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Wow, quakes in the OC, this is how Californians roll

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Mar. 30th, 2014 | 08:09 am

So, La Habra had a decent sized quake yesterday and it's only a couple miles away, so I got shook up pretty bad with my roommates. We're close enough that we can feel most of the aftershocks, so every couple of hours we get another little jolt while the fault settles. But anyway, I've been working on my camping kit, and listing everything out for a bug out inventory. And I wanted to post it here, mostly just cause.


So, I’ve been going through my camping gear, and a friend of mine asked for a list of stuff, so that she can stock and prepare a disaster kit. We live in California, where we may face earthquakes, and mudslides, flash floods, and wild fires can force a person to have to leave their home in a hurry. So this is my list to help everyone get their own list in order.
Keep in mind, my list is for a survival style hiking pack. My bag is set up so that I can live with just what’s in it for a few days, and for several weeks as long as I have a source of food and water. Your own emergency disaster kit will probably be much smaller, but hopefully it will be just as complete.

FOOD & WATER
This first item is going to be very different for everyone. I do not have a store of either, because my pack is for hiking, but even then I really should have a little bit. For an emergency kit, every household should have enough food and water to feed each member for three days, minimum. Most emergency situations will only last 2-3 days before power and other utilities are restored, and serious events usually receive aid within a week. For real life, worst case examples, look up timelines for the Katrina hurricane, the Japan 9.0 earthquake and tsunami and the devastating Tsunami in the Indian ocean. The type of world-ending apocolypse some people fear is really very unlikely with no warning, so a week or two store is probably a good maximum for your average house.
• Water – Every person should have 1 gallon of purified (Or at least filtered) water per day for drinking. Every person should keep an additional gallon for medical emergencies or extreme heat. And finally, one more gallon per person (Tap water is fine for this) to be used for cleaning and sanitation. So, if you have a household of only 2 people, and you want to prepare the minimum of 3 days, you need 6 gallons purified for drinking, another 2 gallons purified for emergencies and heat, and 2 gallons tap water for cleaning, washing hands and dishes, etc. The total 10 gallons need to be stored out of direct sunlight and raised off the floor by at least a couple planks of wood. The heat from light or transferred through the floor can leech chemicals into the water from the containers. It is not a bad idea to keep a gallon or two in the fridge if you have the space. Cold water can be extra soothing, and it will stay cool in the fridge for a while, even without power.
• FOOD – Food has the same rules as water, 3 day minimum and store in a cool dry place. When choosing your foods, remember to take any diet restrictions or allergies into account. Also, remember you are preparing for an emergency, not an average week. Instead of a decadant and greasy meal that will fill you up, you want a simple food that will give you energy and staying power. You may still be hungry in an emergency, but you won’t starve. Choose foods with a long or indefinate shelf life. Cans and bottles are preferred, anything in a box should be stored in a ziplock plastic bag to protect from water damage. And make sure to include extra water to prepare any food. Also be sure to include a spare can/bottle opener with the food, so you are sure to have one.
• SNACKS – This is an often overlooked part of the kit. Food will keep you from starving, but snacks will make your food last, kill that lingering hunger, and raise spirits. Do not stock salty snacks like crackers or chips. A box of saltines is good to help settle your stomach, but salty snacks will only make you drink more water. Jello is good because it lasts a long time and provides some liquid. Cereal and protein bars are another good choice. You also might consider stocking some soda, separate from your water, which will provide extra fluids, sugars, and happiness (assuming you are the average soda-addicted American). It’s good to have a few cans to ration anyway, because caffiene headaches are horrible, and a single can a day is enough to stop them in most cases. If you enjoy tea or coffee, you should include some bags of that as well, and a little extra water. There is nothing wrong with flavoring your base water supply, but you always want more, so any chance to stock more is a good idea.
