Ultimate Bug Out Bag List

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What is a Bug Out Bag?

A bug out bag is a long-term survival kit with one core purpose—to get you away from danger as fast and as safely as possible. Other names for it include: get out of dodge bag (GOOD Bag), I’m never coming home bag (INCH Bag), 72-hour kit, go bag, bail-out bag, SHTF bag, personal emergency relocation kit (PERK BAG), and many more.

Pros

  • Made from tough materials so they are less likely to rip when snagged
  • Have many pockets to keep your gear organized
  • Some have a compartment for body armor
  • Most have MOLLE webbing, making it easy to add attachments

Cons

  • Usually less comfortable than hiking backpacks
  • Need to be disguised to remain “gray”
  • Less breathable

PRO TIP

If you plan to go with a tactical pack, make sure to get a waterproof rain cover. Not only does it keep your gear dry, but it also hides the tactical features of your bug out bag. Get one that fits with the grey man tactic.

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5.11 Rush 72 Backpack
Survival Backpack

$165

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Pros

  • Optimized for weight distribution
  • Carry larger amounts of gear over longer distances
  • Draws less attention than tactical packs
  • Better breathability

Cons

  • Constructed with thinner nylon that’s prone to damage
  • Difficult to neatly organize gear in large compartments
  • Price can range up to several hundred dollars
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Gregory Baltoro 65
Survival Backpack

$230

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PRO TIP

Buy your backpack after you purchase the rest of your bug out bag gear. You don’t want to end up with a pack that’s too small to carry all of your items.

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Sea to Summit Compression Dry Sack
Survival Backpack & Bags

$55

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PRO TIP

Tents and sleeping bags are usually on the heavy side, so partner up with a bug out buddy to disburse the load. These items also take up quite a bit of space, so pack everything into a compression sack and strap it to your pack.

PRO TIP

Keep your first aid kit in a waterproof bag located in an accessible part of your bug out bag. You may need it at a moment’s notice

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Trauma Shears
First Aid Supplies

$13

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PRO TIP #2:

Don’t buy a bunch of first aid stuff and expect it to save your life. Take a basic first aid, CPR, or even an EMT-B course. Out of all survival skills you should learn, this one takes priority—HANDS DOWN!

PRO TIP

Get medicated baby powder. Chafing is almost guaranteed in a bug out situation.

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Potable Aqua Germicidal Water Purification Tablets
Water Purification and Storage

$7

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Mechanix M-Pact Gloves
Tactical Gear

$27

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PRO TIP

These items are also vital for your EDC kit. If you’re looking for an extra level of protection, check out the Firemask, an escape hood that converts CO into CO2. It allows you to breathe safely while evacuating from a fire.

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Storm Whistle
Communication Devices

$22

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Bear Pepper Spray
Self-Defense

$40

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SouthOrd Lock Pick Set
Tactical Gear

$25

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MIRA Safety CM-6M Gas Mask
Tactical Gear

$240

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PRO TIP

NBC takes up a lot of space, so they don’t need to be part of your primary bug out bag system. If you hear of an active NBC emergency, put this on over your bug out clothing.
Also, if you have a car as your primary bug out vehicle, you can throw this module in your car to bring to the bug out location

PRO TIP

Clothing choices depend on the climate you live in and the time of year. As seasons change, swap out clothing as needed.

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PRO TIP

Only wear nylon or synthetic clothing for emergency purposes. Cotton retains water and will make you hypothermic should it get wet.

PRO TIP

Keep it GRAY! Nothing tactical-looking or flashy. The key here is to blend in with your surroundings and look like a typical person.

Faq

Do I really need a bug out bag?

It is recommended that everyone have a bag of supplies that has 72 hours worth of food, water, medicine, and other necessities. This allows you and your family to be prepared for common emergencies.

A more extensive bug out bag is a good option during uncertain times. Being prepared for moderately long emergencies dramatically increases your chances of survival. Having necessary supplies increases your level of comfort and boosts morale.

What are the most basic components of a bug out bag?

  • Food
  • Water
  • Water Filter
  • First Aid Kit and
  • Prescription
  • Medications
  • Hygiene Supplies
  • Flashlight
  • ID and other important
  • documents
  • Extra clothing or comfort items if you have room
  • Rainsuit

How much should my bug out bag weigh?

Your bag should not be more than 15%-20% of your body weight if you are in good physical condition. If you plan on bugging out in a vehicle, then the weight does not matter as much. If you have to abandon your transportation, packing too much can cause you to be delayed.

How much weight can a child safely carry?

According to Sutter Health, a 50-pound child should carry a maximum of 7.5 pounds. A 100-pound child should carry a maximum of 15 pounds. A 150-pound child should carry a maximum of 22.5 pounds.

Adults may need to carry all or at least some items for children when bugging out.

Should I head for the nearest wilderness if I have to bug out?

It is not realistic for most people to survive for a long time in the wilderness. Even if you are in great shape and pack good gear and lightweight freeze dried food, chances are you will start to run out of supplies in under 2 weeks.

Finding a safe location that is close enough to keep tabs on a developing situation and resupply when it is safe is better.

MEET Roman Zrazhevskiy

Roman is a notable figure in the sphere of emergency preparedness and has been featured in various news broadcasts, publications, and documentaries to weigh in on the subject. He has made multiple appearances on HBO, BBC, CBS, and other media outlets to provide insight on the critical importance of readiness under all circumstances. When he is not hard at work being the CEO of Ready To Go Survival and MIRA Safety, he enjoys riding his motorcycle, shooting, handball, and scaring his neighbors by taking out the trash in full MOPP gear.

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