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