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.
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