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Traditionally a Bug Out Bag is for the SHTF so that you can grab it, jump into your 4x4, and drive to your cabin in the woods. While the cities are dark and the streets are violent, you are happily living out the rest of your life eating deer and  drinking your 25 lbs of coco. Living in Southern Oregon, I expect this is the plan of every one of my neighbors. With 20,820 people out in the woods having a grand old time shooting deer and each other, the deer will last 3 days and the people 6.

However this article is a bit more practical. There are 3 types of emergencies; natural, technological, and human-caused.  This is how I plan to be prepared for each situation. I’ll give back ground information on what I have stored in the house first, because I plan on staying home unless it is too dangerous. The more stuff  I can keep in the house, the less I need in my bag. My bag has what I won’t use unless I’m in an emergency, or leaving. If you were to go and copy my bag without knowing how to use it, it won’t do you much good, For example the bag has a camp stove and a days’ worth of fuel, but it should easily last me week.

Natural emergencies include blizzards, earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes, floods and tsunamis.
Technological emergencies includes power outages, fires and chemical attacks.
Human-Caused is just civil disorder or national emergencies aka war or terrorism.

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poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the be prepare contest!
Schmidty162 years ago
um a bigger knife fire arm bullets and cell phone/cb or ham radio
W1LL7 (author)  Schmidty162 years ago
ya you are right, I was gona let the ham radio experts take care of radios, and I do not know which guns would be best to recommend.
Jynko W1LL72 years ago
People have lots of opinions on which gun would be best based on ammo availability, knockdown power, and a bunch of other things. My opinion is the one you have practiced using is best. In a situation where you are forced to use it you better be very familiar with how to use it.
Don't forget, if you have well water, your water will go as soon as you lose power. A hand pump is a plus.
Johenix2 years ago
My brothers, in the late 1960's kept freeze dried food in the back of a pickup camper.
We discovered that the gourmet mice had discovered every bag of it.

Try getting large lard tins to hold the toilet paper and the flour, pancake mix, dried beans, rice etc.

Square 5 gallon press top cans are air tight and mouse proof and can in large numbers support a matress. Sleep well and eat well.

Try FREUND CANS in Chicago.
Tracy_Marie2 years ago
Very informative. More ideas for me to put on my list so I can add things to what I have. Thanks.
Xthinker2 years ago
I've seen a stove that uses almost all types of fuel, my dad almost bought it for his motorcycle trips. White gas, gasoline, propane, almost anything
abadfart2 years ago
you should have 2 gallons of water per person per day
A handy addition to your bug-out bag would be a spare phone charger, preferably a hand-cranked one like this which includes a weather alert radio and flashlight.
Use a leatherman and a better knife not a Swiss army knife
Some matches or more lighters would be useful to
Schmidty162 years ago
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