One of the things all of us need to be aware of when it comes to survival and prepping is the idea of being “grey”. This simply means being discreet and not bringing attention to yourselves at any time. This is never more true than when you have a go-bag or survival kit that you carry with you every day.
One of the things that even I am guilty of doing is going out looking like a “Tactical Timmy”, which means I have some sort of BDU pants, a MOLLE laden pack, and more. Since I regularly train with LEO and occasionally military personnel, I tend to have that sort of gear. Mainly because it works and it is comfortable. However lets consider a survival bag situation or similar.
If I have a survival bag that is all tacticool, with MOLLE and morale patches and I leave said bag in my car it is pretty obvious that it probably has good stuff in it. Which means it is a target to either be stolen or raise the suspicions of a law enforcement officer.
I really do not intend to get in a larger debate about what an LEO has the right to question me on. The fact of the matter is that they want to go home at night just like we all do, so they may very well be concerned if we get pulled over and see a large military pack with MOLLE all over it. While you and I both know that having preparedness supplies is no illegal offense, they might question us on it anyway.
To not bring attention to it, and to also not cause alarms for law enforcement, I like to keep my regular survival supplies in an old gym bag. I even go so far as to pulling a jock strap about half-way out of it if I happen to park somewhere I know has a high level of criminal activity. Most bad guys do not want to mess with somebody else’s dirty gym bag, it is not a consideration. Same for law-enforcement. They have a very tough job, and I do not want to stress them out over something totally legal, when carrying it in a simple gym bag will solve that issue.
I talk about this at the beginning of this video that I did recently for the Joel Lambert blog site. You regular followers of us here on Dan’s Depot have gotten this winter car survival kit info several times in the past. So the whole video may or may not interest you. However in the beginning I talk about being grey with the bag you use. I hope you find it useful.
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