Ready Bags: Being prepared regardless reasons

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? IMG_00000137_edit_edit

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. IMG_00000138_edit_edit

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.

  1. Medicines that you REQUIRE to survive, heart medicines, pain meds etc.
  2. Food, make sure you stock up those things you eat, not MREs that your family detests.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.,
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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 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

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.



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About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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3 Responses to Ready Bags: Being prepared regardless reasons

  1. jeffreycanthony says:

    Good call on camping, and recommended books.

    One thing I do, is I keep the bag to take with, and an additional duffel bag or the like next to it for practical things that you may or may not need but aren’t sure of taking with you.

    In these I keep a spare change of clothing, water enough to fill the camelbaks (I’m not a fan of using camelbaks for long term water storage), spare footwear, a basic edc kit, weather specific items based on seasons (so i don’t have to repack the main bag with the seasons). Extra immediate use food. This gives me options to bring extras if i can/want, or i can leave it and just take the main bag.

    On the labels thing, it’s why i’m loathe to use most, since each one comes with negative assumptions. Sometimes I use them to gauge the other person based on their reaction, and sometimes I simply leave labels behind, and talk with people to see where they come from, to find common ground. People would be amazed at how much everyone out there has similar goals and needs going on, but our world loves to focus on the 10-20% of difference.


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