SHTF Prep Items
The Bugout Bag – The simple bug-out bag is such an essential group of items that gets overlooked all too often by preppers.
This bugout bag or BOB for short, can provide you and your family emergency essentials if you just plain need to ‘get out of dodge’.
If the situation arises, either a without rule of law (WROL), a natural disaster or emergency or civil unrest or even a full blown SHTF situation – being able to just grab a ready to go bag is crucial.
Although there is much controversy over what to keep in your Bug Out Bag (BOB), here’s a simple and comprehensive list for the basics that you will want and need.
Your personal options and needs will vary of course, and you should customize your bug-out bags to your situation.
As well, it would be a large benefit for everyone in your family to have their own Bug Out Bags including small children.
Keep in mind that everyone’s situation is different and you will want to add things or take away things depending on your personal choices. For example, if you live in a colder climate 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.
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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 too long as well. In addition, check out our Urban Bug Out Bag list which should vary somewhat.
There is a fine line you have to balance between when preparing for emergencies and 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… 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 as well as my product list for my items here…
Bug Out Bag Checklist (also check out my shopping list)
Clothing for your Bug Out Bag
- Two complete changes of clothing
- Long sleeve base layer shirt (I recommend a merino wool longsleeve or short sleeve)
- Warm undergarments, main and spare
- Baseball cap, beanie cap and or warm hat
- Gloves (can do two pair, one tactical gloves and the other for warmth)
- Buff, scarf or afghani shemag
- Shell jacket (waterproof and wind proof) or tactical jacket
- Warm long sleeve shirt
- Heavy duty pants or tactical pants
- Poncho, rain clothing, bivanorak or fjellduk
- Hiking boots or mil combat boots
- 2 pair of extra socks
- Watch with compass and altimeter (good choice here)
- Sleeping bag and sleeping bag liners (liners extend the lifetime of your sleeping bag)
- Sleeping mattress, hammock or hennessy hammock
- Tarp and tent
Light for your Bug Out Bag
Fire for your Bug Out Bag
- Fire starting Kit should have:
Survival Knives for your Bug Out Bag
- Fixed blade knife Survival
- Back up knife: Folding knife, compact fixed blade knife, multi tool or swiss army knife
- Blade Sharpener
Pocket Survival Kit (Mini)
- Matches (see fire kit)
- Fire steel (see fire kit)
- Snare wire
- Wire saw
- Sewing kit
- Button compass (get a package here)
- Safety pins
- Emergency Whistle (get several)
- Fishing kit and/or Automatic fishing reels
- Pencils and pens
- Water purification tablets
- Painkillers and anti-inflammation (several types)
- Anti diarrhea tablets
- Antibiotics (see our article on this)
- 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 filter (portable)
- Water filter (home use)
Food for your Bug Out Bag
- Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s) minimum 6 meals for 72 hours/person (I recommend by the case)
- Powerbars, beef jerky, trail mix & high energy snacks (Use Subscribe & Save to save 5%-15%)
- Bulk teas, 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
Bug Out Bag Checklist
- Stove: Multi Fuel Stove, Kelly Kettle, Trangia, Esbit or Jetboil great options
- Fuel for your stove
- Cooking vessels, pots and pans
- Spork (Or Knife, Fork and Spoon)
- Cups and drinking containers, camping
- P-38 can opener
- Map, topo and others
- Waterproof container for map
- Quality compass (in addition to portable button compasses)
- Cash or Gold/Silver for Barter and Trade
- Notebook and pen, pencils
Hygiene for your Bug Out Bag
- Roll of toilet paper (in waterproof bag)
- Toothbrush, Toothpaste and Dental Floss
- 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
- Small pair of tweezers, scissors, magnifying glass
- Triangular bandage
- Ace bandage
- Blister kit
- Sunglasses, polarized
Of course if your situation changes, your bug out bag will need to adapt to the situation as well.
Also, if you are going to be caring for any small children or elderly persons, take into account their special needs as these needs may vary greatly.
I have personally bought 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 and have that piece of mind of being prepared for the worst and expecting the best.
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