I’ve gathered my bug out bag list for you to check out. You never know when you’ll need the things in this bag. I use my bag more often than I ever thought. I thought this would strictly be used in a bug out situation, however, I find myself digging into it for other reasons. Like minor emergencies, or even everyday mishaps.
Hopefully, I’ll never have to fully use my bag and actually bug out, but you really just never know. Whether it’s the end of the world, or just a hurricane emergency. I want to be ready. We’ve had to evacuate before. I’ve always taken our bug out bags with us when we evacuate “just in case” we need them.
Between the threat of heavy traffic, and low gas supplies, you never know if you’ll get stuck someplace. You want to make sure you’re prepared for just about anything.
When you’re building a bug out bag, think about the basics. Water, food, and fire. Without these, life will be short lived. Among those three important topics we also need to remember hygiene, shelter, and clothing.
I’ve included a couple of options in each category. You have to weigh the options. Weight, quality, convenience, effectiveness, and bang for your buck. Speaking of money, if you are on a budget, you might want to hop on over and check out the frugal bug out bag. I compiled a list of cheap supplies you can throw in a bug out bag while sticking to a budget!
Aquatabs are effervescent tablets that kill micro-organisms in water to prevent Cholera, Typhoid, Dysentery, and other waterborne diseases. This 250 pack treats up to 500 quarts of water. This product is recommended for disinfecting raw or pre-treated water. The source of water to be treated may be collected rain, rivers, lakes, wells, cisterns, or similar sources.
Drinking Water Germicidal Tablets to make water bacteriologically suitable to drink, and PA Plus tablets to neutralize the after-taste and color in the water.
It only takes two germicidal water purification tablets and two PA plus tablets to disinfect one quart (one liter) of water. These portable water treatment tablets are effective against bacteria and Giardia lamblia.
Includes Flameless heaters and accessory packs in each meal.
12 different meals with an average of 1250 calories per meal.
Fire means food in your belly, warmth for your body, and a boost for morale during tough times. I like to have multiple means of fire-making. Flint and steel and a couple of lighters. They are both lightweight, and don't take up much room so why not?
I don't know how I feel about these. They have to be filled with lighter fluid or kerosene. First off, the force it takes to light a match might spill the flammable contents and simultaneously light on fire.
Secondly, if I have to carry around something with fuel, I might as well carry a Zippo lighter. Much better quality and can safely hold more fuel.
Alternatively, just carry a Bic lighter. It needs no accessories.
It just sounds like a disaster. I've included this on the list, just in case you are thinking of buying something like this.
I have a solo stove and I LOVE IT. I've used it after a hurricane. It works well. It's easy to grab some sticks, get a small fire going, and boil some water. And DANG, if it isn't nice to have a cup of joe during a disaster!
Multi-fuel: Can use twigs, leaves, pinecones, and wood as fuel. Eliminates the need to carry heavy, polluting, and expensive canister fuels.
If you want to skip hauling around the heavy stove parts, just pack a stainless steel cup. This cup can go right on the fire. It has handy foldable handles. It's one of the less expensive ways to boil water, and cook food.
Another important blade you might need is a can opener.
Made In the USA
Let There Be Light!
Solar power has come a long way. However, that technology hasn't been adapted to flashlights and other lighting gear very well. At least from my experience. I've tried a couple of solar power flashlights and they end up failing terribly.
It's been a few years since I've tried any new solar flashlight on the market. I've found a couple I believe are worth trying.
Another note, flashlights really aren't a necessity in a bug out bag. In my opinion, the only reason you might want to have them is when you are relieving yourself at night, or God forbid you have to travel at night.
Alternatively, If you're keeping a bug out bag in your vehicle, it's a good idea to always have a flashlight for vehicle emergencies.
I love this brand. We have several of the bigger flashlights. Those are a bit heavy. I really like this one, because it's pretty small but is very bright. The only downside is that you'll need electricity to recharge this bad boy.
Grab some travel lotion. Whatever kind you like. I like this stuff. I have sensitive skin so I have to use what my skin likes. My skin loves Gold Bond. The old recipe was better, but hey what can you do?!
This has way more than just first aid! It also has a flashlight, poncho, whistle, snares, carabiner, compass, paracord bracelet, pocket knife, fire starter, and a multi-tool. Not to mention it also comes with a molle pack!
275 Pcs First Aid Supplies
1x Metal Medical Scissors, 1x Plastic 10x Safety, 1x Blue Tourniquet, 70x Adhesive
This is a serious kit. I can't imagine someone bugging out with all of these supplies. However, depending on the quality of items, it's not a bad price for everything you get in this kit. It would be a great way to build a really great first aid kit, but maybe in a smaller bag...
Miscellaneous Bug Out Bag Gear
Whether it's duct tape, paracord, etc... Some of these survival supplies are a must in a bug out bag.
My suggestion is not to take an entire roll. It would be far too heavy. An easy way to make duct tape travel friendly is to grab an old store card or gift card and wrap the duct tape around it many times.
Sorry guys for the bit of pink, but this was the best set. Tweezerman is a great brand. I know because I used to be a pro.
Yep, that cats out of the bag. Okay, I used to do nails. It's out there, now stuff it!
Those nippers are my favorite for cutting away annoying cuticles. These are quality tools. However, if you need a cheaper set check out the Dollar Tree. They have a set that not too bad considering it's only a dollar.
This one has great reviews, however, in my research, these solar power banks have similar issues as the solar flashlights do. It seems that the awesome technology that we've adapted just hasn't been placed into these things.
I'd love to find one that actually will take a charge via the sun and actually charge a cell phone!
With that said, it's worth a try. Having a power bank would be amazing in a survival situation. You could charge flashlights, cell phones, and other necessities.
Chapstick is nice to have. I make my own so that's a link to the recipe. All you have to do is melt wax and oil to make it and put it in tubes. Seriously, easy stuff!
Bug Out Bag List
Backpack and waterproof cover
Water purification tablets, Life Straw, or other means of filtering water
Food – Rations, Mountain House Meals, Jerky, MREs
Stainless steel cup to boil water and cook food, or compact pan set, and/or solo stove
Blades/Sharps – pocket knife, can opener, machete, axe, saw, or other handy blades
Solar flashlight, penlight, etc…
Travel fishing kit and snare kits
Toothbrush & toothpaste paste, lotion, toilet paper
First Aid Kit
Miscellaneous supplies – Compass, Bible, playing cards, lightweight tarp or rainfly, duct tape, paracord, emergency blanket, signaling mirror, whistle, travel sewing and manicure kits, power bank, rubber bands, safety pins, carabiners, paper clip, homemade chap balm, garbage bags, plastic freezer bags (for foraging or other uses),
Some Other Recommendations…
I found some small sewing kits at the Dollar Tree and of course, they are only $1. Not the best quality, but if you’re 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.
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