• FOOD EXTRAS – There are a few things you might want to include in your kit for convenience and flavor. A small plastic bottle of cooking oil, preferably virgin olive oil, but others have different tastes. Instant drink mixes and flavors, such as coffees, teas, fruit mixes, hot chocolate and more. A collection of seeds, beans and legumes, both for a longer-lasting food source and to start a garden if you want. And finally, a collection of seasonings and sauces, including salsas, hot sauces, soy sauce, bbq, mayo, mustard and ketchup, salt and pepper, ranch, honey mustard, and several more. Do you ever get an extra packet that you don’t use with your fast food? Then toss it into the collection, or ask for extra specifically to fill it out. Try and watch expiration dates – one good trick is to write the date you got them on the packet – and give everything a sniff before use, but these packets really last a long time.
• CHILDREN & ELDERLY – I want to make sure to note, if you have any children, infants, elderly folks or people with chronic/severe illness in your household, you need to stock some foods specifically for them. These groups often have specific dietary needs, or need more of specific types of food. It is worth stocking double for anyone in one of these categories just in case the emergency lasts longer than expected.
• TRAVEL – What I have listed above is the best case scenario. This is a small store that can be kept in your house, or moved to a car for travel. But a lot of preppers and campers want a store that’s more portable and doesn’t require a vehicle. So, for a travel version of food and water, here’s the short list. 1 Gallon purified drinking water and a way to get more - this can be a spare ten bucks to buy more water, but a more practical solution is a water filter or iodine tablets, so you can turn dirty water from anywhere into safe, drinkable water. 2 large meals, canned – this might mean more than two cans, but you want enough food for two good sized meals that will fill you up, that way you can split each into two or three meals if you have to, or share with a dear friend who is less prepared. A bunch of energy bars or other similar snack for easy energy. Some beef jerky for protein – in a travel scenario, your meals might not have much meat, and the salt will actually help you remember to drink while on the go. 1 can of soda or coffee – I already talked about caffeine headaches, seriously, you don’t want to deal with one when you’re fleeing the collapsing city or huddled with hundreds of others in a makeshift shelter. Remember you need a way to open, prepare, and serve any meals. At minimum, you should have a small pot for heating things, a couple of bowls or lidded tupperware (plastic so they won’t break) for storage and serving, at least one knife and spoon, a can opener, and possibly a small or collapsable cup. All of this, the food and the tools, should fit in a fairly small bag or backpack or thermos/cooler with a handle and be easy to carry for the average individual. Some additional items you may want to include, but are not vital, include a cutting board (mine is flexible and thin), forks and extra sets of utensils, extra bowls and plates (paper is light, but wasteful), veggie peeler, a set up measuring cups and spoons, a larger bowl or pot for mixing, a collection of camping or survival recipees, aluminum foil, trash bags or zipper bags, dish soap (preferably the kind that’s safe to the environment), potholders, and perhaps a towel.
• MESS KIT – This is a special item that I have and I recommend every camper or prepper try to get one. I got mine from my father, and I believe he got it from the Navy, so your best bet is probably an army surplus store. What it is, is a complete kit, all carried in one large pot with a handle, made of aluminum so it’s all lightweight, and containing a full set of pots, plates, and everything you need to cook and eat food (except for silverware and potholders to handle the metal, I had to add my own). Here is the complete inventory of what my mess kit contains: 3 pots of various sizes, as I mentioned the largest contains the entire kit and has a handle it can be carried by, like a bucket. 2 skillets, the largest fits over the largest pot, making a lid and containing the kit, although without something to secure it, it can fall off, the built in notches have become loose over time. 2 detatchable handles that can slip into a slot on the skillets, or can be used to hook the pot handles. 6 plates. 6 plastic cups that are marked with cooking measurements (1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, etc). A tea kettle with lid and small handle (metal, remember potholders). Plus my added potholders and my cooking oil. I also store a veggie peeler and can opener, as well as what I have always called my ‘hobo tools’ because if I ever becae a hobo, this is the one thing I’d really want with me. It’s a fork and spoon that fold together firmly and also contain a knife, corkscrew, and other tools just like a swiss army knife. All of this contained essentialy in a bucket that easily fits inside a standard rolling backpack, or can be carried around as is.

