Not only will this guide tell you what to add to your list, but why as well.
Before we jump in, make sure to bookmark this page right now so you can come back to this free bug out bag checklist to build out your bag over time. Now with that out of the way, let's get started.
A Quality Bug Out Bag
Before you begin filling your bug out bag with all your survival gear and supplies, you need a high-quality bug out bag.
Starting your bug out bag build with a crappy pack is a terrible idea so make certain you get one with the following qualities:
- Includes a MOLLE system
- Has padded hip support straps
- Water resistant or includes a shell
- High quality no jamb zippers
- Includes a lot of pockets and compartments
1 – Bug Out Bag
The Expandable Combat Pack is a badass bug out bag and an ideal pack for anyone serious about putting together a legit bug out bag. It’s also large enough for those putting together an INCH Bug Out Bag (I‘m. Never. Coming. Home.)
Once you’ve got your bug out bag, it’s time start building your bag with survival gear.
Note: This bug out bag checklist is intended to provide you all the possible items you may want to add to your bag. However, if you added everything suggested from this bug out bag checklist into your bag, it may become too heavy for practical purposes. You should pick and choose the gear and supplies that make the most sense to meet your needs.
Water and Hydration Tools
For SHTF, you’re going to want at least three separate ways to your water sources. Drinking contaminated water can make you severely sick and can even kill you.
Why not just carry all the water you’ll need? Not an option, water is extremely heavy so you’ll have to find it along the way. That’s why you’ll need key purification tools to filter and treat the water you find.
2 – Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Your choice of water bottle matters. It’s important to get a water bottle made out of stainless steel and not plastic. You can’t boil water in a plastic bottle or an insulated one, and boiling is the simplest way to purify water you find to ensure it is safe to consume.
So fill your stainless steel bottle today with safe, clean water and stash it in your bug out bag. That way you can start your bug out with a full bottle of clean water and then refill and boil/filter/purify as needed on your route.
3 – Water Purification Tablets
An alternative method to purify water from rivers and streams when boiling is too time-consuming is to carry some water purification tablets.
These tablets treat water faster than boiling, and they allow you to purify on the go and keep moving. Plus they are extremely lightweight so that you won’t pay much of a weight penalty.
4 – Portable Water Filter
A good water filter will remove all the particulates from your water such as dirt or soot, but a great one will also remove most harmful bacteria as well. So you should pack a small portable water filter to clean your water and purify it too.
The Mini Hydration Filter by Sawyer is great since it’s both small and portable. It’ll save you a lot of pack weight and space compared to larger units.
Get a couple of them, one for each family member.
Food Supply Items
You need to pack some calories. A few essential food sources stashed in your bug out bag will keep you healthy and maintain your stamina. Food can get heavy so you’ll want to focus on light, easy to prepare foods.
But you should also try to take advantage of what the land can provide. So make sure to pack a few survival tools to help hunt or gather additional foods along your bug out route.
5 – Freeze Dried Foods
Freeze dried foods are a hot meal in a pouch making them another light food source you can add to your bug out bag. They take a few minutes to prepare so wait until you find a safe spot to rest. Just add the pouch contents to boiling water, stir, and eat up.
The Wise Company Emergency 72 Hour Kit has 18 servings with a 7 year shelf life.
These smaller servings are perfect for the outdoor enthusiast or the prepper on the go. Just add hot water and instantly you are treated to a warm delicious meal in just about any environment.
6 – Protein Bucket
If you’re looking for something a little more long term, the 104 Servings Protein Bucket is the perfect choice. It has a 15 year shelf life and contains rice, beef, and chicken.
It weighs approximately 10 pounds so it is ideal for those who plan on settling in one spot for a longer period of time.
7 – Eating Utensils
Unless you prefer eating with dirty hands, you’ll want something small and light to move your food from pouch to mouth.
Get this awesome spork; it’s both a spoon and a fork. And a 2 for 1 is always a good deal in survival. Plus, the blade is protected once put together and is made in the USA.
