Camping & Survival

Throwback Thursday: What’s in Your Bug-Out Bag?

Box of waterproof matches from Coleman.

…It’s more important than what’s in your wallet.

Bug-out bag, go-bag, GOOD bag, 72-hour kit, survival kit, BOB, get-home-bag, emergency kit… no matter what you call it, they all share one thing in common—these kits are designed to help you survive for the first 72 hours after a major disaster, emergency, or other SHTF or TEOTWAWKI situation.

So, What Exactly do you Pack in a Bug-Out Bag?

What people pack in bug-out-bags is personal, depending on one’s needs. Maybe you have a small baby and must pack diapers and formula, or you have dietary restrictions or rely on daily meds. Location considerations are important, as well. Those who live in warm, muggy climates will pack different clothing and supplies than those who live in wintery, cold areas. There are a few items, though that expert preppers and survivalists agree on. There needs to be a way to procure safe drinking water, food and shelter and a way to make a fire. Others find cordage, a firearm, compass, and first aid kit to be imperative.

The point of your bug-out bag’s contents is to aid in your survival. Some pack the essentials—just enough stuff to fit in a pocket, while others have large plastic totes filled with everything from tools to toilet paper. As long as you have water, water filter or purification tablets, fire starter and a way to stay warm and dry, there really isn’t a “right way” to pack your bug-out bag. Sure, some are better than others—you aren’t going to need a pillow, but a knife and first aid sure will come in handy.

What Makes a Good Bug-Out Bag?

There is one thing I have always appreciated about preparedness-minded people and that is their willingness to share information and help others. Rarely, do I come across the prepper with a lone-wolf mindset. Ultimately, I like to think that the majority of preppers have kind hearts and want to see a world of survivalists bartering, trading and offering services to each other instead of roaming bands of looters and vagabonds willing to shoot others for their supplies. Not to say that that won’t be necessary. During SHTF, there will be a lot of nasty people, but that doesn’t mean preppers won’t band together to help each other out. I understand OPSEC and get why some people don’t share what they have, but I commend those who do. It gives others new to prepping and readiness an excellent reference or starting point.

From minimalistic to those who have a “rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it” philosophy, these seven readers have shared on the various bug-out bag posts on the Shooter’s Log what they have in their bug-out bags and emergency survival kits.

Griffin 93C

First aid kit
Reader “Griffin 93C” has a first aid kit and blow-out kit at the top of their list.
  • Individual first aid kit
  • Blowout kit
  • Short K-Bar knife with sharpener
  • Locking blade folding knife
  • 550 cord with hooks
  • Garmin E-Trex 30 GPS
  • Lensatic compass
  • Signal mirror
  • Signal panel
  • PRC-112G (survival radio)
  • Duct tape
  • 1 MRE
  • 6 bottles of water
  • Shemagh
  • Sock cap
  • Jacket
  • Gloves
  • Rain suit in season
  • Toilet paper
  • 2 multi tools
  • Chapstick
  • 1 M4 with 3 mags
  • 1 M9 with 2 mags

Jon

  • Emergency space blankets
  • Rain ponchos
  • Particle filter masks
  • Duct tape
  • Paracord
  • Glow sticks
  • Lighters
  • Magnesium fire starter
  • Water purification tablets
  • Folding camp saw
  • Hatchet
  • Survival knife
  • Compass
  • FRS radio
  • Emergency crank radio and flashlight
  • Maglite
  • Leatherman Supertool
  • 10×10 tarp
  • 20-lb. fishing line
  • First aid kit
  • Aspirin
  • Benadryl
  • Printed copy of U.S. Army survival manual
  • Emergency candles
  • Binoculars
  • Knife sharpener
  • Waterproof matches
  • Extra batteries
  • Bible
  • 9mm with 3 extra 15round clips

