Friday, March 18, 2011

Simple Survival Gear - The Original Bug-Out Bag

Hobo Carrying A Bindle

You have probably seen a picture of a bindle without actually realizing it. A bindle is that little bag carried on a stick by hobos. This is the bag they normally carried their relatively few and most important possessions in as they moved about the country looking for work. It was a simple piece of gear that they used for their survival. Since the economy seems to be suffering quite a bit now lately, there’s a good possibility that a few of us may need to be able to make a bindle for our own survival.

Now in the absence of a ready to go BOB (bug-out bag), a bindle just might save your bacon.

Bindles were normally about 3 foot by 3 foot but some were smaller and others slightly larger. Many times it was necessary for them to gather their belongings quickly in order to make a quick exit (i.e., bug-out). This was one of the best attributes of a bindle. They simply gathered the corners of their bindle after throwing their belongings inside, tied off the corners and they were packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice.

You can use most any type of strong, lightweight material to make a good bindle. You could use anything from a bandana to a small towel or even a sheet (don't use one of the wife's good sheets unless it's a "real" emergency or you won't survive long enough to get out of the house!). Just spread it out and throw your important items on it and tie off the corners securely (You don't want to lose any of your stuff!). Grab it and go! 

 If you are going to be attaching your bindle to a stick (i.e., a bindlestiff)  hobo style, you need to make sure it’s properly tied so it doesn’t slide down your stick. If your sticks got a hook on it, you can just hang your bindle on the hook.

If you find yourself in a survival situation and need a quick way to carry some extra items that may be needed, a bindle is a great way to make an expedient bug-out bag when needed.

There’s also another type of simple bindle that is used by a lot of people, but you’ll need to learn how to become a forensic scientist in order to properly use one of those.

Got an original bug-out bag?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Try furoshiki. It is an old Japanese technique that is more honored in memory than use, but it is simple and it works.
The materials are squares that range from about 20 to 28 inches. No set size, use the one that fits you.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, with a little rope or a slightly larger piece of material it could be carried slung over your shoulder like a woman's purse. Put one arm and your head through the loop and it will ride there very comfortably.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 10:07

Simple design to solve a simple problem. Seems as though I also learned something new today.

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 12:34

Sort of like a bed roll with an improvised strap. It works for me. In fact I've done something similar in the past.

Thanks anon.


visionman said...

When making plans for emergency or potential survival situations, it is important to pack tools in your bug out kits that could save your bacon. The problem is, many of us plan for a multitude of emergencies that may occur. We end up stuffing our packs to the breaking point with a payload that would buckle the knees of even the best pack mule. Lessons learned. The key to preparedness or even survival is to be armed with the right tools and the right knowledge.
To accomplish a lighter pack load, most experts recommend packing multi-task tools so you can hump it to your destination with less weight. The new Crovel, a core mix between a shovel and crowbar, is the ultimate multi task tool. At first glance it looks familiar; like an e-tool, but the Crovel boasts the function of 13 additional tools. It also differentiates itself by its sheer strength. Made of 10-gauge hard steel, the Crovel crushes its fellow competitors who offer flimsy stamped steel shovel heads with wooden handles. When put through a rigid test, these competing shovels always bend and break.
The heavy duty structure of the Crovel includes a shovel head that flaunts a razor edge connected to a solid crowbar. Not only does it hold an edge, it can take the place of an ax. The handle is a harden 18inch gooseneck crow bar with a 1 inch hammer head. This makes for a formidable entry, prying or fastening tool, not to mention a fear-inducing weapon against a determined foe.
This tool will not fail, even if you do.
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Anonymous said...

I've also seen some references to using a pair of pants for a small backpack. The trunk area is the container, and you just close the waist with a rope or belt to shut it. Tie the legs to either side belt loop and you have a small pack, though a little unorthodox looking. :^)

That furoshiki looks cool - thanks for the link.

Furoshiki said...

Yep, cloth wrapping rocks!

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