Bug Out Bag Contents

I found a pretty good list of needed items for a bug out bag (72hr kit) and think that it is well worth sharing. The only thing I would add is to remember to add at least a pistol, rifle, and a good blade in with this preparation. So…prepare for the worst and pray for the best. You’ll never regret being prepared and not needing it but will definatly regret needing it and not being prepared. This is a work in progress for me and I hope you’ll join me in the quest to be prepared.

 

FOOD & WATER
•Minimum of 3600 calories of food per person
•Minimum of 9 water pouches of water per person
•Method of water purification (such as potable aqua or a water filter)
•Additional food & water
COMMUNICATION
•AM/FM Radio with batteries or alternate power source
•Whistle with lanyard
•Cell Phone

LIGHT SOURCES
•Flashlight with batteries
•Candles
•Lightsticks
•Lantern and fuel
•Road Flare(s)

HYGIENE & SANITATION
•Personal Hygiene Kit (Include soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, sanitary napkins, diapers, razor, and other toiletry items)
•Toilet paper
•Tissue
•Portable Toilet and accessories

TOOLS
•50 Feet of Nylon Rope
•Pocket Knife
•Rolls of Duct Tape
•Foldable Shovel
•Hatchet or axe
•Sewing Kit

WARMTH & SHELTER
•Waterproof matches
•Alternate fire-starting method
•Tent/Shelter
•Solar Emergency Blanket or Emergency Sleeping Bag
•Hand & Body Warmers
•Poncho
•Lightweight Stove & Fuel
•Wool Blanket

FIRST AID
•First Aid Kit and supplies
•First Aid Booklet/Manual
•Burn gel and dressing
•Snake bite kit
•Insect repellent
•Sun block
•Special medication

MONEY
•At least $20 in your kit — be sure to include quarters for phone calls

IMPORTANT PAPERS
•Emergency Instructions
•Copies of documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, wills, insurance forms, phone numbers, credit card infor, etc.

STRESS RELIEVERS
•Games, books, hard candy, desserts, inspirational reading, small toys, paper & pen, favorite security item for children

EXTRA CLOTHING
•A complete outfit of appropriate clothing; including extra socks, underwear, hat, sturdy shoes, and gloves.

 

 

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  3. Great comments guys. Keep them coming.

    • shane

      I’d like to know the weight this bag is, and what you carry it in. You mention guns, what about ammo in your pack?

      • The list I gave isn’t anything set in stone. I honestly can’t give you the weight on it because no one will end up with exactly those contents. You’ll end up substituting or leaving some things out completely (cold weather gear for someone living in Arizona will be much different from someone living in North Dakota for instance). What you’ll end up with is something that will do great in the back of your vehicle (meant for more of a base camp setup) and a smaller pack for excursions away from camp. Ultimately I would want to have a case (or 1000 rounds, whichever comes first) in my vehicle and take several loaded magazines with me on excursions. A separate plan for the eventuality that you have to abandon your vehicle should also be devised.

      • Hi Shane, I actually created a tool for determining BOB weight. Check it out here if you like:

        http://www.thebugoutbagguide.com/2013/11/21/bug-out-bag-contents-tool/

  4. Kelly

    I’ve been mulling over this issue of copies of important documents in various BOBs… I think the potential for identity theft if some punk stole one of the bags is too great. He would have ALL your important forms of ID. Instead, I think I will have copies of my important documents encrypted on USB sticks. I’d still have a few photos of important family members at the ready, tho.

    • Rob Logo

      Carry your important Documents on you in a Zippered pocket in a zippered container, or zip lock bags, or at least bury them somewhere you can easily get to them in a waterproof container, you may need them eventually, and if someone steals your bug out bag, your identity will be the least of your worries.

  5. COREY

    Thanks for the info.any more advice.

  6. Kevin

    Thanks for this listI I will be updating my kits accordingly. I also like Kelly’s idea of photos of family members – esp. if you have small children or elderly family members.

    I would also suggest:

    Field Eating Utensils (e.g. a knife/fork/spoon combo). These are lightweight but could be handy

    Hand Sanitizer, since you won’t want to waste water to clean your hands.

    Pepper Mace. Although I prefer to keep a firearm ready, I also have a small can of pepper mace in each of my bags for my family. The most likely scenario is preparing for evacuation to an emergency shelter in a disaster of some sort – it may be hard to get a weapon but I don’t think anyone would notice the mace, which unfortunately could come in handy because of violent crime in refugee shelters. Also could be handy in bear country.

    Also, we have more than one bag – one for a vehicle (to survive if stranded), one for work (to get back home), and one true “bug out” from home.

    • Rob Logo

      Also as he mentioned, depending on where you live will decide also what you carry & how heavy a bag, you can carry.
      I made an Ultimate list based on all the good lists I found on the net, then I attempted to build my own from that, after bugging out for a day or so when I had time, I come to find that some items were not useful to me, try this for yourself to know for sure what you need & want, I also found items I did not have listed on the lists I found, so I ended up with my own personal Ultimate list for BOB.

  7. Thanks for the additions. Mace is always a good addition but a concealed firearm is prefered on my end atleast.

  8. Bret Gould

    Good list. the only addition I would make is what you already prescribe. Training. Having done combat martial arts and been a shooter for many years, this is my lifestyle. For others, we are entering a period of great social problems. We will be called upon to possibly do battle with dark forces. One must be prepared.

  9. Absolutly Bret. Infact, FBMG the shop I manage the smithy of, covers the whole gambit of training. Everything from emergency prep to CCW to tactical carbing. We are adding more self defence classes as well.

  10. Todd

    Bug out bag. Try to take foods that do not take water to prepare, I see so many 72 hour
    kits with things like, instant oatmeal, hot chocolate & soups. The water should be for
    drinking & take vitamins & protein bars. I also take a bottle of fiber, not only is
    fiber needed but it also swells for a full feeling. I came across what is called
    Lifecaps. They are a capsule that has everything needed to survive without food with
    the exception of water. It is full of vitamins & minerals plus Iodine. Anyway, you take
    three of them a day & drink water. I can actually take enough food in one backpack to
    las 6 months because of these little Lifecaps, protein bars, fiber & water. I will run
    out of water in a week so I do carry a small filter & a couple of those straw water
    filters that filter the water as you suck.
    You do not always have the ability or time to heat water to make soup or oatmeal. Anyway,
    after I bought 25 bottles I found a coupon code & bought 75 bottles more. The coupon code
    is… healthcap It will get you 33% off. There are also sites that have those filter straws
    that are cheaper than any of the stores around here. (SLC) I think they are a really good
    idea along with some purification pills. I cannot remember the sites off the top of my head
    but you can Google for aquamira filter straw. Aquamira is the manufacture but do not buy
    off there site because I have found them for almost 1/2 what they want on their own site
    on other sites. Good luck, Gods speed & get serious about your bug out bag!

    • k

      I agree about needing to conserve water and time to prepare water dependent foods, but when you make soup or oatmeal with water it doesn’t disappear, you still get hydrated from such foods. Just a little thought, I do like the idea of the Lifecaps, small, functional and light.

    • Rob Logo

      If you carry some Water Purification items with you, you can hopefully purify or boil water if you carry a survival stove, & use water you find & purify to put in the foods that use water, I make my own MRE’s & I make half with items, needing water & the other half without it, but you can go to Walmart, the dollar stores & find plenty of Survival foods for you BOB that list a year & longer, even longer if you use a Food saver to pack them.

  11. Ed

    The American Red Cross, FEMA, and other agencies also have Prepardness links.

    Something that should also be added is Training. Actually practice a “bug out”. This practice will show all those little things you didn’t even think about, and it will lesson the stress and confusion when/if the time comes to do it for real.
    Also by practicing it, you’ll find out NOW when the stores are still open and there aren’t any stampede buying, find out what you are missing, or what might work better. Ya you got a knife, how about a 4 inch pair of scissors?

    Plus the bag and supplies should be taken out and inspected every so often to ensure they still work! I was in the military and some of our prepardness gear was plastic wrapped inside cotton canvas bags that had dry rotted while sitting in storage.

    and check the experation date on all the items inside the First Aid Kit. Everything has an experation date!

    Last thing- extra batteries. And don’t store the batteries inside the item (i.e. radio and flashlight, etc.). They will leak over time.

    And store the matchsticks in a zip lock bag. Yes, even if they are waterproof.

    And Kevin, good point about mace. Yes, a gun is so much more effective for some things, but remember New Orleans after Katrina? The Police and Sherriffs went running around confinscating all the guns! Yes, the legal ones in private possesion. They said they were taking them so the loiters and gangs couldn’t. But I never heard of mace getting confinscated, or banned from entering a shelter. Unless you got a badge to go with that gun, I don’t think any shelter will allow it in.

  12. Ed

    And way more than $20. If you have to bug out, so does maybe a LOT of other people. Do what you can to learn about the immediate aftermath of disasters in our country. Several things always happen, and I’m not going to remember them all off the top of my head, but here are some:

    Most people are not prepared for anything, and they don’t save money. SO, they will eithor wait until disaster has struck, then they, and everyone else in town, will all run to the stores and start being all this preparedness stuff. The result is, by that night, there will not be one bottle of water left, no cheap or mid cheap flashlights, and half the canned food will be gone. I’ve personally experienced this in a town of 43,000 with 3 large grocery stores. Even the gas station may temp go dry if people fear they have to travel out of town, or get gas cans for generators. 2 of our gas stations went completely dry, but not the town. There were several others still open, but by then, they started rationing.

    After the Katrina storm, the price of gas went up 300% The economy of supply and demand will put “highway roberry” prices on all necessaty items. Plus there will be others looking and trying to get supplies, maybe even yours. Think about all this, and decide, how much money should you have? And of course, Cash wins all bets in a disaster. ATMs and debit machines might not even work. And with the cash, DON”T keep it all in one place. Spread it out to all the adults/ responsible people, and if you have a lot, I suggest half in your front pocket, half in your sock or bottem of your shoe. And women, sling your purse across your chest, not off the shoulder to prevent a grab and run.

    • RTGold

      Good point about spreading the cash around on your body. When I travel into MX, I always have some spare cash in my socks. Trick is to wear two pair of socks, a thin inner sock and regular outer sock of the same color. keep the money flat in between the two pair. During a shakedown, if they make you remove your socks, it looks like one pair of socks and the money is still safely hidden.

  13. joe

    forget the snake bite kit they are a bad idea and dont work, better to use an ace type bandage above the bite. to prevent the venom from rapidly spedding to your heart. chances of a snike bite are very unlikely anyway, unless you go looking for fight with one. And if you do, then i would sugest using that folding shovel. As for food i think that a good way to go is the emergency food bars that are ment for survival at sea. they are coast guard approved, they provide 3600 calories for 3 days, and only take up approximately a 5x5x3″ space in your pack. they are very inexpensive, about 7.00 each . I use both datrex and mainstay brands. As for a “portible toilet”. I would also refer you back to that folding shovel.

    • Doug Crawford

      I don’t know where you live Joe, but in South Texas there rattlers are thick and you can stubble upon one fairly easily (even in towns). A healthy adult may not die from a bite, but it won’t be pleasant. Also a snake in the blind (shedding) is very aggressive (defensive) and will strike with little or no provocation.

  14. Invisible

    I wonder if you have packed your list and tried carrying it, especially with any sort of speed? I agree there are a lot of good ideas of what someone may want and you obviously would not pack redundant items, but that is still a big pack to move with. Some things that stand out are the hand warmers, 3600 calories-min, portable toilet, tissue, hell toilet paper for that matter. I think the saying ‘know more and need less’ fits well here. I do agree about being prepared but I also want to be able to move quickly and with stealth-carring a full load is not exactly conducive to that. I kind of look at my BOB is more like a hooked up survival bag that will help me settle in some where for a while or help me to get moving for a while if needed. Just some ideas-after all you can always find something to wipe with, especially when some big bad scary thing may be chasing you.

    • You’re absolutely right. Some of these items I consider handy if you’re loading up your bug out truck. Something you would get together when needing to leave town but not necessarily in a hurry. You definitely wouldn’t want to carry a portable toilet on your back. For a pack it’s the bare necessities. Other things are for moving the family by vehicle.

      Great comment.

      • Chris Cassity

        I think a priceless tool would be a field guide to edible wild plants that grow in your area. “Field Guide To Medicinal Wild Plants” by: Bradford Angier is an amazing book that is put together well. Thanks for posting this blog. It’s really good.

  15. Invisible

    gotta love your truck. Actually, I got to thinking about some of the other post on this topic and it got me thinking of a greater range of probabilities. I live in a quasi remote area of Colorado and we all plan to head for the hills. It is good to think and prepare for something like Katrina or other non-colapse possibilities.

  16. We have similar plans to get Crusader “out of Dodge” if anything happens.

    The best addition you can have to your B.O.B. is a PLAN.

    • Kevin

      Appreciate all your comments gundoctor. I would like to add that PLANS can only include things you know how to do. Planning to “Head to the HIlls” is only a dream unless you practice heading to the hills in all four seasons. I am amazed at how many people have never lived 3 days with just their BOB. How about just spending the night sleeping in their backyard?

  17. Invisible

    This is a stove design that works very well, easy to make, is small and light. Anytime you can find two beer/soda cans and some sort of non-explosive fuel, such as a bottle of HEET from the gas station or alcohol.

    http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Simple-Beverage-Can-Stove

    I have sound some of these steps un-necessary, such as the vermiculite, but it gives you the idea. I also freeze water in mine before I drill the holes, I have found it to make them easier to drill without the can flexing so much.

    Anyways a fun little project to look into.