Archangel

  • Food
  • Lifestraw
  • 2-liter bottle
  • Collapsible 1-gallon water jug
  • Chlorine in a dropper bottle
  • Lighters
  • Magnesium fire striker
  • 1911 .45 ACP with 4 magazines
  • 100 extra rounds of .45 ACP in a zipper pouch
  • 16-oz. soda bottle filled with denatured alcohol
  • Palm-sized magnifying glass
  • Tuna can and cotton for char cloth
  • Wax-soaked sawdust cast in a paper egg carton for tinder
  • Snowmobile suit in winter
  • Hunting boots
  • Foot and hand warmers

JohnnyAuto

Fixed blade Ka-Bar USMC knife
At the top of “JohnnyAuto’s” list is a classic Ka-Bar fixed blade knife.
  • 3 to 5 knives, USMC Ka-Bar
  • Pistol
  • Water filter
  • Multi tool
  • Fire starter
  • 2 lighters
  • Candle
  • Compass
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • 1-quart pot
  • Drinking bottle
  • Water filter and purification tablets
  • Blaze orange panel
  • MIL-SURP wool blanket and poncho liner
  • Firearm

Richard

Box of waterproof matches from Coleman.
Waterproof matches are lightweight and easy to carry.
  • Roll of quarters
  • $50 cash in $1 and $5 bills
  • Camping “toilet” with 3 waste baggies
  • Cold weather clothing
  • Blankets
  • Emergency blanket
  • Empty tin can
  • Waterproof matches
  • Emergency 20-hour candles
  • Spare batteries
  • Few decks of cards
  • Tools
  • Can or two of “emergency flat tire fix”
  • Hand crank radio and flashlight
  • Bottle of windshield washer “below zero” solvent
  • Safety reflective vest
  • 3-6 MREs
  • Emergency rations of water
  • Toilet paper
  • Microfiber towels

Jeff

  • 1911 with 5 loaded magazines
  • Extra box of ammo
  • Knife
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Extra socks and underwear
  • Baby powder
  • Baby wipes
  • Extra set of eyeglasses
  • 4-day rations
  • Water purification tablets
  • 3 fire starters
  • 2 Canteens
  • 2 containers to boil water

john

Leatherman multi-tool
Many choose to keep a multi-tool in their bug-out bag along with a survival knife.
  • 3 fire starters
  • LED flashlight
  • Extra lithium batteries
  • 9-volt battery
  • Antibiotics
  • Spare ammo
  • Ruger .22 Magnum revolver
  • 3 emergency blankets
  • Steel wool
  • Paracord
  • Becker BK2 camp knife
  • Folding knives
  • Multi tool
  • Aspirin and Ibuprofen
  • Alcohol
  • First aid kit
  • Guitar strings
  • Nails and screws in a bottle
  • Gunpowder
  • Under Armour long underwear
  • Wool pants and shirt
  • Light, Gore-Tex rain suit
  • Bivy bag
  • Water bottle
  • Rice and beans

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Out of the seven, who do you think is the most prepared? Tell us what you have in your in survival kit or bug-out bag in the comment section.

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Comments (46)

  1. I packed my BOB for long term. Yes I have some items that are short term (72 hour needs) like packaged food/water, life straws etc… but I figure if you’re bugging out, it got real bad. Besides firearms and ammo I have medical honey bandages. Honey is natures gift and will provide perfect wound care. Ace bandages which can be used in multiple situations. Medications like aspirin and ibuprofen will last up to 5 years before breaking down. I also have terrain maps of my 50 mile area. These will help in finding water and shelter and maybe where to stay away from. Also take a longsleeved t, underwear, roll them up tight then wrap in a pair of socks. Several of these can be worn to help layer in colder temps. and pack using not much room. Making fire is also very important so I have multiple ways of fire starting. Bugs can also be a pain so I have a couple head nets and hammocks with netting. Then some good knives and some wood cutting tools. The pack weighs about 15 pounds so with carrying that along with a long gun, not unless you’re in super shape we won’t be traveling long distances. So before taking off know where to stop for breaks.