VEHICLE
Ah, transportation, another prep item that will be different for almost everyone. For a camper, such as myself, I take little notice of my vehicle because most of my travel is done by foot. Others might choose to prep a pair of skates or their skateboard because that is what they would take, should the need arise. Many will have a bike prepared, and most Americans have a car of some sort, but everyone should have a few basic things ready for an emergency, just in case.
• WHEELS – Unless your transport is your own two feet (or a mount like a horse) every vehicle has wheels. You need to have, on hand and ready, all the things needed to care for those wheels. For skates and boards, this probably means spare wheels, bearings, and the screwdrivers necessary to change them. For bikes it means a couple spare innertubes and again the pliers and screwdrivers needed. For cars, you should have a can of “fix-a-flat” or similar product, as well as your spare tire and a jack. Regardless of your vehicle, know how to change the wheels. Practice, don’t just read a book, go out and do it when you have a free hour, this knowledge could end up saving your life, or someone else’s, and you should know even if there is no emergency.
• VISION – If you can’t see, you can’t travel. A car owner should have at least one spare wiper blade, a simple dollar squeegee to clear ice or dew from windows, a soft cloth to clear fog from inside of windows and spare bulbs and fuses for their lights. Everyone, regardles of means of transport, should have a good pair of sunglasses and a large flashlight for emergency lighting and travel at night. And don’t forget the batteries for the flashlight – do not store them in the flashlight, but make sure you can load it in the dark (meaning know if the nubby + end goes up or down). A loaded flashlight might turn on and drain the battery, and if they sit for a long time, even off, it can corrode the battery.
• PROTECTION – If you are on foot, you need to make sure you have a knee brace and some moleskin for your heels, and a walking stick is not a bad idea. If you are on any sort of wheeled transport, you need to have a good helmet and any other pads you’re comfortable wearing. If you are driving a car, you need to have working safety features (seatbelts, brakes, airbags), a fire extinguisher (not a bad idea for any kit but a must for cars), and something that can cut your seatbelt and break your windows if you need to escape. There is a great combo tool they sell for this, barely bigger than a pen, but a standard knife should work just as well.
• CAR EXTRAS – You should have a tool kit and the simple spare parts like fuses and bulbs. You should also have the car’s manual and at least some prinouts of “how-to”s about cars in general, and yours specifically. You might consider a car cover, camoflauged or otherwise, to protect from the elements. Unless you have some serious knowledge about cars, you likely won’t need more than that, but by all means stock to your ability to care for your vehicle.
• BIKE EXTRAS – Every bike should have some way to carry extra stuff. This could be one of those storage platforms over the rear tire, a basket in front, or both. You need to have some bungees to secure items as well (bungees are more versatile than rope). You should also have a little can of oil or WD-40 and a “bike bag” – these are the large plastic bags parents can get to ‘wrap’ a bike for a present. Serious bicyclists may get an actual bike cover, but either way it can protect your vehicle from the rain. Also, make sure you include a sturdy bike chain and lock – don’t bother worrying if there will be something to lock it to, just thread it through the wheels to render the bike useless and most people won’t even bother picking it up.
• SKATE EXTRAS – Whether it is skates, rollerblades, or a board, this is one of the best ways to travel because you can move faster than on foot, but you can carry your vehicle when it is required. What you need to have with your gear is a spare, comfy pair of shoes and socks because you never know what shoes you might be wearing when something goes wrong. You also need to have a bag, or space in your bag of other supplies, so you can easily stow your wheels for walking when you need to. Finally, consider your kit itself – can you carry it while you skate/board? If it’s not a backpack, or if it’s too heavy to carry for a while, consider getting a small rolling cart so you can bring them along easily.
• ON FOOT EXTRAS – The simplest transportation, but also the most limited; you can go anywhere, but you can only go so far. To maximize your distance and safety, make sure your kit includes a brimmed hat, a belt, a good pair of walking shoes and an extra pair of socks, and a small bottle of pain medicine for aching muscles. You might also consider a rolling cart, to give your back a rest, or if your gear is too heavy to carry for long.

