As I read through the comments to yesterday blog post, “Are You Evacuation Ready?” I noticed a question about which specific items I recommend. Immediately, I went into my supply room to check what was in my bug-out bag, which weather radio I own, which walkie-talkies I have in my safe room, and even which first aid kit I have.
To be completely honest, I have little attachment to most of the items in my “just in case” crisis inventory. The reason for that is mostly because I never really use these items on a day-to-day basis.
It’s a lot more important to me as a survivalist that I have a bug-out backpack than it is what brand I prefer. I love my MountainSmith backpack for regular use, btw 😉
Still, I realize that getting into specifics is useful for those of you that may be comparison shopping or the right this or that. That’s why I put together this list of 3 must-have storm preparedness items. I’ve included the items that I personally have in my stockpile right now, just for fun.
The important thing is that you have these bases covered… regardless of what brand you prefer.
I really like the Ambient Weather WR-111B because it’s the most comprehensive weather radio I could find for under $50. It’s got a solar charging function, a hand-crank backup functionality, and it’s got a digital tuner. The tuner can be make or break on a weather radio… let me tell you.
I own the old, tried and true Motorola Talkabouts. Other radios claim to have a longer range (I wouldn’t trust the 23-mile rating on these on a pristinely clear day, btw) but these are perfectly reliable and cheap. These are only $40 on Amazon.
3. Bug-Out Bags
The actually backpack is far less important than what’s inside. Like I said, I have several Mountainsmith bags that I really like, but you can purchase a fully loaded bag like this one for less that $50 online. A pre-loaded bag is extremely convenient and you can always customize the contents later. In some cases, you could simply take the contents out of one of these done-for-you bags (usually a poorly constructed bag) and dump them into a better pack.