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Bug Out Bag Checklist

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We have provided this free bug out bag checklist to use as a starting point, your bug out bag should be tailored to the individual needs of yourself and your family. A Bug Out Bag or BOB is a portable, ready-to-go bag that contains all the items you and your family would need to survive for a minimum of seventy-two hours when evacuating from a disaster or a dangerous situation. However, some bags are designed to last longer periods depending on the distance of your destination. The focus here is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival. Furthermore, many factors play into deciding what to pack in your bug out bag:

  • First of all, Who are you packing for? Just yourself? Your Family? Pets? Kids?
  • Especially relevant: How much can you carry?  Be realistic, know your capabilities.
  • In addition, what time of year is it? Do you need winter gear? Summer gear?
  • Are you packing for urban or wilderness survival?
  • What special considerations do you or your family have? Medical needs? Traveling with elderly parents? Any mobility issues?
  • Finally, how far do you have to travel to your bug out location? Do you need food and supplies for 3 days? 5 days? 2 weeks?

Foundations – Start with a good backpack

Sandpiper of California Bugout Backpack

While shopping at my local PX, I came across the SOC Bugout Bag.  It had all the bells and whistles I was looking for: Padded waist band, metal back stays, a hydration pocket, MOLLE compatible, lots of compartments, and seemed really sturdy.

I was a little hesitant because of the price, it was around $80 bucks and I am a true believer in the old adage: “You get what you pay for”. I’m told that these bags fly off the shelves at the PX so our Military Men and Women are using them in the field, that seemed like a good endorsement to me. So, I thought I’d try it out, and if it doesn’t work out I’ll simply return it.  That was three years ago. I’m still loving this bag.

Since I travel for work on a regular basis I keep a fully packed get home bag in my vehicle at all times, and this bag gets tossed around quite a bit and I haven’t had any issues yet. I’ve taken this bag on countless camping trips so I can practice using the contents, and again, no issues at all. In fact, it’s so rugged, I’ve purchased a second bag to use as a carry on when I fly. I can’t think of any negatives where this bag is concerned. I would caution however that this bag holds a lot of gear, so avoid the temptation of over packing. You could pay double, even triple for another bag that might be marginally better than this one, but for the money, this is a great, durable bag!

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This is by no means a hard and fast list, therefore, use this packing list as a starting point.  Remember, in conclusion, your bug out bag should be as individual as you are.


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George M

George M is a retired Army Non-Commissioned Officer, and preparedness enthusiast.

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