Hello all, it is James again, coming to you from Disability Action Center in Moscow, the gateway to the beautiful panhandle of Idaho. This month I would like to speak to you about Bug-out-bags. The reason why is because “we” as a state are in the midst of wildfire season! As of now we have 13 wildfires ablaze. In light of that I felt it would be nice for all of you to be prepared with a bug-out-bag – a “just in case” scenario if you will!

Ok then, let’s get to it! In my opinion, the first question I would ask myself is what is a Bug-out-bag and what’s it’s purpose? A bug-out-bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for 72 hours when evacuating a disaster. Yep…that pretty much sums it up in a nutshell. The next question is just as important as the first.

The second question is, how much should it weigh?Are there any takers to surmise the weight?….I’m waiting…No?…Ok I’ll tell you. There is in fact a formula to use to figure out the weight of YOUR PERSONAL bug-out-bag. Did you notice the part in capital letters? I just want you to understand that it will be YOU carrying this bag so it will have to be a weight you can carry if need be. The formula for your ideal bug-out-bag weight is 10% of your body weight. An example is if you weigh 200 lbs then 10% is 20 lbs.

I know what you are saying to yourself…the weight of the bug-out-bag should not be the second question, that should be what do I put into it. Well, that’s a valid point, however, the problem with that logic is that some would try to put everything they could into it. Thus, not being able to pick it up, let alone carrying it. We want this to be a survival tool, not a house on your back. Now that we know the target weight of said bag we can delve into what kind of things to fill it up. Oh boy, now for the fun part! Deciphering the items needed to survive! What items do you need for 3 days? How would you decide what you really need and determine the amount of said item. And what will put the items in?

Tune in next month to find the answers to these questions. Until next time remember: “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them, that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally in whatever way they like.” ~ Lao Tzu

If you don’t want to wait until next month, check out these links for your bug-out-bag contents.