Over the years I have seen one topic that has been repeated over and over, and that is the topic of the bug out bag.
In reality, a bug out bag should contain copies of important papers, house title, car title, insurance policies, change of clothes, snack, or even 2 – 3 days worth of food, phone number contact list, and any prescription medicines you might be taking. The list will vary depending on the person and what they want to bring with them.
People that live close to railroad tracks or chemical plants might be asked to flee their homes due to a chemical release accident. The bug out bag is for people to grab, run, and have some basic supplies with them.
In fantasy, the bug out bag will be used to bug out to the wilderness when society collapses.
This video pokes fun at the different viewpoints on bug out bags.
Even though the bug out bag is one of the most discussed topics on a survival forum, I also think its the least understood. I see a lot of so called survivalist thinking they are going to grab their bag, and bug out to the wilderness.
Most of the people I see talking about bugging out to the wilderness usually have very little or no wilderness survival skills. They say that if a caveman could live in the wilderness 100,000 years ago, survival can not be “that” difficult. If the person needs any help, they can just refer to their US Army FM21-76 wilderness survival manual.
If you plan on bugging out to the wilderness during a SHTF survival situation, post your comments in this forum thread about bug out bags.
My personal opinion, its better to have a bug out location, or have plans to stay with a friend or relative until the disaster passes. At least with a BOL you can stockpile supplies, food, water, shelter, first aid supplies, farm, garden, hunt, stockpile ammo,,,,,, and on your own private property.
Four of the biggest issues that I see with bugging out to the wilderness – exposure, food, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, and waterborne infections.
While on a 3 day camping trip with a buddy of mine back in December 2010, I did not see a single whitetail deer or hog. I heard some deer come close to the camp site during the night, but nothing during the day. There were some squirrels during the day, but there were not enough to feed a group of people for an extended period of time.
During that 3 day camping trip, the only reliable food source we found was through fishing. And like everything else, that was hit and miss.
One of the things with being a real survivalist, is testing your plans. It does not do any good to make plans, if those plans are never tested. Once the plan is tested, then you know where the weak spots are, and then you can make improvements.
If your planning on grabbing your bug out bag and bugging out to the wilderness, test those plans. Take a weeks vacation from work, grab your bag, head out, and lets see how long you last. Test your survival plans “before” you have to use the plan.