What to put in a Bug Out Bag...(17 Posts)
I have a thread in Chat but have been kindly directed here so thought I would copy my post and see if you lovely preppers can help...
OK so I'm having a right old stress head about recent events. I am dealing with this stress by beginning to create an OFRS for each of us.
I have begun by finding a plastic wallety thing for our documents and tonight DH is being charged with negotiating his filing system -pile- to find Mariage Certificate, Birth Certificates etc to put in it so I know where they are if we have to Bug out at short notice.
I am currently making a list of things we should have in a rucksack each so we can grab and go. These will be kept in the easy to access side of the loft along with our walking poles. I'm trying to be reasonable but covering all bases so we can actually carry them! DS and DD are 11 and 8.
So far I have...
Sweat shirt/Micro fleece
Emergency Blanket (Both foil and proper bright orange ones)
Mooncup and Sanitary Towels for me
A water bottle each (decent stainless steel ones)
First aid kit
A selection of pain killers
Proteiny type bars
Wind up torches.
What else do I need? My bag will also have a list reminding me to make sure DD has her vital cuddlies (both kids have an ASC and will need security) and that we grab coats etc.
I know I am probably being bonkers but this is my way of managing my anxiety. If I have a plan in place I can cope.
Don't worry over recent events - highly unlikely to happen to you but at least you have thought about it just to set your mind at rest.
Good idea to have something for car breakdown or house fire anyway - see threads on these topics below. How about adding -
Spare phone & portable charger.
Mini toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, wipes etc
Self heating ready to eat meals
Map / compass
Mine are turning out quite awesome. I see them as great "let's go stay with your mum for the weekend" bags too (facilities are, how shall we say, not always great).
The sawyer mini sp128 - I've always wanted to try filtered water and this is my glorious chance!
Camping cutlery kit
Seven oceans emergency ration food (basically shortbread)
Chocolate, Sweets mints
First aid kit
EvaQ8 foil blanket
STAYING WARM AND DRY
Instant heat pads
Clothes (spare outfit including thermals, hat to keep head warm is crucial, lots of socks, and light shoes)
Portable wind up torch
Coghlans survival candle
Wind proof matches
Gorilla tape and superglue
Wind up charger
Certificates (except I don't know where these are anyway, so fat chance)
This sounds like a hell of a lot but I mostly just grabbed our spare things and pushed them into bags. Always been a bit of a camping enthusiast/Girl Scout wannabe anyway
DH regards all this with very dry amusement. But he'll see. you'll all see! seriously - it's good to be prepared and I hope it makes you feel less anxious, but if it's getting too much for you, might be worth talking to someone.
Also, make sure you can carry it. If you can't, lose anything that feels "extra". It should basically be like an overnight bag but imagining you're staying somewhere with no facilities whatsoever
I'm looking at you mum
I am also now beginning to realise that to be properly PREPARED I'd need to spend loads and have a spare bag in the car, house and office. That won't happen, so I'll stick to this and hope
Good luck! Looking forward to seeing other replies.
Another one I've just thought of is having some sort of photo of everyone (or small photo board of each person in various "poses" as people can look v different from different angles) - that way if you did get separated, you could use it to ask people if they've seen them?
I have watched way too many disaster movies I know
Some tools. A multi-tool/Swiss Army thing (you'll likely have one knocking around in a drawer somewhere) for a 72 and a very few more substantial things for SHTF.
Hairbrush/comb. It would be horrible not to be able to brush your hair.
Glasses (spectacles, not wine!) for those who wear them, plus spare pair if possible.
Those generally spring to my mind due to the diabetes.
Family meds in one grabable box.
Portable multi car charger for various phones. So handy anyway those things.
I guess could be worth making sure your phone is also 'prepped' with important phone numbers like breakdown services, maybe local hotel?
Some light raincoats definitely important and easy to pack.
Use the health app on your phone if you have one. You list health issues, medication, and who to contact. There's also a space on mine for adding in a basic family tree, so your children etc can be identified in your Contacts.
Thank you everyone.
Lots of ideas now.
Cannot believe I didn't have toiletries on the list!!!
Lots of good ideas here, to add to my newly acquired bag, so thank you all.
Mine so far has toiletries, spare t shirt and underwear each, string, a cheapie tarp, water, tracker bars, and a couple of bits that I have forgotten, and can't check at the moment because DH is still awake and will laugh at me if he realises I have a ofrs
One thing you can do is, rather than having all of each persons supplies in one bag, share them around all the bags. Think of it like taking cases on a plane If they lose one piece of luggage, it isn't a complete disaster for one person iyswim.
Also, give consideration to the circumstances in which you would actually need to bug out rather than bug in - would you need a fire starter kit and facilities to cook a simple meal/make hot drinks?
I actually got my mam to buy me a Kelly Kettle for my birthday and keep sachets of various hot drinks on hand - as we use them I replace them - chocolate, bovril, coffee, soup etc.
I am totally with you on the "if I prep I can cope" thing - that's why I do it. The family roll their eyes and snigger when they think I can't hear them, but it comforts me to be prepared somehow
Sewing kit for any running repairs to clothes?
I have a teeny fishing kit in a tin in mine It was only a couple of pound on ebay and even though I have no real idea how to do fishing, it comforts me to know it's there, and it's only about 3 inches by 2 so in it went
I have a pen knife and a small oilstone/whetstone for sharpening it too.
No prescription meds for any of us thankfully.
If we have to actually Bug out we are heading for a place I know in splendid isolation!
We have a camping gaz stove and pans and I know exactly where they are!
Sewing kit is a good idea as is spreading stuff out across the packs.
I plan to add a notebook with pictures and info on each of us to each bag as well.
I know you guys can't carry guns but are you allowed to own them at home? I was thinking that if you are then you could probably include one in your bug out bag because if you're bugging out there probably won't be much in the way of law enforcement for a while anyway.
No guns allowed at home in the uk without a licence (and a good reason). Plus, they have to be very securely locked away, not in a bag.
I am a scout leader and own a good penknife though
2 litres water in bottle
Water purification tablets
3 x MRE
3 x protein/energy bars
2 x space blankets
Complete change of clothes – Top, pants (waterproof), underwear, socks
High visibility vest
2x lightsticks or glo sticks
Lighter and matches
Fire steel flint and striker
Survival book, how-to's, a chapter on edible plants
First aid kit
Fixed blade knife
Some 550 Paracord
Flash drive with important documents and hard copies
Waterproof notebook and pencil and pen
Hand crank radio
2-3x plastic bags
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