How To Create Your Own Bug Out Bag

The purpose of this article is to teach you how to make a “Bug out bag”- a 3 day survival kit that you can rely on in emergencies. It should be equipped with all of the necessities to help get you through those critical first 72 hours after an emergency.

You’ll want a weather resistant backpack to put your stuff in, something easy to carry if you’re on the move. Let’s take a look at some of the possible items we should include:

Food and Water
At least 3L of water per person- to cover those important first three days.
3 days worth of non-perishable food for each person- You’ll want high-calorie, high-nutrient stuff here. Some ideas are peanut butter, crackers, beef jerky, raisins. Try and have at least some protein in there. If you want to go really hardcore, consider freeze dried food or MREs.
Mess kit- disposable cups, plates, knives, forks and spoons.
Water purification tablets- a good back up if your water supply runs out.
A few garbage bags- for garbage, but can also be used as ponchos to stay dry.
A few Ziploc bags- for leftovers, amongst other uses.

A bug out bag should be equipped with all of the necessities for emergency

3oz gel fuel- for cooking, if electricity or fire are not available to you.

First aid kit- an essential addition.
Battery powered radio- it might be your only source of information in a disaster.
LED flashlight- brighter and longer lasting than a regular flashlight. Go with white or yellow bulbs for maximum brightness.
Swiss army knife- various uses.
Lighter or matches- for starting fires, lighting candles.
Compass- for direction.
Mirror- can be used to inspect hard to see wounds, or for signaling.
Sewing kit- fixing tears in clothes, materials, and for stitching wounds.

Extra medication- should anyone in your family require medication, it’s good to have some extra on hand.
Extra pair of glasses/contacts- should anyone in your family need them.
Pencil and Notebook- for taking notes, writing addresses.
Personal Hygiene- soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, toilet paper, etc.
Candles- for light if the power goes out.
Whistle- for scaring off animals, or signaling.
Emergency cash- always good to have some extra on hand for food, gas, etc.
A map of the area- should you need to move.
Extra clothes- stay dry and warm!

Photocopies of Important Documents
Copies of important documents that may be needed to identify yourself, should you need to move.
Driver’s license
Contact phone numbers

These are larger, more expensive items that aren’t essential, but might be beneficial. It’s up to you to decide if the extra weight of carrying all this stuff would be worth it to you.

Compact camping stove- can make cooking and boiling water a lot easier if you have one.
Camping gear- can make your nights a lot more comfortable if you’re on the move for multiple days.
Gas mask- can come in handy in rare situations in urban environments.

It’s up to you to decide which items to include in your bug out bag, but always remember it’s better to be over prepared than under prepared.

Good luck and stay prepared!

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