June 9, 2021

The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List

Essential Items To Be Prepared For A Natural Disaster

Life is unpredictable. One never knows when disaster may strike and you might be forced to escape your immediate surroundings at a moment’s notice. That’s why it’s a wise decision to be ready for such an eventuality.
The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List Of Essential Survival Supplies for natural disasters like hurricanes and flooding

What Is A Bug Out Bag?

Basically, a Bug Out Bag, also referred to as a BOB, is an emergency backpack filled with essential survival items that are designed to help you in the event you either need to evacuate your home at a moments notice or if you are hunkered down in your home due to a natural disaster. 

Most bug out bags typically include all the necessary items to help you get through the first 72 hours of any calamity. This means that you may be outside without a roof over your head or stuck indoors for three days without power or being able to access external help, but your BOB is designed to be able to help see you through.

List Of Essential Bug Out Bag Supplies

Before we dive into why you should have a bug out bag, Let’s first take a look at what you need to include in your BOB and what purpose each item serves.
 
 
1. Air Filtration Mask - In case of a dust storm or a tornado, you can’t get clean breathable oxygen without an air-filtration mask. When buying one, take care to choose a model that also has particulate filtration.
 
2. Waterproof Tent - Mylar tents are specially designed to trap heat and keep water out. You must have one in your BOB.
 
3. Survival blanket - These blankets are light, thin as sheets, and coated with metal to help retain a lot of heat. Space blankets can also be used as makeshift shelters if needed.
 
4. Water filtration device and Water Bottle - Needed for making and storing clean water, while keeping contaminants away.
 
5. Food Bars - The rations you carry should be energy-dense. There are several manufacturers that sell military-approved food bars that have a long shelf life and are specifically designed to sustain yourself in harsh environments.
 
6. Gloves - Durable gloves will not only strengthen your grip but also save your hands from getting bruised and infected.
 
7. Waterproof jacket - If your area has unpredictable weather, you must carry a rugged jacket.
 
8. Knife and Pepper spray - Knives can be handy for self-defense and as a tool in tough situations. Additionally, a can of pepper spray will help you ward off attackers or wild animals.
 
9. Flashlight - A powerful but compact flashlight should be part of every BOB. You can supplement it with a glowstick as they stay lit for about twelve hours and are easily visible from afar.
 
10. First-Aid Kit - A well-rounded first-aid kit is a must for every BOB and should include antibiotic ointment, painkillers, bandages, sunscreen, wipes, antiseptic lotion, painkillers, gauze, and a tourniquet. Take some time when packing these to read up on how to properly self-administer first-aid in an emergency situation.
 
11. Maps and a Compass - Disasters like earthquakes can alter the landscape of your surroundings, making even local navigation difficult. A map and a compass will help you determine exactly where you are and where you may need to go to stay safe or get help.
 
12. Multi-Purpose Tools - Include a mini-shovel in your BOB to dig trenches, carve out firepits, and for self-defense when outside. You should also carry paracords for fishing, hunting, and securing your shelter. Finally, duct tape, a whistle, and a portable battery are great items to round out your bug-out bag.

" If you live in an area that is prone to natural disasters like tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, or earthquakes, the best time to get prepared is before they strike"

- Phil Bregman
Owner Safety Kits Plus

Why You Need A Bug Out Bag

Now that we have covered what items to include in your BOB, it's important to be clear about the point of this whole exercise. Global climate is changing rapidly and weather patterns have become more unpredictable than ever. Even if you consider your area to be relatively safe from natural calamities, you can never be absolutely sure. Sometimes, having your essentials neatly packed in one place, even if you are trapped in your own home, can mean the difference between life and death.

With that out of the way, here are some basic facts about humans. Your body can handle up to 3 minutes of air deprivation. You can survive for about 3 hours without a roof over your head in a hostile environment. Your body can take about 3 days of dehydration and you can go almost 3 weeks without having any food. If you see a lot of “3”s in these facts, that’s because this is known as the Survival Rule of 3’s.

When you start kitting out your BOB, make sure to begin by taking care of the above. Once that’s done, the other categories of items that you should cover are clothing, defense, light, first-aid, navigation, and other miscellaneous tools. Depending on product availability and your family configuration, you must judiciously include things that cover each of these categories, while making sure that at least some of the tools inside can be used by toddlers as well.

BOB-making should be a family exercise. This is important because in the midst of a disaster, it’s not always possible to coordinate effectively. Together, you need to decide on things like how many BOBs to make and what items to include so that no one misses out on essentials. If you have a toddler, make sure he/she is familiar with at least some basic tools like a flashlight or a danger whistle.

What Is The Best Way To Build Your Bug Out Bag?

Bug-Out Bags are just a common sense thing that you should put together to be ready for anything but most of us don’t. After all, it’s easy to take danger lightly when we are ensconced in the thick walls of modern-day infrastructure.

However, the recent pandemic has made a lot of people reckon with the perils of taking Mother Nature lightly and how ill-prepared we are for untoward situations. If you are one of these people, get your family together and kit out your bug-out bags ASAP. You never know when you may need it.

One of the easiest ways to get started with building your BOB is to get a survival kit. We have a great selection of survival kits that will jumpstart your preparations and cover many of the essential equipment and tools you would need.

Our Top-Selling Survival Kits

We have a great selection of survival kits that will jumpstart your preparations and cover many of the essential equipment and tools you would need.


1. MyMedic 10 Essentials Survival Kit

The MyMedic 10 Essentials Survival Kit is designed to cover 10 of your most crucial survival supply needs in case of an emergency. First Aid Kit, Multi-tool, Water, Food, Fire, Light Source, Sun Protection, Shelter, Navigation, and Clothes. All of this comes in a stylish dry bag and is the perfect starting point for your bug out bag.
 

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2. Uncharted Supply Co Seventy2 Survival System

There are two variations of this amazing and well-equipped survival kit, a basic and a pro version. This is the basic kit and it is filled with essential survival equipment to help keep you and your family safe in an emergency situation. First Aid Kit, Tools, Air & Vision, Water & Food, Fire, Light Sources, Shelter, Electronics, and Clothes. If you have a larger group you are preparing for, check out the Pro version.

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3. Uncharted Supply Co Seventy2 PRO Survival System

This Pro system is ideal for a two people as it doubles up on many of the essential supplies to help two people prepare for an emergency. All of the same survival bases are covered with this amazing kit: First Aid Kit, Tools, Air & Vision, Water & Food, Fire, Light Sources, Shelter, Electronics, and Clothes.

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Don't Forget To Personalize Your Bug Out Bag

Always be sure to personalize your BOB to ensure you have items like medications, prescription glasses/contacts, contact information, and items your family members may need in an emergency.

Natural disasters can strike when we least expect them, so get prepared today.

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