Your bug out bag (aka a Go-Bag or BOB) should be the first thing you grab to take with you when it’s time to get out of dodge. No matter where you’re heading – the desert, the wilderness, or an existing bug out shelter – this bag will be imperative to your success.Granted, you may want to have various bug out bags for specific events, such as a natural disaster, an EMP, or a government takeover. However, the fact is there are certain tools that can work well (and work for you) in nearly every kind of emergency. And these are the ones to stock in any go-bag you end up taking with you.So what are the non-negotiables that need to go in that bag of yours? Well, to know that, you’ll need to know…
How To Stock Your Bug Out Bag For Success
The Right Kind Of Bag
Normally, a go-bag will come in the form of a backpack. And it should be able to carry at least 50 pounds without breaking a sweat.
Look for backpacks with hip strap, as this will help even the weight throughout your entire body and make it easier to carry.
Also, make sure to purchase a rainproof shell for your bag. This will help protect it (and the bag’s contents) if a rainstorm comes around.
What To Bring
Although there are many things you can bring that are situation-specific, most of your bug out bag should be items that you can use for almost any emergency situation.
Here are a few of the basics that will generally work no matter what is happening in the world:
Tarps or Plastic Sheeting
Rope or Paracord
Sleeping Bags ** Look for ones with compression sacks. These make your sleeping bag compact and easy to store**
Lamp or Lantern
Pants with Lots of Pockets **extra points if they can be converted into shorts**
Pairs Of Long Socks and Underwear (lots of these!)
Baseball Cap (for cool weather, and keeping ticks off)
Another Pair of Sturdy, Slip-On Shoes (this is your backup pair)
Rope or Paracord
First-Aid Kit **Add pain relievers if yours doesn’t come with them!**
Food and Water
Non-Perishables, Canned Foods, and Freeze-Dried Options **Don’t forget fruits, veggies and protein for nutrition!**
Portable Water Filters and Water Purification Tablets are typically best **Pouches of water work too, but aren’t nearly as long-lasting**
Peanut Butter, Nuts, Granola Bars, Honey, and Other Long-Lasting, High-Calorie Foods
Medication You Already Take
Cell Phone & Charger (for both outlet and car)
Maps of the Area
Keep in mind these are NOT the only tools you need to bring. However, it’s a good starting place.