  2. Why are survivalists buying up so much.22 LR ammo? With pellet guns capable of 1300 ft. per second, they are sufficient for taking squirrels, rabbits and other small game up to raccoons and woodchucks. They wouldn’t be good on deer, but neither would.22’s. Pellet guns are quieter than.22’s and ammo is much cheaper. Follow up shots take longer, but we’re talking about hunting, not self defense. In a SHTF situation, the pellet gun would seem to be the better choice.

  3. Secundius, There were actually several makers of these tough little pistols. Even India and U.S. manufactures made them under License from Webly. Though my was stamped BRITISH BULLDOG on the cylinder strap, anyone could have made it. Now, I wish I had kept it. .38 SC is being made in record amounts now. When I had it, only available ammo was old stock, that actually came in 12 round boxes. No telling about quality control in the manufacturing process of either the pistol or the ammo. Had a made in Utah, DAO pistol in .380, would only feed Winchester .380’s. Anything else wouldn’t chamber, or if chamber and fire, wouldn’t extract. So, ‘go figure” , it’s the reason I find firearms so fascinating, despite what people say or believe, they do have personalities and quirks that are unique to each weapon.

    1. @ Roy Holbert.

      Just exactly what do you what of me, Sir? Your Giving me “Scrapes” of Information “Piecemeal”. The two British Bulldog Model’s that I’m talking about, were made in England in the Late 19th Century and the Earlier part of the 20th Century. NOW, you adding another Piece to the “Jig-Saw-Puzzle” by say they COULD be of Foreign Manufacturer. WHAT GAME ARE YOU PLAYING AT. Do your own “GD” Research, I’m not Your “Lab Rat Research Assistant”. This Conversation is Pointless and Just Got TERMINATED…

    2. @ Roy Holbert.

      And, What Your Point? All I asked, is which of the TWO Firearms manufactures made the Pistol. NOW, your Redirecting Me and the Question in Another Direction. I’m aware of Foreign Sources, But that wasn’t MY QUESTION. Is this some kind of GAME or TEST…

    1. Personally I’m bringing an AR (.223) with about 300 rounds of ammunition for self defense and to get out of a populated area and a Ruger 10/22 rifle (22LR) with a sling and basic sights for lightweight carry capabilities and hunting… also the 22LR rounds are much lighter so you can carry a lot more rounds for long term hunting options.

      Side note: I also pack a S&W.40 on my hip and a .380 on my wife’s hip for last resort protection.

  4. Just received my New Montek Solar Stirling Steam Power Generator, rated a 150-watts power output. Should make a Great Addition to my BOB. Weather permitting, will test the (Sorry Suzanne) “SH^T” Out of it during the Weekend…

  5. @ Roy Holbert.

    The only 7.85 round that I’m aware of is the 1897 Pattern Brochardt C-93 Pistol Cartridge (.309-caliber/7.85×21.59mm), more commonly known as the 7.65×21/Parabellum…

  6. @ X-Pack’s, aka LikePack’s, aka HydroPack’s.

    It beats burying your head in the water with a LifeStraw. Also you can Drink and Keep an Eye Out for Potential Threat’s too. I usually carry THREE in my Wheelchair “BOB” Saddle Bag and THREE in my Wearable “BOB” (aka ScottVEST Q.U.E.S.T. Vest) 42- Pockets worth of Life Supporting Goodies. X-Packs are Forward Osmosis Water Purification Systems (No Matter How “Brackish”) the Water Source is. A Reusable/Rechargeable Filtration system, good for about 10-days before Recharging. Entire system is good for about 60-days. About 8.5-gallons of Potable Water @ 1.5-Liters/Hour “Motion” causes Filtration of Water. CTD, did Carry them, but I’m not sure it they still do (Haven’t received a Catalog, in quite some time). If you’re a Family Group, consider LifeSaver 20000. Same type of System, with the exception that the system is about the size of a 5-Gallon Jerrycan and weigh’s about the same. Though NOT Rechargeable, it will filter about ~5,283-Gallons of Water or 20,000-Liters. About $325.00 per unit, depending on where you buy them. My “BOB” Van/Transporter, has TWO, for Redundancy Purposes, including a Powered Marine-Grade Reverse Osmosis Filtration System.

