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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.