Survival Gear & Bug Out Bags
A Bug out bag is basically a large survival kit that’s filled with everything you need to survive after a disaster. A Bug Out Bag allows you quickly grab what you need should you be forced to evacuate during a disaster.
Most experts suggest that your BOB should contain enough supplies to last for at least seventy two hours. Since most major disasters often disrupt services and normal life for longer than 72 hours, we think it is a good idea to have a Bag that will allow you survive for an indefinite period of time.
Make sure your Bag is built to fit your needs; some people may need items that are not listed on this list. Remember that these are just some general guidelines meant to help you get your bag together. When putting your bag together you need take into consideration any special needs or items that you or your family might require.
Below we discuss some of the items that you may want to include in your Bug Out Bags, as well as some items that will hold up when it really counts.
What items should be in your Bug Out Bag?
This will depend on a number of factors, such as the area you live in (climate, elevation, etc….) But the basics are as follows:
- A disaster plan
that includes the location of emergency areas, rallying points, multiple evacuation routes, maps of the area, trail maps, etc (make sure you use a water proof laminate to protect your plans).
- First Aid Kit
Possible Kits to look at are as follows:
- Professional Survival Book
This should be studied before hand and kept for reference during a disaster. Recommended books are:
- Water bottles and metal canteen cup
Socks, gloves, rain suit, poncho, jacket, hat, bandannas, and clothing for your environment
- A few assorted knives
- The Seal Pup By SOG is one of my favorite Knives, it is one of the best knife I have found)
- EvoGrip S557 Knife with Red & Black Handle from Swiss Army
- Camp Axe & Shovel
- Gerber 22-80010 Infinity Ultra LED Task Light, Green
- Nightstar Magnetic Force Flashlight Hi-Tech Clear Self Powered Flashlight * A must have for when the batteries fail. Sturdy and not a cheapo imitation
- Surefire E2E-HA Executive Elite
A must to keep up on what is going on.
- Etón FR500 Solarlink (Black) Solar Powered Radio with AM/FM/Shortwave/NOAA radio built-in LED flashlight and cell phone charger * Awesome Radio
- Fire Starting
Waterproof Matches, a couple Lighters, Tinder and one of the following:
(wide variety of uses, traps, etc….) *550 Paracord
- CASH & Documents
have some extra cash in your bag, as well as a copy of all your important documents (SS Card, I.D., Fishing hunting License, Gun License, etc…)
- Firearm(s) and ammunition.
- A 10/22 Ruger is a great all around survival gun that will never fail and will last forever. Ammo is dirt cheap usually costing somewhere around $20 for 500 rounds. It also has a ton of after market gear.
1 Gallon per day per person (or enough to get you by until you find a clean source of water)
- Water Purifiers & Filters: (Any one below would be a good choice)
Keep your strength up as your diet changes
- Extra Medicine
*If needed because of preexisting condition
Compass, Maps, GPS, etc….
Portable C.B or Ham Radio
- Fishing Gear
Bobbers Hooks, fishing line, small collapsible pole
- Emergency Food
Stuff that will last and give you the most bang for your buck ( peanut butter, jerky, sardines, granola bars, salt, dried fruit, MRE’s, etc…)
Sleeping bag, tent, tarp, etc….
- Extra Batteries
- Energizer NH15BP-4 ACCU 2500mAh Rechargeable AA Batteries (Four-pack) * rechargeable with solar charger below
- Solar Charge
- Brunton Solarport 4.4 Watt Foldable Solar Charger with Battery Charger Great for recharging AA/AAA batteries for electronics
- Brunton 26 Watt Foldable Solar Array Great for powering small electronics
- Signal Devices
Flares, Signaling Mirror, Whistle
- Duct tape
Candles, Safety Pins, sewing needles and thread, Playing Cards for entertainment, Wire for snaring.