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Here are a few bug out bag tips I’d like to share with you based on my personal experiences.  I will take the position that you already know what a bug out bag is and what items to place in and on your bag. The following are some tips above and beyond that; which hopefully will help you further refine your bug out bag.

  • Go through your bag on a monthly basis.  This will allow you to further memorize what gear is located in which sections of the bag.  It will also give you an opportunity to continually check your food, in your bag, and to rotate it out at its expiration point.
  • Everything in your bag and in your pouches that is not weather proof needs to be contained inside zip loc bags.  The reasons should be obvious but in case they are not; damp and wet gear is not good period.  The zip loc bags help keep everything dry.  Quart and gallon sizes should work for pretty much everything.
  • Make sure like items are stored together and conveniently placed.  Clothing should all be together, fire making gear should have its own compartment, communications gear should have its own pouch, there should be a dedicated location for weapons and ammo, a seperate area for toilitries, a pouch for flashlights and batteries, cooking supplies and cutlery should be grouped together, you get the idea.
  • Don’t overpack.  Each month when you go through your pack focus on what you don’t need and remove it.  You must maintain a pack weight that is not too heavy.  If you can’t carry it then you are doing a dis-service to yourself and anyone else who relies on you.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting to read if I do say so myself and they also make excellent gifts 🙂

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Whether you are looking to survive natural disasters, manmade disasters, apocalyptic events, or even zombie attacks; a bug out bag is an essential component to your overall survival and preparedness needs.  Preparing your bag starts with actually having a bag.  Your bug out bag should be durable, comfortable, have adjustable shoulder straps, as well as lumbar and sternum straps, and have the ability to add additional smaller pouches via molle attachment points.

When deciding what to keep in and on your bug out bag make sure you have the necessary items to address all of these major specific areas.

  • Water
  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Fire
  • Medical Supplies
  • Proper Clothing
  • Communications
  • Signaling
  • Weapons
  • Ammunition
  • Navigation
  • Personal Items
  • Cutting
  • Climbing
  • Lighting

If a disaster occurs; having all of your essential supplies in a conveniently placed bug out bag, ready to go at a moment’s notice can make all the difference between life and death.  If you already have a bug out bag review the contents on a monthly basis.  If you don’t already have a bug out bag the time is now to put one together.

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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So you have your bug out bag pre-packed and ready to go………but will you be able to carry it if you need to use it?  We all know as we get older it becomes harder and harder to carry weight any significant distance; just think about the differences in what you can do physically when you were 20 or 30 years old as compared to 50 years old!

With that said here’s an everyday exercise you can consider doing right before bedtime.  Put on your bug out bag and walk up and down the stairs in your home 1 time, then do 1 deep knee bend.  The next night go up and down the stairs 2 times and do 2 deep knee bends.  The next night go up and down the stairs 3 times and do 3 deep knee bends and continue the pattern increasing by 1 each night.

Regardless of your body type if you can’t carry your bug out bag strapped to your back for a significant distance; you are going to be at a disadvantage, if you need to set out on foot with your supplies to avoid a disaster.  So have a well stocked bug out bag and the ability to carry it and use it.

The following is a list of fiction books I have written.  You can get a free preview of my first zombie fiction book or my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my zombie or survival fiction books interest you; then go ahead and make a purchase.  Book titles include Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse, American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.  

What do I keep in my latest iteration of my bug out bag?  Inquiring minds want to know and I’ll be happy to oblige.  My newest bug out bag is a Condor 3 day assault pack in O.D. Green with 7 main compartments and molle attachment points all over the bag.  To this bug out bag I have added 2 molle water bottle holders, 1 molle first aid pouch and 1 molle gear pouch.  The following are the contents which are on or in the entire bag.

  • Non Perishable Food
  • Water in 2 M84 plastic canteens with 2 metal cups and water in a 2.5L Hydration Bladder
  • Complete First Aid Kit including ibuprofin, bandaids, sterile pads, variety of over the counter medicines, pill crusher, nail clipper, cloth tape, various cremes and salves, disinfecting wipes, etc.
  • Multi Vitamins
  • 4 pairs of pants, 4 shirts, 3 pairs of underwear, 3 pairs of socks, 1 bathing suit, 1 windbreaker jacket
  • 3 pairs of glove liners
  • 1 pair of workgloves
  • 1 reversible belt with removable belt buckle
  • 100 feet of 550 paracord
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Knife, Fork and Spoon
  • Complete Toilitries Kit including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, soap box, shaving cream, razor, etc.
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Water Purification Straw
  • Eye Dropper
  • Portable Tool Kit
  • Steel Wool
  • AA, AAA and 9V Batteries
  • Ammo/portable ammo cases
  • Molle Mag Pouch
  • Holster
  • Firearm of choice
  • Ellite Forces Fixed Blade Knife with Kydex Sheath
  • Knife Sharpener
  • 2 Bandanas
  • 2 High Power Mini Flashlights
  • Toilet Paper and Hand Sanitizeer
  • Mini Shovel
  • 2 Compression Straps
  • Portable Radio
  • Binoculars
  • Spare Wallet
  • Cash in Small Denominations
  • 3 boxes of Waterproof Matches
  • Firesteel
  • Survival Manual
  • 5 Space Blankets
  • 2 Sets of Earplugs
  • Compass and Maps
  • Whistle
  • Signal Mirror

This is an ongoing list and I will be continually adding things as the need arises while trying to maintain a good weight to carry ratio.

