SHTF is an acronym that stands for sh*t hits the fan. This means that something drastic has happened, like a natural disaster, financial crisis, or a war has started. This term is generally used for when things go south quickly. The other acronym that is commonly used to signal it is time to pull out your bug out bag is ‘TEOTWAWKI’. This stands for ‘the end of the world as we know it’. 

The kind of gear you need – It’s easy to get obsessed with survival gear and start accumulating every new product that comes on the market. If you have money to burn and engage in a variety of backcountry activities this might be a sound strategy. Most people however decide pretty early on what type of outdoor activity floats their particular boat and as such any survival gear should have some sort of relationship to that activity. Everyone, for instance, should have an emergency whistle with them but not everyone will need an extreme sleeping bag. Everyone will need first aid items but not everyone will need to carry croval shovel or a tactical watch or field watch. If you’re a mountaineer you’ll probably want that shovel, especially if you’re climbing in the winter. If you’re going on a day hike and aren’t bringing food that requires preparation there’s no need for a mess kit and so on.
Wenn aufgrund einer Katastrophe für einen gewissen Zeitraum die öffentliche Infrastruktur zusammenbrechen würde, es einen länger anhaltenden Stromausfall gäbe und wir plötzlich ohne die gewohnten Kommunikationsmöglichkeiten wie Handy, PC, Fernseher, soziale Medien, etc. dastehen würden, da würde im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes wohl für einige eine Welt zusammenbrechen.
Grundsätzlich sollte der gesamte Inhalt des Rucksacks wasserdicht verpackt werden. Dazu eignen sich Beutel mit Zip Verschluss die man aus dem Supermarkt kennt. Man hat hier auch die Wahl zwischen verschiedenen Größen – 1, 3, 6 Liter. Sollte der Rucksack keine Regenschutzhülle* Werbung besitzen, empfehle ich dringend eine zum Überziehen zu besorgen. Um entsprechende Aussrüstung Wasserdicht zu verschweißen kann ich einen Vakuumierer, insbesondere den CASO VC 100* Werbung empfehlen. Ziel ist es mit dem BOB für min. 72 Stunden autark in der freien Natur zu überleben und sich notfalls auch verteidigen zu können.
The 5-in-1 paracord bracelet slips on with ease and stays fashionably in the background until or unless the situation on the ground takes a turn for the worse. That’s when they spring into action. Should you need to get a fire going in a hurry there’s the fire starter kit comprised of flint and scraper. While you’re warming up by the fire take the lay of the land with the mini compass. There’s also what must be the world’s most compact emergency knife and should you need it a powerful emergency whistle that will project up to 100 decibels of life saving sound. Essential survival gear especially if you have the kids with you.
Packing a bug out bag can seem overwhelming as the task of not forgetting something important can be daunting. There are many checklists out there that will tell you the essential items you should always keep in your bug out bag. You can buy an already packed Bug out Bag, like this one here- Urban Survival Bug Out Bag, which contains essentials items like food, water, and a first aid kit. You can also check out our Bug Out Bag Checklist and personalize your bag yourself. 

According to the Bug Out Bag Academy, the origins of bug out bags can be traced to the bags that many aviators in the military put together before missions. These were first referred to as ‘bail-out bags’ and they held items that would be critical for survival if a plane was shot down or experienced critical engine failure. Many WWII aviators actually carried gold or silver bullions in their bug out bags, as these were (and still largely are) considered the ‘universal currency’.