What is a bug out bag
Bug out bag items range depending on personal needs, skill level, and environment. The bag is designed for one person specifically, the owner of the bag, but parents might include the necessities for their children as well. Generally, the more skilled a survivalist, the less gear needed. In fact, it is important to remember that bug out bag gear should be packed light: as a guideline, do not bring more than 20 percent of your body weight for easy travel. The best bug out bag backpack is useless if, in a survival situation, it is impossible to transport.
WHERE DO YOU STORE YOUR BUG OUT BAG?
WHY DO YOU NEED ONE?
The best bug out bag backpack could mean you are rescued rather than lost to the elements after, for example, a hurricane. It gives you everything you need to survive until help finds you. Bug out bag gear is almost as crucial as the insurance on your car. Except a car is replaceable, and you are not. Your bug out bag essentials should be chosen with care.
WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR BUG OUT BAG?
The bug out bag list I’ve compiled is below. Don’t take my word on anything; consider which items you need, and which are missing. This is not my bag, it’s yours.
Without further ado, here is my bug out bag checklist.
- A laminated map of your area
- Medical records
- Insurance information
- Pictures of family
- Disaster plan
- Birth certificate or passport
- List of important phone numbers and addresses
- Food and water bottle (water if you are in an environment with scare water supply – about 2L per day). Pack light with non-perishable and dehydrated foods. It might be a good idea to bring a spork to eat with.
- Individual First Aid Kit
- Hand sanitizer
- Tampons or menstrual cup
- Air filtration mask
- This will depend largely on your environment. Do not bring more than one change of clothes.
- A rain poncho is lightweight and essential. A waterproof jacket could be packed as well, but keep in mind that it is be heavier and more spacious.
- If you are in a colder environment, consider lightweight hiking pants, long underwear, synthetic sweater, a warm hat, and hiking socks. Pack synthetic or nylon over cotton because cotton retains water.
- Lighter or matches
- Swiss army knife
- Fishing tackle
- Flashlight and rechargeable batteries
- Space blanket
- Tarp for shelter
- Small waterproof notepad
- Cash and change
- Portable charger