Friday, June 8, 2012

Bug-out bag progress

My boyfriend and I have been using this list as a guide to prepare our bug-out bag.  It's one of the most comprehensive bug-out bag lists I've seen and it's designed for 2 bags and 2 people.

The Smith & Wesson Bullseye Search and Rescue knife

Problem: my boyfriend and I live over an hour away from each other and prepping can be expensive.  He thinks that if the SHTF and we weren't able to contact each other using cell phones or whatever, I am to stay where I am and he will come get me.  I said I would feel better with that arrangement if I kept at least my half of the bug-out bag with me ;]

 My boyfriend is in law enforcement so he can get some good deals on high-quality backpacks so he's in change of that but I'm adding what I can month by month.  Here's what I've found so far:

Knives: I don't know anything about knives but I bought Smith & Wesson CKSUR1 Bullseye Search and Rescue Fixed Blade Knife because it is fixed blade and doesn't fold in like a pocket knife, looked like a good size, and had positive reviews.

The box

It comes with a nice sheath

other side
Do you know why some knife blades are black like this one? Because it looks cool? My boyfriend said it's matte like that for protection, so your knife blade won't give off a glint and give your position away.  Oh, okay. 

So I think it's a good purchase for the price, I'm sure it can be used for hunting and cutting things and of course self-protection.  I think it would be a good idea to get a serrated knife as well, just to diversify.

My boyfriend found these survival straps that you wear as bracelets and can unwind in an emergency to use as a cord.  If you use it in an emergency, you can send it back to the company and they'll wind it back up for free.

my survival strap

It's really big and bulky so I confess I don't wear it day to day.  Maybe if I was going hiking somewhere or doing something rugged I would put it on.

Not bug-out bag related but for prepping storage: my boyfriend also got me an ammo can which, as its name suggests, is a container to store ammo and keep it nice and dry.  It looks like this:

ammo can

ammo can

Inside I keep some ammo and glow sticks:

fun fun fun fun
I bought the TulAmmo because it is cheapest and it's just for practice.  Some gun ranges don't like it when you use steel-cased bullets (as opposed to the brass casings) because they sweep the spent casings up off the floor and resell the brass ones to be reloaded and they don't want the steel casings mixed in. I've never had a problem with it though.

My next goal is assembling a first-aid kit!

What's in your bug-out-bag?

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