It’s been awhile since I grabbed my primary bug-out bag and took it for a walk, so last night I picked it up and headed out into the woods to my wilderness camp. I’ve got a lean-to and a fire pit out there and it’s one of
my favorite getaway places and what makes it even better is that it’s pretty close to the house – meaning I can get there quick.
By Jarhead Survivor
One reason I like to do this is to find any shortcomings in my BOB that could cause me problems if I ever have to use it for real. I usually find a few small things wrong and this trip was no exception. I’d made some changes to the bag awhile ago and hadn’t bothered testing them to see how those changes worked, so this was a good time to do it.
One of the first things I noticed on the way out were the horse flies and the mosquitoes and when I went looking for my bug spray I came up empty handed. For those of you who don’t know about the Maine woods this was nothing short of a Greek tragedy. So there I am without bug spray and I’m getting eaten alive. What did I do?
For the most part I was satisfied with the experience. loose they were stale. Oh, I still ate them, but they were a little less crunchy than they should have been.
What Did I Learn?
Here’s what I came away with
First, even though there was a short list of things wrong there were a lot more things that were right. The basic gear I packed was sound and I was satisfied that I’d have been comfortable if I’d had to spend the night out.
Things that are sensitive to moisture like matches or loose food packages have been removed and/or replaced and I put in some bug dope. I had some in there at one point, but I must have grabbed it and used it and then never put it back afterwards. That’ll teach me!
I took a few of the pictures below with the flash and a couple without just to give you an idea of what it looked like sitting around the fire.
Have you tested your bug-out bag lately?
If you haven’t you should get out there with it or at least go through it to make sure everything is still relevant to the mission and working as it should.