Bug Out Kit

Here in South Florida, the hurricane season is upon us. With that in mind, I’d like to remind all my friends that even if you live up north or out west, there are lots of things that can happen that might put you in danger. Plan ahead and keep yourself and your family safe. One way is with a bug out kit just in case your home or neighborhood becomes uninhabitable.

This is not designed as a long-term camping solution. Rather, it is intended for a three-day survival pack. The idea is to look innocuous and yet be able to walk to safety without outside support.

Do NOT forget spare glasses and prescription medicines.

Group 1: The Bag

Use a simple bookbag or small backpack that looks like a student pack. Avoid fancy survival or military packs. The idea is to blend in and not attract attention.

Group 2: Food

  • 3 Dehydrated or precooked meals
  • 3 High energy bars
  • Repackage instant coffee or tang into small plastic camp bottle
  • Repackage chicken and beef bullion into small camp bottle
  • Individual tea and sugar bags
  • Highly concentrated pre-sweetened lemonade mix

Group 3: Clothing

  • Pair of ‘broken in’ hiking boots
  • 3 pair heavy sweat socks, vacuum packed
  • Folded up soft hat with sun and rain brim
  • Folded up thermal space blanket, vacuum packed
  • Pair of broken in, relaxed fit jeans, rolled
  • Soft, collared shirt with pockets, rolled
  • 2 T-Shirts, vacuum packed
  • 2 pair underwear, vacuum packed
  • Knitted watch cap (balaclava), vacuum packed

Group 4: Communications

  • Digital radio with earphone and solar charger
  • Headband LED flashlight
  • Rugged flashlight
  • Extra batteries, vacuum packed
  • CD player and backup data CDs OR flash drive

Group 5: Food Preparation

  • Stainless steel, long handled cup for holding over flame
  • Longlife candles
  • Canned heat
  • Unbreakable plastic eating utensils
  • Fold up water bottle with sipping tube
  • 4’ length of ¼” clear plastic tubing to make solar still
  • Multi-purpose tool (Swiss Army Knife)
  • Army Can opener
  • Strike anywhere matches in waterproof container
  • Roll of ziplock bags
  • Roll of plastic garbage bags
  • Nylon cable ties
  • Nylon cord

Group 6: Medical

  • Toilet Paper
  • 4 dust masks
  • 2 toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo in well-sealed tube, inside a ziplock bag
  • Bar of hand soap
  • Neosporin
  • Antihistamine
  • Disposable razor
  • Painkiller tablets (Ibuprofin)
  • Aspirin
  • Benadryl Cream and Tablets
  • Assortment of flat, stick on bandages
  • Roll bandage and tape
  • Water purification tablets in sealed bottle
  • Latex gloves
  • SkinSoSoft lotion in well-sealed tube, inside a ziplock bag doubles as a bug repellent

Group 7: Tools

  • 50’ hank of 3/8” braided nylon rope
  • Closed cel foam ground pad
  • Backpack dome tent
  • Nylon ground cloth, rolled
  • Small notebook and Two pencils
  • Detailed travel maps
  • Strong, SHARP hunting knife with belt sheath and sharpener

Survival Water Solar Still

Preparation

  1. Dig hole 6” to 8” deep and three foot in diameter.

  2. Bank displaced soil around edge evenly to form a crater.

  3. Place wide container, pan or bowl in center of hole.

  4. Use a cable tie to attach one end of the ¼” clear tubing to the handle so that the end of the tubing will be held at the bottom of the catch container.

  5. Lay the other end of the tubing outside the crater, protect the end with a Ziploc bag and weigh down with a rock or stick.

  6. Cut large plastic garbage bag along one side and bottom to make a single, large sheet of thin plastic.

  7. Carefully lay the bag over the hole, leaving a little bit of sag in the center. Do NOT pull tight or snug.

  8. Cover the edges of the crater with excess dirt to hold down the bag and seal the edges.

  9. Carefully place a small rock in the center of the bag so it forms a cone pointing down at the catch container.

Usage

The sun’s radiation will heat the bag and the soil under it, causing moisture to be released. When the sun goes down and the temperature drops, the moisture will condense on the underside of the plastic sheet and run downhill to the point where the rock forms a cone. The condensate will drip into the catch container and you may slowly sip the perfectly clean, distilled water from the end of the ¼” tubing you left outside the crater. This is particularly useful in desert or tropical areas, but will work well in northern latitudes in the summer months.

Good luck and stay safe, my friends!

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