I was pleasantly surprised by how my GHB (Get Home Bag) and the rest of my stuff fit in the mini-van. The mini-van is a 2003 model and while it has a lot of little drawers and jockey boxes for small items, newer mini vans have even more storage under the floor. If you add a luggage rack, the amount of gear you can load up is darn impressive. Speaking of luggage racks I saw a site online that added a tarp, a couple of telescoping poles, rope and carabiner clips to make a shelter with a tarp. Using a tarp to add shade or to protect against rain/wind seems like a good idea for a BOV. I added a small dome camping tent to the mini van for a good 3 season sleep shelter. I hope I don’t have to Bugout as I will be at a big disadvantage being disabled. But if a buguot is required I want have as much equipment within reason to give me a chance at survival. I found a camper model of Katyden water filter and added it to my GHB.
I know that many people BOV’s is a car and a daily commuter vehicle and you don’t have a lot of room for storing Bug Out gear/equipment in your vehicle. You might look at the Tupperware “Roughneck” tote for storing and staging your camping/Bug Out gear. These totes are lockable, weather-resistant and very rugged. These totes are strong enough to work as a seat and the height is not bad for a work table though a bit short at 16 inches in height. Stage your Bug Out gear on shelves in your garage or shop. While I have a solid Bug Out setup I have staged a big camping tote with the big tent and a propane stove, 3 sleeping bags, a portable wood stove, and fishing rods+ tackle box that I can toss into the minivan if I get 30 minutes notice of a disaster.
If you have a wood or propane stove and camping buy a Welding blanket on sale at Harbor Freight this month! For less than $50.00 you can buy a welding blanket that will give you great heat resistance and using tarps you can make a modified fire place. Please do not use a wood stove in a tent unless it has a roof hole for a chimney. But a welding blanket is rated for higher temps than most camp fire mats of 575 degrees F. Think about your tent/tarps in layers just like your clothes. Trap air in layers of insulation and don’t kill yourself via oxygen depletion or carbon monoxide poisoning.
Update on the small Peak energy, 12 volt DC car cooler/ warmer. The insulation worked better than I expected this winter. While it got into below zero temps. in November this winter was somewhat warm compared to the early 1980’s when we saw – 10 to-30 degrees F. for a couple of months. None of my metal water jugs split, though I only fill them 2/3 to 3/4 full of water at most. If you live a climate that is above 0 degrees for a short time or you need to add a layer of insulation and have a thermo-electric cooler/warmer at a good price I would add it to your preps.
I have been prepping for several years and I often get a wake up call and get all shook up about new knowledge and stuff. All a person can do is learn and do their best. You might guess right or wrong but at least you are making progress and learning. Be ready to learn and try new things. At worst you will find out what does not work!