Bug Out Bags
Creating a Bug Out Bag
A bug-out bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster. It is also known as a 72-hour kit, a grab bag, a battle box, and other popular names include “Personal Emergency Relocation Kits” (PERKs) GO Bag and GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) bag. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit. The kits are also popular in the survivalist subculture.
The term “bug-out bag” is related to, and possibly derived from, the “bail-out bag” emergency kit many military aviators carry. The concept passed into wide usage among other military and law enforcement personnel, though the “bail-out bag” is as likely to include emergency gear for going into an emergency situation as for escaping an emergency. [Wikipedia]
What contents should be included in a Bug Out Bag?
There are certain necessities that every good bug out bag should plan for. These are:
- First aid
- Personal Protection
The most important thing you need is water, clean, potable water will be one of the first things to become scarce in a true SHTF scenario. There are many different ways of storing water in your BOB.
- A hydration pack like those from Camelbak can store up to 100 oz of water. Make sure that you only fill it with clean, filtered water. If stored in these, the water can stay potable for up to a year. It is recommended to change it every 6 months to maintain freshness.
- A water bottle with a filter is also an option. It has the ability to clean water that is questionable, and to also carry the water with you. Some options include the Katadyn MyBottle Purifier.
A Bug Out Bag should contain enough food to last for at a minimum of 3 days. Freeze dried or MRE’s are usually a staple for for food in bug out bags. Mountain House is one of the largest brands for quality dried foods. MRE’s are another option that can be conveniently packed away.
A lightweight tent is an ideal shelter for a SHTF situation. They are light enough to pack along easily, yet provide ample shelter from the weather and animals. The Wenzel line of tents offer a good combination of quality and affordability.
4. First Aid
In the event of a medical emergency, or even just a sunburn or skin irritation, it is always important to be able to treat these ailments. Having a well stocked first aid kit with bandages, medications, gauze, and other items will be indispensable in case you need it. Here are a few good kits that contain most everything a person would need.
5. Personal Protection
From droves of zombies to lawless individuals intent on creating mayhem, you may need to protect yourself in the event that SHTF. An ideal weapon would be a modern semi- automatic handgun. They are easily carried and concealed, and can carry quite a few rounds. One of the most popular calibers of handguns is 9mm. Having an extra 50 rds of ammo would also make a perfect bartering item.
Some quality firearms would include the Glock 19, Smith and Wesson M&P9, Walther PPQ and many others. It is always advised to support your local gun store and try out the selection and go with what feels comfortable to you.