Originally Posted by carver
I agree that people who have actually sat down and taked a few minutes to think about it, even if they don't have a go/bob bag loaded, are miles ahead of those that have never put thought to it. The problem is that if you wait untill "it" happens, it's already too late. Those items for survival that you thought you might need, will no longer be available. When "it" happens, there will be a run on the stores, all stores! Within a few hours there won't be anything of value to anyone left on the shelves! You now have to take them from someone else who has prepared!
what i menat was even if you don't have your items packed in a BOB or go bag.
the average household like has 3 days of food and wter ALREADY in it.
if nothing else a jug of tap water or some sodas and cans of tuna , candy pars, cans of soup.. etc.
anything you can pry open with a knife and gulp down will count in those first 3 critical days / 72 hours.
don't matter if it's a huge 5# bag of m&m's and a case of soda. it's fluid and calories and will keep you moving 3 days till you can figure out what 'it' is and where 'it ' is coming from and going. pretty much all the BOB does is get you ready to move or stay and give you a few days to think / plan on important stuff, and not immediatly worry where tomorrows breakfast is coming from.
thee average guy that has a good rough idea of a plan in his head but no BOB is still kinda ok. hit the house.. AVOID the streets and stores if they are mobbed.
raid pantry for pre cookec non perishible items and drinks.. or tap water if needed.. . no bag? a pillowcase works.. no pillow case? a tshirt works. knot off the arms and neck.
tube socks make great storage. stuff items in them, then tie off to your belt. you can untie at camp.. or if need access now and then, cut a slit in the top of the sock below the tie to the belt, and you can reach into the sock and retrieve items.
a long mans tube sockk holds quite a few apples... easy to carry too.
no camping knife? if nothing else.. the butcher knife fromt he kitchen works. almost all households have some sort of stiff bladed carving knife that will opent he thin food cans of today, and if pressed into it.. is a basic hand weapon ... ( tire iron from your gridlocked or stuck or broke down vehicle makes a good prybar to pry open containers, doors, pry planks of wood off pallates.. or windows.. or flipped around to use as a weapon.. )
a guy bugging out with a pillowcase full of soda and a loaf of bread and a butcher knife and tire iron is better that running around in the street screaming or wandering having to fight for food the next morning.