Now as a side note, you won’t need a small knife because you can use your survival knife instead (a separate list item later).
8 – Small Collapsible Cup/Bowl
You’ll want an easy way to keep your prepared food contained for serving and eating. In our homes we use plates, but they are heavy and take up a lot of space.
So instead get one of these collapsible cups, that can double as a bowl, and they work great.
We recommend this one because it’s stainless steel which means you can boil water in it when you need to.
9 – Braided Fishing Line
Fish are an excellent source of protein if you can snag them. Fishing while bugging out is not always possible, however you definitely won’t catch any without some fishing line.
Get braided fishing line since it’s highly durable and can take more abuse than the regular fishing line. You won’t need much so you can get the small spool, but you’ll have to decide what lbs test line will work best for your needs.
The bottom line is that having some fishing line is a great survival tool to have in your bag. It’s light, durable and can help you catch fish or help with other survival needs.
10 – ParaNade Kit 2.0
The ParaNade Kit 2.0 is a larger kit relative to the original ParaNade kit and includes 30 tools in 1 packed together with handy paracord.
Not only does it included sinkers and swivels for the fishing line mentioned previously, but it also contains tools like a wire saw and mini blade that would be necessary in any survival situation.
11 – Portable Light Weight Stove
This piece of survival gear is a personal choice of whether to include it in your bug out bag or not. You CAN definitely survive without it and save the weight. Your call.
With that said, you can use it to boil water faster than having to build a fire. It also makes your freeze dried pouch food preparation both easier and faster.
Another consideration is stealth. A fire can give away your position to others, especially at night. However, with this small stove, you’ll be able to cook your food without nearly as much exposure.
12 – Stove Fuel
If you decide to pack a stove, then you’ll need to purchase a couple of fuel containers to go with it.
Grab a couple and try to use them as sparingly as possible. Eventually, they will run out, but if they get you to your bug out location before they do, then you win.
13 – Survival Slingshot
You can learn how to use a slingshot quickly with some dedicated practice. Like most survival skills, it will take some practice, but it may be worth it in the end as it’s a decent option for sourcing some protein.
14 – Daily Multivitamin Supplement
Stash some daily vitamins to help maintain your overall heath. Your diet will become severely limited in the wilderness, so taking a daily vitamin supplement will help keep your mind and body strong.
Clothing and Warmth Items
Rule #1 – Only carry as much clothing as you need for survival.
Rule #2 – Don’t forget rule number 1.
Spare clothes will take too much precious pack space and weigh more than you think. So try to limit additional clothes to just a couple of the main undergarments.
Plan on wearing the same set of durable clothes every day and then change out your undergarments to maintain reasonable hygiene.
Remember, if you’re bugging out, it’s because of a survival event forced you to leave, so changing your clothes multiple times is not a luxury you can afford.
15 – Fresh Socks
While I just suggested you compromise on your main cloth items (shirts and pants), I don’t recommend the same for your socks. Your feet are just too important during a bug out. You can’t afford to get trench foot or severe blisters. So rotate a fresh pair of socks daily.
Pack one pair and wear one pair. Wash, dry and rotate daily.
16 – Quick Drying Undergarments
Pack quick-dry undergarments so you can wash and then tie them to the outside of your pack to dry. They are designed to dry quickly, so you only need one spare set of underwear and undershirt in your pack. Rotate daily.
17 – Sewing Kit
Since you’re only taking one main set of clothes (the set you’ll wear every day), you’ll need a small light traveling sewing kit. A sewing kit allows you to mend your clothes should they rip or tear on the trail.
18 – Survival Gloves
When it gets cold out, you’ll need a set of gloves. The CQB Gloves are a good choice because they’re designed for people who work with their hands and will keep your knuckles protected.
With these gloves on your hands, you’ll have enough dexterity to use your survival knife or a firearm without taking them off.
19 – Stocking Cap
In cold weather, plan to retain as much body heat as possible. Pack a camouflage stocking cap to avoid detection in the wild or a gray one if you must travel through a city.
