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Major floods, fires, hurricanes and more are becoming more common these days, so we try to make smart decisions about what to put in our emergency bag. We are not preparing for the end of the world, but we want to be able to overcome a natural disaster if possible.

Below are the actual items we put in our bug out bag. And if you have your own recommendations, feel free to add them in the comments below.

Waterproof dry bag

Let’s start with the bag itself. Marchway makes an extremely popular dry bag that is actually designed to float in water. The sizes range from 5L to 40L, so you can customize it according to your needs.

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Security

Safety kit

First aid kit

We receive bumps, bruises and cuts during our regular daily activities, so imagine how much damage can be caused during a chaotic emergency. Everyone should have a first aid kit in their bag, and it’s worth keeping a few more in your home and vehicles.

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Masks

Obviously, there are recent plague-related reasons why high-quality masks are worth having, but they are good for particles in the air in general. Wildfires are a growing safety issue, so it’s good to have protection on hand for your lungs.

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Mylar Covers

The blanket on your bed is nice, but it’s not particularly easy to carry around with you. Mylar blankets are much less comfortable, but they will keep you insulated when you really need it.

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USB flashlight

Humans are notoriously bad at seeing things in low light situations, but that doesn’t stop bad things from happening in the dark. Stay ready for anything with a bright, easy-to-recharge flashlight.

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Communications and navigation

Solar powered radio

Solar powered radio

Having access to the radio is important. Get weather information, directions from local governments, and signals from others in trouble. This specific model also charges from a hand crank and the sun, so you won’t run out of power for a long time.

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Satellite communications

There are many reasons why cellular coverage might not be great, so it’s a good idea to have satellite backup. It’s not perfect, but it’s a decent way to send little chunks of data to a friend elsewhere to let them know you’re okay.

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walkie-talkies

It’s important to stay in communication even when you can’t easily use your phone. Everyone in your party needs a walkie-talkie so they can call for help.

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Road Atlas

Need to take the double route and the cell coverage is bad? Having physical maps handy will keep you in the right direction.

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Compass

The moss is growing on the side of something from the tree, isn’t it? Let go of ambiguous folk knowledge and let a true compass orient you in the world.

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Food and water

Water bottle filter

LifeStraw Water Bottle

The vast majority of people live near water – it’s somehow ingrained in all major human societies. This water bottle has a built-in filter, so you can turn any natural water source into safe drinking water. Easy peasy – stay hydrated out there, folks.

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Rations

Having a few days of rations on hand will keep you fed and energized in most of the emergencies we expect. If you just need the juice to avoid a hurricane or a fire, you can easily carry that number of calories in your bag.

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Foraging Guide

If you need a long-term food supply, things are more complicated. Do you know what is or isn’t safe to eat in nature? Probably not! We get our food from the grocery store, so we don’t have a ton of foraging experience. Fortunately, many regional guides exist to help you find foods that won’t make you vomit.

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Cleaning

Manual washing machine

Emergency wipes

Without access to a shower for days, especially if you spend time outdoors, you’re going to get upset. With just a little water, these wipes can get you clean quickly.

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compact toilet paper

It’s extremely easy to forget about TP in an emergency, but you’ll definitely need it. It’s a nice and compact way to take it wherever you end up going.

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Manual washing machine

If you go days or weeks without electricity, your clothes will start to stink. Fortunately, you can scrub them with this simple manual washing machine and let them air dry.

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Tools

Multi-function tool

Multi-function tool

This is not your normal pocket knife. Sure, he has blades, but he’s also a hammer and an axe. Absolutely worth every ounce it adds to your bag.

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Fire starter

Being able to start a fire on demand is extremely convenient when you don’t have your usual conveniences. In addition, this tool is unlikely to start a fire by accident or be damaged by nature.

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utility spoon

You are not strictly need utensils, but they are nice to have on hand. They don’t take up much space and provide a bit of normalcy during a stressful situation.

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