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Bugout bag

Page history last edited by Dave Raftery 10 years, 3 months ago

A bugout bag is a supply of items which are pre-packed in some type of container (usually a backpack) which you could grab and leave with in a BIG hurry if need be. It usually contains enough survival gear to last you 3-6 days or until you get to a safe place.


Contents(Please modify / add to list)


  • Backpack
  • food (MRE, Granola bars, energy bars, peanut butter)
  • water (16 oz bottles)
  • change of clothing
  • Roll of quarters
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medications
  • Toiletries
  • LED Flashlight
  • Pen and paper
  • Poncho
  • Leatherman multi-tool
  • knife
  • can opener
  • spoon
  • metal cup
  • Candle
  • matches
  • lighter
  • chemical lightstick
  • Moistened towelettes
  • toilet paper
  • compass
  • whistle
  • 550 lb nylon cord
  • duct tape
  • tin foil
  • survival / space blanket
  • spare keys



Bug-Out Tools: Here is a broad list of items every bug-out-bag should have, in no particular order...
Magnesium Striker
Waterproof Matches
Snare Wire
Fishing Kit
2 Compasses
Compact Binoculars
Topographical Map (know the terrain you are heading towards)
Camper Knife/Fork/Spoon Combo
Camp Knife (for work)
Combat Knife (for defense)
Leatherman Multi-tool
Wire Saw (get one with leather straps, not metal rings)
Folding Camper Saw (for bigger jobs)
550 Paracord
Plastic Zip Ties
Carabiners (numerous uses)
Small Sewing Kit (pack extra needles)
Snivel Kit (don't forget Quick-Clot and poison oak/ivy soap)
Folding Shovel
Small Knife Sharpening Stone
Compact Mess Kit (get steel for durability and stay away from aluminum)
TOILET PAPER!!! (get a thick roll, cut out the cardboard center, and smash it down)
2 Thick Emergency Thermal Blankets
Small Camp Stove (I recommend the Bushbuddy Stove)
Water Purification Tablets
Katadyn Water Filter
LED Flashlight (cover light with small piece of clear red plastic to reduce visibility)
Rechargeable Batteries
2 Pairs of Wool Socks (even if you bug-out in the Summer)
Solid Leather Boots (wear these, and make sure they're worn in before an event occurs)
Small Survival Guide (helps you to remember possible strategies)
Wild Edible Plant Guide
This seems like an incredible amount of items to carry around on your back, but all of it should fit quite easily into your BOB if you use the space wisely, and the weight should not be an issue. Pack contents will also vary depending on personal survival strategies, but most of these tools should be present in your bag regardless of conditions.


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