30 items in my bug out bag

When it comes to emergency supplies for your car, it’s essential to tailor your kit to your specific location and climate. Take North Idaho, for example, where we experience distinct seasons with snowy winters and scorching summers. Your emergency bag should reflect these seasonal variations and be regularly updated to meet changing conditions. I am going to share with you 30 items that I have in my Bug Out Bag.

It’s crucial to strike a balance between preparedness and practicality. While it’s tempting to pack everything but the kitchen sink, keep in mind that you may need to carry your emergency supplies over some distance in case of an evacuation. A heavy bag weighing 80 pounds can quickly become burdensome, especially if you find yourself needing to hike out to safety.

Consider what items are truly essential for your situation. Some items may overlap with your Everyday Carry (EDC), but it’s up to you to determine what’s most important for your safety and comfort.

Lastly, remember that skills are invaluable assets in any emergency situation. While gear is essential, knowing how to use it effectively can make all the difference. Prioritize learning essential survival skills like building a shelter, starting a fire, and administering first aid—they may prove more valuable than any piece of equipment in your kit.

 

  1. Small Bible
  2. Small Tarp
  3. Rope
  4. Paracord
  5. Grommet kit
  6. Sleeping bag
  7. Folding shovel
  8. Folding bow saw
  9. Leatherman multi-tool
  10. Solar Charger ~ This will come in handy. Odds of a grid down situation are small so you will still have technology.
  11. Flashlights
  12. First aid kit
  13. Essential Oils
  14. Hand held radio
  15. I suggest a quality water filter straw. Water is heavy and hauling it could be cumbersome. A reusable bottle, like this HydroFlask, would be ok.
  16. Water purification tablets don’t take up much room either.
  17. Mountain House freeze dried food is portable.
  18. Change of clothes ie: good socks, underwear, long sleeve and short sleeve shirts
  19. Hiking boots or good hiking shoes.
  20. Zip off leg pants
  21. Matches in waterproof carriers (3 different ones)
  22. Flint & steel – plus back ups for your backups
  23. Magnesium fire starter (like this one)
  24. Bic lighter
  25. Cotton balls soaked with vaseline
  26. Backpacking stove. This one has great ratings and is affordable.
  27. Snare wire (and knowledge of how to set) Thompson is a good brand. More found here
  28. Foldable fishing rod/reel
  29. Small fishing kit packed in a .410 shell
  30. Guns and ammo

This list could be exhaustive. Again, you will have to carry it all so consider that when packing.

While it’s important to include a comprehensive array of supplies, be mindful of the weight of your kit. Carrying a heavy bag, especially in a high-stress situation, can quickly drain your energy and hinder your ability to navigate to safety. Prioritize lightweight, multipurpose items that serve multiple functions to maximize efficiency while minimizing bulk.

While having the right gear is crucial, honing your survival skills is equally—if not more—important. Take the time to learn essential techniques such as navigation, shelter-building, and basic first aid. These skills can empower you to overcome challenges and navigate emergencies effectively, even in the absence of specialized equipment.

By combining practical gear selection with a commitment to ongoing skill development, you can enhance your readiness for whatever the road—or the wilderness—ahead may hold. Stay informed, stay prepared, and stay safe on your journey to emergency readiness.

Survival at Home has some great articles covering BOB’s:
Why you Need Glow Stick in your Bug out Bag
Dollar Store Preps
Top 3 Bug-out Bag items People forget

You can also find lots of bug out bag books on Amazon.

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