Most preppers know the basics about what to keep in their bug out bag. After all, things like food, water, shelter, and self-defense tools are fairly self-explanatory.
However, there’s items outside of these categories that are crucial to your survival. And the sad truth is that most preppers forget these at home (or don’t even think to pack them). And they don’t even realize it until SHTF.
In order to prepare for disaster, we need to think outside of the box of food, water, shelter, and defense. We need to look more closely at the day-to-day essentials that we’ll need for the grind ahead. And, to be truly ready for that, we’ll need to remember to pack this list of…
Chances Are You Forgot To Pack These Bug-Out Items
Here’s something that may be uncomfortable to talk about, but is worth every penny you spend on it. The fact is, your diet is going to drastically change once SHTF. You likely won’t be getting the amount of fluids your body has now (or you’ll have different fluids than before). You’ll also be eating different foods, and your immune system is likely to take a hit. All of these factors can contribute to a bout of diarrhea.
That’s why anti-diarrhea meds are such a godsend. They’ll help your body retain the fluids and nutrients your body needs to function, and will help prevent dehydration. They’ll also help you feeling much better, faster.
Maps Of The Area
It’s shocking how many preppers choose a bug out spot (or camping spot) and don’t bring along maps of the area. In the event of an EMP (or lack of cell service) you can’t use GPS to help you get directions. As such, local maps can be a huge asset in helping you find your way, or locate certain landmarks, buildings, etc. around you.
Maps are also incredibly lightweight and tend to fold easily, making them the perfect addition to your bug out bag.
A bandana is one of the most compact and versatile survival tools on the planet. For instance, you can use it as a tourniquet, or to cover your face from dust and debris in the air. You can use it to collect drew from the grass, or soak it in water to keep your head/face cool in the heat. You can use it as tinder for a fire, or use it to tell you which way the wind is traveling.
There’s about a million other uses for this handy device. But, needless to say, you’re much more likely to need it in an SHTF situation than not. Plus, it’s incredibly lightweight, compact, foldable, and easy to carry. So there’s really no excuse not to bring it.
When it comes down to it, there’s a lot more survival items that people desperately need and don’t remember to carry. But, by learning from their mistakes, you can ensure your and your family’s preparedness in an upcoming emergency.
Here’s a video with even more bug out bag items that are commonly forgotten. Make sure to pack these in your bag now so you’re ready when SHTF!