A bug-out bag is a portable, carefully-curated collection of items necessary to effectively evacuate and survive for at least 72 hours during an emergency.
Ia€™m talking about a a€?Bug-Out Bag,a€? a ready-to-grab-at-anytime kit that gets you out the door and long gone, quickly and safely, when things go south.
Even though you probably arena€™t going to have a foreign hit squad on your trail, or Federal agents ready to kick in your door, there are still a number of situations where the Average Joe needs to have a bug-out bag a€” or a a€?Get Home Baga€? (see below) a€” packed and ready to go. So I spoke with Creek Stewart, survival skills trainer, owner of Willow Haven Outdoor, and author of the upcoming book, Build the Perfect Bug-Out Bag: Your 72 Hour Disaster Survival Kit (May 12, Betterway Books), to find out what those situations are, and what we city-dwellers need to have to create an Urban Survival Bug-Out bag thata€™ll keep us from resorting to a€?Lord of the Fliesa€?a€¦ for 3 or 4 days at least. If youa€™re forced out of your home and need to survive on your own for at least 72 hours, Stewart says to remember the Core 4 Basic Human Survival Needs: Shelter, Water, Fire and Food a€“ and to make sure your bag covers them all.
Stewart says to keep in mind the first bug-out bag you grab may actually be a a€?Get Home Baga€? a€” providing you the essentials you need to get out of a stricken city and home to your family. Mass chaos and exodus would make getting from work to home very complicated, and a disaster-stricken city is a very dangerous place.A So, just as military pilots have a a€?get-home survival kita€? packed in their cock-pit, Stewart recommends having a a€?Get Home Baga€? ready to go at your office or in your car. A Get Home Bag is simply a down-sized version of the Bug-Out Bag designed to do just that a€“ get you home safely.A It will be smaller and have fewer supplies a€” just the necessities to get you through and out of ground zero.
Stewart told me having Bug-Out bags at the ready isna€™t about becoming a crazy survivalist in the woods or having a bunker mentality. 1) Keep In Shape!  You can’t hike to a Bug-out-location successfully when you are overweight and out-of-shape.
Unless you have a fully stocked, fortified, easily defendable structure to bug out to within a reasonable distance to your current position, you’re in for a world of hurt. Do you really believe your bug out buddies are going to abandon everything they have to come and find you?
Even if I lived in NYC instead of a suburb, I believe bugging out might turn out to be a death sentence. Did you even bother to think about the hundred’s of thousands of folks that think they will also bug out to the country? If you plan on rotating the food storage into your regular meals, canning is a great way to preserve many foods that you grow in your yard for several years or even longer depending on the storage conditions. You can store meats for the same amount of time through pressure canning – only slightly more advanced but requiring a more expensive (pressure) canner. Keep in mind, in order to consume dehydrated foods like rice and legumes, they need to be rehydrated. Posted on October 10, 2013 Written by Prepper Dome Leave a Comment For someone new to being a Survivalist building your first Bug Out Bag can seem like a big task. A Bug Out Bag, (also called a BOB, Get Out of Dodge Bag, GOOD, or 72 Hour Bag) is usually designed to get you out of an emergency situation and allow you to survive self-contained for up to 3 days. To expand your capability or survive longer than a couple of days you will need a water purification system. Obviously you will need a longer term food solution in any type of wide area catastrophe, but for your basic Bug Out Bag backpack meals are a good set up. Your Bug Out Bag clothes should be similar to what you would pack for a weekend backpacking trip.


This list could go on for a while and many people would never dream of leaving their Bug Out Bag without twice that much, but in a pinch that set up could get you by for 3 days. If you are going to survive for 3 days you are going to need protection from the elements and a warm dry place to sleep.
Trying to cover everything you need in your Bug Out Bag First Aid Kit is another article entirely to itself, probably several more. What I will do is recommend that you build your own First Aid Kit instead of buying one of those prepackaged first aid kits that claim to have 1001 things to get you through any emergency.
Plus, building your own first aid kit gives you an intimate knowledge of what it contains and how to use it.
Basic Gear sounds repetitive (what have I been talking about?) but it is my category for the things you absolutely cannot live without but don’t really fit well into another category. Survival Knife – The most used and most versatile tool in your Bug Out Bag is your survival knife.
The fact of the matter is you are might be dealing with a “Without Rule of Law” situation, or close to it, and people are likely to do crazy things. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
Each week wea€™ll curate a new bug-out bag as a guide for those looking to build their own bug-out kit. Access to resources such as water, food, medicine and fuel: Large numbers of people congested into small areas will deplete available resources in a matter of hours. Sanitation: Especially in a a€?Grid Downa€? scenario without working water, sewers and trash services, sanitation (and the associated risks) will become a major concern.
Rioting, Looting, Armed Violence: Desperation and lack of order bring out the worst in some people.
If you really think you are going to grab your BOB and relocate on foot to the mountains and live off the land, you’re fooling yourself and ignoring reality. I was shocked that he was not practicing any long term food storage because he does not have the skills to do it. For most of us though, I’m sure saving a lot of money would be a plus because that would allow us to spend the money saved on more supplies. Or maybe you want to put a large amount of long term storable food in your basement and forget about it until the SHTF. Everybody you read about has been tweaking theirs for months or even years and has a pile of gear built up. A lot of people plan their Bug Out Bag to sustain them for much longer than that, but there is always a limit to what you can carry on your back and a 3 day target is a good place to start. While some are ok, in my experience these types of kits are usually filled with a lot of stuff you are unlikely to need and not enough of the things you will probably need a lot of.
How many people buy one of those pre-made set ups and just assume they are prepared because there’s so much crap in it there must be what I need? Many survivalists will not like this list because it is not exhaustive by any means, but again I will say: It will be enough to get you by for a couple of days.


Also something as simple as a big walking stick or club can be a strong deterrent for bad guys.
At times when you need extreme noise discipline, your young children will be unable to comply.
They will quickly turn on themselves as regular public utilities shut down (electricity will shut off first plunging us into darkness, which will in turn shut down the pumps that create water pressure eliminating drinking water, cooking water and sanitation). That motivated me to write this post after promising my buddy to teach him what I know about food storage.
Keep in mind, depending on future the skills you learn doing the preservation yourself may become invaluable.
Most canned foods can also be eaten safely out of the jar without heating or cooking (canned foods are fully cooked through the canning process). Think about your physical ability to carry the heavy load and the small amount of meals relative to those heavy loads. In a bug out situation, you may not be able to make a fire as you would give away your position easily. There are pluses and minuses to both depending on your financial situation, timeline, goals, plans of bugging in or bugging out, or tactical considerations.
It’s hard to know where to start, but if you cover all of the basics in a survival situation you will still be much better off that 99% of the people.
If those jars don’t break, you may be able to carry enough to sustain yourself for several days to a week. Because their bulk and weight have been greatly reduced through the dehydrating process, dehydrated foods are more compact and convenient for storing and require very little space. Dehydrated foods have approximately double the yield of regular canned foods even though their cost is much lower.
And then there’s also those handy, stackable 1, 5 or 6 gallon food grade buckets which are easy to carry multiples of with their handles and light weight. The information is out there on the web for free but there is no substitution for having a hard copy in event of a grid down situation. If you couple the food grade buckets with mylar bags and oxygen absorbers, now you have a long term storable food (30+ years for long grain white rice, certain legumes, hard red wheat and others…) that is stackable, easily stored, carried and transported.
Can you even carry a reasonable amount of ammo with your food storage, medical gear, cold weather clothing and portable shelter? You will get hypothermia and possibly die or starve or eat the wrong thing and die horribly.



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