Bug Out Bag’s are pre-prepared self-contained survival kits designed to sustain you through the journey to where ever your destination is. It normally contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours to a week when evacuating from any unexpected disaster or emergency. This kit is also referred to as a an EVAC Bag, a 72-Hour Bag, a Get Out Of Dodge Bag (GOOD Bag), and an EDC (Every Day Carry) bag.
Having this bag handy will allow you to have the upper hand and evacuate quickly in the event of an emergency- natural or man made. Bellow is a list of some essential items to have in your kit! Be sure to subscribe for updates on this list!
Although you can use almost any bag, one that’s spacious with lots of pockets like this one is best. You’ll want to have plenty of room to work with to store the items below as well as a change of clothes.
- USB Solar Panel (portable)
Above is a solar panel that can charge your mobile devices. In the event of evacuation or displacement you may not have access to electricity. With this you will always be able to charge your phone in case of an emergency.
- Solar Crank Radio
This is a AM/FM Radio with a flashlight built in. It can be charged either through solar power, or more quickly via a manually crank. It last for hours on a single charge. Radio is one of the oldest and strongest forms of communication and will be essential when trying to stay up to date with the current events happening near you. Although the flashlight is a bonus, not all of them have one. I still recommend a stand alone flashlight.
- Mini Mag Light or Regular Mag Light
Mag Lights are so well known because they are so well built. They truly are one of the last things made today that will last a lifetime (sans batteries of course). Mag Lights can cast either a wide or focused powerful beam of light. They require D batteries, but you can get more than a weeks use out of them. Keep a Mag Light in or near your bag. Those who are scared of large flashlights can also get a the miniature version.
- Duck Tape
Because of its strength and adhesive properties, you can use All-Purpose Duck Tape for almost anything! It’s always handy to have a roll on hand, as it’s useful for a myriad of applications.
I carry a knife with me everywhere. A knife makes for a great tool for all sorts of occasions. For cutting, scraping, opening things, as well as many improvised uses. Bowie Knifes or Machetes may be preferable depending on where you are.
Make sure to find long lasting candles like those above. Votive candles are cheaper, but do not provide enough light. Just one of thse candles is enough to fill a room with light. The candles above will fill a whole room with light.
An atlas is great to have in the event you are unable to access GPS. Atlas were a common household item before the internet age and make a great addition to your bag. You may also be able to get away with just a local area map, but this Atlas is only $5 and will more than likley include your residential area. I found maps for every city I’ve lived in in my atlas.
An atlas is incomplete without a compass. It is a tool that denotes direction. It works as follows: the magnetic needle inside of the compass uses the earth’s magnetic field to point north. If one knows where north is, one can find the rest of the cardinal directions.
Try to get a small tent like the one above. These are easy to store and will fit in your pack, either inside or tied to the back of the pack. In an emergency situation, you may be forced to provied your own lodging. If you have a large family, get multiple smaller tents rather than one giant one.
Some may consider this optional, but insanely handing for any campsite. Tarps provide an insulating layer between the tent and the ground. Using rope or cord, they can be fashioned into makeshift tents as well.
- Sleeping Bag
One for every member of the family! If you are stick without a place to stay, sleeping in your tent will be more comfortable in a sleeping bag.
ESSENTIAL if you live anywhere that gets remotely cold. I recommend a fleece thermal blanket for optimal heat retention. Stay warm out there!
- 13 in 1 Multi-Tool or a Swiss Army Knife
Spring loaded pliers, wire cutter and wire stripper, large folding blade, large saw, philips and slotted screwdrivers, can and bottle opener, scraper blade, awl.
- Screw Driver Set
On top of the multi tool, it’s also handy to have a dedicaded screw driver set. A simple set that has at least a Phillips and a flat head is always handy to have.
- EZ Duz It Can Opener
Can openers make it much easier to open canned goods over multi-tools. While multitools are convenient and easily stored, they are not as efficient as a dedicated can opener. This is a great can opener.
- Rain Ponchos
These store easily and in the small comparments of your bag. Use them to keep the rain off you, especially in colder climates where an evening rain could drench your clothing.
- First Aid Kit
Find one that meets or exceeds OSHA guidelines. Most are fully organized with interior compartments to provide quick access. Your bug out bag is not complete without this essential!
- Ace Bandages
I include this because most first aid kits do not come with them. In an emergency situation traveling by foot it is possible to sustain injury. Ace bandages will help provide support to joints that are hurt. While not essential, this is good to include.
Long Term Storage Food
- Water Purification Tabs (100)
Make sure to keep these in your kit! Aquatabs are used by all major aid agencies, NGO’s and peacekeeping defense forces worldwide for the treatment of human drinking water in emergency situations. They are used by NATO and many other military organizations. Aquatabs are effervescent tablets which kill micro-organisms in water to prevent Cholera, Typhoid, Dysentery and other water borne disease. This 100 pack treats up to 200 quarts of water
Make sure to have plenty of water to take with you. It’s recommended to consume 1/2 gallon (~2 liters) each day. You can survive on less, but shoot for 1/2 a gallon.
- MRE (Meals Ready To Eat)
MRE’s are intended for use by the Army when in the field. They are loaded with nutrients and can be very filling! Most of the meals are served hot, and the heating element is provided with instructions. Only a few may fit in your bag, but these are light weight. Warfighter tested and approved!
- Survival Tabs
Developed by NASA, these were created to supply the body with all the daily essential vitamins and minerals needed when facing uncertainty. The compact design allows for easy storage and is perfect for individual emergency kits. These convenient portable, personal pouches will will provide the nutrients to sustain a person for 10 days. Being as light weight as it is, it is an essential item to carry in your bug out bag. I’ve tried these personally, they tast just like tootsie-rolls.
- Flint and Magnesium Fire Starter
Not so necessary, but can be very handy if you don’t have a lighter or matches and need to make a fire. Magnesium doesn’t need to much energy to turn a spark into a roaring flame.
They’re tiny, and they will save you a ton of time in compared to above.
- Windproof Tesla Lighter
The windproof lighter is the similar to a regular lighter, but it uses an arc of electricity to generate heat and not lighter fluid and a flame. It also looks super cool. It lasts a week on a single charge.
Good Ole matches. Be sure to splurge on these, because even the expensive ones are cheap. But, they are made well. Super cheap matches are flimsy and don’t always light.
- Pepper Spray (Sabre)
It’s unlikely that you will need a weapon of any kind. However, at only a $6 dollar investment and taking up the same space as a candy bar- it’s not a bad investment. This is one of those things you don’t need until you REALLY need it.