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Making an Emergency Bug Out Box

Making an Emergency Bug Out Box
There's a new guy in my trunk...BOB (Bug Out Box). There is no way to miss what Oregon and Washington is going through right now. I came up with something that will help me, and perhaps you, sleep better at night. A bug out box. Here is why we need one. We may only have two minutes to get out..
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September 13, 2020

Making an Emergency Bug Out BoxThere's a new guy in my trunk...BOB (Bug Out Box). There is no way to miss what Oregon and Washington is going through right now. I came up with something that will help me, and perhaps you, sleep better at night. A bug out box. Here is why we need one. We may only have two minutes to get out...

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 1

Supplies:

  • 1 large water resistant tub
  • 4 changes of clothing
  • 1 pair of shoes
  • 2 towels
  • toiletries
  • medicine
  • 4 pairs of undies
  • 1 pair of glasses
  • 6 paper/pens/scissors
  • 2 flashlights/batteries
  • 3 trash bags
  • 2+ packages of TP/wipes
  • 4 days worth of cans/servings of pet food
  • people food
  • 2 Cases water
  • 2 books/cards
  • 2 craft projects
  • 2 phone/charger/adapter
  • cash
  • 10 zipper bags
  • 2 blankets
  • your own pillow
  • first aid supplies/kit
  • can opener, optional
Making an Emergency Bug Out Box- empty crate
 

Steps:

  1. There was no supplies photo, as I built it as I went. You can make your own list, and pack in any order. I packed cat food first.
  2. Making an Emergency Bug Out Box - pet food
     
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  3. I packed a shoe box of undies and socks. A gallon zipper bag holds lotion, eye drops, shampoo/conditioner/brush/soap, dental care, OTC pain meds and sleep aids, paper and pens, charger and adapter. I also got one of those little 3/1.00 mini composition books with passwords, emergency phone numbers and more. I also added a book and for me at least, a small craft project or two to keep me calm.
  4. Making an Emergency Bug Out Box - shoe box for toiletries etc.
     
    Making an Emergency Bug Out Box - tooth brushes, etc.
     
  5. Next was TP. You only see one, as that was all I had. A towel and washcloth, plastic trash bags (don't scrimp on these). I like that stretchy kind, like the expandable ones. When you need to fill them, tie them in a bow, not a knot. They are easier to get into.
  6. Making an Emergency Bug Out Box - TP, hand wipes, can opener, etc.
     
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  7. I have a close up of the food. I included two cans of soup, one pop top and one regular. I also have canned chicken, peanut butter, corned beef hash, a can opener, and plastic utensils.
  8. Making an Emergency Bug Out Box - closeup of canned food
     
  9. I then went for a towel and washcloth under the shoes, jeans, two warm tops and spare glasses. The last was the spare glasses and meds. NOTE: You can't keep meds in the car for long, so I have a sign on my door that says "Meds/insulin".
  10. Making an Emergency Bug Out Box - towels and meds
     
  11. The last step is not something you can't photograph. As much as you can, take cash. Don't keep it in your purse/wallet, but put it in something that looks common place. I love the shortie Pringles cans. They fit in your cup holder, and you can even put it in the glove compartment if you want. And finally, at least 2 cases of water. Split the very tight seals so you don't have to worry about prying that plastic off when you need it.
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  13. I learned we never went to the level 3 that most states have of "GO NOW". I paniced and left things that I should, and do, have now in the car. I hope this helps you like it has me.
  14. But when your neighbor bangs on your window at 5 am giving you the worng information, you need to KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
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September 22, 2020

What is a bug out box? Why is it called "bug out?"


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September 22, 20200 found this helpful
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"Bug Out" is a term that was probably from World War II. It was used when people needed to evacuate their area due to advancing armies. Today, it is used for any sort of evacuation.

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The Bug Out Box is just a collection of useful items in case of an emergency. One of our members recently published the kit she keeps in her trunk, just in case.

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September 22, 20200 found this helpful
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It seems Bug-out box is an old term that has been 'resurrected' due to some of the emergencies people are facing right now.
I believe it is just an emergency box.

It is just basically a few items in some sort of container in case you are caught in an unusual situation that may require you not being able to return for just basic items - especially meds.

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Many people are setting up these boxes in their homes in case they have to 'get out' in a hurry and these would be filled with whatever that particular person/family might need if they have to abandon their residence. Each person/family would set their box up in relation to their own personal needs.

This sort of box/container has been recommended for years to keep in your car in case you get stranded somewhere and these items may save you from freezing or starving while waiting for someone to find you.

I am 87 so I have had something set up in the same line that I have carrying with me for several years. I use what I call a
'grab bag' that has emergency items that I may need if I have an 'accident' while visiting or shopping. This type of bag is along the same lines as a bug out box and has saved me from some of what could have been embarrassing moments.

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September 23, 20201 found this helpful
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en.wiktionary.org/.../bug_out

This is a wiki on the term. I have known it all of my life...so it probably came to me from my dad, who probably got it from his dad.

If you are making a kit for a bug out box, be sure to include your medications, paper prescriptions, things for your pet, and anything else you may need if you have to service out if it for several days--like bottled water, prepared foods, and the like. I living in a place that gets bad winters, so the one in my car has extra blankets, a pair of boots that aren't' good enough for every day, but are good in an emergency, flashlight, batteries, and bottled water.

When we made Y2K ones we had candles that were designed to burn for a week, water, lots of prepared foods like cheese crackers, cereal, canned soup, matches, water, and a weeks worth of food for the do and her old blanket.

Everyone's bug out box is different--it is all about what you need G-d forbid you have to bug out fast!

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