Creating a bug out bag is fun and challenging, what should you put in it? Do you have too much? not enough? There are a heap of resources on the internet on this. I’ve reviewed a heap of sites and come up with a summary that should start the ball rolling if you’ve never created created a BOB before.

The basics

Most survival experts agree that your bug out bag should address for primary areas: Shelter, Food, Water and First aid. If you keep these things in mind you’ll be heading in the right direction.

The type of bag

Selecting the items to put into your bug at bag is a hotly debated topic. Some people believe in taking as many useful items as possible, while some people believe in hacking as light as possible.

Items to think about

There is no right or wrong at however there are some basics that most experts agree on:

  • Rain poncho
  • First aid equipment
  • Shovel toilet paper
  • Hatchet or machete
  • Multi tool
  • Emergency tent
  • Water
  • Survival blanket
  • Wind up flashlight
  • Flint
  • Knife

These are just some basic suggestions of course you want to do some research or perhaps go on a two or three day camp to see what items you think are effective for your survival.

Packing your BOB

When hiking or trekking you normally pack the least used items on the bottom or deep in the bag. Frequently used items are usually kept towards the top or in any external pockets. For example you want to keep a light snack or a rain coat in an easy to access external compartment.

A good way to test your bug out back is to experiment with some scenarios when you go camping.

Getting a bit fancy

Modern technology has allowed us to create some excellent multi-use items. Consider adding devices like multi-tools and torches that do not require batteries. Other items like hand chain saws can also be added.

Got room left over?Here are some other possible items that you could include in your bug out bag if you’re looking for some suggestions

  • Paracord
  • Duct tape
  • Socks
  • Bandanna
  • Plastic bags
  • Compass

If you have done any hiking or camping you realise that reducing the weight of your backpack has a significant impact on how far you can comfortably travel. Consider adding new modern lightweight devices to your backpack and aim to keep it as light as you possibly can.

A bug out bag may not have the answer for everything however it will certainly boost morale to know you have a source of survival equipment should you ever need it.

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