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By Bethany – Modern Survival Online

Bug out bags are essential items for any survivalist. Deciding what to put in your bag can be difficult. Each person has different needs and requirements. You may have a large family, or you could be a single person, prepping for the future. A bug out bag is meant to carry items to allow you to survive for 72 to 96 hours when you evacuate due to emergencies.

There is no right or wrong answer to the items you include! Some people have multiple bug out bags for different scenarios. You may have one particular scenario in your head, or you may want to be prepared for anything you encounter. No matter the purpose of the bag, there are some items I consider essential and have in all of my bags.

CRUCIAL TIP: Your bug out bag must be made according to YOUR climate and region. If you live in a region that has frequent snowfalls, you must take that into consideration. I live in Ohio, so my list may be vastly different compared to someone living in the South! Other considerations are your age, the number of people in your group and any medical conditions. All of those factors will determine the items you pack in your bug out bag.

#1. Tent/tarp/poncho

The elements can kill quickly if you are left in them. You don’t need a fancy tent in your BOB. In fact, a huge tent will take up too much space in your bag. The shelter can be anything from a one-person tent to a poncho that can keep the rain off your body. Some people include tarps if they have space in their bags.

All too often, preppers include things like food and fire starting devices, but they forget how quickly the elements will kill you, so be sure to put it at the top of your list!


Continue reading at Modern survival Online: 15 Bug Out Bag Essentials You Must Have




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By The Survival Place Blog

When an emergency strikes, the fact is that you don’t know where you’re going to be. You should have your bug-out location which is primed for long-duration stays. You should have a bug-out bag if it you need to trek it there. But how do you make sure you stay safe while you’re moving to get your bug-out bag? The fact is that you need to be prepared at any time. Here are some of the essentials you should make sure you have.


The simple reason that the Second Amendment exists is that we have a right to defend ourselves from whoever poses a fatal threat to us. In the case of a true emergency, you don’t know who can be a threat to your safety. Exercising your right to bear arms is important. But so is making sure that you’re doing it responsibly. When you carry, carry securely and within the law. Gear like those from We The People Holsters can help you do that. So can knowing what open and concealed carry laws apply.


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A knife

A gun is for protection, but that’s not the purpose of carrying a knife. When carrying a knife, you’re going to be subject from different rules depending on where you are. Make sure that you’re following the law of whatever state you’re in. Prepare the correct knives in advance. These will help with using cordage, cooking, first aid, and all kinds of techniques necessary for survival.


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When it hits the fan, water is going to be one of the most valuable commodities in the world. But even more valuable that fresh water is the ability to make it yourself. Besides a water container, you should use a few tools to make it easier to get drinkable water. Filters are only one part of it. Water purification tablets and devices can make sure that you have access to fresh water so long as you have access to any water, period.


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We all carry first aid equipment in our cars and our homes as a matter of convenience. When you’re in a survival situation, convenience is no longer an option. You’re going to need it on you because you might not have access to medical treatment. You need to treat wounds as quickly as possible. Even small first aid kits you could carry in a fanny pack allow space for extra tools like cordage, as well.


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A light

Operating at nighttime in a survival situation isn’t usually the best of ideas. But it is sometimes avoidable, especially if it all goes down in the darker seasons of the year. Nowadays, there are long-lasting high-power flashlights that you can easily fit in your pocket or on a belt loop. Visibility when dealing with things like first aid or purifying water is essential.

The world may flip on its head any day now. Make sure that you’re responsible for staying prepared for the moment that happens. You need to abide by the law whilst preparing for the moment that you have to become entirely self-sufficient.

This article first appeared at The Survival Place Blog: 5 Essential Items To Have On You Even When You’re Out Of Reach Of Your Bug-Out Bag

Bug Out Bag List (essentials + more!)

By The Bug Out Bag Guide

We’ve put together a packing list of essential bug out bag items so that you don’t have to.

With our handy bug out bag list, you’ll be packed in no time.

Of course, this is just a starting point, and you can customize your bag further so that it is tailored to your individual needs.

As a good rule of thumb, a well designed Bug Out Bag should weigh no more than 30% of your body weight. Any more than this will be highly strenuous and will limit a person’s ability to hike over long distances as may be required by your survival situation.

This means you’ll want to mostly limit what’s in your bug out bag to the essentials: items that have a high probability of helping you survive a disaster scenario.

To aid in your planning of your Bug Out Bag contents we have built the free tool below to help you approximate how much your Bug Out Bag will weigh, with the option of entering your own body weight to see if your gear is above or below the 30% weight threshold.

