Ladies and Gents,
I have recently started looking into the Bug Out Bag/Get Home Bag prepping phenomenon and I guess I didn't really expect there to be as many opinions and recommendations as I have run into. I decided to start with a "staged" system. 1 bag of goodies for the house (small, stay in your home emergencies), 1 larger bag for each family member for the "you have 1 hour to be out of the area" type evacuation scenario, and a goes everywhere with me "get home/stranded" bag. And here are my thoughts, and I would like opinions on my ideas as maybe I need to adjust them...
1. I am not an avid outdoorsman who goes on extended stay camping/hiking trips through the mountains for days at a time, so REALISTICALLY (theme here) I won't find myself suddenly in the wilderness of Wyoming waiting for the nuclear fall out to clear. So packing a supreme bag for this situation seems like a waste of resources.
2. I live in a LARGE metro area and rarely (once or twice a year) take road trips outside of the civilized world, and when i do, it is usually headed to another well-populated area....
3. While I do believe that large scale disasters can and probably will happen at some point, I am of the opinion that the chances of one completely disabling the entire lower 48 is just not REALISTICALLY plausible. I am betting I can find somewhere to go in another area and while maybe inconveniencing a friend or family member, won't be having to rough it next to a rural creek bed.
So with that in mind, my BOB/GHB bag that is the REALISTIC grab and go has just a few items in it, in redundancy of course: Firearm(s), ammo, flashlights, radio(broadcast and two-way), blankets, clothing, water, blades, and minor first aid. But the most valuable content is an unused credit card and a decent supply of cash. In every REALISTIC scenario I can play out, seems to me any goods I might need spur of the moment could be attained with cash. Even in the scenario of a Katrina like storm or God forbid a nuclear attack, I highly doubt that the offending force would hit every city with a population exceeding 10,000 people? So with cash, a decent vehicle with gas, and the basic security measures.....am I wrong in my REALISTIC assumptions.
I mean lets be honest...if SHTF and my family is relegated to the National Forests for weeks upon end....we are screwed anyway, regardless of what we "prepped for". Right? Most of us would be better off staying put and dealing with Martial Law.
Am I under-thinking this ideal or do all of these "the world can start over with me" people the more logical ones?
If you are a life long urbanite, like me, what do you prep for??