Monday, April 29, 2013

TUTORIAL - 72 Hour Bag

It's fairly commonly known that any good prepper carries with them at all times a 72 hour bag. What this is, is a kit in a bag or your car, or taken with you somehow which contains in it everything you'd need to get by for 72 hours.

The basic theory is that if you're out in the city, or at work, or visiting friends, and something bad happens (Shit Hits The Fan) you will be able to get home again. Depending on what's happened, that trip may have to be made on foot. Let's say a natural disaster has happened, that might lead to severe traffic jams as everyone tries to move away from the danger zone. Or, if something particularly crazy happens, like an EMP blast goes off (or something causes an EMP wave) then vehicles will cease to work at all. The odds of that happening are pretty darn small, but being prepared can't hurt!

For example, I live around 16kms from where I work, so if I was at work and the roads were blocked, it would take me about 5 hours to walk home. But what if something happened where I couldn't take the easy road home? Perhaps there's flooding? Perhaps a particularly bad natural disaster has happened and military personnel or police are herding people one way, and I still need to get to my home... I might need to take the back roads to get home, and that might mean an overnight trip - particularly if I'm trying to be stealthy. Sometimes you may not be able to move from your current location, and you may need to wait a day or two before you can move. Any of these scenarios are what you need a 72 hour bag for.

So what should you put in your 72 hour bag?

Well, that is very much based on your own personal needs, however there are certain things that I believe everyone should keep in their 72 hour bag.

The best way I can think of to show my suggestions is to list what I keep in my own 72 hour bag. The items that are highlighted in red are ones that I think everyone should have. Everything else is very much based on how paranoid you are or how prepared you want to be:

- Hazard 4 Evac Plan B Sling (Bag)
- 3 days worth of MREs (I use 1200 calorie mainstay bars)
- A basic medical kit (I'll go into that in a separate post)
- A metal water flask
- A warm jacket
- A bandana (I'll go into that in a separate post)
- A medicine kit (I'll go into that in a separate post)
- Protective gloves
- Face protection (balaclava or ski mask. Sounds crazy, but they're good for disappearing)
- A good hat (I prefer a giggle hat)
- A small sewing kit
- A rugged torch (I use a Fenix E21 for my 72 hour bag)
- Spare batteries for the torch in a watertight, zip-loc bag
- A multi-tool
- A compass
- Wet-wipes (handy if you need to go to the toilet when there isn't a toilet)
- Electrical tape
- Chemical glow-sticks
- Small survival kit (I'll go into that in a separate post)
- A survival guide (I reccommend the SAS Survival Guide ISBN: 978-0-00-718330-2)
- A high-powered laser pointer, for signalling
- A Li-ION backup charger for your phone
- A solar charger unit, for extended times being stranded
- A small trowel (handy for poop time!)
- A wet weather poncho
- A suitable dry-bag
- A small, but functional knife (I use a small Smith&Wesson folder for this bag, but I'll do a separate post on knives)
- A knife sharpener (you don't want your blade to go dull!)
- A glass-breaker (handy when trapped in a car!)
- A decent length of ParaCord (I keep 100 feet, and I'll do a separate article on its uses)

So that's what I carry with me every day. The Hazard 4 Evac Plan B sling is EXCELLENT for carrying all of that very easily, and I highly recommend it, however they're a little pricey. Just know that they're worth every cent of the cost.

So there's a few items up there that I need to go into in further detail. That should keep future posts sorted out for a while ;)

Until I get around to doing them, have fun!

- CumQuaT

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