What to Put on Your Bug-Out Personal Carry List

Some things might seem obvious to put on a bug-out list, but you might not have thought of everything you need. Luckily, we have!
bug-out personal carry list SEDGE Spring 2015
Some items that should be found on your bug-out personal carry list.

In the event of a serious natural disaster or if the grid goes down, you’re going to want to prepare a bug-out carry list of things you’ll need in a pinch.

Below is a solid list of recommendations for items that will come in handy in a number of situations.

  • Pack a sturdy belt.
  • Primary knife in primary side pocket (never used except in conflict)
  • Secondary knife in secondary side pocket (use this for utility chores)
  • A lighter (one that cannot discharge in the pocket). Butane torches are best, but I’ve not found a particularly sturdy one yet.
  • Primary pistol along with a spare magazine
  • Secondary pistol with a spare magazine
  • Cellular telephone
  • Flashlight (two is better)
  • A “throw-down” wallet containing a small amount of cash.
  • Clothing is sturdy, as is footwear. Have layers so you can adapt to conditions. You should be able to run with what you have on.
  • A real wallet (include a couple of Band-Aids). Reverse the cards so that their “titles” aren’t casually visible. Keep your CCW and driver’s license ride in interior compartments in the wallet. Tape a portion of your attorney’s business card on the back of your CCW.
  • Keep a handcuff key along with the other keys on your sturdy keychain.
  • If you wear prescription eyeglasses, they should darken in sunlight.

This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE ™ Spring 2015 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.