When you are on an urban exploration or survival situation, one of the best tools you can have is your urban bug out bag list. A lot of urban explorers like to use these to plan what to bring in different situations. Not only that but it is a great way to make sure you always know where you are at any given moment. In essence it is like having your own personal military detachment that can help you out when necessary. It also makes sure you do not forget important items that could prove to be useful down the road. If you have never used one before then here are a few things that will help you understand the importance of a bag list and why it is important.
First off you need to have a list of exactly what you will need to carry with you on any given day. This includes items for food and water, first aid kits, flashlights, and other items you may think of. One thing many urban explorers tend to forget is that some insects can be poisonous. That is why it is a good idea to have your own personal supply of insect repellents, sunscreen, and other items for keeping you safe from bugs. Make sure they are safe from children as well.
A city is full of all sorts of bugs, so having personal protection is very important. The first line of defense is going to be insect repellents. While there are plenty of commercial products available that you can purchase, you might want to go with something organic and not harmful to your family. You also want to be sure to read the warnings and instructions on them carefully before using them.
The best way to get rid of bugs in urban areas is to prevent them. If there are certain areas in your city that seem to be packed full of bugs then there is likely a reason for that. There are dozens of methods you can use to prevent these bugs. Some of the most effective include: closing off any cracks or holes to prevent water penetration, putting down mulch around the base of trees and shrubs, and sealing up any possible openings. There are even DIY methods out there if you are feeling a little more ambitious.
The next thing on your bug out bag list is to make sure you pack everything you need. A lot of people panic when they see cockroaches and ants and assume that they are all together on their hands. The reality is that it’s difficult to completely eliminate these bugs from a given area but you can do your best to limit the amount of damage they can do. Make sure you have anti-flypaper on hand and make sure your bags are well sealed and clean before you leave the area. This should be common sense when on vacation, but it is essential in an urban environment.
Other types of bugs to look for in your urban survival kit include: raccoons, squirrels, and rats. Raccoons can cause a good deal of damage with their feces, so make sure you have some form of repellent on hand. Squirrels can be a nuisance as well, so make sure you have some form of noise deterrent as well. Rats can be very annoying as well, so make sure you have some form of anti-rodent devices. Your bug out bag list may also include: bug spray, a first aid kit, a blanket, and duct tape to cover cracks.
While bugs are a problem in many areas of the world, they are usually not considered to be anything that you have to be concerned with. The good news is that they are generally not harmful to humans. Most people are able to avoid most insect problems by following a few simple steps. Following these steps will keep you and your family safe from bugs.
It may be hard to believe, but following these tips could very well keep you and your family safe from the perils of an urban dwelling. You do need to use your imagination when preparing and packing your Bug Out Bag. Be creative! There are no laws in most cities regarding bugs, so it’s a good idea to pack a bit more than one self defense weapon. Just be sure to call in advance to ensure your safety.