One of my guiding rules in preparedness is to layer what I have. This is my way of covering as many bases as possible without having a travel trailer with me all the time. This may not be for everybody because each individual and situation is different. I present this information to you simply to allow you to evaluate the system and see if it works for you.
Every day carry. (EDC) I am sure most people are aware of the term every day carry. To me this is the first line of defense, literally and figuratively, in being prepared. I will not bore you with an itemized list of what I carry, however here are a few things that are always with me. A pistol, a watch, a cell phone, a knife, a tactical pen, a survival card in my wallet, cash, small flashlight, Gerber multitool, lighter. These items and the rest represent the most basic level of preparedness for me and my daily circumstances. Every situation will be different; some people may not be able to carry a pistol at work, or at all, but you carry what you think you will need.
On foot bag (OFB). This next element is something that others may or may not have (and I named it). I typically drive to an area and then take a bus to work. From the location of my vehicle to work is about 22 miles by road and about 17 miles straight line distance. Because of this distance, and the potential of something happening while I am at work, I have an “on foot bag” or “get to my vehicle bag” that I carry with me daily. Other people may have different names or acronyms for it, but this is just how I refer to it. These items are augmented by my everyday carry objects but could also stand alone in the event that I lost some of my EDC items. A partial list of items in my bag include: rain poncho, mini flashlight, mylar blanket, drinking straw, fire kit, small first aid kit, spare magazines, hat, gloves, socks, knife and a few other items. I could expect to make it to my vehicle in 6 to 8 hours, barring injury, however, realistically I know that I could end up spending the night on the way.
Get home bag (GHB). Within my vehicle I have a “get home bag”. It is more comprehensive than my OFB and, again, is augmented by my OFB and EDC. The GHB can also stand alone. These items are in case my vehicle is not running or breaks down in the middle of nowhere. Now, obviously a break down does not necessitate me striking out for home on foot, But depending on circumstances such as time of day and location, I may need these items for comfort or even survival. Some of the items in my vehicle include a Sawyer mini, water purification tabs, food, water, spare clothes, tarp, paracord, Gerber multitool, flashlight, Chemlight, mylar blankets, tissue, hand sanitizer, first aid kit, and several other items.
Bug out bag (BOB). I am sure everyone knows what a bug out bag is. I will not list the specific items in my BOB, simply because it would take a lot of space and time and probably 90 percent of my items would match others’ items anyway. All of the basics are covered by my BOB and I only mention it because, in the event that my family and I have to leave, the BOB is coming with us. While the BOB is stand alone, it will still be augmented by my GHB (which stays in the vehicle) and EDC.
Home preps. The BOB is truly the last resort. I do not plan on running off into the woods at the first sign of danger and I feel our home is adequately prepared for at least a few months. This includes food, water, and hygiene items. While we would not be living well, we would be living, which is generally the goal. Layering preps means that my home preps are augmented by everything else as well. So, the OFB, GHB and even BOB provide some support and back up to the home preps.
What about you? Do you have similar layers to your preparedness? Does each layer support and augment the others or are they more stand alone. What do you do differently? Please let us know in the comments. Until next time, thank you and keep on preppin!