  18. Definitely, what a great blog and educative posts, I definitely will bookmark your site.Best Regards!

  19. Mossback

    FBMG guy huh? I bought an AK and a Mossberg from you guys back in 08 when I was living in Heber. Good to see youre still up and running. I like the mention of bringing copies of documents, make sure to invest in a small pelican(or aftermarket) case. They’re virtually unbreakable and have O-rings built in so they can be submerged and not ruin your paperwork. My BOB has a few in it holding different items since im living back up in the PNW now, I plan on everything I own being soaking wet. haha!

  20. Jenna

    I really like this site. It is very informative with the BOB contents that is needed. yes I do agree that some of the items are excessive and will not travel of foot very well, however they would be good to keep in a vehicle which is what I plan to do. Someone who works full time + hours is most likely to be at their place of employment when the time comes to use a BOB. My vehicle goes everywhere I do so the vehicle is the best place for it. A few other things I would add for preparedness is:

    #1 always keep your gas tank full. Yes it may be annoying to make a trip to the pump everyday or few days but if you gotta be on the move and gas stations are dry, a full tank will be one of the best things you did for yourself. Perhaps even keep an additional can of gas in your vehicle depending upon how far you would need to travel to a safe place.

    #2, following the lines of regularly practicing emergency scenarios, is taking different routes to and from the places you frequent. I take the highways home from work everyday because it is faster. However, highways will be congested and a disaster area for everyone trying to survive by evacuating an area during an emergency situation. So, take different routes to and from work or wherever you go regularly. Get familiar with the areas and how many miles each route is and how long it generally takes you to get from place A to place B. Perhaps the shortest route would not be the preferred route during an emergency situation for various reasons such as more populated areas where there could be an even more congested area of people. Good luck everyone.

  21. Paul

    It also never hurts to grab a hand full of those little salt and pepper packs next time you go to a restaurant so if you catch any small game or fish

  22. Rob

    I’m glad I was looking around tonight, I really like the lay out of this list. My B.O.B. is a lot like that but with a few twists. Money should be 1 and 5 dollar bills. No one is gonna give you change for anything in a major disaster and the more you can keep on you the better. Store it in different places so it doesent look like a giant wad of cash. Ham radio communication is necessary!!! I have a VHF rig in my truck and a portable rig in my B.O.B. with different charging methods. Ham radios don’t have to be expensive but they do need to be modded to transmit on other frequencies if you know what i mean. If you know how a p25 8oomhz system works you cant count on it helping you out. Get your ham radio license. Some of my friends have them in there bags and don/t know how to use them. The class and training will help. Have something in your pack that you don’t need, I don’t drink or smoke but I have a bottle of whiskey in my B.O.B. I keep it in there for a item to trade. You never know what you may need and a bottle of booze will go a lot father than other items in your bag. Choose a bag that fits you well, something with a hip strap and not to tall. you are going to want to be able to climb over and under things pending on disaster. I;ve found that computer laptop bags work great, good size padded to protect radios or electronics, lots of pockets, good construction and a good hip strap. Ditch the axe for a bone saw, not only is it smaller but it is safer to use.You dont want to end up being the one who needs medical attention in a survival situation.Small caliber pistols and rifles are good, you can carry alot of ammo with out it taking up space. The most important thing is to remember we are all in it together, and helping people out is important but being taken advantage of is unacceptable.

  23. James

    Great list!! I would imagine this kit is customized to your region. I would adjust only a few minor things to my area. But the thing I would recommend to swap is the nylon rope for paracord. Much stronger and would last longer than nylon.

  24. john hart

    ya my bro has paracord and it’s way stronger than nylon. Great list!

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  26. James

    I also added stuff that pertains to me personally. I have a perforated eardrum and must have special earplugs if I have need to submerge my head under water. If I didn’t have those ear plugs, I’d get a severe ear ache/infection. And you musn’t forget the Zip lock bags for keeping that toilet paper, and cell phone and such dry!

  27. Greg Miller

    A few quick things off the top of my head.
    Great tips from all reminding us to train, practice, read, bring manuals, repeat frequently.
    1. Fishing line and hooks. For food gathering and also field expedient trip wire with or without the hooks for early warning of baddies sneaking up on your shelter site.
    2. P38 “John Wayne” can opener. Tiny in size, lifesaver if able to salvage canned goods from various sources. (A good Swiss army style knife has an opener, but I love my P38)
    3. Pack everything in your bag in individual plastic, ziplock style bags. Socks in one, underwear, etc. Keeps them obviously dry, and also makes your entire pack more bouyant if you fall in water. Bags can be opened, slightly inflated and packed back inside time permitting to actually make the pack a type of flotation device for slow moving river, small lake crossings if necessary as well. (I know yours is a list, not instructions on how to use the items, but thought i’d toss that out there.)
    4. First aid kit definitely includes any of your regular medications for heart, respiratory conditions if apply. I’d advise blood clotting packs for possible large wounds and plenty of antibiotic ointment, antiseptic wipes/gels, ointments. Another oft forgotten item is a surgical sewing kit. Infection from the smallest wounds can become life threatening or disabling quickly when water is a premium and bathing is limited. A miscalculated hatchet blow that glances off and strikes a shin on a perfect day is painful, requires stitches and antibiotics prophylactically. In the event of a natural or manmade disaster, it is potentially deadly if not taken care of properly. If you can sew up ripped pants or darn socks, you can stitch a wound after cleaned.
    Our focus is naturally on the big 3: Water, shelter and food. We tend to not put enough emphasis on the treatment of the multitude of illnesses and injuries that will be present after the zombies overrun the cities, the earthquake levels buildings and the power grid goes down for weeks, etc.
    My best tip: Read as many of these types of blogs/forums as you can. Nearly every single one will have at least one tiny nugget of information or piece of gear that will cause you to think….

  28. Invisilbe

    A cool little trick for opening cans without a p38 is grinding the lid off on a flat course rock or piece of concrete. I know this sounds crazy but it works well and leaves the can with a safe lid for future use. Simply place the bottom or top of the can on the surface and start making circular motions with the lip of the can in contact with the stone. After about a 2-3 minutes start looking for moisture on the lip of the can that has been grinding. Soon more and more will start appearing. When you see about 2/3 of the ring damp your done. Pry the lid open and there you go an opened can and after your done eating a new cook pot or cup that is safe to drink from. P38s are as easy to loose as they are practical.

  29. Kathy

    I included a supply of single-serving vodka bottles. They can be used for anything needing alcohol – a stiff drink, antiseptic, flammable, a small-value barter item.

  30. Trish

    I just spent three hours reading this blog. Learning things I never knew, and writing everything down in my new “Doomsday Contingency Plan” Binder.. Which so far.. Is nine pages long…*Laughs* Thank you all for your tips and ideas. I’ve only just started watching the National Geographic show called “Doomsday Prepers” It is also very informative and may give others of you some great ideas. So check the show out! It may save your life..

