CRITICAL THINKING ABOUT BUG OUT BAGS CONTINUED
by James Pickard
First, start by learning about the environment you live in. What good does that do? There are a couple of reasons: weather and terrain. You don’t want to pack long johns if you live where it’s tropical and you don’t want street shoes to trek through the wilderness. Of course, I’m not saying that every disaster will be apocalyptic, it’s just a good idea to be prepared for whatever may come.
Next you must determine how much water you will need. It is said the average person needs a gallon of water per day. So for 72 hours or 3 days that’s 3 gallons of water per person. Food would be the next item o the agenda. The basic guideline is, on average, a woman needs roughly 2000 calories a day and a man needs roughly 2500 calories a day to survive. Of course, there are many factors involved in an individuals food, especially if you happen to have any kind of medical issues. It’s very important to understand your dietary needs and pack accordingly.
Depending on whether you are sheltering in place (ability to stay in your home) or not, it is a good idea to have a tarp in your bug out bag. The tarp can provide you with temporary shelter from sun or rain, or can act as a wind break on those gusty days. To go along with the tarp of course is rope! Rope has multiple uses. For instance, you could tie down your tarp for shelter, tie up a bundle of wood for a fire, or depending on the thickness of the rope, could be used for replacement shoe laces, just to give you a few ideas.
A few of the other types of tools you may want to pack are a multipurpose tool like a Leatherman, that has a built in knife, screw drivers, can opener and pliers. A weather alert radio with dynamo crank and flashlight and cell phone charger is a good idea. This tool does away with packing extra batteries. I bet that if you put on your thinking caps you can find other multipurpose tools to add to your bug out bag. Oh…and don’t forget the first aid kit! A must have in every bug out bag.
Final thoughts. The whole purpose of a bug out bag is for the individual. So personalize it for your needs. If you wear hearing aids, pack extra batteries, if you take a daily prescription, pack a weeks worth, if you wear glasses, pack an extra pair, or if you have asthma, pack an extra inhaler. You can see where I’m going with this. It’s all about YOU being able to survive a bad stretch on the road of your life’s journey.
~Peace be with you and yours~