What is a Bug Out Bag
After a natural disaster, you often hear people talking about having a “bug out bag”, but what is a bug out bag and why do you need one? Having a bug out bag in your home or vehicle could mean the difference between life and death during an emergency.
A bug out bag is a portable emergency kit that is design ed to last for three days. These are also referred to as seventy-two hour emergency kits. The kits should be portable and have everything you need to survive during a disaster.
What you pack in your survival kit relates directly to your individual needs and where you live. For example, if you live in area where hurricanes are common, you’ll need supplies related to surviving a hurricane, but if you’re in an area that is dry, you’ll want a different set of items. Regardless of where you live, you’ll want to have a first aid kit, a three day supply of food that doesn’t require cooking, and a change of clothing.
It’s also a good idea to have a system for shelter, a bedroll, light sources, and tools to start a fire, stay dry and warm. It’s also important to have supplies for any personal needs. For example, if you have small children, you may need diapers and baby wipes, toys to keep kids occupied, and children’s medication.
When would you use a bug out bag?
There are many situations that warrant the use of an emergency kit. You might have a gas leak in your home, a fire requiring you to leave for a while, or you might need to evacuate due to flooding or another natural disaster.
Unfortunately, it’s important to plan for instances such as terrorist attacks, nuclear disasters, or chemical spills that may require you to leave your home and find alternate shelter. Your kit won’t be designed to take care of you long-term, but it will give you time to seek something more permanent if needed.
A bug out bag needs to be easy to grab and go. Most people purchase a backpack for their bug out bag, because it’s easy to carry and allows your hands to be free. Even small children can carry their own bug out bag.
When you have a seventy two hour emergency kit, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re better prepared for a disaster. Having a bug out bag for each family member will protect you during an emergency evacuation.