My Bug Out Bag Update PT-1 Intro

Over the years I have ended up with so much gear that I decided to cut back and sell off much of it to fund other projects and to finish off my existing preps. For instance my knife collection has been cut by ��s, along with many of my other interests, such as archery. Anything that wasn�t being used on a regular basis or couldn�t fit into existing equipment requirements was to go. I also had a lot of gear that would now be classed as old technology that required updating. Lanterns that could now be powered by winding them up and last most of the night using LED technology for example to reduce battery use and the need to store fuels. As for my BOB, my health requirements made it difficult to carry backpacks. So I now used a large 511 roller bag for my main storage requirements. However I also kept two of my smaller 35 litre and 45 litre packs as backups. There are many short comings in the current perception in the use of BOB�s. This idea I thought, was mainly held by only a few but have now found more and more people thinking along the same lines as seen in the articles and links posted below. A 3 day BOB will only get you so far and then you become a refugee. They were designed many years ago when just needing to leave your home for a short amount of time and then intending to return or when travelling to a retreat. Many are still homeless, years after a natural disaster has occurred. My idea is to stay in place for 2 months and then travel in my Bug Out Vehicle which is a bus in order to never be a refugee and still be able to carry another 4 months of food and equipment and always have a roof over my head. If an event were to occur in my area, I will never be going back. Even then I have made arrangements for a backup in the event to bus were to become unliveable. But by using this system I can stay anywhere without becoming a burden on others and still remain discreet about my location. If one area were to become uninhabitable then I can simply move to another, provided the fuel is available. Just try buying ammunition in bulk and seeing how far you can carry 600 rounds in a back pack, or simply using small first aid kits that were never designed for a full scale emergency and see how far they will help. So the way I�m now designing the use of my BOB�s is a large bag for what you�d refer to as a long term bob or a comfort bob to use the equipment stored in it to make a long term camp more comfortable. The smaller bags are mainly to hold excess gear that would be classed as your traditional short term bobs for backup use and caches. I�m not far from country areas but they usually only grow seasonally or specific crops. City areas offer me much better forms of scrounging, especially when most country areas rely on goods being transported from the cities. These will be the first to run out of supplies. I plan on being close enough to the major towns to forage but far enough away so nobody knows I�m there. I can�t afford a retreat so a large vehicle is my compromise to a permanent retreat by having a mobile version. More on equipment updates in later posts. � The Bug Out Problem By Harry Tuttle (Edited) � A Reasonable Life Blog Are you planning to be a Refugee or a Looter? That�s the question posed by Harry Dexter White. And, I think it�s well worth considering. To quote him directly: �People talk about guns too much. People talk about bugging out too much. There are two words for people who plan to �bug out�: �Refugee� and �Looter� �Some people pack and repack their BOB so they can GOOD when the SHTF at TEOTWAKI. Some wise guy said, �Don�t run. You�ll just die tired.� Carrying an AR-10 on your walk to the superdome is just going to make you tired faster�.How many days of food do they recommend carrying in their BOB? After that, what? Foraging isn�t that easy now, let alone when the woods are crawling with competition. If you are foraging with 300 million other people, you are starving to death. The successful foragers will starve a little more slowly, but that seems like cold comfort. The whole premise is that there would not be food to buy and precious little to steal. Bugging out always comes back to looting in the end. These comments, by the way, were made in response to the article at The Truth about Guns and another at American Rifleman. Both address the problem of choosing a single survival firearm for the purpose of bugging out. Thankfully, we can count on our HDW to help re-orient the question to first priorities. It can be a useful proposition to think about optimal solutions, either for the sake of simplicity or to be used as a simple mental exercise. But, Mr White is right about this: If your first plan of action in a worst case scenario is to �bug out�, you�re already in deep poop. If all you�re planning for is a �small crisis��.such as a flood, hurricane or earthquake, for instance, well, having a �72-hour� emergency kit (or Bug Out Bag) makes good sense, doesn�t it? That�s just prudent. But, on the other hand, if you truly believe that there�s a reasonable chance that the world as you know it will go to hell in a hand basket and you�re sitting there in middle of urban/suburban Disneyland (errr, �the superdome�), then Mr White is quite correct. Assuming you make it out of the city at all, is it then your plan to camp out in my pasture? Is that really all you�re thinking? No, of course not�..you�re planning on an extended survival excursion into the city park, right? Oh, you�ve got a national forest nearby? (As it happens, so do we.) That�s dandy, so how your taste for is grubs and foot fungus? Is your wife up to speed on this plan? Or your five-year old daughter? Oh, you�ll let them go the Superdome without you? Good thinking. This is just a guess, but I�d have to estimate that 90% or better of those purporting to be engaged in some manner of �preparedness� are (as HDW has also said) only engaged in some sort of �fantasy football�. Why? Simply because you live somewhere that you know is untenable and your �retreat� doesn�t exist. But, hopefully this is the sort of mental exercise that will lead to a somewhat more practical approach to the problem. James Wesley Rawles on the subject: �Live at Your Retreat Year-Round. If your financial and family circumstances allow it, I strongly recommend that you relocate to a safe area and live there year-round. This has several advantages most notably that will prevent burglary of your retreat logistics and allow you to regularly tend to gardens, orchards, and livestock. It will also remove the stress of timing a �Get Out of Dodge� trip at the 11th hour. If circumstances dictate that you can�t live at your retreat year round, then at least have a caretaker and stock the vast majority of your logistics in advance, since you may only have one trip there before roads are impassable.� As I stated at the beginning, however, it�s still useful to consider simplifying your defensive logistics and (as even Rawles notes) having some kind of Plan B (and Plan C), even if you�re well situated for a disaster. On that score, planning some kind of B.O.B or G.O.O.D. kit may be worth your while. Responses to The �Bug Out� Problem I have a BOB, retreat location and alternate. I intend to stay put during an emergency BUT let�s say during that emergency (economy or natural) your location becomes unlivable due to wildfire, storm or other unforeseeable. You can go to FEMA or Bug out. In this case it is better to have a BOB and Bug out location, Firearm, medical, etc. pre-planned. I am retired Air Force and we ALWAYS had primary, secondary and tertiary locations for every function and dispersed assets so �all our eggs etc.� Many will argue best case scenarios but you have to plan for as many contingencies as possible (budget, time, health and ability) and then leave the rest to God. In the end you are increasing you CHANCES of survival and comfort during a life event knowing this will be a SEASON in your life and eventually you will either get back to or define a new normal. Reply Agreed, always need a Plan B, even a Plan C, right? Unfortunately, quite a few that I know have put way too much hope on a wholly inadequate Plan A. Harry Tuttle A Reasonable Life http://areasonablelife.wordpress.com/2011/01/02/the-bug-out-problem/ The truth about Guns http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2010/12/robert-farago/american-riflemans-bug-out-gun-armalite-ar-10-huh/ American Rifleman http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/bug-out-bag-gun/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Bug-Out-text&utm_campaign=BFR Rawles Precepts http://www.survivalblog.com/precepts.html Realities of Bugging Out http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread335024/pg1 Transitioning to a 7 day BOB http://www.survivalblog.com/2010/06/transitioning_to_seven_day_bug.html