Why an INCH bag, when I live in a rural area, on top of a mountain with a good water source? Our bug out location is our home, family members from other states will be bugging out to my location. Just about every home in our area has two things, a dog and weapons and the will to defend and protect our families. So why have an INCH bag for every member of your family?
There are many good reasons, Roaming Gangs, Rogue Militia Groups, Military Units both foreign or domestic. Anyone of these in overwhelming numbers could cause you to flee to protect your loved ones.
Redundancy is built into our bags, so that when the SHTF, and a major firefight breaks out, and every thing goes to hell, when the adults are fully engaged in combat, trying to protect our families, and the kids get scared and run for their lives, they may panic and forget to go, or are unable to reach their rally point. Each child will have everything they need to survive hiding in the woods.
Each child’s bag contains: two knives, bivy bag (camo), poncho liner (camo), water filter, canteen cup and two canteens, 3 to 7 days of food, matches, first aid kit. The bare minimum for survival. Teens and adults each have a bag designed for their age, health, and physical condition. I am the oldest member of our group and my bag is lighter then the kids bag, because I have a ruptured disk in my back, and I can no longer carry a heavy load.
Each bag has to be customized for the person carrying it, there are trade offs to be made based on age, health, physical condition. The simple fact is that you can not carry every item you would like to have. So concentrate on survival not comfort. If you are military age and in good physical condition you may be able to handle a 80 to 100 pound rucksack, a small child may only be able to carry five pounds.
To defend our selves, our weapons are layered. Each adult and teen, will have their main battle rifle, should the rifle fail for any reason, each person will have a pistol as back up. If the pistol runs out of bullets each person has a large can of bear spray, once the spray is used up, each person has a minimum of two knives and as many as six knives/swords. My wife has two butterfly swords, she can take your arm or head off in one swing. Every member of our family except me, is trained in the martial arts in case it comes down to hand to hand combat.
Prepare while you still can, buy one item every payday, it will quickly add up.
Concentrate on basic survival first, backpack, water, food, medical, sleeping bag, then guns and ammo. Once the basics are covered look at long range survival items like heirloom seeds, solar and what ever else you feel you need.
And when the SHTF and TEOTWAWKI comes, don’t let the evil you see around you, bring you down to its level, be a sheep dog, help those you are able to help. Treat others the way you would want to be treated, stock extra food to help someone that may have lost everything. Even a seasoned prepper, can lose every thing they spent years stockpiling from fire or the aftermath of war.
May God be with you all.
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