MEDICINE – This is a vital part of any home. A basic first aid kit should be on hand, even if you have no other form of emergency preparedness kit. For a full size kit, entire bottles of medication and other supplies should be kept in a cool dry place. For an emergency or camping kit, get a pill minder so you can sort out 5-10 doses of each supply thus greatly shrinking the overall size of the kit.
• BANDAGES – You want to have an assortment of sizes of band-aids. The larger ones for heels are great for blisters and large wounds, while the tiny spots are perfect for needle wounds, pimples, hangnails and more. You should also have some sterile gauze pads and rolls of bandage for more serious injuries. You also need a pair of medical scissors to cut the gauze, and medical tape for securing it in place.
• ANTISEPTIC – You want to have some alcohol swabs, or isopropyl alcohol and cotton balls, for cleaning and disinfecting wounds. You also want a tube of antibiotic ointment such as neosporin to protect against infection. This can also be used as a burn cream if needed.
• GLOVES – Trust me, you want gloves, it’s just good sense. Make sure though, that you have multiple kinds of gloves. I have vinyl and latex, but there is also nitrile rubber and neoprene. Many people (including a friend of mine) have allergies to latex or ruber, so have alternatives, and keep them separate and labeled, whether in the original package or zoplock bags.
• TOOLS – This is a basic kit, not a field medic surgery kit, so there is nothing that unusual here. But there are a few things you want to have, and pray you never need. Nail clippers and a file are very useful (clippers can fairly safely open a blister to drain). A lighter can steralize metal if needed. You should have a tooth packing kit, available at most pharmacies. And you should have a sturdy needle and a thick cotton thread because, if you really really have to, these can close an open wound.
• BRACES & WRAPS – It is a good idea for every kit to have at least one knee brace. If you have any joints that are known to give you problems, or have a family history of trouble (I’ve broken my wrist, for example) you should have braces for those joints. Every kit should have a couple of elastic wraps, ACE is a good brand, try and get varying widths. And look up and print out how to use these wraps properly, it’s possible to break bones or suffocate if used incorrectly around the torso, for example.
• ICEPACKS – If you prefer to keep your packs in the freezer, make sure you wrap them in a towel when you use them. For a travel kit, the ‘break-and-use’ type are great, but still avoid direct contact with skin. If trying to save space or weight, this item can be omitted from a travel kit.
• FEMININE SUPPLIES – Even if you are male, you should stock some femine pads. Who knows, you might meet someone in the appocilypse! Or want to take you mom camping or something. I keep 3 pads (and pantyliners) in my med kit. I also keep some with my personal kit, and with my clothes, so I am never without enough for a full period.
• SUGAR SOURCE – If you know anyone diabetic, this is an absolute must. Even for the rest of us, a hard candy to suck on for sugar can save your life in a sugar crash. Low blood sugar can lead to extreme confusion, disorientation, slowed reactions and just wandering aimlessly. This isn’t a luxury item, it’s a save-your-life item.
• PAIN MEDICINES – You should include a variety of over the counter meds for different uses and because of allergies: Acetaminophen/Tylenol, Ibuprofen/Motrin, Naproxen/Aleve, Midol (includes anti-bloating), and Orajel. You may also want to include Icy-Hot or Bengay.
• MEDICINES – Other medicines that I include in my kits and you may want in yours: Cranberry pills and AZO for urinary tract infection, an antacid like Tums, allergy meds like Benadryl, sleep aid (usually the same medication as Benadryl, read the backs!), anti-diarrheal, chapstick to prevent cold sores and Abreva to treat them if they happen, anti-nausea, burn cream, eye drops and anti-itch cream (an absolute must if you happen to get poison oak or lots of bug bites).
• PRESCRIPTION MEDS – This is a tricky area, because these medicines are difficult to obtain and since all medicine expires, it needs to be rotated and not simply stockpiled. If you want to keep an emergency supply on hand, talk to your doctor and be honest, they may write you an extra script so you have a full month supply on hand in addition to your regular supply. Just remember to cycle and always use your oldest medication first. You may also want to ask about alternatives to your medication in an emergency. For example, a diabetic dependant on insulin may not know they can pretty much live on salad and meat, to conserve and stretch their supply. Many people don’t realize you can take Acetaminaphen and Ibuprofen together for serious pain, or more ideally staggered, because they are different medicines (But Ibuprofen and Naproxen are the same type of medicine and can’t be safely combined). There may even be herbal remedies that can prolong or even replace your medicine should the need arise, so do a little research, it all depends on the condition and the medicine.
• GUIDE – Every first aid kit should have a medical guide, giving basic, life-saving information. More complete or specific kits might also include an herbal medicine guide or other useful information. Remember, you might know all the information, inside and out, but you might not be the one using the kit.

