A Survival Story: Bug out trailer complete and ready

A_Survival_Story_CoverWhat follows is just one part of an ongoing survival fiction series written by John Rourke and has been published on Amazon. It is being made available here for free. A new entry is published every day. The story is written in a daily journal format.



August 19th   Bug out trailer complete and ready…..

Talked to Ben earlier about the bug out trailer. Mentioned we planned to head somewhere near ChesterState Park. He asked me why don’t I just come to his place if the need arises. I told him that would be great and I really appreciated it. He mentioned that he could always use the help around the farm and numbers mean security.

Hopefully his offer won’t be needed.

Went through the house and organized many items – from shelves, out of cabinets, and staged all items on the trailer. Several totes and Roughneck containers hold everything. Everything is organized by categories:

  • Food – Six totes contain various canned goods, freeze dried foods, and other food items.
  • Water – Ten cases of water are laid out as well as 20 2-liter bottles that are full. One of my homemade Berkey-type water filters is also included.
  • Shelter – Several tarps as well as a large tent are stored.
  • Light – One tote contains numerous flashlights, lanterns, and candles. Lot’s of extra batteries as well.
  • Medical – Another tote contains first aid/medical stuff.
  • Fire/Cooking – A Dutch oven, pots, pans, mess kits, various cooking tools, eating utensils, and fuel are divided up between two totes. Of course – my Deadwood Stove is a must.
  • Defense- A few of my extra firearms are pre-staged on the trailer along with ammunition, magazines, and some other accessories. If something were to suddenly happen to where we needed to bail I would hope I would already be armed and take my main defensive firearms with me in the Jeep.
  • General – One tote contains various items such as mosquito netting, insect repellent, knife sharpening stuff, walkie-talkies, couple radios, some books and information binders, rope, paracord, binoculars, etc.
  • Knives – Small tote full of various knives.
  • Clothes – Larger tote contains extra clothes for everyone in the house – including extra shoes. A few sleeping bags and blankets are also thrown in a large trash bag.

The floor of the trailer is pretty much covered. I mounted the solar panels along the back positioned in the middle. Needed to do this as the entire top of the trailer is covered by a couple of tarps. Just under the panels are 3 car batteries along with a charge controller and an inverter. The batteries can be plugged into the electrical system of the Jeep so the batteries will actually be charged while driving, then the solar panels can charge them while at camp.


Overall I am pretty happy with the system. Basically we an travel to our destination and set up camp. Limited power would be available. We can purify water. We can cook food.  It would be a start.


A lot more than many people have.


So – it sits in the garage and it’s ready to go.


 – Jed


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