Wednesday, October 31, 2012

25 Additional Items to Have on Your Bug-In List

Amanda Warren
Activist Post

I'm on the tail end of Hurricane Sandy - we had high winds, freezing rain, and power outages but apparently my area's going to be slammed and it won't be safe to go out. Certainly not the same as being in the midst of a life threatening emergency yet, but we often only think of the bare minimum items for survival through disasters - but what happens when minor or major events stretch on?

Both minor and major events force us to adapt. Aside from media smear campaigns painting preppers (people with common sense) as wackos and terrorists, most people are warming up to the idea of being prepared. Maybe they are eco-conscious and are naturally leaning towards doing without, or are romanticizing old times away from the technocratic rat race, or maybe scary news stories finally lit a fire beneath them.

If you were hunkered in for an indefinite amount of time what would you wish you had picked up when you had the chance? If you are experiencing minimal effects from the storm, it's not too late!

For instance, do you know of easy ways to keep clean without water? Super easy to pick up at the store and bug-out with. What about medicinal items that treat a variety of problems when you can't get help? What item in your cabinet also serves as an emergency candle that burns for 45 hours? What small remedy can immediately calm down anyone facing trauma, fear or hysterics? What cabinet item serves as a strengthening elixir for weakness, hunger, and blood sugar imbalance?

This list assumes that you have major necessities - the ones that would be cleaned out of a store when news of an event surfaces and people stampede in a frenzy. It assumes that you not made of money but already have a way to protect yourself, canned foods, drinking water and ways to have light in a blackout. You may or may not have a generator but you can pick one up - stores are currently advertising them.

Most of these items are comforting, multi-functional and can be picked up in most supermarkets - most can also easily fit in a bug-out bag ready for evacuation. This isn't to say these are things that you personally would prefer and it's a warm open welcome for you to add your own and help others! Try to think of the perspectives of your loved ones - women, men, children, elderly, etc.

Here are more than 25 small, inexpensive, easy-to-obtain items to think about:

No Rinse Shampoo also called Dry Shampoo and Wet Wipes
Board Games/Puzzles/Cards/Portable DVD Player
Portable toilet or even better - a toilet lid made to fit over a 5-gallon bucket
Molasses - make a tea for strength
Non-electric chargers
Raw milk & fresh eggs - don't require immediate refrigeration
Supplements & Bulk spices
Make extra bags of ice
Essential Oils and homeopathic kits
Crisco acts as an emergency candle, just place a wick and light
Tea bags/Instant coffee bags easy to use in a cup of boiled water
Break-type hot pads (hand warmers) and ice packs
Thermal Underwear
Camping propane tanks with burner for easily boiling water
Hydrogen Peroxide and Witch Hazel (also great for waterless bath!)
Real books
Mini trampoline or jump rope
Solar windup radio
Ham radio or CB radio
Duct tape/paracord/plastic wrap/plastic sheets
Cigarettes/booze/chocolate/comfort foods
Ibuprophen, over-the-counters and other aids
Lip Balm
Rescue Remedy - Bach flower remedy (extremely profound) to calm down when facing any-level crisis
Cash, small bills

After riding out hurricane Sandy, as well as preparing for the approaching snow, please tell us what you put on your bug-in list.


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Anonymous said...

Interesting list! Not everything I was expecting. I think the Rescue Remedy is a good one to think about - I will think of more to add, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Very well put together. Extremely important and helpful.

Anonymous said...

I would add a small collection of herbs and spices, they can be used to make food slighty more interesting and varied.

Anonymous said...

Sitting here in one of best areas of manhattan - no power, no phones, no cell. City has done zip to directly inform residents of anything. Only to rely on nonsense blurted on commercial radio stations. We're on our own. So much for community.

Anonymous said...

Lip balm?

Whoever prepared that list has never had to survive outdoors. City people... I've had to survive lots of times growing up in Montana and so here are a few things you actually will find useful:

AT LEAST gallons of water - more is better. 5-gallon buckets with screw on lids work great. Other uses too like seats and wood gathering.

Roll of 6mil plastic to make shelter from along with a good big canvas stand up tent and a throw rug for inside the door of your tent.

Big trash bags and lots of them. Lots of good uses like rain water collection.

A HUGE roll of strong nylon cord.

A big survival knife you can cut small firewood with.

An ax with a hammer on one end of the blade and a good tree saw.

A good shovel and plenty of toilet paper - You do not want to run low on that.

Something start a fire when the wood is wet - Gas and lots of it.

A good first aid kit.

