Over on the Urban Survival Site there is a list of 50 survival items that are often overlooked. BUG OUT VEST: para-cord, mini flashlight, pocket medic first aid kit, light space blanket, sewing kit, face mask and rubber gloves, monocular scope, mini-leatherman tool set, water purifier and neutralizer tablets, sun blocker, monocular, Neosporin, toothpaste and toothbrush, microbial soap, compass, fire starter kit, pocket knife, rubber bands, canteens, (6) 30 rds. The Prepared Prepper's Cookbook: Over 170 Pages of Food Storage Tips, and Recipes From Preppers All Over America! There are 2 ALICE Packs that are semi-packed and ready to be filled and loaded in about 5-10 minutes. Bottom line, you need a few lines of defense, you need redundancy (2 is 1, 1 is none) in supplies and gear, you also need to have the ability to cross-load or purpose-load your gear.
YEa, I didnt do any photos either, but something I never see people talk about is updates and rotations. Since I keep my preparedness plans discreet it is not often I get to see the BOB’s created by others. I don’t have photos, but my BOB package consists of a tactical vest with pistol belt to contain defensive items as well as a primary back pack for other gear.
Now, as to my excuse for not contributing photos of my own BOB and GOOD bag…I was too lazy. I had a lot going on, the election was approaching quickly, and I just didn’t have time to dig out my gear and photograph it. MD, please call for BOB photos again after the new year, I promise I’ll send you more photos than you can handle. This is a point I constantly have to remind myself about lest I create a BOB that is too heavy to carry anywhere. My BOB is designed to be more than a single-use item which gets me from Point A to B, for I want it to also get me from Point B to C, C to D, and D to E (if necessary). I pack heavy since the odds are I will be tossing my BOB in a vehicle, but I can also carry a heavy pack for a short distance of a few miles.
We usually have three to four rescue dogs, plus a cat or two, and I know that when we lost one, it is painful. I agree 100% that it is a wonderful idea for people to post pictures of their Bug Out Kits and discuss the contents of their Bug Out Bags because someone might have overlooked an important item when creating their Bug Out Bag and viewing what others have in their Bug Out Bag gives them an opportunity to discover something they might have missed. Why am I not surprised that the only BOB that I have ever seen with a gun cleaning kit is my own. Please help support this site by going through the above link every time that you shop at Amazon.
Over the years he has studied all facets of survivalism, and has learned works and, more importantly, what does not work.
1) Keep In Shape!  You can’t hike to a Bug-out-location successfully when you are overweight and out-of-shape.
A few weeks ago I audited my 2-week emergency food and water supply, and with the Frankenstorm known as Hurricane Sandy about to wreak havoc on the East Coast, I thought it would be a good to also audit my bug out bag. Though we live in the Midwest and are safe from hurricanes, we have been known to experience ice storms that can knock out electricity for weeks at a time.
For the record, I am not one of those weirdos who believes the Mayans predicted the end of the earth in 2012.
I knew before my bug out bag audit that I would be lacking the most important items: food and water. Now that we are out of debt, I’m more comfortable spending a little bit of money to buy some peace of mind, and am slowly tying up all loose ends.
As you can see, this is actually more of a long-term survival kit than something meant to last 72 hours. The important thing here is that you have enough to survive, but not so much that you can’t carry it.
I realize that some of you will think that preparing for an emergency is crazy because nothing bad has ever happened to you, but all you have to look to is look at Hurricane Katrina to know that the government is probably not going to be able to help you.
If more people took emergency preparation seriously, towns would take the time to draw up emergency plans and shelters, and families would take pride in being self sufficient.
Call me crazy, but I’ve worked with politicians for ten years and I’ve yet to meet one who could help me in an emergency. This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged bug out bag, emergency bag, go bag, good bag, prepping. While anything can be overdone, preparing for emergencies is definitely not crazy, but sensible!


When we evacuated for Rita (unnecessarily thankfully), we took an hour to gather up a couple of bags, our dog, and packed almost all of our food (including the perishables in a cooler) into the car for the trip. 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. Don’t forget to check out our list of the best fire starters before you assemble your next bug out bag. 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.
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It helps you look at your vulnerability and help you prioritize according to the situation that is projected to be encountered.
You can’t prepare for every possible contingency, but you can prepare for some things that are either likely or really catastrophic.
Although I submitted my photos of my dog’s BOB, I realized that I really needed to update the contents. Yall might want to think about that BEFORE you spend a week or so hunting for food and your gun jams as soon as someone decides they want what you have. Our community is built on the sharing of information via the comments section below, but before you post your first comment please read our "comments policy" carefully. It costs you nothing extra when you order and we get a small commission that helps to support this site. His calling is to show ordinary people how to become better prepared for an uncertain future. Being proactive means you don’t have to stand in line for hours and fight for supplies like the idiots in Manhattan.
Basically it is a backpack full of essential items that you keep at the ready, either in your house or in your car, in case you need to quickly leave your home behind. I just believe that our electricity grid is very outdated and vulnerable, and with most towns and cities having only a 3 day supply of food (thanks to our “just in time” food delivery network), any long term emergency situation would quickly devolve into panic and chaos.
After I stocked up my house with 2 weeks of food and water for 4 people, I just forgot to get some special order calorie-dense food packs and sealed bags of water for my bug out bag. After I buy the remaining items on my list, I will probably find that I need to have another bag for my wife to carry as well. Unfortunately these TV shows go out of their way to find the craziest people and are meant to sensationalize the topic. Instead, most people will rely on their elected officials and law enforcement to take care of their families.


I do need to bulk up my non-perishable food supply a bit but we also live within 5 mins of over 10 friends and family members. I wont be preparing for an end of the world scenario but I will prepare for normal predictable disasters such as hurricanes and long term power outages. We live in an area where those huge, 9+ mega-thrust earthquakes happen every few hundred years. This is certainly a timely post for those up in the Northeast, but my lack of fear causes complacency. 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.
They can also be carried independently or can become stand alone if one or the other is stashed temporarily, left or lost.
Most everything I’ve tried to duplicate between the wifes and my packs plus extra in a box to go in the vehicle(s) if needed. Also some comments are moderated depending on the content and while we try to get your comment published as quickly as possible, sometimes it may take several hours before your comment appears live. He is the author of “31 Days to Survival” and ”The Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat“ both published by Paladin Press. In my opinion, if you are leaving your house and setting out on foot, it means that something really bad has happened.
For that reason, if you take the time to prepare, I’d suggest not telling anyone about it, except those you love.
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. Not likely, but VERY important in the event of a trauma event causing significant volume of blood loss, so I also have celox and plastic to cover a sucking chest wound. Plus my GPS is up to date and I know at least a dozen escape routs and even more places to stay if necessary. To conform to FCC rules assume that all links are affiliate links or paid advertising, most aren't but for legal purposes just assume that they are.
My preference is to stay in my home as long as possible and pitch a tent indoors where it is warm. Regular posts about debt freedom, intentional living, and personal finance, with some travel mixed in. We only got the tail end of the storm and it hit us much harder than expected because of the age of the city and the abundance of 100+ year old trees.
I have thought much about theses issues and my bigger issues stem with issues that stem from having a family and a low income. The only reason I’d leave with my family is if we ran out of food and water and there was no chance of help coming.
Over a week without power is hard in today’s age but we managed with camping supplies and a land line. She was pretty emaciated when I first brought her home (on Father’s Day this past June). Although I would go head to head with anyone in scrounging and resourcing and feel if push comes to shove we would be ok although not as prepped as I prefer.



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  1. ELNUR
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  3. 3apa
    Aim to have brought me a pail of homemade.