Monday, January 4, 2016

What's in my Bug Out Bag

   I have always gone by the motto "Be Prepared", especially after becoming a Mom again in later life. I try to stay one step ahead of any problems (not always with good results). One of the things I do is to keep an old Army backpack loaded with what I think are things we might need if we are on the road & a problem comes up. I call it my Bug Out Bag, but unless we are caught away from the property & there is an emergency we'd be bugging in. I do not leave the house without it, especially when the weather is bad. You never know when there might be any kind of problem.
   First & foremost, my Lifestraw, 10hr Handwarmers, Paracord, Straps, Hooks & Buckles, several Flashlights of assorted sizes - including a headlight, Tools, Lighter, a very sharp Knife & Whetstone, Magnesium Fire Starter, Poncho, Tazer, Mace, Security Whistle, my Son's "Survival in the Outdoors" book, Medical Supplies, a First Aid Book, Disposable Diapers (to use as large bandages), Bottled Water, PB Crackers & Granola Bars, Blankets, Hats, Gloves, Wool Socks, a large Waterproof Pad, Hand Sanitizer, Chapstick, Ziplock Bags, Wet Wipes, T.P., Tarp & a weapon of choice.
   My Child also has her own bag that she fills with things she thinks she will need if we get in a situation. A few games & toys help. I make sure that I check everything every month to see if batteries need to be changed or food needs to be replaced. As long as we can stay dry & warm that's all that matters.

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