So what do you do if you're in a foreign location and you lose your gear but you need to escape pursuers who wish to do you harm?
First, remain calm. Second, pack a bug-out bag immediately and buy supplies from stores nearby. (h/t to TheOrganicPrepper.com)
This scenario may seem far-fetched, but preppers know how just how quickly things can go bad. When prepping your bug-out bag, remember the pillars of survival.
As a prepper, you already have what you need to prepare a bug-out bag even if you're on a strict deadline: survival skills, prepper knowledge and creativity.
If you lose your luggage or bug-out bag, buy a sturdy backpack for your gear. You can easily find a store that sells bags and backpacks if you're in a tourist spot.
Buy a plain-looking bag in a discreet color like black, dark gray or navy. If you're traveling at night, a dark-colored bag will be harder to spot.
Most of the items below are staples in a prepper's bug-out bag, but this guide will assume that you have lost all of your gear and you need to prepare a bag within one hour before you can head to safety.
You can get most of these items at a convenience store, a pharmacy, a flea market or a tourist area.
Find a detailed map, especially if you're traveling somewhere unfamiliar. If you can't find a map, ask around. Don't rely on your phone for navigation because cell signals might be blocked during riots.
Next, get some food and water. You can't afford to be picky about your food supply, so look for something filling and easy to eat while on the move, like an apple, nuts, protein bar, or dried fruit snacks like banana chips. Water bottles are heavy, but you'll need to stay hydrated.
Look for other supplies like:
It can be difficult to get a hold of a weapon, especially a gun or a knife, if you're in a tourist spot or a foreign country. Avoid trouble at all costs and if you get your hands on a weapon, use it as a last resort.
If you really think you need a weapon, choose something that you can explain if you get searched by the police. For example, if you have a pocket knife, you can tell the police that it's a souvenir for a family member or a friend. Knives can also be used for other tasks aside from self-defense. (Related: Always bring a bug-out bag, but learn how to survive without one when SHTF.)
If you have your debit cards with you, withdraw money at different ATMs and keep the cash in different places like various pockets, inside various compartments in your backpack and in your shoe.
Never store all your money in one place. Having cash means you can buy supplies and pay for safe passage.
If SHTF you may need to change your appearance depending on the reason why you need a DIY bug-out bag. If you're in a foreign country, you don't want to stand out in a crowd full of locals.
Alternatively, you may need to hide from pursuers who know what you look like or what you're wearing. Buy these three multi-purpose items to blend in wherever you go.
After you've changed your appearance, buy protective clothing.
Time yourself as you look for supplies while doing this exercise. If you have less than one hour when SHTF, focus on getting a map of the area and whatever you can buy in one location.
While traveling outside the U.S., make sure you have your passport because you will need it if you have to go to the U.S. Embassy for help.
Your fast bug-out bag isn't meant to sustain you for more than a couple of days. If you ever find yourself in trouble, prep a kit that will help you get somewhere safe within 24 hours.
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