The Bug-Out Paradigm

The Bug-Out Paradigm

In this short article I want to clarify my idea of what bugging-out and bugging-in really means.  I think there is a disconnect between reality and fiction in the preparedness world. The problem I see is that many people would have you believe that you need to go right off the deep end when you are preparing. I am sure that when you first get into prepping, you are inundated with images of camo clad survivalists with 80 lb. ruck sacks preparing to eek out a living in the woods or peppers with 10 years of supplies in their basement that run drills for evacuations from the zombie hordes. This is not reality.  Reality is boring. Everyday we all experience little emergencies. Our tank in our car is low on gas, we forget our lunch at home and have to go buy it, or we give ourselves a paper cut. These are tiny little emergencies. Once a week at least, I experience a subway shutdown. Someone is sick, there is a fire on the platform (apparently paper goes on the tracks and catches fire and everyone has to wait for a fire marshal to show up) or there is a jumper. It happens. Occasionally there is something wrong on the tracks and I have to walk from one stop to another. Not a big deal. If it is a particularly cold day (middle of January), then it becomes a bigger deal. If the power goes out in my house in early spring or early fall, whatever. If the power goes out in the winter or on the hottest days...
Protect Your Eyes

Protect Your Eyes

Unless you have a prescription or are blind, you have most likely taken your eyesight for granted. It is one of those things that you tend not to worry about until it is too late. But think about all the things you do during the day that you need your eyes for. Even if you take commuting out of the picture, you still rely heavily on your eye sight. Cooking over a stove, punching in the timer on your microwave and navigating your freezer are all almost impossible tasks without your eyesight. Even paying the pizza guy would constitute risky venture if you couldn’t see. Would you hand him a $50 or a $20? If you drive a car, then you know what happens if you forgot your glasses at home and the sun is right in your eyes – you’re basically blind. If my wife forgets her glasses and she looses a contact in the water, then she can’t see 5 feet in front of her. Eye sight is critical and eyewear is thus just as important. There are three types of eye wear to look at for both practical situations and during a survival situation; prescription glasses, safety glasses and sun glasses. Prescription glasses If you have a prescription and you wear glasses every day, if you loose the one device that allows you to see properly, this little detail can derail your whole situation. It is important to always have a back up pair of glasses around you if you require them. Whether in your purse, your back pack, your EDC pack, your car, a back...
Baby Bug Out Bags

Baby Bug Out Bags

I am a stay-at-home father. Is that considered a respectable career choice yet. What came with this career choice has been a bit of a surprise. I don’t really have the free time I was expecting, even though for all intents and purpose I am home a lot. When she is awake, we are off to the park, grocery shopping, reading together or visiting a drop-in centre. And every time she goes to bed, it is either a whirlwind of cleaning after her or I am too wiped to do anything constructive. And it is hard to venture outside when she is sleeping since I have to listen out for her – assuming she graces me with a nap. When I am out and about, I have to juggle getting things accomplished with entertaining her, making sure she doesn’t get into trouble and “accidents”. For all these life events, I rely on the diaper bag. Which sounds like it is only filled with diapers and wipes. A diaper bag is so much more. It is a baby bug out bag (Baby BOB), a child survival kit and it is designed around the child in question. No two are alike. When my daughter spends time with my in-laws, the bag goes with her. When we go to the park, it hangs off the handles of the stroller. And only when we are a minute from it, will I leave the bag in the car. Function The diaper bag fulfils all the priorities of a survival kit – only for someone who can’t handle knives, play with fire and is not...