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It goes by many names and you can call it whatever you want. Whether it gets you home or gets you out of dodge you need a bag with all the things in it.
You know, THINGS! There are many things that go into one of these bags but it’s not the same for everyone.
You need to understand your skills and your challenges in order to build the right bag. What are you going to deal with when disaster strikes in your area. You know what should go in your bag better than any bugout bag checklist out there. Maybe you have a baby to deal with, well, that’s unique and needs to be prepared for.
That is not to say that these checklists arent great tools.
Let’s talk about some essentials that no bag should be without. These are game-changers that will help you in any situation.
Both bug repellent and sunscreen are vital and often forgotten about. These are bugout bag essentials that you should always have close by. The sun and bugs can make life miserable even if you are only in the woods or direct sun for a short time.
Maps of your area are crucial. No matter how well you know the area, maps might be essential. Your best routes home could be compromised in a disaster. It might even be in the way of getting out of town. That could be worse!
Of course, having some means to light an area is critical. Whether you decide to pack a simple headlamp or you get into top tier, high lumen flashlights, light is important. There is no need to be in the dark with all that is available and on the market these days.
These few essentials can change the game for you if you arent already carrying them.