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Bugout bags - general discussion on what you have in'em, recommendations, etc
just me | 7/22/2011 | reed13

Posted on 07/22/2011 5:36:50 PM PDT by reed13

On a seperate discussion the topic of bug-out bags came up and I thought it might be a good general topic for discussion. What everyone has in theirs, what is recommended, weights, why those items, more than one, differences for different family members, etc.


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KEYWORDS: bugout; prep; shtf; survival
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1 posted on 07/22/2011 5:37:01 PM PDT by reed13
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To: sockmonkey; Joe Brower

ping to a topic brought up on another thread. thought you might find the topic of interest or have others that would be.


2 posted on 07/22/2011 5:38:54 PM PDT by reed13
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To: reed13

http://suburbansurvivalblog.com/my-large-bug-out-bag-contents


3 posted on 07/22/2011 5:41:19 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: reed13

I need a bug-out tractor trailer.


4 posted on 07/22/2011 5:43:09 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: reed13

Actually the first thing that needs some serious thought is whether bugging out is the right thing to do. Obviously for some urban people it is but the vast majority of us rural and small town folks should stay put.


5 posted on 07/22/2011 5:43:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: reed13

A survival water filter is by far the most important item to own.


6 posted on 07/22/2011 5:45:49 PM PDT by omega4179
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To: rabidralph

My wife would need a tractor-trailer. all I would need is an extra pair of dungarees a clean shirt and a change of underwear.


7 posted on 07/22/2011 5:45:57 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: reed13

BFLR ...


8 posted on 07/22/2011 5:49:38 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: cripplecreek

Once you leave home - you are a refugee.


9 posted on 07/22/2011 5:49:55 PM PDT by maine yankee (I got my Governor at 'Marden's')
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To: Venturer

Underwear?


10 posted on 07/22/2011 5:51:06 PM PDT by Lando Lincoln (But that's just me.)
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To: reed13

So I’ll get things started: I have 2 for myself and my wife and 1 for each child. My shoulder tactical bag 1:
- 50 shotgun shells (shot 90% and slug 10%),
- 200 .22lr,
- 100 revolver rounds.
- 3 knifes,
- multitool,
- cordage,
- first aid kit- basic,
- thermal blanket,
- mosquito head cover,
- gloves,
- compass,
- combination whistle/compass/light/mirror
- area topo map,
- flint/mag firestarter,
- waterproof matches, lighter,
- small binoculars,
- batteries(AA, AAA, C),
- multichannel radio (rcv only) tiny thing,
- plastic bags (I actually use these when I hunt for livers and hearts and such), - Slingshot w/ small amount of shot,
- small sewing kit,
- snare wire, and
- essential cleaning kit for weapons.


11 posted on 07/22/2011 5:52:48 PM PDT by reed13
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To: cripplecreek

I don’t disagree with the idea that you should stay put as long as possible - that’s also true of aircraft crashes, etc. The question though is if you were forced to what are the essentials you would take with you.


12 posted on 07/22/2011 5:56:11 PM PDT by reed13
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To: reed13

I’m remaining in place - no bug out option desired. Why run from my home and my neighbors, and from all the supplies and support in place? I have lots of extra boots, lots of work gloves (100 extra pair of leather work gloves, plus cloth, latex, and nitrile, since they were cheap and seem useful), lots of extra first aid supplies, water, extra water filtration, extra water purification, lots of extra food, self-defense supplies (no need to specify, but it’s enough), hand tools, power tools, limited power generation capability, currency and coins including forms that should retain value no matter what, and available food resupply that would supplement my stores to essentially last forever, in terms of garden vegetables and squirrels/birds for meat. Perhaps the zombies could take my home, although the roof and outside walls are fireproof and almost as sturdy as a fortress, but the cost would be too much for them to try.

My guess is that in a total collapse, most zombies would be gone in a week, if they even made it as far as my town, and they would not want to try my neighbors. I don’t have any place to run to, nor do I think I’d be safer in a car with no fuel than in my home with neighbors for support.


13 posted on 07/22/2011 5:56:11 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: All

great thread


14 posted on 07/22/2011 5:57:01 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: reed13

Also have a BOB for each household member.

Same as listed, but add extra pants, shirt, socks, in ziplock bag. Sterno, grill and brickettes, need to get a pot of somekind.


15 posted on 07/22/2011 5:57:04 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (WHITEY)
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To: omega4179

which reminds me I missed iodine tablets.


16 posted on 07/22/2011 5:57:21 PM PDT by reed13
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To: reed13

lots of ammo.............


