Hi guys, this is part three of the bug out bag series. My name is Mike Cowles. And this one we’re going to be talking about where to have your bag and how to make sure that you are actually ready for most of the situations that could happen.

So for me personally, what I do is I keep my bug out bag in my vehicle because if my house catches on fire, if somebody invades my house where I have to get out, I don’t want to be looking for my bag. I know that some people keep it right at the front door, which is not a bad thing. But if you’re in a hurry or you’re not paying attention, there’s a good chance that you might miss it or forget it.

So having it already in your vehicle, in a discreet location, I would suggest either putting it in a bin maybe even putting on that been with with marker you know you put something masking tape and then put marker on there something like something that nobody’s gonna care about, they’re not going to break into your car, you know, whether it’s dog toys, or, you know, extra blankets, or something like that, even though it’s got, you know, something much more valuable in it, meaning your bug out bag and any other tools or whatever you might have.

If you don’t want to do that, another thing you do is simply throw a blanket, you know, loosely over so that it just looks like there’s a blanket back there. So that’s my suggestion as far as where to put it now. I strongly strongly recommend you get into the habit of going camping on a regular basis, at least, you know, once a month worst case scenario once every couple months, but you got to learn how to camp in every season.

Now, if you do it in your backyard, it’s wintertime and you You’re freezing cold at two in the morning. Okay go inside, no big deal. But learn from it you know hey if I’d worn long underwear that would have made a big difference right and a hat or gloves that would have made a big difference. And by the way a hat gloves should always have in the jacket that you carry with you as well as your first little first aid kit like in an altoids tin.

Which actually I call it a first aid kit because it’s got a bunch of that stuff in there but really, it’s a survival kit. And there’s a bunch of videos on there and you want to customize it to your particular life, your particular style but a few things that you definitely want to have in there is a knife a light and a lighter.

Okay. The knife you can get a little Victorinox wants about size of your pinky. You can get them at Walmart or menards or whatever or you can get them online and Amazon. If you if you have that in there, and you have a mini big in there, and you have a little triple A like Yeah, Phoenix makes it a very good one olight makes a good one. But very small, again, the size of your pinky, those three things in there are massive and then the rest, I would just do pretty much first aid if you want to put fishing line in there and some hooks and you know, a lower or something like that, then cool, feel free but, but you don’t have to go crazy with it.

You should have that on you all the time. Okay, so, you know, the most important takeaway from this video in order to be ready, is a is have your bag and a smart place that it’s not going to get stolen because it doesn’t look like a you know, a highly valuable bag, whatever. And by the way, one of the things I mentioned you should have in your bug out bag is a bottle of water that’s ready to go like a smartwater water bottle.

You’d want to swap that out, you know, maybe once a month, and actually you could probably last for six months and be fine but you still want to do it. Okay, just Play it safe again and water bottles in a you know, a buck or two, something like that. So have that have your soul your water filter or lifestraw or whatever in there, so that you have the ability to get more water and take that thing and go camping with just what’s in there.

Okay? I suggest you do it someplace close by where you just get in your car and go back home if there’s a problem, or your backyard or you can you know, go inside or whatever if there’s a problem, but try it and test it out and see if you can go the whole night and if you can’t, what’s the problem because you want to discover these things now and while that sleeping bag was not the rating that they said or whatever it is, so that when you’re in a bad situation, you know you’re covered.

You know you’ve got a good sleeping bag, you know, you got a good sleeping pad, you know your tarp is big enough and you know whatever. Tie outs are good. You know you already forgot cordage you know now what are you going to do? Well watch a bunch of YouTube videos. Sounds like you probably already are to figure out some of the things that kind of make cordage or, you know, use your shoelaces or whatever it is, in order to get your shelter up and running in no time.

Okay, so, hope you’ve enjoyed this series and this talk about bug out bags, I would love to hear your feedback. And, you know, criticisms totally fine if you want to throw something in there, obviously, be respectful and I’ll be respectful back to you. But um, but if you think I’ve missed something, or didn’t emphasize something enough, or whatever, you know, please leave it in the comments.

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