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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

72 hour Kit-Work

Nomad's Notes- The next installment in the Survive the Worst-Basic Survival Guide. Please let me know if I've overlooked anything. thanks.
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AKA- Bug out Bag

The Bug Out Bag, affectionately referred to by preppers as a BOB, is your life line when traveling. This bag should always be packed and ready to go, at a moment’s notice. I normally travel with some form of a bob at all times. The idea behind a bug out bag is that you would have enough provisions on hand to survive if you had to leave your home, work, etc. on a moment’s notice. In this type of situation, the only thing each member of your family would grab is their bug out bag. Knick-knacks, family pictures, and other valuables would be left where they are and everyone would instinctively grab their emergency kit. This particular kit, as opposed to the provisions you would store up for your home and car, should be lightweight. If you are relying on a bug out kit, you will more than likely be on foot, otherwise you’d be using the supplies stashed in your car.

The Bug Out bag itself should be well made. While you can get bags that are cheaply priced from various discount stores , they are often made from lightweight materials and will probably not stand the test of time. However, having a bag is better than not having one at all. Shop around and buy the strongest, most durable bag you can afford.

Air
If you are away from your home and your car it is highly likely that the supplies on your back will be the only supplies that you have. The size of your BOB will be the deciding factor on what you carry. Space will be severely limited. Avoid, if at all possible, allowing yourself to get into situations that limit your options and movement. Is there a way to bike a few miles from outside the city in lieu of riding the subway? If so, do it. Not only will your physical conditioning improve, so will your chances of surviving an attack similar to the Japanese Subway attack. In this attack, at least a dozen people were killed, fifty people were severely injured and nearly a thousand others were temporarily blinded.

Like I said, avoid situations that limit your ability to control your personal situation. If that’s not possible carry as a minimum, the following.
  • Heavy Duty Dusk mask
  • Two or Three Bandanna's- moisten and place over your mouth to filter contaminated air as much as possible.
Shelter
Your bug out bag in designed to get you from point A to point B, alive. With that said, you must begin to think of the clothes you wear as part of your shelter. Drop the stylized fashions for practical, weather specific clothes. You should always be thinking- Could I make it with just the clothes on my back? If your looking good, but would freeze to death if you car broke down in a blizzard, don’t wear it. Begin to look at your clothes as part of your survival plan. A couple of other items to have on hand.
  • Emergency Candles
  • Lighter
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Emergency Blanket
Water
Water is heavy. It will be the heaviest thing you carry. Carry a full reusable bottle. Make sure this bottle is either a stainless steel type or, if it’s plastic, be real sure that it’s BPA free. BPA is a substance used in the manufacturing process of many plastics. BPA has been widely known to be hazardous to humans since the 1930’s. Be very suspicious of the cheaper bottles as they will, more than likely, contain BPA. Your water bottle may be an area where you will want to splurge a little. In addition to the bottle, I recommend carrying the following.
  • Bottled water
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Backpackers water filter
Food
Last, but not least is food. Remember you can go for three weeks without food so, while important, this should be your last priority. Lightweight foods are the way to go because, if conditions devolve to the point where you need your BOB, you will be carrying it on your back. With that said, be mindful of weight, when selecting your food. Dehydrated back packing foods are an excellent weight saver but bear in mind that you usually need water to rehydrate them to the point of edibility. More water equates to more weight. Plan accordingly. Also, I recommend selecting foods that can be eaten without being cooked.

Your bug out location should be somewhat close to your current area of operations. You should be able to get to this back up location without a lot of problems. Your plans should take into account that your vehicle may not always be an asset. Realize that there are too many variables to plan for and you could very well end up hiking your way to back-up location. You should have enough food on hand to make it to your bug out location under the extreme worst case scenarios.

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72 Hour Kit for Your Car
72 Hour Kit for Your Home


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