Being a avid outdoorsman, camper, backpacker and fisherman my brother has just introduced me to the idea of "Bugging Out" and I first thought with some minor changes in my organizing, packing and all around level of readiness Bug Out would be an easy switch. But theres alot too it.
For those who don't know (maybe I was the last one not too) Bug Out refers to being able to evacuate your home/city in very short order in the event of a major crisis were staying put would be more dangerous. In most cases the event will be localized and the timeframe will be limited. Examples include natural disaster, infrastructure failure, terrorist attacks, ect...... where getting out of Dodge is the best answer. Recent newlines clearly illustrate the such a level of preparedness is no longer left out there on the fringe of society but is something that most responsible persons want to address. Look at what happen in California with a gas main not to mention events like 911 or Katrina. The truth is any of us in our highly complex society may need to Bug Out at anytime, but the idea is far more involved than just grabbing the sh!t and hitting the road.
Let's discuss the whole Bug Out idea and how to prepare the JK as a BOV - Bug Out Vehicle....
I will be making a number of changes to my JK so it will serve as a better BOV and as a better camping Jeep over all and will post as those changes are made. I will start by removing most of the stickers that were on it when I purchased it and all the one I put one. I will be getting a quote from some co-works on a flat mat gunmetal grey paint job and consider painting the whole vehicle myself. I want the vehicle it be as low-key as four door JK on 37"s can be.....
What are your ideas? What makes your JK more BOV ready? Whats in your Bug Out bag?
Heres what I got going on the Jeep now that I think makes it better for longterm Bug Out.
5 watt solar charger hood mounted
ARB Fridge - can run the fridge for 13 days without a engine start
2 air compressors
Basic tool and recovery kit
Basic 1st aid kit
Heres the before picture and will be updated as I move more toward a BOV build.