    I live right next to a power plant accross from a river. That would be my main source of water, should anything happen. Though the power plant gives me pause.

    More simple things to know:

    Always have an exit strategy. Know where you are going in the event of a dissaster. Higher ground is always preferable, if you can find it. Perhaps house tops or taller buildings.. Nothing like The World Trades Center tall.. But something tall enough to ride out a flood.

    In cases such as this, it’s a good idea to know people in high places.. Not money wise, exactly.. But hilltop wise.. If you or someone you know, has a storm shelter / Panic Room/ or underground Bunker.. It’s a good idea to not get on their bad side. Sounds cheap, I know.. But it will possibly save you.

    Scout out the area you live in. Make sure you know it like the back of your hand, so that any intruders may be eluded. Set up a trip wire perimiter like stated before in one of the other posts.

    Always make sure you know where your water source is.

    No one knows what will truly happen. Though.. I’ve been having dreams since I turned Sixteen, about preparing for a “Doomsday” situation. In the dream, I was told.. “Prepare, for Revalations is here” – I was meant to learn how to live off of the land. Learn how to sew, so that I could stitch up wounds or clothes. I was to learn how to fish better, forage, carve wood.. I was suppose to learn how to defend myself, and protect others. I was to learn how to use fire arms and simple teqniques that can get you out of violent situations.

    Always have items to barter with. As mentioned before, Alcohol, Smokes, or simple things such as watches, metal objects and trinkates, would be great for trading, even if you don’t smoke or drink. People have addictions that become intensified when dissaster strikes. And these addictions drive people nearly insane. They will do whatever it takes to sate their desires, inculding kill.. Always have some type of protection. The best thing, would be to use small fire arms, strategically concealed from sight. Hidden knifes on the outer thighs and calves or near the anckles is a good idea. Bullet proof vests are a great idea too, if you can aquire them. If not, then use a sturdy type of metal to fashion to your clothes. Knowing how to sew, is not a girly skill.. It is a necessity.

    I thought it would also be a great idea to have a whistle handy, as well as a fog horn to freak a person out. Possibly long enough to let you get away.

    In my dream, (One of many)- I saw that there was no electricity.. Or sun, the sky was full of some type of smoke or dust. Possibly a nuclear winter. So this tells me that solar pannels and electric cars or anything that requires electricity will be useless… In the show “Doomsday Preppers” They mentioned something about solar bursts that will supposedly happen within this year, that will knock out the electrical grid because of the magnitization properties of the solar flairs.. or something like that.

    Anyway.. That’s all I had to say. I’m going to start preparing for the event of a dissaster.. Because I know a major one is coming that will not actually end the world.. But the world as we know it. Our very way of life will change.. And every one will have to know how to survive, if they so choose. So don’t take what time left you have, for granted. Everything you now own, will be a commodity in the coming future…Waste not.. Want not…

    Thanks again everyone!
    Good luck in all of your future endeavors!
    Just think.. Everyone here, looking at this blog.. May someday meet upon the roads to survival…

  31. Herc

    I like this list! I would only add this one thing to remember and people to often over look is this. If you have need to “BUG OUT” the most important thing is a PLAN. Plan to go before you hear someone say on the news or radio that its time to go! Decide what constitutes your que to BUG OUT and NEVER IGNOR THAT WISDOM. Several people mentioned interactions with others. This is the the most dangerous part of any such situation. Forget the plague, zombies or aliens the other humans are your real danger! Have some place to go and only let people you trust know about it (if even them). Have a plan to defend that area (with deadly force if need be). Build a stockpile of things you will need at that area, bury them in a HARDIGG box if need be and make sure your BOB has a shovel. Remember anyone you do not LOVE enough to die for needs to move along they are not your concern. When you have to BUG OUT its because civilization is FAILING and you need to be your own soverign at that point. PLAN, PLAN and when your plan is complete PLAN again.

  32. lynnew

    Thanks for the info-all-
    I have just started collecting bathtub water bag, Mylar bags,my question is can i set up in each bag, food for 3 or 4 days and leave them in their original packaging?? I have checked multiple sites w/o finding any references.Please if anyone can direct me to any info like this I sure would appreciate it!
    Grandma l

    • Jordan

      Bathtub bags are great, but aren’t they large? If they are what I’m thinking you don’t want to be dragging those around full of water or whatever else.

  33. Dewey

    Compass, GPS and maps/atlas. Even in the worst case scenario sats will still be functional for a period of time.

    • Dewey

      You can also stockpile pills. The military has done some studies and found that using pills after their expiration date is not bad but the effectiveness of the pill will decrease over time. The expiration is the date that companies give where the pill is still 100% effective. There are some great articles online about this stuff.

  34. I am not sure where you’re getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more. Thanks for wonderful information I was looking for this information for my mission.

  35. Alex

    For defends I prefer a belt knife that I am very confidant using and a blowdart gun. I am wondering what people think about blowdart guns in general. A handgun is preferable of course bit theprice for one is enough to cause me physical pain if anyones got any ideas throw em my way thanks.

    • Sorry, brother, I can’t agree with your logic. For hunting small animals being good with a blow gun would be handy. As a means of defense, absolutely not. Take a look at it this way. In the Amazon blow guns are used for hunting monkeys. The dart itself can’t bring down the animal. That’s where the poison dart frog comes in. They add the frog’s poisonous secretions to their darts, hence the name “poison DART frog”. Using the dart to get the poison directly into the monkey’s blood stream is what actually kills it. Not the blow gun dart. So, unless you can guarantee a shot through the eye every time, as a mode of defense a blow gun will do little more than piss someone off and get you killed for the offending dart.

      As for a knife, sure it is a good means of defense but only applies at close range. Not to mention you are more likely bringing a knife to a gun fight. Knives make great utility tools as well as a last means of defense or even a sneak attack tool. It should not be seen as a first line of defense tool. Again, it will end up being the proverbial knife to a gun fight scenario.

      As far as price of a gun goes. There are less expensive firearms out there that will suit any needs. A pistol should be looked at as a means to fight your way back to your rifle/shotgun in a bugout situation. For concealed carry, naturally we have to gravitate to a pistol.

      All that being said, you’re thinking outside the box. I like that.

      • Scott

        Hello all…

        Great site with good info so first off thanks to you all.

        I am in Australia, firearms are heavily restricted here so my BoB or E&E bag has a good long sharpe Machette (Tool and Defence), I agree that a knife is a great tool but it’s a very personal weapon, it’s all about a weapon with a greater effective range than your opponent. Learning to Flint Nap to make spears or arrows is essential. Ultimately if you are forced into armed conflict something has already gone seriously wrong, if you suvive the encounter then your area is compromised, you may need to move on immediately.

