket and hat


to old to run.. shoot me  as i protect or share my stash...at this point i'm good with either

karma's on you..mines' good  ;D
« Last Edit: April 02, 2014, 05:49:21 AM by sky otter »

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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2014, 05:01:00 PM »
the bug out bag is a basic concept to help get you from point a to point b; during the snow jam we had here in north georgia in late january, a lot of people would have been in a lot better situation if they had a BOB in the car; several of my employees wound up walking 6-10 miles in the snow to get home; my normal commute is 25 miles and takes 50 minutes; that night it took me six hours to get home, and I know how to drive in ice and snow...

I myself do have preps here at Boogewr woods to ride out most anything; most peeps don't...


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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2014, 06:22:11 PM »


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i hope you didn't think i was pickin..
i think  it's a great idea to educated any one who hasn't thought about it


being on my own mostly i have always traveled with supplies and stuff and think it's normal
and i'm always surprised when someone says.. why are you draging all that around..
and i answer   it's in case of an emergency.. and they say.. you just call someone
hahahahahahahahahah... yeah right
if you can't depend on yourself..you're..well you know where that was going


so any info you can impart is really good info ...


thanks for caring enough to do this
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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2014, 07:00:10 PM »
Sky, country folk like you and I have a history of taking care of and providing for ourselves...as the wheel turns I've always had to face and deal with what ever showed up...

and there have been times in my younger days when i was so broke i couldn't by a loaf of bread; but as soon as I could I would buy enough staples, usually flour, cornmeal, dried beans, cooking oil, and a few others so I could eat through the next dry spell...

then around 1980 I actually got to the point where I could stay a little ahead, canning and preserving from the garden, and stocking the pantry; been doing it ever since...

you keep adding those sage words for all to see, lil' sister...


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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2014, 07:24:00 PM »


ah seeker
i advise primitive camping for a weekend for everyone...does wonders to folk... ;)

learning what you will need to survive for a weekend of primitive camping is a great start..
cause you can't cart everything  with you and you learn what to improvise with
i think the number one skill is clean water.. lots to learn with that one

so you have a freezer full of stuff..if the elec goes out for a week .. you're toast
oh so you have a generator..good for you.. how much gas have you got..?

sooo many things to consider.. no way can you cover all the  'what if's"
learning to  have faith in your self and be self reliant is an on going study of life
and the best advice  to follow

of course .. all those little things you can share won't go to waste either.. ;D



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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2014, 09:18:45 PM »
Aye, lil' otter, self learning is always the best kind; in 2003 a buddy of mine and myself stayed in the desert outside Quartzite, Arizona for over a month at a Gold Prospector's claim site, and other than replenishing our water supply, lived basically off what we had brought with us as a grubstake, cooking over a campfire and spending 99% of our time without electricity, running water, refrigeration, and enjoyed the hell out of it...


unfortunately, most peeps don't have those skills or desire anymore...

Several items for the BOB that come in quite handy are ziploc bags; I usually keep several sandwich, quart, and gallon size along with some old plastic bags from the store and trash bags; can be quite handy...

another useful tool I have looks like a cell phone but is actually a taser; spider or snake bite areas can be purged of the venom by popping it a couple of times with it; isn't exactly pleasant, but it does work...


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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2014, 02:57:40 AM »
I had a really long detaile survivor thread here at the beginning

Lost it all when we had the first meltdown :P

I will have to add some of it again


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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #11 on: April 03, 2014, 03:42:17 AM »
Please do, Z; too many know too little...


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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #12 on: April 03, 2014, 04:23:38 AM »
Hi Seeker,

I assume that you have seen it at some time..

it seems to offer quite a few good tips on planning for emergencies..

https://www.efoodsdirect.com/blog/tag/alex-jones/

Alex Jones is offering a series of emergency food packages from a few days up to a years supply...

If one has the money this is quite an easy option to just buy say 6 to 12 months worth of supplies...

Otherwise...

Admittedly this may seem a bit expensive, but if one spends a bit of time researching does a bit of investigating...I am sure we could find some of these similar things elsewhere and create our own cheaper..

but it will offer some good ideas...

http://www.efoodsdirect.com/store/index.php/shop/food-supplies.html

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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #13 on: April 03, 2014, 05:05:02 AM »
 
  Basic survival YEP we never know
We have started our ''kit'' last fall, we don't buy weekly
but we add some supplies sometimes,step by step it's easy
and feel more safe with
 
In my area we have to think about warm garments too
with the severe winter we just passed with some peaks at -43 Celsius.....in March  :o hummmmm

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Re: Basic survival prep 101: the bug out bag
« Reply #14 on: April 03, 2014, 05:23:17 AM »

A little trick in this subject
Do you know if you take a 6 volt battery hack and you
disassembly it (with precaution) you'll find 32 AA batteries
very good investment. 8)

 


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