What’s Missing from Damn Near Every Bug Out Bag?November 8, 2012 by Melanie Swick | 1 Comment
I own more than a few books about building your bug out bag, I’ve read even more articles on the subject, and I’ve seen several videos, but there’s one item I’ve never seen mentioned. An item so critical that it’s absence could stop you dead in your tracks, drastically reducing the likelihood of your survival.
It’s not food, water, or even a weapon. People talk so much about those, it makes my ears bleed.
Think about what that enables you to perform almost every single task; well, OK, after your brain, what part of your body enables you to preform said tasks?
It’s your eyes.
What are most people doing to protect them? Not a damn thing, and that’s just ignorant, because a tiny bit of shrapnel from a stray round, one vengeful twig, or any other debris that ends up in your eye can instantly blind you, making you immobile and unable to defend yourself. You not only become useless, but you also slow down the rest of your family/group.
In my opinion, that’s an unreasonable risk, especially since it can be prevented for less than $20. I recently picked up a pair of Uvex 1000 series protective glasses which look every bit as stylish as any designer sunglasses, plus they offer a level of protection at ANSI Z87+ impact standards. I think I paid just under $20 in Dick’s retail store, but their website lists them at just under $15. If that’s still more than you can afford to spend, you can always pick up those ugly ass safety glasses your high school shop teacher used to wear for about $6 at your local hardware store.
Either way, survivors, you need to protect your eyes. It’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s smart!