Knowing what to put in a bug out bag is one of the most important things you need to know if you want to be prepared to keep yourself and your family safe during a major disaster. When putting together a bug out bag people tend to do one of two things wrong. They either try to pack to much into their bug out bag which makes it heavy and cumbersome, which is not what you want in a survival situation.
On the opposite end of the spectrum people may decide to pack their bug out bag too lightly and in doing so leave out supplies that they may end up needing during a disaster. The key to learning what to put in a bug out bag is to figure out what supplies are essential for survival and pack them, then leave everything else out. If you can do this then you can ensure that should a worst case scenario happen you will be ready for it.
Table of Contents
1. Several Different Methods For Starting Fire
Fire is an enormously helpful tool that you need to have during any type of disaster. Fire enables you to process water, cook food, signal for help, and it also provides light and warmth while keeping wildlife at bay. Without fire your ability to survive for any length of time outdoors is going to be limited.
That’s why you need to have multiple tools on you that will enable you to start fire. Having a lighter or matches is a great starting point, and ideally that’s all you are going to need. But what happens when you run out of matches or you lose your lighter? That’s where your secondary method for starting a fire comes into play. A flint striker or magnesium rod won’t be ruined by water, and they will both enable you to start hundreds of fires.
2. A Knife
During a major disaster there’s a good chance you are going to end up surviving outdoors. If that happens you are going to need a good knife. One thing to keep in mind is that any type of so called survival knife that has supplies stored in it’s handle is not a knife you should be buying or relying on.
These types of knives are not strong enough to take a beating and they often break. That can mean an injury for you, and on top of that there’s a good chance you will lose the supplies that were stored in the handle. Instead of getting this type of knife you should get a full tang knife. A full tang knife is a knife that has a blade that extends into the handle making it much stronger. If you are looking for this type of knife a nice tip is to find one that has cordage wrapped around the handle, and also look for one that has a flint striker included.
3. A Metal Pot
When you are putting together your but out bag make sure that you have a solid metal pot included in it. A metal pot will enable you to cook food, and even more importantly it will enable you to boil water. Water is essential for survival and the bottom line is that you can never hope to carry enough to survive on for any length of time. That means you are going to need to be able to process it to make it safe, and boiling it is a tried and tested method for doing so.
Water is essential for survival and the bottom line is that you can never hope to carry enough to survive on for any length of time. That means you are going to need to be able to process it to make it safe, and boiling it is a tried and tested method for doing so.
4. A Portable Water Filter
Much like having multiple methods for starting fire is essential, so to is having multiple means for processing water. A portable water filter such as a life straw can be used to drink directly from any groundwater source you find. It will remove any harmful pathogens making the water safe to drink, but unfortunately it really won’t do much for the taste of the water. Still, in a survival situation you are can’t be picky and using a life straw can literally save your life.
It will remove any harmful pathogens making the water safe to drink, but unfortunately it really won’t do much for the taste of the water. Still, in a survival situation you are can’t be picky and using a life straw can literally save your life.
5. A First Aid Kit
During a disaster you probably won’t have access to medical care. That means it’s up to you to provide the care that you and your family need. This is where a first aide kit comes into play. By having bandages, basic medications, and other essential medical supplies you can tend to the needs of yourself and your family in case you end up sick or injured during the disaster. While this is no substitute for a doctor, it is better than having nothing at all.
While this is no substitute for a doctor, it is better than having nothing at all.
6. Several Mylar Blankets
Want to know what to put in a bug out bag? Well you should be looking for items that can save your life while also taking up as little space and weighing as little as possible. A mylar blanket definitely fits this description. They are small, lightweight, can be folded up for easy storage, and they will keep you warm during cold nights. On top of that you can also use them to put together a makeshift shelter since carrying around a tent in your bug out bag really isn’t an option.
On top of that you can also use them to put together a makeshift shelter since carrying around a tent in your bug out bag really isn’t an option.
While a fire should keep any campsite you stay at well lit, it’s never a bad idea to have some flashlights on hand as well. What happens if it’s raining or you can’t make a fire for some other reason. Well, then you had better have a flashlight unless you like the idea of sitting in the dark. On top of that a flashlight can also be used to signal for help in the event that you need it.
8. A Basic Fishing Kit
If you live in an area near the ocean or other sources of water then having basic fishing supplies can mean the difference between going to bed hungry or enjoy a nice fish dinner. Fishing is an essential survival skill to have for anyone that lives near water, and it is one of the best ways to keep yourself and your family fed during a disaster.
9. A Radio
During a major disaster there’s a good chance that you are going to be surviving in an area where there is no access to television or electricity. So how can you keep yourself aware of what’s going on? Well a small radio can really make a huge difference and ensure that you can keep tabs on whatever disaster has caused you to have to bug out.
During any type of survival situation cordage is an invaluable resource. You can use cordage to help build shelters, to set up traps for food, for climbing, and for a myriad number of other uses. Cordage is lightweight, and it won’t take up too much space in your bug out bag making it an ideal item to pack in it.
11. Beef Jerky
One thing you won’t be able to do is pack and carry enough food to keep your family fed during a disaster. But does that mean you shouldn’t carry any food at all? Of course not. When looking at what to put in a bug out bag one thing you should definitely have in it is beef jerky. It doesn’t require refrigeration, and it’s high protein content can help to give you the energy you need during a disaster. You may not be able to pack enough to survive on long term, but having some food on you is always better than having no food at all.
It doesn’t require refrigeration, and it’s high protein content can help to give you the energy you need during a disaster. You may not be able to pack enough to survive on long term, but having some food on you is always better than having no food at all.
Like what you See? Click the Like/Tweet Buttons below to let me know, and I’ll be sure to create more content like this!
For more Reading on this subject, see our blog posts: