Bug-Out-Bag, just a idea you should run with.....

Written by Survival Nate on . Posted in Home Preparedness

A bug-out bag is a portable kit popular in the survivalist subculture that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy two hours when evacuating from a disaster. It is also known as a 72-hour kit, and other popular names include BOB bag and GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) bag. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing the bug-out bag from a survival kit, a boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit.

The term bug-out bag is related to, and possibly derived from, the "bail-out bag" emergency kit many military aviators carry. The concept passed into wide usage among other military and law enforcement personnel, though the "bail-out bag" is as likely to include emergency gear for going into an emergency situation as for escaping an emergency.


The primary purpose of a bug-out bag is to allow one to evacuate quickly if a disaster should strike. It is therefore prudent to gather all of the materials and supplies that might be required to do this into a single place, such as a bag or a few storage containers. The recommendation that a bug-out bag should contain enough supplies for seventy two hours arises from advice from organizations responsible for disaster relief and management that it may take them up to seventy two hours to reach people affected by a disaster and offer help.

In addition to allowing one to survive a disaster evacuation, a bug-out bag may also be utilized when sheltering in place as a response to emergencies such as house fires, blackouts, tornadoes, and other severe natural disasters.

Typical contents

The suggested contents of a bug-out bag vary, but most of the following are usually included:

  • Enough food and water to last for seventy two hours. This includes:
    • 4 litres (1 gallon) of water per person per day, for washing, drinking and cooking.
    • Non-perishable food.
    • water purification supplies.
    • Cooking supplies.
    • Cutlery and cups/dishes.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Fire starting tool (i.e. matches, ferrocerium rod, lighter, etc.) I keep one of each
  • A disaster plan including location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes etc.
  • Professional emergency literature explaining what to do in various types of disaster, studied and understood before the actual disaster but kept for reference.
  • Maps and travel information.
  • Standard camping equipment, including sanitation supplies.
  • Weather appropriate clothing (poncho, headwear, gloves, etc.)
  • Bedding items such as sleeping bags & blankets.
  • Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period.
  • Pet, child and elderly care needs.
  • Battery or crank operated Radio. Shortwave should always be included with the radio , but there getting harder to find in the states, wonder why?
  • Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks). solar charger is also a good idea
  • Firearms and appropriate ammunition.
  • Crowbar (weapon, building and vehicle entry, etc.)
  • Cash and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available during the initial period following an emergency or evacuation.
  • Barter Items like precious metals and reusable items that you have extra of and are light
  • Fixed-blade or folding knife.

Most of the above is from Wikipedia

I have also included a list I found here

Personal Evacuation Kit

1 CFP-90 Rucksack
3 Liners, Waterproof
2* Canteens, plastic, 1 qt
2* Covers, Canteen, OD
1* Cup, Canteen, Stainless steel
1* Canteen, 2qt w/ covers
1* Compass, Lensatic, Tritium-illuminated w/ pouch
1* Waterproof Map Case with necessary Maps waterproofed with Map Seal
1* Set of Alcohol Markers (in map case)
1* Waterfilter (PUR Scout)
1* set Waterproof Mini-Binoculars
1* Flashlight, Mini-Maglite-type
16* Batteries, Alkaline
100'* 550 Cord
1* Leatherman Supertool
1* Knife, Lockblade, Pocket, Benchmade AFO
1* Knife, Fixed Blade, Busse Steelheart II w/ Eagle sheath
1* Sharpening stone (in pocket on sheath)
1* Watch, windup, w/tritium markings
1* Shovel, Cold Steel Spetsnaz
1* Shelter (doubles as Poncho), IMPS
1* Groundpad, self-inflating, Therm-A-Rest
1* Poncho Liner
1 Sleeping Bag, Modular (for use in -20 degrees Fahrenheit to +40 degrees) w/ stuff sack
1* Space Blanket, Heavy Duty
2 Pants, BDU-type
2 Shirts, long-sleeve, Tuck-in
4 T-shirts, various colors, (Hanes Beefy-T's or similar type)
4 Underwear
6pr Socks, (Over the calf)
2pr Boots, GI, Black.
1 Hat, Boonie type
1 Hat, Baseball type
1pr* Gloves, Leather, BlackA-type
1pr* Liners, Gloves, Wool or Polypropylene
1pr* Pants, wet weather
1* Jacket, Wet Weather
6* MRE's
1* Utensil set (fork, spoon)
1 Cookware Set
2 Candles, 8-hour
100* Matches, waterproof
1* Hammock
1* Wallet, with extra identification and $100 in small bills (minimum)
1* $10 roll silver quarters
1* Pad of Paper (waterproof NoteSafe)
1* Fisher Space Pen (clicker type with rubber coating)
1* Mechanical Pencil 0.9mm
5 Trashbags, Large, Heavy-Duty *(3 in warm weather)

