Having only the essentials is key to a useful bug out bag. If you're on the road, you don't have the time or strength to be able to take every little thing. Instead, you've got to keep it to the bare minimum.
This can often lead to many parallels between each others' bug out bags. Yet, there are also certain parallels in terms of lacking or missing something.
Figuring out what you don't have in your bag and what's not in most people's is a great way to see if your bag is missing anything or not.
So, here's a guide to what we typically don't see in survival kits or bug out bags, from our pals at The Prepper Journal.
Enough, we never see “enough” bug out gear – enough water, MEDICAL supplies, food and clothes and ammo. Since you don’t know the duration of the emergency only common sense and personal experience of your needs can be applied to solve this, your SWAG (Scientific Wild-Assed Guess.) Tools to support what you did bring; tools to help you live for the x days if the rule of law fades or disappears. PLANS, a purpose, a destination, an alternate and a way back. A portable Ham Radio, rechargeable batteries and rechargers and a solar way to recharge them, flashlights, more than one knife, a saw, a shovel, paracord, alternative shelter, foul-weather gear, water purification, a second good medical kit . I know, it is starting to sound like a fully stocked motor home may be too small to carry everything. Reality is that may be true, so we plan, project and hope.
You know mobile phones are only “cellular” to the nearest cell tower, right? While some of these may use microwave to further transmit the signal, it is good for one or two hops before the call is routed through existing land-lines. Not knowing things such as this may kill you, end your plans or just push you further down the food chain, none of which is a plus.
There are articles ad nauseum as to how many millions of rounds of ammo you MUST have, how many millions of gallons of potable water, and just about everything else. I do not dispute any of them but propose that having a staged plan helps us all with these. For a range and bug-out bag (these should be a matched-set and never far apart, like you and your dog when you are cooking in the kitchen.) I carry 3-days’ worth of supplies. I also have my 3-days “past due” plan – where I go on day three and what I stockpiled there. If I am home and home is safe still, fine. But everyone should have an alternative location planned, restock their matched-luggage set and be ready to move out again if required.
So, there's definitely some interesting perspectives on what you truly need in a bug out bag here. Additionally, it's some helpful insight into what is truly necessary and what we don't actually need. Obviously, it's some important info to keep in mind!
To learn more about what's not in bug out bags and other helpful SHTF tips, check out The Prepper Journal.
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