Bug Out Bag Basics

Bug Out Bag Basics

What is a Bug Out Bag?

A bug-out bag (also known as the acronym B.O.B.) is a large backpack that’s designed to hold 72 hours of food and supplies for the person bugging-out with it. Typically they travel to a bug-out location, the 72-hour supply is designed to allow them enough time and supplies to survive the trip.

What Should be in My Bug Out Bag?

1) First Aid kit

  • Mini-alcohol bottle
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Band-aids
  • Bandages
  • Gauze Pads
  • Tourniquet
  • Mini Scissors
  • Box of Blades
  • Sling
  • Sunscreen
  • Burn gel
  • Antibiotics
  • Antibiotic Ointment
  • Surgical Kit
  • First Aid Instructions

2) Air Filter

  • Air-purifying Respirator (N95, etc.)
  • Military Grade Gas Masks (M40, etc.)

3) Shelter

  • Modular Tent
  • Camping Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Space blanket
  • Comforters

4) Hydration

  • Water Bottle
  • Liquid Flask
  • Canteen
  • Water Filtration Device

5) Fire Starters

  • Lighter
  • Matches
  • Strike-anywhere Matches
  • Candles
  • Lighter Fuel
  • Aluminum Foil

6) Light Source

  • Flashlight
  • Lighter
  • Matches
  • Candle
  • Camping Lanterns
  • Handheld Lamps

7) Navigational Tools

  • Map
  • GPS
  • Compass

Building a bug out bag is often considered to be one of the first steps in making a survival plan. Some will customize their kits by purchasing each item individually, but a much easier and more affordable alternative is to buy a pre-built kit that includes all of your essential survival items. 

Whichever option you choose to go with, it is always better to begin securing your survival items sooner than later.


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