Often new preppers have questions which they find difficult to obtain an answer too as they acquire the necessary skills and supplies. Several of the more common questions were discovered as I roamed around the net recently.
1 Can you suggest a good backpack for immediate bug-out use? When selecting one what are the major qualities or features which I should search for?
2 How should I determine which relatives I should share my supplies with and which I should refuse assistance? What would be the cutoff criteria that I should use?
3 How can I possibly secure an adequate supply of daily prescription medications since my doctor and insurance provider will only issue a 90 day supply at a time?
These questions are valid inquiries and should be respectfully answered in an honest and sincere manner.
In response to the first question you must first know what your intended purpose is for your bug out bag. If it is intended to be carried with you in the event you must leave work and try to get to your home than you will need items which will aid you in traveling to your destination. It will also depend upon what and how much of the specific items you will be totting with you.
If you are walking than you will need a good pair of shoes, the proper clothing and some food and water. Are you transporting dried foods or MRE? Will you have small children in your group? Remember that the distance which you may be able to drive in one hour may now take several days by foot. Consider whether you will need to take anything with you to survive at your final destination keeping in mind that it would be impossible to take everything that you would possibly need. Trained military troops can march 20 miles a day for 5 days however the average person with a backpack will have a difficult time accomplishing a mere 10 miles in two days.
You will also need to consider the other people whom you may encounter on your trip. Should you join them in their venture or perhaps wait a period of time prior to starting off on your venture? If you are heading out on the first day it may be better to join them but after the situation and the people start to become ugly you may wish to avoid them.
Practically any type of backpack found in the department stores will serve your purpose as a bug out bag. Select one that provides a measure of comfort to you and would not attract un-necessary attention as you travel. Cost should not be the deciding factor here. A $15 dollar child's bag could very well serve your purpose. I purchased camel-backs for all my grandchildren and you might wish to consider one of these for use in conjunction with your backpack so you can drink without stopping to take your pack off. Bear in mind that the purpose of the bag is to stash your supplies in and keep readily at hand within your vehicle or at work. Make sure it has an abundance of pockets to accommodate all the various supplies you will need to carry with you. I would recommend a "fanny pack" to hold a few medical supplies and sun screen.
In response to the second question, the answer can get tricky. I firmly believe that there are simply no rules set in stone for this question therefore you must decide yourself based upon your circumstances. Several sub-questions tend to pop up as you think about this response. How close are you to those relatives? Can they be trusted? How long can you afford to support other individuals with the supplies you have accumulated? I am generally more conducive towards the children and elderly. I first look to see if the person is trying to help themselves or just along for the ride. What were these people doing while you were scrimping and saving for a crisis? Were they partying and vacationing while you worked your behind off? If someone plans to sit on their duff as I do all the work they would certainly not be welcome. The fewer relatives and friends whom you allow to share your supplies mean that the more supplies you have for your family and the longer they will last. I would work hard to help those who are also working just as hard but if they are free-loaders they can forget it. It can only be suggested that you use good judgment and rely upon your own code of guidance.
I am blessed at being fairly healthy and not requiring any serious types of medications. However, for those that do this last question has several solutions you may choose from. All insurance programs cover only a 90 day supply and even than it will depend upon the prescription. If you have one which you take when needed you may be able to accumulate a small emergency supply. You may decide to substitute your meds with certain veterinarian supplies as used with farm and domestic animals. In many cases these may be the same, exact medications which humans use but they do not require a prescription. Examples of these medications are the commonly available fish antibiotics which you can readily purchase at your local pet store or online. Another solution at hand is ordering medical supplies from Mexican or Canadian pharmacies. These suppliers can ship you antibiotics and prescriptions legally at a fraction of their cost here in America. Keep in mind however that no insurance company will pay for these items and the cost will come out of your pocket.
Copyright @2012 Joseph Parish
Author: Joseph Parish
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