Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials

must have bug out bag essentials


This post Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials originally started out as a checklist for our website. But as it grew I knew I would end up turning it into a post so here it is hope you enjoy.

Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials

We will list the Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials first on our list and then what we feel are important items to add.

First of all, you will want a way to carry your must have bug out bag essentials in either a bag or pack. You want your pack to be sturdy, durable and preferably with an internal frame. Choose a pack that is of neutral color Black, brown, do not choose a bright color pack or bag.  Look at the packs listed here one of our favorites is the  Monkey Paks Tactical Backpack with Hydration Water Bladder.

Also, check these packs and bags.

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Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials


Staying hydrated is an essential part of survival. You will need at minimum one liter a day for each person in your group. Water can be carried with water bottles or canteens. Collapsible water bottles will save space in your pack. If you choose a pack with a hydration system your one step ahead. You will also need water filters or another way to purify your water. Find water bottles, filters, and purification supplies in addition to other hydration needs.

Water Bottles, Filters and Purification 


While water is first on our list shelter is one of the most important must have bug out bag essentials.  For shelter, you will want something to protect you from the weather rain, snow, the wind and the sun. While shelter can be anything from a garbage bag or a cabin in the woods. A shelter is also clothing, sleeping bags and or blankets. Tarps make great temporary shelters drape it over a rope or tree limb and you have a quick shelter.

Look at this article in Boy’s Life Magazine on building shelters.   You want to consider lightweight backpacking tents also emergency shelters like tube tents.   Finally look at lightweight backpacking sleeping bags as part of your shelter needs.

Heat and Fire Starting

A heat source will be necessary for not only keeping you warm but for cooking and purifying water. You will need at least 3 ways to start a fire. Rubbing two sticks together is a great skill to have but not always practical. Bic lighters, magnesium fire starters, and waterproof strike anywhere matches are all great choices. Add a few of these fire starters to your Bug Out Bag Essentials.

You will also want to consider body warmer pads these pads will give sustainable heat for up to 24 hours. You can use these pads with a lightweight sleeping bag or wool blanket and sleep warm all night. Body Warmer Pads


This would be obvious right? Guess how many people don’t think of it? Because the bug out bag is normally designed for 72 hours some people don’t think of food as a necessity. We’re here to tell you food is necessary for a survival situation. You’re burning calories and energy so you will need to replace those. Many members of our team only carry some beef jerky and food bars.  This is fine for one or two people but traveling with children you will want something more substantial. Try these freeze-dried foods for great taste and nutrition. You will also find a wide selection at your local outdoors store or Wal-mart.

First Aid 

This is where we are not medical professionals and that you should take a basic first aid course. Contact the American Red Cross or your local Red Cross chapter for more information. Also, make sure you have all the prescribed medications you or your family may need in your bag.

After you have taken the basic first aid course make sure you have a good First Aid Kit. You will also want a good first aid manual to refer to.  Recommended First Aid Manual.  Also Recommended First Aid Kits. Also, see this post-Basic Medical Kit For Your Bug Out Bag

Protection, Security and the Proper Mindset

This is a very personal thing and you need to consider it carefully. No matter what weapon you choose, get to know it well Your life could depend on it. If you choose a firearm, get training on how it works, how to clean it, and how to use it properly.

Keep in mind that any weapon is there to protect you and members of your group so choose well. And most noteworthy of all is the proper mindset. If you don’t feel you can take another life to protect yourself or family you won’t last long post SHTF.

Survival Tools

Survival tools include Knives, machete, ax or hatchet, and of course the ever popular multi-tool. Check out Northwest Survival Supply for all your survival gear needs


A good LED flashlight comes in real handy and might just save your life or someone close to you. Always have extra light sources and batteries ready for when one fails. Everyone on our team carries a headlamp for hands-free operation and at least two other light sources.

Suggestions would be Miniature flashlights, Keychain lights, and as already mentioned headlamps.


Include in this section hats, wool socks, rain gear or poncho, underwear. Also short and long sleeve shirts, extra pants preferably not jeans. Layers work best so that you can add or subtract as needed.


especially relevant here is you are in a crisis SHTF situation and hygiene practices are important. In this type of situation, diseases can be spread  and  staying healthy is of the up most importance.

Hygiene items to include are hand sanitizer, toilet paper, soap, wet naps, and don’t forget sanitary needs for women in your group. Also, include a toothbrush and toothpaste, and any other items you might think of.


