>Things That Should Not Be In Your Bug-Out Bag

1 Feb

>The topic is on my mind; we all got the “Bring everything you’ll need for two days away from home” memo this afternoon and, unusually, my Bug-Out Bag isn’t packed.

(If you are seeing this, I either lost power overnight [Not yet! RJB, 7:02 am] or decided to go in early. Possibly even both).

So, what ought you not have in your bug-out bag?

Hand grenades
A jar of live eels
A live squid in a wicker basket
Hydrofluoric acid
Low-melting-point chocolate
A brown paper bag full of ice cubes
A grass skirt*
A shotgun in 10-ga or greater with barrel(s) 6″ or shorter. There’s just too much explaining when you have to get the broken wrist set.
Bar solder (2 lbs. or more)
Glass bottles of anything
A can of mercury
Raw meat
Socks with holes in them
Rodents of any sort (make ’em walk!)
Campaign literature
A lit candle

YMMV, but remember, pack safe! And pack light. It can be a long walk to the next bus stop.
Feel free to make your own suggestions for the list.
* Unless bugging out in Hawaii, especially near tourists.


28 Responses to “>Things That Should Not Be In Your Bug-Out Bag”

  1. Tango Juliet 1 February 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    >Barbie or any of her friends? A bag of #12 shot? A gallon of prop wash?50' of chow line?

  2. ViolentIndifference 1 February 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    >Leave your medicine ball collection at home. Or have someone else pack them.

  3. Ed Skinner 1 February 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    >You forgot pot cleaner. Keads ("Another Day" blog) needs some.

  4. Montie 1 February 2011 at 7:58 pm #

    >What's wrong with hand grenades? Oh, wait… I guess it's not THAT kind of bug-out bag.

  5. Mr.B 1 February 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    >anything more than mildly radioactive.WV: Mysto. Like the magician?

  6. ViolentIndifference 1 February 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    >Montie:a) Jayne Cobb will always have hand grenades.b) Did you shave off that soup catcher?(Now I need me some Firefly.)

  7. Midwest Chick 1 February 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    >Gosh darn it. Now I'm going to have to start over from scratch…. 😉

  8. Me 1 February 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    >But what if I'm going to a Red Wings game? I'm going to need that squid…they're almost mandatory at Joe Louis Stadium.This is why I have a dog, and why he has a back-pack that he cannot shuck off. Someone has to bring the anvil, after all.

  9. og 1 February 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    >You can just tell my squid he doesn't get to come along. Sheesh.My personal bugout bag happens to be a two-ton Ford Explorer. And while it doesn't need one, it invariably has a tektronix scope and a big box of sta-kons.

  10. falnfenix 1 February 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    >don't forget to leave the mongoose OUT of your BoB…because once you've successfully gotten it in there, good luck keeping it there.

  11. Anonymous 1 February 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    >Toothbrush, floss, handi wipes, hand towel, toilet paper in zip loc bag, money, extra pair of glasses if you wear them, comb, and . . . a Black Mamba (this will remove the mongoose).

  12. falnfenix 1 February 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    >Anonymous, don't you mean the mongoose would handle the mamba? they're resistant to snake venom for a reason. 😉

  13. Old Grouch 1 February 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    >"They were doin' the mamba,   while I just stood around…"Erm, sorry…

  14. Nathan 2 February 2011 at 12:12 am #

    >Mercury. Check.Do you need some?

  15. Bubblehead Les. 2 February 2011 at 12:16 am #

    >"Glass Bottles of Anything"? But what if you NEED a Molotov Cocktail? One thing that will not go into my Bug Out Bag is the Communist Manifesto, unless there is absolutely no other source of Butt Wipe on the Shelf.Seriously, 2 days for a B.O.B.? Get a surplus Large A.L.I.C.E. w/Frame for each Adult and load up for a week. It'll take FEMA 3 days to figure out where to have the Dog and Pony Show located so all the Bureaucrats can fit on the Stage and tell us how wonderful They are and how good a job They're failing at.

