Unkel Fester, on May 15 2009, 06:52 AM, said:
Ok, I was wondering what would be good to put in a bugout bag, since I don't have one, and haven't even considered it until now. I feel so ashamed. I assume food and water are the important things, what about ammunition, clothes, things like that? I don't want to be caught with my pants down during the zombies initial attack! :aah:
BOBs need basically a few things. For th bag, any hikers packframe or backpack will work. I'd advise against military one just so if it is needed in civil unrest, you look like just a hiker instead of a prepared paramilitary individual. Less attention is better in some situations.
Water - I'd suggest a couple of bottles or a canteen, and a way to clean water you find (if you are in an area that is possible). I'd Suggest PortableAqua Iodine for germicidal treatment, PortableAqua Plus Iodine Neutralizer to kill that iodine taste, and a hand operated water filter. A clear, non-UV protective bottle is good if you'd need to use sunlight to kill bacteria. A few hours of UV exposure will purify water, though it is not my prefered method. Aldo something like a Steripen purification straw allows you to drink straight from a creek if needed. This sounds like a lot, but it's all relatively compact and very light and water is about the most important thing you'd need. I'd also suggest something with electrolytes like Gatorade packs or electrolyte pills. You will lose those hiking. And crams can kill a Bug Out quickly.
Food - Look into light, small, high kcal foods. Jerky, Granola, trail mix, candy, instant soups, Pemmican, etc. It's a good idea to pick stuff you like and will eat occasionally to rotate your BoB stock. Eat what you like, just make sure it is shelf stable. I'd avoid canned, or only pack a small amount. It is unnecessarily heavy, and weight is important.
Shelter. A tarp will work here. a small hikers pop tent will be better. I'd like to get a hammock tent personally. It's positively miniscule, but would make good shelter for a few days outdoors. Also, a sleeping bag. Makes sleeping on the ground a lot easier. And ponchos, keeps the water off of you. Just make sure that it doesn't run the water straight into your shoes. Waterproof shoes are a big plus.
Heat - Fire is king here. A flint and steel, and a torch lighter offer redundancy and variety for being able to get a fire going. Kindling, especially waterproof, is a big help. Cotton balls with Petroleum Jelly will work for that. And Tea lights are really under rated as a base to build a fire on. Also, those mylar "survival blankets" have a 90% heat retention. And they are cheap as hell too.
Protection - I wouldn't recommend keeping a firearm in the back, though ammo and mags are a good idea. If you did, a pistol is likely to be the most compact. If you have a CC permit, you should have a pistol on you anyway. If I had to suggest guns for a BOB, the Kel Tec Sub2000, Kel Tec SU16, AR7, or a good .22 LR pistol would be them. Also a good knife. Kabars are good. They will be used more as tools, but can be used as a weapon in a pinch. Ditto for hatchets and machetes.
Medicine - A SMALL basic first aid kit will do wonders. Key word small. You can get by with a snake bite kit, bandages, antiseptic, antibiotic ointment, gauze and painkillers like Ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Only a few ounces. The huge family sized ones are really overkill for a 1 man BoB.
Clothing - A change of clothes. Underwear, t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, pants, shorts socks (I'd say about 3 or 4 pairs of these, dry feet are happy feet), some comfortable shoes, a hat, and a jacket.
Misc - A Lensatic compass, and maps of the area you are in/will be in. Makes getting somewhere if the main road, or all roads for that matter, are down. And extra Cash. Makes life a lot easier. A few hundred bucks if possible. If not, as much as you can spare. Also a survival Manual and first aid manual, as long as they are small and light, will do well in a BoB.
Of course, never leave home without a phone, knife, and lighter. Worst case, those 3 will make life a lot easier if you are stuck with just those.
Not that I know anything about BoBs . . .