20 Things You’ll Want In Your Bug Out Bag When Sh*t Hits The Fan

Disaster can strike at any time, and without proper preparation, you leave yourself and your loved ones vulnerable. Whether it’s a wildfire, a hurricane, a flood, or any number of other emergencies, You may only have seconds to leave your home. That’s why a core part of being prepared is having a a fully stocked bag of emergency gear (commonly referred to as a bug out bag) that’s always packed and ready to go. No matter what happens, you’ll know you have the right core essentials to survive, comfortably handle the aftermath, and potentially help others around you.

Here are all the essentials that will help you survive for at least 72 hours:


The first thing to consider when making a Bug Out Bag is, naturally, the bag itself. Make sure it is made out of tough material, such as canvas or has a true ripstop exterior, because if the bag breaks down, you won’t be able to carry the things you need and can kiss your sweet self goodnight. Most people end up with a bag in the 40-55 liter range. You want a balanced mix of large main compartments, smaller interior pockets, and external pockets.

The Rush72 has 27 distinct pockets or compartments to store emergency gear. With that kind of storage, it’s simple to pack and access everything you need; basically, each distinct category of gear (food, water, first aid, and the like) can have its own pocket or area.


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Osprety Atmos

One of the lightest internal frame backpacks available at just 3.9 lbs. With a 65L capacity, you’ll have plenty of room for your gear. It has adequate ventilation, padded hip belt, and straps, and an optional rain cover to keep everything dry. Its compression straps help with load stabilization

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Because water is so critical to survival I highly recommended also packing at least 2 water purification options:

A water bottle with 2 stage filter

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Water Purification Tablets

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You’ll want enough food to last at least three days

MREs (Meals Ready To Eat) have a long shelf-life, are calorie-dense, contain their own heating systems, and are very packable.

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The last thing you want while bugging out, and in the elements, is wet clothes. Not only are they uncomfortable, but hypothermia is a real concern not to be taken lightly.

Wool Socks – Their biggest advantage is that they are thermostatic (temperature-regulating), so your feet stay comfortable in a wide range of temperatures. Wool can absorb up to 30% of its weight in water, which helps feet remain dry in most conditions.

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A jacket that is both warm and waterproof

A pair of comfortable waterproof hiking boots.

A sturdy pair of gloves

 will provide you with better grip, protect your hands from cuts and splinters, offer warmth in low temperatures, and keeps your hands clean to reduce the risk of infection


If you are going to survive for 3 days you are going to need protection from the elements and a warm dry place to sleep. You can’t function properly without enough sleep, and having a tent or a simple shelter can make a world of difference in how you feel about your rest.

Tents – are comfy, but can be heavy and bulky. There are some great offerings in the lightweight and portable realm. I would consider a tent weighing 5lbs or less to be your goal.

Tarp – Tarps have been used to create makeshift shelters for decades, and they are easier to carry then a tent

Combine a tent or a tarp with a Mylar emergency blanket and you can weather pretty cold temps.


Making fire is one of the most important survival skills. Fire can be used to cook food, provide warmth, and signal for help. You need a minimum of 3 ways to make fire:

1. Lighter

2.Storm proof matches

3. Fire Starter


The first and most important tool in your Bug Out Bag is a knife as it will undoubtedly be your most useful survival tool. I suggest carrying a full fixed blade all-purpose survival knife. It should be large enough to use for chopping, splitting, and self-defense but also small enough to use for more delicate camp chore tasks such as carving feather sticks and preparing food

multi-tool comes in handy for all types of projects–from cutting wire to complex mechanical chores. Your multi-tool should have a screwdriver (both phillips and flat-head), pliers, a knife blade, and wire cutters at a minimum.

Spork – Unless you prefer eating with dirty hands, you’ll want something small and light to move your food from pouch to mouth.

sturdy and bright flashlight is non-negotiable. Darkness is nearly always your enemy when faced with a survival situation.

Headlamp – A headlamp frees up your hands for other important tasks such as setting up a tent, cooking a meal, or reloading a weapon.

 length of rope is useful for any number of tasks, like tying supplies together, strapping something to your car, replacing a broken shoelace, or even first aid uses like creating splints and tourniquets. Paracord is the ideal rope for an emergency-supply bag.

First Aid Kit – We believe that, at minimum, a ready bag should include the key supplies for you to quickly clean yourself up, handle minor injuries, and have a sanitary way to dispose of unwanted items. Daily-hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and deodorant are also strongly recommended.

Portable Charger – Part of bugging out is being able to charge electronics while away from home or without the grid. one of the most important items to have in your go-bags is a USB portable battery pack that’s already charged. a charger that can provide power to a variety of electronics, including smartphones, flashlights, and radios.

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