Over 10 million were affected by Katrina. I was one of the few who were prepared, and after reading this article you will have all of the tools to get prepared yourself and make sure you, you family and friends can make it through any disaster and increase your odds of survival. It is not a matter of if, but when disaster will strike in your town, city, state or country.
Going on an emergency camping trip in a vehicle and bugging out walking are two entirely different methods of leaving your home. There are some supplies you will need for either method that are the same and some supplies and equipment are entirely different.
The reason for this is simple. In a vehicle you have much more room to take extra things, but when you bug out walking or riding a bike, you are very limited in what you can carry. Below we will provide you with all the supplies you need so that you can choose whichever bug out option you have to depending on your personal circumstances.
Bug Out Supplies And Equipment Needed
Water – you can use plastic jugs or2 liter cola bottles if you fill them yourself before you leave home ( you should have some in storage already). It is good to have your water supply ready beforehand in case you don’t have water when you are getting ready to leave. Have water purification tablets and if possible a gravity water filter with extra filters. Take as much clean water as you can, but leave room for other necessities. It might be a tight squeeze, but do the best you can with the space you have. If you must leave on foot, purification tablets are easier to carry, but a small portable gravity water filter or individual sport filters are great to have a long if you can take it.
Non-perishable food – Have foods that are nutritionally balanced. Canned and freeze dried. Don’t forget to include baby formula and pet foods if you need them. Keep them in a water tight storage box. Take as many lightweight foods like the freeze dried and powdered stuff if you are leaving on foot. Canned stuff is excellent if you are using a vehicle, but you can’t carry that much weight if you will be hiking a long distance to camp somewhere.
I had MRE’s during Katrina, but I now think freeze dried is the way to go now as long as you have plenty of water or the ability to get or clean the water that is available.
Fuel – You will have to make room for at least one five gallon container of gasoline( forget this and you will be sorry…I was). You might not be able to find a place easily to get fuel depending on the crisis you are facing. If you are leaving home on foot, you won’t have to worry much about fuel. You also need fuel for a camp stove and lanterns if you are taking those things.
Auto Supplies – This includes basic car tools like wrenches and screw drivers, compass, road maps, spare tire, jack, jumper cables, a quart of oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and extra car battery if you can get one. You won’t need these things if you are walking out, but if you have bikes, you do want a tire repair kit and some basic tools. You also still need maps and a compass if you are walking out.
You need to remember that when you are leaving for an emergency camping trip, it is a little different than if you were going camping for pleasure. You take everything you can and maybe even some things you normally wouldn’t like small valuables and important documents.
You will need a family tent big enough for everyone with you. Another very useful item you should take if you possibly can is a family screen tent. In a survival camping situation, a good screen tent can serve as extra storage space for some of your things and it makes a great place to cook and sit around bug free besides your sleeping tent.
A camp stove with fuel is great, but if you have limited space, a grill to cook on will take up less room and if you run out of fuel for your stove, it will be useless anyway. You can always gather firewood to cook and stay warm. The cooking pans you take along should be able to be used on an open fire. Limit your eating utensils to only what you must have. Sleeping bags should be rolled as tightly as possible to take up less space. A good way to pack your blankets, pillows, sleeping bags and even extra clothing like coats is to use those space saver bags when you pack these items beforehand. It will virtually flatten the whole bunch of them and leave you with more space.
If you are walking out on foot, then you will have to pick through these camping items and take only the necessities and the lightest weight things possible.
Rope – Hatchet – Short Handled Shovel – Waterproof Matches – Extra Flashlight, solar powered is good – Sharpening Stone – Compass – Needle, Thread, Safety Pins – Razor Blades or Razor Knife – Well Equipped First Aid Kit – Plastic Bags – Toilet Paper – Paper and Pencil – Excellent Survival Handbook – Flint Stone For Fire Starting – Cell Phone and car charger – Handgun, Ammo, Cleaning Kit – Toiletries – Bathing Towels and Wash Clothes, limit the number – Fishing Gear – Swiss Army Knife – Spool of Heavy Cord
Once again, for walk outs, you will have to pick and choose among these items.
Yes, I 100% endorse firearms. You need a good side arm (pistol) , a rifle and a shotgun. It is up to you on which ones you get, but in a disaster, people go one way or the other. It either brings out the best in people or the worst, and you never know which until it happens. This is not speculation, it is a fact I have seen played out in both the Military and Katrina. Make sure you are prepared because there was a reason the founding Fathers made provisions for us to “Keep and Bear Arms”. Take heed now, there are no second chances in a crisis.
Some of these items might not seem essential to you now, but if you are placed in the position of having to camp out in the wild or even off the road a bit, you will need them then. Every family should sit down and think very carefully about any items they might need for short to long term survival. This list is meant for a crisis when you don’t know how long you could be away from your home. If you think of anything that should be added to your supplies, then try to get that supply and add it to your stockpile of survival gear as soon as possible. Don’t procrastinate and say you will do it later because many times disasters come with no warning at all and waiting until later might be too late.