I find it so funny that when my friends watch Doomsday Preppers they think of me. I suppose I can take that as a partial compliment. Trust me, I enjoy the show, but sometimes I feel people go a little over board. However, if the shtf, these people are going to be the ones cozy and secure. My idea of preparation is not letting it consume my life, but doing enough where I feel comfortable… little by little. I’d rather spend $50-$200 on supplies and ammo per month versus buying other things. These items never go to waste. When the expiration date approaches for my canned goods or dehydrated food, I simply take it with me backpacking or camping. As far as ammo… you can never get enough of that! I just want to make sure that in case of an emergency, my family and friends will have supplies. I won’t lie… I have searched for the costs on an underground shelter/container, but that’s purely curiosity (I think).
I strongly encourage everyone (especially ladies) to make an emergency bag. The costs are minimal and it’s a lot of fun. I keep this bag in my car. I figure that 80-90% of the time I am not home, I’m usually outside somewhere with my car nearby. I can almost guarantee that 100% of the time unless I’m backpacking or hunting, I won’t have adequate shoes on. I have an 8-5 office job and my typical fashion are high heels, converse, or flip flops. All not “emergency” wear. So I decided to share what I have prepared with you in hopes you build your own.
CAT’S SHORT TERM B.O.B. CONTENTS
- Sturdy backpack
- Old comfortable tennis shoes
- Para-cord bracelet
- Mechanic gloves
- Hand and toe warmers
- Storm proof matches
- Magnesium fire starter
- Bug spray
- Steri-pen (UV water purifier)
- Wet naps
- Justin’s Hazelnut Chocolate Packets (YUM!)
- Mini fire tinder
- Plastic gloves
- Disposable face masks
- First aide kit with Advil
- Mylar sleeping bags
- Small pair of binoculars
- Pair of pants
- Smart wool socks
- Long sleeve thermal shirt
- Mountain House food – a mixture of pouches that require hot water and the other cold water in case I can’t use fire. 4-6 pouches in total.
- Bottles of H20/Bladder
- Solar power and hand crank radio and USB charger
- Jet Boil
Anyways, you get the point. It’s pretty fun when you make your own. Will I ever need all this stuff? I hope not, but if I have to find out at least I’m prepared.
MAKE A PLAN
It doesn’t hurt to have a plan in place. What if you are at work? What if your kids are at school? How will you reconnect with your family? What if your home is destroyed, where will you meet? Assuming there is a great possibility I will be at the office, I created a map/route for me. If for some reason my home was not safe, I have a designated meeting location.
SUPPLIES AT HOME
People have asked me which canned foods have the longest shelf life…
- Spam (about 3 years, I think my newest cans say 2015)
- Canned chicken/tuna
There are a lot of other foods, just check the labels. Of course I don’t put these in my pack because of the weight, but I do store at home.
Additionally, I have medical supplies, 100 hour candles, water containers, glow sticks, etc… I’ve also talked to my neighbors about prepping because let’s say there was a big earthquake in California, our community would have to help one another. Making your neighbors aware is a very important step in helping your survival.
If you have any questions on any of the items, please feel free to write me. 🙂
SO WHAT’S MISSING???
I’d like to have a Bug Out Revolver for my pack. I’d like to ask you for any suggestions. Ideally, I’d like the cost to be less than $600, since there is a possibility it may get stolen. What revolvers do you suggest and why?