Consider A Bug-Out Bag Kit

Prepared ConceptAlthough you certainly can create your bug-out bag from scratch, you may want to get off to a faster start and invest in a bug-out bag kit.  It can actually be more economical to start with a kit and add to it than to purchase everything separately.

When you choose your bug-out bag kit, start with a good backpack. For information about backpacks, check out What You Need To Know About Backpacks For Your Bug-Out Bag.  Make sure your kit starts with a sturdy but lightweight, watertight backpack.

Then have a good look at the contents of the kit.  You’ll want your bug-out bag to include some standard supplies, so be sure that your kit has them.  A good kit will include a first aid kit, some food supplies, a flashlight, lightweight thermal blankets and heavy duty gloves.

But even the best kits will need to be supplemented.  Your kit may include food but you may need to supplement it or change it out.  Most kits don’t include water, so you’ll need to be sure to add that.  You’ll need to add paper maps of your regional area.

Of course, you’ll need to add your own clothing, copies of your legal documents and prescription medications.  You’ll need to add your favorite past-times and entertainment items.  If you have children, you’ll need to add their food, clothing, formula, diapers, wipes, bottles, pacifiers and toys.

Then you will need to consider whether you need to add anything given your surroundings and the types of emergencies you are likely to face.  Do you live in an area with a chemical plant?  Protection against chemical leaks will be essential.  Likewise, consider whether you are likely to face hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires, snowstorms or other weather-related events, then be sure that you add any specific items needed for them to your bug-out bag kit.

And, in general, review the contents to be sure that it includes everything that you consider essential.   Even a well-chosen kit may be missing a few items, such field glasses, a compass, a fold-up tent, an emergency radio, a sleeping bag or other things.   Compare the items in your bug-out bag kit to the items on my checklist in Your Bug-Out Bag Checklist.

Even though there’s no one kit that can meet all of your needs, purchasing a bug out bag kit is an excellent idea for making sure you have a good basic set of essentials. For many people the idea of gathering many items for a 72 hour emergency kit is overwhelming.  Or you may feel that an emergency is imminent and you need to get prepared immediately.

When you purchase a kit, you can get most of the items you need and only have to add a few personal or supplemental items. It may actually cost you less money to purchase a kit than it would to purchase items individually.

And when you purchase a kit, most items are designed to have a long shelf-life making them a good value. If you’re more willing to buy a kit than to collect individual items, a kit will get you one step closer to being self-reliant and prepared for an emergency.

In a disaster, you can’t count on anyone else to take care of your basic needs. Having a good basic bug out bag kit can help you to be prepared for a disaster that requires you to leave your home.

Did you begin your bug-out bag with a kit?  Leave a comment to let us know how that worked for you.

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