You can get a free preview of my first zombie fiction book or my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my zombie or survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse, American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.

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Well I thought this day would never come but I’m finally making the switch.  I’m replacing my medium woodland camo Alice/Malice pack that I spent time customizing to get it just right with a Condor 3 day assault pack in O.D. Green.  As I get older comfort becomes more and more important and no matter how you might try and convince yourself otherwise; an Alice Pack is nowhere near as comfy as today’s modern, well padded packs.

I’m going to start changing my methods for this bug out bag.  My Alice Pack was a 100% dedicated bug out bag; the new Condor one will be set up to cover a hybrid of uses.  The new bag will be set up on a 50/50 ratio meaning 50% of the space will be used for bug out essentials and the other 50% of the space will be used for when I need to take a bag with me on vacation.  I’ll call it a multipurpose bug out bag/get home bag/travel bag or just an All Purpose Bag for short.  As soon as Amazon delivers it I’ll set it up and let you know how it functions.  

Here’s the specs on the bag:  

  • – Large load cargo capacity compartment with separate pocket to fit up to two 3L hydration bladders. – Olive Drab contour shoulder straps with D-Ring for equipment attachment, sternum strap and waist belt. – External side compression straps.
  • – Heavy-Duty carry and drag handle. – Two double zipper pulls on the main compartment for easy access. – Individual foam pad back panel for extra comfort and maximum airflow. – Grommets on all compartments for drainage. 
  • Total of seven compartments: – Main Compartment with gear straps to secure gears and two extra mesh pockets. – Second Compartment contains three map/document pockets, two radio pockets, and penholders.
  • – Two large pockets on the back, bottom pocket (12.5″ x 6″ x 3″) with three elastic closure mesh pockets and a zipper mesh pocket. – Two side pockets (9″ x 5″ x 2.5″) one on each side. – One Compartment for hydration systems.

I also ordered a seperate Condor rip stop EMT pouch, a Condor Gear Pouch and a Condor 2.5L Hydration Bladder.  I’m looking forward to setting everything up.  Come on Amazon; hurry up 🙂

You can get a free preview of my first zombie fiction book or my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my zombie or survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse, American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.

DD915

 

Here are ten ways to know for sure you’re a prepper.

  1. Buying 100 cans of food at once is a normal shopping experience for you.
  2. Stacked water bottles in your basement take up an entire wall and almost look artistic.
  3. No matter how many guns and how much ammo you have you are always on the lookout for more.
  4. Re-purposing items for things other than their original intended use is a way of life.
  5. You know that duct tape really can fix everything.
  6. Everywhere you go situational awareness is first and foremost on your mind.
  7. You love your country even if you disagree with some of its policies.
  8. Political correctness will never be practiced in your home.
  9. You stand up for your rights and your beliefs with pride and honor.
  10. Your bug out bags are proudly displayed as part of your home furnishings.

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A Bug Out Bag is basically a survival pack that should contain all of the items which are necessary to survive a disaster for at least a 72 hour period.  When putting together your Bug Out Bag (BOB) you should take into consideration your personal situation and needs to maximize your bags effectiveness.

Recommended items to carry in your Bug Out Bag include water, a water purification method, food, first aid kit, appropriate clothing, knife, multitool, firearm, ammunition, flashlight, batteries, portable radio, binoculars, fire starting method, blanket, compass, shelter, zip ties, duct tape, 550 paracord, ziploc bags, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bug spray, personal hygiene items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, cash and coins.

My current Bug Out Bag is a Fox Medium Rio Grande Pack in Woodland Camo and I keep a U.S. Issue Medium Alice Pack with frame in Woodland Camo as a backup.  Make sure you re-evaluate the contents of your bag periodically making sure conditions specific to your area have been factored in and that the bag is not too heavy for you to carry.

Know your bag and where each item is located within your bag.  The better prepared you are, the more prepared you will be to deal with the chaotic situations around you.  Remember your Bug Out Bag should contain supplies that are useful, effective, durable, convenient to access and influenced by seasons, locations, activities and circumstances.

You can get a free preview of my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.