Tuesday, April 07, 2020 by Janine Acero
A good prepper is ready to bug out at a moment’s notice. That said, his bug-out bag (BOB) should be able to cover his personal needs for the entire time he is bugging out. If his BOB turns out to be a liability before he can reach his bug-out location, it is probably that he may have made one (or some) of these common mistakes.
Take note of these so you may avoid them when you’re packing your own BOB. (h/t to DoomsdayMoose.com)
A BOB cannot be just any bag. A poorly chosen BOB will not meet your prepping needs due to weight, limited space and overall appearance.
When purchasing a BOB, take note of the following:
The five Cs are survival essentials that any BOB should have. Make sure you cover the five Cs first before packing additional items.
If you bring your own drinking water, you must pack at least one gallon of water per person per day. So, decide on how much water to bring depending on how long you would be on the move. If you plan to get water from a nearby source, you will need to filter and then boil it before it is safe for consumption.
For food rationing, three days’ worth of food typically has 3,000 to 3,500 calories per person depending on a person’s physical needs and activities. Make sure to check the expiration date on the food items.
Do not forget to pack a medical kit, with basic first aid, remedies for stomachache, diarrhea, pain relief and personal medications if you’re living with an existing health condition, like an allergy.
In terms of hygiene, you can bring empty plastic bags and wipes to clean up after eating, as well as soap, toothbrush and toothpaste for washing up.
Documents such as IDs, licenses and cash should have a space in your BOB. Reporting a lost wallet or seeking help from authorities would be much easier if you have copies of your identification on hand.
If you have an existing medical condition, you should include your medical card with the rest of your important documents. Your medical card would be handy during an emergency so that others can read your medical history in a glance. This will help prevent incorrect prescriptions for an allergy or misdiagnosis of your medical condition.
Your survival items will only be useful if you know how to use them. Familiarize yourself with the items you’ve packed and start practicing your survival skills using each tool.
You can use a GPS to learn the terrain around your location. Find sources of water and nearby villages that you can bug out to during an emergency.
Understand your personal needs when selecting a BOB, pack all the essentials first before any additional items and hone your survival skills. Visit BugOut.news to learn more.