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Bug Out Bags Basics

Posted by Joe Public on November 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM


Ok, lets get started on the basics of a Bug Out Bag.

       First of all, make sure that each person with you has their own bug out bag, that way everyone carries their own supplies. However, if small children are traveling with you, then we do suggest using a cart to put their bags into and push / pull it yourself, otherwise you will be making more stops to rest than you will at making progress to your destination.

Another quick suggestion is that you may want to invest in parts for building a large sized pedal car where 2 or more can pedal. This can save time on getting to your destination as well. Just be sure you add enough seats for the number of people traveling with you as well as a cart hitch to tow your supplies. More than 4 people? Then you may have to build a second pedal car or lengthen one car and add extra support so it can handle the weight.

Ok, back to the bag basics.

  1. Make sure your bag is light weight without anything in it and is a comfortable fit.
  2. Make sure you have a large poncho to put on that will cover both you and your bag in case you get caught out in the rain. The last thing you need is for your supplies to get wet in your bag! Keep your bag dry at all costs.
  3. Make a checklist for all of your items before you put them into your bag, that way you do not forget to put something in.

Now here is a basic list of what you can put into your bag :

  1. A small emergency kit (for cuts, headaches, colds, etc.).
  2. At least 2 homemade penny stoves (see our links page for a video on how to make a penny stove or check Youtube).
  3. 3 to 4 cans of food.
  4. 3 or 4 nutrition bars.
  5. small shovel (folding).
  6. flint and steel (for building a fire).
  7. cotton balls (for medical purposes and for helping to start your fire).
  8. petrolium jelly (adding some to a cotton ball will help it burn a little longer to help a fire get going).
  9. magnifying glass (use the sun to help start your fire).
  10. at least 1 extra set of clothing.
  11. a second back-up poncho.
  12. a small hatchet (for cutting wood for your fire and other uses like driving tent stakes into the ground).
  13. a head lamp (keeps your hands free in the dark and to see where your going).
  14. a pair of gloves (work gloves prefered)
  15. small flashlight (as a back-up).
  16. 2 to 3 bottles of water.
  17. 4 packs of freeze-dried food.
  18. a small pot (for cooking).
  19. water purification tablets.
  20. snake bite kit.
  21. 4 glow sticks.
  22. a knife (non-folding).
  23. basic steel, metal or silver knife, fork and spoon (for eating).
  24. extra batteries for your head lamp and flashlight.
  25. a compass.
  26. a map of your area or an atlas if traveling out of your area.
  27. a highlighter pen.
  28. a pen.
  29. a pencil.
  30. small note pad.
  31. small hand saw.
  32. fishing line (for various uses).
  33. paracord (your choice of 100 to 500 ft. depending on all of it's uses).
  34. matches (waterproof).
  35. lighter.
  36. 1 emergency blanket.
  37. 3 protein bars.
  38. 2 to 3 protein drinks.
  39. 2 or 3 five hour energy (drink only half for a quick boost of energy and alertness).
  40. a tin, metal or iron cup.

Ok, those are just basic items, but I can give a few more that you can decide to add or not.

  1. A tent.
  2. A sleeping bag.
  3. Beef Jerky.
  4. 5 or 6 packs of Hot Hands hand warming packets.
  5. extra pair of socks (keeping your feet dry is important if taking long hikes or traveling long distances).
  6. A 10 x 12 tarp.
  7. Thick sheet of plastic.
  8. Large trash bags.
  9. large zip-lock bags (various uses).
  10. Rope (at least 100 ft.).
  11. Sewing Kit (with various types of needles. Can also be used to sew up deep woulds with fishing line).
  12. Medical rubbing alcohol.
  13. Hydrogen peroxide
  14. Fingernail clippers.
  15. A file (for sharpening blades)
  16. A machete.
  17. Small gun.
  18. Ammo for your gun.
  19. An axe (you may need larger pieces of wood for your fire and an axe will work faster than a hatchet).
  20. Personal medications.
  21. Orajel (for toothaches)
  22. Sweet oil (for ear aches).
  23. Toilet paper (obvious reasons, but take out the cardboard roll and flatten the paper for easier carrying).
  24. Extra eye glasses (if needed).
  25. 1 Pair of sunglasses.
  26. Sissors.
  27. 2 Life Straws with RAD removal (see for supplies, link in one of the articles on our news page).
  28. 1 or 2 rags for cleaning both yourself and dishes.
  29. Down Clothing (super warm clothing, see article on our news page)
  30. Any survival manuels that may have some things you have not learned or practiced yet.
  31. Small photos of family and friends.
  32. Small important items that can not be replaced and mean a lot to you.
  33. Small toys or stuffed animals for those who have children.
  34. Small books or thin magazines for reading.
  35. A deck of playing cards.
  36. Travel games (for entertainment of all ages).

And most importantly.... anything that you may need that is not mentioned above.

Guys - Don't worry about your looks, so forget the razor and shaving cream, forget the deoderant, forget the soap, forget the shampoo, a comb is fine because its light weight and can fit into your back pocket. Washing off with water alone is still ok, just make sure its purified and free from radiation and other contaminants. Never use any deoderant while in the woods, it can attract bears and other animals.

Ladies - I know you may want to bring a lot of other things, but most of them will be useless, basicly its the same for you as it is the guys. Forget taking a razor, shaving cream, hair picks, soap, shampoo, deoderant, curling iron, hair dryer, tampons, etc. A brush or comb is fine, an extra rag in place of a tampon works just as well and can be rewashed. Cleaning with water alone is fine too. Never use deoderants or perfumes while out in the wild as they can attract bears and other woodland creatures. Keep yourself clean during "That Time Of The Month", some animals are attracted to the smell of blood and the last thing you want is to become dinner for an animal of some sort!

Extra note : Remember to bury your trash and human waste deeply and away from your campsite.

Extra Note 2 : Anyone who may be interested in joining me and my family when the SHTF occurs needs to let me know as soon as possible and we can set up a way and date to meet to discuss our plans.

Extra Note 3 : Anyone who may be interested in helping us obtain the land and supplies to build a shelter may contact me via email at [email protected] or go to my profile and private message me there.

I hope this helps you to decide on what to put into your B.O.B. and if anyone else has any ideas, please feel free to add your own blog about your Bug Out Bag Basics. Thank you all and please keep your eyes and ears open and STAY SAFE!

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