It’s always debatable on what you should carry in your bug out bag. It could also depend on your geographic location on how to prepare for the worst. For instance, on the west coast you might consider earthquake kits and in other colder climate areas, maybe have a survival kit that will get you through being stranded in cold weather or hypothermic conditions. There are tons of articles showing what preppers consider to be necessary in order to survive at least the crucial 72 hour period after a disaster. The first few items that should come to mind are food, water, first aid kits and shelter. This is our take on the 19 most essential items we think should be in your bag before anything else.
The human body can survive for up to three days without water and up to three weeks without food. But who would want to? The key to survival is staying healthy and while many foods can be found in the wild, you will be smart to start collecting foods that have a long or indefinite shelf life immediately.
Being a prepper requires being able to be frugal and making your dollar stretch when you can. Not everyone can afford underground bunkers or expensive off-grid homes equipped with the latest and greatest features. Some of us barely have enough money leftover each month for food preps. Learning how to improvise and adapt is part of survival and prepping. You can build a shelter from just about anything including shipping containers and pallets. Pallets are inexpensive and often thrown away so it makes perfect sense to use for a shelter.
Bugging out is often talked about in the prepper community and everyone has a strong opinion on whether to stay put or to get out of town if things go haywire. While we all have strong opinions on the matter these are just some possible areas that I thought would be good selections based on getting away from the mass population, not natural disasters. Feel free to chime in on our Facebook page and let us know what you think. These aren’t listed in order of preference.
It’s always good to have an alternative way to charge your portable 5v devices on the go. Having a means to recharge batteries, lights, emergency radios and walkie talkies is very important in a grid down situation when there’s no power. In some cases you can even bypass the batteries and power devices directly with the sun since we all know that batteries do not last forever. With that being said, there are several companies manufacturing portable solar chargers these days, it can be difficult determining if you’re purchasing the best product for the money.
The Kelly Kettle Basecamp Outdoor Stove is the complete package. I’ve reviewed several outdoor stoves and none of them can boil water and cook at the same time. While this isn’t as compact as other fold-down pocket stoves it’s way more versatile and can cook food and boil water much faster than anything I’ve seen. The large Kelly Kettle will hold 1.6L of water, which is the one I’m reviewing today, although they do offer different sizes.
Exposure to the elements in mother nature is the biggest concern if you are bugging out in the wilderness or possibly trying to get to your bug out location on foot. The last thing you want to punch your clock is hypothermia especially when it’s usually something you can take measures to prevent with a few preps. Protective gear such as clothing and shelter will help keep your core temperature up and keep you dry, which is a main key in surviving cold temps. The Sea to Summit Nylon Tarp Poncho serves a dual use piece of gear acting as a poncho and a full blown tarp for two people.
This is a product that most preppers wouldn’t think of packing away in their bug out bags. While dry sacks are used a lot by adventurers on water or through canyons, they can be of great value to preppers especially if bugging out is in your plans. Keeping your clothes and electronic equipment dry is a huge deal if you’re on the go. Not all backpacks come weatherproofed so it’s important that you have a solution in place to handle the chance you get caught in a down pour or have to cross a body of water. The Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil View Dry Sack comes in everything from 1 liter to 35 liters in size and is a perfect, durable solution.
If you’re not familiar with Sea to Summit, their focus is on making affordable but quality outdoor gear even in the simplest products such as the Ultra-Sil Day Pack. While this isn’t a rugged pack by any means, it’s a great addition to your bug out bag if you go out on a small excursion away from camp. It packs down so small it can be easily placed inside your pocket, a woman’s purse or even on your keychain. It’s cool design allows the entire bag to be reduced inside a tiny built-in pocket.
This is my first review of a single strapped sling pack and for Hazard4.com. The Holmes chest and lumbar sling pack is exactly what the names says. It focuses the weight of the pack on the chest and lumbar area of your back to help reduce the strain of carrying a heavy pack. The Holmes comes in two colors, coyote (pictured) and black. It’s one of the many variations of tactical packs that Hazard 4 promotes through their online store. They are an industry leader in tactical gear giving you the best packs for hauling around your gear.