Always be Prepared for a Bugout
EQUIPMENT USED FOR HIKING BUG OUT
Well, here are the are the equipment used for hiking changes to the hiking gear checklist:
- Backpack forget the water bladder compartment. That will be too much weight and space that can be used for other necessities.
- Walking Stick a stout walking stick that can also be used as a weapon or to defend against wild animals would be best.
- Knife carry two knives; a folding lock-back knife for most chores, then a regular hunting/skinning knife.
- GPS if the walking bugout is a result of avoiding enemies, one might consider avoiding anything that can be used to communicate with a satellite, including a cell phone.
- 2-way radios use your judgment. If you are by yourself, you dont need the extra weight.
- Shortwave radio a small, lightweight shortwave radio will help you get the news and keep abreast of whats happening back in civilization.
- Batteries make sure you have rechargeable batteries
- Solar Battery Charger have a small, battery charger that can be used to recharge those batteries.
- Shelter a tarp or two that can be used in multiple ways, might be a better choice than a tent
- Hatchet a small, sharp hatchet will help with shelter building and campfires
- First Aid-Medical Kit the comprehensive medical kit should include any prescriptions you take as well as a suture kit.
- Toilet Paper consider taking some toilet clothes that can be washed and reused for that time when the TP is gone. Dont forget a zip lock baggie for holding the toilet clothes.
- Water Filter you should have a quality pocket water filter that will remove the most bacteria possible.
- White Cloth a couple of white t-shirts or unused handkerchiefs can be used to filter creek water of larger debris before purifying the water over a fire.
- Food carry about two-weeks worth of lightweight freeze-dried or dehydrated meals to get you to a place where you can begin supplementing your food intake with local flora and fauna.
- Nutrition Bars carry some high-calorie bars that will provide ample nutrition for those times when you cant stop and heat water.
- Beverage Mixes A zip locked bag with coffee powder, hot cocoa mix and tea bags will provide a bit of comfort
- Stove even a coffee-can stove can be carried and used with sticks to cook and purify water
- Miscellaneous manual can opener in case you find a stash of canned food
Layering is the key. Also heavy cotton denim is about the worst material to wear; it doesnt dry easily, and when wet is very cold. Make sure you a few pieces of wool. Since you dont know when youll be able to get more clothes, make sure you take at least two changes of clothes; including extra underwear and socks.
- Long Underwear a wool or synthetic blend will be much warmer than cotton long-johns. Either will retain their ability to warm you even if they are wet.
- Socks have a couple of pairs of synthetic socks and at least one pair of heavy wool socks. You should also have a pair of Gortex sock liners
- Hat/cap a knit cap or watch cap will be invaluable in the winter, while a wide-brimmed hat that can be crushed and folded up when not in use will help prevent sunstroke in the summer.
- Gloves Have a pair of leather gloves to protect your hands from blisters, plus a pair of cold weather, waterproof gloves for cold weather
Miscellaneous Equipment Used for Hiking
- Sewing kit a small tin with a few needles, a couple of safety pins, several spools of thread will let you repair minor clothing tears
- Bible (small, New Testament size in zip lock bag)
- SAS Survival Guide (small, pocketbook size in zip lock bag)
- ID/important papers
Now, remember this equipment used for hiking bugout should be used in conjunction with the hiking gear checklist.