I've been compiling a bug out bag for a while now and seemed to have forgotten about a radio. I believe it is an extremely useful addition to a bug out bag because otherwise, in a disaster situation where it may be dangerous to venture back closer to civilisation, it would be very difficult to know what's going on.
My ideal bug out bag radio:
- 1) Can receive AM/FM and shortwave
- 2) Doesn't require batteries - crank powered/solar powered
- 3) Is small and light
- 4) Is a radio, and not a torch and an 'emergency siren' and a mobile phone charger combo
- 5) Is less than $200AU ($185USD)
My reasoning for these qualities:
- 1) AM/FM is a given, but shortwave is also a must because you may be either out of range, or no AM/FM station in range may be broadcasting
- 2) If you're away from civilisation long enough (if the disaster is bad enough) you're going to run out of batteries eventually, and getting more could be difficult
- 3) Has to be able to fit in your bag and be comfortably carried
- 4) The whole multi-feature thing generally annoys me. A radio should be a radio. Any other features dilutes the quality, in my opinion
- 5) Don't want to break the bank
Being able to communicate with others (2-way...) doesn't really interest me. I only want a radio to receive information about whatever the situation is.
I've spent a couple of hours Googling radios that suit my needs and have really only landed on one. The reviews seem decent, but I wanted to get some opinions here before I go ahead with anything...The Freeplay Summit AM/FM/SW Radio
(This radio at Amazon
It's a good price, and the only 'extra features' are a built in clock and alarm, which are simple and actually useful, unlike a flashlight, which you'll most likey have anyway, or an 'emergency siren', which just seems utterly, utterly stupid.
I was originally looking over the range of Eton radios
, which seem popular, but none really suited all the needs I listed and also included the previously mentioned less than desirable 'extra features'.
Any thoughts you have are really appreciated.