The Bug Out Bag, commonly known amongst survivalists as the BOB, is going to be the first thing you grab when it’s finally time to take off. Whether it’s the zombie apocalypse, a natural disaster, or a hostile invasion, your very survival could depend on what you put inside that bag. So, what should you put in your bug out bag? Let’s take a look at how to make the perfect bug out bag that will work for you and your family.
What Kind of Bag Should I Use?
Your bug out bag should be in the form of a backpack, and definitely one that can carry at least 50 pounds. Hip support is extremely important, so look for one which has a hip strap. The better your hip support, the more your ability to carry a load longer increases. You’ll also want to purchase a rainproof shell to cover your bug out bag in case of bad storms.
What Should I Include in My Bug Out Bag?
The first thing you will need once you have left the warmth of safety of your own home is shelter! You can pack things such as tarps or plastic sheeting which can be used with rope to construct a makeshift shelter. Another important part of this shelter will be warmth, so be sure to pack all weather blankets and/or sleeping bags. You can usually find sleeping bags that come with compression sacks so they can be made smaller in size to easily store inside your bag. Bring a flashlight for some light at night.
Another important aspect of the BOB that you will also need is a full change of clothes. This is because if by chance the clothes you are in get soaked, it could be deadly to spend the night in them. Bring pants with lots of pockets, and preferably ones that can be converted into shorts. Don’t forget the extra shirt, socks and underwear! Gloves and a scarf could also come in handy, depending on the weather you are dealing with in your part of the world. Lastly, pack up a pair of slip on shoes in case your main pair gets wet.
Something else crucial to the bug out bag will be your tools! The tools I’m talking about here would be things like a compass, hand crank radio, headlamp, cord or rope, duct tape, fire starter and waterproof matches. One extremely important tool you can’t forget here is the first aid kit. That will contain tons of vital medical equipment you will need in case of injury. If your first aid kit doesn’t contain pain relievers already, you may want to add a small travel sized bottle of your preferred type just in case. Of course, if you take medication, pack an extra bottle of them as well.
Also of great priority will of course be food and water! Pack bottles of water as well as a small canteen of water. Bring water purification tablets with you, preferably a 24 pack, just to be safe. Bring food that will sustain you, such as protein bars, trail mixes, small jar of peanut butter, granola bars, and other non perishables that have a high calorie count.
Here is a quick list of some other things you might want to consider packing in your bug out bag if you still have room:
– Hand Sanitizer
– Toilet Paper
– Bug Spray
– Pet Care Items
– Cell phone and charger