Bug Out Bag
Bug Out Bag
Bug Out Bag
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.
For those of you how are starting to build up your bug out bag it can seem like a daunting task. What to have? What’s overkill? What’s Absolutely essential?
Well I have compiled a list of the top 7 things that are bug out bag essentials. This is not a complete checklist like have here, but rather a list of what you MUST have in your bag in my opinion for your best chances at survival.
While building your emergency preparedness evac bag don’t get discouraged, many people have spent years perfecting their Bug out bags.
Remember that the fact that you are even reading up on this means you are more prepared than 90% of people out there for survival.
There are many names for a bug out bag such as BOB, 72 hour bag, 3 day bag, Get Out of Dodge Bag and many more!
Although there is much controversy over what to keep In your Bug Out Bag here is a simple list for the basics that you will want. Everyone in your family should have their own Bug Out Bag (BOB) including small children.
Keep in mind that everyone’s situation is different and you will want to add things or take away things.
For example if you live in a cold winter area you will need additional supplies for Winter Preparedness.
I am only listing what I have collected for my bug out bag and what I think should be in everyone’s bug out bag. Also keep in mind I live in the lower 48’s and do not have to worry about snow or anything close to that.
This is just my take on what you should definitely have in your bug out bag. Of course there are more things that would be nice to have in my bug out bag these survival things are what I’m going to start with then add on to it slowly.
Having a survival or emergency bug out bag is very important and should not be rushed , you should also not plan out your emergency bug out bag for to long as well. If you are looking for an Urban Bug Out Bag list CLICK HERE.
There is a fine line you have to balance between when preparing for emergencies ad survival. You don’t want to rush out and get all of the survival gear you can and possibly get stuff that you will never use but you don’t want to get analysis paralysis either.
The best bet is to carefully plan out your bug out bag with the absolute essential survival gear and then go from there on the luxury survival items. Here is my simple bug out bag checklist.
Clothing for your Bug Out Bag
[ ] Two complete changes of clothing (four for small children and toddlers)
[ ] Long sleeve base layer shirt (I recommend Merino wool)
[ ] Short sleeve base layer shirt
[ ] Change of underwear
[ ] Hat or Watch cap
[ ] Gloves
[ ] Buff, Scarf or Shemag
[ ] Shell jacket (Waterproof and wind proof)
[ ] Warm long sleeve shirt
[ ] Heavy duty pants
[ ] Poncho, Rain Clothing, Bivanorak or Fjellduk
[ ] Hiking boots
[ ] 2 pair of Extra socks
[ ] Watch with a button compass on the wrist band
[ ] Sleeping bag, Sleeping bag liners helps to extend the lifetime of your sleeping bag
[ ] Sleeping mattress, Hammock or Hennessy Hammock
[ ] Tarp, Tent, Bivanorak, Fjellduk or Bivi-bag
Light for your Bug Out Bag
[ ] Flashlight or/and Headlamp (LED)
[ ] Extra batteries (Lithium)
Fire for your Bug Out Bag
[ ] Matches in waterproof container
[ ] Lighter
[ ] Fire steel
[ ] Tinder
Survival Knives for your Bug Out Bag
[ ] Fixed blade knife
[ ] Back up knife: examples could be a Folding knife, Compact fixed blade knife, Multi Tool or Swiss Army Knife
[ ] Blade Sharpener
Pocket Survival Kit (Mini)
[ ] Matches
[ ] Fire steel
[ ] Snare wire
[ ] Wire saw
[ ] Sewing kit
[ ] Button compass
[ ] Safety pins
[ ] Whistle
[ ] Candle
[ ] Compact LED lamp
[ ] Compact knife or razor blade
[ ] Fishing kit
[ ] Pencil
[ ] Water purification tablets
[ ] Painkillers
[ ] Anti diarrhea tablets
[ ] Antihistamines
[ ] Antibiotics
[ ] Condom or Alok Sak
Water for your Bug Out Bag
[ ] One or Two Water bottles (Nalgene or SIGG)
[ ] Water bladder for your backpack; Camelback, Nalgene or similar system.
[ ] Water purification tablets
[ ] Water purification filter
Food for your Bug Out Bag
[ ] Freeze dried food or Meals Ready to Eat (MRE:s) minimum 6 meals for 72 hours
[ ] Powerbars, Flapjack, beef jerky, trail mix or other snacks
[ ] Tea, coffee, sugar and powdered milk
[ ] Salt and Pepper
[ ] Peanut butter
[ ] Instant oatmeal, tea, coffee, soup
[ ] Drink Powders: especially those that contain electrolytes or added vitamins
[ ] Infant formula, dried or canned milk for infants and small children
[ ] Stove: Multi Fuel Stove, Kelly Kettle, Trangia, Ebsit or Jetboil
[ ] Fuel for your stove
[ ] Cooking vessels
[ ] Spork (Or Knife, Fork and Spoon)
[ ] Cup
[ ] P-38 can opener
[ ] Map
[ ] Waterproof container for map
[ ] Compass
[ ] Cash or Gold/Silver for Barter and Trade
[ ] Notebook
[ ] Pen
Hygiene for your Bug Out Bag
[ ] Roll of toilet paper (in waterproof bag)
[ ] Soap
[ ] Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Dental Floss
[ ] Razor
[ ] Hand disinfection
[ ] Insect repellant
[ ] Sun block or Skin care lotion
[ ] 550 Paracord
[ ] First aid kit
[ ] Supplies for wounds: Band-Aids, gauze, tape, antiseptic, anti-bacterial cream
[ ] Over the Counter Medications: pain and fever relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrhea, anti-vomiting medication, vitamins, anti-itch cream, allergy medication, gas relievers, constipation medication, sunscreen, insect repellant
[ ] A months’ worth of any prescription medications plus a copy of the original prescription
[ ] Rubbing alcohol
[ ] Hydrogen peroxide
[ ] Betadine
[ ] Small pair of tweezers, scissors, magnifying glass
[ ] Triangular bandage
[ ] Ace bandage
[ ] Blister kit
[ ] Sunglasses
Of course if your situation changes your bug out bag will need to as well.
Also if you are going to be caring for any small children or elderly people take into account their special needs.
I have personally gotten bracelets for my children to wear that has their food allergies and any special needs they have engraved on them and put them in my bug out bag.
Getting separated from your child or loved one isn’t something you want to think about…
…but if it does happen you want them to be as prepared and well taken care of as much as possible.
With all of these items in your bug out bag your survival and emergency preparedness will be much easier!