        As for your kit I have a few suggestions:

        Try to ensure your primary stove is Multi Fuel or at least Petrol capable. (I use Multi Fuel Trangia but also carry the gas converter for it)
        Carry a secondary ‘back up’ stove just in case, I use a Hexi stove as backup, carried it a belt pouch.
        Bow saw’s are a great lightweight addition to your kit, fits neatly on the outside of my packpack.
        Plastic sheeting or rubbish bags for rain water collection or Dew Traps etc.
        High Visability Clothing, sometimes it’s more important to attract attention.
        Maps of your Bug out area, I have three locations depending on senario.

        As for the last item, I often go camping with friends in one or more of my Bug out areas. I would suggest visiting your areas if possible, these are not designed to be my final stops, rather these are my primary RV points, a place to meet your group, a place to pause, take stock, and think.

        All the best to you all

      • You have some good suggestions, Scott. I like your final comment about having a meeting point. It actually makes me want to do a write up about it because you’re absolutely right. Have a plan and include others that you trust. Have a meeting point or plan to go there in convoy. I could go on and on with this but I’ll save it for a complete post.

        Having something with you that is highly visible is understandable. Under certain situations I would go for high vis clothing but only a few. Again I could make this a post in and of itself. You want to be visible enough to a rescue party but hidden from the wrong element.

        Carrying around a stove could be convenient in some situations but the ability to make fire is far more valuable. Fling and steel happens to be my favorite. That reminds me, I need to find my old kit and add it to my stuff. Anyway, water proof matches or flameless lighters would be another good choice. There are times that a stove (no smoke so it’s less visible to outsiders) would be extremely handy and therefore shouldn’t be discounted but have other options.

        I have to disagree with one point. An armed conflict doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve done something seriously wrong. I’m thinking of the marauder type. There’s always the chance, in a SHTF situation, that you’ve done everything possible to stay out of sight of the wrong people and they still come hunting you. Instead of doing the work to survive they choose to take from others. “Share until it’s gone” I say (and can be a valuable way of gaining allies), but if you want to come and take it…I’m going to give you a bad case of lead poisoning. Conflict should never be your first response but should absolutely count as a last resort.

    • Hoss

      Highpoint arms makes $100 semi autos

    • Scott

      Mate…

      I have to agree with Gundoctor on this one, although it’s easy enough to make a good poison if you have a little know how, your dart still has to penetrate the skin of it’s target. A good jacket, gloves and trousers and your only effective option is a face or head shot. Dont get me wrong humanity has been successfully using these weapons for hundreds of thousands of years and as such they have their place in the survivalists armoury, but humanity has been using them on small critters in the main. To be honest you would be better off with a sling or hunters catapult.

      You have to remember where you are, if the country you are in has free or easy access to firearms then the chances are your opponent will have one, even if your first shot gets them square in the forehead you will still need to remain hidden long enough for the poison to take effect, this could take hours depending on the type of poison and quality of penetration, potentially those are hours spent in panic as a very angry person with a gun is looking for you.

      Saying all that however, a blow gun is light, easy to use and maintain, and the ammo is easy enough to construct in the field, as a hunting tool they are effecive. Take it anyway, it’s not as if the thing is going to take up much space or weight, and if you only ever bring in one meal with it then it’s paid for itself ten fold.

      Good Hunting

  36. Hoss

    I have binos and packable camo rain gear;I f I am forced to go near an unorganized group of people I can quietly recon and sneak around.OPERATIONAL CREEP. As hokey as it sounds, a good tomahawk is an amazing tool, hunting device and CQC weapon. I train with mine all the time because its fun and I can do it in my yard with my kids. Organize your gear so you could grab it in the dark. MRE entrees are packed with calories and small (they taste pretty good these days too).Remember, if it is difficult to store, grab or carry-you won’t use it.The most important pack is your noggin, so fill it up.

  37. Gare

    Hate to mention it, but no one else has yet. Even though it is not a pretty thought Body Bags can be an important item. The loss of a friend or family member due to a natural disaster, violence, or even sickness, hunger or accident is always a possibility.

    Containing the body is a matter of sanitation, not to mention sanity. And all things going well, the bag can be used for water proofing, storage, or creating shelter.

    • I have to disagree on this one. If I want shelter I’ll use a tarp. Body bags are bulky and won’t help you get out of dodge. As a matter of sanity, you find time to bury your dead or use a funeral pier. The bulk of them alone would get me to leave them behind. If I need to wrap a body it will be in my tarp. I can always seek out a new tarp.

      • zack

        may be a way late for this but in a situation where a bug out bag would be needed wraping the dead would seem like a wast of time and energy

  38. Corina

    This is great, thank you!
    Also, I’m goin to add chopstick to my kids’s bob’s.. It’s small and I think useful :)

  39. Rob

    Here’s a few other things good to have in an emergency “bug out” bag.

    A rat trap (catching small game)
    Small CO2 bb pistol with a couple extra co2 cartridges and pellets (again, small game hunting if you don’t have or want a real pistol in your bag)
    Salt and pepper (takes up not much space, but good for moral if you have to eat otherwise less than appetizing things)
    Bleach for sanitzing water
    Zip ties (small, compact but very strong and useful)
    A bunch of large, brightly colored ballons (for signalling and attracting attention)
    Dryer lint in a zip lock bag (fire starting aid)
    Mosquito netting
    Magnifying glass (back up fire starting after the bic lighter, matches and magnesium stick)
    Honey (quick energy)
    A few cans of sardines (5-8 year shelf life, high and dense protein)
    Fishing kit in a “hide a key”. Line and a few jelly lures in a hide a key or other small plastic container.

    I vacuum seal a pouch of honey, salt, pepper, dryer lint and anything else that can’t get wet.

  40. Jordan

    At least 2 pair of socks per day if your doing any serious walking. And break in your boots now folks, you don’t want to have to do that during your bug out. Mosquito netting for those of us in the nice wet and warm southern states. Great list by the way.

  41. lynne

    Thank you Jordan for responding to my questions.I was just commenting on my bath tub bag,I will not be carting that around! It will stay in bath tub if its ever needed. What i wanted to know is can i or should i pack my mylar bags with pre packaged dry foods,( items in their original packages) I would love to be able to plan out what may be needed for a few days at a time.i hope you understand my reasoning behind this.
    once again thanks for taking time to reply.

  42. youhave18hours

    lynne there is some great stuff on you tube about long term food storage http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW7_cTn6YpE is one i just watched it has good info. I guess it depends on the size of bags you are using but moisture is your enemy. Give youtube a try.

  43. NACHO

    If you live in a wet area then get a couple pair of cheap insoles for you boots. Changing your socks and using the same wet insoles is no bueno. Change socks and change insoles and your feet will be so happy. Cheap ones are about 2 dollars, learned this one in the military in one of the special operations schools. HAPPY FEET !!!!

  44. Mr.Epic

    I`m putting in a slingshot, A strong slingshot with lead shot can take someone down if shot in the chest.

