TOPIC OF THE WEEK – Building your “List of Lists”.
We had a fan ask about a list for “Bugging In”. This is a good start for those looking to do that or starting to stock a Bug Out Location (BOL)
This is a brief summary of some of the items to look into for your list of lists. This is not a complete list. I do not know YOUR needs. I do not know YOUR skills, weather, knowledge, experience, existing supplies, local resources, or group size. Do not feel bad if you need to look up a few terms. We all start somewhere. This list is to get you thinking in the right direction.
What things do you think you will want with you during a prolonged event? What things do you need? Do you have needs that some people don’t? Medications, eye glasses, a cane?
See the water chapter. A nearby source. Lots of clean containers. A good filtration system. Some bleach.
How will you cook if your stove and oven don’t work? Propane BBQ? Do you have lots of fuel? Do you have a way to cook over open flame?
Cans, jars, buckets, Mylar bags, pre packaged. These are the basics
Skills!!! Then a good first aid system. Medications that get rotated. Lots of band aids.
Entertainment, snacks, reading materials, art supplies, musical instruments, hobbies.
N95 masks, gas masks, waterproof painter suits, gloves, rubber boots, radiation test kit, biological/chemical contamination guide, iodine tabs.
TOILET PAPER!!! Feminine hygiene products, alternatives (big phonebooks), QuickLime, buckets, shovel.
Established garden, seeds, herbs, water source, green house, regional guide book
Various canning supplies: a good book on canning (Ball Blue Book) jars, lids, pectin, canning pot and/or pressure canner, herbs/spices, vinegar.
Cell phone, CB Radio, FRS/GMRS Radios, Field radios, signal lights
Large Storage tank, 20 gallon fuel tote, 5 gallon cans, 1 gallon cans, 1/2 gallon cans, chainsaw can, fuel stabilizer (PRI-G, PRI-D, StaBil), siphon pump, funnels, gasoline, diesel,
kerosene, propane, heating oil, natural gas, coal, bio-diesel.
4 wheel drive vehicle, truck or van, motorcycle or scooter, hybrid or electric vehicle, cargo trailer, travel trailer/5th wheel trailer.
Backpacks, canteens, entrenching tools, web gear, H or Y harness, holsters, rifle slings/sling packs, camouflage clothing, camouflage netting, ammo cans, gas masks.
Cold weather gear
Rain gear, poncho, long underwear, smart fabric undershirts, snow clothes (depending on region), wool hat or beanie/toque, warm/waterproof gloves.
NVG/optics and observation.
Night vision goggles, binoculars/field glasses, spotting scope, pocket monocular.
Fishing kit, snare kit, trapping guide book, game rack, game butchering/dressing guide, rifle appropriate to regional game.
Water source, hoses, fire extinguishers, smoke/co2 detectors, mini breather tanks, smoke hoods
Firearms, ammo, alarms (visual and audible), zone and field of fire maps
Various hand tools, power tools, machinist equipment, welder and supplies,
Solar battery charger, rechargeable batteries, 12v battery charger, generator, solar panel set, micro wind generator, human powered generator
Solar lights, low voltage lighting for home and outbuildings, extreme long runtime LED Flashlights (100+ hr per charge on low)
Personal care includes products as diverse as lip balm, cleansing pads, cotton swabs, cotton pads, deodorant, facial tissue, hair clippers, lip gloss, lotion, mouthwash, nail files, razors, shampoo, conditioner, talcum powder, shaving cream, skin cream, toilet paper, wet wipes, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Entertainment reading, training courses, manuals, service guides, bible, How-To-books,
Items specifically set aside for these purposes, such as:
Water and bottles, Water purification, Food, Alcohol, Salt, Coffee and tea, Medical supplies, Fire starting supplies, ammunition.