Check your bag!

Discussion in 'Preparedness' started by woodchopper, May 4, 2018.

  1. woodchopper

    woodchopper Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2012
    Messages:
    33
    Likes Received:
    60
    My wife said I had a bug hatch going on behind my truck seat. Didn't pay much attention to it. Fast forward 6 months, new truck, time to move gear. My get home bag and additional pack are full of what i think are mealworm larvae. The source was a granola bar. They ate the whole thing and then chewed there way out of the wrapper. Some gear got pitched, the rest washed, and some is in a garbage sack with a large shot of bug spray to be sorted out later. Lesson learned
     
    Haggis, Falcon45, Guy and 19 others like this.
  2. Medic17

    Medic17 Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2014
    Messages:
    2,356
    Likes Received:
    7,636
    Location:
    Northeastern USA
    Yeah I rotate twice a year.
    Sometime near Oct/Nov and April/May depending on how the seasons are changing.
    All food, water, batteries, and a good portion of medical gets tossed.
    Everything is inspected and tested.

    Temperature Hi's and Low's kill supplies.
    I stopped using MRE's
    Mostly Freeze Dried and Cliff Bars
     
  3. rustystove2017

    rustystove2017 Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2017
    Messages:
    695
    Likes Received:
    3,235
    Location:
    Gone Fishing
    makes for great sunfish bait...throw in some 4lb test line and a number 12 hook....dare I ask what brand of granola bar....
     
  4. Mikewood

    Mikewood Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2013
    Messages:
    2,373
    Likes Received:
    4,262
    Eww. I don’t keep food in my BOB. In the south we are more likely to get infested with roaches than worms. Imagine a car swarming with roaches...

    A better bet is to empty you your glove box and put the paperwork in the trunk. Then put your bug out food in the glove box. That way you can rotate it out more frequently and have something to snack on. Sure it’s not a good idea to eat all your emergency food but if you would be buying new at the gas station anyway might as well swap it out.
     
    grendal, Haggis, gohammergo and 7 others like this.
  5. Zunga

    Zunga Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2017
    Messages:
    6,091
    Likes Received:
    31,531
    Location:
    British Columbia
    That is good advice. Im putting together a car kit. I will pay much more attention to food storage and rotation. But your not alone and that is easier to do than mine. I forgot I had fish parts in a zip lock in my tackle box. You can only imagine what I found when I opened it, weeks later. Ugh! LOL
    Cheers Jim
     
  6. Jasonacraft

    Jasonacraft Scout Bushclass I

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2015
    Messages:
    830
    Likes Received:
    1,918
    Location:
    Central, North Indiana
    Gonna go dump the winter rations now...thanks!
     
    Haggis likes this.
  7. Paul Foreman

    Paul Foreman Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2012
    Messages:
    9,282
    Likes Received:
    18,764
    Location:
    Sellers, Alabama, in South Montgomery County
    pay attention to the bride! :)
     
    Haggis, LostViking and atlastrekker like this.
  8. isme

    isme Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2014
    Messages:
    3,146
    Likes Received:
    18,804
    Location:
    Foothills of the Great Smoky mountains, Tn
    I had a similar situation last year but it wasn't food.
    I forgot to remove a few praying mantis egg pods from my F150.
    About a million baby praying mantis helping you drive will help you remember it the next year....
     
    wingnuts, Paul Foreman, svh and 4 others like this.
  9. atlastrekker

    atlastrekker Supporter Supporter Bushclass III Bushclass I Bushclass II

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2016
    Messages:
    1,878
    Likes Received:
    9,565
    Location:
    Nor Cal
    I usually do mine in the spring and fall. I do keep food in my BOB/GHB but I use it and rotate it often enough that I haven't ever had this problem, and I am really glad! This doesn't sound like a fun thing to have to take care of @woodchopper !
     
    Haggis likes this.
  10. Paulyseggs

    Paulyseggs Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2018
    Messages:
    1,777
    Likes Received:
    7,106
    Location:
    CT.
    I just rotated my bag.

    Usually keep a sealed jar of peanutbutter .And instant coffee .


    I need to rotate my batteries
     
    Haggis, crowdaddy and gohammergo like this.
  11. oddjob35

    oddjob35 Scout

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2014
    Messages:
    387
    Likes Received:
    893
    Location:
    Huntsville, AL
    Great reminder to keep all stocks rotated. I rotate my food in particular indoors, but had forgotten about the relatively small amounts in my GHB/Truck. I just found one particular bar in my GHB that was stamped BBE Aug 2016. Think I may open that just to see if it is still edible especially after watching some You Tube vids of a guy who opens 2nd WW MRE meals and taste checks them!! Don't forget that the BBE date is only a recommendation and though there may be some minor deterioration, quite often the food is actually still edible for some time after that date and therefore of some use if they are all you have in an emergency. Just think of all the protein in those meal worms :26::18:

    OJ
     
    Haggis and gohammergo like this.
  12. Lichen

    Lichen Supporter Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Messages:
    3,867
    Likes Received:
    8,106
    Location:
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Come summertime here in the desert, I have to remove most of my food from the truck. It's just too hot for anything except for a couple of Mountain house meals.
     
    Haggis and gohammergo like this.
  13. gohammergo

    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    Messages:
    6,587
    Likes Received:
    32,955
    I seldom intentionally keep food long term in my truck. I often find stuff there though. :)

    I keep a couple of MREs in my pack, which comes with me wherever I go.

    Summer time I keep a few things like some canned stew and chili, and use it as needed for when I get really hungry.

    Winter I will keep some stuff that isn't ruined by freezing.

    Good reminder though. Thanks for putting it out there!
     
    Haggis and LostViking like this.
  14. crowdaddy

    crowdaddy Tracker

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    18
    Location:
    Sothern Illinois
    I too ], carry a sealed jar of peanut butter. Also, my daughter gave me one of those hard plastic waterproof containers; she said ,she thought i could use it as a FAK. I keep it in my GHB, but not for first aid items. I use it to hold most of the food items I carry in the bag. Tea bags, those little powdered sport drink tubes, hard candies, a couple of Spam singles, some little PB/cheese cracker packages,and of course, my Kippered snacks. Keeps em' sealed air tight,safe from damage ,an keeps all those pesky critters out.
     
    Paulyseggs likes this.
  15. CSM1970

    CSM1970 Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2014
    Messages:
    1,094
    Likes Received:
    3,397
    Location:
    Texas
    Gonna go check my stuff today. Thanks!
     
    Haggis and Falcon45 like this.
  16. Haggis

    Haggis Guide

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2014
    Messages:
    4,167
    Likes Received:
    14,484
    Location:
    Northern Minnesota
    Maggots “hatching” inside a sealed food container,,, That’s not a pleasant thought...
     
    Paul Foreman likes this.
  17. NJStricker

    NJStricker Supporter Supporter

    Blog Posts:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2010
    Messages:
    2,146
    Likes Received:
    3,982
    Location:
    Ohio
    Years back I had an old beater Chevy Caprice. One summer I had a terrible problem with flies. It started out with just a few but after a week there were thousands of them. I kept the windows open to air out the car but they just kept coming.

    Then I remembered the weekend before me and some friends went jugging for catfish and I’d been using chicken liver for bait. It was slow so we gave up and went into town to the Cadillac Ranch (bar near where I lived at the time). I had just dumped all my gear, including the livers, into the trunk. Five days in 90 degree temps made them quite ripe. It took months to get the smell out.
     
    gohammergo likes this.

Share This Page