Camping & Survival

Spring Storms Bug-Out Bag Check List

Bug Out Bag Checklist

While some of you may still be shoveling snow, other parts of the country are experiencing damaging and fatal floods and tornadoes. Spring has definitely sprung and with that comes not only weird, but also severe weather patterns. Long-range weather forecasters, as reported from predict a worse storm season this year than we experienced in 2012 with “above-normal amount of tornadoes this season.”

Whether you live in Denver and are dealing with late-season snowstorms, or in humid Houston with threats of floods, your spring bug-out bag needs to include at least three days worth of essentials that will carry you through power outages and utility loss.

The infographic to the right from not only demonstrates how to pick the perfect bag, but also shows you all the essential items you need for bugging out at any time of the year.

Your spring storm bug-out back should include:

To be better prepared or to learn more, here is a list of severe spring weather preparation posts:

What is in your severe weather survival kit? Tell us in the comment section.

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Comments (8)

  1. Lifesaver 20000, Potable Water Treatment System, about the Size of a 5-Gallon “Jerry Can”. And yet can Filter Up To ~5,283-Gallons (20,000-liters) of Potable Water before Reactivation of Chemical Purifiers. Totally Self-Contained and Requires NO POWER Source. Great If You Have A Family with You…

    1. The Lifesaver is a good option if you need to supply a family of 5 for 2.9 years or a larger group for a shorter time and won’t have to carry it. However, it’s big, expensive and does not cover chemical contaminants (which would be more of a problem in urban environments, although some wilderness water can taste pretty bad). It does have a carbon filter add-on for chemical protection but it only lasts for 130 gal.

      The LifeStraw Mission Base Camp Filter may be a better choice if you need to supply a family or group as it takes up less space, is collapsible, lighter and is much less expensive. It handles parasites, bacteria and viruses down to 0.02 microns (which is everything down to about the size of a DNA molecule), but also lacks chemical elimination. If the water is contaminated with chemicals (or smells or tastes bad), you can follow the LifeStraw with a Platypus Carbon Element post-filter (400 gal, $12). The LifeStraw’s capacity is 4750 gal @ 2 – 3 gal/hr. and has a built in backwash system. An 80u pre-filter eliminates sediment and debris if your water source is turbid.

      For a single person, the Etekcity or H2O Survival Straw and Bag system ($25) provides 0.01 micron filtering as well as a carbon filter for chemical elimination and is good for 400 gal. The Etekcity comes with a backwash syringe, pre-filter and extension tubing and can screw on to the top of most water bottles. Each of my family members has one in their BOB.

    2. Try “Iron Shot” Pellets, Though it Gives of an “Irony Taste”. It’s Not Harmful and actually Minerallize’s the Water with Iron. Old 18th Century Sailor’s Trick to keep the Water from Contaminating. In their Case a 16-Pound Iron Cannon Ball at the Bottom of a 42-Gallon Water/Whiskey Coopers Cask…

  2. Wait – weight! It is much lighter to carry a small water filter than water itself – unless you are in the SW US of course but just about everywhere else you can find water. Carry a folding or crushable water bag with you when you find some. Pack everything you may [think] you need and then take out HALF. Without conditioning the ‘average’ person can typically only carry 20-30 pounds / day. Even those dollar store ponchos are better than getting soaked in the rain.

  3. “Potable water—one gallon of water per person per day”

    Can’t carry that. It’s 24 pounds per person for just a 3 day supply and that’s just too darned heavy. Even a young Marine in top condition isn’t going out the door with 3 gallons on his back.

    But you CAN carry the first gallon and a filter (or other way) to make more. That makes finding water, potable or not, a high priority. But it was a high priority to begin with. Right?

    1. Right you are, Bill. Also notice the sheet(s) of plywood- I’d rather carry the water.
      What’s being proposed here is a “layered approach” to the “Bug Out Bag”.
      Layer One: What’s in your pockets? (Be they cargo pants, vest, etal.)
      Next layer is your pack, which carries a few more comfort items.
      Third is your escape pod (vehicle of sorts), which carries more than you, or two or three others, can.
      Finally, the “Home Layer”, where keeping three gallons of water per person should be an easy task, as well as those sheets of plywood and tools to fasten them to windows.

  4. Man Suzanne, just reading through your post, it reminds me of all the stuff I have, or have misplaced which I can’t find, an expensive scanner which isn’t that old, with a set of batteries inside, my favorite compact folding militaty digging tools, a 16X24 target scope which I finally found the box and rings for………I’ve got too much stuff to bug out, and too much too defend on my own here. What do I pack first? Thanks for the links to other posts also. Hopefully, I’ll find all my stuff before SHTF day next go round. We already past 12/21, and I was lookin’ for some of those items even then. At least I still have my solar calculator. Six – 3 = 3.

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