Bug-Out Barrel for a Family of Four

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Intro: Bug-Out Barrel for a Family of Four

This is another example of an outdoor survival kit for those times when you need to evacuate in a hurry or you need some emergency supplies in your house. These kits are usually called Bug-Out Bags and there are already several good INSTRUCTABLES on the subject. This variant is housed in a 60 litre food grade barrel and is designed to keep my family of four alive for a little while (depending on the conditions: outside temperature, availability of water ect.). As is often the case, once I start writing the instructable, I find out that someone (Mike) has already invented this (nice article too!).

The accompanying bike trailer/dolly was purpose built for this barrel, although I've bought a second barrel to lug beer to the beach, or fire wood to the camp-site. You can see how I made the trailer here.

The barrel format provides a several advantages:

  1. Water and air proof to keep any number of malicious elements out and preserve the contents until you need them. It is also handy for crossing or travelling down waterways.
  2. Rigid construction that allows for many uses as a separate item (chair, roller, support, water container, animal resistant container...).
  3. Can be dragged over snow.
  4. Relatively inconspicuous (in your garage, or back of your car).
  5. You can purchase a harness which transforms the barrel into a surprisingly comfortable backpack.

Step 1: Assemble the Kit

I was not able to fit everything, so I was faced with some important survival questions: water or sleeping bag? Watch the video to see what I chose...

  1. 2-4 sleeping bags (depends how cosy you are with your fellow survivors)
  2. A tent (I got a super cheap one from Canadian Tire)
  3. Tarp
  4. 100' paracord
  5. Machete
  6. Multitool
  7. Fires making tools (lighters, firepaste, sparker)
  8. Compass
  9. Water filtration (life straw) (strain out particles of feces and associated nasties)
  10. Water purification tablets (kill the bacteria and viruses)
  11. Collapsible Water container
  12. Compact fishing rod and tackle
  13. Flash light, radio, USB charger combo
  14. First Aid Kit
  15. Potassium Iodide
  16. Dehydrated Food (has a shelf life so switch out every few years)
  17. Water (has a shelf life so switch out every few years)
  18. Mess kit
  19. Pots and pans
  20. 4 toques
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    JoeM220

    2 years ago

    Preppers Asylum markets a cozy one on ebay. I think its worty every penny.

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    foxposteRenard_Bleu

    Reply 2 years ago

    I'm working on inventing dehydrated water--think of the savings in weight! More practical is a water still--boil available water in first container, with tubing above, so steam can condense at top, and run into second container. Obviously, this idea is not new, but it is practical for slowly producing potable water.

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    Renard_Bleufoxposte

    Reply 2 years ago

    haha, i had to read your message 5 times! I like your idea for purifying. there is (was?) a great documentary on netflix about the guy who invented the segway who is pushing this tech.

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    foxposteRenard_Bleu

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks, Renard! I would like to explore the use of a Freznel lens--available in plastic small sheets cheaply to heat the water. It could concentrate any source of light to speed up condensation of water, but watch out! These lenses can produce very high heat and so can be very dangerous. Must be used with extreme caution. I'd make the condensation system out of copper, which has a melting point of around 2,000 degrees F. Also you don't want a "spot" Freznel lens for this purpose, as it could even melt copper, but one which produces a more diffuse area of heat--obviously, uses for solar hot water heating, and cooking are intriguing as well....I haven't experimented with any of this, at this point. I'm investigating concrete building materials using basalt pea gravel, vs. foam crete, vs. hemp crete. Finding any of these alternative materials to mix with cement is difficult, as these are not yet mainstream ideas. And I can't really afford to buy a wholesale supply of pumice pea gravel from China!

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    foxposteRenard_Bleu

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks, Renard! I would like to explore the use of a Freznel lens--available in plastic small sheets cheaply to heat the water. It could concentrate any source of light to speed up condensation of water, but watch out! These lenses can produce very high heat and so can be very dangerous. Must be used with extreme caution. I'd make the condensation system out of copper, which has a melting point of around 2,000 degrees F. Also you don't want a "spot" Freznel lens for this purpose, as it could even melt copper, but one which produces a more diffuse area of heat--obviously, uses for solar hot water heating, and cooking are intriguing as well....I haven't experimented with any of this, at this point. I'm investigating concrete building materials using basalt pea gravel, vs. foam crete, vs. hemp crete. Finding any of these alternative materials to mix with cement is difficult, as these are not yet mainstream ideas. And I can't really afford to buy a wholesale supply of pumice pea gravel from China!

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    zorcy

    2 years ago

    Maybe a cheap cross bow, bolts and extra string. Saw a small cheap pistol grip for under $20

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    Renard_Bleuzorcy

    Reply 2 years ago

    great ideas, thanks for the comments

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    BillJ1

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I really like the idea of the 30 gal food container. Do you have a couple of comments on your build of the trailer?

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    EcoExpatMike

    3 years ago on Introduction

    If you are unarmed, the first armed person who wants your stuff will have it.

    Just saying. Consider a firearm (if legal in your area).

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    You are probably right, this wont pass the family council, if you know what mean. I hope to be good and bugged out before it gets too crazy. thanks for the comment.

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    Skubasteve21

    3 years ago on Introduction

    This looks like a great idea, you could also with a few hundred feet of para-cord make a 2 man carry rig with handles on either end. This would give additional cordage which is always nice and could lighten the load between to people.

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    Great idea. It is not that heavy currently (60lbs ish), but if you are hauling water it should weigh in at 120lbs... I would like a friend in that case. Thanks for the comment.