For 33 years, every summer, I would begin collecting our valuables, important papers, and photo albums to keep in a special place for quick evacuation. This is very much like on TV's MASH. Sometimes we were only given a day or two's notice. Keeping 4 kids and dogs calm while packing up our old VW van during all the craziness in the community was quite a feat. Amazing how people panic with an impending hurricane!
So, when I moved to tornado country, I continued to keep a bug out bag near the front door. That lasted about 5 years. I finally realized that if there was a tornado, there might not even BE a front door, much less a bug out bag.
But, about a month ago, I awoke one morning, and just started filling my backpack with a few days necessities. Then, seeing Honey giving me the glare, I realized she needed a bug out bag too.
So, I started filling my collapsible carryall with food and water for both of us. So now we are prepared for whatever may come. I think I would have made a good Girl Scout if I had lived in the city.
The carryall with liner I made to conceal innards. Dried foods, easy open cans, and bottle waters fill the bottom. There is a tether for Honey to ride on top. She's not a real hiker.
This is after I added a few more items, a small pillow, towel, and puppy pad on top so Honey can ride in comfort. She's not spoiled! Nooooooo!
I love these mesh bags I bought from Rick Steves for my trip to Italy. Here there is a change of clothes and extra socks plus a sewing and eye glass kit.
And this is my hanging toiletry kit - also from Rick Steves. These both fit in the large compartment of the back pack. There is also another smaller mesh bag with medications, can opener, plastic bags and utensils, and TP, etc.
And what would any self respecting "bug out" bag be without a crank radio, LED headlight, compass, and extra leash and poop bags. An old fashion fan always comes in handy in hot weather or swarming bugs.
So there you have it. Bag is all ready with my money belt and print out of vital records in the side pocket ready to put on in a rush.
But, I have another bag I haven't shown you. And I can't! It's a bag I keep with me 24/7.
But, you can't see it. The main compartment is my heart, filled with the love of Jesus. The side compartment is His holy Word, lest I offend Him or others. The other side pocket is His salvation.
The handle bears the motto "Jesus is my Boss". This is my "Bug Out" bag of Faith.
One bag is useful to get me from one physical location to another, and one bag is useful to get me from here to eternity. Never hurts to be prepared for both events.
Now, what's in Your bag?
PS If you have any suggestions for additions, please let me know. Thanks! K