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Bug Out Bag Essentials

Occasionally we come across a body of work that needs little to no alteration. In Chris Ruiz’s original Bug Out Bag Essentials post from he expertly discusses must have items for a Bug out Bag packing list as well as some general tips about picking a bag and survival strategies.

In his followup below Chris covers additional items you will want to add your Bug Out Bag contents to greatly increase your chances of survival in an emergency scenario. As a starting point, here is a re-post his basic Bug Out Bag Essentials from which to build an extended list:

  • Map and Compass – how you will know where to bug out to
  • Multitool – infinite uses
  • Tarp or Emergency Shelter – can be used for shelter and signaling
  • Paracord – can be used to build shelter and about a million other things
  • Magnesium firestarter – this is better than matches as it will work when wet and you don’t have to worry about a gust blowing out your last match
  • Spare socks – If you pack any spare clothes at all, put these at the top of your list.  Taking care of your feet is one of the most important things you can do when bugging out.  Dry socks will keep your feet blister free and you moving for longer.  Wool socks or synthetic blend socks are superior to cotton.
  • Survival Blanket – lighter and smaller than a sleeping bag
  • LED flashlight – LEDs use less power than old fashioned light bulbs
  • Hand cranked radio – to get information on the situation as it develops
  • Water and high energy/low weight food such as energy bars

Here is the brief on Ruiz’s Extended Version

Originally found here: Bug Out Essential Extended

  • Survival knife – Good general information here at this external link
  • Water container – CamelBak carry a large volume
  • Water Purification equipment –  Water purification tablets, a LifeStraw or Steripen
  • Personal Hygiene kit – This will significantly help morale
  • Pepper Spray – this will stop both unfriendly humans and feral animals in their tracks
  • Cash – $400-$500 cash is the recommended amount
  • Sleeping Bag or Camping Hammock – Keeps you warm and off the ground when sleeping
  • 5 in 1 Survival Whistle – Fire starter, compass, and signal mirror
  • Dry container – For keeping important documents and matches if need be
  • Survival First Aid Kit – Bandage basic wounds and aid with simple illnesses
  • Medications for 2 weeks – A tackle box makes an excellent pill box for this time frame.
  • Foul Weather Gear – This should be customized for your locality and climate as best you can
  • Wet Naps – Excellent for maintaining hygiene on the go
  • Gatorade Powder – Gatorade powder will hydrate you far better than water alone
  • Duct Tape – Duct Tape with its utility is widely known
  • Super Glue – This is a good way to close up small to medium sized wounds and blisters

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