When disaster strikes, you need to be prepared to evacuate your home at a moment’s notice. A bug out bag carries all the critical items you need to survive for up to 72 hours away from home, including food, water, shelter, warmth, and safety tools.
Discover what essential items to pack in your bug out bag to keep you and your loved ones safe if you need to leave home quickly.
1. LifeStraw or Water Purification Tablets
Humans need at least ½ a gallon of water each day to survive. But carrying three days worth of water for every member of your family in your bug out bag is impractical. Keep a reusable aluminum bottle or water bladder in your bag, as well as a supply of water purification tablets, so you can fill your bottle from local water sources on-the-go without the risk of contracting a water-borne illness.
Alternatively, pack LifeStraws, which are ultralightweight and allow you to drink directly from the water source.
2. Nutrient-Dense Food
During an evacuation scenario, you’re unlikely to have time to prepare and cook food for your family. Packing shelf-stable nutrient-dense food (enough for three days) ensures that you get all the vitamins, minerals, and macros you need.
The best foods to include in your bug out bag include jerky, trail mix, protein bars, and MREs, which come with their own heat source for cooking.
3. First Aid Kit and Insect Repellent
Injuries, accidents, and bug bites are inevitable in a survival scenario. In addition to packing a comprehensive first aid kit with bandages, antibacterial ointment, First Aid Gel, and antihistamines, you need a high-quality insect repellant.
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4. Space Blankets
Space blankets are a multipurpose item that can keep you warm and be used to create a makeshift lean-to shelter. The metalized-polyester blankets reflect up to 80% of your body heat to keep you insulated against the cold.
A multitool can be used to create tinder for a fire, set snares to trap food, build a shelter, dig a cathole for sanitation, and protect yourself against animals. Look for a multitool with a sharp central blade wrapped with paracord; paracord is another crucial item to keep in your bug out bag.
Stay Safe in an Emergency Situation
Natural disasters and political turmoil may mean that you need to leave your home quickly, leaving you little time to pack. Keeping a bug out bag filled with enough supplies to keep you warm, fed, and safe for 72 hours can give you peace of mind.
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