17 posted on 07/22/2011 5:58:49 PM PDT by jmax
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To: reed13

I live deep in the heart of The Peoples Republic of Tampa. If the SHTF I’ll be happy to leave with my only my (and my family’s) life.


18 posted on 07/22/2011 5:59:48 PM PDT by WackySam (Obama got Osama just like Nixon landed on the moon.)
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To: bicyclerepair

Yeah that’s just my shoulder bag:

My backpack has a cooking set, blanket, couple sterno cans, sleeping bag hitched to the bottom, flashlight/lantern, poncho, water filter.


19 posted on 07/22/2011 6:00:35 PM PDT by reed13
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To: Doogle

Great link btw


20 posted on 07/22/2011 6:02:06 PM PDT by reed13
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To: maine yankee

I have friends and family in virtually every little town in my county. Its a support network that I can rely on without having to travel more than a couple hours by bicycle.

That’s not counting friends and neighbors here in my little village.


21 posted on 07/22/2011 6:02:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: reed13

yep all that, plus food, water, plus money, plus surgical/stitches kits, antibiotics, very large trash bags (in case of dead bodies)tarp, tent, sunscreen, bug repellant,extra comfortable shoes, boots. etc...


22 posted on 07/22/2011 6:02:55 PM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: reed13

yep all that, plus food, water, plus money, plus surgical/stitches kits, antibiotics, very large trash bags (in case of dead bodies)tarp, tent, sunscreen, bug repellant,extra comfortable shoes, boots. etc...


23 posted on 07/22/2011 6:04:06 PM PDT by Freddd (NoPA ngineers.)
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To: reed13

Your list is great - I would only add a small camping cooking pot - maybe tea bags and sugar for hot drinks.


24 posted on 07/22/2011 6:06:16 PM PDT by 30Moves
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To: bicyclerepair

While Robert’s a nice guy I only know the one, so I’d rather not share him with the others might get messy. I’m not familiar with that acronym...can you elaborate?


25 posted on 07/22/2011 6:06:24 PM PDT by reed13
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To: reed13; bicyclerepair

Never mind I’m an idiot sometimes...sigh


26 posted on 07/22/2011 6:08:09 PM PDT by reed13
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To: reed13

:)


27 posted on 07/22/2011 6:14:44 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: reed13

What are the C batteries for? Haven’t seen anything in many years that take a C battery.


28 posted on 07/22/2011 6:15:35 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah, but I work in the city, so I have a bag in case I get caught away from home.


29 posted on 07/22/2011 6:18:11 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: reed13; cripplecreek
The question though is if you were forced to what are the essentials you would take with you.

If you have to leave because civilization crashed, you will be dead in 72 hours since most people who would be on foot would use you as their BOB.

In non-TEOTWAWKI scenarios it is quite simple: .45 1911, burn phone, passport, pre-paid debit cards, and cash, cash, cash.

I agree with cripplecreek, stay put unless the house is literally burning down around you.

The whole idea of a BOB is actually ridiculous once one actually thinks about it. Moving solo on foot for a hundred miles? Really? Only in grade-B movie plots. If one is stupid enough to leave the house, it better be in a crowd of friendlies and be the one humping food, the Katadyn and the coffee. With that as barter, everything else comes easily.

30 posted on 07/22/2011 6:21:11 PM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
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To: posterchild

Smaller flashlight and radio. We use more Cs then Ds in the house so you go with the equipment you have.


31 posted on 07/22/2011 6:26:52 PM PDT by reed13
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To: reed13

When you bug out, you weaken your local support structure and expose yourself. Develop a support structure with your neighbors, family and hang tough. If you have to escape because that support structure has been overcome, follow your preplanned escape route to water and shelter.


32 posted on 07/22/2011 6:35:29 PM PDT by DocDirt (hang together or hang alone)
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To: reed13
which reminds me I missed iodine tablets.

Which reminds me I missed the entire hygiene category. I have an abundance of everything in that category as well, and I consider it phenomenally important. Soap is as important as bullets for survival beyond a couple weeks or so.

33 posted on 07/22/2011 6:40:49 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Noumenon

For discussion.


34 posted on 07/22/2011 6:41:56 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: The Theophilus

I wouldn’t be dead in 72, but some of those coming my families way might be.

My family is all 400 miles away and my wife’s is overseas. Locals aren’t hostile, but don’t feel I could depend on them either...except maybe 1 or 2 that are within 30 miles. Not a one introduced themselves when we arrived 4 years back for my job, I was the one who reached out.