In any survival situation, you can’t always count on your cell phone to be working so you will need someway get news and communicate with your group.

Because you will want to keep in touch and know what is happening we recommend the following communication gear.

KAITO KA500 VOYAGER SOLAR RADIO. Operate on 3 AA batteries, hand crank or solar and weighs in at less than 3 pounds.

KAITO KA350 VOYAGER TREK SOLAR/CRANK AM/FM/SW NOAA WEATHER RADIO FLASHLIGHT.One of the best parts about this radio is it can be charged 3 different ways. You can charge it with the simple dynamo hand-crank. Or set out in the sun and the solar panel will charge the built-in battery. You can even plug it in and charge it via USB. Plus the built-in lithium rechargeable battery will even help you charge other USB powered devices (like cellphones) with ease, meaning you’ll never be without the ability to use your favorite portable electronics.

Another communication tool you will need is communication within your group. So we suggest high-powered handheld radios like the ones here.

Those were all the must have bug out bag essentials we keep in our bug out bags. the heaviest bag in our group weighs in at 38.5 Lbs. and includes a few extra items. Below you will find a few miscellaneous item you will also want to include in your own bag.

Other Must Have Bug Out Bag Essentials


  • Compass
  • Maps of the area
  • Very loud whistle (especially for children)
  • Paracord
  • Duct tape
  • Fishing line and assorted hooks
  • Extra batteries
  • Wire for making snares
  • Sewing kit
  • Sun Glasses
  • Reading Glasses
  • Insect repellant

Consequently, this is not a comprehensive list you will add or subtract items as needed and let us know if you would like to see something added to the list.

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Basic Medical Kit For Your Bug Out Bag

Basic Medical Kit:

Before we go further Yes I am a Medical Doctor and I’m not going to teach you to remove bullets. What I can and will do is show you how to build a basic medical kit.

First of all, I want to say that everyone who is prepping should take a basic first aid class. You can find them at your local Red Cross or community college. In addition to any basic first aid classes, I would recommend taking an advanced class. Therefore with that said let us get down to the business.

The Medical Bag:

First, you will need something to carry your supplies in. So you will need to find a bag that will hold all of the items listed.  This is the one I like and have recommend to friends and family basic medical kitTactical MOLLE EMT Medical First Aid Pouch

Basic Supplies:

  • 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
  • 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
  • 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
  • 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
  • 5 antiseptic wipe packets
  • 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
  • 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
  • 1 instant cold compress
  • 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
  • Scissors
  • 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
  • 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
  • 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each
  • 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
  • Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
  • 2 triangular bandages
  • Tweezers
  • First aid instruction booklet

In addition to you may also  want to add the following  Items:

Suture Kit

blanket (space blanket)


Hand Sanitizer

Quick Clot

Also, include a dental kit

Finally, Include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your health-care provider may suggest.

Check the kit regularly.

Make sure the flashlight batteries work.

We probably should have batteries on the list also.

Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents.

And in conclusion,  You could have found most if not all of this information with a google search I just thought to save you time and energy.

And make sure you take a basic first aid class this will probably be the most important item in your Basic Medical Kit.

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Prepping to Survive an Economic Collapse

Cash Is King In An  Economic Collapse

In an Economic Collapse your credit cards, debit cards will not work, banks will  close, Food shortages Cash will be King. Once awareness of the situation sets in, rioting, looting, and violent crime will be everywhere.

What would you do to feed your hungry kids? Hunger and watching those you care about go hungry will make good people do the unthinkable. Desperate times make desperate people.

The post-Scott did on Bugging Out got me to thinking about the reasons people would Bug Out economic collapse topped my list since it would probably cause the others on my list to occur, transportation stoppage, wide-spread looting and rioting, food shortages among others.

So if as Scott talked about you already have a Bug Out Location what should it be stocked with? Here is a list of items I would want to have on hand.

We’ll begin with the important stuff like food and water and work from there.

Water and a Way to Purify it

Bottled water
Even with our well and year round spring on the property, we keep a few cases of bottled water on hand.

Rain Barrels
We also have a rainwater collection system ours is a 1500 gallon storage tank depending on your needs you can have a few 55-gallon drums.

Canteen / Water Bottle
There is any number of reasons for having these hunting and foraging trips come to mind

Water Purification Tablets, Pool Shock/Bleach
These can be used to disinfect water and make it safe to drink about 8 drops of household bleach will usually work make sure it is regular bleach no added color or fragrance.

