Ready bags are a normal part of life for first responders, military and law enforcement officers. Why are more “normals” not prepared as well? What is the big deal with having a bag or two ready for instances when you may need to vacate the premises quickly?
Like the word anarchist which I tend to avoid using for myself when possible, prepper and survivalist have taken on connotations that should never have been applied. I was raised to be prepared simply because life is never a sure thing. No matter where you live there is always the possibility of a natural event occurring that can make things difficult for a few days or even months. To be prepared in the event of something occurring is simply a wise precaution.
Without going into detail as to what I carry or where I store them etc., I have three ready bags at all times. One is a week pack that will feed my family of four for a week and provide us with the basic essentials including toiletries, medicines and a light duty medical pack. One is a waterproof bag with spare electronics and other necessities that must remain dry aboard. The third is a battle belt, dont let the term dissuade you from seriously considering this approach. The battle belt allows me to quickly strap into water, food, fire and ammo should we need to vacate the house or location quickly.
In addition to these bags external items are strapped on, a 4 piece army bag, a single mummy bag, 3 gallon solar shower (can be drank as well) and a quick pop up dome tent as well as a Scout Kelly Kettle Kit means between the four of us we carry around 100lbs of gear. Split up well this is an easy way to hit the road should we need to. Remember, go camping three or four times a year for 2-3 days at a time. Understand what you need where you live regardless time of year, it is better to prepare for the worst weather you will see in your area and use that to keep your gear ready.
I will give you a quick list of questions/needs that I recommend everyone use to be ready for anything that requires vacating the house.
- Medicines that you REQUIRE to survive, heart medicines, pain meds etc.
- Food, make sure you stock up those things you eat, not MREs that your family detests.
- Water, an average day in the high desert requires 2 gallons per person/ you can survive on about 1/4th of that so make sure you have enough or know where to find more.
- Fire, if you cannot start a fire you will die eventually of exposure, sorry folks one in 1000 of you actually has the ability to survive without it for any length of time. The rest of you attend an occasional seminar or read allot of books but have no actual outdoors time sans camper and your precious shower/tv etc.,
- Toiletries, I dont care who you are, have something to occasionally clean up with. Without this you will eventually drive yourself nuts, unless of course you enjoy being unwashed and potentially diseased as a result.
- Minor items of necessity for comfort, for me it is a toilet seat that sits on a cage made of sticks for the girls and myself, batteries, seasoning outside of the necessities, toilet paper for the ladies and dudes, anti diarrhoeal and tums, etc., do some camping and figure it out for yourself!
- Small solar panel to charge electronics, kindle for reading, handheld ham radios, two spring kits PER gun, cleaning supplies, extra strings for bow, etc. again FIGURE it out!
If you have in depth questions ask, I am available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact me by going to Liberty Practical Training additional information can be had using the search option here or by visiting my friend M.D. Creekmore’s wonderful blog at The Survivalist Blog.net.
Additionally you can pick up 31 Days to Survival: A complete plan to emergency preparedness or Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Mans Solution written by M.D. Creekmore on Amazon, they are well worth the money spent as they incorporate a lifetime of actual experience versus the somewhat more recognizable yet much less actually capable James W. Rawles and his ilk.
Free the mind and the body will follow
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