What’s A Bug-Out Bag?

One of the first things you should do when you decide to get prepared for an emergency is get a bug-out bag ready.

What is a bug-out bag and why do you need one?  A bug-out bag is a pre-packed, easily portable bag containing supplies to get you through the first 72 hours of an emergency.  A backpack is a good choice for a bug out bag.  You can carry more on your back, and for longer, than you can carry by hand.  You can also get a backpack with side pockets and places to tie equipment onto, so that you can carry more and organize it as needed.

You need a bug-out bag to take with you when you need to evacuate your home in an emergency.  If a hurricane is headed your way, your house is in the way of a wildfire, there is an earthquake in your area, or there is civil unrest or an act of terrorism, you can grab your bug-out bag and get out, depending on the contents of your bug-out bag for your survival.  If you have a house fire or another casualty, a bug-out bag can let you get out of your home fast, without the need to stop and gather supplies.

What should your bug-out bag include?  Above all, you should have a three-day supply of water and food that doesn’t need any real cooking.  A compact first aid kit is essential.  You’ll need a change of clothing.  Your bug-out bag should include what you need to provide shelter, including a tent, a sleeping bag, a plastic sheet and emergency blankets.   Flashlights and batteries are a must.  You’ll also need tools for making a fire.

Once you have the basics, you’ll need to adjust your bag according to your personal needs and the nature of the emergencies you are likely to encounter.  Women will need personal hygiene products; parents will need diapers, wipes, formula and toys for their kids.

If you live in a coastal area that can expect to be hit by a hurricane, you’ll want to have a rain poncho and a rain cover for your backpack.  On the other hand, if you live in the dry Southwest, you won’t need to protect yourself from the rain, but you may need equipment to protect yourself from wild fires or earthquakes.

You’ll need to keep your bug-out bag in an easily accessible place, so that you can grab it and go in an emergency.  You don’t need to purchase everything all at once.  Create a systematic plan to add a little bit each week or each month until you have completed it.

Your bug-out bag can mean survival in the case of an emergency.  And whether there is ever an emergency or not, knowing that it is there when needed can mean peace of mind.

Have you prepared a bug-out bag?  Leave a comment and let us know about your experiences.

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