  16. Nathan 2 February 2011 at 12:20 am #

    >Just remember, if memory has faded since Katrina: It's not FEMA's job to be there fustest with the mostest. Federal Emergency MANAGEMENT Agency.So yeah, it may take them three days to find the stage, but in the meantime, you and your local emergency response folks are supposed to be handling the problem.

  17. Anonymous 2 February 2011 at 3:18 am #

    >"Anonymous, don't you mean the mongoose would handle the mamba?" No, the snake handles the mongoose as per the Indian fable.

  18. Brigid 2 February 2011 at 4:23 am #

    >What! You're not taking your Flowbee Haircutting System?

  19. Roberta X 2 February 2011 at 5:08 am #

    >snake-handling is right out — unless you're bugging out to west Virginia?

  20. Joshkie 2 February 2011 at 5:18 am #

    >Anon -Are you refuring to "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" a short story in "The Jungle Book" by Rudyard Kipling? As Rikki defends the house successfuly with out the loss of his life.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Jungle_Bookhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudyard_Kipling:-)Josh

  21. Joshkie 2 February 2011 at 5:21 am #

    >Good no ones said anything about stuffed Teddy Bears …Ya… Mr. BoBO gets to come….:-)Josh

  22. Roberta X 2 February 2011 at 6:27 am #

    >(Also, anent Molotov cocktails: a Bug-Out Bag is for bugging out, not Upping the Revolution. That'd be more of a Bug-In Bag.) Stuffed Animals: lookit, once you have the basics, if you wanna carry more, that's on you. How many rounds of 9mm does Mr. Fuzzy weigh? 10? A pack of 200W light bulbs, though, that's right out.

  23. Eric Wilner 2 February 2011 at 6:53 am #

    >Mercury… right, the jar of mercury stays in the toolbox where it belongs. Not in the bug-out bag, nor in close proximity to bottles of nitric acid nor alcohol. Nope.The bug-out bag also does not contain an encyclopedia, the engine block from a '73 Matador, nor a Bridgeport vertical mill.On the other hand, I might consider including a yo-yo and a bag of jelly babies.

  24. docjim505 2 February 2011 at 7:27 am #

    >— Popcorn air popper (I will probably be able to find styrofoam peanuts along the way if I crave air-popped popcorn; they taste the same)— Wife's hair-rollers— Espresso maker (French press WILL be in it, though; I can't face TEOTWAWKI without coffee)— Wife's "Grey's Anatomy" DVD collection (I can happily face TEOTWAWKI if it means NEVER having to watch that wretched show ever again)— Ballroom dancing shoes (boots might not be as elegant, but I can rumba in them if I have to)— Bottle of vodka (pretty sure that there will be no Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice at TEOTWAWKI, so what's the point?)— College diploma (everybody thinks I got it off e-Bay, anyway)— Wife's college diploma (oh, if you think she gets to keep hers so she can pretend that she's smarter than I am, you've got another think coming!)— Barack Obama commemerative plate (it's TEOTWAWKI; there are trees and abandoned car tires everywhere, so why carry the extra weight?)

  25. Joanna 2 February 2011 at 8:54 am #

    >I am bringing my Joy of Cooking (1964 edition), my nested Tupperware bowls (with lids!), my good measuring utensils and my favorite wooden spoon. If I'm in my own car, I'm also bringing my cast iron skillets. No sense living like savages if we don't have to. I suppose I'd bring my cat, if I could manage it. I suppose.

  26. Joshkie 2 February 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    >My mom told me Mr. BoBo will protect me from the monster in my closet, the boogyman, zombies and any other thing that goes bump in the nite. As, I have not ever once been attacked by a baddie while Mr. BoBo been with me; he gets to come. If my survival depends on having 10 extra rounds of 9mm I've already dun f'd up, cause I don't carry anything that shoots 9mm. :-)Josh

  27. DaveFla 2 February 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    >Think trade goods, Josh…and my bug out bag doesn't contain a snow shovel. Armageddon hits, I ain't stoppin' until I finally live well south of hereabouts!

  28. AuricTech 3 February 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    >A depleted-uranium beholder statue (some profanity in linked animation).

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