"bug out bags" and "bug in kits"

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As a result of a thread on another forum and some "doomsday porn" I've been reading lately, I've assembled a "bug out bag."

Thus far the bug out bag contains...

  • food for ~3 days (spam and vienna sausage)
  • water (5x700mL)
  • water purification tablets
  • camp soap
  • hand sanitizer gel (2x 1.5oz) (sanitation + fire starter!)
  • heavy-duty emergency blanket
  • 30 gallon trash bags (4x)
  • emergency poncho
  • 8',x10' tarp
  • 4x light sticks
  • LED flashlight + batteries
  • belt
  • pocket knife
  • multi-tool
  • compass
  • waterproof/windproof matches (2 boxes)
  • P38 can openers
There is a little more room in the backpack, but not much. I know I need to think about the following:

  • A better bag that's a bit larger, a bit more durable, and with a waist belt - anyone know of a decent inexpensive internal frame pack?
  • Maps for that compass (USGS maps might be helpful, but the local grid hasn't been updated since 1981!)
  • Polar pure instead of limited-shelf life / low "yield" purification tablets
  • Food that isn't so salty
  • Some sort of hydration bladder that's more space-efficient than bottled-water bottles
  • Paracord
  • A change of clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • A firearm and some ammo/magazines. I have a G21 that's been sitting in the safe unused for months, but it's ... huge. I have my concerns about a firearm because of legal issues should I take this kit with me to varying locales. Should I get a CHL, I expect to have a smaller blaster on my person, so dropping a box of ammunition and some additional magazines into the bag won't be as big of a deal.
Any other comments? This is not supposed to be a "survive anything, for any duration" type deal - it's supposed to last me for three days as a standalone kit, either so I can hoof it out of the disaster area or await restoral of services/utilities someplace other than at home.

I'm also accumulating some supplies for a "bug in kit" if I have to remain in my residence for some extended period of time or several minutes' notice and time to load the car and depart via the roads. I am nowhere near as far along on this concept, but I do have the following...

  • About a week's worth of food
  • ~10 gallons bottled water
  • Another ~5 gallons fresh water in fridge, also frozen in water bottles
  • Enough firearms and ammunition to qualify as a "major arms cache" in some states
  • All the other luxuries of modern living - only I will probably have to forgo communications, power, water, and gas
Any other ideas? Anyone else done this sort of thing?
 

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Instead of matches, I recommend a couple of butane cigarette lighters. They occupy less space, and a single lighter will light a fire every day for a year.

You should have two, to ensure that you can find one. :D

If they get wet, they'll work again after they dry out; I've put them through the clothes washer (accidentally) with no degradation.

Thanks to all for sharing your ideas. We should all be prepared for ugly situations wherein the fabric of civilized society wears thin...
 

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Definitely consider one of the hand-cranked radios as previously mentioned. I have that plus two small hand-cranked LED flashlights in my kits.

You might also want to consider having any prescription meds you need in your kit. Also, spare prescription eye glasses if you need them.

You also need to remember that several items in most bug out bags are perishable (meds, some first-aid supplies, food, etc.). It would be a good idea to check everything once a month, and if it is expired or will expire in less than a month, replace it.
 

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I am taking all my guns,pass them out to my buddys and take bug out bags from those who did not bring guns.
 

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Definitely consider one of the hand-cranked radios as previously mentioned. I have that plus two small hand-cranked LED flashlights in my kits.

You might also want to consider having any prescription meds you need in your kit. Also, spare prescription eye glasses if you need them.

You also need to remember that several items in most bug out bags are perishable (meds, some first-aid supplies, food, etc.). It would be a good idea to check everything once a month, and if it is expired or will expire in less than a month, replace it.


You can rotate the perishables in and out of your bag to keep them from going bad. It is always good to rotate the food stuff also. The Mormons have several books on the subject that, I believe, you can get from Amazon. If any of you are interested, let me know and I will post the name of these books. I'm not even Mormon, but found these books to be good and insightful. You can never be too prepared!
 

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You can rotate the perishables in and out of your bag to keep them from going bad. It is always good to rotate the food stuff also. The Mormons have several books on the subject that, I believe, you can get from Amazon. If any of you are interested, let me know and I will post the name of these books. I'm not even Mormon, but found these books to be good and insightful. You can never be too prepared!

Please, post up the names of those books. When it comes to the subject of survival there is no such thing as too much information.
 

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You need medical supplies. Put some feminine pads and a tampon in the bag in case you get cut, shot, whatever; they work very well. Gauze, scissors, blood coagulant powder, and some antibacterial creme.

It will be easier to find food / water than clean material in case you are wounded.

SOCKS... especially considering water is the #1 issue we have around here beyond tornadoes. If you have wet feet for even a day of moving around you will need to change out the socks or you will get trench foot. You can also use them as compression bandages, gloves, patches, etc. And rock + sock = melee weapon.
 

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Fishing line and hooks just incase its more than three days you can fish with it or make snares for small creatures also, trip line for camp alarms and so forth
 
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