As some of you might be aware I’m working on a eBook called “The Bug Out Bag Blueprint” that I hope to make available sometime in December. Because I’ve been working so hard writing it’s chapters I’ll admit I’ve neglected the blog a little bit here over the past couple weeks.
So today I wanted to make up for that a little bit by giving you an excerpt from the book. So without further ado, please enjoy “The Bug Out Bag Blueprint”.
The Bug Out Bag Blueprint
If you were to search the internet right now for the term “bug out bag” you’d probably come across at least 1000 variations of what people deem to be the “ideal list”. Some suggest a knife and a can of beans is all you need, others offer lists costing thousands of dollars and covering every single possible scenario. Then of course there are the “standard” lists that cover everything in between.
Why such a variance?
It largely comes down to the phrase “bug out bag”. You see this term can mean a thousand different things to a thousand different people leaving many wondering where to even start. GOOD Bag, INCH Bag, 72 Hour Bag, Get Home Bag and Bug Out Bag are just a few of the many terms that lead to such widespread confusion amongst the preparedness community.
The biggest problem here is that these names are being substituted, interchanged and molded together so much that many believe they are all the same thing.
A major goal of mine when writing this eBook was to clear up the confusion. Make no mistake a Bug Out Bag and a Get Home Bag are both survival kits I believe every person should own. But they ARE different, both possessing different goals requiring varying sets of equipment.
“So wait a minute” you might be saying, “you’re telling me not only are a Bug Out Bag and a Get Home Bag different, but I need BOTH?”
And to make things even more complicated we aren’t going to stop there; in fact I believe that a bug out bag and a get home bag are only two of the four essential layers that make up a complete survival system.
Now I know that the thought of thousands of dollars and multiple bags is probably running through your head right now but don’t worry – I’m going to show you a simple way to assemble all four layers using a modular approach that requires only a single bag and limited funds. But before we get into that however, let’s start by exploring each of the 4 layers.
The point here isn’t to give you an extensive list of items for every layer just yet; it’s to give you a basic understanding of the goal of each layer and the role it plays in your survival in an emergency scenario.
The 4 Layers of Survival
Layer 1: Every Day Carry (EDC)
Wallet, keys and phone.
As the name implies your Every Day Carry is items you have on your person at all times, and if you’re like the majority of folks this probably makes up the entirety of your EDC. For the truly prepared however the EDC is an opportunity to carry basic survival essentials that can make a real difference in an emergency situation.
The goal of an EDC is to offer redundancy to layers 2, 3 and 4 while offering a basic preparedness level at all times. In a disaster scenario you might not always have the time or ability to get to your Bug Out or Get Home bag. It is these kinds of situations where you realize just how important your EDC really is.
Layer 2: Get Home Bag (GHB)
While many people can easily tell you the difference between Every Day Carry and a Bug Out Bag, here is where things get a little more complicated. Many people often interchange these names when in fact they are two separate bags that are built to do two very different things.
For the purposes of this book the Get Home Bag’s sole purpose is to do exactly what the name says – get you home to your family. A GHB should contain only enough items to allow you to comfortably survive several days while covering as many miles as possible on foot.
Layer 3: Bug Out Bag (BOB)
While a Get Home Bag is built solely for the purpose of getting from point A to point B, a bug out bag on the other hand should be built to sustain you away from home for an extended period of time. Looking at it from this angle we can begin to see the mistakes others are making by assuming these bags are the same thing.
A man with a family at home and a bag loaded to the hilt with equipment is going to have an awfully tough time getting home carrying 40+ lbs of gear on his back – especially when much of it is useless over a short term scenario.
Similarly, someone using a smaller Get Home Bag is going to find it incredible difficult to survive for any serious length of time without a vast knowledge of wild edibles and primitive survival skills. It’s clear then that these two bags serve very different purposes and why it is so necessary to have both.
Layer 4: Survival Cache
The final layer of our complete survival system is the Survival Cache. Let’s face it – none of us are superman and we’d find it close to impossible to carry the amount of food and tools necessary for surviving on our own in the woods for more than a few days – especially with a family.
For that reason I recommend that everyone has a survival cache hidden in your desired bug out location. This could mean everything from a fully stocked cabin to a simple plastic bucket buried in the ground. Contained in this cache should be non-perishable items that tend to weigh a lot. Things like heavy tools, extra clothing, cookware and especially food. Bulk amounts of things like rice, beans, flour and oats might not taste great but they are easy to store and will keep a large family well fed for weeks if necessary. We’ll cover the exact items recommended for a survival cache later in the eBook.