By Chad @ Survivalsupplychest.com
Illinois – -(Ammoland.com)- Tune in to TV shows like Doomsday Preppers and you’ll see people who may seem crazy and paranoid at a surface level, however, there is a lot we all can learn from these preppers.
Some episodes cover the concept of “bugging out” which is one area of the prepper movement that everyone should practice, allowing them to be prepared and achieve a better peace of mind.
What is a Bug Out Bag?
A bug out bag consists of items which are used to “bug out” or evacuate in an emergency situation. Your bug out bag should be customized to fit your needs in a bug out situation. If you have a family, your bag needs to be able to aid everyone who may evacuate with you. Picking the proper items can differ by location and climate – not all bags should be the same.
When would I need a Bug Out Bag?
Sudden emergencies can put you in a situation where it is much safer to evacuate from your home and get to a safe zone. Some of these situations could be stem from extreme and sudden weather emergencies or even terrorist and/or chemical attacks.
How do I know what to put in my bug out bag?
As we mentioned, not all bug out bags should be the same, but there are several areas that everyone needs to address when creating one.
- Weapons: Whatever type of weapon you are comfortable with, if that’s a firearm – there is no right or wrong gun, it’s all about what you’re most comfortable with. Even if your bag has a gun, a knife is also a practical companion especially in a wilderness setting.
- Documentation: An emergency evacuation could mean not coming back to see everything how you left it, so if there are any documents (titles, deeds, sentimental items), it is a good idea to take these with you since they don’t take up much space at all.
- Food & Clothing: It’s a good idea to pack according to the climate you live in, and even revisit your bag throughout the year to make sure that your spare clothing choices reflect the current season. Nobody wants to be stuck with shorts and a t-shirt if an emergency occurs in the winter. Packing MREs or other food items, along with water, is crucial.
- Camping Supplies: This one also comes down to personal preference, depending where you are and could end up, it may be a good idea to bring some sort of fire starters. If you can fit it, a small propane powered stove can really come in handy.
- A Map: This one seems kind of old school but if you’re without your cellphone or any sort of signal, resorting to the old fashioned map or atlas ( tiny.cc/cvi9tx ) can happen. It’s best to be prepared with a detailed atlas which at least covers the counties around your home. It’s also a good idea to have these laminated if possible so they stand a better chance against any type of destruction.
- Some Cash: The amount is up to you but we suggest enough to pay for a couple nights at a hotel or more. In an event of a power grid failure, cash is king.
- Morale Boosters: This one is optional, but if a bug out situation drags on, something to pass the time will aid you well. This is especially true if you will have little ones bugging out with you. Keeping them busy with a book to read or do word search puzzles can temporarily save the sanity of your whole family.
Again, these items are an outline of what you may want to include when constructing your own personal bug out bag. We’d recommend doing research and reading what other people are including in theirs, to get a well-rounded list of items to include in your own bag. It’s also important that this is a bag which you would be comfortable with strapping to your back and potentially walking a great distance. If you’re over encumbered you may need to reevaluate the contents.
To read more, check out the full Bug Out Bag article on Survival Supply Chest.
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