You want to be prepared but you don’t want to be crazy worried. Well we want to help take away some of the worrying by giving you the Ultimate Bug Out List, so you have a handy list of everything you would ever need for several different bug out scenarios. Build your Bug Out Bag (BOB) or bags with confidence.
You mean there are multiple scenarios I have to prepare for?!? Maybe, depending on where you live you may need several types of bug out bag plans, so you have the things you need for that given scenario. So, what are the different bug out scenarios? Here is a list of the most common scenarios.
The best way to classify your bug out bag (BOB) is by scenario and what they protect you against:
· Individual 72-hour BOB
· BOB for family
· BOB for baby
· BOB for pets
· BOB for earthquake
· BOB for floods & tornados
· BOB for wildfires
· Tactical BOB – includes self-defense items
As you can see you may or may not live in an area prone to earthquakes or hurricanes. Each of these events presents their own unique set of challenges and you can imagine how each BOB would differ for each scenario.
There are of course many items that are basic to all BOBs but how should you approach planning a BOB? Here are a few rules of thumb to help guide you.
· Where are you and what type of disaster occurred? – If you are in a populated area and there is a flood then there is a higher likelihood that basic infrastructure is functioning. Emergency relief personnel supply help quicker, so a 72-hour BOB is a good place to start. Think about Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. Those events caused massive damage, but the relief crews came in from well supported surrounding areas with assistance. However, people camping in the remote wilderness around Mount St. Helens when the volcano erupted needed to be thinking differently. The remoteness of that area means that they should be prepared to be on your own for a longer period of time.
· How big and strong is the person carrying the BOB? – How much stuff you cram into your BOB should be guided by the size of the person carrying it. A general rule of thumb is your BOB should be between 25% – 33% of the body weight of the person carrying it, but never more than 50 pounds. Additional consideration should be given to the amount of hiking that may be necessary, hot or cold environments and other factors that would affect your endurance.
One of the biggest factors is going to be your attitude. Data shows that having a good attitude and the will to survive will often be the biggest determination of whether you survive or not.
We broke down our list by the different types of materials you’ll want to consider so that way you can choose from each area based on the type of BOB you will be configuring.
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