We recently went a full day without power because a nasty windstorm. Not a big deal — but we didn’t have any good flashlights handy which was kind of annoying. The next day I thought it might be a good idea to put together a “bug out bag”, or maybe just a survival kit for the house, since far worse than a power outage can happen in this part of the country. When I lived in Arizona I never had to deal with anything but the occasional outage from lightning or whatever…but in the Pacific Northwest we have the potential for earthquakes and volcanoes, and other fun things.
Out of curiosity I was doing some web searches for lists of suggested items in case I was forgetting anything. I quickly found that most of these lists begin with massive, super-detailed sections on firearms and other combat-related stuff: camo pants, machetes, black zip ties “to secure bad guys”, etc. One even says to include “1 pair of combat style boots that are well broken in to your feet.” Seriously? Well all righty then, I’ll get right on that.
Geez — I understand the need for some self-defense, but is it really necessary to go that far? I just want to stock some bare essentials to get by for a few days, not prepare for an all-out war against the rest of humanity. It creeps me out that these guys are sitting around waiting for society to collapse (because of Obamacare or whatever) so they can dress up and play Army.
“But ya don’t know when ya might find yerself in a situation when ya gotta defend yer territory against mobs of people who want yer stuff! Ya might have to live for DAYS in the wilderness livin’ on ROOTS and SMALL ANIMALS!” Right. I’ll keep that in mind as I back slowly away….