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3 Vital Things To Consider Packing When You Bug Out

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People often don't consider the health side of bugging out, or even bugging in for that matter. Sure you have your top of the line gear with MOLLE versatility and swiveling coffee maker attachment but can that gear save you from an iodine deficiency? Illness and other health concerns should be at the very top of your list of most dangerous things that are likely to occur to me. If chronic illness isn't at the top of your list your either lying or not human. So here are 3 things you should consider preparing or even implementing into your life now. You'll be sure glad you did in an emergency.

 

1. Vitamins & Supplements

In a country where the average lunch always includes fries and serving size is of buffet proportions, people are often malnourished in many areas of their diet. Yes, even for a first world country many of us are malnourished and deficient. The proof is in the pudding, and the gravy, and the fast food, and the triple cheeseburger combo with fries and vanilla icecream, and the... well, get the idea. Vitamins are not only a great source of energy and replenish the parts your diet where your missing out, but in an emergency situation where your relying on whats in your BOB or your own food supply having vitamins is important. Those Mainstay Food Rations you may have packed up may be good for a while, but eating only that for a month of more without other sources of vitamins in a demanding environment can prove debilitating. Good non-synthetic well rounded multi-vitamins are ideal. Supplements are great too, the challenges of an emergency can be felt mentally as well as physically, that's why supplements like Saint Johns Wort for depression and Ashwanganda for focus can be invaluable, especially in convenient pill form.

 

2. Homeopathic Medicine

Some may be skeptic of homeopathic medicine, but to curtail your doubts I present you a study done by the government of Switzerland. Homeopathic medicine often is often times packed in small cylindrical bottles with dozens of doses. Perfect for BOB's. The medicine can be used to cure the symptoms of a a variety of ailments both physical and even mental (emotional unbalance such as excessive fear). Homeopathic medicine is based on the same principal where snake venom cures snake bite victims, theirs a lot of interesting science behind it and its been around for a very long time. Whats great about it is you can get homeopathic medicine for a variety of of symptoms and store it in your medic bag where it doesn't take up much space at all.

 

3. Physical Fitness

In the prepper community, its often forgot about the importance of fitness and physical endurance. If your serious about prepping, you need to be serious about being in shape. It might be time to start eating right and going to the gym as well as putting yourself on supplements and really getting in shape. If you expect to haul that 50 lb pack dozens of miles as well as live and hunt and thrive and you weigh 220 lbs with a 40 inch waist you have something coming to you. It's called survival of the fittest for a reason and the importance of strength and fitness can't be stressed enough. You may be fit enough to Get Out Of the Dodge, whether it be hurricane, earthquake, etc. But in situations which many of the people in this community prepare for, being physically fit will be your priority. Back in the old days a father didn't care if his daughter brought home a black guy or a why guy or an asian guy, but someone big enough to protect her from anyone that could threaten her. In essence its important to be in shape, physically and mentally. An able body means an able mind and both are important in any situation. So what should you be packing? Well if your health is important, if you have prescriptions you should have what you need, be mindful of expiration dates. Also if you wear glasses you should have spare pairs or even consider getting LASIK.

 

So consider these three things if your considering bugging out, bugging in, or just living your life day to day trying to become a healthier person. I hope you find some of this information useful or are inspired to become healthier, because you never know what the future might hold.

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Awesome thread.

 

I am thinking of getting LASIK, because I am young but my eyes are pretty terrible. I heard something about LASIK not being 100% reliable and your eyes can become disoriented at nigh? True or not?

 

Also, could you list the most important vitamins to have? I am guessing Vitamin C, Omega-3, Vitamin B12?

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Yeah its a good idea to "upgrade" your body now before an emergency. LASIK from what I understand works most of the time, it would be best to see what your Optometrist says. One downside of LASIk is that the integrity of your eye after the operation is only a fraction of what it used to be. So if you were to get an eye injury it could potentially harm you much more than if you never had LASIK. A matter of fact if you get an eye injury and your eye heals, it will still have more integrity than after LASIK. These are some good points to bring up to your eye doctor, you need to balance the pros and cons. For the record, Fernando FerFAL Aguirre, the author of The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving The Economic Collapse, had LASIK and speaks of it in very high regard. Where he comes from wearing glasses is a sign of weakness so LASIK was good in many ways for him when he had to survive during the economic collapse in Argentina (which has only gotten so much better).

 

As for vitamins, multi-vitamins are great, I get mine from a local Apothecary. If you can get a multi-vitamin with all of the vitamins and minerals you need, including iodine, vitamins A, B's, C, D, and E, minerals such as Zinc, and so fourth it would be great. Since the place I go to is local, I could PM you their number if you'd like and I'm sure that they could ship a multivitamin to you as well as anything else that I mentioned earlier. Otherwise you could probably find what your looking for online. Omega-3 might be healthy but not completely necessary, if your planning on bugging in I wouldn't mind stocking it.

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I definitely think eating right and working out (fitness) are one of the toughest things to stay on top of. I've noticed my eating patterns of poor food tend to return as well as the lack of fitness when I'm busiest. I plan to take some Krav maga once I begin school (because I will have more availability). I think martial arts gives you a routine without having the workouts become boring since you're always doing something new.

 

I tried running recently but eventually I just get too busy or tired to go. I don't like to run at night so I end up missing. Plus running is not exactly good on your body.

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Yeah getting in shape can be difficult but it pays off, you have to remember to tailor your BOB to your physique. Don't expect to carry too much if you get tired just walking around the house with your BOB. You don't need a six pack and arms that can be mistaken for legs, but a strong upper torso and the ability to get around without being winded will help. But I would recommend hitting the gym at least 4 times a week for 20 minutes to an hour, at the very least. If you say you don't have time, your lying to yourself. Plus martial arts aren't just a way to stay fit but also teach you self defense.

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While I may be a little on the overside it is a real prep to be a little chubby, to thin is and alway will be unhealthy. I can go a lot longer on just grass and water than a Olympic runner and when he kicks off he will be a good source of protein for me!

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hi all,

 

With regards to Lasik, i don't know why you would think the integrity of your eye anatomy would be particularly weakened? I've had it done, and my research prior to considering it didn't find any such issues. If you have very weak eyes, like I had, it's a godsend, and will be especially useful in a collapse.

 

Dr. Bones

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NavyVet_77

 

I think one a day are great not necessarily the brand but type anything when your diet is

severely impacted but some understand on how they work and negatives.

I think Dr. bones and Nurse Amy can give information on the positive and adverse effects

and other information.

 

One negative I have heard is either diarrhea or constipation and or excessive gas if taken

without enough water or some food etc.

 

so you need them but like medicine we need to know all we can about them.

I think salt pills may be good for some people who are expecting BO as exertion will

require replacement salt I like the foil pack gator aid it is safe from water and humidity

until opened and has needed additives to your water to keep you going.

 

and just a personal opinion power drinks may be more of a negative than a help without enough

water and proper nutrition.

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