Building a Bug Out Bag Like a Pro

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Building a bug out bag sometimes can be difficult. With so many different and important stuff to pack, you just don’t know how to start.

But, it doesn’t have to be this way.

What if we told you that building a bug out bag could be an enjoyable and fun experience?

Yes, you read that right.

It doesn’t have to be hard at all. The key is to plan and make a gear list. Choose the items you are going to need first, and then purchase the right bag for you.

Let me explain:

If you choose a small pack, you will have problems with placing all your important stuff. Or if you buy a larger one, you will overload it which will cause you back pain and discomfort. And you don’t want that to happen when you are in a critical situation.

With our easy guide, you will learn how to make your survival bag in no time.

1. Hydration and Water

Did you know that the human body can be 3 to 4 days without water?

“Under extreme conditions an adult can lose between one and 1.5 liters of sweat an hour. If that lost water is not replaced, the total volume of body fluid can fall quickly and, most dangerously, blood volume may drop. If this happens, two potentially life-threatening problems arise: sweating stops and body temperature can soar even higher, while blood pressure decreases because of the low blood volume. Under such conditions, death occurs quickly.” claims Randall K. Packer, a professor of biology at George Washington University for Scientific American.

So, you need to pack one liter per person per day. And because this is a three days survival kit, you will need to carry three liters of clean and fresh water. Store it in durable containers or Nalgene plastic bottles.

You could also use a metal army canteen. It is a great option since you can use it to boil water. Of course, don’t forget to pack a purification pills and filter.

This way, you will have access to the basic survival need; pure and clean water.

2. Food

“Fueling your body during an emergency is very different from your everyday diet. Because you’ll probably expend more energy than you normally would, you should eat high-energy, high-protein foods. And because you’ll have a limited supply, the higher-quality foods you eat—and the less of them—the better.” Explains Vanessa DiMaggio for Real Simple.

Bring easy to prepare food like canned beans and meat. You can also use dehydrated camping meals. But bear in mind that you need to make it with hot water.

If the weight is an issue, pack high-calorie food such as chocolate or energy and a candy bar. Dehydrated fruits and vegetables are also a great option because they can last for an extended period and they are very nutritive.

3. Clothing

Choosing the right clothes will depend on the climate and your location. When the weather is terrible, the last thing you need is to get wet. If this happens, it can lead to hypothermia.

“As the temperature falls, the body shunts blood away from the skin to minimize heat lost to the environment. It directs blood flow to the vital organs of the body including the heart, lungs, kidney, and brain. The heart and brain are most sensitive to cold, and electrical activity in these organs slows down in response to cold. If the body temperature keeps falling, the organs begin to fail, and, eventually, death will occur.’’ according to Medical News Today.

So, always bring some spare clothes that will keep you dry and warm. For example, long sleeve shirt, underwear, long underwear, woolen socks, long pants, hat, gloves, rain poncho, hiking boots, and waterproof jacket to keep you warm.

4. Shelter

The most important thing in the survival situations is to protect yourself from the outdoor elements like heat, cold, or rain. Bring a reflective emergency blanket. You can use it as a tarp-tent shelter, a ground tarp or as a sleeping bag.

The best thing is that they are cheap, lightweight and doesn’t take up much space in the bag. To keep yourself dry and warm it is crucial to bring a nylon tarp and a tent. It may be a little bit pricey, but it is worth it.

The last thing you need to pack is a sleeping bag. If you have the additional room in your gear, bring the wool blanket. This way you will warm yourself up.

5. First Aid Kit

“Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.’’ according to American Red Cross.

Whether you buy an emergency kit or you make your own kit, make sure it includes gauze dressing, bandages, pain-relief pills, your medications, tape, scissors, surgical spirit, hydrogen peroxide, and sanitary napkins.

6. Lighting

Having at least two light sources is crucial. If one fails, you have another one. For example, bring one larger flashlight and a smaller one.

Or you could use LED head-lamps, candles or glow sticks. It all depends on your personal preference. These items will help you to find where you are going and to see what you are doing. Pack some extra batteries also.

7. Communications

Having a cell phone in some life-threating situation is a necessity. Pack some extra fully charged battery, if you own one. If you get lucky, you might find a charging point.

Also, bring the AM/FM radio since it will be a primary source of information if the catastrophe happens.


You should know, you can’t build a perfect bug out bag. But the most important thing is to have one. Every pack evolves and changes with your tastes, wants, thoughts and needs.

With our easy guide, you will quickly build an excellent bug out bag.

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