1 Personal Hygeine Kit w/ :

1 Box Baby Wipes
1 Soap Bar (anti-bacterial)
1 Deodorant (Pit-stop, preferable)
1 Toothbrush
1 Toothpaste
1 Mirror, Stainless Steel
1 Roll Toilet Paper
1 Collapsible basin
1 Towel, Cotton
1 Razor, Disposable
5 Blades, Razor
1 Shaving cream
1 Sunblock
1 Foot Powder
1 Plastic Comb
1 Mouthwash

1* First Aid Kit w/ following:

2 Triangular Bandage
1 Box assorted Bandaids
8 Gauze Pads
1 Tweezers
1 Magnifying glass
10 Safety pins
1 Moleskin Roll
1 Bottle 50 Tylenol
1 Bottle One-A-Day Vitamins
1 Thermometer
2 Ace Bandages
2 Rolls Surgical Tape
4 Sutures, General Purpose
1 Tube, Antibiotic cream
1 Box, Pepto-bismol Tablets
1 SAM Splint
1 Lip Balm
3pr Latex Gloves
1 EMT Shears
1 Fingersplint
10 Butterfly closures
5 Ammonia Inhalants
10 Sudafed (or equivalent)
10 Cough Suppressant
10 Maalox (or equivalent)
10 Ex-Lax (or equivalent)

1* Repair Kit:

4 Bulbs, Mini-Maglite type
1 Package, Assorted Needles
1 Package, Threads
10 Buttons
1 Awl
1 Roll, Nylon thread
1 Roll, Waxed Cotton Thread
1 Tube, GOOP
1 Tin, Boot Polish, Black (Kiwi)
1 Tin, Mink Oil
1 Applicator
1 Brush, polish
1 Roll, Duct-tape


2pr Polypropylene Thermal underwear
3pr Wool Socks
1 Sweater, Wool
2pr Gloves, Insulated
1 Jacket, Gore-tex ECWCS
1 Pants, Gore-tex ECWCS
1 Overalls, Fleece (Teddy Bear Suit)
1 Top, Fleece, (Teddy Bear Suit)
1 Cap, Wool, Watchcap type
1 Scarf, Polypropylene
1 Stove, Multi-fuel (Coleman Dual Fuel)
1 Container, Sigg, fuel

Items for Defense (also voted most likely to draw flames)

***Please don't flame me on either weapon choice or how much ammo. Most of the stuff in this section is considered group standard and not open to change***

1 Rifle, Colt AR-15A2, Lightweight Sporter w/ collapsible stock.
7 Magazines, 30 round, (minimum, 14 preferred)
1 Assault Harness (capable of carrying a minimum 6-30 rd magazines)
2 Ammo Pouches (Optional, to hold 3-30 round magazines each)
3 Bandoliers, with 140 rds 5.56x45mm (62 grain Mil Spec. preferred, 55 grain acceptable)
1 Pistol, H&K USP45
3 Magazines, Pistol, 10-rd
50rds Ammunition, .45 ACP 230 grain Ball
16rds Ammunition, .45 ACP Shotshell
1 Web Belt
1 Holster, Pistol, Nylon
1 Pouch, Ammo (capable of holding a minimum of 2 magazines)

