Being ready for anything means being prepared to go at a moment’s notice, and the best way to do that is to have a Bug Out Bag. Designed to have everything you need in case you need to “bug out”, hence the name, your bug out bag should be stock full of the essentials to survive an emergency situation. But, what should you keep in your bug out bag?
Here are a few items that you should consider for your arsenal:
People can go without food for a while, but water is vital to survival. Always keep at least one gallon of water per person with your bug-out gear, which should last you up to four days. It might also be worth carrying a water purifier in case you’re unable to get to clean water for more than a few days.
Even though your body can go without food for several weeks, going without a day of food can lead to all sorts of unfortunate side effects such as headaches, fatigue, and memory loss. Keep a couple cans of food in your bag, MREs (meals-ready-to-eat) or small prepackaged foods. Wise Company carries a number of food packs that last long and are easily packable into a bag or backpack. Keeping your body energized and alert will help insure your survival.
A knife serves many purposes in a survival environment. It can be used to cut a seatbelt or rope if someone is snared, or as a weapon in case of self-defense, or even as mild entertainment with carving wood. There are a number of survival knives that might suit your purposes, but also consider carrying a multi-tool for the variety of added features.
Fire and Light
Not everyone has access to night vision goggles, so for most you’ll need some sort of light source when it gets dark. Even if you’re traveling in an area where you are familiar with the surroundings and know your way, a simple trip on a misplaced rock or branch can leave you with a sprained or broken ankle, as well as a whole new set of problems. To prevent a tragedy like this, remember to carry a compact flashlight. You don’t need anything huge, just something good enough to light your way in front of you. Additionally, carry batteries in case your light goes out. It’s also a good idea to carry a box of matches or another fire starter, in case you end up needing to build a fire. While you should keep something that doesn’t run off of batteries or fluids for this, it’s also not a bad idea to carry a lighter or two as well.
In most cases, a cut or scrape doesn’t cause much concern. Just put a bandage on it and call it a day. However, if you’re surrounded by dirt there’s a much higher chance of infection, which can lead to some major problems down the road. Therefore you should carry a first-aid kit with you, including some emergency bandages.
While these are only a few suggestions on what to carry in your bug out bag, these are some of the most important items that you should carry. Consider these as well as other items you consider important, should you need them.