Cheaper Than Dirt! Contest: Battle for the Best Bug-Out Bag

By Suzanne Wiley published on in Consumer Information

Is your bug-out strategy the best? Do you have the skills, knowledge and gear to get through whatever life hands you—be it hurricanes, blackouts, or civil unrest? Cheaper Than Dirt! challenges you to show us what you got for a chance to win $300 worth of survival supplies.


Cheaper Than Dirt! announces the Battle for the Best Bug-Out Bag September 2014 contest. Starting September 5 and running through September 30, 2014, Cheaper Than Dirt! is accepting entries to its Battle for the Best Bug-Out Bag contest. The grand prizewinner will win up to $300 worth of survival supplies. A second place winner will be awarded a $100 Cheaper Than Dirt! e-gift card and two third prizewinners will win a $50 e-gift card each.

[Entry for The Battle for the Best Bug Out Bag is now over. We will announce the winner on October 17th. Thank you to all of those who entered!]

Entering is fun and easy! We want to see what items you feel are essential to survival—whether bugging in or bugging out.

To enter:

  1. Shop our website for survival supplies and a container or bag to put them in. We know you already have the guns and ammo, so leave those out.
  2. With a budget of $300 (excluding shipping and taxes) put the items in your cart.
  3. Take a screen shot of your cart and send it to Alternatively, email us your list of items including a short description of the item, the URL or the Cheaper Than Dirt! item number at  Best Bug Out Bag Battle Shopping CartCheaper Than Dirt! Best Bug-Out Bag Contest
  4. In your message, include your name, a valid working email address, city and state.

It is as simple as that!

The grand prizewinner will receive their bag or container and everything they put in it!

Now for the Rules

  1. Your $300 budget includes the price of your bag or container.
  2. All of the items you choose must fit in the bag or container of your choice or attach on the outside of it.
  3. Items must relate to survival or preparedness.

You will be automatically disqualified from winning the Battle for the Best Bug-Out Bag contest if you:

  • Include guns or ammo
  • Do not include your name, city, and state in your entry form
  • Do not have a valid email address
  • Your items and bag add up to more than $300
  • You shopped anywhere else other than or Cheaper Than Dirt!’s catalog


Our team of experts will judge your entry using the following criteria.


Did you think outside the box?


Did you pick items that would really aid in a survival situation?

Weight, space, size and number of bag and items in it.

Less is more!

Feel free to include a short description of why you chose the items you did. However, this will not increase or decrease your chances of winning.

We will announce the winner of CheaperThanDirt!’s Battle for the Best Bug Out Bag on October 17, 2014.

Good luck!


UPDATE Oct 18, 2014

Due to the overwhelming response, we will make our announcement in a new blog post on Monday, October 20. Stay tuned!

UPDATE Oct 20, 2014

CLICK HERE to read the winner announcement.

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Comments (20)

  • Bret P


    I dunno,they’ll probably announce the winner via facebook or twitter and nobody here will know who won because the types that would enter a “bug out bag” contest (like me) just so happen to be the same types that would’nt have anything to do with facebook or twitter.

    Sigh,irony @ it’s finest.

    On the edge of my seat waiting in suspense…


  • Good Shepard


    What time will you be announcing the winners today? Will the winners be posted here on this page?


    • Derek C


      Haha yeah, I’ve been watching it like a hawk and was wondering this as well.


  • Scott Beith


    I just spent some time putting together a list for the contest. That was a fun experiment. I ran up against the $300.00 limit and ended up at $299.55.

    It was a good exercise in what is actually important and what are luxury items.

    Win or lose I am glad I spent some time on this.

    I cut and pasted my list into a word doc…


  • steve duffy


    my bob is small it’s only good for 2 days I would really like to have a much larger bag for me and my wife something that we could carry for at least a week and this is the opportunity I have to get one


  • David


    What if my list is to big to do a screenshot?


    • Derek C - Xanatos


      Just attached them together via paint, photoshop, etc.
      (I used this free tool: )

      Or, send them as list-1, list-2, etc.

      Or, put them all in a .Doc via Copy/paste!


  • James C Barcliff Sr


    Always have one available 24-7 because emergencies never give a warning!!!


  • dose


    Are we allowed to submit more than one?


  • Derek C - Xanatos


    This contest is awesome! First of all, it’s a wonderful mental exercise. Secondly, who wouldn’t want to win a B.O.B. built out to their own selection? Third, it’s great advertisement/marketing from the CTD team 😉

    Submitting my bag now!



  • sixkiller


    Great exercise in preparedness, made me aware of some items I did not realize CTD had!


  • Omi


    This is a great idea! Is CTD going to make the winning or perhaps the best 3 entrants available as pre-packaged bug out bags? Sure hope so.


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