Bug Out Bag
Bug Out Bag
Bug Out Bag
Well there really is no answer to that. A bug out bag is a very personal piece of gear. When you start to plan out your BOB you will see that you will have many different needs and wants than others.
While you may value a storm lighter others might say that matches are the way to go. You may consider soap a necessity while others can go without it. When it comes down to building the ultimate bug out bag you really need to sit down a plan it out.
This type of bag is not something you sit down and bang out in a day or two. Many people consider their BOB a work in progress. You will constantly be adding and subtracting items from your BOB. This is especially true it you live in an area that has extreme seasons. What you may deem essential during winter may not be a key component in summer or spring.
Here is my top pick for a all ready made bug out bag to start out with:
Of course there are some fundamentals that you will need to have no matter what. These core items are what will make building your bug out bag not only much easier but will give you a complete bag. If you are looking for a easier start you can always but a pre-made bug out bag ro 72-hour kit.
These pre-built bags are great for starting out. Keep in mind though even these bags will need to be modified to your specific needs and wants. You can get a head start with the survival bag kits or you can start from scratch and build a completely customized ultimate survival pack.
I am going to list a few of the things that I consider a must have for a survival bag. These are all items that I currently have in each of my bug out bags. This bu out bag packing list is a great way to keep track of where you are with your BOB.
Must Have Survival Gear:
1. AA and AAA Solar Battery Charger
2. Recharge Batteries
3. 24-Inch Survival Pocket Chain Saw
4. Vaughan 15-Inch Long SuperBar
6. Folding Shovel
7. Aquamira Frontier Emergency Water Filter System
8. Telescoping fishing pole
9. Bungee cords
10. Rip Stop Poncho
11. 550 Cord
13. LED flashlight
14. Emergency 300 calorie bars
15. Military IFAK Individual First Aid Kit
16. Emergency Radio
While this is not a compete list of what you should carry with you in your bug out bag I consider these to be must haves. This is a god starting point to wrok up from. I carry these and more in my bag. I even carry more in my tactical vest which is a real bonus when carrying gear.
When you start to build your ultimate bug out bag you will need to also take not of any children you have as well as pets. These extras might require you to build several BOB’s. You want to make sure you pack extra medication if you have a condition. Also if you wear glasses or contacts make sure to pack an extra pair in your bag just in case.
Many people end up packing multiples of items just in case end up with extra people ie. relatives or such. Keep in mind that if you end up bugging out you don’t know when you will be able to return. With this in mind you will want to pack things that will help you survive away from home for a while. This means pack things that will help you catch food, grow food, give you shelter and water. These are all vital things to consider.
The new Osprey porter 46 is a carry on size backpack made my Osprey.
It is a full carry on size 22 x 14x 9. So it will fit in overhead bins and is allowed on almost all airlines as a carry on bag.
One of the really appealing things about this bag besides being carry on only it is 46 liters.
If you go out and get a normal backpacking backpack and you want it to be carry on usually your restricted to 30-40 liters because they are not designed with airline requirements in mind.
Another really nice feature of this backpack is that you will see it has these really stiff foam side walls.
This means that when you are packing your bag you don’t have to worry about it collapsing on you as your packing it or if you need to open your backpack and its not full it will stay open for you.
It has compression straps so that if you fill up your daypack and want to tighten things up and keep everything in place the straps will tighten. One of the coolest things about this bag is the suspension and strap system. If you look at the back of the bag you won’t see any straps.
You need to unzip the small pocket on the back of the backpack. You can then pull the shoulder straps out this the pocket and be ready to use them. The hip belt is also tucked into special pockets on the side.
Just like any serious backpacking backpack the osprey porter 46 has an actual suspension system. This isn’t going to be the most comfortable bag if you plan on doing a lot of trail walking or something along those lines.
This bag is really made for people who are traveling and want to go with carry-on only. The extent of use of this bag would be hopping on and off buses, get on airplanes, trains, taxis things like that. This is the perfect day pack.
This is the newest version of the osprey 46 liter duffel. This version has an upgraded shoulder harness that has a really nice adjustable sternum strap. This backpack is ideal for trips and vacations. You can go abroad for 10+ days with this small pack.
All you need to do is pack it using packing cubes and folding boards and you can fit just about everything you will need for a short trip. This bag is guaranteed to fit in any overhead compartment.
You can literally travel for hours at a time with this bag and because of the suspension system you will barely feel the weight. You will even have room for souvenirs if you want!
This is a great accessory to have regardless on where you plan on going. This reservoir is made by Osprey and will fit any Osprey backpack. This is a super easy water tank to fill.
They have made this out of special materials so that you don’t get any weird taste or smells from it.
The mouth of this water reservoir is big enough to fill very fast and you can even fit ice in it.I really like that there is a magnetic clasp that gives yo tho option of attaching the mouthpiece to your shoulder strap.
My favorite thing about this pack is the frame. Regardless of how much water you have in this reservoir it will hold it’s originally shape.
This pack is a bit smaller coming in at 34 liters but is great for smaller or shorter trips. This bag is great for day hikes or day trips.
I really love the built in rain-cover. I also really like that they have a special sleeve in the pack that is padded for a laptop. They also have a separate pocket for your keys and your cell on the shoulder strap itself.
This pack also has 2 compression straps on the side that helps you secure your pack.
The front panel also has a really great reflective print and a blinker light attachment. You can load up this pack with roughly 2 lbs 14oz of weight.
This pack is even smaller than the previous one coming in at 22 liters.
The is the perfect pack for any fast paced outdoor activities. This pack also has a suspension system that functions on airscape. The back panel is molded foam for added comfort and stability.
I really like the side pockets that are made our of this stretch mesh fabric.
There is also a really nicely located hydration pocket on the side that is super easy to grab while the pack is on.
I also really like that this model has a helmet holder that can double as a water bottle holder.
Urban Survival is much different than regular survival situations. Most people talk about BOB’s like they are going hunting out in the woods for days but what about us city dwellers?
Well An Urban Survival Bug Out Bag is actually quite different from a traditional bugout bag. We don’t need camoflage or tons of items from an army surplus store.
For us city folk the story is much different. We not only need gear for the urban situation but much more forethought on what we will need.
We are not trying to live off the land for days or fish for our food; we need more and less at the same time.
The goal for Urban Survival is survive and blend in. Blending in is the key to urban emergency preparedness. Check out my article on The 5 Levels of Personal Protection for great Urban techniques!
You will be surrounded by a mass of people who most likely will not be as prepared as you are so the more you can blend in a disguise your gear and supplies the better. The goal for us is a “low-key” bug out kit. Here is a few tips on how to prepare and be a prepper for your Urban Survival Bug Out Bag.