TruePrepper Bug Out Bag Guide
A comprehensive bug out bag guide for preppers both new and experienced.
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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.
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:
- Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth Bottle
- 5 Gallon Collapsible Water Container
- Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System
- Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets
- Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band HAM Two Way Radio
- NOAA Solar Crank Radio
- Coghlan’s Signal Mirror (See why this is the best signal mirror)
- Print local maps on waterproof paper
- Leatherman Surge Multi-Tool
- Survival Sewing and Repair Kit
- Titan Mil-Spec 550 Paracord
- Gorilla Tape 35 Yard Roll
- Zip Ties
- Hygiene Supplies
- Conflicted: The Survival Card Game
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.