I’m personally planning to stay put if it all goes to ratshit.
I have enough put aside to keep my family and me safe from a lot of stuff.
However, as I’ve previously posted, we are prepared to move out if it becomes unsafe to stay.
We won’t be waiting around sat on our butts, waiting for rescue from the authorities any time soon.
We also have plans that in place in case we are away from our home/base. How we are going to get home and back to our family.
If there is a natural disaster and we have to move out, I think most other people will probably try to take their cars.
It won’t take long for the local and state roads to be clogged with broken down vehicles and desperate people ill equipped and unprepared for what they may have to face.
You may find that you have to move some distance on foot and with this in mind you will need to be able to carry any gear and food with you.
You will also need to stay safe and free from interference from increasingly desperate people, who may want to take what you have got, given the chance.
You’ll need a bug out bag!
I’m going to stick with the needs of moving out, possibly for up to 72 hours, moving back to the safety of your home or away to a safer location.
For some of you this will mean an already established base or bunker type setup, for others it’ll mean moving to a place of safety or sanctuary away from a disaster area.
There are a few companies out there where you can buy a one size fits all disaster bag setup.
This may be as good as it gets for most people, but one customized for your own needs is going to be a much better option.
Before you decide on what type of bug out bag you should select, you will need to decide how you are going to move out as this will influence how much you can reasonably expect to carry.
If you need a truck to carry all your stuff you are going to be pretty much up Shit Street if you have to abandon your vehicle.
Most people will also overestimate how much they can carry in a pack over even a short distance.
A heavy pack will wear you down pretty quick and you will find it impossible to run from trouble with even a modest load.
I think it’s important to test yourself to see how much you can carry comfortably.
If you are needing to stop for a rest within an hour, you’ll need to lighten it up or get much fitter. (Both probably)
Here are some things to consider besides size (it does matter here!) when selecting a backpack
Strap Padding – Well-padded straps don’t dig into your shoulders and will help to spread the load. Narrow straps will dig in and hurt as soon as you put the pack on.
Adjustment – It s important to have adjustable straps and a waist belt as these will help the pack fit better on your back and support the weight on your hips.
Compartments – If there are compartments, it’s easier to keep your gear organized and easily accessible.
If it’s a single compartment, you will need to keep your gear sorted in smaller bags otherwise it soon becomes a mess where you will be hard pressed to find anything you need in a rush.
Straps and Attachment Points – It’s a pretty good idea to have external straps and attachment points so that you can increase the size of your pack easily.
Its good to be able to attach bulky things, like your shelter and bedroll to the outside of your pack.
I’ve got a smaller kit attached to the outside of my pack holding my survival kit so if I have to quickly ditch my pack and run, at least I have what I need to survive.
Military Style Packs – You need to keep in mind that if you have a military style set up, you may stand out a bit like ex mil or survivalist guru type.
The desperate ones you may meet will know you probably have what they want and attracting the wrong sort of attention can get you killed.
Looking like a combat operator in black may be intimidating to some, but to others it will be like a target on your back.
Better to be more neutral and subdued like dark blue, green or brown, I think!
Bright day glow may be good in normal hiking and mountaineering scenarios but a definite no-no when you are trying to be inconspicuous.
Part Two of this article – Planning Your Bug Out Bag And Things You Must Have – can be Found Here
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