Bug Out Bags for the novice...

Jayclimber

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#1
...how would you set up a bag for someone, with no relevant skill sets, for using in case of an emergency? What would you put in their vehicle? Think of your spouse, significant other, or son/daughter (yes, we still recognize gender here at the OTGF :eek:) what would you want them to have and how would you make sure that they can use it...

Please list reasons for why you would make the choices you make for them!
 
#2
If it's someone you're easing into the survivalist mindset or who doesn't want to talk about it at all, I'd call it a Get Home Bag. You could use a scenario such as being stuck on impassable roadways away from home due to something like a power outage, tornado that's knocked out tons of traffic lights. Probably wouldn't mention an EMP at the initial stages of conversation. :sneaky:
 
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sarco2000

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#3
If it's someone you're easing into the survivalist mindset or who doesn't want to talk about it at all, I'd call it a Get Home Bag. You could use a scenario such as being stuck on the on impassable roadways away from home due to something like a power outage, tornado. Probably wouldn't mention an EMP at the initial stages of conversation. :sneaky:
And make sure it's not camo and covered with MOLLE! LOL
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HandLoad

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#4
Sturdy Knife. Fire starter kit. Bright/Dim/Strobe LED Flashlight, spare batteries. Socks. Hat. Small FAK. Space blanket, or even better, a bivvy.
Mirror. LifeStraw. Collapseable Gallon container. Gloves. 50 feet of 550 cord. One small container of DEET. One Small container of SPF 50. Hatchet/tomahawk OR Revolver/2 reloads, choice of person.

Put it all in an obvious Gym/Workout bag.

That's it.
 

sonofliberty

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#7
Sturdy Knife. Fire starter kit. Bright/Dim/Strobe LED Flashlight, spare batteries. Socks. Hat. Small FAK. Space blanket, or even better, a bivvy.
Mirror. LifeStraw. Collapseable Gallon container. Gloves. 50 feet of 550 cord. One small container of DEET. One Small container of SPF 50. Hatchet/tomahawk OR Revolver/2 reloads, choice of person.

Put it all in an obvious Gym/Workout bag.

That's it.
That is good. I would add some food and water.
 
#11
Huge sturdy poncho - if talking actual shelter is too much into prepping for them. I personally carry a tiny Walmart tent because there are lots of creepy, crawly, flying bitey things around here. I also have a bug jacket for the same reason. Love these things!

Poo bags - These kits contains a waste bag, zip-close puncture-resistant storage bag, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Esp in your neck of the woods @Jayclimber since getting out to poop in a blizzard doesn't sound fun or safe.

P-Mate female urine director - cause a girl doesn't need her tail stuck out in the wind if SHTF, and it's not easy for ladies confined to a car to pee!

Luci EMRG light - Powerful LEDs shine in 4 settings: bright, super bright, flashing, red & white S.O.S.
 
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HandLoad

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#12
In the Vehicle: stout 1.5 inch hardwood dowel, maybe Four feet long. Two carbide tipped Hiking poles, adjustable, with sand/Snow baskets, and rubber tip cover. Jump Starter/ Air Compressor/400 watt inverter, with USB charging outlet(s) and spotlight. Machete with sharpening stone. Hammock. Tent or bivvy. Mosquito netting. 10,000# "snatch and tow" strap. Bag of rags. 200 feet of Climbing rope. A Set of mountaineering ascenders/and rappelling descenders. Cover all. Safety vest. Bigger FAK. Two Gallons Water. Old Cellphone (to dial 911) with 12vdc connector. Full size Axe.

Five days or more of Foodstuffs. Freeze-Dried preferably.

Carbine, if OK with State regs, personal preferences.

Put it all in a cheap clamshell Golf Bag (wheels, and it floats!)
 
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sarco2000

Beyond the Grid
#13
Things can get out of hand with too much gear, but some ideas I'd consider in such a bag for my daughter. And I've actually given her some of this stuff, but not in a bag, which is a great idea.

