Every Day Carry: What’s In Your Bug-Out Bag?

By Rachel Drummond

If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you may have seen the reports of major bushfires in Victoria. While this is nothing new, it made me think of something that preppers are known for. The Bug Out Bag. It’s that bag that we who believe in preparedness are mocked for by those who have no idea what it really is. Everybody, in one shape or other, has a bug out bag, or if you like, it’s younger sister the every-day carry bag. Some are just poorly equipped. Men have their wallets, women have their handbags Soldiers.. well NO-ONE is more equipped than they are.

I have two bags now. I have my BOB in my car, something that if I didn’t have, I would have had to turn in my apocalypse card. As a nurse though, I’ve had to carry what amounts to an EDC. In aged care, this was a pouch that consisted of ID, scissors, tape, pens (many, many pens), Handover sheet, alcohol (swabs!! gee, I’m a little more professional than that!) and I usually throw a simple dressing in there at the start of the shift. trust me, it’s needed more often than not, and having it on me saves a lot of time!

I was looking through my pouch this morning though. Thinking about what I would have to change going into the hospital. As of an hour ago, it is almost three times as thick. Just from what I have at home, I’ve found room for my stethoscope torch and diary. I have no idea what else I’m going to have to make room for in there or what I won’t be using as much of. I have so many things I would love to take with me (My ‘nursing for dummies’ first and foremost among these).

That’s my EDC. Are there any nurses out there who have suggestions on what to add to my EDC? What is something you have in yours that you never use? Do you have a non-nursing EDC or your own BOB?

Actually,  maybe don’t list your name if you have a BOB. I’m pretty sure there are Neegans out there taking advantage of pre-apocalypse information and taking a list of potential ‘cash-cows’. There is already a possibility that I’m going to be getting some nasty comments from nurses who have know their EDC is priceless and are not happy that I painted a target on their back.

I will leave you with a small tip though. When the SHTF, make sure you have a nurse or a doctor with you. Trust me, you’ll need them in your group.

AFTERWORD: Ha! How’s that for multi-tasking, nursing, zombies and prepper talk all wrapped up in one neat little pack.

"The South Forsaken" Rachel Drummond

Want more?  Check out Rachel Drummond’s survival “handbook”, The South Forsaken.  BTW, she is a gamer, podcaster, and a Naruto fan..  Truly an uber geek and awesome friend to have – we love you, Rachel!

Different Zombie Attacks – What’s Worse Than A Zombie Bite?

Tonight’s the big night for zombies on HorsePLAY!  As such, I’ll be posting more zombie content for the next few days or weeks even.  The response has been great so far so don’t forget to join us live on the ObioneX2 Twitch channel – that’s the full experience right there, in HD no less!

Whenever we think of zombie attacks, we think about biting, dookie breath, and maybe clawing (with bum hands – YUCK).  The Zombie Blog breaks down zombie attacks in a way few others have managed to do.  It’s a very thorough analysis.  The main question this article raises for me is quite simple:

What’s scarier or worse than a zombie bite?

TZB goes into the science of zombie attacks in much the same manner Matt Mogk’s Zombie Research Society does.  This here is a look at the types of attacks to prepare for if there ever were a real-life zombie apocalypse.  I appreciate that they even go into the psychological factors of zombie attacks.  Let’s face it: it’s gross enough crushing a huge roach (water or Palmetto bugs, as we call them down South) with your bare hands but imagine zombie guts splattering or exploding everywhere…  Not a pretty picture!

Left 4 Dead Boomer

Check out my comments for my thoughts on bloated zombies and the risks beyond explosion or ignition.  Also, for you hardcore zombie fans out there, what are your thoughts on more nimble zombies (not infected I think it’s a facet few zombie stories explore. The fresher the corpse, the greater the range of motion.. Enter pouncing, jumping, and maybe running – SCARY!

Show The Zombie Blog some love by following, liking, reblogging, pinning, sharing, and all that good stuff. This is a blog I know we’ll be revisiting quite a bit. Great stuff!