SCARE Bag Guide, Gear List, and Checklist

Sometimes, a typical EDC just isn’t enough. And staying put isn’t an option. Enter the SCARE Kit (Social Chaos and Respons Emergency Kit). Designed for short-term and high-threat survival, the SCARE concept stresses the importance of self-protection gear and skills to navigate civil unrest.

SCARE bags are still an extension or variant of everyday carry even though they serve a specific objective. Below we break down what exactly a SCARE kit is, how it is different than a Bug Out Bag, and share a comprehensive SCARE bag checklist you can download, print, or save in multiple formats.

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What is a SCARE Bag?

SCARE Kit stands for “Social Chaos and Response Emergency Kit”, a specialized type of kit for surviving situations brought about by civil unrest. The bag contains equipment to help you avoid or prevail in unwanted confrontations.

A SCARE Bag is different than a bug out bag or go bag. Out of all of the well-known bug out bags, get home bags, or other loadouts- the SCARE is closest to a heavily focused EDC (or Everyday Carry). The SCARE kit is meant to be carried nearby when you expect potential chaos, riots, or social degeneration.

The SCARE concept was first documented by Mike D., the lead instructor at Combative Fighting Arts, a mobile cadre of blended fighting systems experts. The first guide, written over 10 years ago is no longer online as the writer at DirtTime changed their website’s focus.

Mike’s concept, however, stays relevant as he and his team have been training soldiers around the world as well as civilians in the US on risks, personal safety, and how to handle yourself in extreme situations.

The SCARE kit isn’t for everybody, and it requires a specific type of threat, exposure to that threat (risk), and a skillset to back up the gear you carry. This rules out plenty of people in general, as well as preppers who are unlikely to encounter civil unrest.

SCARE Bag vs. Bug Out Bag

SCARE bags are designed to meet different goals than bug out bags.

Bug out bags are typically designed for 72 hours, or to go from point A to point B if you are utilizing a Bug Out Location (BOL).

SCARE bags are designed to be by your side indefinitely, or if you are heading into an area that is socially unstable for a very short amount of time.

Because of this difference, SCARE bags are much more focused on potential conflict and conflict avoidance.

If you are looking for our top-level guide with all supplies related to bugging out, check out our comprehensive bug out bag guide:

SCARE Kit Gear List

We’re covering the original SCARE kit list with a few modifications, plus we’ve broken it down into essential, suggested, and obsolete gear (just to show the original lists’ intentions).

Essential SCARE Gear

This equipment is considered essential for this kit and most of these were from the original list, with a few upgrades here and there based on gear advancements and changing threats over the past decade.

Suggested SCARE Gear

This set of gear makes more sense for some, but not for others. With conditional applications, we merely suggest you consider adding these items to your kit:

Common Equipment We Don’t Suggest

While you can make decisions on your own for your kits, we don’t suggest the gear below but acknowledge that it was in the original SCARE guide and many people opt to carry them:

  • Security Badge: The original list suggested a metal security badge so you could infer that you were an officer of some sort in a tough situation. Typically, these types of situations don’t play out like they do in the movies, so we wouldn’t suggest impersonating an officer of any sort.
  • Roofing Nails: The original author of the SCARE kit guide recommended roofing nails to use as makeshift caltrops. There are much better self-defense plans and gear, and we can do better than Home Alone-type shenanigans.
  • Sonic Grenades: You can’t find the old-school sonic grenades anymore, but you can get portable motion detector alarms that work pretty well for the same purpose. Again though, you’ve seen this in movies.

Full SCARE Bag Checklist

A perfect SCARE bag doesn’t exist- what is right for you depends on your situation and risk tolerance. That said, we have as close to perfect of a starting point for you: our comprehensive checklist.

Our checklist is available as both a PDF download and as a Google Sheets/Excel file where you can check off items yourself, and even add and subtract items from the checklist once you have it saved to your own account.

SCARE Kit Checklist for EDC Riots, broken down by category.

SCARE Bag Printable PDF Checklist

If you are looking for the simplest way to print and use the checklist above, download our printable PDF version. It is one page long on 8.5″ x 11″ paper and makes creating a SCARE kit extremely easy. Once you open the SCARE kit PDF checklist in your browser, you can either print it directly or save it through your browser.

SCARE Bag Checklist Excel / Google Sheets

If you are looking for a comprehensive way to track your SCARE bag contents, open our Excel / Google Sheets version. The sheet is sharable, and you just need to copy it to your own Google Sheets account or download it to Excel to edit it. We also keep the best-reviewed item for each category linked to simplify shopping for any equipment you may find yourself missing.

The Next Step

Whether or not you’ve chosen to build a SCARE kit, our next step in this guide series stops off at EDC, or Everyday Carry. This is a larger and more comprehensive take on what you have on you each and every day- beyond even a SCARE kit.

Check out our Everyday Carry Guide here:

Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.

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SCARE Kit text over gas-mask wearing rioters, looters, and tear gas in an urban city.

Rusty Collins

I am an engineer, Air Force veteran, emergency manager, husband, dad, and experienced prepper. I developed emergency and disaster plans around the globe and responded to many attacks and accidents as a HAZMAT technician. I have been exposed to deadly chemical agents, responded to biological incidents, and dealt with natural disasters. Check out my full story here: Rusty's Story

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