Emergency Preparedness Checklist - Building Your Bug Out Bag
Being prepared in case of an emergency or natural disaster these days is a must. If you don’t already have a bug out / emergency bag prepared and ready to go at home you should really consider building one.
Building a bug out bag doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, we believe it should be a fun and educational experience. After all, having a solid bug out plan, and knowing that you’re planning well in advance should help put your mind at ease about 'SHTF' scenarios.
Here’s our guide to get you started.
Start by putting together a bug out supply list. We suggest including the following at the bare minimum:
- Drinking water (2 liters minimum)
- Hard, Refillable Water bottle
- Personal Water Filter (we like this one - link to hydroblu versaflow)
- Protein / Energy Bars (6 bars)
- MRE’s or Other Dehydrated Meals (6 meals)
- Knife, Fork, and Spoon
- Utility knife (swiss army, leatherman, etc) with Can and Bottle Opener
- Metal Cooking Pot
- Pot Scrubber
- Camp Stove w/ Extra Fuel
- First Aid Kit
- Warm and Cold Weather Clothing
- Extra Underwear
- Extra Socks
- Rain Jacket or Poncho
- Hat w/ Brim
- Bandana or Shemagh
- Leather Palmed Gloves
- Sleeping Bag
- Lighter and Waterproof Matches
- Tinder (Dryer lint in an old prescription bottle works great.)
- Wet Wipes and Hand Sanitizer
- Toilet Paper
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Quick Drying Towel
- Camp Shovel
- Fixed Blade Knife
- Flashlight or Headlamp with Extra Batteries
- Glow Sticks
- Crank Power Charger (for your phone and other devices as needed)
- Emergency Radio
- At Least $300 Cash, in Small Bills
- Notepad w/ Pen and Pencil
- Emergency Whistle
Other items that we might include in our kit would be:
- Pepper Spray
- Handgun and Ammo (for Self-defense)
- Rifle and Ammo or Bow and Arrows (for Hunting)
- Local Area Map
- Sewing Kit
- Rope or Paracord
- Duct Tape
- 55 Gal Garbage Bags
- Painters Mask or Gas Mask
- Insect Repellent
- Fishing Kit
- Binoculars or Rifle Scope
- Floss (Not just for your teeth, this works great for sewing and fishing as well)
You can include anything else that strikes your fancy, just remember, you may to need cover long distances with your pack so be sure you can lift and carry it comfortably.
The next step is selecting the right bag for you to put all this gear in. We suggest the Paratus 3 Day Operator's Pack because of it’s large volume and rugged build. Another great feature of this bag are the removable MOLLE pouches and the removable Rapid Deployment Pack.
After you have everything for your kit, make a plan for packing it. Be sure to keep essentials like your water, first aid kit, and a light source somewhere easily accessible. Consider grouping related items together in quart or gallon sized plastic bags so that you don’t have as many individual items to rummage through when looking for a specific item. For example, we’d probably put our lighter, matches, tinder, glow sticks, and candles in one bag. While putting our deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer in another.
Lasty, be sure to store this bag somewhere easily accessible. Time can be limited in the event of an emergency such as fire or flooding. Also, make sure that everyone in your home knows that your emergency bag, and all of its contents, are for emergencies only. When an emergency is upon you you don’t want to find out that your son has decided to “borrow” the protein bars because he got hungry, or that your daughter used the batteries because her favorite toy needed replacements.