Bug Out Bag

Building a bug out bag doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, I believe it should be a fun and educational experience. After all, having a solid bug out plan, and knowing that you're planning well in advance should help put your mind at ease about 'SHTF' scenarios. Here's our guide to get you started. Start by putting together a bug out supply list. I suggest including the following at the bare minimum: Drinking water (2 liters minimum) Hard, Refillable Water bottle Personal Water Filter Protein / Energy Bars (6 bars) MRE's or Other Dehydrated Meals (6 meals) Knife, Fork, and Spoon Utility knife (swiss army, leatherman, etc) with Can and Bottle Opener Metal Cooking Pot Pot Scrubber Camp Stove w/ Extra Fuel First Aid Kit Warm and Cold Weather Clothing Extra Underwear Extra Socks Rain Jacket or Poncho Beanie Hat w/ Brim Bandana or Shemagh Leather Palmed Gloves Tarp Tent Sleeping Bag Lighter and Waterproof Matches Tinder (Dryer lint in an old prescription bottle works great.) Wet Wipes and Hand Sanitizer Toilet Paper Toothbrush and Toothpaste Deodorant Quick Drying Towel Camp Shovel Fixed Blade Knife or bayonet for rifle Flashlight or Headlamp with Extra Batteries Glow Sticks Candles Crank Power Charger or solar gear(for your phone and other devices) Emergency Radio Compass At Least $300 Cash, in Small Bills Notepad w/ Pen and Pencil Emergency Whistle Other items that you might include in your kit would be: Pepper Spray Handgun and Ammo (for Self-defense) Rifle and Ammo or Bow and Arrows (for Hunting) Local Area Map Sewing Kit Rope or Paracord Duct Tape 55 Gal Garbage Bags Painters Mask or Gas Mask Sunglasses Insect Repellent Sunscreen Fishing Kit Binoculars or Rifle Scope You can include anything else that strikes your fancy, just remember, you may to need cover long distances with your pack so be sure you can lift and carry it comfortably. The next step is selecting the right bag for you to put all this gear in. I suggest a Pack with removable sections to be flexable for different conditions. Another feature to look for is a bag that is set up for a water bladder and tube to be able to keep you hydrated on the move. Building Your Bug Out Bag - After you have everything for your kit, make a plan for packing it. Be sure to keep essentials like your water, first aid kit, and a light source somewhere easily accessible. Consider grouping related items together in quart or gallon sized plastic bags so that you don't have as many individual items to rummage through when looking for a specific item. For example, we'd probably put our lighter, matches, tinder, glow sticks, and candles in one bag. While putting our deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer in another. Lasty, be sure to store this bag somewhere easily accessible. Time can be limited in the event of an emergency such as fire or flooding. Also, make sure that everyone in your home knows that your emergency bag, and all of its contents, are for emergencies only. When an emergency is upon you you don't want to find out that your son has decided to ''borrow''the protein bars because he got hungry, or that your daughter used the batteries because her favorite toy needed replacements.

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