    Excuse any Spelling Error’s, Medication tend’s to make my Eye’s to “Blur”…

  7. Secundius, a bit off topic and all, but a few years ago I found a Bolivian version or the 98k Mauser in a pawn shop in Colorado. Didn’t know Bolivian even made one, but there it was with Bolivia’s Coat of Arms stamped on the receiver. Any way was in a proprietary Bolivian round 7.85 x?, or something like that. couldn’t find any ammo, so I sold it to a Mauser collector that had never heard of a Bolivian Mauser, either. Do you know anything about these and their caliber, because I’m sure I off on the cal. ? Thanks.

    1. @ Roy Holbert.

      You should have Kept It. It’s a Collector’s Item. Bolivia, bought 1,000 Pattern 1907 Mauser Carbines and Locally Produced 4,000 Rifles for their “Rather” Small Army. It’s Chambered to fire the Argentine 7.65x53mmR Mauser Cartridge. It’s STILL Produced in Bolivia, but in small Numbers. Maximum Range was about 1,400-meters. The Bolivian Army LOVED the Rifle Design

    2. Secundius, thanks. Like I said, was a long time ago. There have been many Mauser rifles in my hands. I paid about $100 for it, a collector gave me $500. No matter how collectible a weapon is, it is useless to me without ammo and at the time, there was none to be had. Even had a ‘little’ British Bull Dog revolver at on time. It was in .338. Try finding that. Closest I could find was .38 Short Colt, which was almost as rare. Let it go to a man that had nearly 1,000 rounds of .38 S.C.. He didn’t have a pistol and wouldn’t sell the ammo. Made $200. on a $50 pistol.It isn’t about making money, though that’s great, but a firearm is just a tool, at least to me. During a long career as a PMC, many very ‘sweet’ weapons have passed through my hands. The only one I regret selling was an MP 40 that I picked up for the equivalent of $200. US. Got an offer that I couldn’t refuse, $20,000 from a man that didn’t care about legalities and paper work and wanted it for his collection. Still miss that sweetheart of a weapon.

    3. @ Roy Holbert.

      British Bulldog Revolver .338, 2.5-inch Barrel rounded up to 3, caliber .38. aka .38/200 (9x20mmR) actual size .361-caliber (9.2×19.7mm). US. Equivalent is .38S&W or (.361-caliber/9.2×19.7mm) exact same round…

    4. Secundius, .38 S&W’s extended out passed the chambers by like 1/32 of an inch. Wouldn’t let the cylinder rotate. A gunsmith that should have know better, told me to seat the bullet deeper into the case. Yea, right! Consulted a local expert on old British revolvers. He had a few boxes of 38 SC. These chambered and let the cylinder rotate. Fired 1, pressure and such seemed okay. At the time 38 SC’s were going at about $30 a box, which was way more than I wanted to spend, when a box of .38 Special or .357 could be had for about $6.00. Great info., though, thanks. Oh, the .38 S&W’s were a bit loose (more than a normal looseness) in the chambers. .38 SC’s were a bit snug, but ejected well after firing.

    5. @ Roy Holbert>

      Do you know who made the Gun? There were Two Gun Maker’s that Made the British Bulldog Revolver. One was Beaumont-Adams and the other was Philip Webley & Sons. The latter, was “Slightly Smaller” because it was used a Detectives Police Revolver by Scotland Yard. If so, it probably used the .320 European or .320 Bulldog (US. Ammo Equivalent was the .32 Colt Short). Actual size, was .3170-caliber/8.05×15.75mmR). The Beumont-Adams, used the .38/200 (.38S&W)…

  8. “Button Compasses”, like those that you use to find in “Cracker Jack Boxes”. Basic, North, South, East and West guidance. But better than NO GUIDANCE, put one it everything and anything. That way you’ll all ways have on when you need one the most…

