What to Pack in Your Bug Out Bag

What to Pack in Your Bug Out Bag

While you are preparing yourself for any situation or emergency one of the essential things you should always have on hand is a bug out bag.  A bug out back is an emergency kit put together to help you if for any reason you need to evacuate during an emergency.  You should have enough supplies to survive for at least three days or longer.  Make no mistake this is something every survivalist should have on hand and update the contents regularly they could save your life.  Do you know what to pack in your bug out bag?

Here are the essentials:

  • Heavy duty backpack to carry everything
  • Sleeping bag
  • Plastic sheeting, tent or a tarp for shelter
  • First aid kit along with any prescription medicines for the entire family
  • Changes of clothes and make sure you include a rain coat or poncho
  • Feminine hygiene items and diapers if necessary along with baby wipes which are good for cleaning
  • Candles/Flashlight/Camping Lanterns
  • Batteries
  • Emergency Blankets
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Flares
  • Fresh water for 3 days, that is about 4 liters per person
  • Three days’ worth of food, use a mix of dried fruits, protein bars, canned goods and freeze dried meals
  • Can opener and utensils to eat with
  • Tools, including a knife, rope, axe, shovel and duct tape
  • Radio with back up batteries
  • Toiletries such as shampoo, soap, dish soap, hand sanitizer and toilet paper
  • Things to entertain yourself for example books, journal or a deck of cards
  • Enough cash to get through three days
  • Documents – keep on hand things like passports, birth certificates, insurance and any other legal documents.
  • Miscellaneous items for pets or children if needed, bottles, pacifiers, toys and pet leashes

Packing Your Bug Out Bag

This list may seem overwhelming and you have no idea how you’re going to make this all fit into one back pack.  Firstly you don’t have to add everything at once you can do it in stages until the bag has everything that you need.  Here are some tips on getting everything into your bag.

When you are packing the food portion of your bug out bag, create a meal plan first and regularly check the expiration dates and get rid of any food that is near or has passed the expiration dates.  Bear in mind that each member of your family will need their own bug out bag, this will make sure you have everything you need for an evacuation.  Put all of your bug out bags someplace safe and easily accessible so should the need ever arise you’re completely prepared.

How You Can Prepare Like a Survivalist

How You Can Prepare Like a Survivalist

After the last economic crisis back in 2008, rising inflation, potential changes to gun laws and the television show “Doomsday Preppers” there is a lot more people thinking about emergency preparedness.  People are stocking up on supplies and moving towards a prepper lifestyle.  Being a prepper is more than just storing guns, ammo and wearing camouflage clothing.  Prepping means being prepared for the worst case scenario and having what you need to survive.  Here’s how you can prepare like a survivalist.

What’s a Prepper?

When you mention the words ‘prepper’ or ‘survivalist’ it often conjures up images of the bearded man living in a log cabin storing up guns and ammunition.  When that stereotype is far from the case, in fact most preppers are concerned with safeguarding their families.  They are concerned with economic and social survival, making ends meet and ensuring their family has everything they need.  While most Americans have less than three days worth of food in their homes and little or no emergency supplies including a basic first aid kit.

Preppers are primarily concerned with having everything they need on hand during a natural disaster, power outages or other things like job loss or run away inflation.  This is not so different from our grandparents who lived through the depression; they had to learn to be prepared.  Having a few months of food stockpiled in the event of an emergency is no different than having enough money in the bank to survive a few months of unemployment.  Most preppers don’t consider themselves survivalists or the stereotypes attached to that word.

Survivalist or Prepper

While the terms are often used interchangeably but there are subtle differences.  Most survivalists are preparing themselves for an emergency, not just a weather event but the breakdown of society both at the local level and globally.  They often stockpile food, water, medical supplies and partake in self defense training.  They build shelters including underground shelters that will allow them to withstand any kind of catastrophic event.

Preppers do many of the same things which is what makes the differences a little blurry, the change is largely in the mindset.  Survivalists are getting prepared for the end of the world, whereas a prepper is preparing for an emergency.  You may not share the belief that the end of the world is nigh, but the truth is the American economy and political situation is more fragile every day.  Preparing yourself for any event is better than wishing you had done something before the fact.