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Bug Out Bag Checklist

Updated on August 5, 2013

Bug Out Bag Checklist: What Should Be in My Bag?

Checking off items on your bug out bag checklist is one of the first steps in prepping for disaster. While the BOB has been made popular by the show "Doomsday Preppers," people have been preparing for various disasters since the beginning of mankind. Diehard preppers will live and breathe this list in their sleep; amateur preppers should at least have a bag ready just in case.

All the items on this bug out bag checklist are essentials -- while other items can certainly be added, these are non-negotiable supplies that will help aid your survival in any event.

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The #1 item you must have on your bug out bag checklist is the actual bag. A large bug out bag will hold everything on your bug out list -- this bad does the trick with a padded, adjustable shoulder strap harness. The bag measures 39" long by 18" wide by 15" tall so it's big enough for all of your supplies. This bag has a ton of exterior pouches so you can easily get to your gear.

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This isn't just an ordinary knife -- this one has a built-in survival kit that is stored in the sheath and the handle.

Inside you'll find a can opener, animal snare, flashlight, fishing equipment and even some matches. From a health perspective, it also stores sewing needles, bandages and a surgical blade.

Every member of your family should have one of these knives on their checklist.

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When you're out on your own, with your bug out bag, medical emergencies may arise. Having this first aid kit with you is very helpful in preventing minor injuries from turning into major emergencies.

This waterproof kit lets you clean and close wounds, fight stomach illness and help manage pain for up to 4 members of your group for about 4 days.

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MRE's are a great way to ensure sufficient caloric intake while occupying little space in a bag or shelf; these should be on every prepper's bug out bag checklist.

This particular kit is perfect for bugging out or keeping on hand in case you need to stay at home. A seven year shelf life is good for keeping the food stored with immediate concern for spoilage. Each meal is easily prepared with just water.

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When you have to get away quickly in an emergency, you sometimes won't have access to shelter. Having a small tent like this will ensure a roof over your head when you sleep. This tent sleeps two people, is lightweight and portable.

Darker and natural colors will help to blend the tent in to the background. This survival tent comes with storage bag and tent stakes.

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If you're not sure where to start, or would like a bag already ready to go, consider this pre-made bug out bag. Includes hundreds of items. Food, Water purification tablets, flashlight, firestarter, gloves, rope, personal hygiene kit, knife, etc. It's important to remember to add or delete items that are necessary for you and your family.

These contain everything that would be on your bug out bag checklist and are ready to go, including the actual bag.

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eBay is a great source for prepper supplies -- they have a wide variety of bug out bags, tents and almost everything else you'd need to complete your bug out bag checklist.

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Understanding different people are prepping for different disasters, what are you sure to have in your BOB?

What Items are on your Bug Out Bag Checklist? - What are your must-have supplies?

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    • GuyB LM profile image

      GuyB LM 4 years ago

      My bug out bag will contain the most recent issue of Hustler, a Bible and some canned beans in case I get hungry.

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      We store a lot of survival supplies in the RV and also keep plenty of cat food on hand in case of emergency.

    • Heather426 profile image

      Heather Burns 4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I live in earthquake country so our bug out bag is heavier than this!

    • SurvivalFood1 profile image

      SurvivalFood1 4 years ago

      Food, water, flashlight, radio, knife, medical supplies, candles, matches, personal items, pen and paper, tent, blanket, wool socks, permanent marker, duck tape.