CONSIDERATIONS FOR A DISCRETIONARY BAG (DB)
There is nothing cooler and expensive than a well stocked bug out bag. But, as I continue to learn this prepping craft, I don’t see priority in the bug out concept. I understand it from the, “I’m single living in an apartment in Burbank, CA”, but not from the mission of “bugging in”. The second coolest pack-crack is the “everyday carry” or EDC. Here’s my problem with the EDC, I can’t stroll into a corporate environment everyday with an olive drab EDC and continue to get paid. Does this mean I’m out of the prepper culture? Somehow, I’ve just revealed I’m the antithesis of a prepper but still believe that the end is near and preparedness is the only insurance policy that will actually payout when the SHTF. Ironic because I’ve been paying into massive insurance policies for decades and probably won’t see it secure my family. Finger’s still crossed for retirement accounts!
I want to share my hybrid idea of personal functionality called a, “Discretionary Bag”. The DB is a fully functional EDC but not carried everyday. First, admission, I have already strategically relocated my immediate family to an optimal zone so some luxuries I’m afforded. I don’t need an EDC. I have designed my DB as something I grab when:
- I’m going to be farther away from base than 10 miles
- Uncertainty in daily Intel exists
- I’m visiting a community event or location where people congregate
- Severe weather is expected
- Hair on my neck is up
- Someone reported seeing a zombie
I won’t bore you with the norms like multi-tools, knives, a compact firearm and band aids, but I will share that my DB is more tech than weaponized. Some of the items I count on are:
- Bland tablet to hack into any WiFi network I can find
- Designed radio to ping my tribe leaders and geo locate each other
- Stored power for all tech assets
- Secured emergency channels to patch into regional Intel nodes
- An MP3 player loaded with Led Zepplin II, headphones and a joint.
The last item is in case my DB has failed me and the zombies are closing in. I will be enjoying the best record ever produced with that joint lit when the final blow hits me.
TRYING TO INSPIRE A MILLENNIAL
My family plan was as abruptly authored as my decision to start prepping. In hindsight, I should have worked on a marketing plan to deliver said plan to my millennial children and son in law. I think my 23 year old daughter seriously thought I was joking as she read a well thought out plan filled with contingencies, zero day events and smoke signals. Four days later, she and my son in law came over to check my temperature and give me season one of, “Doomsday Preppers”.
I laid out the basics; a 72 hour plan based on a normal emergency like an ice storm but then proceeded right to power grid failure. Oops. She refused to believe a word of it. My son in law was “All In” because as I was hammering on my oldest daughter, he was Googling words like, “prepper” finding plenty of reasons to buy guns and ammo. I lost him when I declared we would start with food and water storage. Ultimately, my daughter realized I knew things she did not but even so, I could not put dates on any prediction. So she asked, “How long do we have and how much do you want to gamble on your nutty predictions?” I thought about it as I topped off my drink and returned to her with the following;
“Within the next ten years we will no longer connect freely to the internet, supply chains will be non existent, ATM’s will have stopped spitting out $20’s, power and heat will be scarce and the government will be incapable of helping us.” She replied, “How much do you wart to bet?” I said, “a car.” She said, “how much of a car?” “$40,000 car”. She agreed to begrudgingly begin to assist in the acquisition of preps with the insurance plan of a new car if the shit has yet to hit the fan by 2024.
Any takers on the same bet?
Talked to a buddy in Novosibirsk today, he is an American with original family in Russia. The people are in distress (more so than normal) and starting to blame the Ruble on US strategy. It won’t take much to lend support to the Putin war machine.
Here’s to all of our prep leaders, survivors, shooters, police officer’s, fire fighters, war fighters and citizens who recognize the United States Constitution, The Bill Of Rights, that a strong military ensures peace, timid leaders ensure decline, politicians can’t fix anything but an election, the ballot box no longer enables hope or change, the economy is paper thin, sustainability drives confidence, preparedness reduces stress, a single malt, cigar and my SCAR is a great way to unwind, so is a beer, some peanuts and a bullpupped 870, organizing ammo feels as good as stacking food, reducing the cost of living drives inspiration, learning a new tradecraft will add days to my life, teaching my kids adds generations to my legacy, out thinking your advisary will reduce violence, zero hesitancy to shoot will help you to continue to outthink your advisary…
Did I hear right? The President classified the Sony hack as a “vandalism”? A $40,000,000.00 vandalism? That’s got to be a DOJ record. So now US Corporations have to endure this type of attack? Could it have to do with our inability to challenge nuclear rogue nations? If this was somehow, Iraq or Afghanistan, we’d drop bombs and let 22 year olds practice piloting drones from class. But not for those countries who would actually lay waste to hundreds of thousands of people inside a half hour. I’m glad we will let this pass with a new term, “Cyber Vandalism”, it would not be measured to cause a DMZ debacle. Let Sony pick up their own pieces. Besides, they were the ones who declined to rebuild their cyber defenses last year at the request of FBI cyber experts. Chicken’s came home…