PERSONAL CARE
This is all the extras that you really don’t want to go without. Many, many people have experienced going away for vacation and forgetting a toothbrush, or unexpectedly starting your period. This kit will ensure this doesn’t happen in an emergency situation.
• IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS – Ideally, your household should have a fireproof safe where you can store any vital documents such as insurance info, tax info, and important identification like birth certificate and passport. Some people also want to have this info with their emergency kit in case they need to leave their house in a hurry, or on foot. If you want to keep these important documents with your kit, use clear photocopies whenever possible, and make sure everything is well waterproofed in a few layers of plastic. The next time your driver’s liscense expires and you receive a new one, put the old one with your kit as a backup.
• PHONE – Do you have a spare phone? An old one? Twenty bucks to buy a crappy one? Even without coverage or even a phone plan, every charged cell phone can still call 911. If you keep a spare with your kit, take the battery out (fully charged of course) and store both together in a plastic bag to protect from water and preserve the battery life.
• MONEY – Even just an extra twenty or forty dollars can be a lot in an emergency. Keeping a spare credit card here is a good idea. This is also where you want to keep barter supplies if you are planning for a more long-term disaster. Good barter supplies include alcohol, cigarettes, salt, sugar, luxury foods, leather and other materials, and paper goods. And toilet paper, in a real, long lasting crisis, TP is as good as gold. Did I mention to stock some extra toilet paper?
• GLASSES – Every kit should contain a good pair of sunglasses. Anyone who wears glasses or contacts should have a spare pair as well as an eyeglass repair kit or extra contact solution. It is also a good idea to have a couple pair of reading glasses, just the kind you get at the pharmacy, for reading or trade. It’s also a good idea to have a glasses case to protect each pair.
• CLEANING – A few supplies, to make cleaning yourself easier and bearable in a situation where your bathtub is useless. You should get a small washtub (or large bucket), a nice towel to dry yourself, one or two washcloths and a spare travel sized bottle of lotions, skin products and hair products you want to have on hand. Women might also include spare makeup, and everyone should include wet-wipes for quick clean up and makeup removal cloths for cleaning your face.
• PERSONAL CARE KIT – I think I’ve come up with everything you need in terms of toiletrees, but pay attention the next few days and see exactly what products and tools you use every morning and night. 1 roll toilet paper, separate from any other TP stores you have, this is your last resort emergency roll. Personal care items: a few Qtips, a few pads and scrunchies (guys too, just in case or for trade), a couple of disposable razors, travel toothbrush and toothpaste, travel/folding hairbrush, travel size deoderant. A nail care kit: clippers, file, tweezers and scissors.
• UNDIES – Underwear takes up less space, and is easier to have extra of, so I recommend a separate “undies bundle” be kept with your kit. Mine includes a few extra scrunchies, 2 changes of socks, 2 fresh underwear, and 1 comfy bra (or undershirt for you gents). All of this is wrapped in a bandana, and a belt is wrapped around the outside.
• CLOTHING – It’s not that hard to set aside a spare outfit for emergencies, and you may end up being grateful for that change of clothes. You want a pair of jeans or other work pants, a pair of loose, comfy pants to sleep in, a long sleeve shirt for cold and a tee shirt for heat. You may also want to store a pair of good walking shoes with your kit, or a pair of slippers for more relaxing times. Adding a brimmed hat, swimsuit, and a jacket is also a good idea.
• WEATHER GEAR – Every kit should have a small tube of sunscreen and a little umbrella at minimum. Extra gear for heat includes a folding fan, cloths that can be soaked in water and worn around the neck or head, zinc, aloe, and charcoal to protect your eyes against glare. Extra gear for rain includes ponchoes, golashes or other water proof shoes, and water shells to keep your gear dry. Extra gear for areas that might snow includes thick jackets, warm extra clothing and hats/scarves/gloves, extra firewood or other burnable material, and tire chains for your vehicle.

