September is National Preparedness Month. Be ready! Have a plan and make an emergency kit. The Shooter’s Log has all the information you need to prepare for disasters. It’s not if, it’s when. Bug-out bag, bail-out bag, BOB, 72-hour kit, or go-bag. Whatever you want to call it, the bug-out bag is a survival kit, usually packed in an easily transportable container like a backpack that holds all the tools you need to survive the first 72 hours of a disaster. The mentality behind building a BOB is for you, your family and loved ones to be fully prepared to get out of Dodge quickly if the need arises. In your go-bag is everything you feel you need to survive a 72-hour evacuation from your home. The most popular items you find in bug-out bags are food, water—or a way to procure it—a fire starter, multi-tool, essential medicines, first-aid kit, flashlight, rain gear, an emergency blanket or shelter, a knife, cordage of some sort, and cash.
What you decide to put in your bug-out bag can be highly personal, depending on you and your family’s specific needs. No two bug-out bags are going to look exactly alike. However, there is no denying the three essentials to survival: food, water and shelter. Some may keep all three in a large backpack while others choose to throw small items in their pocket daily that they feel will help them procure the three essentials. A bug-out bag, whether small or large, is useless without storing the means to keep you alive.
It’s not only those who call themselves preppers who keep bug-out bags ready to go at home as well as in their vehicles as an emergency vehicle kit or get-home bag for weather emergencies, rolling blackouts, riots and civil unrest, camping, hiking or hunting, or any other imaginable, or unimaginable disaster.
These 10 articles will guide you through assembling and packing your bug-out bag.
- Assembling a Bug-Out Bag
- QPT: Making a Personal Bug-Out Bag
- The Budget Bug-Out Bag: 20 Cheap Essentials
- Spring Storms Bug-Out Bag Check List
- Repack Your Bug-Out Bag
- Build an Emergency Kit for Your Car
- Customizing Your Survival Kit
- Mission Ready Personal Survival Kit — SEAL Approved
- Bugging Out With Kids
- Customizing Your Medical Kit
What is in your bug-out bag? Tell us in the comment section.