  9. For those of you that can Read A Compass and a Map. Consider taking a Topographical Map and Transfer the Information on a 19×22-inch or 20×26-inch Silk Map as your Escape and Evasion Maps. They Don’t Tear, Still Usable after getting Wet, Tear Resistant, and can be used as Emergency Bandages or Water Collection or even a Water Still…

  10. Consider the Venerable “ZIPPO” Lighter. Which can use:
    1. Naphtha (Camp Fuel or Paint Thinners),
    2. Rubbing Alcohol (Isoproply Alcohol),
    3. Grain Alcohol (Moonshine),
    4. Everclear (Drinking Alcohol),
    5. Kerosene,
    6. Cologne,
    7. Diesel Fuel,
    8. JP-4 Jet Fuel,
    9. Lamp Oil (with Reservation),
    10. Gasoline (with Extreme Prejudice) as part of you BOB.

    Replace:
    1. Flints ~every 6-weeks,
    2. Refill ~every 2-weeks,
    3. Wicks ~15 to 16-weeks.
    Just a Thought (Emergency Redundancy)…

  11. Love to read about ALL the ‘stuff’ that people will be dragging with them in a SHTF scenario. Multiple guns, multiple knives, tons of ammo, tons of food,etc. Then for those that plan to shelter in place, with months or years worth of supplies stored away. What ever works for you is good. As for myself, when things do fall apart. I will slip my 1911 in my pocket, my folder is on my person at all times, pick up my backpack(at about 10 lbs.) with a box of ammo, clean socks and underwear and other select items and unass the area. No tons of weight to slow me down. No, did I forget something. No regrets, I am one of those ‘lone wolves’ mentioned in the article. I know how to hunt, fish and gather (know what plants ,nuts, fruits are edible and in what season, which plants will kill you and which won’t). I may have mentioned this somewhere before, but it bears repeating, I also know about making snares, traps, a bow with arrows and chipping arrow heads from bits of broken glass. This is what works for me. I have my pocked knife on me at all times, and my 1911. For the most part, I carry my survival kit in my head. NO, I am not a ‘survivalist, just someone that has learned from my youth how to live, not survive, off of the land, and there is a BIG difference.

    1. ss1. Agree. Too damned big if you ask me. My ‘Get The Hell Out Of Dodge’ kit weighs about 10 pounds.

    2. @ ss1.

      I STILL have several Insulated Bags, that were Designed to Protect and Keep the 5-Gallon “Diesel” Jerrycans and “Water” Jerrycans from Freezing. They make GREAT “BOB’s”, too. I STILL Use them for Various STUFF and Storage Locker Bags, to keep Prying Eye’s off the Contents in my Apartment Building. I don’t know weather CTD has them or not, but you might Try “The Sportsman’s Guide”. There called Military Surplus Water Carrier Covers, P/N: WX2-625522…

    3. @Secundius:

      Thanks for the BOB recommendation. I looked it up with the P/N you gave me. I might be interested in this, but I’m so far behind on the whole BOB preparation topic.

      Also thanks for the ZIPPO Lighter tip. I didn’t know that they use all those fuels. I wonder if Tequila would work, because I have that on hand a lot.

    4. @ ss1.

      Hey Slam, Depend’s on the Alcohol Content. I don’t think BEER is going to be Enough. But if Cologne/Perfume works, Why Not. My only concern is “Rubbing Alcohol”, because it doesn’t produce a Visible Flame.

      Oh, How do you prefer to be addressed? Sam, Slam, Slamm’n, Slamm’n Sam, Slamm’n Jack or Jackson…

    5. @Secundius:

      LOL Sam or ss1 would be nice.

      Hey, let me ask you a question. About 1 hour ago I posted 3 minor/small postings on 3 articles, and ALL of them got the “waiting for moderation”. Is everyone getting those now?