    • Where did you get that information? I’ve never seen a slingshot that had enough power to penetrate a human rib cage. Skull sure. Rib cage, not a chance. Now for hunting small game it’s great. As a defense tool, I wouldn’t count on it.

  45. Danielle

    As a college student my bug out bag also doubles as a bug in bag incase staying in my dorm is safer than leaving. This post definitely helped me get the items here and there that I hadn’t thought of, like candles and road flares. I’ll also be in the desert (north west Texas) so I have bought military boots to help protect from snakebites should I ever come across a seriously pissed off Rattler. It definitely is better to prepare for the worst and pray for the best! I’m also planning to make a more whittled down bag for my car that could hold me until I get to my designated bug out location. A drive with frequent stops for whatever reason could take me 3 days if it was worst case scenario. Because I’m not 21 yet I can’t have a gun in my B.O.B., but as soon as I am I will definitely get a handgun of sorts (my dad has all the rifles, and a shotgun, and also the hunting skills). My parents don’t really believe in being prepared for a kind of disaster, and every time I bring it up they just brush it off. Do you have any advice for how I could convince them to at least make a PLAN?

    • Jordan

      Unless they want to they won’t. My parents are the same way and even after getting out of the army and telling them what the military can do and has no problem doing they still didnt listen. Prepare yourself, there will be a time when you have to decide to survive and you can’t hold other peoples’ hands in doing that. Sounds crappy but it’s true, my wife has her own BoB and supplies that I made for her, but if she decides to not bug out when the time comes I told her I can’t lose my opportunity to help myself by helping her. So in short, you can’t make someone help themselves, they have to want to.

  46. Keith

    A sturdy knife like the Rat or full size Kabar can replace a shovel and hatchet. Battoning wood for shelter and fire is far less injury prone than swinging hatchets. Folding hand-chain saws work well, while they work. I have seen problems with 2 different models. I like the idea, they worked well until they broke, but they both broke and neither were on the cheap end. 22LR is the only round in which you can carry a meaningful amount of it. I would not want to see what a squirrel looks like after you hit it with 12 gauge or 45 acp or whatever. 50 rounds for my RIA 1911 weighs twice as much as 550 rounds of 22LR, no joke. Poachers are known to kill deer with subsonic 22LR rounds to avoid detection from game wardens, it’ll get the job done. Flint and steel weighs as much as 4 bic lighters, and your just as likely to lose them, they require 2 components to function. Avionics safety wire makes good snares. With that wire and some clean socks you can purify the most stagnant of water. Don’t pack fish, learn to fish. I expect to avoid people like the plague and scavenge accordingly. I don’t suspect a dependency on purell and powerbars will do you too many favors.

  47. Lisa

    this is such a great blog, I just happened to stumble on it when I was surfing the web trying to fall asleep. Alot of great ideas out there, I’m already making changes to my bag LOL. I’m in the medical field and I just wanted to add on to what someone said earlier about stockpiling pills … so very true, the FDA is required to put expiration dates on medications and medical equipment (like sutures, syringes, iv bags etc). as long as they are kept in a container in an ambient temp meds should last approximately 3 years after their expiration date, after that they will start to loose some potency but when sh*t hits the fan they will be hard to come by so my advice is to stockpile any antibiotics, pain meds, and benadryl for any allergic reactions. Also as far as medical equipment goes as long as the packaging hasn’t been comprimised there should be no issues (alot of countries like mexico use our “expired supplies” on a regular basis with no ill effects). Anyways great post and thanks for the new ideas!

    • my husband and I are just starting to work on our bob’s. we are both 60 and take a lot of rx meds so it is good to know about them being good after tne expitation date. I just had surgery and did not need the pain pills so they will go in the bob. we both have some disabilaties so will be bugging out by truck and can tack a lot more but it we have to just grab and go then our bobs will have to do.

  48. Scott

    Hello again…

    Your quite right of course, you may not have done anything wrong and still end up in a fight for your life, but one thing is for sure, if you have had to engage one individual or group the chances are another is going to come along sooner or later and you are going to have to put it all on the line again.
    Thats why I feel that once your primary LUP is compromised the best option is immediate relocation, at the very least to a secondary location that allows you to monitor access to your primary after all you dont want to successfully engage two people only to find that eight others come looking for them.

    Keep this up everyone, sites like this mean less of us make simple mistakes when the time comes.

    Scott

  49. Scott, I didn’t mention your statements on moving camp, probably should have though, because I had no intention of disputing it. I agree that once you’ve drawn too much attention to yourself you need to keep moving. I do think that means going to a sub camp. This lets women and children have a position of safety while you’re able to keep watch on your main camp. There comes a time to stand your ground and a time to make other tactical decisions. Eventually you equalize things into tribal boundaries, like our Plains Indians had. This allows you to manage your own wild game herds. Another subject I could write a few chapters on.

  50. Jim

    what about those who face cold climates? Snow ice etc. you will need more cloths and heat is need.

    • Absolutely Jim. If you live in an area that has “no joke” winters you will need cold weather gear. As for heat, some way to heat your shelter is needed. That can be fire. A wood stove is a powerful heater. That’s all I had growing up and believe me, a wood stove will have you opening the windows in the dead of winter. Not exactly mobile though. You’ll have to put in some research to see what works best for you.

  51. Scott

    Hello again all…

    I just had a bit of a sort out and found languishing in a forgotten pocket within by BoB two items of great importance, everyone may well be aware of what I am about to tell you but just in case here it is anyway.

    Potassium Permanganate: A Purple Crystal that when diluted in unsafe water purifies it, when used in larger quantities the water is turned into a sterilizing liquid (See Google for the quantities required).

    Glycerol (Liquid): A liquid that has more uses than I can shake a stick at (may I suggest andother Google search on this one).

    Both items are independently useful however the true magic happens when you mix them together. Crush the Potassium into a powder (keep it dry), place this powder in a small Foil cup or anything that will contain it. Place your Kindling around it then drip some of the Glycerol onto the powder, as it begins to bubble add more kindling on top. The mixture will soon erupt into flame and start your fire.
    The resulting exothermic reaction is enough to light a fire, explosive wise you may be able to blow the cork out of a wine bottle but little else, at least nothing for homeland security to bother with.

    Anyway enough said enjoy the field chemistry

  52. Thank you for providing these details online.

  53. Thanks , I’ve recently been searching for info approximately this subject for a long time and yours is the best I’ve discovered till now.
    But, what in regards to the conclusion? Are you certain concerning the supply?

    • I’m not sure what your really asking for here. Conclusion of what? As far as your question about supply, quantities are up to you. These are here as a basic list. The minimum required. More is always better. Let me know what else I can answer for you.

  54. jim

    I believe the end is coming

  55. Bear

    Buy a vacuum sealear. Any brand will work but buy thick quality bags. This is essential! You can use it for almost everything. Seal non-refrigiated items like beef jerky, nutrition bars, matches, cloths, etc. Anything you would want to stay dry and stay fresh. it will aslo help conserve space in your bag.

