In the prepping community, we talk a lot about bugging out, but it’s not as common to think about what happens when you bug in. If you don’t have a secondary bug out location, you will need to hunker down and ride out the situation at home. Would your current home be equipped to safely house you and your loved ones through a major disaster? If not, it’s time to start gathering supplies and prepping just in case. Here are some essential supplies that every family should keep on hand in case you need to bug in.
It sounds obvious to stockpile some food for your family, but most Americans exist from one grocery store trip to the next. Ideally, you should have enough food to last your family for a least a month, but most preppers try to stockpile much more. When you are just starting out, buy a little at a time. Focus on foods that are cheap, easy to prepare without electricity, and familiar to your family. This isn’t the time to introduce your family to new foods. You want foods that your picky little ones will eat without fear.
You also need plenty of water saved up both for drinking and hygiene purposes. If your faucets no longer worked and you didn’t have access to clean, running water, how long could your family realistically stay at home? Start stockpiling water and store at least one gallon per person per day. This is only going to be sufficient if you can scrimp (especially on hygiene) and if you have babies or toddlers, you will need much more. It’s also a good idea to stock up on water purification tablets.
First Aid Supplies
No one wants to imagine being stuck at home with no access to medical help in an emergency, but it could happen. You should have some basic medical supplies on hand to help in a disaster. Go beyond a simple first aide kit and stockpile a good selection of over the counter medications and at least an extra month’s supply of all of your prescription drugs as well. Always refill prescriptions early. You don’t want your kid to run out of insulin in the middle of a major blizzard when there is no possible way you can trek out to the pharmacy and get a refill.
You also need to have a good selection of lighting supplies in case the power goes out. Try to have a balanced stockpile of candles, flashlights, and oil lamps. Make sure you have extra batteries, matches, or lighters. It’s a smart idea to keep a flashlight in everyone’s bedroom, even one for the smallest child in your family! That way there is always a light source nearby if you need one.
How will you communicate with the outside world when you are hiding out inside your home? Imagine for a moment that the worst has happened: there was a widespread EMP attack that took down the grid and you have no electricity, no working phones, and your car won’t even run. How are you going to know what’s happening in the world? How are you going to communicate with your family when you have to split up to keep watch? Plan for communication with a weather radio, walkie talkies, and a faraday cage to store all of these essential supplies.
These are just a few of the many items that could save your life if you had to bug in during a big disaster. What other supplies should preppers keep on hand for bugging in?