Emergency Bug Out Bags
all mini preppers have what is known as a "bug out bag." This is a
bag of essentials that will provide for your needs and keep you as
comfortable as possible in case you have to leave your home.
People who live in the path of hurricanes are use to leaving their
homes. However, there are other circumstances which may cause us to
have to make a hasty retreat from our home, such as a chemical spill
on a nearby freeway, or a flood situation.
Bug out bags don't have to be expensive. You can find heavy duty bags at thrift
stores that only cost a couple dollars. The black bag pictured below only cost a
couple dollars. It is large, has lots of compartments, and can be carried by
hand or over the shoulder. It was a commercial bag, so it is made out of
ballistic nylon and is very strong.
Purchase as large a bag as practical so you can get everything you want in it. If
it is not complete, and you have to go through your house picking up additional
items, it defeats the purpose of the bag.
There is no way you can think clearly when you are under that kind of pressure
and pack everything that you need in a few minutes. A Bug Out Bag makes
it easer to grab and go!
Certain items in your Bug Out Bag will have to be rotated, such as food, water,
batteries, and medications. A good policy is to rotate these items when you
rotate your household emergency batteries.
You have a couple options when it comes to a Bug Out Bag. You can
buy them at various price points, or you can make your own. You can
put your items in a plastic bucket, a carry bag or a backpack.
You may have a situation where you can go to a hotel but you have to be prepared
should you have no option but to sleep in your car or in the outdoors.
Here are some items that are commonly put in Bug Out Bags:
Changes of clothing
Water and water purification tablets
Dehydrated and other food
Cooking camp stove or alternative means of heating up food
Dishes and utensils
Hand warmers, gloves, ponchos, emergency foil-lined blankets and wool blankets
Sleeping bags, tarps or tents
Nylon Utility cord
Emergency windup flashlight and radio
Candles and matches
First aid supplies and medications
Paper face masks (N95 Respirator masks)
Handiwipes and soap
Toothbrush, toothpaste and other dental needs
Cash, with small bills
Small toys or books for children
If other members in your family live in your area, establish a meeting place in
a location away from your city.
It is also a good idea to have a relative who lives in another area as the
person responsible for keeping track of family members and where they are.
Someone out-of-town is usually easier to reach in times of crisis.
Finally, remember that you should always keep the gas tank in your vehicle half
full of gas.