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When preparing to survive a disaster, one of the first things you should do is build a bug out bag. If you have to evacuate your home, you’ll need at least three day’s worth of supplies–stuff that will keep you warm, healthy, nourished, hydrated, and safe until you reach your bug out location.
The biggest problem people have when building bug out bags is keeping them light. It’s recommended that you make your bag between 15 and 20 percent of your body weight. For most people, that’s somewhere around 30 pounds. That might not sound like much, but if you’re trekking through the woods for hours at a time, it will feel like a ton.
In order to keep your bug out bag as light as possible, you need to only pack what you absolutely need. One way to do this is by packing lots of multipurpose items. For example, a knife can be used to gut fish, split wood, open a can, dress small game, and more.
In this article, we’ll take a look at 27 multipurpose items you should consider adding to your bug out bag. By having a few really useful items such as these, you won’t need to pack near as many tools and supplies, making your bag several pounds lighter which will make a huge difference if you’re on your feet all day.