Seeker's Survival Prep
The Basics
The Bugout Bag


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I have always advocated that everyone should keep a bugout bag in each of their vehicles for emergencies, and an additional one at home with increased amounts of supplies that will support their needs for a minimum of two weeks...

It literally blows my mind at the number of households (especially in urban or city limits) that do not have any supplies to hand; I mean, literally, they shop for food every day...

At a minimum, there is enough room in the trunk for these essential items that will cover  almost any scenario...

 
A case of bottled water; a one pound bag of soda crackers; one jar of peanut butter; one pint of honey; one pound of beef jerky; at least a dozen packages of instant soup; several assorted tins or pouches of fish, chicken, sardines, Vienna sausages, corned beef, items that are easy open and can be consumed right from the package...

It is all too true that most of these items listed are high fat content; in a survival situation that is a good thing; also include some trail mix and a few candy bars; also good to have salt,pepper, mustard, and ketchup( mine also has a bottle of hot sauce 8) )plus several different flavors of instant Kool aid and tea/drink mix that can be added to the water...


Include a small tarp (8x8 or 8x12) 100' of parachute cord or nylon twine, 2 space blankets, strike anywhere matches, butane lighters, a knife, one package of emergency candles, flashlight, a decent first aid kit; a box of alcohol wipes, liquid soap, a roll of paper towels, toilet paper, and I keep a box of plastic forks and spoons along with a camper's mess kit...

everything I have listed except the water fits into a medium duty backpack quite easily along with a brick of .22long rifle shells and a nine shot revolver, small led lantern with extra batteries, crank powered radio, magnesium fire starter and a compass...

Several items for the BOB that come in quite handy are Ziploc bags; I usually keep several sandwich, quart, and gallon size along with some old plastic bags from the store and trash bags; can be quite handy...

another useful tool I have looks like a cell phone but is actually a taser; spider or snake bite areas can be purged of the venom by popping it a couple of times with it; isn't exactly pleasant, but it does work...

Now for a few more items to add to the basic list: a folding shovel and a good hatchet will always be useful in making expedient shelter in adverse weather conditions;  there are many different small water purification items such as a Life Straw and purification tablets, and having charcoal on hand makes it easy to construct a water purifier; just need a bucket, some tinfoil,play sand, the charcoal, gravel, and a few minutes of time...

The principle is similar to a leach bed; line a 5 gallon bucket with 6" of gravel in the bottom after drilling 15-20 1/8" holes around the bottom edge; put a layer of aluminum foil to cover it, punch several dozen pinholes in it in the center of the foil, then a layer of charcoal 3-4" deep, layer of aluminum foil to cover the charcoal, then 6" of sand; make 2 full layers like this;

You have to have the bucket where it can be put in a wash tub or something similar; pour a gallon of water in the top and when it comes out into the tub put it in a clean container with the bleach drops, let it sit for 24 hours and you are ready to go...

It is never too late to plan until it is happening... a written plan of action helps to eliminate those brain farts that cause you to forget to bring your meds, boots, underwear, etc...a pair or two of cheap cotton gloves, a box of nitrile disposable gloves, and a good sturdy pair of leather gloves is a plus; I also try to keep an extra set of clothes with the BOB, and seldom do I go outside without comfortable, durable footwear, usually boots...


In a small plastic tin i have a fishing tackle kit; just some hooks on leaders, weights, a small spool of line and a couple of floats, a multi-tool, and a small set of nail clippers...

In the same pocket there is also a compact set of binoculars and a magnifying glass, bottle of nail polish, super glue, a roll of electricians rubber tape...The nylon line in the fishing kit can be used for sutures if needed,along with the sewing kit and super glue.

Apple cider vinegar is also a good thing to keep in the bag for it has a wide range of uses also, along with a bottle of iodine and Mercurochrome; any cut or scratch needs to be tended to immediately in a survival situation, Bactine and Neosporin are need to have items also along with alcohol wipes and peroxide...

Keeping a cool head and having a detailed plan complete with alternate routes or plans for different scenarios with greatly increase the chances of accomplishing your goals and help minimize wasting possibly precious moments trying to make a decision...

OK part one was dealing with the BOB to get you home in a SHTF scenario; most peeps are going to have to evaluate whether to hunker down and ride it out at home or move to better accommodations; many have already planned their route and have prepped a safe haven; most haven't...

It bodes well to have Plan A, and B, and C...
 





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