Things You Should Definitely Add To Your Bug-Out Checklist

Nov 10, 2014 by

Before choosing a bug out bag, it is important to have the items that you needed first. Knowing what you need and making sure that it will all fit in a single bag is more important than buying the bag just because you like its color. In choosing the best bug out bag, 4 things should be considered: Accessibility, lightweight, durability, and tailored to suit your individual needs. Aside from comfort and fit, the space provided and the number of compartments should also be considered when choosing the best bug out bag.


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‘Pack Light’ is the first rule of thumb when travelling. The same thing applies when packing with your own bug out bag. Your bug out bag should be filled with all the essential items you will need to survive. As much as possible, prefer for lightweight items. You might need to carry it for at least 72 hours so you have to be extra mindful in choosing what items to bring. Here are some items that you should definitely not miss out.

Emergency Food Kits


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Survival food kits such as MREs can be handy for your bug out bag. Carrying cooking pans and stove kits are no longer a problem as these food kits no longer require cooking.

Water and Water Purification Tools

Water is essential in life so is in your bug out bag. Having a minimum of one liter a day is just enough to keep you hydrated. Water is also the easiest thing to find in survival, even non-survivalists can easily find them, that’s why having water purification tools, is also highly recommended.  3 Liters of drinking water, water bottle/canteen, water filters, and 3 water purification tablets can last you for 72 hours.

Duct Tape

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Duct tape is a very handy tool in terms of survival. It is even considered of somewhat a miracle worker due to the many wonders it could do. Duct tapes can be used as simple or as complicated as you wanted to. Aside from acting for its main purpose, duct tapes can also be used in creating a shelter, making a spear, catch pesky flies, hem your pants, or even make a disguise.

Weather-Proof Items

Weather-proof items such as water-proof matches, emergency Mylar blanket, water and  hiking shoes, and windbreaker jackets are just some to name a few of the products that can resist the unpredictable weather.

Ziploc Bags

If you can’t afford to buy weather-proof items, you can go for Ziploc bags instead. Ziploc bags are a good option if you wanted to protect your gadgets and other important items from getting soaked in water.




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Before it was known as a popular dating app, tinder was first used to ignite fire. Tinder is an effective and low cost fire starter alternative. You don’t have to worry on going to the store to buy them as you can make one of your own. Collected dryer lint, cedar shavings, cotton ball dipped in petroleum jelly and cotton pads coated with candle wax are the best ideas for fire tinder.


Knife is the most used and the most versatile tool in your bug out bag. Survival knife were not named as such for no main reason. It can be used with hundreds of survival-related functions. When choosing the perfect survival knife bear in mind this key features:

  • Size
  • Fixed blade
  • Full tang
  • Single-edged blade
  • Sharp pointed tip
  • Solid pommel

Remington Oil

Remington oil is a huge necessity in the field. Aside from keeping firearms clean and lubricated, Rem Oil can also maintain your other survival tools. It is one of the necessity items that most people forget. In times of survival, survival equipment are hard to replace, therefore, keeping them clean is a top priority.

First-Aid Kit

A bug out bag is your savior in times of an emergency and first aid kits are your wound’s savior. It is recommended that you choose and fill the contents of the kit with your own preference and need rather than choosing the pre-made ones.

An ideal bug out bag should suffice you and your family for 72 hours. Thus, the need to carefully assess each item before shoving it down your bag is a definite must. It’s better to be prepared for the unexpected and knowing what to do rather than getting hit on the blind side.

Roger Gallager is a blogger who likes sharing his knowledge and writes for Security Vantage.


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