Hey guys, this is Mike from Chicagoprepper.com and I wanted to add to the whole Bug Out Bag concept as far as being a little bit more stealth and also dealing with an issue that comes up with that.

So here’s what I mean by that. If you if you have some giant bag, it looks like you’re going camping, you know, it’s got a sleeping bag hanging on the bottom of it and trekking poles and all that crap. You know, if you’re in a bug out situation, which is again, potentially hostile, people are going to want to take your crap and if they see that it is screaming “Hey, I have valuable stuff inside” versus if you just have what looks like a regular old backpack.

Yeah, I mean, there could be something in there but it’s not screaming at the same so it just helps your odds, right? So the challenge that I ran into over years of messing with this crap, is um, how do I get my stuff smaller? enough to fit in there. And the biggest challenge is the sleeping bag. Right now, I’ve looked at ultralight backpackers that have super small backpacks. And they always use down sleeping bags because it can compress really well and it will still keep you warm.

The challenges you you can’t leave a down sleeping bag compressed in a small you know, compression bag or whatever, for a long period of time, otherwise it breaks down the, the fibers of the feathers down feathers, right. So you have to normally store it, you know, uncompressing in a big open area.

And so if you’re camping, like say you’re doing the Appalachian Trail or whatever, it’s no big deal because every single night you’re going to open it up, right? And so, you know, the challenge with the bug out bag is you have to have your bag ready to go and If you leave it in there, then again, it’s not gonna it’s not gonna work over time.

So let’s say it doesn’t happen for six months, and now you’re sitting back to keep you warm. So now you’re in a another survival situation on top of, you know, instead of being helped by yours and your situation. So, um, so I found a sleeping bag, that’s a synthetic bag, which I mentioned in one of my earlier videos by a company called Teton t to when it’s called the trail head. And and it’s a decent bag but it’s still like three pounds and it’s still pretty good sized and, and it’s more of a three season bag. So it’s not really going to work for wintertime, unless if you add something to it, whether it’s a bivy or you know, something like that.

And so when I was storing my bug out bag, I have a bin and my, my SUV here. And so I put it in there. And then on top of it I put a blanket to kind of cover it up. So that at first glance, if somebody happens to See in there, they’re just gonna see a blanket, which isn’t as exciting as a bag backpack, which you know is screaming Hey, steal it, right?

And so I thought about it I thought why not put your down sleeping bag in there like that where it’s not compressed. And you know, let’s say your car’s not starting because it’s an EMP and you know the whatever the zombies are coming and you got to just grab your bag and go grab your bag and your sleeping bag, your downside bag and you just stuck it in there as you’re walking.

So now you have a small sleeping bag inside of or at least compressing small inside of your backpack. So problem assault, during camping, same thing just stuff it in there when you go. But either way, great situation. Great solution.

Another idea to kind of add to this or piggyback on it, is to have a three seasons sleeping bag like a smaller one. That’d be fine. Up to It’s a 50 degrees, or maybe 40 degrees that’s smaller. You can see those a lot of times they’re about the size of a loaf of bread kind of squished a little bit. And that’s small enough to throw in your bag all the time, and then have that down sleeping bag for if it’s cold.

So if you have any other ideas as far as solutions and suggestions for the bug out bag beats stealth, let me know. And if you liked this video and you want more, go to Chicagoprepper.com.

Thanks so much.
We’ll talk to you soon.

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.

And if you liked this video and you want to see more, get, you know, tools and tips, tools, tricks and tips, then visit Chicagoprepper.com for more, and I appreciate you watching and we’ll talk to you soon.

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