20 – Body Warmers
Keep a few body warming packets stashed in your bug out bag just in case. Then save them for serious emergencies only, like just before the threat of frostbite.
You can’t afford to lose your fingers or toes to frostbite in survival. That situation would be game over.
21 – Rain Poncho with Hood
Nothing will drain heat from your body (and from your soul) than hiking in drenched clothes. It’s a miserable experience, and it’s very dangerous in the cold.
This Princeton study shows that “Generally conductive heat loss accounts for only about 2% total loss. However, with wet clothes the loss is increased 5x.”
So pack a poncho. Ponchos are thin, light and take up limited space. Get one with a hood to keep the rain off your head.
Also, get one that’s durable and won’t tear easily in the rugged wilderness. It may cost a few dollars more, but it’s worth it. If you’re cold and wet for long, hypothermia is coming.
Shelter and Bedding Items
Your choice of bug out survival shelter comes down to a personal preference. Personally, I don’t pack a full-fledged tent. The tent poles and anchors are too heavy.
Instead, survival skills and knowledge is best to make a basic survival shelter.
22 – Tarp Shelter
With a durable survival tarp and key survival skills, you can create a space that is as good as a traditional tent.
It will 1) keep the rain off you, 2) break the wind and 3) give you a “safe” space to sleep at night. So why carry all the extra weight of tent poles?
23 – Survival Hammock
A hammock is another survival solution for a single sleeper.
Combine a good sleeping bag with a hammock and you’ll be warm, off the ground, and dry. All you need is a couple of trees and some paracord to tie off.
24 – SOL Emergency Bivvy
We all know what sleeping bags are, but the term “bivvy” may be new to you.
SOL Emergency Bivvy is an emergency survival blanket that fits in your hand. It’s about as small and light weight as you can get but will keep you warm and dry even in the worst weather conditions. I wish everyone would at least put one of these in your vehicles glove boxes, these Bivvy’s save lives.
Get one and add it to your pack.
25 – Sleeping Pad
While a sleeping pad provides some comfort, its primary survival function is to insulate you from the cold, hard ground. You need something between you and the ground because lying directly on the ground sucks the warmth and energy out of your body.
You can forgo a pad and get insulation by building a layer with wilderness debris (i.e. leaves, pine straw, etc.) but only if you know what you’re doing.
Get this light, durable option with high insulation/rebound 18kg/m3 PU foam core.
The best way to add a sleeping pad to your bug out pack is to roll it up and attach it to the outside because there won’t be enough room on the inside of your bug out bag.
26 – Zip Ties
If you stop to think about it, zip ties are an amazing invention. They are tough as hell, light, and allow you to create tight connections. Many police departments us a thick set of zip ties instead of handcuffs.
They have a large variety of additional survival uses too.
As far as shelters go, use them to tie branches together to create simple survival shelters.
27 – Paracord
Paracord has so many survival uses I could have added “paracord” to nearly every bug out checklist category.
In the case of shelters, it can be used to tie branches together or to attach your tarp to trees. It can also anchor your hammock to trees.
Fire Starting Tools and Gear
You need 3 independent ways to start a fire.
Fire is your life blood in a survival emergency. You need it to purify water, cook food, for nighttime warmth, safety, and it’s a huge morale booster.
Once you have your 3 critical fire starting tools, practice so you know how to use them.
And if you really want up your survival game, learn how to start a fire with sticks. It takes serious survival skills to start a fire with sticks in high wind or wet conditions.
28 – Waterproof Survival Matches
These waterproof matches are the real deal. Regular matches are not good enough. If regular matches get wet, forget about having a fire. These matches are Storm Proof and can light even after being dunked in water.
29 – FireSteel Fire Starter
Fire strikers work great if you know what you’re doing. It helps to have a very fine, dry tinder bundle to get the sparks to ignite.
This fire striker is fantastic and is designed for thousands of strikes, but practice with it before relying on it.