1 Weapons Cleaning Kit

1 Rod, Cleaning, 5-piece
2 Patch Holders
2 Bore Brushes for AR-15
2 Bore Brushes for .45
1 Swab for .45
1 Chamber Brush for AR-15
1 Roll Cotton Patches
1 Bottle, Break-Free CLP (4 oz)
1 Bottle, Break-Free CLP (.25 oz)
1 Bottle, Hoppe's #9 (.25 oz)
1 Toothbrush, Nylon
1 Toothbrush, Brass
3 Dental Cleaning picks
2 Rags, cleaning, cotton (shoprags)
25 Qtips
25 Pipe Cleaners

I also found a list of (Alleged) Top 100 Items to Disappear First During a National Emergency

1. Generators
2. Water Filters/Purifiers
3. Portable Toilets
4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 - 12 months to become dried, for home uses.
5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!)
6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much.
7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots.
8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks.
9. Honey/Syrups/white, brown sugar
10. Rice - Beans - Wheat
11. Vegetable Oil (for cooking) Without it food burns/must be boiled etc.,)
12. Charcoal, Lighter Fluid (Will become scarce suddenly)
13. Water Containers (Urgent Item to obtain.) Any size. Small: HARD CLEAR PLASTIC ONLY - note - food grade if for drinking.
16. Propane Cylinders (Urgent: Definite shortages will occur.)
17. Survival Guide Book.
18. Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc. (Without this item, longer-term lighting is difficult.)
19. Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. ointments/aspirin, etc.
20. Washboards, Mop Bucket w/wringer (for Laundry)
21. Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
22. Vitamins
23. Propane Cylinder Handle-Holder (Urgent: Small canister use is dangerous without this item)
24. Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
25. Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms)
26. Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil)
27. Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty (Great Cooking and Barter Item)
28. Gasoline Containers (Plastic & Metal)
29. Garbage Bags (Impossible To Have Too Many).
30. Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels
31. Milk - Powdered & Condensed (Shake Liquid every 3 to 4 months)
32. Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid) (A MUST)
33. Clothes pins/line/hangers (A MUST)
34. Coleman's Pump Repair Kit
35. Tuna Fish (in oil)
36. Fire Extinguishers (or..large box of Baking Soda in every room)
37. First aid kits
38. Batteries (all sizes...buy furthest-out for Expiration Dates)
39. Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies
40. Big Dogs (and plenty of dog food)
41. Flour, yeast & salt
42. Matches. {"Strike Anywhere" preferred.) Boxed, wooden matches will go first
43. Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators
44. Insulated ice chests (good for keeping items from freezing in Wintertime.)
45. Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts
46. Flashlights/LIGHTSTICKS & torches, "No. 76 Dietz" Lanterns
47. Journals, Diaries & Scrapbooks (jot down ideas, feelings, experience; Historic Times)
48. Garbage cans Plastic (great for storage, water, transporting - if with wheels)
49. Men's Hygiene: Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc
50. Cast iron cookware (sturdy, efficient)
51. Fishing supplies/tools
52. Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
53. Duct Tape
54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
55. Candles
56. Laundry Detergent (liquid)
57. Backpacks, Duffel Bags
58. Garden tools & supplies
59. Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies
60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
62. Canning supplies, (Jars/lids/wax)
63. Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
64. Bicycles...Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc
65. Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
66. Carbon Monoxide Alarm (battery powered)
67. Board Games, Cards, Dice
68. d-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
69. Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks)
71. Baby wipes, oils, waterless & Antibacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
73. Shaving supplies (razors & creams, talc, after shave)
74. Hand pumps & siphons (for water and for fuels)
75. Soysauce, vinegar, bullions/gravy/soupbase
76. Reading glasses
77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
78. "Survival-in-a-Can"
79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
80. Boy Scout Handbook, / also Leaders Catalog
81. Roll-on Window Insulation Kit (MANCO)
82. Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
83. Popcorn, Peanut Butter, Nuts
84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
85. Lumber (all types)
86. Wagons & carts (for transport to and from)
87. Cots & Inflatable mattress's
88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
89. Lantern Hangers
90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws,, nuts & bolts
91. Teas
92. Coffee
93. Cigarettes
94. Wine/Liquors (for bribes, medicinal, etc,)
95. Paraffin wax
96. Glue, nails, nuts, bolts, screws, etc.
97. Chewing gum/candies
98. Atomizers (for cooling/bathing)
99. Hats & cotton neckerchiefs
100. Livestock (from store shelves? Maybe not.)