  56. Bear

    Sling shot and extra bands…….hunting small game. beef jerky and power bars only go so far.

  57. I just started to make a BOB for my self and girlfriend and one thing I did not see on here is pet food. I don’t know about you guys but leaving mans best friend behind would be gut wrenching. Vacuum sealing 3 days worth of your pets favorite food I think can be key in helping them survive as well. Also included in ours is an extra leash. Also if your dog is big enough you can get a dog backpack to have him or her help carry extra supplies. Also pencils (not pens they dry out) and a small note book to document your survival, if it gets really bad in a Bug out event you could be writing history as we know it. Another thing as far as fire starting is I carry a hand full of painting sticks, these are great because they are already dry and can easily be broken by hand and newspaper to start a fire. Thanks for all the good info on here it is a great blog site.

    • That’s a good idea. I know I would feel better with my wolf with us in a SHTF scenario. One thing that would be heart wrenching but should be remembered is the fact that, if you are starving (didn’t do your prep work well enough) having “man’s best friend” for dinner will extend your life. I’d rather do my prep work well enough and keep my dog but it’s a last ditch reality.

  58. Baking soda can serve as a substitute for emergency toothpaste, dry shampoo, rash/itch relief, deodorant, washing hands, and equipment cleaning/scrubbing. It sometimes requires some water, but with so many uses, it saves space.

    Also, dental floss could be used for ties, clothes lines, thread, cutting soft things, and of course, flossing.

  59. Andrew

    I have a couple of questions. 1- I read through the comments, but unless I did not see it, I saw nomention of barter items. I have a barter bag with drugs (over the counter IE Advil, Antibiotics,some power bars some ammo,batteries etc) would you consider that you will need this(i mean you have to run across someone sometime, that has something you need, or vice versa)or am I just adding extra weight?
    2-My wife is a Diabetic…..still looking for something to be able to bug out with, that can and does keep stuff at least cold…I have a ice box for the car, but its not like I can carry a car battery and a small ice box around, if transportation is out of the question..

    Ideas

    Thanks
    Andrew

    • Barter items are good. Let’s consider something. For a place to fall back to in a bugout situation let’s keep it within driving distance. For instance, I have a spot that will take me a couple tanks of gas to get to. It has everything you will need (no I’m not telling you where it is). I also have a stopping point half way there, using little used highways. It is a gathering point for others in my group. Then, as necessity dictates, we can all fall back to the second spot. Some may or may not go but it’s an option for a safe haven in case the first is compromised. So this being the case…I can throw any barter items needed in the vehicle and drive off.

      You will always have the opportunity to take on secondary locations. I.E. hunting, fishing, and scavenging spots. These areas would be your “hike to” locations and would not require taking barter items. If you barter anything make it a chunk of venison and the item bartered for had better be worth giving up food for.

      For your wife, that’s a tough one. I would make your go to point close to fresh water. This way you can always keep her meds cool in a stream or other body of cool water. Getting her meds to that location will be the hard part.

  60. crazykarl

    as far as those of you with the unfortunate condition of insulin controlled diabetes I have a suggestion. I would aim for a bug out location that was as high in elevation such as a mountain that has snow on the peak either year round or most of the year. in this type of area you are likely to find a natural spring that is cold enough to keep your required medication close to its required storage temprature.

  61. I have to say your contents on the B.O.B are exactly what I have in mine. Nice to know. I live in upper Canada and we’re in a position to see most of what’s happening in the world. If I could suggest one more item. Make sure you have at least some silver and or gold in that B.O.B. Other than that I see this site as being a solid reference, and I’ve seen lots let me tell you. All the best from Canada.

    C.

  62. Terrance

    I have found that chem ice packs are good for keeping meds cold for a period of time ie… hours and even days if needed. it just comes down to how cold and how many packs. some packs are rechargable i haven’t explored them but it might be an answer to the question. for what its worth good luck. I kept my daughters meds cold for a week using desposable packs, but I knew in advance for how long and how many packs I’d need. you just crush the bag and they get very cold.

  63. Well Informed

    If we can’t rely on FEMA to protect us during an Emergency, how could you rely on them to tell you what to put in a BOB. PS the person who “planned” for a scenario where they get carted off to a FEMA camp is crazy. A BOB isn’t for bailing out to a fema camp. If you plan to rely on FEMA, you are better off shooting yourself now.

  64. RustyNutz

    GREAT BLOG !!! I’m a little behind the curve in getting my stuff ready, but I’m slowly getting there. I’m retired and on social security so it’s a matter of financing mostly for me. I’ve got plenty of food, water, meds, and ammo stashed here at the house, but I’m still working on my BOB’s. Thanks for all the good tips. You’ve given me many good ideas for extras to my list.
    I might suggest along with pencil or crayon, be sure to put in a small notebook as you may see the need to leave someone a note on a tree or at your meeting place sometime.
    Also, my wife suggests rather than toilet paper (that you have to carry, then bury) carry a couple of clean rags/washcloths in a ziplock that you can wash everyday in a stream, pond or lake. The girls can carry a dry one for tinkling if so desired. The dirty work can be done with the damp one and washed out along with the bag.

  65. RustyNutz

    As an afterthought to the above, a small “refill” pack of baby or adult wipes could prove effective at times.
    Also, on the fire starting side, get a commercially manufactured “fire log” and chip part of it into small chips and put them in a ziplock. Just a few little chips will do a great job of lighting kindling.

  66. RustyNutz

    OK, I promise, this will be the last postscript of the day. If you pack a small LED flashlight using AA batteries, you may want to carry the business end of a SMALL solar yard light that uses rechargeable AA batts. You can recharge these in the day using your yard light and put ‘em in your flashlight at night if you have to (or even use it as a camp light).

  67. college survivalist

    Sorry this is a long post but I’ve put a lot of thought into it and would really like some feedback, thanks.

    I am currently in college and have recently done quite a bit of research on bug out and SHTF preparation. Because I am living in a dorm and my jeep is back home I am somewhat limited to what I can have, at the moment my BOL is a large state park area surrounding a large lake a few miles from my dorm, this area is low traffic especially in the winter seasons yet many people store boats in the nearby marinas and storage lots which offer lots of supplies for me to use as resources. Just looking around my room(only big enough for a twin size bed, a desk and small dresser) I feel like I have a decent start for a SHTF situation. Many of the things listed may seem a bit macgyver-ish but in a survival situation you’ve gotta use what you have at hand and be creative.

    Clothing:
    Ive got all of my hunting clothing in a plastic containers under my bed, This includes long johns/thermal layers,wool socks, along with an assortment of camo, top layers being field and stream realtree ap hd jacket and overalls/bib. I am confident I can move in these clothes over rough terrain carrying gear and staying warm because I do so while hunting. The camo will help me avoid people as well as hide me from animals i may want to eat.

