I have gathered my bug out bag list for you to check out. You never know when you will need the things in this bag. I use my bag more often than I ever thought. One night I went to dinner with my parents. We live in a hot climate but it was unexpectedly cold and windy.
My bag to the rescue
I went to my car and removed my down jacket from my B.O.B. and was warm the rest of the night! I do like using that down jacket because it is warm but it packs really small for a bigger jacket. I have small jacket on the list but if you can find one that can be squished like a down jacket and is really warm, I suggest you put it in your bag instead.
This was not a real emergency. Hopefully you never have to will face a true emergency. At the least this bag has come in handy, a very helpful tool that I keep in the trunk of the car. Also, being prepared may provide you with peace of mind in case something bad does happen.
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Vehicle Bug out Bag list – B.O.B.
- Pocket knife
- Food – protein bars, peanuts, sunflower seeds
- Metal water bottle
- Kershaw machete/camp knife.
- Emergency car kit – this one includes first aid and jumper cables and many more supplies.
- First aid – bandages, antibacterial ointment, alcohol prep pads, gauze, small sewing kit, hydrocortisone cream, pain/fever reducer. *See below for recommendation
- Solar powered flashlight
- Duct Tape – wrapped around an old store card or gift card works great!
- Paracord – I made paracord bracelets for all my bags and attached them to the handle on top of the bag.
- Homemade chap balm – Check out my recipe!
- Fish Hook/Fishing line or dental floss
- Dryer Lint – I put a zip-lock bag by the dryer
- Plastic Zip bags -to collect berries, water, etc…
- Travel tissue – To use for toilet paper
- Playing cards – Optional
- Clothes *see below
- Military Style Travel can opener – P-38 can opener & P-51 can opener
Some other recommendations…
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I recommend a solar flashlight. My husband got me one from the tool truck, but I found the same one on Amazon. Here is the Solar powered flashlight on Amazon. I love mine, it works very well.
Something else my husband got for me off the truck was this Kershaw machete/camp knife
I also found it on Amazon for you. I use this thing like crazy. I am a small girl and I will tell you this is sharp and ready to do whatever you throw it at! I love it!
I found some small sewing kits at the Dollar Tree and of course they are only $1. Not the best quality, but if you are like me, cheap is what I can afford, sometimes! Also, from the Dollar Tree I buy dental floss, hand-sani, antibacterial ointment, playing cards, travel bibles, bandages, gauze, & face masks. If you want you can see more on my Dollar Tree Bug Out Bag.
I feel like I am leaving some things out, but that is what I remember. My friends think I am crazy! If somebody gets hurt while we are camping, and I whip out my first aid kit from my bag and start treating. I come prepared. They do camping on a whim, I wish I could do things on the fly but I feel the need to be prepared, like an OCD itch!
I had even had brought stuff to make s’mores with. A must for being “prepared to camp.”
*Clothes- it does depend on what climate you are living in and plan to retreat to!
- Small Jacket – water resistant if possible/down jacket that is easily compressed
- Long sleeve shirt
- Socks – wool because they will wick the moisture away and you do not want you feet wet!
- Underwear – a couple pair
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Thanks for visiting! Is there anything I missed? The list could go on and on and never end! At some point you really have to limit yourself and teach yourself to use what you have on hand. Making a bag can be stressful, but make a list of all the things you think you may need in whatever emergency you are preparing for.
Then, you can sit down in a quiet place and think about what items you can eliminate by making something with the items you already have or with items that may be around you in the emergency. Also, after you make a list, prioritize this list, and try to knock a few off from the bottom if you still have too many. This is how I ultimately made my list. I hope it helps you make a top notch bag for yourself. Don’t forget to do lots of research! Think about health issues your family may have, and don’t forget about prepping for your pets!
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