First Aid kit
Pepper spray (for both 2 legged and 4 legged critters)
Flashlight
Burner phone with my number in it + minutes card in case she breaks down without cell phone, or some other emergency
Water
Multi-tool
Sleeping bag or blanket (in winter)

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The Branch Manager

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#14
Huge sturdy poncho - if talking actual shelter is too much into prepping for them. I personally carry a tiny Walmart tent because there are lots are creepy, crawly, flying bitey things around here. I also have a bug jacket for the same reason. Love these things!

Poo bags - These kits contains a waste bag, zip-close puncture-resistant storage bag, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Esp in your neck of the woods @Jayclimber since getting out to poop in a blizzard doesn't sound fun or safe.

P-Mate female urine director - cause a girl doesn't need her tail stuck out in the wind if SHTF, and it's not easy for ladies confined to a car to pee!

Luci EMRG light - Powerful LEDs shine in 4 settings: bright, super bright, flashing, red & white S.O.S.
Because these are the most awesome shelters you can put in a car kit for a non camper. They're dead simple to figure out and the instructions are painted/ screened on the bottom.


https://www.walmart.com/ip/Happy-Camper-2-Person-Dome-Tent/17243551
 
#15
+100% to much of what has already been mentioned, but I would also consider adding a laminated map of the area. No matter how well a person is familiar with their home turf a novice may become a bit disoriented after a disaster, especially when stress and major changes in familiar landmarks turn their world upside down. At least with a map, roadways can be followed even if their signs no longer exist.

I would also consider laminating important phone numbers, especially to designated family or friends OUTSIDE the state, who can act as a central contact for your group in case of disrupted local communication. Fortunately, sometimes texting works, even when the call feature is dead.

Ha. Back in the days B.C. (Before Cellphones), everyone memorized phone numbers. Not anymore!
 

Vader

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#16
Duct tape
WD40
Pocket knife/multi tool
Water
Energy bars
Cash
Lighter
Sawyer water filter
Flashlight with extra batteries
Small radio(same batteries as flashlight)
Leather belt.
Extra socks/shoes/blanket.

Fits Into a backpack, weighs less than 20 lbs.
will get you home on foot in 10 hours if you are 30 miles or less out.
 

sauced07

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#17
Yesterday we were driving back from North Carolina on Interstate 26 east, a major highway. There was a bad accident in the westbound lane (pickup truck looked like an A frame the way it was folded). From the accident scene we drove 5 miles, got off the highway and had a steak dinner, got back on the highway an hour later and drove another 7 miles before we saw what looked like the end of traffic in the westbound lane. Those people had to have sat for at least 2 hours.
Using realistic examples such as that for some with no survival skills I personally would go with something like this:
Walmart $20 first aid kit
Emergency blanket or two
Good solid knife
Good road maps of the area
Water treatment tabs
Stainless steel water bottle
Bic lighters
Some canned Chef Boyardee or similar
Simple compass
Handheld shovel (#2)
Some toilet paper
Socks
Water
P38 can opener
Poncho
I might be overlooking something but those things in a Walmart backpack should get a novice a leg up in a bad situation.
 

sonofliberty

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#20
Yesterday we were driving back from North Carolina on Interstate 26 east, a major highway. There was a bad accident in the westbound lane (pickup truck looked like an A frame the way it was folded). From the accident scene we drove 5 miles, got off the highway and had a steak dinner, got back on the highway an hour later and drove another 7 miles before we saw what looked like the end of traffic in the westbound lane. Those people had to have sat for at least 2 hours.
Using realistic examples such as that for some with no survival skills I personally would go with something like this:
Walmart $20 first aid kit
Emergency blanket or two
Good solid knife
Good road maps of the area
Water treatment tabs
Stainless steel water bottle
Bic lighters
Some canned Chef Boyardee or similar
Simple compass
Handheld shovel (#2)
Some toilet paper
Socks
Water
P38 can opener
Poncho
I might be overlooking something but those things in a Walmart backpack should get a novice a leg up in a bad situation.
You ever watched a novice or someone with weak fingers try to use a P38? I have. It is funny, but it wouldn't be in a survival situation. Buy them the chef boyardee with the poptops.