Bug Out Bag Basics

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In this article, we will show you how to pack a bug out bag. Since the coronavirus warnings from the CDC were first issued, many people resorted to panic. It caused supply chains to surprisingly run out of items to sell.

This is where your bug out bag comes in. The bug out bag is necessary in case you want to leave your location immediately. It is handy during emergencies or in cases where you suddenly need to go somewhere else.

Bug out bag
Bug out bag

Why do you need a bug out bag?

The bug out bag is an item of necessity typically overlooked by many people. They are probably busy with their everyday lives or ignore the advice of survivalists. However, a bug out bag can aid you during times of trouble. The bug out bag has many different purposes.

During times when a disaster occurs, war breaks, or a viral infection spreads uncontrollably, your bug out bag can help you escape quickly. Leaving a compromised area with dwindling supplies and danger levels rising is your first survival step.

If we discuss an exemplary scenario where everyone outside your home is considered hostile, your bug out bag should somehow carry some weapons and tools. For example, many people prepare paracords for karambit knives. They wrap these sturdy cords around the curvy handle to have some material where a heavy-duty rope can be constructed.

The situation and craftsmanship above are only the tip of the iceberg. Whatever your bug out bag should have inside, it is up to you to modify its inventory to your purposes. Survival in different areas whether urban or rural requires a basic bug out bag loadout where you can add more items. You should also consider changes in the weather, wild packs of animals, and your basic needs.

The bug out bag is somewhat familiar to most of us. We have probably seen some secret agents of our favorite movies and TV shows have one. It is why many people mistake the bug out bag as another tool in a professional agent’s inventory. They will then fail to construct a bug out bag on their own unless reality calls for it.

Our times of today are slowly revealing potential catastrophic disasters lurking behind the shadows. We won’t know when the next pandemic might hit. Many of us are even unaware if a zombie outbreak, giant earthquake, alien invasion, or war might ensue. It is better to prepare with a well-equipped bug out bag.

Packing your bug out bag
Packing your bug out bag

Bug out bag Basics: What items should your bug out bag contain?

When some sort of regional or international calamity erupts, your bug out bag can reduce your time of preparation. Instead of rummaging through your personal and household items in a rush, it is better to now prepare your personal bug out bag. You will have the peace of mind of being prepared while having all the necessities for survival on an ad-hoc package.

First Aid Kit

The world can really be a dangerous place, more so if some disaster strikes up your neighborhood. External forces can cause you harm as you navigate different terrain geographies. You might receive cuts, bruises, scratches, or injuries while traveling. A well-stocked aid kit can mitigate any infections or life-threatening injuries.

  1. Mini-alcohol bottle
  2. Anti-bacterial wipes
  3. Antiseptic wipes
  4. Band-aids
  5. Bandages
  6. Gauze Pads
  7. Tourniquet
  8. Mini Scissors
  9. Painkillers
  10. Box of Blades
  11. Sling
  12. Sunscreen
  13. Burn gel
  14. Antibiotics
  15. Antibiotic Ointment
  16. Surgical Kit
  17. First Aid Instructions


Air Filter

While traversing through different locations, you might be exposed to poisons, airborne viruses, or allergies. Toxic fumes can also appear in different areas. It’s better to filter the air you breathe in.

  1. Air-purifying Respirator (N95, etc.)
  2. Military Grade Gas Masks (M40, etc.)


The world is teeming with predators lurking in the shadows. In case you find a safe spot to rest, it is better to have some form of shelter to shield you from wild animals, the weather, and changing atmospheric temperatures.

  1. Modular Tent
  2. Camping Tent
  3. Sleeping bag
  4. Space blanket
  5. Comforters


The worst enemy of a person is dehydration. One human being can die of thirst within a 3-day duration. Having some equipment to carry, filter, and store water is essential to your survival. Who knows? It might be some time before you can stumble upon a clean water source.

  1. Water Bottle
  2. Liquid Flask
  3. Military Canteen
  4. Water Filtration Device

Fire Starters

Whenever you’re out in the wilderness or get stranded someplace isolated, building a fire has many uses. You can use it to cook some game catch, keep you warm, and signal for rescue. Having the proper tools to build a fire is important to have in your bug out bag.

  1. Lighter
  2. Matches
  3. Strike-anywhere Matches
  4. Candles
  5. Lighter Fuel
  6. Aluminum Foil


You can end up traveling across locations during the nighttime. As we have all known since the time of our ancestors, nighttime is when the most dangerous predators are out hunting. It’s better to have some form of light source for navigation.

  1. Flashlight
  2. Lighter
  3. Matches
  4. Candle
  5. Camping Lanterns
  6. Handheld Lamps

Extra Clothes

You don’t wanna run out of your comfort zone without having a replacement of extra clothes. An extra set of clothing can help you sanitize yourself after a day in the wild. Sweaty clothes can cause infections much more if you’ve attained wounds while traveling. Apart from that, extra clothes can keep you warm and protected from different regional conditions.

Navigational Tools

It’s really hard to travel through patches of land without the help of proper navigational tools. You might get lost on your own and get stuck someplace you are not familiar with. Your bug out bag should have some basic traveling tools to avoid this scenario. We need to remind you that learning about the basics of navigation can aid you while using these tools.

  1. Map
  2. GPS
  3. Compass


We don’t know when the next calamity might happen. A bug out bag can ease your mind and help you escape quickly. We hope this article has given you some of the basic items to store in your bug out bag.

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Lenny is one of the contributors here at Backpacker Travel. Her favorite destination is the Philippines.

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