When it comes to building a bug out bag there are literally thousands of posts scattered around the internet.
The truth is, most of these lists are just a guideline. So take them all with a grain of salt.
Not every list will work for you and there is no single “perfect” pre made kit.
The Ultimate bug out bag for you will be the one that you build from the ground up and fully customize.
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A hundred posts could be written about each and every item you need to stock (and we’re working hard to do just that!) but sometimes you just need to know what you need to get and have it on hand without a lengthy explanation.
This post is for just that situation, as we list the top 50 survival items that you need to have stockpiled for a future SHTF situation.
The Survival 50 Bug Out Bag Essentials:
- A quality survival knife.
- Cordage (550 Paracord for example).
- Small home cash reserve (varies based on income/expenses, at least 1 months worth of all expenses if possible)
- Emergency wallet cash (small bills, usually no more than $100)
- A hatchet for splitting wood and other camp/retreat tasks.
- At least two flashlights, one battery powered and one powered by hand crank or other long-term method.
- Hand-cranked radio.
- Journal/notebook for recording information.
- Basic tools (hammer, prybar, screwdrivers, etc.)
- Simple repair and construction materials (screws, nails)
- A tough pair of gloves.
- Coveralls or tough clothing for rough situations.
- A quality spare tire.
- Car maintenance kit (an extra oil filter, set of spark plugs, bottle of oil, bottle of coolant, headlight bulb).
- Car window breaker/seatbelt cutter.
- Temporary tire repair foam.
- A well-stocked first-aid kit.
- Spare glasses/contacts.
- As many of your needed prescriptions as you can legally purchase.
- Hygienic wipes (for washing without water).
- Feminine hygiene products (for intended use and to soak up blood from wounds) <=== Carry these even if you’re a man!
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When it comes to building a bug out bag, it’s not how much you have in your bag, it’s about what you have and how you can use it.
Innovation is key and weight is everything. The lighter your pack is the longer you can travel with it. It is in your best interest to know exactly what is in your kit and more importantly how to use it!
If you don’t understand how something works or why it should be in your kit, DO NOT put it in your kit!
You never want to be doing something for the first time when you need it to save your life.
Keeping that in mind, I’d like to show you what I keep in my light weight stow bag. This is the kit that I personally keep in my car or at my side everywhere I go. It also has plenty of room for expansion, so that you can add everything you want inside it.
Feel free to pick one up for yourself, give one as a gift, or just use it as a starting point to build your own bug out bag.
Remember, were all in this together
‘Above Average’ Joe
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