We all know the bug out essentials – paracord, survival knife, water filter, matches. However, there are so many items for a bug out bag that are often overlooked. S*** happens, right?
Geek Prepper put together a great list of items that you should have on hand when bugging out:
A sewing awl is extremely beneficial in repairing items made of tough materials, such as leather or canvas. I've used this to repair my backpack straps, sew canvas, stitch a camp chair, to repair leather sheaths and holsters and even to make my own sheaths and holsters. If you can't buy new items and must repair, maintain and create your own, an awl will be one of your most valuable possessions! Don't forget to order extra thread and replacement needles!
Everyone should ALWAYS have at least one adjustable wrench in their bug out bag, in their car and at home in case of an emergency. For Bug Out Bag, I'd probably go with a 12 inch and a 4 inch, both wrapped in a camp towel to keep them quiet.
That's right! One screwdriver that can handle just about anything.
Long reach pliers:
Extend your reach into tight and narrow work areas. These always come in handy. When I don't have them is when it seems like I need them the most!
I like the outdoors as much as anyone, but if I'm hungry or cold, I want my fire now. I will make fire with firesteel or flint, sure, as soon as I run out of lighters. I have 10 lighters in my bug out bag. I have 2 in my first aid kit, I have 5 in a ziplock bag in each of my cars. I know I can light a fire with cold fingers using a lighter. 50 lighters is not too many, 100 lighters is not to many. Get some and stash them in all your cars and kits.
The Everstryke Match is an excellent lighter, and will start a fire in any weather condition, rain, sleet, or snow.
Carabiners are excellent and quick alternatives to tying a knot for tents, hammocks, clotheslines, etc. They tighten, create tension, and secure ropes, a hassle-free alternative to untying difficult knots and using ropes that quickly lose tension. They've made it even easier to use by adding a carabiner clip that attaches to any fixed anchor point.
Everyone packs fishing tackle, but what about a tiny fishing pole?
The Pocket Fisherman Maps:
We're always pushing maps. We have to because if the SHTF and it's the type of situation where we need to lay low and avoid some form of military or government agencies (cough..FEMA…cough). Then you can bet we won't have ANY electronic devices on us for them to track or triangulate us with. We're talking old school, move at night stuff. Learn to navigate using maps and a compass. These books on navigation can help tremendously:
Observe and scout before you move into an area. This is essential. If you don't do this, you will walk into ambushes or stumble into gangs of looters or worse! I found out the hard way that water-proof binoculars should be the standard for outdoorsy people and preppers. Trust me when I say you need waterproof binoculars!
That last thing I want to die from is an infection from a hangnail. You can buy nail clippers anyplace, pick up a couple sets for your fingernails and toenails!
A watch that is EMP proof and doesn't ever require batteries is essential.Knowing the date and time can help you plan your movements and help keep you sane. You can even use a watch to help you determine direction (see post: Determining Direction With Your Watch). I too have procrastinated on getting an Automatic Watch, but I have resolved that this will be my next purchase, because it's not a bank breaker and it's really important.
There is a reason that our military issues these to our troops. Keep crap out of your eyes while on the move. Dust, debris, and tree branches. Don't be blinded by assailants wielding “Pocket Sand”. Insect repellant. Ticks, mosquito and biting insects can be fatal, but they are always irritating. You'll have enough to worry about without bugs. Sunscreen: protect your head and face from sun. If you're not wearing a Shemagh or hat make sure to have sunscreen. Also think about Lip Balm.
Keep your airways safe, while you breathe. There may be dust and smoke in the air.
If I have to use a gas mask (and we might), I'm going to use one from Israel (they fight and survive). These also use the NATO filters (Type 80), which you can find.If you have children, get the Child-sized gas masks too!
While on the move, there may not be convenient water stops. Stock up on water whenever/wherever you can!
You're going to be touching some nasty stuff, even if you'd rather not. You may be moving bodies or performing first aid. Keep some in your bag, your car and at home!
Clean your hands before eating, or touching your face. Every time. Take no chances, not just after TSHTF, but day to day too.
Battery Converters or Adapters:
Turn your AA batteries into C or D batteries. This would be very very handy!
Besides the obvious uses, tampons can be used to filter water and maxi pads make great bandages. There are a million uses for both of these items.
We'll all need some hope in a post Apocalyptic world. Hope may be all that keeps you going!
Compact Gun Cleaning Kit:
because crawling through mud makes guns dirty!
This list of Overlooked Bug Out Bag Essentials wasn't designed to be published, it was designed for me any my family to determine what we'd need that isn't normally included when thinking about post-TEOTWAWKI life. When I showed it to a friend, he was amazed and wanted a copy. He said he had the same experience when he showed it to other friends.
Read the rest of this list at GeekPrepper.org. Please use this list as a starting point to help you prepare for the worst!
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