Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst

My “Bug Out Bag” has been shattered into a thousand pieces. Ravaged by time, convenience and just the late night hunger for a quick snack. It started out as a mental experiment…you know the drill…if my creature comforts were denied to me…how long would I endure?

I started with the philosophy of how I built a pack for a simple camping trip, which I defined as 2 weeks in the middle of nowhere…a few decades ago, as a child. Since then, my disposable income has…uh…increased a bit. I have much better toys than I did back then, but the underlying philosophy was the same.

If I need to grab-n-go, I want a kit, a bundle, a security blanket with TEETH to endure everything I expect and everything I don’t expect…with a handle I can lug on one… sore… shoulder.

I spent months building my B.O.B. I’m not much of a braggart, but it oozed awesomeness every time I unzipped a side pocket. If I were to describe the celestial events which unfolded when I opened the body of the B.O.B., you simply would not believe me.

It had everything…in triplicate.

One for me, one back-up and one for bartering purposes.

As a mental exercise, I tried to account for all variables and then added trade material for the stuff I missed.

The antis will stumble across this and crap their knickers, but this really was just a “what if” exercise. It was fun and it took me somewhere I needed to go. I’m not talking about being “comfortable” while “camping,” I’m talking about sheer survival and the limits of human ingenuity and endurance.

What is the least you can possess and control and still thrive?

I was all proud of my B.O.B. when my buddy asked one very simple question…”Where are you going to bug out to that’s better than where you are right now?”


My back yard is a river, full of trout, crawdads and endless other edible bits. If I wanted, I can bag deer and elk without ever putting on pants or leaving my living room. Just opening the window would present the challenging shot of…oh…5 meters.

I’ve already “bugged out.”

There’s no reason to pick and choose what I take with me versus what I leave behind. There’s no reason to leave what I have already built. I was focused on creating a mini-world that I could pick up and take with me as the powers that be destroyed everything else I’ve worked so hard to maintain.

I realized that I’ve been building my “kit” my whole life. The very spot I type out this post from is my sanctuary…my foxhole…my life.

When the Zombie apocalypse comes to fruition, my castle will stand its ground because as I look at my garden, my fruit trees, my river and my place…I would rather stay and defend all this than scratch a living out of some random hillside with a gym bag and a sore shoulder.

We should never hide.

Our strength is most potent when we show our faces and say, “Hello, this is me and I’m not going anywhere.”          No trespassing, please.

Unorganized Militia Gear Unorganized Militia Gear
Follow TrailerDays on Twitter
Unorganized Militia Gear


Old NFO said...

Trust me you are NOT the only one thinking that way lately... :-)

Farm.Dad said...

I don't have the river and trout , but damn you describe just where i am at .

chiefjaybob said...

I have looked at my BoB not as a SHTF EOTWAWKI zombie apocalypse escape, but more of a "what if natural disaster strikes?" Chemical train derailment? Earthquake? Tornado/hurricane? Power outage that lasts more than a week? Even a fire in your home that forces you out. There are some things that might make some us leave our homes. For those of us that don't live in an urban area, that might be a better plan....

Anonymous said...

I am planning a bug-out-bag to keep in my truck so that It can get me to my house from where ever I am. I am open to suggestions.

Sigivald said...

I’ve already “bugged out.”

Keep the bag ready, though.

Are you wild-fire proof? Tornado?

It's almost always so that you might need to bug out... you just have an advantageous situation relative to many common causes. Which is nice.

kaveman said...

I will be rebuilding my B.O.B. with natural disasters in mind.

Very good advice.

Should be easier than my original since I'll only need to survive a few months max before I can return, I hope.