What is a Bug Out Bag?

What is a Bug Out Bag?

Survivalist mindset, if this seems new then “bug out bag” will sound strange to you. Bug out is used to survive for 72-hours. It is useful in the event of natural disasters, or any situation where you need to suddenly evacuate your home. Many of the contents of the bag will depend on your specific circumstances if you’re prepping for a natural disaster or other situation. Some contents, however, are universal. Read on for a few recommendations on must-have items for any bug out bag.

1. Water

The amount of water recommended by the US government is one gallon per person per day. Bug out bag lasts 72 hours so you should plan for three gallons of water per person. Keeping an extra gallon will not be a bad idea as this would be useful for cooking or cleaning.

2. Food

Dehydrated meals are easy to make and even easier to prepare. Food should be kept in airtight compartments and a freeze dryer is used to seal it. When the time comes to eat them, cut a slit across the top of the compartment, and add boiling water. Then stir it and wait for 10-15 minutes. 

These meals and canned goods are the preferred options as they take up very little space in the bug-out bag. Also, they can be prepared without oil or fat so can be stored for several months or longer.

3. First Aid Kit

A good first aid kit is an essential part of any bug-out bag. Your first aid kit should include band-aids, antiseptic ointment or gel, gauze and tape, and anything else you think you may need in the event of an emergency. Also, include any medications that are important for any party member of yours.

4. Water Filter

A water filter is very useful if the emergency lasted longer than 72 hours, it will provide access to clean water. Use a pump water filter to refill the gallon jug of water that you’re carrying with you.

5. Tarp

When you are in the woods, you can use the tarp to create shelter for yourself.  It is a versatile and lightweight alternative to a tent.

6. Knife

Any survivalist knows you always need a knife. A knife is useful for cutting rope, food preparation, splitting woods, and performing a number of other tasks. Bonus points if you have a sharpener.

7. Fire Starter

The fire starter is very helpful in igniting a fire easily if you’re stranded in woods or dry wood and kindling are there and you want some fire.

8. Compass

Compass is essential to understand the location. We many times take for granted the easy access we have to maps and GPS with our phones but in a real survival situation, GPS or phone might not work. A good compass (preferably with a detailed map of the area) will have you navigating with ease.

Wrap Up

Bug out bag is essential for everyone irrespective of the location or place. Disaster is inevitable and could strike at any time. Keeping a well-equipped bug out bag would be handy and a good idea.