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A Bug Out Bag is usually designed to get you out of an emergency situation and allow you to survive self-contained for up to 72 hours (3 days). Use this bug out bag checklist to build yours today!
A lot of people plan their bug out bag to sustain them for much longer than that. However, there is always a limit to what you can carry on your back. A 3-day target is a good place to start.
The suggested contents of a bug out bag vary, but most of the following are usually included.
Bug Out Bag Checklist:
This is a simple checklist for your bag. This is not set in stone, everyone has different skills and this is just to give you an idea.
The following list is not in any particular order. Click the links to see each item on Amazon and, if you would like to, start your bug out bag today.
The Bug Out Bag:
Flashlight / Headlamp
- HyBeam Tactical Flashlight
- LED Headlamp 6000 Lumen Flashlight
- J5 Tactical V1-Pro Flashlight – Ultra Bright High Lumen Output LED Mini Tactical Flashlight
- Solar Air Lantern
A Good Survival Knife
- KA-BAR Fighting/Utility Serrated Edge Knife with Hard Sheath, Black
- Gerber 22-01400 LMF II Survival Knife
Water Filter / Purifier
- Berkey Sports Bottle
- LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
- Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets with PA Plus
- Rechargeable Tesla Lighter
- Everstryke Pro
- Optic Fire Starter
- Everstryke Match
- 550 Paracord Shoelace Fire Starters
- Proforce Survival Matches 25/Tube Bulk Pack Wind Waterproof
- Light My Fire Original Swedish FireSteel Army 12,000 Strike Fire Starter
- Survival Sleeping Bag
- Emergency Shelter Tent, Reflective Tube Tent, Cold Weather Emergency Shelter
- Emergency Thermal Blankets
- 6 Ft. X 8 Ft. Super Heavy Duty 8 Oz. Brown Tarp
- Strike Pen
- Rescue Card
- Knife Card
- Survival Grenade
- Firekable Paracord Bracelet
- Survival Business Card
- The EDT Mini Multi-Tool
- Evac 3
- Credit Card Knife
- The Paracord Survival Kit
- Anti-Theft RFID Blocker
- Pocket Stove
- First Aid Kit
- Paracord Survival Kit
- Sleeping Bag
- Tape (Duct Tape/Gorilla Tape)
- Multi-Tool (very good to have as they take up very little room)
- MRE’s or Freeze Dried Food
- Sewing Kit
- Radio (Hand Crank / Solar would be best, but battery-operated is fine)
- Rechargeable Batteries for your equipment that needs them
- Camp Stove (Try to find one that uses multiple fuels)
- Some form of getting your hands clean if needed (dish soap, bar soap, etc…..)
- A copy of emergency and important contacts (include addresses and phone numbers)
- Money (If you have to leave your city for a few days)
- Maybe an extra copy of your I.D.
- Map of the area
- Hygiene necessities (comb, toothbrush, small can of shaving cream, razor, toothpaste)
- Extra change of clothes (include socks and underwear) and a good pair of gloves
- Can opener (small one)
If you do not have time or you just can’t find the right equipment you can buy ready-made bags below:
Emergency Zone 2 Person Family Prep 72 Hour Survival Kit/Go-Bag | Perfect Way to Prepare Your Family | Be Ready for Disasters Like Hurricanes, Earthquake, Wildfire, Floods | Now Includes Bonus Item!Emergency Zone 4 Person Family Prep 72 Hour Survival Kit/Go-Bag | Perfect Way to Prepare Your Family | Be Ready for Disasters Like Hurricanes, Earthquake, Wildfire, Floods | Now Includes Bonus Item!
Obviously all of the above is optional and different people require different equipment, but if you stick roughly to this guide you will at least have the minimum to get out of Dodge!
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
If you can't afford the box culvert option you can look into is building a backyard root cellar that can be used as a bunker.
If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then check out Easy Cellar.
Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
- Cost-effective building methods
- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also show you how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.