Re-Thinking the Bug-Out Bags

Last week my old insurance company that refuses to insure us because of “high fire danger,” sent me a flyer on the The California Earthquake Authority and my potential need for Earthquake Insurance. Hahahahaha! No-thanks. The dynamics of what had once been an exercise in survivalist thinking regarding The Saint Andreas Big One has altered.
Conditions have changed radically now that we are out of the ‘burbs and no longer surrounded by Liberal Maniacs. Up here in Redneck Gun Totin’ Conservative Flyover Country the actual big danger is fire. All these old Gold Country 49er towns have burnt to the ground at least twice in their storied history, most more often than that – and there are ones that burnt down and never came back.
So I went sorting through the bug-out bags to see what needed changing. For one thing they’re too damn heavy, and the contents are all obscured by various packing bags, and half of the overnight-lost-in-the-woods-camping-stuff wound-up in my deer hunting day-pack. What’s with all the glow-sticks anyhow? And multiple fire-starter kits, and water purification systems? Yeh it’s looking a little ramshackle in here.
Meanwhile the little Motorola walkie-talkies (fortunately wrapped in plastic zip-loc bags) had both exploded their batteries and gone to the Big Signal in the Sky, and while the medical-Kits had some good dressings (but of mis-matched sizes), and there were plentiful band-aid stuff including some Quick-Clot for punctures – but one lacked a tourniquet for jugular issues.
Everything is now under review.

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The semi-sprawling adventures of a culturally hegemonic former flat-lander and anti-idiotarian individualist, fleeing the toxic cultural smug emitted by self-satisfied lotus-eating low-land Tesla-driving floppy-hat wearing lizadroid-Leftbat Califorganic eco-tofuistas ~

13 thoughts on “Re-Thinking the Bug-Out Bags

  1. I really need to go through my bag and a least add more cold weather things.
    The kids have teased me that a couple people could survive for at least a week on the stuff in my bag. But I figure better to have and not need than to need and not have. When the car guys were helping me transfer my stuff from the Rav to the “new to me” ride they were amazed at what I had.

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  2. With the crappy Duracell/Kirkland batteries these days, I try to keep all batteries, in baggies, separately from the items they power.
    BTW, you can get them (leaking/frozen) out of flashlights by soaking them in water. That seems to loosen them somehow.

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  3. We had the strangest “disaster,” a couple of weeks ago.

    While driving to a family event, we noticed a wildfire not 3 miles from the house, 100 yards off of the highway. And while we do get the occasional grass fire out here in the midwest (smokers, always), they almost never involve any of the standing trees or forests. This did.

    The FD got there in a hurry (we saw them going the other direction) and they did manage to get it under control pretty quickly, but it did do about a good half acre of total destruction before it was brought under control. Pretty damned impressive to see flames shooting from the tops of the trees about 50 feet.

    As always, take care, sir.

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    • yes indeed fire is a real problem in the rural landscape. With twisty and winding roads it can take the FD a good while to get there, so helicopters are more direct and faster, as long as there is a water supply they can scoop-up and carry.


  4. i picked up two radio/flashlights with a charging crank handle at a garage sale for $2 still in the original packaging and made by Duracell. They are pretty cool.

    My biggest problem with my bug-out bag is that it has to stay in my house. I go to a foreign country so often that I can’t have ammo or guns in the car unless I am actually taking them for use (carry, range, etc). I don’t want to have a box of ammo in the back that I then forget to remove before heading for the border. Since I’m in my house only about half my life, that means that I only have a 50/50 chance of even being near it when something happens.

    Meanwhile, however, I have packed up a couple storage containers with food staples and camping gear in the garage while I try to figure out what to do with the actual small pack that is sitting in the house.

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    • Those crank-handle radio/flashlights are great! I’m considering just a duffle with clothing and toiletries for the bug-out, and a second smaller bag for guns and ammo that can drop into the larger duffle. The current backpack setup is no longer optimal, and the 4×4 can carry a lot more than I can!


    • Have had a Freeplay crank/solar radio for a couple of decades. Still have it in the original box (yes, I tested it). Reading some reviews on Amazon just now, it looks like there are better brands available now. I need to look into crank/solar recharging stations and led powered re-chargeable lights.

      If you haven’t seen this, lotsa useful info to be found, especially for commo—

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  5. I’ve upgraded the kit in my wife’s car to include things for cold weather that she never needed. Mine’s still pretty current in the Jeep because….more room!

    In our present locale, we’d be bugging IN. So, the bug-out “boxes” from our time in the Lost Angeleez have been gone through, cleaned out, re-stocked, and placed in the Ready Reserve.

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