5 Gallon bucket
To carry water from water source if water is not piped in.

Stock pot or large kettle
For boiling water, this is the best and safest way to purify and disinfect water. Bring water to a rolling boil for about 10 minutes and let it cool.

Coffee Filters
For filtering large solids from the water like grass, bugs, dirt etc.

Cheese Cloth or Mosquito Netting
Also used for filtering

Used with the Cheese Cloth or Mosquito Netting or coffee filters to filter water. I put a coffee filter or layer of cloth or netting on my cup or bucket then a layer of charcoal, topped with sand and top the sand with fine gravel then filter my water through.

Water filtering systems
Portable water filters like the Survival Spring and LifeStraw you can drink water right from the source. Larger systems like Alexapure or Big Berkey can filter up to 5000 gallons.


Hard Red or White Wheat



Dry Beans: Pinto, Red, Lima, Black, Navy Etc.

Dry Milk


Cooking Oil: Coconut and olive are good


Canned Goods: These include meat and fish



Drink Mix

Baking Essentials (Yeast, Salt, etc.)

Heirloom Garden Seeds

I’m sure you can think of other items to add to the above list


First Aid Supplies and Medications

First Aid Manual

First-Aid Kit

Extra Band-Aids

Dental Kit

Wound Care

Rubbing Alcohol/Hydrogen Peroxide

Antibiotic Ointment

Respirator Masks

Latex Gloves


Prescription Medication

Foot Care Products

Pain Reliever
Tylenol, Aleve, Aspirin, etc.

Cold Medicine


Diarrhea/Constipation Medication


Allergy Medication



Birth Control

Hygiene Supplies


Hand Sanitizer



Dental Floss

Toilet paper

Feminine Hygiene Products

Wet Wipes

Insect Spray


Lotion/Lip Balm



Head Lamp


Light Sticks



Oil Lantern

Extra Wicks & Mantles

Cooking and Food Preservation Supplies

Coffee Pot

Camping Stove

Solar Oven

Solar dehydrator

Grain Grinder

Meat Grinder

Cast Iron Cookware

Cooking Utensils

Can Opener

Water Bath Canner

Pressure Canner

Jars and Lids

Eating Utensils

Plates & Bowls

Weapons and Hunting Supplies





Compound Bow

Extra Arrows


Snare Wire

Fishing Gear (Poles, Tackle, Nets)


Cleaning Supplies

Bleach/Pool Shock

Dish Soap


Baking Soda


Bar Soap


Mop and Bucket

Broom and Dust Pan

Scrub Brushes

Dish Pan

Trash Bags


Two-way Radio

Weather Radio (Hand Crank)

Ham Radio



Maps and Guides

Detailed Map of Local Area

Survival Guide

Field Guide/Eatable Plant Guide

Pets and Children



Proof of Vaccination


 Household Items



Bath Towels

Solar Shower

Kitchen Towels



Sewing Kit

Washboard and Buckets

Aluminum Foil

Ziplock Bags

Portable Toilet



Pest and Insect Control (Mouse Traps, Diatomaceous Earth)

Extra Keys (Home, Shop ,Vehicles, Safe Deposit Box)

Personal Items

Extra Prescription Glasses

Eye Glass Repair Kit

Sun Glasses





Work Shirts


Wool Socks





Extra Laces

Tennis Shoes




Work Gloves


Wide-Brimmed Hat

Barter Goods The New Money For An  Economic Collapse








Toilet Paper





precious Stones





Musical Instruments

Paper, Pens, Sketchbook



Tools and Miscellaneous Gear

Gardening Tools (Shovel, Axe, Rake)


Basic Construction Tools

Hardware (Nails, Screws)


Tie Down


Duct Tape


Extra Gas Cans

Sharpening Stone/Honing Oil

Gun Cleaning Kit & Supplies

Wire and Wire Cutters

Chain Saw

Fire Extinguisher


Chain and Padlocks

Weather Instruments

Bolt Cutters

Identification and Documentation

Photo ID/Passport

Birth Certificate

Social Security Card

Medical Records

Banking Documents

Insurance Documents

Marriage License

Contact Information

Alternative Energy Source and Heating


Extension Cords

Solar Panels

Solar Charge controller


Solar Charger

Rechargeable Batteries






Fuel Stabilizer

Lamp Oil

Seasoned Fire Wood

This is by no means a full and comprehensive list Please feel free to expand on and add your list and or thoughts in the comments below.

What is your plan if we should experience an Economic Collapse ?  

Economic Collapse


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