Bugging Out Pt. 2

Hi All! I intended to write this the following day, but… well… you know how life gets in the way. Friday ended up being a Monday that other Mondays would be jealous of… Then, Saturday I got to spend the afternoon making a 237 lb. man squeal like a little girl and throwing a teenage boy around. I took a Women’s Self Defense Class and I highly recommend any woman reading this do the same. The Dojo where I went offers this class for free once every 60 or 90 days. We can take the course as many times as we want, too, so we can keep practicing the skills learned.  Back to the topic at hand…

If you haven’t read the first part, I suggest you do. This will make sense, but there was a lot more I wrote about than what’s here. Bug Out? <—– It’s right there.

Something that was said in one of the comments on the first post was that the person was just going to buy a “Class C motor home” and that’s a good idea, but there are a few considerations to keep in mind. First and foremost is you want to buy one with a diesel motor. Be it a motor home or a pick up and motor home. There are a couple reasons for this: first is a diesel motor has more torque and that basically means it has more towing power, that’s why semi-trucks and train engines are diesel. With the power available from a diesel motor, you will be able to tow a heavier load than a gas motor could pull. Second is, gasoline will only keep for 3-5 months depending on how and where its stored, it will pretty much turn into varnish if left sitting for long enough, to my understanding anyway. If its left in a car for an extended period gas will, like, gum up the engine and lines and make it so you won’t be able to start the engine.  And, that’s the limit of my knowledge on that subject, I’ll ask Bear to write a better post on this.

Before you even consider bugging out, is getting a “Bug Out Bag” put together for yourself and each member of your household. What a B.O.B. is is a backpack or some kind of bag that you grab if you can’t grab anything else. There are literally thousands of pages, on the internet and in books, written about these. Every author has their own ideas about what should be in one, some of these would create a bag that weighs more than you do. What they do agree on is you need: a change of clothes appropriate for the season, at least 1 extra pair of socks, an emergency blanket, a rain poncho of some sort, a Lifestraw Personal Water Filter or similar, energy bars of some kind, a multi-tool and a knife, a way to make fire, hand sanitizer, a roll of toilet paper and/or a pocket pack size Kleenex, a hand gun and ammunition. After that, things get crazy and the list gets huge! Hand saw, camping shovel, a tarp or 1 person tent, etc.. For us, it made sense to cover the basics: clothing, heat, way to make clean water, high calorie food bar, multi-tool and a list on top with a reminder list to grab meds and a couple other things. Besides the bug out bag, we also each have a “Get Home Bag” in each of our vehicles. These are based on what motorists in our area are told to carry in our vehicles during the winter. Winters here can get bitter cold, with significant snow with sleet and ice thrown in at least once or twice a year. It’s recommended that we have a blanket, jar candle, lighter, a day’s food and water in case we get stuck and help can’t get to us. To this we added: “snow pants” and heavy gloves during winter. And in general, we added the high calorie food bar, the Lifestraw and means of personal defense. This bag is in case we are at work or somewhere and a disaster hits. We need to meet back at the house, get the things we need from the house and get to the camper and the group. This bag is meant to be carried, if roads are blocked and we’d have to walk home. Due to problems with my back and shoulders, my get home bag is the rolling book bag I got while in college a few years ago. One useful addition to either a bug out or get home bag would be some lip balm. It’s multi purpose, you can use it to protect your lips from wind, heat or cold and it contains wax which makes it flammable, a little bit of it on tinder can be used to start a fire! Yep! You’re putting that on your lips. That’s why I use either straight cocoa butter, shea butter or a mix of the two I make myself.

I have a document that Bear has written about firearms, I’m finishing proof-reading it and I’ll be posting it in a couple parts next. I’ve stated several times that I’m not an expert on the subject. But he is! There’s a ton of good information for those who don’t own a firearm and are thinking of getting one.

Check out the picture I found on Google when I looked for a Bug Out Vehicle to use for this. It isn’t mine, but I WANT it!!! 😀

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6 thoughts on “Bugging Out Pt. 2

  1. The Lifestraw is such a neat thing. A total necessity for anybody who is prepping or bugging out. And the size of it makes you wonder how it can do what it does.
    Stopping in from my blog Livingsimplewiththejanegirls.wordpress.com

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  2. I do agree with the diesel engine on the class C motorhome. After some more review I have been looking at the class b models which are more like a converted oversized van. It is less roomy but uses less fuel and can blend in more with the masses driving out to some remote location rather than becoming a target for theft. It is also easier to hide and set up correctly with solar panels can probably last much longer than a larger class C. The problem is the same though with any rv or motorhome in the winter unfortunately, if there is water in the tanks and lines there is always the risk of water freezing and breaking pipes which brings me back to thoughts of whether or not I should consider purchasing a second location to bug out too in a more rural setting.

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    1. We haven’t looked at motor homes much, way more than my Accountant husband is willing to pay! When we were looking for our camper, we found that there are “4 Season” campers. The salesman said they have heavier insulation (among other things) and can tolerate the cold of winter. Again, those were real pricey and we didn’t get one at the time. Our thinking was that as our business grew we would be in a better financial position in the future to get one. Yeah, then the 2008 crash happened and the continuing decline of the economy ruined those plans. All our clients were small businesses that the failing economy and ever increasing regulations drove most of them out of business. The ones that survive had to tighten their belts and take over their own bookkeeping. Yep, if you want to hear the Gods laugh, tell Them your plans….
      My whining aside, I don’t know your situation, but you might want to look if motor homes have that option. Another thing to consider, we’ve always looked at campers because it leaves us with the truck if we have to abandon the camper for some reason.

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  3. It’s tough and getting tougher, I know. We are paying extra on our mortgage every month until the bank threw a fit and said they wouldn’t accept it any longer. Something about messing up their books. Waaaaa! 😭
    Our camper is really old and isn’t in good shape, it sounds bad but we plan on buying a top of the line pick up and camper when it becomes clear everything is over. The Federal Reserve may have lit the fuse Wednesday by raising the rate by 25 basis points. Time will tell…
    Just do what you can, think of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Bear didn’t finish his article, I think I just came up with my next post ….

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