What’s Inside the Best Bug out Bag?
Life can throw a lot of different situations at you in a hurry, situations you might never see coming. With the world in the state it’s in, it can be easy to get scared and start feeling like you need to be prepared for “the worst.” The secret to having some peace of mind is being prepared ahead of time for the unpredictable. Because the very worst that can happen is a disaster in which you are unable to care for yourself or the ones you love. That’s where knowing what to have in a bug out bag comes in handy.
A great way to start is to purchase a small and functional already made kit and test out all items and tools in your environment and build from there.
If this suits you, this awesome Personal Emergency Survivial Kit is great to have available in your car and still contains the bare essentials of a bug out bag.
A bug out bag is ready when you need it, contains everything required for living away from civilization for at least 7-days and assumes that there may come a time when, for whatever reason, you have to leave your home and not return for at least a few days. It also assumes that, should things be so bad that you have to leave your home, you won’t be able to drive down to the local Wal-Mart and stock up on everything you’ll be needing. So it’s important to spend some time ahead of the disaster, assessing your current situation and needs, as well as anticipating your needs down the road.
The items that you choose to as part of your bug out bag inventory may differ from one person to another when all things are considered. The only thing that makes someone who has spent years building a bug out bag similar to someone who just started a few days ago is the basic items they put into the bag.
Your bug out bag item list must be essential for survival. These items remain the same for everyone, and they are necessary if you find yourself in a pinch or an emergency situation. If you find yourself having to use your survival supply, it means you won’t be going home for a while, and you need to be prepared.
You should build your bag based on a minimum of a three-day worth of supply. As a first timer building a bug out bag, don’t let it intimidate you, as long as you have something to rely on when the time comes, you will be better off than most people.
The following is a guide that will help you compile your bug out bag essentials list.
Compared to your chances of survival without food, your chances of survival without water are very low. This makes water an essential item in the best bug out bag. To avoid getting dehydrated, you should ensure you pack enough water to last you for at least a week. This is because you may not be sure how long you will be gone.
While you may have water in your bug out bag, you will also need a means to purify your water while on the move. This gives you access to clean water, and the method of purification depends on what you think will be easier for you to handle.
Always consider the space in your bug out backpack when making your choices. You should build around these:
- A water filter or a purification tablet
- Using water bottles for storage (can be collapsible)
- Look for a suitable means to collect water like a backpacking bucket
When packing items into your backpack, food is essential. Don’t get carried away picking food items you like. Your selection must be from food items that will last a long time and also provide the energy you will need when on the move.
You can pack energy bars, nutrition bars, and Meal Ready-to-Eat (MREs) for your trip. Freeze-dried foods are also great. You should also consider foods rich in protein like nuts. Canned foods are heavy and require a lot of space. It is best to avoid adding them to your backpack.
Extra clothes are important since you don’t know how the weather will change. They are also useful if you find yourself coming out of a situation with tattered clothes. Below are some additional clothes you can pack into your backpack:
- A coat
- Pairs of socks
- A bandana
- A pair of pants
- A pair of boots (should be durable)
- Additional shirts
A coat can serve as your protection when you are under the rain or need to keep warm. Boots will get you through rough terrains if needed. A bandana is the most versatile piece of clothing to have. You can use it as a gun wipe, to mark a spot, a signal, a tourniquet, and much more.
If you need to get some rest, sleeping in the open won’t do you much good. It exposes you to weather elements, insects, and animals. Your shelter can be made up of any of the following:
- A tarp or a tent
- A tarp to lay on the ground or a sleeping pad
- A sleeping bag
To get the best night’s sleep, you will need better gear for shelter. Better gear means more space which you may not have. You should pack based on how much space your backpack can offer.
First Aid Kit
A first aid kit may be as important as food in some cases. A first aid kit will not take up too much space in your bag so always remember to pack one along. When packing a first aid kit, try to build yours from scratch. This allows you to choose items which you are sure will be useful.
You also get to learn how to use any item you add. Another good tip is to ensure you regularly check the items in your first aid kit to ensure they are not expired when you finally need to use them. Set regular dates when you will be ready to go through all the items in the kit.
Your situation may not be something as common as a natural disaster, and it may require you to ready yourself for the worst-case scenario. A weapon may be effective in defending yourself if the need arises, but it can also help if you need to get food to eat. Hunting an animal in the wild can provide food if you find yourself stranded. Most animals need to be skinned, and a survival knife can get you through such situation.
A knife can also be used in cutting wood, setting traps, and more. It can come in handy in a lot of situations. You should also consider a small firearm. This can be useful when hunting and also as a deterrent to attackers.
There are other items which you should consider packing when building what I consider to be the best tactical bug out bag. These are some essential items you won’t be able to do without but you may also quickly forget about them when packing. These include:
- Small pot to boil your water
- A means to start fire (lighter or match)
- Glow sticks
- Small stove
- A survival chainsaw
So make your Bug Out Bag your top priority today. Educate yourself and start building now by reading our recommended articles below, and as always, we are happy to receive comments from our audience.