Your Bug Out Bag – Essential Antibiotics
There are several reasons why you could need to evacuate your house. It could be because of a natural disaster, such as an oncoming storm, rise flood waters, or an earthquake. It could also be due to a fire or some other emergency. Just do not get too many ideas from that ridiculous San Andreas movie.
That movie was preposterous. The point is, when we leave our house in a hurry to head to somewhere safer, we often don’t have the time or opportunity to take along a lot of things. We only take the bare essentials, and other necessary items if we remember too.
That is why a bug out bag is so essential. The term bug out bag comes from the term bugging out – which means to evacuate your home in case of an emergency. A bug out bag is a safety kit that consists of all necessary items that can help you survive for at least 72 hours while you are away from your home. A bug out bag is known by other names too, such as a 72-Hour Bag, an EVAC Bag, and a Battle Box.
If you think a bug out back is unrealistic, think again. A disaster is never controllable and always unpredictable. Whether it’s man-made or natural, a disaster can wreak havoc on your life and the surrounding communities. It is always wise to be prepared, no matter where you live.
A bug out bag saves you the hassle of putting together an emergency kit at the time of an actual emergency. When you are prepared with an emergency kit well in advance, you won’t have to depend on scavenging or seeking handouts when a disaster strikes (no one with any self-esteem wants to be a beggar or a burden). And why just natural disasters? Events like a terrorist attack can also require us to evacuate our homes and head to a safer place. In all these instances, a bug out bag can be priceless.
So what goes into a bug out bag? Before we begin, it is important to remember that we are packing for an emergency, not a vacation. Therefore, pack only those items that you need to survive for at least three days in a makeshift camp (you do not need a large hair dryer like Princess Vespa brought in the movie Spaceballs!).
Items include water, clothing, dry food like energy/granola bars and cereals, flashlights, matches, candles, essential tools such as a knife, hatchet, and a multi tool. Important documents such as your drivers’ license, passport, social security card, and certainly vital medicine should be things that you bring along.
Antibiotics are vital too and are generally prescribed by doctors for a variety of reasons.
There are several threats that might affect you when living in a makeshift camp during a disaster, especially when there are so many different people in close proximity. When you are armed with some essential antibiotics, this can help you navigate through this ordeal.
Some essential antibiotics to include in a bug out bag are:
Cephalexyn: It is used to treat all kinds of respiratory troubles, including pneumonia and bronchitis. This antibiotic is also used to treat ear infections, and since it is relatively free from side effects it can be safely used by everyone, including children and pregnant women.
Ciprofloxacin: This is a kind of multipurpose antibiotic that is used for treating a host of illnesses, from urinary tract infections to diarrhea to pneumonia. This is a pivotal antibiotic to have in a bug out bag, because it is helpful in treating infections. However, it cannot be used by children or pregnant women.
Metronidazole: This antibiotic is used to treat intestinal infections, including diverticulitis and colitis. In addition, it is also used in meningitis and lung infections, together with other antibiotics. However, this shouldn’t be taken by children and pregnant or nursing women.
Ampicilin: During an evacuation, you may have to eat and drink whatever you can (to a certain extent of course!), and this can cause a number of gastrointestinal ailments. Ampicilin is a very popular antibiotic that is used to treat not only intestinal problems, but also respiratory and other bacterial infections. Ampicilin has little to no side effects and can be safely used by anyone.
Sulfamethoxazole: When used together with trimethoprim, it is a versatile and useful antibiotic, great for respiratory infections, ear infections, and urinary tract infections. During an emergency, when you are living in a makeshift camp, it is not unusual to acquire a urinary tract infection. This is a handy combination of antibiotics during this period of time.
Doxycycline: This can be used to treat a number of life-threatening illnesses such as typhus or malaria. You need to drink a lot of water when taking doxycycline. Not for children or pregnant/nursing women.
None of these antibiotics are too expensive, and they are easily available at any pharmacy. You can read about them online and in even ask your doctor about them.
Make sure the bag is a big backpack that can hold everything from a makeshift tent to clothes to food and water. You can have more than one bug out bag as well! There is not hard and fast rule that says you only need one. Just be organized and have this stuff and this bug out bag/s ready to go as you never know when will the SHTF.
Editor’s Note: Please seek professional Medical Advice before adding or taking any Antibiotics to your Bug Out Bag.