This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is devoted to the bug-out bag. First of all, for those few of you who don’t know what one is, a bug-out bag contains the survival gear that you have prepacked in preparation for “bugging out” or getting out of Dodge when the Z hits the fan. Some of you already have experience in this area: hurricane preparedness kits, that bag of stuff by the door eagerly waiting for the pregnant mom to give the GO sign, or maybe it’s just plain ol’ camping gear. The bug-out bag is essential. Everyone, in every home, should have emergency plans in place. I guarantee most people have a fire escape route or plan in order (especially if you have kids). If you live within 30 miles of a nuclear facility, you have an escape plan (ours comes printed on the free calendar they mail us each year). Everyone has a plan for how to get out, but very few have the things that they will need to survive with them. And if you are out looking for things like food and first-aid during the first 72 hours–by far the most critical time period–then it’s likely that you and your group will not last for long. Be prepared!
This article has some great information on how to choose and properly pack your bug-out bag.
Another great site is Zombie Training. Check it out when you have the time!
Got a….Prada…bag with a lotta…stuff in it….
Now, let’s assume for a minute that you’ve packed all of the things that you will need to help you get through those first few days, maybe even weeks. You have everything those two websites list and more. Yours is the perfect bug-out bag. If you’re anything like me, you seek Time Lord technology in every aspect of your life, and you have chosen a bag the same way I choose cars, pocket books, closets…they have to be bigger on the inside. How much more crap can I squeeze in there and comfortably transport?
No…this is not my bag. But it’s adorable. I digress…
Let’s pretend that you have enough room in your bag to bring 10 more items with you. These can be items that are non-essential for survival in general, but they are essential for YOUR survival. Basically, these are things that YOU personally can’t live without. Everyone is entitled to the things that make them happy and/or hopefully keep them a little saner. What random 10 items would you cram into your bag? Off the top of my head and in no particular order, I give you my Top 10 things that would have to be included in my bug-out bag:
- Toothbrush–I’m pretty sure I could find some toothpaste along the way, in fact, I’m almost certain of it. But truthfully, so long as I can just have the sensation of being able to gently scrub away the grime, I could care less if my breath is minty fresh.
- Baby Powder–My friends think this is dumb. “Won’t you run out?” Sure. But I don’t think this is a high-priority item, thus I will be able to find more. And it has so many wonderful uses. Showering will become a luxury that rarely happens and baby powder smells clean. I’m well versed in the art of the ‘whore bath’ (don’t judge me….we all skip showers from time to time). A little baby powder in the pits, under the boobs, down your back, in the panties…absorb the sweat and keep things fresh. Celebrity hair stylists will tell you to sprinkle some in your hands and run it through your hair to absorb oils and keep it fresh so you can get away with 2nd and even 3rd day hair. Plus, did I mention how good it smells?
- A 5-Subject Notebook & Pens–I know those are two things, but I lump them together as one. My blog, my say. I would want to be able to write things down, maybe even doodle a little bit. Mostly write. Keeping up with handwriting skills, that eye/hand coordination, can help to stave off dementia.
- My Star Wars Original Trilogy Novelization–Books can get heavy. So, I need to bring one good one. It would have to be one that I wouldn’t mind reading over and over (there are a bunch that fall into that category). I like the idea of choosing one with multiple characters so that I can entertain myself by reading in different voices. And choosing one that has been made into a film is nice, because then I can picture scenes in my head and remember what cinema was. My other choices were Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It has so many things going on, plus I’d remember stuff from the previous six books. The problem is, so many characters die. In an apocalyptic situation, that might get depressing real quick. I then debated the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. But that weighs more than my Star Wars trilogy does. And scary Orc attacks when I’m already fearing scary undead attacks? No thanks. Let’s keep the panic to a minimum. Star Wars wins.
- A Ziplock Bag of Photographs–I want to have at least one good photograph of every member of my family and each of my friends. I know that there will be times when seeing their pictures will break my heart. But remembering their faces, their smiles, their laughter…honoring their memories will keep them alive for me.
- Vicks Vaporub–I love Vicks. There has been a jar of Vicks by my bedside since childhood. There’s a jar in the home of every one of my siblings. Vicks is AMAZING. We do all of the things on the jar it says not to do. Sore throat? Swallow a tiny bit of Vicks. Sinuses bothering you? Tiny bit of Vicks in the nostrils (this also works wonderfully to cover bad smells, for example, driving past paper mills in South Carolina, or…you know…the smell of the undead.) Chapped lips? Vicks! Sore feet? Vicks! Pimples? Vicks! Sore muscles? Vicks! One of the greatest inventions ever.
- Manicure Kit (Travel Size)–This would probably already be in a perfect bug-out bag, but just in case. I’m a nail biter/picker anyway, so I’m in trouble in that department. But having clippers and a file will come in handy, especially for toe nails. Trust me…you don’t want to have to deal with in-grown toe nails while you are on the run.
- Hair Cutting Scissors–Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all have perfect hair like Andrea from the Walking Dead? Realistically, the first thing I’m doing is cutting it off and keeping it short like Carol’s instead. Short hair is key! Not only is it easier to care for (yay baby powder) but it means there is less chance for parasites, and less there for the Zed to grab a hold of. I have shaved my head in the past for charity. Trust me, I’ll do it for survival. The scissors will be to maintain the cut.
- A Deck of Cards–Ideally, I’d love to have a deck of Phase-10 in there. But I suppose there are more options with a standard deck of 52.
- A Sport Bra–Because, if I haven’t stressed this enough in previous posts…”you try running with boobs.”
Ok. I would LOVE to hear what 10 random things you would top off your bug-out bag with. Feel free to comment and share your own Top 10 items! (Remember, for the sake of this game, it is already assumed that standard items key to survival have already been included in your bag. The Top 10 can be anything from the very practical to the highly impractical. What can’t you live without?)