Discuss bug-out bags

  • August 14, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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What they should hold, what to use, maybe show and tell?

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  • Terry S.

    Each member of my family has a B.O.B., incomplete but usable. I also have a get home bag in my car. The G.H.B. is good for three days, the B.O.B.'s are good for six days or longer if resupply is possible. As former Army I understand the need to be perpared. With a light weight pack, 15 to 25 lbs. you can move fast and easy but also means that you don't have a lot to work with. A heavy pack, 65 to 80 lbs. means slow and steady but you are prepared for most problems. That's why I work to keep the wife's and kid's packs under 40 lbs. and mine under 60lbs. Then of coruse there is weapons and ammo, more weight.

    Don't scrimp on foot ware. You can take short cuts else where, just not on boots. If you can't walk you can't bug out. Remember, you will be carrying more weight on your body and traveling on foot a great deal more than you are used to. Quality foot ware (over the ankle boots) is essential.

    June 26, 2013

  • Russ R.

    Bug out may be misinterpreted as get home, get to the car, or wandering around to forage bag. Mine is to get me to my car, all about getting home from wherever I am. Once home, there is always the potential to have to evacuate, hence the idea of a BOB. If your place is on fire, or the earthquake hits, you need to be self sufficient for some time. Another good reason to have a BOB. Just my opinion.

    1 · March 22, 2012

    • Jose B.

      I have a bug out bag at home with food for up to 10 days, but at home I have a month's worth of food stash.

      December 19, 2012

  • Mark

    Hate that I missed out. Recently got a 5.11 RUSH 12 that I'm constantly adding to. If anyone is looking for a 3-day pack, you may want to check out this video. The NUTNFANCY discount code still works as of today and surprisingly the multicam option doesn't increase the price at it usually does on most packs/accessories. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    October 7, 2012

  • Alberto Stein R.

    Hello everyone, I've decided to host this event since I didn't see anybody having anything scheduled. Please RSVP so I know how many people are coming. Thanks!

    August 9, 2012

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  • Bruce C.

    Go to www.easyprepperfood.com for non-GMO based, unadulterated, whey protein super-foods that are easy use ,easy to store, and easy to bug out with too.

    June 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    @Tom. It makes sense for some like myself. I rent an apartment (corporate housing). So i dont have the luxury to bug in. If disaster strikes I plan to get out of the city and head (to another state). But maybe that's not a good idea, hence why i'd like to attend this meeting.

    April 15, 2012

  • Lanelle D.

    I got my FoodSaver on Craigs List for $15 plus multiple rolls of bags and the ready to seal bags. You can also find FREE stuff on Freecycle. I'm on Kitsap Freecycle. Just do a search for Freecycle and you can find groups near you.

    March 25, 2012

  • Ron

    @Kiloeen: What's the web site? I just got my FoodSaver a coupla weeks ago and use it all the time now. Non-food grade bags would be great!

    March 24, 2012

  • Ron

    @Kiloeen: I think you're on the right track. Minimum weight-I carry MRE entrées, NOT the whole meal for that reason. As for evolving? I'm now considering dumping the MRE entrées for quick cooking brown rice. Extra wool socks are a great idea- keep them in a zip-lock bag. My bag is only designed to get me home to my 1st fall-back position. After that, it's assess the situation.

    March 24, 2012

  • Lanelle D.

    My husband and I both have BOBs in our vehicles. Ours really are not BOBs but are Get Home Bags! We live on the Kitsap Peninsula way out of town. My husband has a 45 min commute. Town is 30 min by car. Getting home would be a trek alone as an adult but when you add children there are some things you really need to have:
    Shelter
    Food/water
    First Aid (more than bandaids)
    Heat
    Basic tools
    Cards/games

    I have a list I will post in another post as I'm almost out of characters

    March 23, 2012

  • Duy

    I think it's also a good idea to work the bag into drills. My work place organizes evacuation drills about every 6 months. I keep the bag in my desk and make a habit of always grabbing it as part of the practice drill. Tape is a good idea. I forgot that... I've got map, some cash, LED light, contact info of family, first aid, dust mask, food/water, kelvar lined hoodie, pepper spray, multitool, extra glasses/contact lenses

    March 22, 2012

  • Stephen C.

    I'd be interested in seeing a few suggestions as to contents for BOB's like this. I keep a couple of small duffel bags around that usually have partial kits in them, that just need a couple additional items to be ready to go. SOme of the things I keep in my simple little bags are:
    Plastic trash bags
    Rain ponchos
    roll of electrical tape
    towel
    dry non perishable snacks like nuts and granola etc
    water bottles
    pocket knife
    bic lighter
    TP
    socks and underwear
    simple first aid stuff (vary)

    1 · March 22, 2012

  • Duy

    I just watched NutNFancy's youtube video on bug out bags. Good stuff.

    I've got three different bug out bags. One at my work, in my car, and in my home. The philosophy is to have gear available wherever I happen to be but mobile enough to go wherever I need to go. I live and work in an urban area so I probably won't be able to stay here. Definitely included maps, a GPS, and some cash.

    1 · March 22, 2012

  • Tom

    Bugging out should be the last option... So why is it that bug out bags are always the first thing that preppers want to discuss? Bugging in and homesteading are what we should be talking about.

    5 · March 22, 2012

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