While it would be nice to pack everything up to and including the kitchen sink in your bug-out bag, your back, legs and feet might disagree. Start with these bare essentials and then work on the “luxury” items to include. Here is a checklist of must-haves that will save your life but won’t weigh you down.

For More Information

Survival Resources: survivalresources.com; 845-471-2434

Streamlight: streamlight.com; 800-523-7488

Mechanix Wear: mechanix.com; 800-222-4296

Exotac: exotac.com; 888-568-9347

LTWK Handcrafted Knives: ltwrightknives.com; 740-317-1404

Suunto: suunto.com; 855-258-0900

Sawyer: sawyer.com; 800-356-7811

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