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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-20-2011, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Bug out bag

So a couple weeks back we had some bad storms and a tornado scare here in Grove City. The fire whistles went off and the public adress system announced warnings. My wife children and I went to my gram's a block away because she is 93 to make sure she was safe and because her basement is like a bunker. My step-dad and mom arrived at the same time and we all hunkered down for an hour or so until the news said the dangerous part of the storm had passed. What got me thinking on this was I always planned to bug in with the family either at my place or the F.I.L's, but that night my step-dad brought a bag with him it was just a duffel bag, but in a discreet manner he told me to keep the kids away from it. It contained important documents, medicine, a basic first-aid kit, some water purification stuff, and a firearm with ammo. It really got me to thinking if for some reason if ever I have to leave the place that I have prepared for me and the family at a moments notice I want to be prepared. I've read on here alot the kinds of things you guys put in the bags. first aid, water purification tabs, matches, etc. But what kind of bags are you using? Just a small duffel like my step-dad? Or are you using a long haul pack. If the latter are you using internal frame or alice packs. My son is in cub scouts and we do alot of camping so if anyone could recommend a good pack that could be used for both and take a beating I would like to hear it. You can post types of gear bags or just links and put what you do or don't like about it, or if theres one out there you had and it fell apart let me know to stay away. If it's a bag that can be used for camping I don't mind spending some money as long as it holds up. Thanks guys appreciate the info.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-24-2011, 10:23 PM
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I love the army backpacks. Their rugged and tested by the best. They can be had at most army and navy stores for pennies. Well not really pennies. You know what I mean.

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Re: Bug out bag

appreciate it, I was looking online at surplus army large alice packs with frame's, I figured they would hold up to most wear and tear, just wasn't sure how comfortable they would be.

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I humped an ALICE for years. Until I bought my internal frame pack I never realized how uncomfortable the ALICE was. I have a Black Diamond now, but any well known name pack will serve you well

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FEMA has a good list of supplies to put in the pack, but I would refer to the Boy Scout Fieldbook.
Try several packs on and get one that fits properly. Some retailers have an adjustable model to get your size.
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You probably want a dedicated pack for this so you can just grab and go. Sometimes emergencies don"t give you warnings.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Bug out bag

Good point, that seems pretty obvious but your right, I think I will have to get one bag for a bug out bag and then just have a regular camping bag for our other activities. That way the bug out bag can remained packed and ready to go.

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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 09:41 PM
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I watched a show about preppers on NGC a couple nights ago. Pretty interesting on what some people are doing to prepare for disasters.
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a .22 rifle and pistol with several hundred rds of ammo is a nice addition to the bag. not the best gun for defense but one of the few you can carry that many rds easily

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-01-2011, 02:48 AM Thread Starter
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Not trying to get carried away or too paranoid but with katrina, and we had a family member in japan when that stuff happened I figured it couldn't hurt just to have the recommended couple days supply of food and water and supplies, always said I was gonna do it now I'm actually trying to.

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