What food should I stock up on?
Rice, Beans, Dry Pasta (these have the longest storage time
Canned Foods (that you'll actually eat)
Dehydrated Foods (specially made for survival situation)
Home Canned Foods (keep for a long, long time)
What should I store the food in?
For the dried rice, beans, pasta, put in food storage grade buckets (I prefer the screw on lids), in a mylar bag, with a drying packet.
The others can stay in their original containers. Try not to get canned foods in bulk-sized cans, but instead, in use-size containers, because after
opened, won't last as long.
If you have a good closet in your home you can convert to a pantry, that's good. Remember to rotate and USE the stuff you're storing, then replace, to
keep it all fairly fresh.
What items should I put in a bug out bag?
First, you need to decide the PURPOSE of your BOB, then you'll go from there.
Is it to get you to your safe place, or to go and live in the woods? My suggested basics are:
2) Water Purification Tabs
3) Water Purification Straw (like the Katydn Hiker Pro)
4) A really good Knife
5) A really good Gerber-like Multi-Tool
6) MREs or some Canned Food
7) Something to make Fire (Water/Windproof Matches, Lighter, redundant methods are good)
8) Metal Canteen with Metal Cup (can cook and purify water in the cup by boiling)
9) Map of local area (with multiple routes to safe place)
10) Flashlight (or redundant lighting methods, glow-sticks, hand-crank or shake, etc.)
11) Radio (hand-crank)
12) Rain Poncho
13) Camp Utensil Tool
14) Firearm and Ammo (if you can)
15) A good Machete (for cutting through wilderness brush)
16) Basic First Aid Kit
17) Any needed Medications
Anything else is just gravy, really
Printed copy of the US Army Survival Guide is helpful here (store any books/maps in a ziploc bag)
Nearly all insects are edible...but stay away from the brighter colored ones (taste worse, and a very few could make you ill). A printed copy of a
book of edible plants for your part of the country is a must have, be sure it has COLOR pics.
Again, nearly all are edible, poisonous snakes have poison in the heads, so avoid that and you're ok.
Well, matches or a lighter are of course best. Without these, a magnifying glass (including eyeglasses) or the friction method works best. Flint and
steel is another bet, that you shouldn't be without.
My favorite is cigarettes. I don't use 'em, they are small, easy to carry a lot of, can be easily divisible, and will be in high demand in a SHTF
scenario. .22 ammo is another good one, small, easy to carry a lot of, and will be highly desirable. Forget precious metals, WAY too expensive and you
likely won't have ANY buying power with these until after things stabilize. Way better things to spend your money on.
See above in the BOB section. Also, boiling is always good, rain is best, and fresh water sources (such as streams, ponds). In an urban environment,
toilet tanks (assuming the water isn't bad from the SHTF event) and swimming pools. Since you have a safe place, no excuse for not storing some
bottled water, and/or having some large drinking water barrels for backup.
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