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There comes a time in an emergency situation where staying put is no long tenable. You’ll have to leave and maybe quickly. Having a bug out bag already stocked will save valuable time. It will also provide you with a host of gear that will help you reach your destination and provide you with life-saving tools along the way. Following is a comprehensive bug out bag list of gear and equipment you’ll need in case of an emergency. Is it complete? No. Every situation is different. Every emergency is unique. Your bug out list and gear should reflect your environment. It should reflect the emergency you’ll likely encounter. Most of all, it should reflect your level of survival skills.

Bug Out Bag List: General Items

  • Bic lighter
  • Can opener
  • Candles
  • Clothing for the weather
  • Fire starter (flint, ferro)
  • Gloves and socks
  • Hand warmers
  • Mini survival kit
  • Mosquito net
  • Paracord
  • Poly tube tents
  • Quality backpack or duffel bag
  • Rain poncho
  • Straps and bungee cords
  • Survival blanket
  • Survival books
  • Waterproof bivy bag
  • Waterproof matches
  • Zip ties

Food & Water

  • Energy bars
  • Filters
  • Fishing kit
  • Hydration system/bag
  • Mess kit and utensils
  • MREs
  • Purifying tablets
  • Stove and fuel
  • Straw water filter
  • Water pouches
  • Water storage (bottles, jugs)

Tools and Equipment

  • Am/Fm radio
  • Compass and map
  • Duct tape
  • Dynamo flashlight
  • Entrenching tool/shovel
  • Flashlight (rechargeable)
  • Hammer
  • Headlamp and batteries
  • Machete
  • Multi-tool
  • Portable solar panel
  • Sewing kit
  • Survival knife (pocket knife)
  • Weather radio

First Aid

  • Ace bandage
  • Acetaminophen
  • Alcohol pads
  • Aloe Vera
  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Anti-bacterial wipes
  • Antiseptic wipes or liquid.
  • Aspirin
  • Assorted sizes of gauze pads
  • Benadryl
  • Eye dropper
  • Eye wash
  • First aid kit
  • Gauze bandage
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ice pack
  • Insect Repellent
  • Potassium iodide tablets
  • Snake bite kit
  • Surgical tape
  • Trauma kit

Health and Hygiene

  • Bar of soap
  • Brush and comb
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Hand lotion
  • Hygiene kit
  • Moleskin (for blisters)
  • Razor blades
  • Respirator masks
  • Safety pins
  • Sanitary napkins/pads
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needles
  • Shampoo
  • Shaving cream
  • Sun block
  • Toilet tissue
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Tweezers
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Washcloth and towels
  • Wet naps

Miscellaneous

  • Aluminum foil
  • Bandanna
  • Binoculars
  • Clothes pins
  • Cooking pots and pans
  • Cotton balls
  • Edible plants guide
  • Extra cash, silver, gold
  • Firearm and ammo
  • Glow sticks
  • GPS, compass, batteries
  • IDs, passport
  • Important personal information and paperwork
  • Important phone numbers
  • Knife sharpener
  • Magnifying glass
  • Map of your area
  • Packets of sugar, salt, mustard
  • Respirator or gas mask
  • Rubber bands
  • Signal flares
  • Signaling mirror
  • Socks
  • Solar powered rechargeable batteries
  • Spare shoes/boots and extra laces
  • Super glue
  • Tea bags
  • Thick garbage bags
  • Trail markers (tape or spray paint)
  • Underwear
  • Vitamins and daily supplements
  • Zip lock bags

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