It always makes me happy when a friend or relative of mine gets interesting in prepping. A few weeks ago I bumped into a friend of mine while out doing some hiking in a local State Park. We bumped into each other about thirty minutes away from the closest parking lot inside the State Park, so not that far out from civilization by any means. He saw that I was wearing a messenger bag slung over my shoulder and asked me about it. I told him I always carried with me when I go into the woods a few basic items. I then popped open my bag and showed him a small first aid kit, a bottle of water, some snacks, and a few other odds and ends.
My friend agreed it made sense to have something like that along, even when just out doing some local hiking and trail walking in the local parks. Soon the discussion turned to how I also kept a back pack at home with three days worth of basic supplies and food just in case it was needed for a prolonged emergency. He asked what kind of emergencies, and I went onto explain how blizzards can knock out power in our part of the country, and how tornadoes can demolish a neighborhood or town, and then I pointed out other large disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and how thousands and thousands of people were displaced from their homes and how they lost important documents during evacuation.
Well, before too long my friend was assuring me he wanted help putting together a a bug out bag.
So here I am, sitting in my living room with a used ALICE PACK backpack and a large assortment of various gear to help somebody survive for three days on their own with bare minimums. The picture below shows some of the bare minimum items, including potassium iodine tablets, which I think are a good idea to have on hand depending on where you live.
For more information on bug out bags and what to pack in them, check out some of the other postings on this web page.