In this scenario I’d never travel roads, I have an escape route through dense woods in the back of my property that puts me into farm country rapidly. The girls run CC so they have the endurance, it’s the wife I worry about; but then again she’s stubborn so if I can get her to set her mind to it... ;-)

You reminded me I also have a couple rolls of silver quarters in each bag...I didn’t mention wallets and passports as those aren’t in my bags all the time.

My preference is definitely to stay put (my library is one of my more valuable possessions), 2nd load up the vehicles and haul out on the backroads (short or long term), 3rd is a move into the woods for a few days and return to shelter, 4th if all hell’s breaking loose and we can’t get vehicles out, then we’ll have a hike - 3 routes through mainly forest and farmland get’s us close to home in roughly 3 weeks. It’s all about options.


35 posted on 07/22/2011 6:42:36 PM PDT by reed13
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To: reed13

Clear your property for fields of fire.


36 posted on 07/22/2011 6:45:09 PM PDT by Lumper20
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To: Pollster1

There is something to be said for staying put, but willing to be mobile and stealthy within a small radius of your abode. That way, you’re not allowing yourself to be besieged or be an obvious target. Defend yourself from within (defense), and from without (offense).


37 posted on 07/22/2011 6:45:55 PM PDT by omni-scientist
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To: Maverick68

Yes, you would need good thread to repair clothing and stitch up wounds.


38 posted on 07/22/2011 6:46:56 PM PDT by Krankor (I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in.)
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To: reed13

bttt


39 posted on 07/22/2011 6:47:32 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: posterchild
What are the C batteries for?

Vibrator(s). Hey, when yer prepared yer prepared.

40 posted on 07/22/2011 6:50:01 PM PDT by Dick Tater
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To: Dick Tater

Yours have C batteries? D batteries are much better.


41 posted on 07/22/2011 6:52:05 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: The Theophilus
That and a lot of people thinking about BOBs don't even put enough stuff in their automobile to survive overnight, if it breaks down before Lord of the Flies hits. I have a survival bag I carry, because I fly helicopters in the mountains and you never know when a chip light will mean an impromptu overnight camping expedition. It has all the basics; fire, shelter, water filter (plenty of water in this area), paracord, multitool, head to tow rain clothing, a trauma kit, and signaling. It is a weird shaped long rectangular bag, but it fits well in vehicles. In the summer I always have at least a gallon of water in my vehicles in the winter I always have sleeping bags, warm clothes and snow boot. I have chains in my car (that I have never had to use) year round.

It would also be smarter to prepare for the natural disaster that you might get evacuated for. What are the critical items you would take with you. Wedding photos, hard drives, critical documents. You might not have much time to make that decision. Even a list of those items made now, would help in a time of crisis when you aren't thinking straight.

42 posted on 07/22/2011 6:58:58 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: ladyjane

and my amplifiers go up to 11....


43 posted on 07/22/2011 6:59:53 PM PDT by reed13
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To: ladyjane

Not when you happen to BE the competition!

;o)


44 posted on 07/22/2011 7:01:54 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: rabidralph

A bugout tractor trailer may be a cute joke, but a bugout small travel trailer may be very useful. Much better than trying to get by in a school gym or other emergency shelter. Be sure to rotate stored food through your trailer regularly. They get hot, and food stores best if kept cool.


45 posted on 07/22/2011 7:15:05 PM PDT by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: Lurker

Who are you kidding?

Like we’re really going to “discuss” preps.

;o)


46 posted on 07/22/2011 7:17:22 PM PDT by papertyger
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To: reed13

I did the pre-bug out and moved to the middle of nowhere.

If the SHTF, I don’t think a safe exit from the Chicago burbs is feasible.


47 posted on 07/22/2011 7:23:19 PM PDT by KEVLAR
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To: ladyjane
LOL, actually the ones I've seen used (with great interest) use AA. :(

I feel gyped now!

48 posted on 07/22/2011 7:23:27 PM PDT by Dick Tater
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To: Dick Tater

Those aren’t 220V 3 phase?


49 posted on 07/22/2011 7:26:29 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: USNBandit

Cloud computing really takes the strain off important documents, pictures, and info if you keep up with it.

I almost lost all our pictures and videos of China from when we got our daughter thanks to a cheap ass netbook.

Luckily, my wife had a single armored thumb drive with a backup on it.

Never Again!


50 posted on 07/22/2011 7:27:08 PM PDT by papertyger
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