Hello, my friend and welcome back! Without a doubt, the most read post I have ever written, has been one of my early posts on “using survival trailers for bugging out.” It has been read by more than 15,000 preppers over the last year and a half and shared on several websites as well. In fact, it has been so popular that I have decided to write a Part Two for it. This is the subject of today’s post, so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat, my friend, while we visit.
In Part One of this post, we discussed what Bug Out Trailers ( also known as “Survival Trailers”) were exactly and how they could be used. In today’s post, we are going to look at what you should have in them and why. Just to recap, these trailers are usually about 6 feet wide and around 4 to 8 feet long, with a low top for adding things like a fold out tent for an emergency shelter.
When building your own survival trailer, knowing what you need to have in it will go a long way towards developing a design that will work for you. Now, of course, there are the basics, like water, fuel, and food. But what else needs to be in it? Here is my list of suggested items to include:
- You should have at least one large container of water and at least two cans of gas.
- If you can, you may want to purchase a small gas Generator to keep inside of it, just don’t forget to test it regularly.
- 12 Volt Batteries for 12-volt power. While you could probably get away with only one, I would keep 2 in it just to be safe. Lighting is always an issue when you are away from society, so these will go a long way to helping you see once you are set up.
- If you have small children, you will want to add a fold out tent on the top of it. These can be very useful and provide much-needed shelter for inclement weather or shade in the heat.
- I would make one compartment in it into a Faraday cage to store walkie-talkies and other electronic communications devices in it.
- The trailer will make a great place to store your sleeping bags and blankets year round.
- Because you never know when you will need it, it’s a great place to store extra dry clothing year round. I speak from experience when I say that dry clothing, socks and shoes can make even the worst situation seem more bearable.
- You’re going to want to keep a well-stocked First-Aid kit in it as well. Just remember that some medications are affected by hot and freezing temperatures and may be best stored inside your home in a go bag so you can grab them on your way out.
- If you trailer has a metal shell on it then that makes a great place for mounting Ham and CB radio antennas. If things have become so bad that you need to flee your home, then information will be key to your survival. Be prepared and have a Ham antenna and Ham radio with you in your trailer.
- Solar panels are a must have and you should have at least 100 watts of charging power for your batteries. Whether they are mounted on the trailer or you set them out to use them it doesn’t matte,r as long as you have at least 100 watts of power at a minimum.
- Heavy duty off road farm jack. Not just for changing your tire, but all kinds of chores. These things are awesome when it comes to pulling or raising anything. Well worth the money.
- You will also want to carry plenty of rope and chains, as well as a good come-along for getting you out of tight spots. If you can, add a few boat cleats in strategic positions so you can tie off a rope or something.
- Don’t forget to add a trailer hitch receiver to the back of your trailer because it will allow you to add several items to the back of it which I will discuss in a future post.
From my point of view, survival trailers are a must have, especially if you live anyplace where there are Hurricanes, Earthquakes or Forest Fires. You need something you can grab in just a few minutes and go, know you have what you need to survive in any disaster. If you are serious about Prepping, then you need to have one of these because you never know what might happen. Look at the amount of disasters going on NOW.
Most cities have a place where they make regular trailers and if you only ask, most of them will help design and build one to your specifications. I can’t really think of anyplace in the US where you wouldn’t need a survival trailer, regardless of how you plan to deal with disasters which affect you.
Get yourself one and get it loaded as soon as you can, because you never know when you will need it.
Well, that’s it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post. Until next time my friend, stay safe. Stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!