You know what really sucks, is when your trying to stockpile survival gear at the bug out location, and stuff keeps coming up missing. Awhile back the liner of my parka went missing, pair of cold weather gloves, shotgun shells, and now some lithium batteries and a LED flashlight are missing.
Its not that someone is breaking into the location and stealing the stuff, I think its more along the lines of someone “borrowing” the supplies and not bringing it back or replacing it.
Over the past 15+ years, I have been making it a point to keep certain types of survival gear at the bug out location. Whether its blankets, flashlights, knives, ammo, first aid supplies, water filter, hand tools, eating utensils,,,,,, I like to keep a general stockpile of gear at the camp. I don’t know how much time and money has been invested over the past decade alone to make sure we have plenty of survival gear for some kind of SHTF situation.
This last couple of items that went missing were nothing more then an $18 led flashlight, and some energizer lithium batteries. In all, the 2 items cost about $30. Thirty dollars is nothing to really worry about, as long as “someone” is getting use out of them. Its the fact that I put the gear at the camp for a certain reason, and now the stuff is missing.
A few months ago 2 of my kids and I went to the camp and spent the night. Sometime around 9pm or so we decided to go for a walk around the property. It was at that point that I realized that I had forgotten a good flashlight. All I had was the tactical light on the front of my AR-15, and all the kids had were some hand crank flashlights. Hand crank are good for inside the house. When you need to light up a 10 acre field, hand crank lights just do not cut it.
Lesson learned, we needed some good led flashlights at the camp. So I bought one as a test with the intent of leaving it at the camp full time.
In 2010 the shed at the camp was broke into and some tools were stolen. Some of the missing items included a Stihl chainsaw, pipe wrench, and various hand tools. As financial times get tougher, petty crime, and crimes of opportunity goes up. What this means, if someone pulls into a gas station, leaves something on the front seat where its visible, the item is likely to be stolen. If you make it easy for criminals to steal stuff, its gonna get taken.
Lets go back to the missing gear at the bug out location / aka “camp”. Since several of my family members go to the camp, I might start putting stuff out of sight and out of mind. Instead of leaving the flashlights and batteries in the bar where they can be seen, I might set some shelves up in a bedroom closet and put my gear out of sight.
Now for a video about a bug out exercise on Labor Day of 2010. Labor day was used to test my families bug out plans.