30 – Windproof – Waterproof Electrical Lighter
A lighter is a lighter right? Not really.
Can your cheap BIC lighter work after dropping it in a river? Nope. Will a cheap BIC lighter’s flame stay lit in 80 MPH winds? Nope.
I recommend spending a couple extra dollars on a new badass fire starting technology: Tesla Electric Lighter.
This lighter doesn’t use fuel, so you’ll never run out. It uses electricity to create an electric arc which is both windproof and waterproof. It charges via a USB port so you’ll need a solar charger or a hand crank radio to recharge.
31 – Tinder
As an experienced survivalist, you can normally find natural tinder in the wilderness. However, it’s always smart to prepare for the worst, so pre-pack some tinder tabs as well.
Cotton balls work well, or you can buy these Quick Fire Tabs are specially made for easy ignition. They hold a flame longer giving you time to catch the tinder flame to your small kindling.
32 – Vaseline
Add a dab of Vaseline to tinder and it will help it ignite quickly and easily.
33 – Small Waterproof Storage Container
You should stash all of your fire starting tools into a Waterproof Airtight Container. This container will keep your fire starting tools dry in a downpour or if you fall in a river with your pack. It has the added bonus of being able to float!
First Aid and Medical Supplies
When in the wilderness, exposed to the elements, there’s an increased chance of illness or injury.
So add the essential first aid supplies to be able to treat these issues. Remember, a minor cut can kill via infection if not properly treated.
34 – Personal Medications
If you have prescribed medications, then stock up and add them to your bug out bag.
35 – Wound Gauze Roll
Gauze is the ideal dressing for bad cuts or severe burns. It’s light and takes up very little pack space.
36 – Surgical Tape
Surgical tape is made to keep gauze, pads, and bandages in place even when you’re on the move.
37 – Band-Aids / Mole Skin Pads
Band-aids are the best solution for small cuts and lacerations. They help keep open wounds clean and protected, which helps prevent an infection from developing.
You should also add a few moleskin pads for blisters. Band-aids won’t stay in place on your feet while walking, but moleskin will.
38 – Neosporin
Add Neosporin to any cut or laceration to help prevent infections.
39 – Pain Killers
For minor aches and pains, these can help keep you going. For serious injuries, pain killers will take the edge off until you can get more help.
40 – Blood Clotting Sponge
Nasty, deep wounds won’t clot on their own. You have to apply intense pressure to the wound site for a long time to get the blood stop, congeal, and begin the healing process.
41 – Super Glue
Super glue can be used to seal up small cuts. Plus, it comes in handy in numerous survival uses.
42 – Vaseline
I’m aware this is the second time Vaseline made this bug out bag checklist, but it works as both a fire starter and as an ointment. Apply this stuff to your chapped skin or lips to prevent painful cracking.
44 – Sterile Alcohol Prep Pads
Clean all wounds early and often with alcohol wipes. The alcohol will clean the wound, killing infection-causing bacteria.
45 – Q-tips Cotton Swabs
Use Q-tips to clean your ears. Allowing excess wax to build up in your ears can lead to infection. And, wax buildup muffles your hearing. And clear hearing is a major advantage in survival.
They are also ideal for applying small amounts of medical salves and liquids.
Lastly, you can tear off the cotton ends and use them as tinder to start a fire.
They are extremely light and useful, so feel free to pack a couple hundred of them.
46 – Tweezers and Nail Clippers
Pack a sharp set of tweezers to get slivers out and a good set of nail clippers to trim your nails.
47 – Insect Repellent / Head Net
Mosquitoes are a nuisance and can transmit diseases so if they are abundant in your region you’ll want to pack a repellent spray with high amounts of DEET. A mosquito head net can also be an effective way to ward of those pesky mosquitoes.
48 – Sun Screen
You should only pack a small bottle of this, so you’ll need to ration it. Save it for the worst days and instead, keep your skin covered up. Get one with an SPF30, to protect you for longer periods of time.
A hat, long sleeves and pants go a long way to preventing sunburn but keep sunscreen handy for the worst days.
