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I was talking to a buddy on the phone the other day about bug-out bags in case of a Zombie Apocalypse. He indicated that he had read somewhere lately that he should mark his map with three routes to his BOL (Bug-Out Location) and asked what I thought of the idea.

I indicated that, at least in my opinion, that it didn’t sound like a sensible OPSEC (Operational Security) idea. In a Zombie Panic situation there are many conditions that could cause your map to fall into the wrong hands. It could be lost or even taken by force, to name a few. In the wrong hands, you’ve just revealed where you are going and that place most likely has your supply of food and other self-reliance items. Other members of your family might even already be there.

My thoughts were that it’s not a bad idea to have alternate routes to your BOL, predetermined in the event of detours. I mean Hell, you never know when and where the Zombies may be heading. But you don’t want to advertise them. I believe in running your routes, before you need to use them and memorize those routes. In executive protection, the advance team and drivers always run various routes such as the hospital, airport, etc., so they are familiar with possible detours and become comfortable with the routes. The same should occur with Bug-Out routes. But in the event a family involved and something did happen to the main leader, a map could come in handy. So, upon further thought on the matter, I felt if you really wanted to mark a map, then you should do it covertly.

What I came up with was the use of a fine-point UV (Ultraviolet) marker  to make your markings, then use an UV light to see the markings. I happened to have used this technique for other purposes over the years so I knew it would work in this situation. I also have a couple of different small UV lights that could easily be carried or concealed in a pack.

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This photo shows a fine point UV marker, a Streamlight Stylus with UV LED, and a Micron Freedom with UV LED.

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This photo shows a map of an area where a BOL could be. This map already has three routes marked to a location using a UV marker.

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This photo shows the marked route using the Micron Freedom with UV LED.

As you can see, this is a great way to make markings without other people being able to see them. This can be used for other OPSEC purposes as well. Let’s say you have some information that you want to carry with you, but don’t want it to fall into the wrong hands. This could be phone numbers, lock combinations, or other personal information. You could write that information in an innocuous location on something that you have on you such as a piece of paper in your wallet. What I like to do is write inside a small book, in a location that I won’t forget. You could use odd pages, or always start on page 12, etc. Use a system you’ll remember.

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This is a page from the Emergency Pocket Survival Guide which is very small and thin booklet. It could be carried in almost any survival kit or pack.

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This photo shows how information could be concealed on a page of an innocuous book.

This could also work for information kept at your home or BOL. Just use any book sitting on your bookshelf and add the information you don’t want people to see with a UV marker.

Anyway, I thought this information might be interesting to people who want to mark their maps with various routes to their BOL without it falling into the wrong hands, or securing other private information. We could be hit with a Zombie Apocalypse anytime…..You never know! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Note: John D. McCann  is the owner of Survival Resources, a company that specializes in survival kits, survival kit components, and outdoor skills courses. He has also written two books, Build the Perfect Survival Kit  and  Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need. Check them out!

Over and Out,

ZSE

6 Comments

  1. tfire1163

    Reblogged this on Survival in the 21st Century and commented:
    excellent post

  2. zombiesquad7

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  3. Midwestern Plant Girl

    This kinda reminds me of how we did secret messages when I was a kid. We wrote our message with a toothpick and lemon juice. Heat the paper and message revealed. Guess it’s a one time shot tho.

  4. richandbrandy8anddandy

    What an awesome idea!!! So simple, yet so effective. Very impressed and if I ever get a BOL I will do this very thing. I guess the same could be done for rally points for those of us not fortunate enough to have a BOL.

    1. zombiesquad7

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  5. thoughtfullyprepping

    As silly as it may sound, I do the same but with the poor mans invisible ink i.e. lemon juice. Just add heat and the script is revealed. Thus I carry round a notepad with scribblings in it YET on heating, all my important numbers are revealed.

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