Bug-out bags are standard kit for most any survival-minded American.
These handy lifesaving devices are typically unobtrusive and compact while containing the critical gear you might need to survive a disaster. For those whose circumstances might mandate a more protracted adventure, however, two companies provide the equipment to take this concept to a whole new level.
“BIBO” stands for “Bug-In vs. Bug-Out,” and BIBO Outfitters produces a superb bug-out survival trailer with all the bells and whistles. Designed to provide everything two people might need to survive and thrive at least 30 days on the move, the BIBO bug-out survival trailer expands via a tented roof to render the space required to maintain a remarkable degree of comfort. The trailer itself has room to store gear, food and weapons aplenty. Expanding tent components then provide kitchen, bathroom and sleeping areas that can be arranged as desired.
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BIBO Outfitters offers its trailers in two broad categories. The BIBO model comes pre-packed. You add clothes and water, but the trailer is otherwise fully equipped from the outset. By contrast, the DIY version allows the trailer to be ordered with the features you want while dispensing with what you don’t. With your choice of 21 different equipment combos, you can build on to the BIBO base unit or shell to customize your trailer for your needs. With equipment packages in categories like sanitation/decontamination, storage, nuclear/biologic/chemical and more, you can prep your trailer to handle almost any disaster or emergency that is thrown at you and your family.
For easy storage, BIBO Outfitters’ trailers fit into a common residential garage. These trailers are pop-ups that can be stored in a garage, to hide them away from other eyes, or in a driveway while meeting the standard zoning laws of most neighborhoods, particularly those who are living in gated communities.
BIBO Outfitters’ trailers are towable behind a van or SUV. In terms of gear, they include stainless cooking equipment, built-in fuel storage, water filtration, solar cells, a wind-based generator, a stove/grill/ heater unit and built-in refrigeration as well as communication and navigation gear.
Bibo Outfitters is owned by Bill and Sherry Cirmo. Captain Bill is a career Navy pilot, master scuba diver and flight instructor who brings a wealth of practical survival experience to his business. He’s even authored a book, Your BIBO Number: A Guide for the Sub(Urban) Prepper, that offers a superb overview of gear and tactics, and culminates with a graphic decision aid that can help you decide whether to stay put or bug-out in a crisis.
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Originally born out of a need to build a mobile container of survival gear suitable for a church group to take on a mission trip in the aftermath of a natural disaster, the Bug-Out Trailerz survival trailer is like a bug-out bag on steroids. The walls and ceilings are built from 1-inch, square steel tubing on 12-inch centers. The roof is sufficiently hardened to allow standing and walking. These trailers come equipped with electric brakes, and the Premium model can haul around 7,000 pounds of gear, enough to sustain 16 adults for up to six months. While there is room inside the trailer to sleep if necessary, the design better supports an associated tent for personal shelter.
Interior equipment includes a 55-gallon freshwater tank along with a sink, a water pump and a toilet screened separately for privacy. There is a built-in, neo-angle shower facility, along with vinyl flooring and a pair of exhaust fans. The trailer includes two windows, a 12-by-8-foot awning, a mop sink and an external faucet. There is also a separate backup external shower and LED lighting that illuminates the trailer both inside and out.
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The entire trailer is designed to be solar-powered via a 600-watt solar system with two 185-amp-hour gel batteries. Two 158-watt solar panels along with a 2,500-watt pure sine inverter and a 30-amp midnight solar charge controller keep the batteries fed. The Premium model includes four solar panels as well as a solar-powered refrigerator that uses 105 watts.
The Bug-Out Trailerz unit is your portable base camp. Coming in at a size that can be stored easily in your driveway, this trailer includes everything you might need to weather an emergency on the move in relative comfort—from shower facilities to refrigeration to a secure place to keep food and weapons stored, all in one compact and easily transportable unit.
Everybody’s circumstances are different, but if your neighborhood is such that a mobile stash of survival gear kept ready to deploy or use on site is practical, these two companies can help you get there. These units are well thought out and logically designed. Pretty much any vehicle is compatible with these trailers, so you can just hitch it up and go. It’s a simple three-step process if you have a hitch on your vehicle already. In an emergency, you can simply hook up and bug out in a hurry.
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Fall 2015 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.