a reply to: jhn7537
I have wanted to create a bug out bag for the longest time but always found it so overwhelming and the fact that I was working up until three months
ago ensured I just didn't have the energy or time. Now I am unemployed and this is top priority.
Even if a pandemic doesn't occur everyone has something to worry about: tornado, flooding, fire, even a bad flu. Everyone should know how to turn off
the gas to their home, where the water valves are and have all essential papers in order. I just recently completed updating my address book and have
added all my pets with their licences and vaccinations as well as a list of all meds my family is on/dosages/etc, and also have a list of previous
surgeries/doctors, and am also now adding to it my personal info such as essential oil recipes to fight viruses, etc. Now that this updated, I can
keep adding to it as I wish but I do plan to put it on a usb and print it out (tiny for space reasons) and include it in my bug out - one for my
husband, one for my daughter and one for me.
Some good info I came across today that I will work on:
- a family photo that shows all three of us to include in each bug out. This way you can prove you are family in case you are split up or if something
tragic happens and a photo i.d. is required
- remember to pack an old pair of glasses/contacts and remember to include a glasses repair kit
- make copies of all licences: drivers/marriage/birth certificates and include a copy in each bag
- stock up at least a month's worth of everyone's meds. 3 days is a general rule but what if it is longer. Your meds are vital and will keep everyone
feeling their best which helps keep one calm in whatever scenario
- major roadways could become congested. Plan a route of escape that you may need, i.e.: back roads, follow railway out of city
- make sure everyone has a safe word in case you are separated and that way you can trust the word of whoever is saying they have been sent to get
- If planing on hitting the wild take a book on edible plants
- your bug out bag doesn't need to be 500 pounds but ensure it has the essentials and of good quality. The last thing you need is having your
firestarter break or your axe break. You need these things to survive on
- consider a space blanket instead of a sleeping blanket: it takes less space/keeps you warm. Again you are tying to survive, not be comfortable
- read up on water purification: tablets/bleach/bottles that purify
- take care of your feet as fungal and wet feet will hobble you faster than anything else. And don't rush as sprained ankles are the first accident
that will put you out
- interesting thing I read: take a rat trap and bird seed: this way you can catch mice/squirrels/rabbits. I read someone say these traps don't do the
job. But unless you want to practice in that situation you don't have much else to go on and so I will do this because it JUST might help
I hope this helps. I also read that on top of having these bags ready you should have a simpler smaller bag in your car/place of work to ensure you
can get home if things hit the fan in a disastrous way.
My instructions to my husband have always been: you take care of our child and I will find you/take care of myself. If you need to leave then you do
it. And vice versa.
I wish there were some way we could keep in touch if a horrible scenario ever happened. Don't know how that could be arranged but I for one would want
to know that those who took the warnings to heart are doing okay and that they are making it. I of course would worry about people who have allowed
themselves to be caught unawares but I would hope to at some point meet up and know that those who are of the same mind are doing okay and that those
of the same mind who did prepare are reaping their survival rewards.
A link to army first aid/etc - very interesting/handy. www.pssurvival.com...
edit on 2/10/14 by ccseagull because: fixed typo
edit on 2/10/14 by ccseagull because: added links