How long do you think it would take you to put together a bag of items you could carry on the run that would keep you safe, warm and, most important, alive in an emergency? A few hours? A week? A month? Now, think about how much time you might have to escape an emergency situation and then survive for 72 hours. A day? An hour? Two minutes?
If you compare those time frames, it will become clear that the time to prepare a Bug Out Bag is now, not after a crisis occurs. The biggest difference between a survivalist and others is that the survivalist is prepared for the inevitable disaster. Survivalists have thought ahead and determined what they will need to get by for three days until disaster relief organizations may be able to reach people affected by whatever crisis has erupted. And as we’ve stated previously, it’s not about “if” an emergency will occur, it’s “when.”
In a Survivalcache.com article titled “The 7 Types of Gear You Must Have in Your Bug Out Bag” (see link below), the author focuses on the most important items you need to survive for 72 hours. Also known as a “grab bag,” a “battle box” or a “GOOD (Get out of Dodge) bag,” this portable kit contains the things that you are mostly likely to need in order to still be standing in three days. Please read this article, thinking about whether the author has successfully covered all of the basic necessities. Meet you on the other side.
One of the reasons I like the list presented in this article is because it’s SHORT. The author remains within his original parameters, sticking with a three-day survival situation. I’ve seen other 72-hour kit lists that boast a more comprehensive collection but they include so many items that they would require a couple of large suitcases to haul them! That’s completely unrealistic for someone who might need to physically carry these items while on the move and in very possibly less than ideal conditions.
Still, if space allowed, I would add a few more small items to the seven listed in the article that would make the extra weight worthwhile. My 10 Vital Items for Your Bug Out Bag are:
- First-Aid Kit. I’d add medicines, vitamins, hand sanitizer, bug repellent and sun block to this kit.
- Basic Gear
- A File Folder filled with maps, travel information, IDs and a disaster plan that includes locations of emergency centers, evacuation routes, and cell phone numbers of family members and friends
- Small Tool Kit, including a hammer and nails, screwdriver, wrench, etc.
- Crank-Operated Radio. In an emergency, this might be your only link to announcements regarding where aid is available and other important information.
Everyone’s priorities are different, so your Top 10 list may look different than mine. Which items would be in your Bug Out Bag and why? Let me know in the comments!