Buggin' Out Considerations: Bivouac shelters and sleeping bags
A second essential gear that most of the bugout crowd have not planned for is a tarp and a sleeping bag. Only the most foolish campers would attempt to live in the wild without these items. You cannot sleep on the ground due to other animals like snakes, insects, dampness, lack of insulation, exposure, etc. It's a guaranteed way to kill yourself.
A tarp is a multi-use item. In a pinch, when you've damaged your tent, or when temporarily stuck on an extended hike that turned into an overnight situation, then you must sleep in a second location. This means you must “bivy”. Your shelter for that night may be sleeping on pine branches to insulate, hard saplings that create a barrier or even lift you off the ground, and snuggled in your sleeping bag with the tarp hastily thrown over you. Wind chill will whip across your body, and only an idiot would sleep in the open.
Bivy just for three nights in the cold, and I bet you purchase a decent tent. You will wake will aches from the cold and be stiff. Then try walking for that 13+ miles for the day and do it all over again x 2. That is misery.
Moisture will accumulate since it's given off by our breath. If we cook within it, then steam rises and condenses. We sweat, and some of it rises and also collects on the tarp and sleeping bag. It is a terrible nuisance when already cold.
This is an issue anytime, but more so when under a tent. You don't want to be too warm, just warm enough to prevent the cold and to minimize condensation. Think about your windshield fogging up in winter. It's the same principle of finding a balance of hot and cold.
Sleeping bags come in various sizes based upon personal needs of body length. Having one that covers your head is essential for true survival, and of course wearing layers and a cap help. Don't get too warm, or else you'll sweat, and then exiting you could increase your chance of chills and frostbite from damp clothing.
Believe me, in warm weather at some point, you'll have mosquitoes lighting on your face because you put your campsite too close to their watery home. You'll rather be too hot because you cover your face with a sleeping bag, then dealing with countless mosquito bites. Better bring a mosquito net, yeah? If you did, then you'll be annoyed but still will sleep on top of the bag in relative comfort.
Sleeping bags contain insulation of various kinds that protect at progressively lower temperatures. Obviously get ones for your region. The amount of insulation will also determine the compressibility of the material, which is an issue for packing it. Also that material will determine the price.
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Buy from the place that can best serve your needs and your budget.
You get what you pay for, most of the time. It has to hold up, correct? There's no replacements in the field.
Doesn't this bugging out stuff seem implausible?
In truth, there will be many hunting or foraging expeditions in which you and several others will gather food or medicines or materials. This will be the times you venture forth, and then return to base. There is a useful place for camping equipment towards this purpose.