Packing a B.O.B. can be tricky, but I have a little trick. This Amazon bug out bag list has items for men, women and child. Pick and choose what works best for you. This list is a beast, no lie. It is way too much for one bag and is not intended to all go into one bag. Some of these items are not necessities. Make a list with needs and some wants. Identify the needs. Prioritize the wants. If you have room you may add some of the wants, or you may choose to keep your pack as light as possible.
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First, we must talk about the bag. What kind of bag do you need? How many people are you packing for? We have a main bag, that is huge, and then everyone has a personal bag. Since dad will carry the main bag, his personal bag will not come with us. It will also depend on where we are because our personal bags stay in the car we drive, and the big bag is at home. This big bag means more fire power, more food, more first aid, cooking supplies. I am going to list several bags, some for the big bag, medium bags for adults and medium bags for kids.
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The Amazon bug out bag list
- The big bag – This is a great bag with lots of room. It is pretty comfortable to wear even loaded down.
- Medium adult bags – These are 3 day assault bags. The have straps to compress the load which is great for your back.
- Kids backpack – this one has a good price for the size, but it is not all the great for carrying long distance.
- Kids backpack #2 – Here is another option, more expensive and rated for 6 yrs and up. The quality is much better.
- Organizing cubes – These little cubes are great for a big bag. One thing about having a big bag is that you may have to pull out several things before you can reach anything at the bottom. Using these cubes will make it easier. If you put all clothes in one, and lets say first aid in another and you are in need of all first aid in a pinch. All you have to do is reach for the first aid bag. You will not have to move a whole bunch of folded clothes, and then fold them back when you put them back in.
- Backpack Rain Cover – These will come in handy, keeping your pack and all the contents dry.
- 550 Paracord
- Duct tape – Wrap some around an old gift card or other hard plastic card, to carry in your bag.
- Emergency survival fishing kit
- Fishing Hook
- Field compass
- Travel sewing kit
- Rubber bands – assorted sizes is best, and you will not need this many in one pack
- Safety pins – assorted sizes is best, and you will not need this many in one pack
- Paper clips – assorted sizes, and you will not need this many in one pack
- Pencil sharpener – many uses
- Knife sharpener
- Snare trap
- Super lightweight Trowel
- Hand-Crank Emergency Radio, Flashlight, Beacon, Cell Phone Charger
- Inflatable Solar Lantern
- 3600 calorie food bars – This is my favorite option. Affordable, somewhat…not too heavy, the amount of nutrition seems fair. Although, you will want some real food. Look for places to fish hunt and forage! Save your emergency food for when you have nothing else.
- Freeze dried food – Just to show an example of what else you could pack, but they are not cheap and in order to have enough in a bug out situation they would take up too much space. These would however be much tastier! Having one in your bag could raise morale possibly on a hard day.
- Survival tabs – I have never tried them, but the serving on this is 12, at 180 tabs in a bottle, meaning there are only about 15 servings. Plus, for being lightweight and 2 week+ supply, but the downside is that you are eating tabs. They could be a good back up plan if you do not find water to fish in, or an animal to hunt or plants and bugs to eat.
- 2 Person Mylar Sleeping Bag –
- Single Emergency sleeping bag –
- Compression sleeping bag – If you have room in your bag. It is cold weather hardy, it can compress down pretty small
- Kids sleeping bag – This one is rated OºF. One of the lowest rating you will see, especially on kid sleeping bags. Not sure why the selection is just not great. This sleeping bag however should do the job, but only if there is room in the bag and it does not make it too heavy!
- Sunflair Mini Solar Oven – Great size and it is lightweight! No smoke to deal with!
- Sunflair Bake ware – They actually make a collapsible steamer pot that is awesome! It is lightweight and great to cook with.
- Silicone Gloves – You will need these if you have the oven or something comparable
- Lifestraw Personal Water Filter – If you have not seen these, they are worth checking out. It is a great way to have safe drinking water and is very lightweight and portable.
- Collapsible Bowl
- Stainless steel bottle or canteen
- Collapsible Tea Kettle – Not totally necessary but it would help boil water, for eating and drinking purposes.
- Lightweight cooking pot – Handles fold down around the pan and totally out of the way. Not totally necessary if you are using the solar oven method or some other method.
- Credit Card Multi-tool
- Swiss Army Knife
- Kershaw Field Knife
- Kershaw Machete/Camp Knife – Comes with a sheath
- Wire Saw – thin and lightweight
- Bic lighters – The most simple way to make fire. Seriously the others ways may just leave you hungry if you do not know what you are doing.
- 5pcs Magnesium Fire Starters – If you have several bags to pack you might like this 5 piece set.
- Swede Magnesium Alloy Emergency Fire Starter Blocks (3 Pack) – These looks like great quality but I have not tried them. They have great reviews on Amazon. I imagine the first choice is okay but quality is important when it comes to making a fire from scratch!
- Tinder sticks with wax, made by Zippo
- 1 x 3 inch adhesive bandages – These are rated highly and stay on very well.
- 2 x 3 inch adhesive bandages
- Variety of adhesive bandages
- Antibiotic ointment – Or you could try to make your own antibiotic ointment
- Chewable aspirin
- Advil or other ibuprofen
- Tylenol – or other acetaminophen
- Blood stop
- Alcohol prep pads
- Elastic bandages – wrap up a sore or sprains ankle or wrist
- Medical Tape
- Small plastic resealable bags – many uses
- Travel Tissue – to use for toilet paper
- Waterproof playing cards – We need a little bit of fun and games
- Pocket sized Bible – In times of trouble, the word of God will give your strength and courage
- Tampons, without applicators. Women may need them. Or you can get a menstrual cup. Tampons have many uses, even men should have some of these just in case.
- Small pen and paper – it might be a good idea to have a pencil on hand too
- Carabiners – not for climbing. Great to use to hook gear onto your pants or pack
- Hair ties – as much as I would like to just use rubber bands for my hair. NO! I need good hair ties, so I don’t get a headache. Also, they could be useful in other ways.
- Travel size hair brush and mirror – definitely not a necessity but it may be beneficial in some situations
- Waterproof bag – You don’t want important supplies ruined by getting wet. Get a dry bag, and use the rain covers for you backpack for extra protection.
- Women’s waterproof pants
- Men’s waterproof pants
- Kids (boys and girls) waterproof pants
- Pack a shirt or two from home. If you live in a cold climate you may want to invest in some warm underclothes.
- Head and neck wrap
- Rain ponchos – I like this nice one, or you can get a cheap poncho. It is super important to stay dry. Quality will count here.
- Kid’s poncho
- These coats should be easily compressed. Try to roll them up, while pushing out any air contained in the insulation of the coats.
- Men’s coat
- Women’s coat
- Kid’s coat
- Wool socks – men and women
- Don’t forget to pack your underwear!
- Travel toothbrush
- Travel toothpaste – travel toothpaste with no fluoride
- Travel wash cloth – Not absolutely necessary
- Pocket body wash – If you feel you need it. Not absolutely necessary
- Dental Floss – not just for teeth, floss can have many uses
- Travel manicure set – Not absolutely necessary, but a small kit like this can have many uses
- Hand sanitizer
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This list is neverending. You must pick must haves. Pick a couple of 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.
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