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I mean, no matter how much you prep, if an earthquake were to hit your area chances are you won’t be able to stick around, or a tornado, or almost any type of natural disaster. So, even if you have 10 years of luxury living prepped and ready, you should still have a bug out bag for everyone in the family – including for dogs and other pets that will come along.
So knowing that you should have a go bag, or a bug out bag, ready to go and all set, you now need to know what to put in that bag. Well, this post is not going to cover a detailed list of what everyone should have. This is because there are so many different tools and resources that would fit for so many different areas.
But I did want to cover what I think are the top 10 most important items everyone should have in their bug out bags no matter where they live.
Without These 10 Items In Your Bug Out Bag, You Could End Up SCREWED!
Basically, these are essentials for survival in any condition so if you’re missing any of these things, go get them together and add them to your go bag or bug out bag ASAP!
First The Basics:
- Fire Tools – this one is a bit broad because you should have a few different fire tools, and I’ve counted them all as one here.
– A package of boxed matches: A few packs actually and waterproof matches are best if possible. Although they are used quick and usually don’t last long resource wise, with a little imagination you can get a bit more out of them. Like blowing out the match once the fire starts and breaking the rest of the wooden stick up to mix with pine sap for future fire starting aids.
– At least 3 never used Bic lighters: I say at least 3 because they will be used up a bit faster than you thought in most cases. Especially in windy and colder areas. But they are a great resource and a great way to make your other fire starting tools last a bit longer as well. PLUS (and a lot of people do not think of this), once the lighter is out of fluid, you can grind up the remaining flint in the lighter and sprinkle a bit on your tinder to help with fire starting later.
– A Ferro rod of some kind: A Ferro rod, or a flint, is a MUST for your bug out bag. This allows you to strike a spark when needed to get a fire going. I personally use this as my last resource. I use the matches and lighters first.
– ChapStick, a few of them: Might sound funny for environments that wouldn’t normally need ChapStick, but it’s basically petroleum jelly, which is a fire starting gem. When you need a spark to catch quicker or in a bit windier areas, use ChapStick on your tinder and you’ll get a spark to catch in just a couple tries most of the time.
- A pocket version SAS Survival Guide – This little guide is and will be a life saver over and over again. The SAS Survival Guide has the basics, and more, of survival using what is around you for almost any climate you could be in. When calorie depletion starts kicking in and it gets harder to think clear, the SAS Survival Guide will be your saving grace.
Now Some Much Needed But Forgotten Items
- Natural Antibiotics – This is one thing almost everyone forgets to add to their bug out bag. One of the worst ways to have a survival situation go wrong on you is with a simple little cut that gets infected. One little infection can and will be a big issue if not treated.You should have ointments, band-aids and vitamins all ready to be used. I would even recommend some all natural supplements just to make sure you have the nutrients you need daily to keep pushing forward and stop any possible illnesses before they happen.
- Glow Sticks – You get a few 12hr glow sticks and you got a light source all night for a few nights. This means you can save your battery life for when they are needed most. And if you’re trying to not be found, you can just cover the glow stick with a shirt or something to block the light. These are a MUST have!
- Survival Shovel – Another must but mostly forgotten item. You’d be surprised what a small shovel can and will help with. Including dealing with our own waste. Plus there are some situations where having a small shovel can mean having water to drink or not. So this is a MUST have item.
- Food/Calorie Bars – Yes, even if you have some quick and easy food in your bug out bag, it never hurts to have some food or calorie bars. You’ll be using so much energy and burning so man calories while you’re on the move and even if/when you find a safe place to hunker down for the night. Chopping wood, building shelters, finding water and so on, calories and a life source in survival!
- Survival Blankets – I would pack at least one survival blanket. They have so many uses including shelter building, trapping heat from fires and even waterproofing. They are so lite, you can even have more than one just to be safe without adding any noticeable weight to your bag.
- Warm Socks – No matter where you live, sometimes it’s a bit colder than you remember it being. Especially at night, and even in places like a desert type environment night hours can get very cold. Having warm socks you can put on will make sure you have more warmth which you will be very thankful for having – believe me!
- Hatchet – This one tool can be a HUGE help when things get tough. Cutting firewood, building a shelter, splitting wood for whatever reason and even getting into and out of places. Many uses and a MUST have bug out bag resource. I even recommend getting this one here, because we offer it as a handy little 3 function tool which can be even more helpful.
- Stainless Steel Cup – Water is a needed thing in survival. Drinking, cooking, washing up if needed, cleaning cuts. But without a cup that can be put on direct heat, you might not even have drinking water. This is a simple, but much needed and sometimes forgotten resource.