BUG OUT BAG WEEKEND (Early Winter Edition)

This Friday night, me and my roommate and my other buddy are going to bug out at Harold Parker State Forest!  This will be the first time we bug out in the cold.  Normally, we bug out about once a month during the camping season (May – September) so this will be the first time since Boy Scouts that I’ve camped in the cold.  

This will also be the first time Camp Lorraine will be closed.  Normally we rent a site at Camp Lorraine (located in Harold Parker State Forest) and set up a “decoy site” consisting of a tarp and a couple tents.   Then at night, under the cover of darkness, we leave Camp Lorraine and head out into the forest.  This time we’re getting dropped off by a friend and walking into the forest from the street … kind of like a broken down car situation if you can imagine.  



1.) You can bring any gear you want but you have to be able to carry it in or on your bug out bag.

2.) You have to wear the same clothes and SHOES that you wore to work that day.  No cheating.  

3.) The food you bring has to be legit prepper food with a reasonably good shelf life … in other words you can’t bring a pack of steak tips and a bottle of milk.  Rice, dried beans, beef jerky, and oatmeal are what I have in my bug out bag.

I’m not worried about food, water or clothing, but I am worried about my sleeping bag.  My sleeping bag is rated -20.  My problem is I’ve never slept in it outside in December … and that is making me a little nervous.  

I need some suggestions.   My friend told me to bring my other sleeping bag (rated 20 or 30 degrees) and to use it as a shell w/ my good sleeping bag inside of it.  The problem is my good sleeping bag is supposed to breathe and wick moisture away and I’m afraid throwing a cheap sleeping bag over it will screw that up.  

So what do I do?  I have a 100% wool Italian Army Blanket that’s warm but it’s heavy.  I have a fleece blanket that’s light but it’s useless if it gets wet.  I have a cheap sleeping bag that could potentially render my good sleeping bag useless.  And here is the wild card … My dad told me not to worry about what I’m putting on top of me and to focus on what’s between me and the ground … so bring 2 foam pads instead of 1 and maybe the wool blanket if I have the room.  

So basically I’m confused.  Right now I’m leaning towards 1 foam pad, and 2 sleeping bags.  Am I making a mistake?

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  • Karl Marx

    Is this preparation for the end of days?  

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    Your dad is probably right, but may I suggest you place a layer ( 5 or 6 inches) of conifer (evergreen) branches on the ground and then put your sleeping bag on top of it.  This will get you off the ground a bit, and give you a partial barrier from wind and cold.  I am sure the park is full of them just laying around, and you can leave them when your done..

    If you start a fire, put some rocks in to warm them.  Then place the rocks in the conifer bed under your sleeping bag.  It will get toasty!  Plus it smells awesome, which is good if you are taking dried beans to eat…

    Have fun!!!!

  • Republican Ram Rod Radio

    I’m oing to get my FID card this winter and I’m looking for a rifle that I can use for hunting/camping that’s light and packable.  

    There is an AR7 (it’s a .22 semi auto with an 8 round clip/mag) and it breaks down into 3 or 4 peices, it’s very light because it’s mostly made of plastic.  People love these rifles.  => http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    However I like the M6 Scout better.  It’s a shotgun and 22 rifle rolled into 1. The butt stock holds 4 shot gun shells and a bunch of 22 rounds.  It’s all metal, and it’s been around for a while so it has kind of a cool history behind it.  It breaks down into 2 pieces and is a little larger and heavier than the AR7.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v

    Maybe there is a better gun out there I don’t know.  I just want something that can drill anything from a rabbit to a deer and can break down and fit into a back pack.  Is there another gun that maybe better?        

  • Vote3rdpartynow