This post is not about my wardrobe at all. You have been informed ;)
The reason why I share this is that after various TV-shows (hello, Apocalypse Preppers), this topic has gotten a bit ridiculous. A shame really, because having one of these babies may come in handy. Now I am not a prepper as those you can see on TV. I have no stockpile to feed eight people for six years, I have never even held a MRE, let alone bought one.
Basically, I started my bag after visiting a friend. He works for our crisis management agency (THW, Technisches Hilfswerk for me fellow German readers) and has been deployed to crisis regions all over the globe. When I came to his house, I saw a backpack in his hallway and asked him if he had to go on a mission again. No, he said, This is my bug out bag. After a short giggle and some really dumb jokes about him prepping for the end of the world, we sat down and he explained more about it. That night, I came home and started my own bag. It was not really a big thing for me. I am going hiking in my free time and owned most of the bags' contents anyways. All I had to do is collect them all in one place. Add some food and some other bits and bobs and the thing was done. Over the course of the last two years, I adjusted it based on experience and shifted needs.
To get things straight, this pack is not designed to run for the woods and camp there for weeks and months. In fact, I think this is the dumbest thing one can do. Especially us civilization-accustomed folks. But I shall not go on waffling about this topic. The bag and it's content are designed to help me out should we get into a situation where help is not around the corner. When I still lived on a farm, the river in front of our house used to swell in spring. And all of a sudden, you find yourself in a situation where you cannot use the washing machine anymore. Where you have to walk to your neighbors early in the morning to use their shower while it is pitch-black outside (they had to shut down street lights because they were flooded as well). You have to stay up all night to pump water out of your basement,... You get the picture. This bag is meant for scenarios like this.
Right, let's get started.
A map of my country in a watertight pouch.
Paper and pens.
This is it. A helpful bag with all the necessary items both for hiking or the unlikely case of emergency where one may have to get by on your own or even get evacuated. Does not take up much space at all and did not cost a lot of money because I had most items anyways.