Continue reading at The Bug Out Bag Guide: Bug Out Bag List – The Essentials You Need in Your Bug Out Bag

By The Survival Place Blog

We all know that in cases of emergency, it’s best to have a Bug-Out Bag prepared. If you’re not at that level yet, don’t worry. We have plenty of information on how you can best get yours prepared. But this article is about the times you don’t have a bag with you. You never know when you might be stuck in the middle of a crisis. You’re prepared at home, but you need to be prepared wherever you are. For that purpose, we’re going to tell you the very basic things you need for survival when you’re caught far from home. These are things you should keep on yourself at all times.

The means to get clean water


Obviously, you won’t be able to carry standard water bottles with you wherever you go. That would be too cumbersome. But you might find yourself in dire need of water when you’re surviving far from home. We recommend finding the right collapsible water bottle for you, whatever fits on your everyday satchel, bag or in a pocket. You should always have water purification tablets at hand, too.

The right clothing

This is important. You need to wear clothes that can survive the elements and protect you. The two most important parts of your ensemble are your jackets and boots. For jackets, you need something that can shelter you from the rain but also with lots of space. The right jacket can make the rest of this list all the easier to carry. Lowa combat boots are the kind of boots you need, with durability, hard leather grips and strong support for your lower legs.

Pocket knife


The handiest tool for helping start fires, hunting, skinning, cooking, bushcraft and even self-defence. You absolutely need a pocket knife with you at all times for versatility alone. Here’s a guide on some of the best on the market. Just make sure that whatever you get complies with the laws of your area. You don’t want to get in trouble or have it confiscated before you need it.

A compass and the knowledge to use it


As a people, we have become far too reliant on technology. There will be a time when maps and directions aren’t available at hand. The majority of people don’t believe such a time will come but we’ll be the ones equipped with the knowledge to survive it when it does. Always keep a map on you of the area you’re spending time in and a compass. Here you can learn how to make use of it. We recommend taking the time out to learn even more as this will undoubtedly become a vital skill

The rest

For all of the above and following, you will need waterproof containers, such as sealing bags. You should have a waterproof jacket by this stage, but it doesn’t hurt to be doubly prepared. There are miniature first aid kits you can get to keep on top of any small cuts or injuries until you acquire better. Finally, make sure you have a durable, energy efficient pocket flashlight with you at all times. There’s a high probability you will need to rely on your skills at night and in an area where electric light is no longer available. But whatever time you need to rely on your skills for survival, this guide will give you a drastically better chance than most.

By The Survival Place Blog: How To Survive Without Your Bug-Out Bag

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By Daniel Barker – Natural News

(NaturalNews) We tend to associate freeways with free movement – they are designed for efficient and rapid travel from one place to another, and in emergencies they may also serve as escape routes.

But in some situations, freeways can become traps – even death traps. They can become hopelessly clogged in weather events such as hurricanes, when too many people try to escape a large city at one time, and they can also become impassable due to heavy snow, winter storms, wildfires, floods or major traffic accidents.

Other less likely scenarios that could leave motorists stranded on our nation’s freeways, but which should not be dismissed, might include EMPs or terrorist attacks.

Continue reading at Natural News: Do You Have A Way To Bug Out From Your Vehicle And Escape The Freeway?

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By  – The Bug Out Bag Guide

When bugging out, your foremost consideration (after ensuring you do, indeed, have the essentials for survival) is weight – you can’t use what you can’t carry. Many times, it is gear for shelter and sleeping that tend to add the most bulk; this is where a bug-out hammock can provide a real advantage. Hammocks offer a versatile sleeping solution in a very compact package, allowing you to sleep comfortably almost anywhere.

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If your thoughts turn to relaxing by the beach between palm trees when you hear the word ‘hammock,’ you are not far off. Hammocks are easy to set up, comfortable, and provide a sturdy, elevated place to sleep – there may not be any cocktails served, but a hammock can prove quite useful in survival situations.

Continue reading at The Bug Out Bag Guide: Bug-Out Hammock: An Essential Addition To Any BOB

How to Test Your Ability to Carry a Bug Out Bag | Backdoor Survival

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

A couple of months ago, I posed the question “What is the Baseline of Prepper Fitness?”  Although there were varied responses, at the end of the day most everyone agreed that having the ability to walk some distance with a pack of supplies was paramount to survival.

At first blush this may seem contrary to my stance that bugging in is always preferable to bugging out.  But what if you are forced to evacuate for safety reasons?  History teaches us that homes can be severely damaged or destroyed by earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires and other errant acts of Mother Nature.  Quite often, these disruptive events occur at a moment’s notice, with no warning.

That is when you need to head to the door, grab your Bug Out Bag, and go.  This is easy to talk about but the reality is that many of us have not practiced bugging out with a 20 or 30 pound pack on our backs.  Could you do it?

Continue reading at Backdoor Survival: How to Test Your Ability to Carry a Bug Out Bag

About the author:

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.