Bug Out Bags

TruePrepper Bug Out Bag Guide

A comprehensive bug out bag guide for preppers both new and experienced.

This is a dynamic guide curated by all of our authors. TruePrepper Bug Out Bag Guide is constantly being updated with up to date and accurate information, so please check back frequently for updates.


Bug out bags, also known as 72 hour bags or Go bags, are usually used to bug out from a location. Survival tools, food, and water are the cornerstones of these kits. They are individual kits, meaning that even in a family, you spread food and water storage across each person’s bug out bag rather than storing it all in one or two. This follows the important guideline of resource dispersal and gives each individual a shot at survival, even if separated. There are a few variations of bug out bags designed for different functions:

  • Get Home Bag (GHB) – kit designed to get you home to your supplies rather than away to a bug out location.
  • (INCH) I’m Never Coming Home Bag – kit designed to support survival indefinitely .
  • (SCARE) Social Chaos and Response Emergency Bag – kit designed for the biggest wildcard in emergencies: other people.
Bug Out Bag

The Basic Bug Out Bag

Our basic bug out bag checklist with recommended gear for each area. There are a few options for a couple of the required areas you need to cover. 

The Bug Out Bag:

Survival Knife:

Flashlight:

Water Solutions:

Food Solutions:

Fire Tools:

Shelter:

Communication/Information:

First Aid:

Miscellaneous Tools:

Clothes:

Miscellaneous Extras:

The Next Step

Now that you have completed a bug out bag and are ready to be prepared on the go, you can take it up one notch further.

You won’t always have the luxury of being nearby your survival kit or even your bug out bag. That is where Every Day Carry comes into play. Just a few extra items combined with some situational awareness can allow you to be prepared for many situations at any given time. Follow our EDC guide here: Every Day Carry.

Bug Out Bag Guide