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When SHTF you want to be prepared. And there’s no better way to do this than to have a bug out bag. The best bug out bag should have all of the necessary equipment needed to keep you alive for a minimum of 72 hours (obviously, the longer, the better).
Unfortunately, a lot of survivalists don’t really know how to build a bug out bag. Sure, you can buy one, but those can be quite expensive.
In my opinion, it’s a much better option to build one yourself. That way, you’ll know exactly what’s in it, as well as save a lot of money in the process.
For example, tactical backpacks tend to be more durable (and heavier) than hiking backpacks. If you’re going to be hiking long distances, hiking backpacks are generally the better choice.
It’s highly recommended that your bug out bag come with a hydration bladder. This will allow you to effortlessly sip water while on-the-go.
As far as essential items, you’ll want to think about the basics: food, water, and clothing. Additional items can include first aid equipment, flashlights, maps, and other essential tools needed for survival.
Basically, anything that will help you become more sustainable is going to help your situation (e.g. keep you alive) during a crisis.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.