CASH and playing cards.

Dry warm clothes that keep you warm when wet - Wool not cotton. Lots of socks and rubber boots. A raincoat and any other foul weather gear you have.

Something to get you off the ground like a cot or good waterproof foam mats.

A Coleman white gas stove with plenty of gas.

A candle lantern with plenty of candles.

Rice and beans and a good IRON pot to cook it in over a fire (no aluminum) A grill and a good cast iron fry pan. Detergent. Paper plates are good but metal bowls are better. You can use sand and water to wash them.

An oven mitt or some good leather gloves for the fry pan. Vice grips are good too.

Tons of bacon. You can wrap it in a vinegar rag and it will last for a week no problem. Also a good supply of grease for the fry pan. Eggs butter and syrup. Coffee and lots of it. A good coffe pot and tons of bacon makes all the difference - no metal cups.

100' of 1/2" rope and 2 life jackets for rescue work.

Jumper cables and a small Honda generator with a 12V output for dead pickup batteries.

Flash light 1 for each person.

A .22 rifle to poach some chow with if you need to or for self defense.

A small dog to keep watch but if you ain't got one, trip wires and claymore mines are the gold standard. :-)

Anonymous said...

One can not light a candle without water-proof matches.....a nust have!! Also don't forget white vinegar, a 'multi-purpose' product.

Anonymous said...

What, no one wants to pucker up during minor bug-in? ;)

I would miss all natural lip balm if I didn't have it. Peeling lips, water rationing, having a cold and breathing through the mouth, cold-dry or scorching weather...yeah, it's awesome

Anonymous said...

Yep, a good list and I'll add to it.

1) Basic Mechanics tools (20 pieces)
2) A VOM Volt Ohm Meter
3) Sailors "Foulies"
4) A framed back pack
5) Optimus OO cook stove, (runs on diesel) 1 moving part
6) Good waterproof sleeping bag
7) 20 kgs of rice in a sealed plastic bucket
8) a Whetstone
9) a Flint fire starter
10)A few gallons of laundry bleach to purify drinking water
11)A brick of hollow points and a brick of FMJ for the .22

Anonymous said...

Other useful, multi-purpose items:

Aluminum foil.
16 gauge steel wire.
Rubber bands.
Dental floss.
Plastic bags.
Magnifying glass.

Anonymous said...

Anon@2:01: If you're going to be doing a lot of puckering up with those velvet smooth balmed lips you may want to stock some condoms too. More fun than playing card games.

Anonymous said...

How come ain't nobody added whiskey to the list? Is this a religious thang? That there is country medicine that cures snake bite and ugly.

Anonymous said...

"One can not light a candle without water-proof matches.....a nust have!! Also don't forget white vinegar, a 'multi-purpose' product."

I ain't no chemist... but I am a truck driver and we know a bunch of shit. White vinegar don't burn, I just tried it. Good whiskey will burn and that there is a multipurpose product you will enjoy drinking.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

A hat to keep your head warm

IHadAV8 said...

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Anonymous said...

Excellent article on bug-IN items. You're staying put to defend your home.

Hunting & Assault rifles
Assault pistol & Tons of ammo for each
Plywood/long nails or screws to cover/protect each window if broken by vandals, especially if live in colder climates
LOTS of toilet paper & paper towels
Big dog & lots of dog food
Spiral notebook(s)
Candy for hypoglycemics or pleasure food
COLLOIDAL SILVER: kills most bacteria, viruses & fungi. Boosts immune system
Lots of extra clothes, especially socks, underwear

Anonymous said...

the stuff you use to 'cure' meat prior to smoking, if the electricity goes out and all the meat in the freezer starts to thaw this will preserve it for a few days longer and it can be cooked and eaten even if it doesn't get smoked if you rinse the stuff off before cooking.

Anonymous said...

Epsom salt
Flower/Vegetable/Herb seed
Coconut Oil

Anonymous said...

a good rug to grab while bent over

Anonymous said...

dried beans
hand cord saw
strong nylon cord (snares)
a book like back to basics (priceless)
heavy wool socks, good quality boots
riffle, shotgun/ammo
down blankets
5 gallon buckets

T J Wehe said...

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Mandy Jordan said...

Don't forget those of us with babies and toddlers! LOTS of diapers, wipes and extra "butt paste"
Formula if applicable
Toys that don't require batteries plus back-up batteries for the ones that do.
Glow sticks to make the black-out seem fun and not scary
Familiar foods because they don't know/care that we're having an "emergency"
Shelf-stable milks and juices

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