What to Add to a Bug Out Bag




About: I'm a 14 year old future USMC Scout Sniper. I am into survival gear, military stuff, emergency preparedness, and strength ad fitness training.


Step 1: Food

You need food more than anything. It's extremely critical to survival. Canned food with pull open tops are best since you don't need a can opener. Try to have a variety. You still need to stay healthy.

Step 2: Weapons

You may think it depends on the situation, but it doesn't. If you need to pull your bag out, there's a reason. In any catastrophic situation you will need to defend yourself, your family, and stuff you own. Even if you only have to for intimidation purposes.

Step 3: Water

Water is another vital resource. CLEAN WATER. You will obviously need to drink it. And you can't drink dirty water. Water may also be needed to treat and clean wounds.

Step 4: Medical Kits

Medical kits are extremely important. If you trip and get a cut, if you get attacked, if you have a misfire, if you get sick, if you break a bone. There are a thousand different reasons.

Step 5: Signal

If you are in a quarantined area or are trapped somewhere this is important. Strap some lights to something an make it fly. No matter what it is. Even if its just baking soda and vinegar.

Step 6: Survival Rap

The type I have here is a 52" x 84" foil wrap. This helps prevent heat loss, protects from sunburns, and can also be used as a signal. This is recommended, but you could just use a normal blanket for warmth

Step 7: Bug Spray

Bug spray I helpful, but not required. It can be good for the reasons of preventing bug bites. Mosquitos especially, west Nile can ruin any chances you have if survival. Along with other poisonous bugs. This is helpful

Step 8: Cleansing Wipes

Hygiene is surprisingly a huge part of survival. although dirt can be good camouflage, it can be fatal in some cases, along with other dirty things. Such as feces, blood, and once again, insects. Dead insects can leave busted poison sacs on you. Get them off immediately. Dirt and feces are known to carry various diseases.

Step 9: Multi-Tools

Obviously, multi-tools are very, very helpful. Containing knives. Files, scissors, and tweezers. All of these things have various uses. Which are all obvious once again.

Step 10: Your Bag

You need a bag to carry all of this, duh. Try to get a high capacity bag with lots of pockets. Tactical vests are good too



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    7 Discussions


    5 years ago

    I would replace the baking soda and vinegar rocket with a signal mirror and a whistle. Those two can be used many times, while the rocket has only one shot.


    5 years ago

    definitely a life straw! I cycled across Canada this summer and carried it for when I ran dry. I only used it a few times, but I'm tellin ya.... Jesus straw my friend... Jesus straw.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    My recommendations would be a nalgene 32 oz bottle with the fitted mug which is perfect for boiling water or making a pack of ramen even a can of soup.

    Having some emergency tinder can be made as simply as coating some cotton balls in wax, that and a fire striker are a must but nothing wrong with having a lighter to make things easier.

    SOCKS...sounds like i should say clothes in general, but i mean socks. your feet are gonna take the most torture if most bug out situations, 2-3 pairs wont take up much room.

    Lastly i think the most useful thing is my bag is my 100' spool of 550 paracord, endless survival applications.


    5 years ago

    Thanks guys, ill make sure to get a flint and steel and buy a water filtering device, maybe a life straw, or maybe just a pan! I appreciate all your feedback.


    5 years ago

    You need water more than food, but other than that is great


    5 years ago on Introduction

    great start. I think you are ahead of most people. I would do some more research and take a look at other peoples bags on you tube or where ever. get an idea of what they carry and take what applies to you. Learn about everything you carry, how and why it works. Remember the mind is the best prep you can have... if you have any questions let me know. good luck


    5 years ago

    I was in the military over twenty years. I teach disaster preparedness. There are five essentials for survival.
    1. Water
    2. Shelter
    3. Food
    4. Security
    5. Fire
    The priority varies with the situation. I don't see any fire making items in your kit. Also, try to think multi purpose. AND your choice of water isn't good. Bottled water is only good for about three months. Plastic breathes, it eventually lets in air, and bacteria. I'm not trying to knock your effort, just trying to help you get better.