Personal Hygiene Items
This is survival we are talking about, so if you enjoy daily hot showers get ready for an abrupt change. When on the run, you’ll need basic sanitation, but that’s NOT going to include daily hot showers.
49 – Moist Towelettes
Pack a bunch of shower wipes. They are a good light-weight hygiene solution on the go. It’s no shower but, hey, it’s better than nothing.
50 – Toothbrushes
Pack several small, light toothbrushes because they won’t take up much space. Oral hygiene is important to prevent all sorts of tooth problems.
51 – Toothpaste
You’ll need a small tube of toothpaste to complement your toothbrushes ensuring oral hygiene.
Ration it to the extreme. You don’t know how long it will be before you can restock, but try to use a little each day.
52 – Dental Floss
Light, small and highly useful, dental floss will keep your gums healthy. Maybe even more important than brushing.
53 – Sportsman Soap
While moist towelettes can replace your daily shower, you’ll want some sportsman soap for the occasional river bath.
Again, ration this stuff to the extreme unless you pack a lot of it. But it will get heavy and take up space if you do.
54 – Tampons
Everyone should add a few of these to their packs since there are at least 13 excellent survival uses for tampons.
55 – Hand Sanitizer
Use a small bottle of hand sanitizer to clean your hands before eating. Try to avoid ingesting bacteria from your hands after tromping through the wilderness all day.
56 – Bandana
Core Survival Tools
These are traditional survival tools that didn’t fit into our other but out bag checklist categories. However, they are essential to your bug out’s success.
57 – High-Quality Compass
If you’re into survival, then you should own a high-quality compass and learn how to use it.
Navigation is too critical. Getting lost is too dangerous.
Know where you are and the best way to get to your final destination. Learn how to use a compass (and keep it with you) and you’ll never get lost again.
GPS devices run on batteries, so you can’t rely on them in a bug out situation.
58 – Tough Compact Folding Shovel
If you’ve buried some survival caches along your bug out route, then you’ll want a compact shovel to dig them up.
It also allows you to improve your shelter area by clearing and leveling the ground.
59 – Survival Knife
I can’t stress how important it is to invest in a high-quality survival knife.
Spend some quality time researching good survival knives. Find one that meets your needs best because a good survival knife has many critical survival uses.
Then once you’ve settled on “the one”, make sure you learn how to use it in the wild with lots of practice.
60 – Credit Card Multi-Tool
A multi-tool is another key survival tool to pack. This neat tool has 11 functions built into 1 and is the size of a credit card.
61 – Portable Solar Charger
If you pack any items that require electricity or batteries to function (i.e. cell phone, walkie talkies, flashlights, GPS etc.) you’ll need a way to charge these devices.
This portable solar charger can attach to the outside of your bug out bag so you can capture electricity while on the move.
62 – Survival Hatchet
Survival hatchets are awesome. They are helpful to accomplish tasks quickly that using your survival knife alone would take hours.
A good survival hatchet makes batoning branches for firewood a breeze. It makes chopping down trees a whole lot faster too. Plus, these survival tasks are hard on your survival knife, but a hatchet handles this with ease.
If you add a survival hatchet to your bug-out bag, get one of the lightest ones you can find.
63 – Pocket Saw
If you forgo adding a survival hatchet to your bug out bag, you should at least add a wire chainsaw. This wire saw will cut down small trees efficiently to help build shelters.
Illumination is necessary for survival. You’ll need good light to work under the darkness of night and if forced to move in the middle of the night you’ll need it to see where you’re going.
I can’t imagine bugging out without illumination devices. Attempting to do so would put you at an extreme disadvantage.
64 – Super Bright LED Headlamp
Two words: Hands-Free.
I recommend getting one with both high beam and low beam settings.
When using rechargeable batteries, you’ll need a way to recharge them. That’s where a solar charger comes in handy (item #69 in this bug out bag checklist) to keep your LED headlamp batteries charged up.
