Hey, this is Mike from ChicagoPrepper.com and this video is going to be part one of a series about bug out bags and some of the concepts that that I have that are different than a lot of people in the prepper community. First thing we’re gonna talk about this specific video is that most people have way too much crap in their bag, which may sound like the opposite of prepping, but I’m going to tell you that the bag has to have just a couple things. Okay, it needs to have shelter, and we’ll talk about that in a second. It needs to have food and that’s it.
So by food I do mean food and water. But here first let’s talk about shelter. Shelter means something to sleep on. Something to sleep in and something to sleep under. So three things. So something to sleep on is a pad. Now, you could, you could have one of those roll up pads or something like that because they’re cheap. Don’t do it. I’ll tell you why. Later. What you want to have is an inflatable pad. Okay? And I suggest a good one there’s a brand called pariah. Which it’s like 70 bucks, something like that. I’ll put a link in the description. But um, it’s like three and a half or four inches thick. It’ll work winter, spring, summer fall and you’ll actually sleep comfortably even if you’re sleeping on your side like me, I’m a big guy, totally comfortable on it.
And it packs down to about this big it’s like a pound. Okay? So not massive like I’ve I’ve tried out a ton of different pads from Amazon and stuff like that. And you know, head pads over like three pounds. I’m like this big, you know, like a loaf of bread and stuff. This isn’t anything like that.
Second thing that you’re going to need is a sleeping bag. You have to, by the way, adjust your bug out bag to the weather or season that you live in. Okay? If it’s wintertime and you have a summer bag, you’re going to be freezing. And that’s actually a threat for like hypothermia and ultimately dying.
Okay, so in that case, you’re going to have to edit some things.
The bag that I use some bag that I use is by Teton, and it’s I think it’s called trailhead. on the trail start, I think it’s trailhead. Again, I’ll put a link to that below. And it’s a 20 degree day. So even if it’s 20 degrees out, you’re on a good pad which is critical for your, your sleeping bag to do its job,
And even if it’s, you know, 10 degrees out and most bags By the way, if it says it’s 20 degrees, you’re going to be comfortable like 35 degrees. So in other words, and like 15 degrees 10 or 15 degrees. So, you’re going to want to have, you know, warm clothes on, you’re going to want to have, if you plan on going down to 20 degrees, you’re going to want to have some some backup. So one of the things you’re going to have is a bivy that will go over your bag or a emergency blanket that you would put on underneath your bag inside of your bag. Okay, and that’ll add another 10 degrees or so.
So again, you know, might not be the most comfortable but you know, if you know that it’s going to be cold, you can, you know, adjust your bag to a warmer bag, maybe a down bag that goes down to zero or whatever. So, and then for sleeping under the simplest is a tarp. You can get a seven by 10 tarp for under 100 bucks. That’s under a pound. And we’re talking small again, it’s like the size of a sandwich when you roll it up. And those three things inside of your bag if you have to get out of dodge in a hurry, you have shelter for wherever you go, you know if there’s a patch of grass, or even if it’s on the cement, you know, whatever, you have that nice pad, your sleeping bag, and you have a tarp to cover you from rain and snow and wind.
Now, food is actually not critical, but it’s going to help you with your energy, it’s going to help you feel better and when you practice bugging out, which I hope you’re doing it Some people call it camping but you got to actually do with your bug out bag and see how you do it, you know, it’s going to help with your energy and everything else and just make everything better, make you more comfortable.
And even if it was, you know, Road Warrior, Mad Max, apocalypse kind of situation. Your food is something that you could use for bartering as well. Okay. So heart of food by the way, when I say you know how food in there is you have to have a way to filter your water. I suggest having a bottle in there like a smart bottle, Smart Water Water bottle in there. And a small like a Sawyer Mini filter. There’s other filters that are similar to that any one of them is going to be fine.
