When I first started to research prepping and survival I devoured everything I could on the subjects. Often moving so fast that I had plenty of information but still hadn’t actually taking action.
When I finally did take action I rushed out brought all the wrong kit! Kind of missing the point on preparation.
So we live and we learn…hopefully.
This post then is about doing things right and not regretting our choices later on.
1 – Fashion Victim – Don’t Stand Out
Choose your Bug Out Bag and all your other equipment for function and not looks. You just need it to do its job and be tough enough to last through tough times.
Just because it has a brand name label on it doesn’t mean it is the best choice. No one cares when society is going down the drain what label you are wearing.
Also you don’t want to stand out. Even in normal life now you don’t want to get noticed as there are too many people around who will want to cause you trouble.
Now put yourself in a SHTF situation with no water, electric and food running out. Anything that makes you stand out and makes you appear like you have what others do not is a recipe for big trouble and a scene out of the Walking Dead!
So don’t automatically go and buy some camouflage bag as in an urban area it isn’t camouflage! Think about where you will be traveling and choose accordingly.
Remember also its not just the look, in extreme situations we don’t want to sound like a bag of kitchen ware with the sound of pans and cutlery rattling about. So secure everything and don’t have shiny pans on the outside of your bag.
Be a good Ninja!
2 – Forgot To Workout!
The time has come. Its getting crazy out there and the road we are on is backed up with deserted cars, some burnout.
No choice but to go on foot.
But a slight problem…after putting our bags on our backs we can barely stand let alone walk or march cross country!
We kept meaning to get fit and increase our aerobic conditioning and we always meant to get started on the puke inducing anaerobic training but something else always got in the way!
Well some day never came and now its crunch time.
Can you see how quickly and easily this can happen to any of us? Time flies and now it’s too late.
Now of course other mistakes such as over packing etc might be contributing factors which I will get to but there is still no match for doing the work and every member of the family knowing what they can do based on previously doing it.
Forget SHTF situations for a moment and just think on the challenges of life…..Having fitness and progressive challenge in childhood results in adults who are confident, strong leaders.
End of the world or not, start getting fit and strong.
3 – Don’t Over Pack
Firstly don’t fill it so you can’t put anything else in. Who knows what you might find on the way? Maybe someone elses bag fails and we all need to take a little extra.
Even if you have done your working out and got yourself fit and strong if your bag is overfilled it is going to be super tough to get over obstacles and out run and maneuver around threats.
So test the bag you choose. Load it up and move about, put some weight in it and see how it feels.
Will it still feel okay after 10 miles?
You need to decide. Just don’t disable a good bag by filling it to the brim and hanging the contents of a kitchen on the outside.
4 – Too Much or Too Little Food
Another area where specific research should be done. The food you pack in your Bug Out Bag should if possible last you 3 days. But this does not mean the Western sized meals we are accustomed to.
Instead it means there is enough food to have for each person while keeping them alive and in good health for the short term.
One good lesson here to try is some fasting. Try this as its a real lesson on knowing the difference between what we need and what we want.
Fast once per week to get an idea of how you react to lack of food. For the more adventurous every 3 months you can try a 3 day fast.
That is day and night. Not just until sunset which is easy for anyone with an ounce of will power.
So 1 day fast – 24 hours and 3 day fast – 72 hours.
The food then that you pack should be some specific emergency food (hopefully you have more at another location) in addition to some lightweight instant food like protein bars etc.
While canned and bottled food has its place in prepping I don’t think its in the Bug Out Bag. Canned is more Bug In preparation in my opinion.
5 – You Forgot The Shoes
Man of the house probably has a few sets of shoes that will serve him outside in rough terrain. So will the kids, but often ladies have no suitable footwear especially if they are not in the habit of doing outside activities.
So this again underlines the importance of testing and training. If that was done then everyone would have suitable foot wear and clothes for the outdoors.
Training became a habit and the habit now means we are prepared.
However you make it happen ensure each family member has some shoes that they can run in and will serve them if going cross country.
Summing It Up
I might be over simplifying this but a lot of it all comes down to mindset and habits a long time before any kind of SHTF situations.
Who is going to survive better the family that brought some hiking gear and a Prepping book or the family that take the same mentality of prepping and apply it to their lives.
The idea that if you don’t do it then who will.
The idea that goal setting, working hard and achieving the goals is a healthy part of being successful whether at school, the office or in the prepping world.
So apply common sense, think about what the purpose of the Bug Out Bag is what it needs to achieve. Some of us might be focused on Bugging In so any bag just needs to get us home.
Others might have a location in mind to get to.
Cookie Cutter plans just don’t work so 50% common sense, 50% Planning and 100%Taking Action 🙂