65 – Super Bright LED Tactical Flashlight
While a headlamp is important, you should also carry a LED Tactical Flashlight.
You have more control with a handheld LED flashlight and can shine it in multiple directions without having to turn your head. I prefer using a Tactical flashlight instead of a headlamp if I’m not using my hands to accomplish a task.
66 – Glow Sticks
Glow sticks work great to light up an entire area and not just a particular spot, which can be helpful in a campsite.
However, they can give away your position to potential threats so only use these if you know you’re in a secluded area.
You need information tools. Gathering information and sharing information during a bug out situation is critical for success.
Whether it’s a severe weather forecast or knowing the location of potential threats, the more you know, the more you can plan and adapt on the go.
If you’re in a small bug out group, you’ll want to communicate with each other over short distances. This is useful if you get separated or are planning an ambush.
67 – Hand Crank AM/FM/NOAA Digital Radio
You’ll want regular updates on how the “situation” is progressing. This helps to decide your next move. Providing confidence you’re heading away from danger and not into it.
The big advantage of a hand cranked radio is that you won’t need to worry about batteries and recharging. Plus, this hand crank radio has ports so you can use the hand crank function to charge other small electronic devices you’ve brought with you.
68 – Two-Way Walkie Talkie Radios
Packing a set of walkie talkies is a smart idea for small bug out groups. If your team gets separated, or you split up for strategic reasons, you’ll still be able to keep in touch at short distances.
69 – Protected Smart Phone
You should never solely rely on a cell phone or a Smartphone for your survival, but if you happen to have one, and it works, it can be a great survival tool.
If you want to take your Smartphone with all its apps and information, get a hard protective case for it.
70 – Small Signaling Mirror
Typically, if you’re bugging out, you’re not interested in being rescued. Odds are you’d rather not draw any attention your way.
However, use a small signaling mirror to communicate with your fellow bug out companions at longer distances instead of using walkie-talkies.
If you learn Morse Code, you can use long and short bursts of light to communicate.
71 – Notepad and Pencil
Go old school with pencil and paper. You can leave notes or send mail (if there’s still mail service).
Both are light and small, so you should be able to find room in your bug out bag for them.
72 – Multi-Functional Survival Whistle
Self Defense Tools
In the worst survival conditions, you’re going to be the hunter or be hunted. You need to be prepared to defend yourself and your group from threats.
It is important to be prepared from both threats from wild game and from other humans.
73 – Survival Firearm
So which firearm is best for bugging out? To be honest, you could write an entire book on the subject. It’s a very personal choice with lots of nuances to consider.
For bugging out, you need a firearm that is designed to break down to fit in a pack and can take a ton of abuse. I also prefer a rifle as opposed to a handgun if you plan on taking just a single firearm.
And as far as ammo weight goes, it makes the most sense to go with .22LR.
So with that said, you should consider one of these three .22 takedown rifle options: Three Great Takedown Survival Guns.
Lastly, it’s worth investing in a good gun suppressor for whichever gun you ultimately choose. Nothing good will come of letting everyone in shouting distance know you just fired your gun.
74 – Firearm Ammunition
Ideally, you want to carry enough ammo to avoid having to ration. But, you have to watch your bug out bag weight and ammo is heavy. That’s why I suggest sticking with .22LR.
For example; 200 rounds of 44 magnums weigh about 9.14 lbs. That may not sound like much but don’t forget about all the other gear you’re putting into your bug out bag already. 10 lbs is a lot.
On the flip side, 200 rounds of 22LR only weighs 1.5 lbs.
That’s why I’m packing 22LR and adding a good takedown rifle to my bug out bag.
You could also cache ammo along your bug out route, and you should, but I can’t imagine trying to lug around 200 rounds of 44 Mags.
75 – Pepper Spray
Police strength pepper spray is another solid self-defense tool you should pack. It’s effective against both wild beasts and humans.
It’s also light and small, so it’s easy to find a little space in your pack for it.
