Words like “Complete” and “Ultimate” usually mean the opposite when referring to internet posts. They are often clickbait with little in the way of substance. That is absolutely not the case with the somewhat understated “Bug Out Bag Essentials List: Our Complete Guide to Build a Good BOB” from the site SurvivorsFortress.com.
Several times a week I get an email from a blogger who would like help plugging an article. In most cases it is something extremely tangential- like a dog blogger without any hunting content (which might possibly be relevant) who noticed we have written about dog stabbings or I have mentioned my Labrador (who is about to turn 14 and is still very much with us #tyG).
I have shared many others which are more or less on point. Of all of the “cold” email solicitations I have received, I think only the content from KnifePlanet is of the quality of this Guide from Conrad Novak – Editor of Survival Fortress. Even then, KnifePlanet’s content is still packaged for blog-style consumption.
This is really more of an “E-book” in blog form. It is 20,000+ words and 26 sections/chapters.
Here is Conrad’s description from his email:
We recently published a guide about bug out bags that we believe goes beyond of what most articles on the web provide about this topic. Most of them just focus on giving you a list of the items you’ll need to build your bug out bag and that’s fine to start off but is not enough. That’s why we took a different approach.
We covered everything you need to consider to successfully execute a bug out plan like how to choose your routes, your location, how to choose the right vehicle, how to pack for maximum space efficiency, how to cut down the weight of your bag and more.
Plus, we asked 15 well-known bloggers in the preparedness space to share with us their best tips about this topic, some of them gave us very detailed answers. This an in-depth 20,000+ words guide, it could be an eBook on its own, but enough of me telling you how good the guide is,
here is the link for you to check it out:
I was floored when I clicked the link. It is amazingly comprehensive. If it weren’t for the interactivity made possible by the internet format, such as YouTube embeds and tons of outside links, it really could be a book. The .pdf, which is available as a free download if you add your email to their list (I did), is 83 pages long.
I spent about a half an hour reading and skimming, and I have only scratched the surface. It covers every aspect of a bug out scenario from preparing a plan, preparing your gear (the bag still is at the heart of the piece), and putting your plan into action if the SHTF.
Here is an example from the Shelter section:
FIVE EASY TO BUILD SHELTERS TO LEARN
A-Frame – This is one of the easiest tarp shelters to make as it only requires a single guyline and four stakes. You simply tie the guyline between two trees, drape the tarp over the line, and stake the corners down.
This shelter can provide adequate shelter from the rain and accommodate two people. However, it does not offer a floor, and strong winds from multiple directions are uncontained.
Lean-To – The lean-to is arguably simpler than the A-frame, though this shelter can actually be easily fashioned into a slightly more complex form. At its base, the lean-to only requires a single guyline and two stakes.
First, you will tie the guyline to two opposing trees, being careful to thread the line through two of the tarp’s corners. Then you will stake down the other two corners. This shelter offers plenty of room to protect against the shade. However, it only offers limited protection from the wind and rain and provides no floor.
Tube Tent – The tube tent it really a modified A-frame. However, when constructing the tube tent, you will fold one end of the tarp under the guy line, making a triangle shape. This shelter also only requires two stakes, with one holding down two corners each.
This shelter is excellent for protecting against wind and rain and even offers a floor for heavy weather. The only downside to the tube tent is that it is small and rarely accommodates more than one person.
Dining Fly – The dining fly is one of the most basic shelters and is not suitable for any kind of heavy weather. Despite the fact that it can protect against light rain, the high positioning and lack of floor even makes this a bit suspect. Moreover, it offers no protection against the wind.
However, this shelter is designed more for use to protect against light rain and the sun. Moreover, it is incredibly spacious compared to the other designs. It does require more equipment though.
First, you will set up two poles at opposite ends of a midpoint. Then you run a guyline to each corner and running perpendicular from the poles and stake them down.
Holden Tent – The holden tent is fairly simple in that it requires only a single pole and guy line, though it also requires four stakes. This design is similar to the dining fly except where the second pole would go, you stake the tarp down.
This shelter provides solid protection from the rain and sun and decent protection from the wind. It does not provide a floor, but it is fairly spacious for multiple people.
The guest advice from various outside bloggers was a nice touch. Most were from the survival/prep blogosphere and were not familiar to me, but our buddy Tim Carpenter of EverydayTacticalVids is one of those included.
You will almost certainly not make it through the entire thing in a sitting, but you will want to bookmark it for future reference, and possibly even download the .pdf yourself. I have never seen a more comprehensive online piece that is completely free. I give it my highest recommendation.