    6. ss1, got one a couple of days ago, but my post went up immediately. Think the problem is, so many low lifes , going off topic and ranting, using so much profanity, and I don’t mean ‘damn’ or such, but truly vulgar language, making threats and using slanderous and insulting language, that the moderator is taking note. We all have our own opinions, in this case about what to have or not have in a ‘bug out bag’ we must honor each others choice, but some must slander and demean others choices. It is just WRONG to call someone stupid or something more inflammatory, just you don’t agree with his choices in weapons, tactical gear, survival gear, or what ever. Myself, I would never carry the things that others find absolutely essential for survival in a B-O-B, and that is my right. If you don’t agree, say so, but keep it civil.

    7. @ ss1.

      Hey, Sam. Yeah, got them myself! Had a Long E-Mail “CHAT” with “Suzanne Wiley”, about them. Somebody’s been BENDING the Prescriptions of Acceptable Language on the “The Shooter’s Log” Website. To much Profanity and Ethnic and Racial “EPITHET’S” are being Caught in the CTD Computer’s Buffers. So everybody’s, SUSPECT at this point. Until they Catch the Offender. So every Comment is being “SCRUTINIZED”, One Word At A Time From EVERY Comment Made (Judicial Review). DON’T SWEAT IT. Most of the People I Know, on these Website’s don’t go beyond the Acceptable Norm. But there are a Few, who ARE Severely Bending the Constraints of the Rules. Without Actually Breaking the Constrains of the Rules. I’ve seen a few, but with no way to report them. I have to LIVE WITH “THEM”…

    8. @Secundius:

      Thanks for filling me in on the website problems. I think the problem probably developed over on the Obama Goes To Oregon forum. There were so many posts going on over there that I had to take it out of my notifier.

      I’m really surprised that they even put up with us. It’s quite a service that CTD provides. I have bought 4 guns and many other parts and accessories from CTD, but I’ll bet some posters here haven’t bought anything.

    9. @ ss1.

      Could be, but I doubt it. The TFB (The Firearms Blog) have been receiving similar Comments on their websites to. The were able in part to trace it to an outside source (Outside the USA). IP address suggest’s somewhere in Eastern Europe. Someone, said a possible Neo-Nazi group operating there, they say there “Colors” are a White Flag with Nazi Emblem on it. I have NO CLUE at this time on who they represent. Could be Russian, for all I know. TFB, deleted all their Comments from their website’s, so I have NO CLUE on what was actually said. One Clue is, that they Log On AS GUESTS. Probably a “Chat Room” or “Computer Bar” that don’t keep Records. But, Your Guess Is As Good As Mine, or Anybody Elses. Sec…

  12. I left the city in 2004 and found a place on the verge of the country in farmland. We are close to wilderness and have frequent visits from turkeys, raccoons, squirrels cottontail rabbits and are near deer habitat.
    I partnered with a much younger but very smart young man who thinks very much like I do. We intend to stay here and fort up. Our joint property is well fenced and landscaped to dissuade unwelcome intruders. We have a diesel and gas generators, a well and are relatively near the largest river in our state. The water table is within 12 feet of the surface of our land and our well is over 40 feet deep. We have adequate firearms, long or short, smooth bore and rifled for most contingencies. We have enough ammo to start our own third world war. We have a large garden area capable of growing adequate crops to feed our families. What we do not have is livestock for protein.
    We do not see any advantage to leaving but instead have concentrated on preparing to remain right here. In effect, I already left about 11 years ago. We have prepared the place to some degree and we are preparing ourselves to be independent.
    We feel staying put offers more advantages then fleeing under unknown conditions to a destination we are not sure we could reach.
    If we lived in a city, it would be different but we chose not to do that. Instead, we focused on improving our present situation instead of focusing on fleeing. We think we have adequate habitation, water, potential to produce food and somewhat adequate security. Several items could be improved and we intend to do that as time passes. We concentrate our preparedness on improving our location instead of fleeing into an unknown situation.

