Many of our rifle parts customers already know the importance of having a bug out bag. A bug out bag is a must-have item for anyone. This bag should have everything that you need to survive so you can simply grab-it-and-go in a crisis or emergency situation. We’ve put together a comprehensive checklist to help you pack your bug out bag along with some of our favorite tips to help make it even better.
What Goes in a Bug Out Bag?
- Water. This is the first thing you’ll need in order to make it through a survival situation. You can either keep water on hand for each person in your group or prepare for finding and purifying water along the way. Pack stainless steel water bottles and water purification tablets for sure.
- Food. Food can take up a lot of space if you aren’t careful. Think about packing food that’s both calorie dense and still stay good for a long time. There are a number of products on the market like nutrition bars that are perfect for this.
- First aid kit. It’s up to you how extensive your kit is, but make sure you have enough to cover basic first aid situation. You might want to also include medications like pain relievers, anti-inflammatories, and anti-diarrheal medicines.
- Shelter. Whether it’s a tarp or a 5-person tent, make sure you have some shelter to protect you from the elements.
- Clothing. Pack the bare minimum amount of clothing that you’d need in order to survive. Clothing is one of the bulkiest things you’ll have in your bug out bag and can take up a ton of room and add a lot of weight.
- Personal hygiene items. Travel sizes are best here. Pick up travel toothbrushes and toothpaste for sure along with a multi-purpose soap (some people prefer the powdered kind). Women will also want to pack supply for menstruation.
- Tools. A good multi-purpose tool is a must. This is one area that you don’t want to skimp on and be disappointed with your choice of tools once you’ve bugged out.
- Heating. Small stoves are great for heating as well as cooking food in a survival situation. Body warmers are a great addition to your bag, too, and won’t take up much space.
- Personal protection. How much and what you pack is up to you. Pepper spray is a good choice, but a rifle can help you defend yourself and hunt for food out in the wilderness. We recommend packing some of our rifle parts, too, so you can make repairs when necessary and don’t have to be without the protection you need.
Extra Tips for Your Bug Out Bag
- Make sure you think about how many people you’ll have with you and pack accordingly. You’ll probably want to include all the members of your household. You can make one bug out bag for all of you, but most people find it more convenient to pack one bag for each person.
- Store your bag in a place that’s easy to get to. A garage is a good place since you’ll probably want to get to your vehicle (if you can). Under the bed can be ideal, too, and that makes it easy for each person to grab their bag when it’s needed. Make sure the bag is stored where it won’t get wet and where it stays cool.
- Make sure you consider the environment around you. If you live in the mountains, you might need better shelter and warmth options than someone who lives on the beach.
- Don’t use anything out of your bug out bag unless it’s an actual emergency. Don’t decide you want to snack on your food supplies or use your multi-purpose tool for a project in the garage. You’ll end up forgetting to replace those supplies and won’t have them when you really need them.
- Throwing a deck of cards into your bug out bag is always a good idea!
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