I created the Amazon bug out bag list after I built my bags for my family mostly using Amazon. I didn’t begin by using Amazon items though. In the early years of my prepper journey I was on a budget. So, the first bags I put together were frugal bug out bags.
In this post I’m going to share some of my favorites items, and some that aren’t worth the money or the weight they would add to your bag.
Hopefully, that will save you some buckaroos.
Now let’s get to it…
The Amazon Bug Out Bag List
Backpacks – Amazon Bug Out Bag List
Choosing a bag is really important. It needs to be comfortable and capable of carrying all the supplies you choose. I’ll share with you some that I’ve tried, some that I love, and some that I did not like.
I have this exact bag. When I first started prepping this is the bag I choose. I thought me and my husband could take turns carrying this bag. It had a little bit of something in it for everyone. At that time we had small children also…However, this bag is giant! These bags are great for hiking. I don’t really suggest using these for bugging out. They can get pretty heavy when loaded down, and the weight will only slow you down and hurt your body. I suggest choosing a smaller but more capable bag.
Just to note, I read that the capacity for this bag is 55 L. Which sounds small comparingly to my favorite bags that seem much smaller, which are rated to carry 55-60L. I suppose this is tall and those are wide and maybe that’s the difference. I feel like I was able to add way more to this bag than the others but IDK.
Small Capacity Backpack
The next bag I bought was a bit on the smaller side. The purpose of these were to be bags to put in our vehicles and bags that our kids could carry too when they got a little bit bigger. I bought the cheapest bags I could find at that time, since, I was on a budget. I couldn’t find the exact product that I bought so I found one that looks similar to that bag. The bags I bought turned out to be not fit for adults to wear. They were so tiny, and even the chest clip wouldn’t clip over my tiny frame comfortably.
The bags I bought were made (very obviously) in China. They were cheap quality, everything about them was crappy. They were so uncomfortable and impossible to carry for an adult. Not to mention the “molle system” wasn’t great. It just wasn’t a durable system. It was all so cheaply made I wouldn’t put my faith in any of it…
I can’t say that the same about this particular brand, but it looked very much like this product below. The reviews have many adults saying they are fine for fit purposes however, you never know with reviews…
Our Choice – Best Overall Pack
This is the third bag I bought and I finally I found one that I love. The quality was amazing, it has pockets galore. It looks pretty bad too if you ask me. I really like the design of this bag. It comes with 3 detachable molle pockets including one I like to place all of my first aid in.
I’ve written a couple of cons below on this bag, but overall I love this bag.
Our Choice – Best Overall Pack
– 50-60L capacity
– Choose from a few different colors
– Molle System
– Quality Fabric
– Comes with 3 detachable molle pockets
– Hydration pack ready – It’s not included but it is set up for installation.
– Nowhere to store sleeping gear
– Waist harness/buckles super big
– Plastic buckles
– Single stitch
Cooking Gear – Amazon Bug Out Bag List
Large Mess Kit
When you bug out, it’s very important that you bring some type of stainless steel container to cook and boil water with. You don’t need a whole mess kit, but these are usually lightweight and they stack pretty small.
19 Piece Mess Kit
Canteen Mess Kit
Canteen Mess Kit
Small Solo Stove
Solo stoves can be quite expensive, however these small ones are fairly priced. I have this one actually. I’ve used it to make coffee after a hurricane knocked out the power and many, many trees. It worked well for the job.
Sleeping Gear – Amazon Bug Out Bag
Mummy Sleeping Bag
You don’t have to pack a sleeping bag. However, if you do I suggest packing a compression sleeping bag, so it doesn’t take up much room. They are usually lightweight too, big plus. If you are in a cold environment, I would make room for a sleeping bag, but for those of us in warmer climates it is really not necessary.
While there are mixed reviews about whether or not this bag is warm enough, you will find those mixed reviews on every single sleeping bag on the planet. Regardless the cold ratings are NOT for “keeping warm” but for keeping people alive. Meaning it will keep you alive at that temperature, not that you will be all warm, comfy, and cozy…
The downside is if you have large legs, you should probably not buy a mummy bag, since your legs may not fit into the smaller leg area.
Teton Mummy Sleeping Bag
XXL Compression Sleeping Bag
I wanted to include a good compression sleeping bag that isn’t a mummy sleeping bag for those who just don’t fit comfortably in the mummy shaped bags.
Or perhaps if you like having plenty of legroom, like me. I’m a side sleeper and need room to flail my legs about to be comfortable.
Teton Compression Sleeping Bag – Extra Large
Sleeping pads aren’t necessary that’s for sure. However, they do make it a little more comfortable to sleep on or close to the ground. These pads are self inflating. I like this one because it’s smooth. Some of them aren’t smooth which is uncomfortable to me.
Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
Tent/Shelter – Amazon Bug Out Bag
Sure we could build a shelter, but this offers the ability to create a shelter and take it down easily not leaving much trace of your existence in the woods. It would also help cut down on the amount of energy you use in building your shelter obviously. It will add a little weight, and use up valuable space in your pack. So choose wisely, whether or not to get a waterproof tarp…
I’m sharing this product as something not to waste your money on…I haven’t bought this product, however companies sell these products for over $20. It is made of mylar which is never strong or durable. Mylar is typically a one use product and you should just buy a cheap pack of 12 or so mylar blankets (for cheaper sometimes) because I imagine it’s basically the same thing, the only real difference is that they added some color to their product.
I’ve based my opinion on this product and products marketed like it on the reviews. There are some good reviews praising the product, but I can’t say they are truly believable…Especially when you look at the images of the poor reviews. It’s obvious that mylar is just mylar and there is nothing special about these products that you should spend $20 whole dollars on one emergency blanket when you could get 10 or more for the same or less money! Don’t fall for this scam.
Personal Pop-up Tent
This personal tent is not for warmth. It sports mesh side walls and coverings which will not help with the cold. However, it will help keep out the bugs. That’s a huge plus. Even though this is lightweight, I can’t actually see carrying it unless I were to bug out into the jungle or Australia perhaps…The video showing how to fold this thing back up, looks nearly impossible to do. You would definitely have to practice.
If you truly need protection against mosquitos, you could just buy some mosquito netting. It’s cheaper and mucher more lightweight typically.
Personal Pop-up Tent
That’s all I’m going to share tents wise. Most people bugging out are not going to have a tent. They can be heavy and call attention to a person. Overall, I don’t think it’s necessary to add this unnecessary weight to your pack. Instead learn some tips on building small shelters.
First Aid Supplies
Emergency Trauma Kit
I don’t have this kit personally, but it does have 5 whole stars. I think it’s worth a mention. Reviews say that there is some extra room in the pack to add some minor wound care which would be helpful. I’m thinking about buying this one myself. I would have to add some pain reliever, different sized bandages, antibiotic ointment, and some medical tape.
I would also suggest you have a much bigger trauma kit at your destination. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt to buy a practice suture kit just in case you need to make some sutures in the field. I have one, I think it’s great. You get to practice, and plus you can check out some youtube videos to help you practice.
Our Choice – Best First Aid Kit On Amazon
I’ve bought a few first aid kits. I’m raising three boys after all…Needless to say I’ve found a favorite. I love this one because of the organization. The labels really help when your in an emergency. It also helps to be familiar with your first aid kit so you know where things are. The multiple pockets and numerous supplies just make this first aid kit a winner overall.
First Aid Kit
Tools – Amazon Bug Out Bag List
Blades – This is a category where you really have to choose which tools are necessary. All of them would probably be useful however, there’s no way you could pack them all. So pick a couple favorites. You’ll definitely want a good pocket knife, something like a machete to cut down small trees for shelter.
Aquatabs are helpful when you need to keep a low profile. These can be used when it’s not possible to boil your water. Creating a fire could bring other people around and if you are trying to keep a low profile the smell or vision of fire might not help you do that.
Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
– No need to boil water
– Can filter up to 1,000 gallons
– Can be difficult to suck water through this according to some reviews. I’ve heard the Sawyer Mini is easier…
I bought a small hiking bag that I love and it was relatively cheap. It came with a hydration bladder. I love that the bladders let you carry a good amount of water in a container that help distribute the weight more appropriately than in a bottle or canteen. The straw is typically easy to suck water out of, and can easily be cleaned and dried once you’re done using it.
Overall, hydration bladders are perfect addition to the bug out bag and a great way to carry water whether hiking or bugging out.
- Flashlight – I have yet to find a solar flashlight that I’m impressed with. So I’m sticking to my battery powered lights. remember to pack a few extra batteries with you also, if that’s the route you go also. Or you can get a USB rechargeable light.
- Pen Light
- Collapsible Lanterns
- Emergency Radio – Solar power on these is also still sketchy. Not sure when they will catch the tech up on these…
- Emergency Candles
- Power Bank – These are portable power banks that you can use to charge your phone or other items with…
When it comes to packing clothes for bugging out, you really need to think about the climate you’ll be hiking in. Is it cold? Is it rainy? If you live in a hot climate you most likely won’t need cold weather clothes, especially during the summer months.
For rainy seasons, you may want to add a poncho. In the winter, you may want to add some warmer clothes. I’m going to list some suggestion below.
Clothes For Hot Weather Climates
- Convertible pants – Men, women, and kids. convertible means that they can easily turn into shorts.
Clothes For Cold Weather Climates
- Thermal underwear – shirt and pants
- Regular underwear
- Wool socks
- Puffy Jacket – Men, women, and kids. These puffy jackets can be compressed, so they take up less space.
Prioritizing Your Amazon Bug Out Bag List
This list is never-ending. Pick a couple of needs & wants. Come back to the list in a couple of days, and cross some items off the list by prioritizing.
It will help if you read articles about packing a bug out bag. A knife is probably the most essential tool aside from knowledge.
Yes, knowledge. If you cannot identify any edible plants or build a fire, skin an animal, etc…you may be in trouble.
Are You A Pro At Packing?
The last thing you need in an emergency is a pack that is too heavy for you. This article on pack weight is very interesting.
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