Bug Out Bag Checklist

By on August 20, 2014
bug out bag checklist

When you prepare for an emergency, it helps to have a bug out bag checklist. A bug out bag is a kit designed to help you evacuate and survive for at least three days. This bag could be the difference between survival and death.

But it’s only useful if you have the items you need.

The following items recommended to carry in a bug out bag will help take care of your survival needs:

* Sturdy backpack to hold items

* Sleeping bag

* Plastic sheet

* Tent or tarp for shelter

* First aid kit including: nonprescription and prescription medications (a three day supply)

* Children’s medication (if applicable)

* Feminine hygiene items (if applicable)

* Baby wipes and diapers (if applicable, though baby wipes are useful for cleaning in general)

* Change of clothing – including pants, a short sleeve shirt, a long sleeve shirt, socks, underwear, a jacket, and work gloves

* Rain coat or poncho

* Emergency blanket2

* Flashlights

* Camping lantern

* Batteries

* Candles

* Water-proof matches

* Flares

* Three day supply of food – such as granola bars, protein bars, trail mix, dried fruit, canned tuna, canned chicken, Vienna sausages, beef jerky, juice, candy, and Meals Ready to Eat

* Three day supply of water – about four liters per person

* Can opener

* Utensils for eating

* Shovel

* Axe

* Knife

* Rope

* Duct tape

* Solar powered radio (with back up batteries)

* Toilet paper

* Hand sanitizer

* Soap

* Shampoo3

* Dish soap

* Entertainment: a deck of cards, knitting supplies, a book to read, paper, pen

* Personal documents including legal documents, insurance policies, birth certificates, car titles, copies of prescriptions, etc.

* Cash –enough for at least three nights in a hotel

* Pet items – including food, water, cat litter, leash, and bedding

* Other items needed for children such as formula, pacifiers, bottles, etc.

Looking at this bug out bag checklist, you may feel a bit overwhelmed, but it’s important to know that you don’t have to purchase everything at once. If you add a few items each week or month, you’ll eventually collect all you’ll need.

Regarding food, create a menu plan so you know what you’ll eat each day. Every six months, check expiration dates and replace food that’s near the end of its shelf life.

You’ll need to have a bug out bag for each member of your family. Even children can carry their own packs. This helps them to feel more useful and confident during an emergency.

Once you’ve collected these items, you’ll need to keep them in an area where you can easily access them in an emergency. A bug out bag checklist can help you to keep in mind what you have and what you still need to purchase as you prepare your survival needs.

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