The most important thing in my mind is only carry what you can carry, if you find your bag heavy, lighten it. Think of it like this if you have to carry a pack 20+ Miles in unknown terrain, would it be your BOB, my BOB currently weights 35lbs, I do monthly "road march's" with it, so my body is ready if I need to go fast and its a great way to stay in shape. The road march was the best thing I took from my time in the Army. Also consider if you have a family to move everyone gets a bag, the littlest may just have a can of beans & a comfort toy, but every little bit helps, check to see what the limit of every member of the family is, Dad=40lbs, Mom=20lbs+baby, Child age 14=20lbs, Child age 5= 3lbs. Every family is different and mom and dad should both help with packing and preparing, dad my not think of packing mom and daughters, pad and tampons, or babies butt cream. The Bug Out Bag is a never finished item, you should always rotate the contents, whether perishable or not. Keep you bags at the ready whether in the car or at the front door of the house. Think what if? There was a fire, earthquake, flood, tornado, zombie invasion, all at once what would be the BEST place to store them to get them fast, only you can find that spot. and if you have the old rotated or extra items from the BOB, make a new one and place it at a rally point or friend or families home. These are just ideas you can think of to better prepare for disaster.

I would rather be called paranoid before and alive after.


If you would like to add anything to this please email us......


The Condiment Packet and YOU!

Written by Survival Nate on . Posted in Home Preparedness


So I wanted to talk about something that you don,t hear to often in peoples B.O.B's (Bug Out Bags). When people discuss B.O.B's, it's about having supplies for 72 hours or a full line survival bag, as mine is I could live comfortable, if dropped in most area of the world, for a very long time, but thats not what I am talking about today.

I am wanting to talk about the little thing that everyone should have in there survival bag, the sauce packets,like Ketchup, Horseradish, Honey, Taco Bell Sauces (all), Mustard, Relish, & Cheese Spread, to name a few. When you are in a survival situation that one packet of random sauce, in what ever concoction of food you have scrounged up, could raise the depressed of spirits. You may frown on such a thing now, but when all you have is half a bag of white rice, that you have been living of of for 2 weeks in the middle of now where, ketchup and relish one night and hot sauce the next, is a god send. I always carry a large supply of packets, and rotate when I got out to eat. Grade a hand full next time and put them in a zip log bag and shove them in your bag, I like to keep 2-3 bags placed around my bag.

When I was hitch hiking years ago (2001) I was traveling to California from Missouri and spent many days in the desert, between Flag Staff, Az and Needles, Ca. There was a few times that sauce packet made me feel human again in those lonely nights in the desert. This is a good simple item that could help you stay sane in very stressful survival SHTF moment.

Always Remember if it needs to be refrigerated, DON'T USE IT

The list of my known Condiment Packets:

  1. Barbecue

  2. Brown Sauce

  3. Cheese Spread

  4. Chopped Onion

  5. Cocoa

  6. Coffee

  7. Duck Sauce

  8. Honey

  9. Honey Mustard

  10. Horseradish

  11. Hot Sauce

  12. Jelly

  13. Ketchup

  14. Lemon Juice

  15. Mayonnaise

  16. Mustard

  17. Peanut Butter

  18. Relish

  19. Soy Sauce

  20. Sugar

  21. Salt & Pepper

  22. Tartar

  23. Tea

  24. Vinegar