SURVIVAL
Here we get into the stuff that is not necessary for most average kits. There are a few items, like matches and rope, that all kits should have. But as I’ve mentioned before, my pack is specific to camping. And campers, as well as some of the more serious preppers need to have some survival gear. This is the stuff that will keep you from freezing or starving to death, that will help you find your way if lost and make fires. Valuable tools that some might hope they never have to use.
• NAVIGATION – If you have even a remote chance of travelling, or if this is a camping kit like mine, you should have maps of the area you’re going to and a compass that you know how to use. It’s a very good idea for everyone to learn alternate ways to navigate as well, such as counting paces and travel by landmarks or stars. Just make sure you really know what you’re doing and it’s not something you learned from a half-hour survival show.
• SIGNALING – Every kit should have a whistle and a mirror of some sort. For those that don’t know, the international signal for distress is three short, sharp bursts on the whistle. A mirror can be used to signal for help by tilting it back and forth so the sun reflects off it repeatedly, this can be seen for miles. And if you need to make a visual sign, create 3 straight lines, preferably large and dark, contrasting whatever background they’re on.
• FIRE – If you’re camping or stranded outside, fire can save your life and make your time much more enjoyable. Let me be clear, you MUST know how to do this safely. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, there are other ways to cook and keep warm. But if you do know what to do, you should have the supplies. Best tool is a magnesium strip, which is non-flamable in its solid form, but easily scraped off to spark a campfire. It’s still a good idea to have matches or a lighter and candles if they are the short kind that have no chance of tipping over, or you have candle holders.
• TOOLS – Everyone has their own tool kit, suited to their ability. Mine is probably the minimum for a camping kit, a multi-tool, a mallet, a shovel or trowel, a knife and rope. Very useful additions include a survival hatchet (the back end is flat to be used as a hammer), rubber bands, clothes pins and duct tape.
• WATER – If you are going to go out from your home, you need to keep water in mind. You need a way to make water safe to drink. That means iodine tablets (and the follow up pills to remove the iodine taste) or a water filter. You also want to have something to carry water in, be it water bottles or larger jugs.
• COMMUNICATION – Every Kit should have a radio of some sort. AM/FM is best, and ideally you want a battery powered one, in case the power goes out. You should also have a pad of paper and some way to write, as well as a written list of important contact, in case you lose the use of your phone (where most of us have all our contacts now-a-days). Another valuable communication and defense tool is a pair of good binoculars. The ability to see greater distances can serve you well in a disaster scenario.
• ELECTRONICS – This should be water-proofed in some way. First of all, know what you’re going to grab. Are you going to just take your phone? Or do you want to bring your whole laptop in an emergency? If possible, you want spare chargers for every device – more realistically you should have a bag that is big enough to throw all those cords in to. A very valuable device is a three-prong to two-prong convertor. If you have a three prong laptop, for instance, you might be out of luck in places that only have two prong outlets. Also, since more and more devices are becoming charge-by-usb, you should make sure to have a usb-socket convertor as well. Another item to consider is an extension cord or power strip, so that all your devices, phones, hand held game systems can charge at the same time. If you want to plan for a long term stay with no power, you should also have either a fuel generator or a large solar collector and all the gear needed to keep those working.
• SHELTER – And finally, something that really only applies to fellow campers. But hey, it’s important! If you are going to go out in the woods, you need to have large tarps, preferably two or three. These can be used as wind or rain tarps, and one should always be put down on the ground under your tent as a moisture barrier. Next, you need a tent. And the bits of rope and stakes needed for the tent. My personal kit includes a pup tent that’s big enough for me and my stuff, or me and my boyfriend if we are really friendly. His kit consists mostly of the food and food-prep items, and he carries our 4-person tent. You should really have a ground pad, for a little added comfort and as another moisture/temperature barrier, a yoga mat will work if you can’t afford the really nice ones. And finally, a sleeping bag, rated as warm as you want. If your kit is being planned for two (say you and your beloved) you might look into a double-wide so you can cuddle together to conserve body heat and also just to cuddle.

But That’s So Much Stuff!!
I know, I know. It really does look like a lot of stuff. But there isn’t really as much as it seems, most of these items are small and stow easily. My personal kit is completely stored in a single camping pack (roughly twice the size of your average high schooler’s pack) plus a single rolling backpack, smaller than your average carry on suitcase. My kit contains everything listed above with a few exceptions – I have no stored water, I instead have a hand-pump purifier and containers. I have no packed food, we go camping enough that we get fresh supplies each time and my boyfriend keeps them. I travel by foot, so I have no vehicle care kit. The only pieces of gear I have that are not already contained in the kit at my knee brace (because I need it fairly often in daily life), my wide brimmed hat, my walking stick and the outfit/hiking shoes I would be wearing.

