When packing a bug out bag, it’s a very common problem to forget the ultimate purpose for packing this bag, as many people actually put more than what’s necessary. As you pack your own bug out bag, you might feel tempted to add in a lot of other things, for all types of possibilities that might occur and if you do that, you will definitely end up with a heavy 50lbs pack that you yourself will have to carry wherever you go.
It’s important that you shave out all unnecessary items and keep only the essentials that you need to survive for let’s say 72 hours. And yes, 72 hours is just an estimate. The actual survival time could be less or more depending on the situation.
Your bug out bag should be designed to have only enough stuff that allows you to survive on a fast journey from one point to another and to arrive safely at the destination as per your survival plan. One thing that you already know is the fact that you’ll be walking with your bug out bag on your back and the heavier it is, the slower it will make you.
So here’s a list of the contents you need to pack a complete bug out bag that’s also lightweight:
Consider things like where you’re going, your location, your skills, your health and the time of year to make sure you pack a complete bag.
- Bug Out Bag Tools
This could include a shovel, a lighter, a multi tool, Bowie, a knife set, fuel for lighter and of course fire and light starter items. Don’t forget to pack extra batteries for your light as these are only a handful and will not take to much space. Also, you need items for snaring, tying and binding essentially in your tool kit.
- A First Aid Kit
Your bug out bag first aid kit needs to include all necessary items you think can come in handy out in the open. Essentially, you need cold compress, quick blood clotting aid, bandages, repellents, aspirins, anti-allergies and any other medication that has been prescribed to you on a regular basis.
- FM/AM Radio
Be sure to pack a small one, perhaps the size of a dollar bill but not bigger than that.
Along with water bottles, be sure to pack Lifestraw as this will allow you to filter water and make it safe for drinking in case you run out of clean drinking water.
- ,Food Items
Make sure the food items you pack are loaded with all the essential nutrients and energy that you need. Also ensure they have a long storage life, preferably up to one year.
You need cooking and eating utensils in your bug out bag. A knife, a fork, a spoon and one stainless steel bowl that lets you cook over fire must be enough.
- Personal Hygiene Items
Pack your toothbrush, soap and any other personal hygiene item you need, considering it gets fixed in a small plastic zipper pouch.
- Sewing Kit
This is a must for any bug out bag.
- Wearable Items
Make sure you pack extra socks, a bonnie hat, head net, a tarp and perhaps a set of work gloves.
- An Outdoor Survival Kit
You need an outdoor survival kit that consists of a compass, extra flashlights and batteries and other items essentially. You can find a good outdoor survival kit at any sports or DIY shop easily.