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Bug-out bag

The purpose of a bug-out bag is to provide the tools and supplies needed to deal with a disaster, your strategy for dealing with which ever disasters you choose to prepare for will determine which of the following variants you use. A BOB is generally used to compliment and expand upon the abilities of one's Every Day Carry and/or Personal Survival Kit.


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Types of Bug Out Bag

There are different types of Bug Out Bag, differing in their size and contents as well as their intended purpose. What they have in common is that they are portable aides to survival, designed to assist their user in surviving and/or escaping from a survival situation. The basic types or categories are described here.

72-Hour BOB

This is what is most commonly meant by the term “Bug-Out Bag”. It is designed to sustain one person for three days, on the move.

Get Home Bag

The get-home bag (GHB) is a BOB intended to get the user from wherever he or she happens to be when disaster strikes, back to his or her home, where (presumably) the rest of his or her survival preparations are stored. From there, he or she can then decide whether to bug-in/bunker, or bug out. The GHB is generally smaller and lighter than a 72 hour BOB, as it is only useful if it is light and handy enough to actually carry every day.

Office Kit

If possible, have an Office Kit stored at your place of employment with additional supplies you cannot carry with you in your EDC. Some employers even supply a small emergency kit which can be the basis for your Office Kit. This kit is especially useful in an urban location, when you are dependent upon public transportation or when your EDC is limited in size.

Go Bag

A Go bag is intended to support its owner while getting from point A to point B, typically a Bug Out Location. The contents and size of the bag will be determined by the time, distance, and obstacles that one expects to encounter during their bug out.

I'm Never Coming Home

The “I'm Never Coming Home” (INCH) variant is designed to support the life of its owner indefinitely as opposed to other BOBs which are oriented torward sustaining life for a fixed length of time and perhaps an advantage if something unexpected happens. These bags tend to be much larger and contain a wider array of tools and supplies, they are also much heavier. If you decide to build an INCH, you may want to give consideration to an easier way to carry it such as a pulk sled, Travois or rickshaw.

The Car BOB

The Car BOB is a combination of GHB and BOB, kept in one's car. It is intended to get the user, either in his/her vehicle or on foot, from wherever the car happens to be (whether at home or not) to another location (either home, or a bugout location). Typically, it is a big larger than a GHB that is carried in a daypack (because it can be left in the trunk rather than carried every day), but not as thorough as a 72 hour BOB (because it is usually only going to be used for a short period of time, to get home to one's other preparations). The car BOB should also carry car-specific items, like trunk-safe emergency fuel, a battery charger, fix-a-flat, road maps and atlases, flares, etc.

Building Your Bug Out Bag

Once you fully understand what each type of BOB is for and have established your survival strategy, you will want to begin building yours. You must choose both its contents and the bag itself to fit your needs. This can lead to somewhat of a chicken and egg problem as the bag will determine what you are able carry to while your gear will determine what kind of bag you need.

The Bag

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Your bag must be adequate in size and capacity to meet your needs. It should be durable, comfortable, and affordable. You may also want to consider its appearance carefully with respect to visual camouflage or social camouflage. You may want to consider starting with a bag you already own to save money for its contents, or purchase one of the following bags:

  • Military Surplus - Military surplus packs are one of the most common types for BOB building, they are affordable and generally of high-quality. The ALICE pack is one of the most common military surplus bags.
  • Backpacking/Camping - Civilian camping bags offer comfortable, affordable bags designed specifically for the purpose of carrying camping gear.
  • School/Book - School or book bags, like those typically carried by students, are generally cheap and readily available. They easily go unnoticed in many situations. They also come in many form factors such as messenger style bags and “man purses.”
  • High-End Civilian - High-end civilian packs can be had at most camping and outdoor stores. They can be very lightweight with many desireable features
  • High-End Military - High-end military packs vary, but Kifaru is widely regarded as the final word in high-end military packs. These packs typically offer the widest array of features and highest quality construction, with the possible exception of High-End civilian gear. Packs like the Kifaru accept MOLLE pouches for customization to tailor the pack for individual needs.

BOB Contents

Your bug-out gear needs to be tailored to your needs so what works for one person, may not be right for you and vice versa. Note that many of the items listed are redundant, such as a tent, bivvy sack, and Hammock shelter OR water purification tablets, water filters, and a means to boil water. Many individuals follow the “two is one, one is none” rule and prefer to have redundancy while others choose to minimize their equipment for maximum mobility.

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Keep a survival travel pack in your vehicle. (Mind you it doesn’t need to be a pack so to speak, just a tidy area with survival things handy.) In this “pack” there should be jumper cables, fluids for your car, a jug of water, road flares, a jack, tire rod, first aid kit, fix a flat, MREs (or some sort of compact food, protein bars are nice to.) A knife/and or multi tool, a fire starter (rather it be a good name brand lighter, matches, or an actual fire starter), tinder shavings, rope, extra set of clothes and shoes, and an emergency radio/flashlight (I, personally have a 2-in-1) with extra batteries. I also HIGHLY recommend a book called,“SAS Survival Guide Handbook”, They sell this in a pocket size version which you can easily put in that survival pack. This book not only shows you what plants to eat, but which one too not eat. It has great first aid advice, talks of poisonous animals, insects,etc….it truly is an all-around lifesaving book. (You can purchase it on Amazon for about $8.)

Since, I am on the subject of jacks and tire rods; one should become familiar with how to use these tools. (Have your husband show you before he leaves and YouTube is great as well.) You should also know how to change your own oil/fluids, jump your battery, and you should become familiar with your engine. I recommend a short mechanical course on the weekends, or again YouTube can be useful or Google. When packing MREs or food related items, keep track of your expiration dates, and make sure there is enough for each person (in my case I have two children.) The same goes for the water. I keep bottled water in my car; The jug of water is good in case your vehicle over heats or you just need extra water. When it comes to the knife, learn how to sharpen your knife and learn its different uses. (Same with the multi-tool.) Also, make sure to Google and/or YouTube ropes and knots…it may make a real difference on day. For the clothes/shoes make sure you change them out with the season. If its winter you will need good insulated boots and wool socks, gloves, hat and long johns. (Remember Wool is the better choice as cotton will keep you cold and wet.)

Since I have mentioned water, I want to take a minute to go over some important factors on water. We all know its vitally important, more so than food. If you ever get in a situation where you are out of water and need to find more water then follow some of this advice. First off, NEVER, drink unsterilized water. If you are prepared for an emergency (such as your survival pack in the car.) you should have your jug that had your water, tinder shavings and fire starter. You can collect the water and boil it before you drink it. Un-boiled water can have dangerous pathogens in it. If you are in a cold climate and think you’re going to eat snow…DON’T! Eating snow can bring down your core body temperature. Again, you can boil the snow down to water…kills pathogens and in turn heats up the water. If this sounds like too much work you can buy filtrated straws that will filter the water your ingesting.(Make sure to buy one for each person or even two for each person, as the straws only filter about 20 gallons of water and you never know how long it will take to get rescued.)

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