“Which is heavier a soldier’s pack or a slaves chains”
Soon after you face the matter and necessity of survival planing and stockpiling, another question will occur to you: “What will I do if I lose all this stuff?”
It’s a fundamental question, and it has a fundamental answer: You need a backup plan and a bug out bag.
There are many things that can happen separating you from your main cache and retreat.
Theft and fire are two that come to mind and the threat of organized gangs of raiders scouring the countryside looking for sources of resupply are always a threat to the survivor.
No matter how well-armed or prepared you are, you can be overran by a large enough force, remember Waco? Sometimes escape is the only option, or at least the only one that will keep you alive.
Having a bug out bag and avenue of escape makes sense. If you can put some distance between yourself and the threat, there is always the option of a launching a retaliatory strike from a more favorable position.
For example; I have two separate and independent escape routes worked out, both leading to a vantage point 462 yards away over looking my place. If I know I am going to be outnumbered and out gunned, I will grab my bug-out bag and rifle, making my way to this point.
The range has been marked with a range finder and I have set-up and shot silhouettes positioned around my place, so I know anything in that area is an easy target. They may take what I have – but the cost will be high.
You need to work out an escape plan so you can get to a safer location or vantage point or even completely out of dodge, depending on the situation. You need a grab and go bag or “survival pack” that will supply your needs if you are forced from your main stockpile.
Bug Out Bag Contents
- The Pack – I have a LC-1 “Alice” pack but any quality pack with enough capacity will do. Stick with camouflage, dark green or other natural colors that blend with the terrain.
- Water – A canteen with cup and cover for your belt, water bottle and a good filter.
- Fire – Waterproof matches, a magnesium fire starter and tinder.
- Food – Pack enough to last 5-7 days. Rice, oat meal, beef jerky, energy bars etc. Another option is MRE’s and the freeze-dried foods. Choose foods that are light weight and a suitable shelf life.
- Stove – A small stove is essential it you want to stay hidden. Smoke and noise from the cutting and burning of wood would be undesirable if you are in hostile territory or being pursued. I have a Peak-One backpackers stove, there are others but this is what I have and can recommend.
- Sleeping bag – If you are in a cold area a good sleeping bag could mean the difference between life and death. Get a light weight “mummy” style bag rated to -20 degrees.
- Shelter – Rain poncho and tarp or compact tent, stick with natural colors that blend with the surrounding area.
- Cooking – I have a Stainless Steel 5-Piece Mess Kit, that I ordered from amazon.com but any lightweight kit will do.
- First Aid – It’s best to assemble your own kit, tailored to your needs, or if you are lazy you can buy a ready-made kit. Don’t forget to add personal medications.
- Light – I have a 2-AA Cell Mini LED Flashlight Mini LED Flashlight and a 9-Hour Candle.
- Tools – A folding saw, Swiss Army pocket knife, and fixed blade knife. A light weight shovel and Machete are nice, but add extra weight.
- Clothing – At least one extra pair of socks and underwear add other items if you feel the need and have the space.
- Fishing – Line, hooks and sinkers and a few small lures. I also have a small gill net for catching fish.
- Snare wire – I make my own from copper wire. Don’t forget to include at least 50 ft of parachute cord.
- Plastic bags – Two or three large lawn bags and several zip-lock sandwich bags, can be used for a number of tasks and to keep things dry.
- Small Binoculars – See game and enemy before they see you.
- Sewing kit – Needle and thread don’t forget to include a few extra buttons.
- This n’ that – Head net, electrical tape, face paint, gloves, sharpening stone etc.
- Firearms – This is where feathers get ruffled and wounds opened. Everyone has their own idea of what the “perfect” survival firearm is or should be.
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- A Bug Out Bag for Women (quazen.com)
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- The Warmest Survival Blanket – Wool Or Polar Fleece? (sgtreport.com)
- 12 Bug Out Bag Items You Might Not Know About (readynutrition.com)
- 9 Winter Survival Items Your Bug-Out Bag May Be Missing (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
- Why One Bug-Out Bag Is Just Not Enough (offthegridnews.com)