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This is a discussion on Looking for Guidance within the Strictly Bug Out Bags forums, part of the General Prepper and Survival Talk category; Originally Posted by Denton Many variables are unknown, such as your age, training and knowledge. I find it concerning that you are asking what should ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Denton View Post
    Many variables are unknown, such as your age, training and knowledge. I find it concerning that you are asking what should be in your BOB but have already determined that your BOL is 150-220 miles away from home.
    Not knowing what is coming down the pike, prepping for the worst-case scenario would be best. Have you considered picking a route and prepositioning supplies? A buried case of canned beans every twenty or so miles along the route would help a lot.
    I'm just trying to refine my BOB. Knowledge wise I know the route and I know it well. Training is Intermediate Combat shooting, basic wilderness survival classes. My BOL has been decided since I was 7, a family rendezvous of sorts. I'm 20 and just moved out so I am just prepping to get back when and if SHTF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chipper View Post
    I would suggest setting up a couple resupply stashes along the route you plan on traveling. Your not going to be able or want to carry 8 days of supply's on your back. For water focus on purification whether filter or boiling not carrying large amounts. Should be able to shoot or forage something during your travels. Keep it lite weight for speed and get to your BOL asap. The longer your out traveling on your own the more vulnerable you'll be. Setting up a camp and going fishing would be the last priority for me.

    I'm not thinking of setting up a camp. But 200 miles is going to take you ~ 8 days. You'll want a lightweight shelter if the weather gets bad, also a way to deal with bugs in the summer. Tight mesh clothing will keep the skeeters and black flies off for the most part , but a headnet (GI style) has been very useful when I went into Allagash Me and New Brunswick. The blackflies were like a cloud even on the mountain tops. Permethrin treated clothes to take care of ticks and chiggers. Most of the streams here have trout and the ponds panfish. It don't take long to get enough to fill a skillet, and it's quiet unlike hunting with a firearm.

    Resupply stashes are a good idea but you have to have them critter proof and worry about spoilage, I guess cans would fit the bill there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnathang2005 View Post
    I'm just trying to refine my BOB. Knowledge wise I know the route and I know it well. Training is Intermediate Combat shooting, basic wilderness survival classes. My BOL has been decided since I was 7, a family rendezvous of sorts. I'm 20 and just moved out so I am just prepping to get back when and if SHTF.

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    Have you thought about prepositioning supplies along the most probable route?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Denton View Post
    Have you thought about prepositioning supplies along the most probable route?
    I have thought about it, however my most ideal route involves sticking near to roads while remaining hidden. While it would be easy for me to stash a few things. Notable land marks are rare and markers give away something's there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Trapper View Post
    I'm not thinking of setting up a camp. But 200 miles is going to take you ~ 8 days. You'll want a lightweight shelter if the weather gets bad, also a way to deal with bugs in the summer. Tight mesh clothing will keep the skeeters and black flies off for the most part , but a headnet (GI style) has been very useful when I went into Allagash Me and New Brunswick. The blackflies were like a cloud even on the mountain tops. Permethrin treated clothes to take care of ticks and chiggers. Most of the streams here have trout and the ponds panfish. It don't take long to get enough to fill a skillet, and it's quiet unlike hunting with a firearm.

    Resupply stashes are a good idea but you have to have them critter proof and worry about spoilage, I guess cans would fit the bill there.
    Suppressor?? Even a homemade one. Fuel or oil filter and sub sonic 22 is nearly silent so I've been told.

    The easiest thing would be eliminate the 200 mile trip. Move, change jobs whatever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by johnathang2005 View Post
    I have thought about it, however my most ideal route involves sticking near to roads while remaining hidden. While it would be easy for me to stash a few things. Notable land marks are rare and markers give away something's there.

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    As another guy who has more firearms than friends, I would offer you this slant.

    You will not be killing every day, but you will be eating every day. And even if your .22LR rifle is your "bug out" tool, remember, unless you can put one round through both of Bambi's ears, you're better off hunting squirrels. As a defensive tool, it's the bottom of the barrel. I ride with guys who don't know whether that was a .22 round that hit them or just a scrape from a barbwire fence.

    In fact, I sold off about 2/3s of my "end of the world" guns. Forty years came and went and the Russians still haven't invaded America...
    ...No matter where you are it's enemy territory...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Tourist View Post
    As another guy who has more firearms than friends, I would offer you this slant.

    You will not be killing every day, but you will be eating every day. And even if your .22LR rifle is your "bug out" tool, remember, unless you can put one round through both of Bambi's ears, you're better off hunting squirrels. As a defensive tool, it's the bottom of the barrel. I ride with guys who don't know whether that was a .22 round that hit them or just a scrape from a barbwire fence.

    In fact, I sold off about 2/3s of my "end of the world" guns. Forty years came and went and the Russians still haven't invaded America...
    I know that it's not great. But it's what I've got for now, I'd prefer an AR. And one will be there for me at the BOL, I've just got to get there. I have the option to carry an old 30/30 in its place however it's heavy as hell.

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    When y'all talk about prepositioning supplies, how do you select a spot? Do you just go onto someone else's property and dig a hole?

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulag1955 View Post
    When y'all talk about prepositioning supplies, how do you select a spot? Do you just go onto someone else's property and dig a hole?
    Good question!

    The only things I have cached is my stash of marijuana and cash money. For best results, I have placed some boxes in inconspicious places off of MLK Blvd with a sign that says "DO NOT TOUCH, SLIPPY'S CACHE OF CASH AND MARIJUANA" Sometimes I put some Fried Chicken or Watermelon or KooL Aid (Red Flavor) in the storage containers and label as such. Haven't checked on them in a while, I'm sure they are good to go!

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