    1. macll
      Sounds like you and your friend have a well planned retreat,similar to my situation except I am near to a small town in Nevada.And at present there is only myself and the wife.(we moved here from Sacramento CA not to long ago and have not found any like minded people yet.)
      Your place sounds like a place that I would like to be able to bug out to. You wouldn’t need a couple of medical types and Front Sight trained shooters would you?
      Sempre Paratis
      improvise adapt overcome

  13. All of the BOB lists in the articles are very good and appear to have all the required basic needs. I have a three layered BOB system … 1 Grab and run(very basic for7 days),2 walk out( for about a month) and 3 vehicular (for about 3 months.) The wife and I each have a grab and run bag. the Walk out is the grab and run bags and two large duffel bags on a game cart . vehicular is all the above with addition of two more duffels and a special surgical/hospital bag. The contents of each of the bags would be very long. Each has all the basics but with more of the items and a few extras that are not a necessity. The one bag that probably is unique to me is the surgical hospital bag. Both the wife and I are Operating Room Nurses and Surgical Assistants. The Surgical /hospital bag contains the basic items needed to perform surgery and recovery items.
    Sempre Paratis
    Improvise adapt overcome

  14. Why bother to “bug out”? I’m planning to stay right where I’m at. There’s fresh spring water coming out of the mountain in the back yard, leaving that and heading out into the desert doesn’t figure into my plans.

    If the SHTF, can you imagine everyone heading out somewhere? Now if you have a little cabin in the mountains or some place safe to go and your goal is to depart the big city, bugging makes sense, assuming you can get away through the traffic I guess.

    1. Bumber
      I agree why bug out if you do not have to? My main plan is to stay in place as I have all that I need to survive long term where I am( away from big city and major highways). However there are situations where a bug out may be necessary even for a short time with a return to the bug in location. It may be prudent to have a bug out plan and gear.

    2. I keep my bug out gear in the car. If I am home, and it is safe to stay, then my bug out gear is there if needed. If am not home then I am covered until I reach home or some other safe harbor. I carry all the standard survival stuff in a rucksack and I can survive for a long time as long as I can find food and stay clear of those who would do me harm. I am armed but view the use of those arms as a last resort.

  15. I agree with pretty much all the post . My add-ons would be a change of clothes, and medications, such as aspirin, Ibuprofen, sinus pills, and of course any prescriptions you take,
    I figure at least a month’s worth. For gun, a revolor, would be a good choice, .357 Mag, it’ll take both .38 & .357 Mag. For a rifle, lever, in .357, and a Ruger 10/22, with several 25 Mag’s.

    1. @ Kennetth Lawson.

      Unusually spelling of your First Name, never seen it written like that before. But back to the Original Topic, Consider the (7.92×57) or (sometime’s referred to as the 8-mil) 98k Mauser or the Zastava M48 (98k Yugoslavian Copy). Minimally Twelve and up to 100 countries used the Bolt-Action Rifle Type. Each country had there own Bullet Caliber. But ALL could be Chambered in the 98k up to and including the 8x60S. It’s an Excellent Rifle Design, EVEN for Hunting. And it WILL KILL A BEAR (Including Bruin’s and Polar). And there not that Expensive. It’s YOUR choice, this is ONLY a suggestion…

    2. Kenneth,
      Disaster first aid/medical kits should have infection control and quickclot in it. Good call on painkillers. I think too much time is spent on firearms. Probably because there are so many options. I personally settled on the .357 because it can be used in both hand guns and rifles. There is a large variety of ammo. So there something for both self defense and medium size game. The .357 is smaller in physical size than other rounds with similar effectiveness. My BOB has 300 loose rounds sorted by type into labeled bags. They pack easily. That said there are many other good options but no perfect one.

    3. @ John.

      At the Wound Center I go to Weekly, a Combat Medic/Surgical Nurse. Recommended Glue Trays (Rodent Bait Glue Trays), which have a Non-Toxic Glue that can be used as an Emergency Suture and Protect the Wound at the same time. Just apply the Glue with a Tongue Depressor or Stainless Steel Surgical Spatula and a Non-Porous Covering to keep the Glue from Bounding to Other Things. Small Patch Strips of “Graphene” are Perfect…

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