by Steve Lancaster 4/13/16
Over the last few weeks I have become so tired of the national political debate that I am not watching the news much or, for that matter, even care who says what, to whom, and when. I have checked out until August. For the most part I have made up my mind. My first choice is Cruz…and alternatively Trump. Anyone from the GOPe establishment is anathema and will send me back to vote Libertarian.
I have BOB (bug out bag) packed with everything necessary for a minor national emergency. My wife and I can leave our house with less than 10 minutes warning and have the necessary supplies to last for a least one week in any weather except Arctic. Unless the climate changes or I move, Arctic wear is not a priority in the Ozarks.
I do not know if anyone here packs BOB but I recommend at least a minimum of supplies that you might need in an emergency. I have consistently had various forms made up for the last 40+ years. You can be as expansive as you like, but the basics revolve around shelter, clothing, and food/water.
I consider personal safety a high priority so weapons are a necessity, and at least one good camp knife. Most of the supplies you might want are available from Amazon and the prices are lower than your local sporting goods stores. For about $150 you can acquire supplies that will keep you relatively secure for a week to a month depending upon how much food you choose to carry. I also recommend at least one tube (20 coins) of specie; silver is the best, as the price of gold limits the items you might wish to purchase.
I am not in any way a survivalist but I do believe that the Scouts’ motto; be prepared makes sense. We do not know when we may be forced to leave our homes. Those of you in CA are just waiting for the “big one” and someday it can happen. Up in Washington the time may come when it rains too much or stops raining. In the Midwest there are those pesky tornados and let’s not forget the chance alien invasion. They could be just getting here from Alpha Centuri.
Remember, unless you are preparing for a long term on the road, one bag per person that you can carry yourself. And remember the motto of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t panic. • (1011 views)