Bug out bag contents checklist to survive

Bug out bag contents checklist to survive

Natural and man-made disasters can occur suddenly with absolutely no warning. People of all backgrounds have been caught off guard in the past and have been left in desperate situations, leaving those vulnerable, scared and sometimes all alone.

We only have to cast our minds back to the last decade and see the destruction and loss of life that has occurred on a huge scale. People have been displaced with no adequate food, water, first aid or shelter for days at a time. Unfortunately past disasters have taught us that law and order usually breaks down leaving innocent vulnerable people open to violence.

Cyclones, earthquakes, floods and wild fires continue to be a great threat in many parts of the world. Nuclear war, terrorism, economic uncertainty and cyberattacks are talked about on a daily basis within news reports and social media.

Corruption within governments leave us feeling very uncertain about the times we live in, and we don’t have to look too far to see things are almost boiling over with regard to religion and culture.

Do you agree there’s a lot of anxiety surrounding people’s view of the future? What do we do to overcome our justified fears and concerns? Do we just bury our heads in the sand and live in denial, or should we take measures to safeguard our selves, friends and family?

The following discusses some simple and basic steps we can take to safeguard ourselves and those we love in times of a disaster.

Before You Prepare

Before we can put any plan together and put together a bug out bag checklist, we first must think carefully and prepare our minds for the event of a disaster. We need to acknowledge that disasters do happen and that we could be affected at some stage.

We need to do some research on disasters that have occurred in our area in the past. For example, we may live in an area that has been affected by bush fires. By researching what happened, we get to see and form a picture in our mind of the disaster and how people were affected.

We can then think of what items would best suit us in a similar situation. This then gives us a massive advantage by putting a plan together on our bug out bag checklist.

Just a side point before we discuss our bug out bag check list contents.

When there’s a disaster whether natural or man-made, we would have to expect and prepare for the worst. All power, gas and health services could shut down. Water can become contaminated in a chemical disaster and access to fuel, food could stop all together. Public transport might come to a grinding halt as well.

A well executed escape plan is essential with a bug out location. If you plan to stay put, have well stocked supplies, but we will discuss this further.

Shelter and Clothing

Essentially what a bug out bag is designed for is to help you survive for a given amount of time. The contents of the bag is chosen for a specific emergency situation. Seventy two hours is what I base my bug out bag on, as most emergency organizations are there and assisting people by then.

Clothing and shelter you plan to use needs to reflect the surrounds and whether patterns you are custom to experience where you live. I go through the contents of my bug-out bag every six months and pack for either summer or winter. It’s no good having your bag packed for winter if a disaster happens in the middle of summer.

When choosing to clothe, I buy new. I don’t pack pre worn clothes as these are usually big and bulky to pack and take up too much room. New packaged clothing is folded nicely and smells great also, which would boost my spirits in a disaster situation

I give shelter to keep me dry top priority when I pack my bug-out bag. I usually pack a small waterproof tarp and a tent. Tents now are pretty small and compact, saving on weight and space.

Essential items are

  1. Ground mat or blow up mattress
  2. Water proof tarp or small compact tent
  3. Rain gear or full length poncho
  4. Sturdy walking shoes (Click here to see my review on the top 3 best hiking shoes 2018)
  5. Three pairs of socks, shirts, underwear
  6. Fleece jacket
  7. Hat and beanie
  8. Sturdy zip half /full length pants
  9. Jumper
  10. Silk scarf (Also to be used as a dust protector)

Food and Hydration

When choosing Food to take with me, I go for small, lightweight, high calorie, long shelf life products. There’s lots of yummy dehydrated meals you can purchase. By adding hot water you can have a hot dinner. You can buy these from most food outlets and they can store for years at a time.

My review of a high quality emergency food supply is found here click this link 

Emergency organizations suggest that each person carries 3 gallons (11 liters).

