What Is A Bug Out Bag?
A bug out bag is essentially a 72 hour emergency kit containing the necessities in the case of an emergency evacuation lasting several days. This kit is to design to last you for at least 72 hours during adverse times of need.
The term ‘bug out bag‘ originated from the term ‘bail out bag’.
This type of bag was initially used by military aviators. This idea eventually was passed onto wide usage throughout other branches of military and law enforcement.
Why Is This Bag Essential?
A bug out bag is essential for many types of disasters such as earthquakes, hurricane, floods or a zombie invasion. It may also be very helpful in cases that are less severe such as an extended power outage.
There are several items that we would consider to be a bug out bag essential. When making this type of bag, there are many things that you can take. However, you must remember that this is a survival kit. Therefore you must pack efficiently, with only the most important items of survival in mind.
Check this video below for a fun and cool look into what this guy packs in his survival bag!
What Are Some Of The Essentials?
Water: When packing your bag, you must include water. Water is one of the most elements needed for survival. In addition to carrying an initial supply of water, it highly recommended find ways to purify water. This brings us to our next item that is of most importance.
Containers/Storage: It is important to have different types of containers in your bug out bag. These containers can consist of anything from little pots (to boil water) to Tupperware of various sizes. When choosing containers, it’s important to be able to fit a variety of things in the container.
Food: Food is a very important facet of survival – however canned food is not recommended. They are very heavy and take up a lot of space. This can slow you down when you are on the move. Instead, it would be wise to pack your bug out bag with dried food that can be stored in zip lock bags. You can find a plethora of dry food that are full of carbs and can give you energy. It would be also wise to get some hooks and fishing wires so that you may be able fish for additional food.
Shelter: All the food in the world wouldn’t help you if you don’t have proper shelter. Ponchos are recommended for the colder weather. Space blankets are also popular for their durability and light weight. Ideally, you’d want to use something that’s easy to carry but can withstand the changes in weather and terrain.
Other items that are recommended include a first aid kick, tape, rope, proper shoes for walking, a fire kit and a light…
Joe Teti from Discovery’s Dual Survival shows us his personal Bug Out Bag:
FYI: the pack used by Joe in the video is a Drago Gear Tracker Backpack
Types of Bags To Use, you may ask?
There are different types of bags that you can get.
Different types of bags have different features.
For instance, the 5.11 Rush 72 bag is a very good bag for those who are extremely organizational and like a lot of different compartments. This is especially useful if certain garments get wet and you don’t want to pack it with the rest of your gear. Every pocket has 4-6 smaller pockets or pouches inside!
Ideally, the type of bag that you pick depends on your health, location and use. You will buy a different bag if you are in a snowy or wet location as opposed to being in a hot and dry area. Remember, the more you pack, the more your bag will weigh.
If you can’t handle a bug out bag that weights more than 60 lbs, then it might be of your best interest to pack efficiently and/or use a smaller bag.
Now that you have all of the information for your bug out bag essentials, it’s best to make bags for everyone in the family and keep the bags in an easily accessible place. That way, you can be prepared should any disaster hit!