    Footwear: a pair of field and stream trophy hunter Gore-Tex 800g boots, very comfortable keep my feet warm and dry, I’ve owned 2 pairs and love em

    Gear:
    -FIRE from growing up hunting, fishing and camping I know how important fire is for warmth, boiling water, cooking and as a morale booster. I have a few disposable BIC lighters, I like these because even if they run out of gas they still spark, along with that I have many cans of AXE body spray laying around my room, for those of you unfamiliar with this stuff it is very flammable, any pyro will tell you that “a lighter+AXE= nice little flame thrower”. I also have some cotton stuffed in an empty dip can.

    -fishing poles(2 piece easy to carry)

    -tackle box (its a soft bag with the plastic organizers, still about the size of an average females purse, also have some light tackle such as hooks and fishing line in an empty dip can for lighter carry if I need to ditch my heavier gear)

    -small folding Gerber pocket knife(its a bear griylls, i hate it but its small light and strong w/ serated edge)

    -large 10.5″ Hen and rooster rams horn bowie knife in a sheath (love this knife)

    -pool stick broke off about 4.5′ long (in college so I cant have any weapons, my knives are as much as they will allow, campus security wont even allow my bow, the pool stick can be used as a walking stick, a club and i can give it a nice point)

    -Large mesh laundry bag, VERY light weight, can be used to hold items and can make for an awesome fishing net

    -metal water bottle 25oz, always keep it in my mini fridge full of water, and it can be used to boil more water if needed(have a few reusable plastic ones as well)

    -4lb sleeping bag, only rated down to 35 degrees but it doubles as my comforter on my bed

    -first aid, as a wrestler I’ve learned basically anything can be fixed with athletic tape, from broken fingers to twisted ankles,and keep a bottle of alcohol to clean cuts before I tape em up. Many of you may say I’m skimping out on 1st aid but if I cant fix it with athletic tape and alcohol its not getting fixed. I always have ibuprofen/asprin/tylenol in stock as well. The only medication I take is for ADD, when i run out it wont be that big of a deal, Contact lenses and supplies are also ready to throw in bag.

    Other small misc. items:
    -wires, headphones, aux. cords and such are light, and make for good snares

    -15 or so feet of cord shoved in an empty dip can

    -550 para-cord survival bracelet

    -wrist watch

    -multiple belts(keep my pants up and secure items)

    -wire coat hangers(light, flexible, can be used for anything from securing items, to elevating things over a fire)

    -personal hygiene(toothbrush, hand sanitizer)

    -disposable razors( found they make skinning small game such as squirrels a lot easier and keeps some of the hair off of meat)

    -I have a prepaid phone(broke college kid), I use daily and keep charged, battery lasts surprisingly long, get good signal even in my BOL,

    -Lots of empty dip/snuff cans, my friends and I have collected over 200 of them, not sure why, we just started throwing them in a box, so if you have any other ideas on how i can use them please let me know

    Items I need to get for my dorm:

    -I still need to get a flashlight, most likely get a LED because they last longer than conventional lights and they are blinding if i need to have the upper hand when confronting someone in the dark.

    I realize this may seem like a lot of stuff but its all compact with the exception of the sleeping bag. You may notice I don’t have food listed on here, this is because i just started this prepping project and haven’t had the time to acquire any, but I am confident in my hunting, fishing and gathering skills that I can find food not to mention I have cut my share of pounds for wrestling so I know how long my body can go without food. PLEASE COMMENT OR REPLY AND GIVE ME FEEDBACK

  68. Fonda Hancock

    I think a copy of a map of your area or the area you are going to

  69. james arvidson

    The Salt Lake county health department has some publications on this as well as the LDS church. Just remember to adjust the gear to your personal needs and skills. Many times skills will serve better since you carry those always. Develop new skills and learn new things everyday.

    Another thing is to get involved on your local CERT organization. Or get it going in your area.

    HAM radio is a great communications tool even when cell networks are down.

    Just a few quick thoughts I have on the subject.

    Great blog! I just found it and am enjoying. Thanks for the great insight into a few items on my mind lately.

  70. Greg (Slingshot)

    Just a suggestion that everyone so far has the right idea. I have found that the ol fanny pack is real handy. I use the the fanny for immediate needs. Cell phone, TP, knife, gun if you choose to carry, fire starters and so-forth the things you will use daily or all day. This also helps in distributing the weight over the body and not break your back. You might notice the nick name I’ve been give. Slingshot this is my first means of defense and also for a quick meat. Hope this helps travel safe

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  74. Doug

    I would like someone to explain why are we worried about carry copies of birth and marriage certificates, DD214, deeds, etc? If shit gets so bad that you can’t get copies from the clerk of court then we probably won’t need them anyway.

    • I think that is in the hopes of things normalizing and having a future need for them.

    • Kevin

      I live where people will be trying to get to in case of most SHTF scenarios. While I do not expect the local county governments to fail, I do expect the Feds to take over. When Obama gave himself the power to confiscate homes and supplies, My home was one of those. In order to reclaim my home I will need to prove who I am.

      Of course, I will need to avoid or survive the FEMA camp the Feds will try to stick me into first.

  75. a

    I think everything published was very reasonable.
    But, what about this? suppose you typed a catchier title?
    I mean, I don’t wish to tell you how to run your website, but what if you
    added something that grabbed a person’s attention? I
    mean Bug Out Bag Contents | The Gundoc’s Doctrine is kinda plain. You might look at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they write news headlines to grab people interested.
    You might add a video or a picture or two to get people excited about what you’ve got to say.
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  76. Rob

    Someone mentioned water carriage earlier. While mylar water packs are an excellent start, and filters are a good follow up. You might consider Rum Runner bags, which are sealable flat plastic bags that you can fill with water yourself, and refill with your filter.


    Rum Runner Cruise Kit

    Just a thought.

  77. Cathy Rath

    I like all of the suggestions about BOB contents. I think it is a good idea to depend less on hauling food and more on catching it. Simple fish traps, squirrels and rabbits are good protein sources. Carrying less food leaves room for more ammo or other survival items you might need. If TSHF, packing for 72 hours will not be enough. While some cash is good, if power is not up, it will be useless because cash registers, gas pumps and ATMs will not work. Read the book “One Second After” and you’ll know what I mean. That is loaded with tips on what you should grab at a store in the case of a disaster. Get items that are useful in making other things to survive, i.e., rat traps for small game, wire to make snares, etc., and to trade for what you need. Most of all, have a skill that is needed, like foraging, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, etc. Securities brokers, bankers and the like will be useless. I have a copy of the Army Survival Guide. It is heavy, but it will be priceless when TSHF!

  78. Daniel Forrester

    I’m sure it’s a no – brainer, but what about weapons for personal protection, i.e. pistol, rifle, or shotgun wIth ammo, pepper spray, etc. Also, snare wire for hunting, fishing line, hooks and sinkers, etc. would help the stress of food shortage. Happy prepping!

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