Emergency Preparedness Bug Out Bag
Updated: Apr 23
I've been meaning to revise my "Bug out bag" aka emergency preparedness bag for a while now. It's often cross utilized with my camping gear. In an emergency situation or in a SHTF scenario it needs to be grabbed and go! So ideally it will need to an item on it's own.
My thoughts are building it from scratch, even though I already have some of these items. In doing so, I've decided to post it here for all to see and get some ideas.
This should be a pretty complete list with redundancies going by the motto "Two is one and one is none".
Total weight is approximated at 33lbs rounded up and it's package weight. Loaded weight shouldn't exceed 20% of body weight. This comes in at 16% total body weight for myself. Living in the coastal south, hurricanes and flooding have effected my area. This bag is geared for that environment. Next up would be bags for the entire family.
I've included items I've owned or items that are highly regarded. I've tried not to include any cheap knock off items. When it comes to survival or an emergency situation we don't want failure.
I already own the Kelty Redwing and I like it's space and comfort. I have the Sawyer Squeeze and a Life Straw (not added to this list). I also have the Mora knife, Kershaw, Gerber.
I have several Anker products and they seem reliable. I've owned the Mudman watch for years and will keep it in the bag as a backup to my primary smart watch. I've contemplated adding in a write in the rain note pad. Some playing cards. What is not listed is anything self defense related or personal documents as backup.
The cost from scratch for all of this? Just under $2,000 not including tax. Good news with Amazon Prime it ships free.
The Bag 4lbs
Kelty 50L Redwing Tactical Backpacking WEIGHT 4lbs 1oz
Something to Sleep Under
REDCAMP Ultralight Tent Footprint, 118x116 PU 2000 Waterproof Camping Tent Tarp WEIGHT 1.58lbs
Something to Sleep In
USGI Industries Military Woobie Blanket | Thermal Insulated Camping Blanket, Poncho Liner WEIGHT 1.75lbs
Something to Sleep On
Arcturus Heavy Duty Survival Blanket - Insulated Thermal Reflective Tarp - 60" x 82". All-Weather, Reusable Emergency Blanket WEIGHT 1.4lbs
Clothing 5lbs- Southeast wet climate
Mechanix Wear: M-Pact Covert Tactical Work Gloves WEIGHT .3lbs
USGI Industries Military Style Poncho Multi Use Rip Stop WEIGHT 1lbs 2oz
InsectGuard Permethrin Treated Tick Gaiters / Sleeves / Hat /Belt and Mosquitoes Flies Chiggers & More Insect Repellent WEIGHT 1lbs
Rothco Shemagh Tactical Desert Keffiyeh Scarf WEIGHT 7.2 oz
Rothco Interchangeable Optical System WEIGHT .25 lbs
Wise Owl Outfitters Waterproof Dry Bag WEIGHT 7oz
Fire 1lbs-Two is One and One is None
Zippo Mag Strike WEIGHT 4oz
UCO Stormproof Match Kit with Waterproof Case WEIGHT 1.7oz
Water 2.5lbs-Two is One and One is None
Nalgene Sustain Tritan 32 OZ, Narrow Mouth WEIGHT 6oz
Valtcan 900ml Titanium Pot Backpacking Mug WEIGHT 2lb 2oz
Light / Power / Radio 4lbs
Kershaw 8750TTANBWX Shuffle II WEIGHT .70lbs
1,000 LB SurvivorCord XT | 100 FEET | Patented Military Type IV 750 Paracord/Parachute Cord (7/32" Diameter) with Integrated Kevlar Thread, Braided Fishing Line, and Waterproof Fire Tinder WEIGHT 1LBS
Local Delorme Map and Atlas GPS Grids WEIGHT 12.8oz
SUUNTO MC-2 D/L Mirror Sighting Compass WEIGHT 4oz
First Aide 1lb
Adventure Medical Kits UltraLight and Watertight WEIGHT .4lbs
Gorilla Super Glue Gel WEIGHT 5oz
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