So, Mecca took a picture of my weapon collection (surprisingly extensive as it is) and posted it on facebook. She wanted to show the people at her office what a crazy person she’d married. I decided to expand upon it and post my full BOB (Bug Out Bag, or survival kit) online. Yes, I have a BOB and yes, it is somewhat extensive.
I’M NOT INSANE WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!
A few details:
The weapons seem like a good place to start. They are, after all, the reason why this whole thing started. So here’s the list:
- There are two swords, one a full-size katana and one a wakizashi, in the same sheath on the back.
- There’s a “boot knife” - a simple, straight knife with a harness that puts it to the left of my breasts - strapped in
- In the bag there is an aluminum baseball bat with the handle sticking out in the bag
- Also in the bag is a diver’s knife and a pool cue that disassembles, both to be given to others or used as last-resort back ups.
- On my left knee is a set of throwing knives. This set-up needs to be adjusted a little, the sheath is problematic to say the least but it’s a good set of knives.
- It’s hard to see in any of the shots I have but there is one more knife as well, a backup knife that tucks in behind my belt and is pretty much invisible, good to have in case you are even in a situation where you want to visibly disarm but keep some protective options open. This is what I carry on a daily basis.
- The pen-ish thing next to the lock is police-grade pepper spray in the form of - well, a pen.
- Kind of a weapon, but used less for it’s destructive purposes and more for it’s route-clearing usages is a ball-peen hammer.
There are a number of things I’m carrying for medical purposes. I figure A) I can help the most people if I’m prepared, B) I’m probably going to get my own ass hurt, and C) if I get into a group, it gives me something I can help with.
The medical equipment:
- a stethoscope
- a number of different bandages
- gauze pads
- medical shears and scissors of a few different varieties
- seat belt cutter
- glass breaker
- a few sets of gloves
- an EMS knife (which acts as a redundant glass breaker and seatbelt cutter) and flashlight
- medical tape
- Ice Pack
- pen light (pupil reactivity test)
- Liquid Bandages
- Caffeine Pills
- Two Anti-biotics
- Two belt pouches, one for the light and knife, the other for a lot of the medical equipment
Then there’s some varied survival gear:
- Glow Stick
- One Radio and one Pager - essentially one-way communication.
- A ring light - put it on the ground, it lights the room.
- Hammer, metal, useful for getting through or around obstacles, which may or may not be alive.
- Electronic repair kit - screwdrivers (both wide and precision, including nut wrenches,) wire cutters, needle-nose pliers
- A space blanket
- Electronic audio recorder
- Polarized Sunglasses (not just to look cool, sun glare is shitty to deal with when you’re trying to survive)
- Swiss Army Knife
- Measuring Tape
- A lock
- And, most necessary of all, a sturdy bag to hold it all.
There’s one or two holes I’m sure some folks at home have noticed. First of all, I don’t have a firearm. There are two reasons for this - first of all, guns misfire, they jam, they use ammo that runs out and they break when they face bad weather, water, and extreme temperatures. Secondly, Mecca won’t let me get one for the house, and I understand why. They are dangerous to have around for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that some kid could ruin their lives with it. If we do get one, it will be something I can disassemble and keep in pieces around the apartment. And for another, the financial output for a firearm, classes I’d require myself to have, the supplemental equipment involved, and the money for target practice, ammunition, etc. would all add up too quickly for our current income.
Secondly, there’s the question of food and water, neither of which are pictured but both of which are important. Food-wise, I keep peanut butter, honey, a water bottle and water purification tablets. Peanut butter keeps for a long time and is a good source of protein. Honey never goes bad and is a good source of carbs. And water purification tablets, plus a water bottle, means clean drinking water wherever you can find it.
So, yeah. Long story short, I’m insane. But I’m prepared.