It’s All About The Bags
Level 2: The ‘Get-Out/Get-Home-Bag’ Episode
NB: This post continues from Bag 1, and is the continuing natural progression from a slightly alarmist previous post: Things To Do Now, and is meant as a ‘reveal’, if you will, of the things I am doing (in real life, IRL, shock!, horror!) to ‘prepare’ for a range of potentially likely future scenarios. Not panicking, just trying to stay ready for The Strange and The Unexpected…
At present I have 2 levels or tiers of ‘preparation’/’survival’ equipment completed, and a third and larger level in-progress. All three levels are based on, in, and around a bag or pack of some description.
This second, Level 2 bag (see photograph above [what an ugly lump of a thing…] and more below), is set up as follows –
An up-cycled cheap old ‘Vango Orbit 18’ small backpack containing (hopefully) enough good stuff to help get me away from a hypothetical ‘incident’ and safely home or to any other safe location.
Or, as I have written in my Little Black Survival Shopping List: A single bag/pack to carry items to assist in a ‘get home’/’bug out’ situation caused by most conceivable eventualities. This bag should be populated to sustain 1 or 2 people for 2 to 3 days of overland travel by foot.
It lives in the back of the car (as per my deduction that “I am within 20 metres of my car 85% of the time, or more, so it seems a logical and secure location for ease of access”), and it contains the following inventory:
- Binoculars 10 x 30mm
- Bog roll/poo tickets/toilet roll
- Can opener
- Canteen & Canteen cup (clipped to strap)
- Carabiners x4 (clipped to loop)
- Compass prismatic
- Compass/Map measurer/Thermometer
- Duct tape
- Field dressing
- Flashlight x1
- Food bars/assorted foodstuffs
- Glow-sticks x3
- Hootchie (plastic sheet/tarpaulin)
- Hootchie cord ~20m
- ID tags (in case my corpse needs to be ID’d)
- Knife (weapon type; in case I need one)
- LifeStraw water filter
- Map/s in outer Map case
- Octopus strap
- Paracord + J-cord (many metres)
- Poncho plastic
- Signal mirror
- Stove and fuel
- Tent pegs
- Water bottle
- Water – emergency pouch
All of these items are grouped and bagged, so I have an abundance of ziplock bags as well, should that even be a thing I need.
There’s the ugly lump again, it’s stuffed pretty tightly with stuff and weighs about 10 kilograms at a guess. Should an eventuality eventuate where this bag is required, and should I be fortunate enough to reach it, the plan is to dump any items perceived as useless in the particular conditions, fill the canteen with fresh water, detach the maps, and navigate my way home or to safety. This assumes that, for one reason or another, I can’t just drive the car that hosts the bag (I’m thinking road closures/congestion, nuclear/electro-magnetic pulse scenarios).
As previously stated, above these two ‘bag systems’, outlined here and here, is the Level 3, ‘hunker-down-long-term/bug-out-for-real’ bag (under construction), which is home-based, and this will soon be outlined in a future post.
Happy to take any suggestions on items I should consider adding…