When building your emergency survival kit, also known as a bugout bag, one of the most important considerations is space. You want to get everything you need in there, but getting it all in one (or even two) bags that you can also lift and carry, well that can be a challenge! Most survivalist experts recomment that bug out bags weigh no more than 25% of your body weight. (Otherwise you won’t get very far!) In other words, keep that kit light – that’s why it’s so important to have some “double duty” items in there. Gear that you can use for more than one purpose is going to be essential to the well-being of your family during an emergency situation, so we’ve got a list of multi-tasking items for you to keep in mind when you put together your bag.
A Tarp Multitasks All OVER the Place!
Tarps can be used to achieve a variety of goals. If the ground is wet, spread your tarp out as a ground cover. If it looks like there may be rain, use rope to rig up a shelter for your tent. A tarp’ll give you a dry place to hang out, cook, and maintain your site while it’s raining – there’s nothing worse than being stuck in a tent for hours because of rain. If your campsite gets a lot of direct sunlight, there’s the added benefit of shading your site with your tarp.
Tarps can also be used to wrap up items you want to keep dry if you’re stuck making an emergency exit in the rain. If your emergency kit includes duct tape, rope, or bungee cords, you can wrap and secure your tarp around your stuff easily.
Duct Tape: The Ultimate Use-For-Everything Addition to Your Bag!
If duct tape isn’t in your bug out bag right now, it should be! Duct tape can be used for so many things… taping a ripped tent, sealing up a wound in a pinch, securing a splint in the field, quickly repairing a handle on a broken pot, repairing cracks and leaks in bottles, and so much more. Duct tape is essential for emergencies, whether you’ve got something critical going on at home, or in an emergency situation.
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