Essential items are

  1. Chocolate
  2. Mixed nuts
  3. Dried fruit
  4. Powdered potatoes
  5. 6 dehydrated meals
  6. Cliff bars
  7. 2 large bottles of water
  8. Camel pack carry water
  9. Life straw to filtrate dirty water (Best place to purchase Amazon)

First aid and miscellaneous Items

When it comes to first aid kits there are plenty on the market that are cheap and very effective. I researched a whole heap of first aid kits on line that were good and quite affordable. The St Johns first aid kit is what I use and they are great for any medical emergency.

I also suggest you complete an advanced certificate in first aid, so your educated in dealing with any given medical situation.

Miscellaneous items I have included within my bug out bag are

  1. Woolen blanket
  2. Head lamp, pencil torch and Mag light
  3. Crank radio/battery bank to charge iPhone etc.
  4. Batteries
  5. Whistle/mirror and colored reflector
  6. Large water tight container with lid
  7. Water proof matches, lighter, flint strike bar and kindling
  8. Scalpel and pocket knife
  9. Hunters knife and work gloves
  10. Face paint, sun block and sunglasses
  11. Para cord
  12. Tent pins and large screw driver (used as a lever)
  13. Hatchet
  14. Fold away saw
  15. Collapsible bottle
  16. Multi tool
  17. Dust mask and waterproof tape
  18. Toiletries with travel towel
  19. Wet ones
  20. Medication, stomach relief tablets and pain killers
  21. Vodka for sterilization (and drink)
  22. Important documents and photocopied prescriptions
  23. Cash, credit card and gold
  24. List of emergency contacts, local maps and meeting places
  25. Extra set of house and car keys
  26. Note pad and pen, games
  27. Purification tablets
  28. Heat beads and paper
  29. Spork and garbage bags
  30. Stainless cooking pot
  31. Candles
  32. Your choice of defending yourself and family

The Perfect Plan and Bug-Out Bag Contents Checklist

Even the most perfect bug-out bag will be of no use if you don’t regularly go through it and get familiar with its contents.

From time to time walk around with your bug-out bag on, going up and down stairs, over obstacles and walking on long distances. Try to run with your bag for 500 meters, how does it feel? You will get a good idea by doing this if your bag is too heavy or not sitting right on your back.

Pull apart and go through your bag in the dark or practice in a confined space. We never know where or what time of the day/night we may need to use the items.

Store your bag in a dry cool place within your home that you can grab quickly and easil.

Have self defensive items on the outside of your bag, just in case you need to defend yourself quickly. I carry a sturdy metal torch when I’am walking and I have a knife on a clip on the side of my bag that’s easy accessible. I also keep myself fit and know a few quick and easy defensive moves that can get me out of trouble if need be.

Regularly check used by dates on foods, replacing water every six months. Check the life of your battery run items.

Choose a back pack that you are comfortable with. Not too big but big enough to carry all your contents. The zips should close up easily with no sharp objects bulging out. Lots of bags now have good back supports and plenty of pockets and detachable sections. Pad lock your bag zips when not open and carry keys on you. I have a sewn hidden pocket in my hat or pants to put them.

Keep all your documentation in a waterproof container or a zip lock bag.

Put a plan together that you know well and go over it regularly. If you have children sit down with them and go over the items in their own go-bag and yours. Show and teach them how to open their food, how to light a fire, how to make a shelter and how to administer first aid etc. Our children could be separated from us so they need to be educated on this type of situation. They need to be familiar with the plan and meeting places you have designated.

Prepare and practice is the key

Remember! When in a disaster, you can be the master.

Thanks for reading and any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below



2 Replies to “Bug out bag contents checklist to survive”

  1. Oh yeah, this is a perfect article you have some deep insight on this topic I can tell. I’m a professional survivor outdoors if that’s a thing. I almost made it to the show.

    1. Hey there Frank
      Thanks for the encouraging comment on this article
      Sounds like you have some experience with this type of thing?
      All the best mate

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