“Bugging Out” is one of the most recent releases from Panteao Productions. It’s such an important and popular subject they couldn’t cram everything into one DVD. You get two DVD’s with about 3-1/2 hours of material. Below I’ll share my impressions of each DVD.
As with their other videos in this series, quality and content are both excellent. I’ve reviewed the first four videos, which you can read about here and here.
“Bugging Out” – A Quick Overview
All five instructors in this series are featured on the first DVD. Jim Cobb is the instructor on the second one. They each give terrific advice, raise a number of thought provoking questions, discuss pros and cons, and debunk any romanticized notions you or I may have.
You can watch this material as often as you like, but I highly recommend taking notes, too. Significant points are fired off quickly, and you’ll want to absorb as much of the information as you can.
The first DVD passes along a great deal of information about bug out bags. Should you get one that’s prepackaged? What size and style should you have? And more. Other sections focus on finding a bug out location, bug out vehicles, and maps and navigation.
The second DVD emphasizes gear related to water, cooking, making fire, navigation, communication, first aid, hygiene, tools and knives, shelter, solar power, and more. It’s like a show and tell for recommended items to have in your prepping supplies when you’re bugging out.
“Bugging Out” – Part One
The guys set forth the message that bugging out should be your last option in most of the situations we’re likely to face. Have other plans in place as your first option. Even primitive skills instructor Dave Canterbury agrees with the notion that you should stay home, if you can. Bugging out should be temporary at best.
Obviously, there are situations that dictate leaving home, such as civil unrest or if your home is damaged in a natural disaster. Therefore, you must consider this very carefully. Decide ahead of time when, how, and where you’ll bug out to.
Do you have a place to go? Do you know how you’ll get there? Have you considered setting out caches along the way? How well equipped is your retreat location? What resources are available in each of the four seasons of the year?
Consider who’s going with you. You can only go as fast as the slowest member of your party. Do you have elderly or disabled members in your family or group? And what about pets?
Both your bug out bag and bug out location are personal to you and your situation. There are too many considerations regarding bags for me to get into here with much detail. However, your bag shouldn’t draw unnecessary attention. Blend into the chaos.
Is your bag for a short term or long term situation. Do you have one for each? How much can you carry? Does it restrict your movements? Is your bag packed for summer or winter? What can you put in your car vs. walking?
Are you physically up to carrying a bag? Be sure you practice carrying it. That will help you figure things out because if you can’t deal with it under normal conditions, you’ll have unwanted difficulty under stressful conditions.
Dave Canterbury reviews the five C’s of survival you should have in your bug out bag as essentials. They are…
- Cutting tool(s)
- Combustion devices for building a fire
- Cover for some kind of shelter
- Containers for water and cooking
Purchasing prepackaged bug out bags is generally discouraged in favor of building your pack to meet your specific needs. However, a few high end ready-made packs are displayed in the video. Keep in mind, you should customize any ready-made kit you buy.
The section on bug out vehicles discusses things you need for your vehicle as well as for yourself. You’re sure to get ideas for things you hadn’t thought of.
“Bugging Out” – Part Two
The second DVD in this package starts out by discussing water. Since you’re not going to be able to take much, if any, when you bug out, you need ways to filter water. Therefore, water filtration devices are discussed, as are collapsable bags for storage.
Lighting is a fun and fascinating topic. You’ll see demonstrations of several options, mostly LED and solar powered lights.
Storage food options are covered in one of the other videos I’ve reviewed in this series, but it’s good to see it included here as well. The difference is that the emphasis is more on convenience and portability.
Since most food requires cooking, various portable stove and cooking gear options are shown. Various convenient ways of starting fires are shown, too.
While a GPS device is good for navigation, you’ll want to be sure to have a compass handy. The section on communications covers portable receivers as well as two way radios, including FRS, GMRS and amateur radio options. Later in the video is a section on small solar power devices for keeping your electronics going.
You should be sure to have a good ready-made first aid kit with essential supplies. Get acquainted with what’s in it and read the instructions, especially if you don’t have medical training. Having a dental kit is a good idea, too.
Hygiene and sanitation are very important, so there’s a section on that. The first thing recommended for you and me to have is toilet paper. You can put your own personal care products together, or buy a ready-made kit with hygiene supplies. You’ll also want to see what’s recommended in the video for skin and eye protection. These are items to have which guard against insect bites, small cuts and other injuries.
Tools, multitools, knives and long blades get attention in this video as well. You’ll need some of each when bugging out. Spend the money to get the quality you’ll need to have in a difficult situation. Taking shortcuts won’t do you any good and could cause problems you don’t want.
Emergency ponchos, space blankets and portable shelter packages get a nod. You won’t want to be without some kind of shelter.
Mini kits give you other options, so they’re also discussed.
What do you do when you need to signal for help? That’s addressed in a brief section near the end of the video.
You won’t want to be without cordage, particularly paracord, and there’s a discussion on that, too.
Last, but certainly not least, is a chapter on keeping your stuff organized.
“Bugging Out” – More Impressions
It’s clear some of the instructors have had military experience. Though they put things in laymen’s terms, you’ll notice a slant toward tactical equipment and thinking. Don’t let this intimidate you if you don’t have a military background yourself. The instructors are simply covering all contingencies.
None of the guys are promoting fear. They’re straightforward and matter of fact. Now and then you’ll catch a humorous remark that lightens things up.
One of the key reasons I’m pleased to let you know about these DVD’s is they give you the pooled knowledge and experience of guys who’ve been there, done that. You can access their expertise any time you like when you own the DVD’s or subscribe to the online presentations from Panteao Productions.
As with the other videos in the Make Ready to Survive Series, a number of products are demonstrated. If you’re like me, you want to tell the UPS truck to back up to the front door with at least one of everything. Seriously though, You can help support DestinySurvival by shopping in the Prep Mart for any of the items seen in the video that strike your fancy. Of course, I can’t guarantee what merchants will or won’t have, but thanks for taking a few minutes to have a look.
“Bugging Out” – Get it for Yourself
Not only can you get this material in DVD form, but you can subscribe to view it online. You can even access it on your mobile device. Panteao Productions also gives subscribers discounts and a 100% money back guarantee. So you have nothing to lose.
Find the Make Ready to Survive series by going to http://panteao.com/survive/.
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