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Organizing Your Bug Out Location

cooking post shtfThe other day my wife and I were up at the camp / bug out location checking on things. We go up there, check the doors, check the windows, look for any physical damage that might have resulted from a break in. We also take inventory – bottled water, soft drinks, plates, plastic spoons and forks, canned goods, MREs, ammo,,,, stuff like that.

While I was checking the front bed room and closet, I noticed that the closet has a lot of wasted room. In the right hand corner of the closet sites 2 or 3 ammo cans loaded with 223, 7.62×39, 9mm, 357 magnum, and 45 acp. Besides the ammo cans, there is a lot of wasted space that could be used for shelving.

Awhile back I posted a thread in the forum about organizing my MRE stockpile.  But that thread only talked about organizing your MREs, but what about everything else?

Currently a lot of the hunting ammunition is in a closet with thin shelves. I’am concerned that if too much more ammo is stacked up, that the shelves will collapse.

The 223, 7.62×39, and a lot of pistol ammo is in a different closet on the floor.

The hunting ammunition is in one room, everything else is in a different room.

Why isn’t all of the ammo in the same room where its easy to see, organize and keep inventory? The plan is to get some of those plastic shelves like what was used to stack the MREs on, and put it in the closet. The heavy plastic shelves will be stronger then the plywood in the closet, and with different shelves we can stack the heavy stuff on bottom – like the shotgun shells and bulk 223 Remington and 7.62×39 – and the lighter stuff on top – like the 30-30, 270, 308 Winchester, 280 and 30-06.

Maybe the gun cleaning supplies and ear muffs should also be relocated to where the ammo is going to be stored.

* Keep all firearms and ammunition out of the reach of children.  Be sure to abide by all local firearms laws and regulations.

The first aid supplies are already kept in one central location.  This includes over the counter pain killers, bandages, isopropyl alcohol, antibiotic and pain relief cream,,,,,,, and the such.  Make sure to keep medical supplies out of the reach of children.

Blankets, sheets and towels are already kept in one central location.

Bottled water is lined up along the hallway, so its already in an easy to find and use location.

Water filter – the Royal Berkey water filter is kept in one central location.

Plastic forks spoon and plates are stacked up on the table – so their in clear view which makes taking inventory easy.

Canned goods are kept in one central location.

MREs are stack up in one of the bedrooms.

Gasoline and hand tools are kept in an out building

Firewood is kept in a shed that can be accessed with a truck.

Cooking utensils are kept in the kitchen.  Where else do you keep cooking stuff at, but in the kitchen.

Reading material – we have an end able in the main room that has the majority of our reading material in it.  Material includes stuff like American Survival Guide, Guns and Ammo, Petersons Hunting,,,,, and the such.

Seeds for gardening at your bug out location – even though the majority of my seed stocks are kept at my home, I like to keep a few seeds at the bug out location.  The seeds are mostly greens – turnips and radishes – and are kept in the freezer.  One of the things about greens – the seeds are tiny. Given a certain amount of storage, your going to be able to sore a lot more turnip seeds then you can store squash or corn seed.

Turnip and Squash Seeds

Turnip seed next to a squash seed

Radishes are fast growers – 15 days from the time of planting the young sprouts can be pulled up to thin the rows and added to meals.  About 30 days after planting the radish should be ready to pull up and eat.

The seed stockpile needs to be kept cool and out of reach of rodents, bugs, moisture, fungus and bacteria.  This is why its kept in the freezer.

Hand Soap – we buy liquid hand soap by the half gallon and then we have pump dispensers at each sink.  The half gallon refills are kept under the kitchen sink.

Personal hygiene items -we try to keep toothpaste, a brush or comb, deodorant and other items at the bathroom sinks. Plus, each family member should bring their own personal hygiene kit with them.

Matches – kept out of the reach of children above the fridge.  The last time I looked at my match inventory, there were like 6 or 8 boxes of 250 matches per box.  We buy the large kitchen matches – strike anywhere and strike on box.

Flashlights – these are usually kept on the kitchen counter and inside of a plastic Folgers coffee can. We try to keep at least 2, if not 3 hand crank flashlights around – that way we dont have to worry about batteries being charged.

On the topic of flashlights, I’am thinking of leaving a couple of Surefire flashlights at the camp with a stock of 123A batteries. Unlike regular AA, C and D batteries, those 123A are supposed to keep their charge for up to 15 years. This makes them ideal for leaving at remote locations. If you take the Surefire G2X Pro for example, on its low setting of 15 lumens, the batteries have an estimated life expectancy of 45 hours.  When you get to the camp on a cold winter evening, you grab a flashlight off the kitchen counter, the last think you want is for the batteries to be dead.

Miscellaneous items – this is all of your other stuff, like a wire brush to brush the grill off with, gloves, hats, deer grunts,,,,,,,,,,.


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