Survival and Bugout Equipment; Bug Out and Survival Backpack Equipment List

In these uncertain times, survival and bugout equipment are not things we can take lightly. With so many wars, natural and manmade disasters these days, being able to protect yourself and your family is important. It is not difficult to learn about what steps to take to ensure your safety and health. All these items including medication for those who need them should be part of your bugout kit.

What You Need

One of the first things to note when preparing for eventualities is that the packs must be easy to carry. Whatever you take with you must be able to help you and your loved ones to survive for at least 72 hours. Some of the essential survival and bugout equipment you will need in your kit include:

  • Portable water filtration products
  • Large knife and a multi-tool 
  • Batteries and solar power chargers
  • Flashlights 
  • A tent or tarpaulin for covering and protection at nights
  • Emergency First Aid kit and items
  • Clothing which is suitable for your climate
  • Sleeping bag
  • Poncho for protection from the rain
  • Communication equipment such as a portable radio
  • Safety goggles
  • Whistles
  • Food
  • Water

Where to Find Your Gear

If you plan to pack your own gear, the Emergency Essentials website is a good place to start looking for survival and bug out equipment. Not only do they sell many essential items, you can also get great ideas for setting up your own kit. Here you will be able to buy readymade kits for any disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane. The company also has food bars that can last a long time without going bad. Apart from My Survival Goods, other good online stores to find what you need to prepare are The Ready Store and REI.

Preparing Your Own Survival and Bugout Equipment

Since most kits will only have supplies for 72-hours, a good idea is to build your own. To start make a list of items that you know will be necessary for surviving under extreme conditions or start with a readymade kit and build on that. Apart from the essential items above, some of the other things you can pack are:

  • Work gloves
  • Waterproof matches
  • Water cups
  • Glow sticks
  • Knife
  • Dust or gas masks
  • Light sources such as slow burn emergency candles

Books, comics, crossword puzzles, games and a toy or two to help children to keep their minds off the situation should be in your kit. If possible take a deck of cards or word games that adults and teens will enjoy playing as well. 

Always keep your survival and bugout equipment in a spot that is easy to access. When possible, some people prefer to keep some of these items in their cars. Every household member must acquaint themselves with the items in the kit. During the preparation process it is also useful to have each person living in the house make suggestions about what you need to carry. Get small backpacks for children old enough to carry them, or larger bags with wheels.

If you involve everyone, they are not only more interested in the preparations, but may come up with things you hadn’t even thought of.

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