Building a BOB (Bug-Out Bag) may seem overwhelming at first; however, it is not difficult. The key is to start by gathering a few must-have basic items you need to survive during an emergency and then put them in a self-contained carrying case so if you have to evacuate or “bug out” of a location in a hurry, you are ready.
The goal is to keep your BOB current (seasonal), lightweight (portable) and sensible (include only the essentials you need to survive for the period for which you are planning). For example, an EDC bag, when compared to a 30-day BOB, may not need some items such as water purification tablets or a hatchet.
In addition to some of the items below, you will need a bag large enough to hold your gear yet portable and lightweight.
- Water purification options, such as filters or tablets
- Foods filled with carbs and calories
- Several ways to make fire
- Materials to create a shelter – tarp, plastic sheeting, bungee cords, paracord, etc.
- Outer clothing – rain or cold-weather gear and change of clothes (keep your bag seasonal)
- First aid supplies
- Lighting options – flashlight, extra batteries and/or candles
- Ways to communicate – a fully charged cell phone and battery-powered radio
- Navigational tools – compass and/or GPS
- Multipurpose tools – Leatherman, hatchet, knife, etc.
- Self-protection gear – a firearm, ammo, knife, slingshot, etc.
- Cash and important papers – ID, insurance documents, and others
What do you keep in your BOB? Tell us in the comment section.
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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