Misc Survival Tools and Supplies
Finally, these are the random survival tools and supplies that will make your bug out just a little bit easier.
76 – Carabiners
To effectively utilize your bug out bag’s MOLLE system you need a good set of carabineers.
Clip them to your bag’s MOLLE system and to any gear you choose to hang from your pack. This system helps to add a lot of “extra” gear to the outside of your bug out bag and saves space inside your bag for supplies that cannot be hung.
77 – Rechargeable Batteries
Add a couple sets of rechargeable batteries. When you pair these up with your portable solar charger (#69 on this checklist) you’ll be able to keep your batteries charged from anywhere which is perfect for a bug out scenario.
Be sure to check what size batteries your gear needs and buy some rechargeable batteries in all the sizes you need.
78 – Cash or Rare Metal Coins
It’s anyone’s guess what currency will be in circulation after SHTF, but it’s always good to have metal for trading, purchasing or bartering.
79 – Sunglasses
Prepare for extreme sun and snow glare with a pair of tactical sunglasses. If you’ve ever experienced a case of snow blindness, you know how important a pair of shades can be.
It’s critical to have a durable pair of glare-resistant sunglasses that won’t shatter or scratch when you’re bugging out.
We recommend getting a strap that goes around the back of your head so they don’t fall off your face when you need them the most.
80 – Personal Credit Cards
These thin pieces of plastic will most likely end up being worthless, but then again, they might be useful at some point when society recovers.
Credit cards are another small, light object you can add to your bug out bag with no significant downside.
81 – Drivers License / Passport
Similar to credit cards, these items may or may not be useful, but might be good to pack, just in case. Unless you’re trying to completely disappear.
82 – Small Roll of Duct Tape
There are many survival uses for duct tape. For a list 25 of these applications check out The Daily Sheeple’s 25 Survival Uses For Duct Tape.
83 – Local Area Topographical Map
To avoid trouble you have to know exactly where you are and where you are heading in the wilderness. So invest in a high-quality waterproof map of your local region.
84 – Gas Mask
If the reason you’re bugging out is to vacate a region affected by contagious diseases or nuclear fallout, then you’ll want to pack a gas mask.
Without one, you’d be forced to breathe contaminated air and put yourself at greater risk.
85 – Camo Face Paint Sticks
Stay hidden in the wild with face paint sticks. The natural color of pale skin sticks out like a sore thumb in the wild.
However, if you’re traveling through civilization, face paint will attract unwanted attention so only use in environments where it makes sense.
86 – Family Photos
Family photos are useful to help track down separated loved ones. Having an image to show strangers can help get better information on their whereabouts.
They also can help you remember loved ones who you may have lost.
87 – Set of Broadheads
Broadheads can create basic spears for hunting or self-defense. They are lightweight, small and an ideal for gigging or spearing.
88 – Spare Pair of Corrective Lenses
If you wear corrective lenses; add a second pair to your bug out bag. Store them in a protective hard case to keep from breaking in your pack.
Trying to survive with impaired vision is a significant disadvantage.
89 – Electrical Tape
Electrical tape has a lot of worthwhile survival uses; you should be able to find pack space for a small roll.
The stuff stretches and sticks; there’s really nothing quite like it.
90 – Trekking Poles
If your bug out plan includes a lot of elevation changes, then it might make sense to snag a good pair of anti-shock trekking poles. They help relieve stress off your legs and knees.
Ultimate “Done For You” Pack
Putting together a well-built bug out bag can be a tough challenge even with our free bug out bag checklist.
May you’d prefer to make one purchase and be done. If this sounds like you, then take a look at this Fully Loaded Bug Out Bag.
91 – Done For You Bug Out Bag Build
It’s a solid bug out bag that includes all the critical gear included in one purchase.
A knowledgeable survival team has made all the gear selections for you, helping to ensure your bag is fully optimized.
Final Words of Advice
My final word of advice is to take action today using this free bug out bag checklist.
Fellow survivalists know that disasters happen when we least expect them. If you wait; it might be too late.