My Personal List and Inventory

BOB – Bug Out Bag (everything listed below fits in the bag and weighs less than 40 lbs so I can carry it easily for a while, even though I’m only 5’3” and 160 lbs myself. Your portable bag should never be more than one fourth your body weight, 40 lbs is about the max for most people)
Main Compartment
3 plastic tarps, two blue, one camo
Tent spikes and plastic mallet
Survival knife
Survival hatchet
Plastic trowel
Binoculars
Lantern with radio built in
Undies bundle – 2 undies, 2 socks, bra, hair ties, bandana, belt
Water bottle
Chameleon
Personal Care Kit in a ziplock to keep dry (All fits in a one gallon ziplock)
Vaseline in its own ziplock
Washcloth in its own ziplock
Pack of wet wipes
Folding hairbrush
Deoderant
Soap
Hair ties
Q-tips
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Sunscreen
Wristwatch
Disposable razors
Eyeglass cleaning cloth and repair kit
Pads
Spare shoelaces
Nail care kit (clippers, file, scissors, tweezers)
Lotion
Water purification tablets
Batteries – 3 D for lantern, 2 D for flashlight
Mini sewing kit – elastic, thread, safety pins, scissors, etc
Mesh bag of supplies (About the size of a quart ziplock)
Wind tarp
Plastic ziplocks
Folding fan
Plastic trash bags
Large flashlight
Compass and whistle
Multitool
Poly twine, blue
Rubber bands
Folding trowel and Magnesium strip
Red and Blue celophane
Utensils with chopsticks
Rope (not to be cut if possible)
Black electrical tape
All natural bug repellent
Paper, erasor, pen, pencil and sharpie in ziplock to keep it dry
Contacts and emergency info/infofacts/recipees
Lid – easy access for items you might need on the go
Hemp twine
Sunglasses in hard case
Ace wrap
Relaxing shoes
Mini first aid kit (All fits in a regular quart ziplock)
Little pill case – Tracee’s levo~, Omeprezol, Vicodin
Big pill case – Asprin, ibuprofen, cranberry pills, tums, benadryl, midol
Pills – Anti-diarheal, Aleve, Sleep aid
Creams – Anti-itch, antibiotic
Medical tape
Eye drops
Chapstick and Abreva
Nail clippers
Lighter
Bandages, various sizes
Pads
Wrist braces
Sugar source/Glucose pills
Gloves – latex and vinyl
Lashed to outside
Pup tent and yoga mat
Water purifyer (with collapsable cups)
2 clip LED lights
Duct tape

Rolling Pack
Main Compartment
Warm scarf, hat, earmuffs and fingerless gloves in a ziplock to keep dry
Small umbrella
Plastic ziplocks, sandwich size
Travel size sunscreen
Reflective heat blanket
Mess kit with 1 towel, 1 washcloth, can opener, veggie peeler, cooking oil and hobo tools
4 extendable forks for fire roasting
Plastic spatula
Folding trench shovel
6 sets utensils with chopsticks
Food extras and spices
Several plastic shopping bags
Salt and Pepper packets
Sugar Packets
Dipping sauces – ranch, honey mustard, bbq, hot mustard, sweet and sour
Mustard and Ketchup
Hot sauces mild, medium, hot, green
Soy and Chili sauce
Mayo and relish
Butter Rum and Cherry lifesavers
Orange cream chewing gum
Beef and Chicken bullion cubes
Upper front pocket
Small mirror
White electrical tape
Sunscreen inside watertight capsule necklace
Small crank flashlight
Peace sunglasses in matching pouch
Lower front pocket
Mini dustpan and broom
2 rolls poly twine, yellow and green
Large mesh laundry bag
2 packs of ‘funky flames’
Clothes pins
Lashed to outside
Plastic collander and washbin
Sunglasses in hard case (‘phone pocket’)
Spare water bottle
Carrying chair with mesh pocket
Flexible cutting board in mesh pocket
Plastic ziplock, gallon size in mesh pocket
Spare jeans, long sleeve shirt and tye-dye tee shirt in mesh pocket

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