The Perfect Bug Out Bag: A Basic Guide

Everyone should have a bug bag stowed somewhere handy. Good places to store it are in the trunk of your car, at work, in the pantry, or in your closet. Anywhere you can easily grab it and go, and it counts for the whole family.

Think of a bug out bag as a type of insurance. They are meant to carry everything you need to survive if you don’t have time to pack. That’s when this little gem becomes a necessity.

Time to abandon ship? Carefree. You are covered. But what should such a bag contain?

Here is a list of the basics:

  • Three days of food, but watch out. You will want to pack items that are both high in calories and protein, compact, lightweight, and non-perishable. Think protein bars, trail mixes, nuts, dried fruits, granola, nut butters and freeze-dried meals.
  • Kitchen utensils and collapsible cup/bowl.
  • Water. This is non-negotiable. The average person needs about three liters of water a day, especially if active, but that doesn’t mean you have to carry that much weight. Instead, opt for three liters of water in a quality steel container and a method to purify more like a LifeStraw.
  • A change of clothes. It may not seem vital, but it could be if you get wet or cold, and clean socks are a must if you want to avoid blisters. But, keep it to a minimum, mostly underwear. Instead, try to wear durable pants and a jacket from the get-go.
  • Basic personal hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, wet wipes, razor, towel and toilet paper. Again, keep it to a minimum. You don’t need hair straighteners, makeup or perfume. Trust me. (Don’t forget the tweezers, though.)
  • A portable cell phone charger, preferably solar powered. This will keep you in touch with the world, assuming the networks are up and running.
  • A portable, battery-powered AM/FM radio in case the networks go down, plus it’s a good one to have anyway.
  • A good quality flashlight.
  • Extra batteries.
  • Waterproof matches and a bic lighter. (These things never die!)
  • A first aid kit and any chronic medication you may need.
  • A whistle or bell.
  • A sewing kit.
  • Maps. The kind you can actually hold in your hand, not Google Maps.
  • A roll of duct tape. (You can do just about anything with duct tape!)
  • A length of paracord and zip ties. Their uses are countless.
  • A survival knife.

Final Thoughts

Now, those are just the basics. Depending on your environment, you might need additional items. For example, if it’s cold and rainy, a raincoat and a poncho would be a good option and a piece of tarp. If it’s hot and dry, you can stick with a sleeping bag and an emergency blanket. A hatchet or machete would make a good addition to your supplies, as would a small tool kit. Always remember to wear good shoes and use the best bag you can afford. These two articles will take you far. Above all, stay alert, stay alive and use your head.

Be a survivor.

This blog post was written by Baileigh Higgins, author of many apocalyptic books. You can check out his books on his website at https://www.baileighhiggins.com.

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