reply to post by citizen smith
Hrmmm... a "bug in bag" is an interesting idea that I haven't ran into yet here. With all of the talk of "BOB's" that show up on here, this
simple concept could be a very valuable asset for anyone unfortunate enough to be living in the metropolitan areas.
Many people here show a desire to "get away" if we get a total SHTF incident, but lack the ability to get to an area remote enough.
Say you live in a highrise, or in a not to nice neighborhood. Unless you plan on barricading yourself in your residence, you had better be armed to
the teeth. The man next door might be. In that situation, the street smart people will be ahead of the game. IMHO.
Short of a total zombie outbreak ala 28 days later, a good shoulder-carry backpack or ruck with a good loadout would suffice, methinks. Drop in some
tools, rations or what have-you's and go. ?
Here is a simple list of possibilites.
1.) regular school style backpack, in non obtrusive color scheme. Like the kind you get from the mega-store. (Pretty common in bigger cities, lots of
2.) Map. Preferably with street names. (I will explain this later)
3.) Tools. Nothing too elaborate, a good multi-plier or better yet a fencing tool. Channel-lock pliers to wonders in twisting doorknobs if you get
what I am saying. Obviously it could be said that a good thing would be a lock-pick set. If gaining entry to foreign places is your desire. (I would
spare the power tools for that alone)
4.) Weaponry and defense. A roofing hammer would do nice, and serve as a #3 as well. (Thanks to Citizen Smith for that idea)
A good knife, choose your flavor. Other things come to mind... maybe a collapseable baton? Might be a good idea to stick to compact and deadly things,
close quarters combat could be expected, and likely.
5.) Sustenance. Some energy bars, bottles of water and a way to purify the water you find. I don't know much of procuring food in the city... if it
came down to it. Outside of illegal means, but there are alot of pidgeons and rats. It's possible right? A small pop-can stove might be good also.
6.) First aid. Get a good kit, and get proficient with places to refill it. Hospitals would be swamped in such times, stick to the neighborhood
pharmacy. Antibiotics could come in handy. Sanitation/Sterilization means is a good idea also.
7.) Clothing. If you are gonna be out running around, take a couple of pairs of socks... at least. Only carry enough to keep you light and fast.
Climate will dictate.
I'm sure there could be alot more, but most of all... plan an escape (whether streets or wilderness) This is where the map comes in handy. Case out
the spots and highlight the areas of opportunity. Learn the surroundings and blend in, as that is crucial.
I'm gonna hit the reset button on my brain and try to delve a little deeper with this idea, right now all I can think of is Mad Max...