So what do you need in a Bug-Out Bag / Survival Kit? There are lots of great resources out there but it comes down to just getting starterd, so do a bit of research to decide whats best for you. Lets start by getting you the basics and you can take it from there.
Items for your bug out bag / survival kit should be packed in a waterproof pack that can be easily accessed and found in the event of an emergency. There are many styles of quality survival kits on the market so you’re bound to find one that fits your needs that you can start with, and add to it so you have a totally functional kit. There is no right or wrong as long as it gets you through at least the first 72hrs, some people say just to keep it simple and some say you need all sorts of things. Basically it comes down to one thing and that is what ever makes you comfortable, if having a small pocket-size kit works for you then that’s great, or if you need to have a few creature comforts, then that’s fine too. Just be sure it fits in a pack that you can carry when the time comes to use it.
I suggest having several kits, one in your car, the office and one at home, this way you are prepared no matter where you are. You can build one from the ground up with supplies you already have or buy one that has all you need and add your personal touches to it. I like the combination of a pre-made kit and adding to it, but that’s my preference so you do what feels comfortable for you. Hopefully you can just ride the disaster out at home and not have to worry about taking it on the road but this isn’t always possible and even at home you’ll need certain things to get you through.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
-Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation. Water is heavy so this is not always possible to carry so have a filtering device packed in your kit so you can disinfect and filter on the go or at home.
-Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
–Flashlight and extra batteries
-Whistle to signal for help
–Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
-Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
-Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
-Manual can opener for food
-Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger
Once you have gathered the supplies for a basic emergency kit, you may want to consider adding the following items:
-Prescription medications and glasses
-Infant formula and diapers
-Pet food and extra water for your pet
-Cash or traveler’s checks and change
-Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
-Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or free information from this website.
–Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate.
-Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.
-Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted, nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
–Matches in a waterproof container
-Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
-Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
-Paper and pencil
-Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
This list is a great starting point and it gives you an idea of the kinds of things that you would need to survive, it can have more or less as long as the basics are there; Water, Food, Fire and Shelter. So start digging through your camping gear and through the closet and get things together and most important, all in one spot, so your not running around like a chicken with you head cut off looking for it when its time you need it! So start today so you and your family will feel a bit more confident about any situation that you might have to deal with in the future, and as always, you’ll be glad you did.
Author: The Survival Guy