Every survivalist knows that a bug-out bag is a must-have for their survivalist arsenal. A bug-out bag, also known as a BOB, grab bag, go bag, INCH (I’m Never Coming Home) bag or 72-hour kit, is bag that contains all the essentials you need to survive for three days in case you have to evacuate during an emergency. It is a short-term solution rather than a long-term solution; for a long-term solution, a survival kit is more appropriate.
Why a Bug-Out Bag in Essential
There is a reason why a bug-out bag should contain only the essentials needed to survive for three days. This idea comes from disaster-relief organizations who help with rescue efforts when a disaster strikes, such as an earthquake or flood. They say it usually takes them 72 hours to reach people who have been affected by a disaster and offer assistance. You can’t always expect help to come when you need it during a disaster, so you must always be prepared to wait for hours or even days.
Bug-out bags are not only essential for big disasters only. You can make a go bag for other disasters, such as long blackouts, house fires, tornados or any other natural disaster that might require you to go to a shelter and wait it out. You can also pack more supplies to last for more than three days, which is what many people do, but bear in mind that a 72-hour kit should allow you to escape quickly. This means there are only a limited number of items you can carry to do this effectively.
What to Carry in Bug-Out Bag
When preparing your bug-out bag, it might not be so obvious what one should carry. The items that go into the bag also depend upon the region you stay in and what disasters you can anticipate. Someone who lives in an area prone to blizzards will have a different bug-out bag compared to some who lives in an area prone to wildfires. Despite this, one must always have enough food and water to last three days.
The following items are also typically included in a bug-out bag:
- First aid kit
- Weather-appropriate clothes (like rain coats or thermal clothing)
- Survival knife
- Flash light
- Copies of essential documents (like medical records or passports)
- Fire starting tools (like matches and a lighter)
- Basic camping equipment (in case you must cook)
- Weapons (assuming things get out of hand with people and you must defend yourself)
So now that you know what a bug-out bag is, why you need one and some items to include, you will prepare one that is appropriate for your region. You don’t want to be unprepared in case of a disaster and you have to wait hours or days for help. A bug-out bag can save your life.