Hey guys, this is part two of the bug out bag series. And what we’re talking about today is the actual bag itself. Okay? Now, I’ve watched a gazillion videos, where people, you know, have these huge bags with a million things in it, or they had these tiny little bags with, again, a million things in it, but, but they’re missing the most critical things like for shelter, they’ll have like a couple of garbage bags or something.

And it’s like, yeah, that’s, that’s true. You can, you know, you know, take a few of those together. And, you know, whatever, you know, tie it off to, you know, some branches and, you know, protect yourself from the rain and stuff like that. But it’s like, you know, they don’t have anything to sleep on. A lot of times, the only thing they have to sleep on is one of those emergency blankets that’s like, you know, green on one side and silver on the other.

And if you’ve ever tried to sleep on one of those on the ground, You’re not getting any sleep and the idea of a bug out bag is it’s a hostile situation you have to leave your house and you may be getting pursued, you know, so it’s like okay, do I want to get no sleep and be exhausted. So the most important thing and I mentioned this the last video is you need shelter, and you need food. Okay, the other things like starting a fire, a knife, a flashlight, first aid kit, those you should have on you all the time. So that’s not necessarily in your bug out bag.

If you want to double up on that, that’s fine you can but I’m telling you how to do this cheaply. But now because it is a potentially hostile situation where you have to take your bug out bag and go. It’s you know, invasion for more. It’s, you know, an EMP and everybody wants when you’ve got it zombie apocalypse, whatever it is.

If you have a bug out bag, that looks like a bug out bag. Like it’s got military crap on it, or it’s got patches on it, or, you know, it’s camouflage to color, or, you know, it’s a big bag and it’s got a, you know, a tent on the bottom and a sleeping bag hanging off of it and, you know, an axon and things like that. Guess what, you now make yourself a target and you have nothing, because they’re going to take your crap and they might take your life, right?

So what you want to have is a backpack that basically looks like you’re going to the gym or you’re going to school, okay? You don’t want to have anything on the outside of it other than maybe a water bottle, like a Smart Water bottle or whatever. And this is going to be a separate topic, but you know, as far as self defense goes, if somebody wants to take your stuff, if you are carrying a sidearm, okay, let’s say it’s a Glock, whatever.

There’s a podcast I was listening to where in another country there was you know, everybody was going crazy. The economy collapsed. And this guy was a proper, and he had a gun with him inside of his jacket. And he was walking and he had a backpack on. And four guys approached him. And they said, Give us your backpack. Now. What’s your hope you realize, too, that for him to reach in and pull out his gun when these there’s four guys and they’re basically circling him. For him to pull out that gun. He might shoot one he might get really lucky and shoot two, but they’re going to be on him and they’re going to kill him. Right? Because it’s close quarters.

So instead, he had a little machete and he just acted Crazy and started swinging it around and you know he said he almost cut off from guys arm when he like tried to reach or something and they were like you know what screw this is not worth it and they left him alone. So if you’re thinking about self defense, which I suggest you do okay in the last video I just talked about age, shelter and food are the only things you need your bug out bag, but maybe on you as an EDC should have a firearm, and if somebody is approaching you, you don’t wait until they’re so close that you’re like hey, you know, I can’t pull out my gun.

You have your gun in your pocket, maybe with your hand on your gun and you start backing up as they get closer and you say you know, whatever tough threatening phrase you can come up with an order let him know that you mean business. Okay?

But if you don’t have a firearm or you’re anti guns, which it’s kind of hard to imagine somebody watching prepping videos of the anti gun but like You are then you better have something else, whether it’s mace, whether it’s a police baton or whatever, but I will tell you this, a gun pointed at somebody will most likely keep you out of trouble. versus if you have, you know, a bat or something like that. You’re going to have to bludgeon somebody to death it’s going to be a lot more violent than if you just made a gun to them and say back off.

Right. So that’s, that’s my little mini rant towards guns or guns are good at for the for good guys. Okay, so, so I have a bag that’s neutral. I have a bag that’s not too big. Don’t overstuff your bag with a ton of crap. The tea bag that I mentioned in the last videos, it’s like three pounds and it’s about this big about this big around. It will fit in the bottom of your bag and it’s probably in an average backpack is probably going to fill up half So, you know, your sleeping pad if you do the one I mentioned is about size of a good size sandwich. And then you’re sleeping I’m sorry, your tarp is going to be very small.

So that’s your shelter and then you know for food and for cookware if you’re if you’re going to have cookware you know, that really doesn’t take up too much space but that’s gonna that’s gonna be the rest of it. Okay, so another thing to think about when it comes to your bug out bag is a lot of people talk about fire, fire fire, you know, fire is number one thing keeps you warm, blah, blah, blah. But here’s one of the things to consider is a bug out bag is different than going camping. Where Hey, I got separated from my group I got lost. And you know, I need to make a fire to single people and to stay warm and all that stuff right?

A bug out bag is for the scenario where it’s a potentially hostile situation where you need to get out of dodge and you don’t want to be seen. So if you get to the woods to camp out and you decide, hey, let’s make a fire Guess what? Anyone within a mile of us going to see you and smell you. You just alerted them.

So think Hunger Games, you know, the first thing the girl says, Oh, yeah, first thing you do is make a fire and Woody Harrelson character says yeah, if you want to die, that that’s what you know, killed so and so. You know, first night she got out there she made a fire and they knew where she was and they killed her.

So you should have a sleeping bag and a sleeping pad and a tarp that will keep you warm and dry. Okay, um, one of the things that I think you should throw in your bug out bag, by the way is a pair of dry wool socks because if all of your clothes get wet, Because of bad weather falling in a lake, whatever. Being able to strip down and get into your dry sleeping bag and have on wool socks will make a world of difference for your self esteem and fighting hypothermia and everything else.

So that’s it for this video. I hope you like it. If you want more videos like this, as well as tools and tips and tricks, make sure you go to Chicagoprepper.com

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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