More on the Emergency Bag…the basics


Every member of the family should have their own 72 hour bag. A trip to the thrift store might be just the place to get started. Everyone needs a bag, 3 changes of work clothes, food, toiletries, a comfortable pair of shoes, and any prescription medications that are taken regularly. To lighten the load, keep a case of bottled water in each vehicle, and not in your bag. You can always put it in your bag later if needed.

For children, consider packing a set of markers (crayons will melt), some paper, and a coloring book. Besides keeping the kids occupied, you may need to make signs or leave notes,and it makes good kindling. Pack some snack food too.
Invest in a quality first aid kit. I look disaster in the eye every day, being the father of 2 wild boys, and nothing comforts an injured person more than the ole first aid kit and some reassuring words. And remember, if the SHTF….. You can’t put a price on toilet paper!

Now, once you have the basics assembled, start to add all the “boy scout” stuff !

TUNE IN TOMORROW on making other “emergency plans.”  Check out our FORUM today to discuss specifics with like minded individuals in our internet community.

Also, information on food storage and more ideas on financial independence coming next week.

Randy Croft

“Change” you REALLY CAN believe in!

Be Prepared

3 Day Emergency Bag

Internal Frame Pack

The Emergency Bag.

Do you have an emergency bag? It’s commonly called a bug out bag, but I’m calling it a 3-day emergency bag.  The reason is because you commonly need enough to get you by for 3 days.  That should be enough time to get to relative’s house or another pre- designated place to go, should you have to evacuate your home.  If you don’t have any plans set in place for this, tune in next week, we will discuss that too!

The best type of bag in my opinion is an internal frame backpack. They can be found at Academy or most sporting goods stores for as little as $39.97. Click here to view an example. They work very well because they are comfortable and hold a lot.  You want a backpack type because they are very easy to carry, especially if you’re on foot.  Get a good one, it will be worth spending an extra $30 or so.

Where to keep it?   Keep in the trunk of your car or back of your SUV. Back seat of your pickup if that’s what you drive.  It should stay in your vehicle, because then it’s one last thing you need to grab if you’re only given a few minutes to leave your house.  If you live in a real hot or cold climate, don’t keep anything in it that can melt or freeze.  Keep those in a separate bag in your home and remember to grab it on the way out.  You can transfer them to your emergency bag later.

What to put in it?

We will begin the list today and expand on it for the next couple of days.  Here’s a start.

1.         Multi-tool

2.         Flash light

3.         Good sharp knife

4.         Maps on with multiple routes on how to get out of town by vehicle.

5.         Non perishable food

6.         Water flask (Camelback is great.)

7.         Batteries

8.         Matches in waterproof container

There’s more, but this is a start.  If you don’t have an emergency bag, put it in your budget and get one within 30 days.  Pay cash, no credit.  Tune in tomorrow for more info on the Emergency Bag.