Gosh, I’ve been indulging in Round Two of sulking, but disaster prep is like catnip to me.
I’ve got one Go Bag, a Sandpiper of California brand. The model is appropriately named the Bugout Bag . I kept next to the front door of the house. I used to have one in the car, but I’m currently carless. I used to have one at work, but my current billet can make it’s own water and power.
Without further ado, the content! Listed in what I consider the order of importance:
1. Clothing : 2 pairs of wool socks, 2 pairs of cotton underwear, long sleeved shirt, long pants, gloves, woolly hat, balaclava, sneakers, bandana, poncho. Frugal bonus - I used ‘quitter’ uniforms for the pants and shirt. With the patches ripped off, they’re just very sturdy blue clothing. Ripstop material for the win.
2. Documents : 1 encrypted USB with scans of all my vital documents. A hard copy list of friends and their phone numbers. A photograph of my family.
3. Shelter : 1 blue tarp, 5x7", 2 packs of 550 paracord, mylar emergency blanket.
4. Tools : multi-tool, folding knife, safety pins, duct tape, 2 N95 masks, headlamp (batteries rubber banded to the outside), flashlight (batteries stored backwards inside), 2 extra batteries for each light source, local area map.
5. Fire : pack of waterproof matches, ziplock of dryer lint, 2 disposable lighters, flint (honestly, I never practice with the flint, and it’s more for the coooool factor that keeping me warm)
6. Food & Water : camelback bladder, dropper bottle of bleach, Sawyer brand mini water filtration, 2 empty plastic water bottles, 1 ‘broke down’ MRE and 3 Clif bars.
7. First aid kit : small, think band-aids and insect repellent, not major trauma
8. Hygiene : wetwipes, hand sanitizer, mini-roll of toilet paper, shammie towel
9. Cash : $1,000 in small-ish bills.
I won’t lie, the bastard is heavy. I’m not prepping for the apocalypse. I’m prepping to evacuate to some sort of harbor of safe refuge, and have some self-carried resources once I arrive. Prepping for the not-insane.
The final part of my prep is to drill actually grabbing the bag. Come the fire alarm, it’s amazing what you can plumb forget.