You can never know when disaster will strike, but you can be prepared. One of the best ways to prepare for unexpected disaster is to have and prepare a bug-out bag. So what is a bug-out bag and what should go into a bug-out bag? Wikipedia defines a Bug-out Bag as a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster.
First things first, you need to choose your bag. When deciding on what kind of bag you are going to use you should consider size, functionality, color and durability/quality. You want to make sure that your bag is big enough to carry everything you need and that you utilize every compartment accordingly.
You should consider using a high quality back-packing type of bag as oppose to a book bag that you would use for school. Back packing type bags are specifically designed for outdoor use. They are also designed in such a way so that the weight of your bag is properly and evenly distributed throughout your hips, back, chest and shoulders. This is done through the use of straps and buckles. Make sure you learn the right way to strap your bag on before going out.
Natural earthy type colors are best, in my opinion, for a bug-out bag. In certain bug-out situations you would need to be camouflaged.
Inside the Bag
Inside your bag you are going to want to pack items that will help you to survive for a few days until you can settle down somewhere, build a camp, relocate or find your way to a safe house. Here are a few items that I believe are essential for a good, well-rounded bug-out bag:
- Food– You need to pack some sort of food source whether it be MRE’s or protein bars. Something that is packable, won’t spoil and will give you the energy you need to go on.
- Water– Water is the most important resource you can have on you in an emergency situation. You cannot survive more than 3 days without water. So you should pack either bottles of water or a canteen. I personally prefer using some sort of camelback. They are made specifically for carrying on your back and can hold a good amount of water.
- Knife– I recommend keeping a small fold out knife and a larger fixed blade knife in your bag. Knives are great tools as well as great self-defense weapons.
- Clothes– Keep an extra pair of clothes in your bag as well. If you are having to bug-out to the woods unexpectedly then a good pair of dry outdoors pants and a good wicking shirt are nice to have. Hats and sunglasses are good to keep in your bag if you find yourself under the sun.
Miscellaneous Survival Items- Matches/lighter, first-aid kit, can opener, compass, flashlight, gloves, radio and anything else you can’t survive without.
Having a bug-out bag is a great way to prepare for the unknown disaster that could come at any time. You may not have time to retreat to an underground bunker when disaster strikes, so invest in a quality bug-out bag and be prepared for what could lie ahead.
Guest post written by: Jordan Rodriguez