I was just going through the contents of my Bug Out Bag this morning, as I tend to do every couple of months, and I noticed the food I have stored there has not been fairing too well. The PowerBars have sort of bloated up like balloons and the foil packs of tuna are questionable at best. I immediately tossed the old stuff and put in some fresh supplies but I’m wondering to myself how long this new stash will last.
Like a lot of people I keep my BOB in my car. I do this because my primary concern / projected use for a bug out bag is to help me get back to my house rather than away from it. This is for a number of reasons including my basic philosophy that I’m planning on “bugging in” in most scenarios as well as the fact that I’m on the road commuting back and forth to work quite a bit.
Since my supplies spend a lot of time in the car they also end up spending more time at higher temperatures than is generally recommended for most foods. Even foods intended for long-term storage don’t do as well when stored at high temperatures. I would guess that on some days when my car is parked out in the sun the temps inside probably get well above 100 degrees. Far too high for storing food reliably.
So, what to do? I really don’t have any way of controlling the temperature inside my car on hot days. Sure, I could try to park in the shade as often as possible but that’s still not an ideal situation.
For now I’m just going to pay closer attention to swapping out the food I have in my Bug Out Bag, which isn’t much anyway… But I’d love to hear from some others out there who have had similar issues or who perhaps store much larger amounts of food in retreat style cabins that may get a little too warm in the summer.
Anyone? Hello? Is this thing on? Can you hear me in the back??