I’m sure you’ve heard the term thrown around a thousand times, but don’t feel bad if you don’t know what it is, it’s actually one of the most common questions we get.
What is a Bug Out Bag and Why Do you Need One?
A Bug Out Bag (BOB) is basically a large survival kit that’s filled with everything you need to survive after a disaster. When seconds count, fumbling around trying to find your emergency gear can be deadly. Having a ready to go Bug Out Bag allows you quickly grab the emergency gear you need, should you be forced to evacuate during a crisis.
How Much Gear Should you Pack?
If you listen to most so-called survival experts, they often suggest that your BOB should contain enough supplies to last for at least seventy-two hours. Don’t listen to them; that number is grossly underestimated! Since most major disasters often disrupt essential services and normal life for far longer than 72 hours, we think it is a good idea to have a Bag that will allow you survive for at least two weeks and if you can afford it then aim for an indefinite period of time.
Make sure your Bag is built to fit your needs; remember, some people may need items that are not listed on this list. The emergency supplies listed on this page are general guidelines, meant to help start building your bag. When putting your kit together, you need to take into consideration any special needs or items that you or your family might require. Below we discuss some of the things 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 zones, rallying points, multiple evacuation routes, maps of the area, trail maps, etc. (make sure you use a waterproof laminate to protect your plans).
- First Aid Kit Possible Kits to look at are as follows:
- Professional Survival Book This should be studied beforehand and kept for reference during a disaster. Recommended books are:
- Water bottles and metal canteen cup
- Clothing Socks, gloves, rain suit, poncho, jacket, hat, bandanas, and clothing for your environment
- A few assorted knives Recommended Knives:
- Camp Axe & Shovel
- Radio A must have item for keeping up with what is going on.
- Fire Starting Waterproof Matches, a couple of Lighters, Tinder and one of the following:
- Cordage (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 aftermarket gear.
- WATER 1 Gallon per day per person (or enough to get you by until you find a clean source of water)
- Water Purifiers & Filters: (Any of the below items would make a good choice)
- MulitVitamins Keep your strength up as your diet changes
- Extra Medicine *If needed because of preexisting condition
- Navigation Compass, Maps, GPS, etc….
- Communication 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…)
- Shelter Sleeping bag, tent, tarp, etc….
- Extra Batteries
- Energizer NH15BP-4 ACCU 2500mAh Rechargeable AA Batteries (Four-pack) * rechargeable with solar charger below
- Solar Charge
- Signal Devices Flares, Signaling Mirror, Whistle
- Duct tape
- Misc Candles, Safety Pins, sewing needles and thread, Playing Cards for entertainment, Wire for snaring.