So a few days ago, a friend sent me a link via Facebook, showing me some survival kits that were stored inside of 5-gallon buckets. I don’t know why the concept never occurred to me; it’s a brilliant way to create a survival kit. 5-gallon buckets have a TON of utility built right in: they can carry items besides kit contents (think water from a stream, a place to put freshly caught bait for fishing, or a bunch of apples from an abandoned farm), they are waterproof and even float with some contents if the cover is installed properly. It’s a place to sit, and a place you can, errr, “do your business” if you need to. They are 100% innocuous (who would question a 5-gallon bucket in the back of a pickup truck or the trunk of a car?), much more so than a stuffed-to-the-gills bug-out-bag backpack. They have a (yeah, less than comfortable, I know) sturdy handle built right in, adding to its portability. (You can put one on either end of a sturdy stick or small log and carry it across your shoulders to double the fun). It’s just a damned good idea, in my book, and I can’t believe I haven’t seen one or thought to build one until just very recently.
In the spirit of having fun with a little competition, I propose this: let’s all of us in the SHTFblog family have a 5-gallon BOB (Bug Out Bucket) build-off! I would like to see what you guys can come up with for a really dynamite 5-gallon bucket survival kit. It will be a great way for all of us to learn from each other, garner ideas from what others have in their setups. And maybe it will be the impetus for a few of us to get a nice little emergency kit that’s self-contained and ready to rumble, good to go. What’s the motivation for you to build one of these? Well, of course, you’ll be THAT much more prepared, but the person who really makes Jarhead Survivor and I go, “damn, that is one squared-away kit!!” will win a couple fun items! The winner will get a brand-new Glock FM 78 Field Knife with a Desert Sand handle (a 100% awesome piece of bad-assery) and Jarhead Survivor was nice enough to donate a SHTFblog coffee mug (you’ll be a 100% awesome piece of bad-assery after having a couple cups of joe from it!).
I’ll be building one as well, and maybe if I give them puppydog eyes I can get Jarhead and/or Calamity Jane to join in the fun, too. A couple guidelines:
-The bucket must look 100% boring and innocuous on the outside, so no “bucket buddy” type organizers hanging off the sides. Bonus points for getting an old sheetrock mud bucket and still having dried crusts of compound on it. Camouflage counts!
-The lid MUST fit on the bucket to ensure water-tightness.
-The kit must sustain TWO (2) people for THREE (3) days in YOUR area. This way, if all goes well, we can have lists of contents from around the country, maybe even the globe, for ideas.
-The kit MUST contain: A basic form of shelter (even a tarp and paracord will do), at least TWO methods of starting a fire, an illumination source for each person. A compass. A small ready water supply, and a way to collect or filter found water. A knife. Food or a way of reliably collecting food. A source of entertainment. A signaling device. A comprehensive first aid kit, NOT just a couple band-aids and an alcohol swab. Everything else is up to you, to personalize to your needs.
Here is a pretty good website to get you started, and it has a great list of ideas to put in your Bucket of Doom. I know the judging will be pretty subjective (impress the blog writer and get cool shit) but hopefully it’ll motivate you to get your survival on. Pictures cannot be posted in the comments section, I know. You’ll have to make a list for the readers to peruse and post that in the comments, or please feel free to email me a picture of your bucket kit (along with list of contents) at firstname.lastname@example.org . I’ll include your bucket build pictures (unless there are 9000 entries) in the next post for others to get ideas or to showcase neat stuff.
Deadline will be next Wednesday, January 29th, unless I have an overwhelming demand for more time. :)
So what do you say? Wanna win some great stuff and get yourself more prepared? Let’s see what you can do!