If you spend any time at all around prepping or survivalist circles, you’re going to end up hearing people talk about their various types of kits and bags. That’s basically because of the importance of having everything you need with you to survive is so critical. While it is theoretically possible to survive without a kit, it is infinitely harder and requires much more knowledge about survival. Jesus Himself told His Disciples to go sell what you have and buy a bag . . .
Luke: 22: 35-38:
- 35 And He said to them, “When I sent you without money bag, knapsack, and sandals, did you lack anything?” so they said, “Nothing.” 36 Then He said to them, “But now, he who has a money bag, let him take it, and likewise a knapsack; and he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. 37 For I say to you that this which is written must still be accomplished in Me: ‘And He was numbered with the transgressors. For the things concerning Me have an end.” 38 So they said, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” And He said to them, “It is enough.”
Why is this so important? Well, Jesus Himself mentioned the need to get out and away from the city, in times of calamity. His answer was to go to the mountains. Escape and Evade is the concept . . . God says flee to the mountains and don’t go back to get anything – therefore, watch and pray and be ready at all times:
Matt. 24:15-20 / Mark 13
- Mark 13: 14 -19 [14 “So when you see the ‘abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not” (let the reader understand), “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. 15 Let him who is on the housetop not go down into the house, nor enter to take anything out of his house. 16 And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes. 17 But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 18 And pray that your flight may not be in winter. 19 For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be.]
But if you’re going to do that, you need to go prepared as much as possible.
The problem for many people is trying to figure out what all those different bag names mean and what you actually need to have in them so you can survive. So, let's look at the various types of kits and bags you might encounter:
- Survival kit - This is a small, portable kit, usually packed into something the size of a hardcover book or smaller. The idea is to have something with you at all times, that gives you the essentials for survival. Many people carry these while hiking, or keep one in their car.
- EDC Bag (Everyday Carry Bag) - The EDC is intended to give you everything you would need to have with you, if a disaster happened and you were away from home. As such, it needs to cover a lot of ground in a fairly small package. A typical EDC is roughly the size of a lunchbox, although the shape can vary greatly. In many cases, people add non-essential, but useful things to their EDC, such as stamps, safety pins, and a phone charger.
- Get Home Bag - The idea behind a get home bag is to provide you with enough urban survival equipment and a little food, so that you can make it home from work, in the event of a disaster. The assumption is that you would have to walk, so a get home bag may even include a good pair of walking shoes. Properly done, a EDC can also be used as a get home bag.
- But Out Bag (BOB) - Sometimes called a 72-hour bag, this is what you would use if you determine you need to bug out and get away from home to survive a disaster. Different people's BOB will hold different equipment, depending on their bug out plan. It is intended to get you to your survival shelter, whether that is in another city, a cabin in the woods, or if you are going to live off the land. Obviously, if you're going to live off the land, you need more survival gear.
- Inch Bag - This is the extreme version of a bug out bag, for those who intend to live off the land for the rest of their lives. Inch stands for "I'm never coming back." As the name implies, that means you're going to need a lot of gear to make it through.
Regardless of the type of bag, they all have to provide for the basic survival needs, which are:
- A way to maintain your body temperature
- Clean water
Portability is an important consideration. You can't assume that you'll be able to use your car. Roads may be impassible, so you'll have to head out on foot. If that's the case, you want your kit or bag to be something that you can take with you. That means putting it into a portable pack, such as a backpack or over-the-shoulder bag that you can actually carry. Therefore, you also need to consider how much weight you can carry, especially in the cases of the bug out bag and inch bag.
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