Step 2: Bug Out Bag: the Bag

There are a few choices to choose for a bug out bag, an external frame back pack, internal frame back pack, back pack, or duffel bag. External frame bags hold a lot of stuff, have many pockets, compartments and can easily be found for less than $10 at a thrift store. Internal frames are more modern, lighter, and look more like a back pack. Back packs are smaller. Duffel bags are usually carried over one shoulder. A normal backpack or duffel bag will blend in with everyone else.

Picking a pack can be tricky, I chose to save my money and get an old external frame pack. When carrying stuff in a safe environment it will do fine but if there are looters it will look like a big orange sign saying “food and supplies right here” (maybe fixed by covering pack with a trash bag). An internal frame pack could blend in better.

Packs come in different sizes and mine is a junior. Internal frames are sized in liters and I don’t know how to convert. You can buy a pack first and supplies till it's full, or the supplies first and a pack that fits them. I chose the cheap pack first with the plan of upgrading when I know what I really want.

Instead of going out and buying everything at once it’s a lot cheaper to get things used and upgrade as you find better equipment. Backpacking equipment is one of the things that most people only use a little then store for years. Old stuff has worked well for me.

Pack Supplies:
Solar charger - Slow, inefficient and likely unnecessary.
Water filter- Smaller and slower but cheapest model. I plan to use with close by lake.
First aid - Super glue, antibiotic ointment, and tape see HERE for better one.
Snacks- Granola and cereal bars, they go bad faster than anything else.
Local Maps- Can Print from HERE or get from forest service.
Fuel - In a special fuel canister, don’t want it to spill.
Pots and Pans- Stackable
Camp stove- See step 3
Swiss Army Knife- only thing you really need
Dried food- See step 5
Canned food- Not usually recommend for backpacking but you can eat it without cooking (cold canned green beans are yummy not dried pasta).
Flashlights- Have 2 lights that take AAA 1 good, 1 cheap (LEDs don’t have replacement bulbs so I have replacement lights)
Contacts- Extra pack is smaller and cheaper than glasses
Extra batteries
Pepper spray
Bug spray
Sleeping bag
Water bottles
Hand warmers
Space blanket
Disinfecting wipes
change of cloths
<p>I would not want to cook food with gas because of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzene" rel="nofollow" style="">benzene</a>... as heating fuel it would be fine. Coleman fuel is gas with the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzene" rel="nofollow" style="">benzene</a> removed at the refinery.</p>
Congratulations on being a finalist in the be prepare contest!
um a bigger knife fire arm bullets and cell phone/cb or ham radio
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.
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.
My brothers, in the late 1960's kept freeze dried food in the back of a pickup camper. <br>We discovered that the gourmet mice had discovered every bag of it. <br> <br>Try getting large lard tins to hold the toilet paper and the flour, pancake mix, dried beans, rice etc. <br> <br>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. <br> <br>Try FREUND CANS in Chicago.
Very informative. More ideas for me to put on my list so I can add things to what I have. Thanks.
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
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<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Ambient-Weather-WR-111-Emergency-Flashlight/dp/B0071BTJPI/ref=reg_hu-rd_add_1_dp" rel="nofollow"> this</a> which includes a weather alert radio and flashlight.<br>
Use a leatherman and a better knife not a Swiss army knife <br>Some matches or more lighters would be useful to
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