Update Your Bug Out Bag for Winter

Well I think that the weather is starting to change and its time to winterize your home and bug out bag. Take out those shorts, short sleeve shirts and cute little socks for your tennis shoes. I also had a long pair of pants and sandals in mine. Don’t ask I don’t know if I thought I was going to be walking all day and then sit down to a catered dinner at the end of the day so why not bring a pair of sandals and relax over a camp fire. Oh well I don’t think I need them for winter use and I will replace the long pants with something warmer.

My husband keeps telling me that, jeans are not the thing to pack, WHY I ask, (I am a good wife). They are cotton for one and they don’t keep the cold out when they get wet. Well now wait a minute, the cowboys wore them. Yes but they also had long johns, chaps and long coats and polypropylene or polyester was not invented. So for winter wear, you guessed it polypropylene, polyester or wool.

I have a set of camo pants, shirt, and jacket for my pack, some polyester pants that I never wear in public anymore and of course the standard long johns, shirt, scarves, gloves and knit hat. My heavy hiking boots are replacing my sandals (lol) and of course several pair of wool socks.

Some of my food has changed to a more filling choice, less dehydrated fruit, nuts and bars to meats, vegetables and high protein snacks. Even though I did have some of these items in my summer pack but I added more and refreshed some of the bars.

I hope that you will continue to check your supplies and make sure that you have what you and your family will eat. Also with the change of time in some places check your batteries in smoke detectors, flashlights and any other emergency warning device you have. Don’t forget to check those outside motion lights also. Stay safe this winter by being prepared.

Preparedness Mom

I think polypropylene is a bit better than polyester, but they are both better than cotton.


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5 Responses to Update Your Bug Out Bag for Winter

  1. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Always good to do and never an issue for the outsdoors folks because we are already out there doing! The cooler weather calls and there is much more to this prepardness than just ownership and consumerism

  2. Veteran Who Is Preparing says:

    Don’t forget gloves with spare liners. Also add a fleece cap or wool watch cap. Even in the desert it gets cold at nights. I wore that stuff many a night when in the sand box.

  3. josh says:

    polypropylene, polyester are both oil based products… oil based products are pretty much poison for us humans… they continually break down from the moment they are made. if you want to have greater chances of survival in the long term you will leave the oil base products alone.. 95% of all plastic is oil based…. cancer, infertility, birth defects… the joys of oil based products! oh and dont forget after your done with the oil based product and its sent to the landfill, it will sit there for a good 10,000 years or so..

  4. gigi says:

    Cotton will also freeze to the skin. We were on a ski trip in Colorado several years ago and my son had a very mild case of frost bite on his wrists and just above. He had fallen down several times, the sleeves got damp and froze to the skin, very painful. We promptly purchased an expensive polyprop shirt and all was well.

  5. KE4SKY says:

    Let’s be clear in what we are talking about. Bit of background prevents confusion.

    In “spook speak” a “Bug Out Bag” is for escaping an area where hostiles are searching for you, with intent that you be captured, interrogated, tortured, then killed. It contains essential items to sustain stealthy tactical movement out of danger. Only food, nav, comms and mission-critical protective gear. Water is something an evader finds along the way. An E&E kit contains an EMPTY water container, drinking tube and filter, but no water “supply.” Season and environment determine what clothing and shelter items are necessary to survive. The objectives are security, stealth and mobility, to avoid detection as you move to your extraction point. You aren’t just leaving an area, but going somewhere in particular to get home alive!

    In civilian “prepper speak” the BOB is a personal survival kit (PSK). You control its size by selecting the bag or container.

    First Line (A Level) is your Every Day Carry or “EDC.” These are what you have on you, all the time, which may be all you have with you when your office building catches fire, the plane crashes, or you miss the last train out of Yuma. One example is the “survival tin” you make to fit in an Altoids tin to carry in your pocket.

    A mini kit beats nothing, but is really false security because if you REALLY need it, you will wish that you had brought more with you. No group of items that fits in your pocket will overcome all adversities. The purpose of the survival tin is to provide basics which help you focus and improvise better gear to make your ordeal tolerable.

    Decide how much weight and bulk you can really carry. Design your kit in Levels which build on and support each other:

    Second Line (B Level) is a “small” belt pouch – ideally less than 2 pounds to supplement your EDC, which you can wear on your belt, or keep in your desk or briefcase.

    Third Line or (C Level) is your “Survival Ruck” or “72 hour pack” containing clothing, shelter, water, food, first aid kit and tools for several days, i.e., a 72 hour period.

    Fourth Line (D Level) is the Deployment Bag which supplements all the above for resupply beyond immediate needs, for two weeks or more, from your aircraft, boat or motor vehicle.

    Planning priorities should address shelter first: clothing, raingear, boots, tent/tarp.

    Water is next. Get a good water purifier and food grade storage containers. Water filters can crack or clog in below freezing weather. In winter, boil water or use chemical sterilization.

    Food is of lower priority. Most people can survive with moderate discomfort for a week or so without food as long as they remain well hydrated. A small amount of emergency food is a morale booster which gives a needed burst of energy for essential exertion or warmth.

    Your Personal Survival Kit (PSK) or Bug-Out Bag (BOB)should plan for at least Level II and provide at least the Ten Essentials:


    1. Shelter – Hat, contractor garbage bag or poncho, 550# cord, fleece vest, extra socks
    2. Fire – BIC lighter, Sparklite Kit, waterproofed matches, Esbit stove and fuel
    3 Light – LED light on zipper pull, plus Petzl headlamp
    4. Water – Storage and purification – canteens & cup, Micro-pur tablets, filter
    5. Signals&Comms – Signal mirror, whistle, cell phone or VHF airband/marine transceiver
    6. Navigation – Map and orienteering compass on dummy cord
    7. Food – Emergency food, peanut butter and Mainstay 2400, Military Speedhook fishing kit.
    8. Tools & Sharps – Fixed blade knife, multi-tool, trowel, folding saw or hatchet
    9. Health & Medical – First aid kit, and necessary personal meds for 72 hours.
    10. Personal items – Extra eyeglasses, sunglasses, ID card, keys, etc.)

    If you aren’t in shape, carrying more than about 10 kilos for ten “clicks,” may exceed your physical limits. Go out there and test your equipment at least twice a year, even if it is just camping in the backyard during a rain or snowstorm. How else will you know?

    Decide what environmental conditions your BOB is intended to see you through. Then test, evaluate and adjust your gear accordingly, but realistically. For civilian all-hazards contingency planning 3 to 5 days this is a good planning standard to manage evacuation until you can reach a safe area. Tailor your kit for the most likely scenarios: hurricane, wildfire, winter storm, flood, etc. Plan for “All Hazards” to provide shelter from expected weather, clean/safe drinking water, food, first aid, navigation, communications, security, fire, sanitation, and unique needs you have. Will it fit in your bag. Then weigh it. Can you carry it? Experiment. Live out of it for a weekend and see what works and doesn’t.

    Take notes and make improvements. Evaluate your route and plan where you might cache food, water, etc. to resupply when what you carry runs out. A rubber wheeled, steel frame folding luggage cart works well on level surfaces. Off road jogging strollers are good too. Think outside the box.

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