Even a LifeStraw will be fine. You just have to have something to filter water so that when you get to a lake, the stream upon the puddle, whatever you can refill, you don’t want to have, you know, five gallons of water, you’re just gonna weigh you down and slow you down too much and it’s gonna put too much strain on your backpack which if you do what I’m telling you, you can do a pretty cheap inexpensive backpack and be fine because, you know, everything’s gonna weigh you know, less than 10 pounds.
Okay. So that is by the way ultra light in the camping world. So why in the world am I not including things like a way to start fire first day You know, things like that. A knife, the things that are critical, here’s why. or extra clothes, here’s why you should have on your EDC what you carry with you those things.
I always carry a knife actually I normally carry a couple different knives. I have a little Swiss Army knife that has a fire ferro rod inside of it, as well as a bunch of other things like scissors and things like that. I always carry a couple lighters and many big regular big and I always carry a first aid kit in an altoids tin in that altoids tin there’s more than just the first aid kit. There’s also a knife, there’s also a little flashlight, I always have a flashlight on my key chain as well as a flashlight on my phone.
So those things you should have with you because, you know, let’s say it off time to grab your bag. You still need those things and those things are going to come up on a regular basis. Whether it’s you dropped your keys, and you need this underneath the seat or you’re in the movie theater and you know you need to find your wallet underneath the seat or whatever it is self defense, opening a weapon or opening a letter, you know with your knife, whatever it is, there’s a million different reasons why you need to carry those things now, if you watch any survival show where people are, you know, lost or whatever, if they had on them a knife, a light and a lighter. It’s no longer a life threatening situation. It’s an inconvenience, assuming that they know how to use it.
Okay, a knife, a light and a lighter. So a light you can get for under 10 bucks or around 10 bucks for little, triple A, you know, there’s a bunch of different ones on Amazon just look at their reviews. Find the one that you like the best. But I’ll put a link to the one that I carry. Phoenix is a great brand. Oh lights fine. There’s there’s a bunch of different ones but that size light You can have on you all the time on your keys, that’s what I have a lighter like a mini Bic is so small, you can throw that in your pocket right next to a little Swiss Army knife. And if you have that, you are way more prepared than most people out there.
And it’s very inexpensive. The the most expensive thing is the the knife which is like 20 bucks for a Swiss Army knife on Amazon. And if you wanted to go cheaper and just get a folding knife that pops out, you can get one of those for around five or eight bucks at Walmart and it’d be fine and be better than nothing. And trust me if you’re ever in a survival situation where you know you need to make a shelter or you need to make a spear protect yourself or whatever. Having a knife like that of any kind will make a world of difference.
So, and this video’s get a little bit long, but those are the main things you need in your backpack or in your bug out bag and the reasons why well one last quick thing is clothing when you go away You should always have, you know, a pair of gloves in your jacket, you should always have a jacket with you, you know if it’s a nice day, so that if the weather turns, and again, your little first aid kit, which also might have a fishing kit might have, you know, another spare flashlight lighter, maybe some fishing line and luers or whatever you want to throw in there, there’s a million different things you can do but that makes a world of difference.
All those things come in one little thing, meaning an altoid tin, and then you’ve got your, you know, your backpack which has your shelter and your food and your way to get more water.
So that’s really it. You’re going to be so far ahead of everybody else. You can take that and go out and go camping for three days right from the start. And like I said, it’s super light. If you count the food it might be 15 pounds at the most. But if you do like the the sleeping bag that I have is three pounds, the 114 I think it’s three pounds might be a little bit less avatar boys less than a pound. And you know super pad is a problem. I use a little titanium pot pot, which makes things really simple, it’s lightweight.
I have stuff inside of there, but but again super light even if you want to go really cheap and go to Walmart and get a Stanley cup or even one of the metal cups and stainless steel cup, that’s like five bucks. You’re still fine. You’re still good to go. So anyway, hope that helps. We’ll see on the next video. If you liked this video and you want more make sure you go to www.Chicagoprepper.com and sign up for updates and for freebies. Thanks