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Bug Out Bag Gear

Planning to bug out so you’re building a bug out bag?
Maybe a get-home bag?
An emergency vehicle kit?

Got My Bug Out Bag Ready

Ask people what you should put into a such a bag and you’ll get a million different answers. In the end, the best answers lie only with you. Each person has his/her own situation, environment, destination, and abilities. You need to get the gear that fits the role you need it to fill. The overarching role should one of meeting your basic survival needs, however. To determine that, we look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The most basic level there is your physiological needs: food, water, warmth, and rest. The second level is safety needs: security and safety. We will address each of these below. What we won’t address here is the many different types of bug out bags you can use for bugging out (or getting home). Decide that only after you’ve figured out what it is you need to carry.


The assumption here is that you need food with a long shelf-life so you can set your bag and forget it. Maybe your situation is different and a box of Ring Dings and some beef jerky will do just fine, but we doubt it.

You’ll need to heat water for your Mountain House and, more importantly, coffee!

Boiling water is, of course, another means of purifying it for safe drinking.


Even if you plan to keep fresh water ready to go at a moment’s notice, you’ll still need some method of obtaining additional, potable water. Thus, we  have a few personal, portable water purifier suggestions.


Warmth represents a category of equipment that will vary widely depending on the situation. Staying warm enough to survive will mean one thing to a person living in Texas, something quite different to someone living in North Dakota. Warmth, in most cases, will come down to clothing. We’re not going to list a whole slew of different types of clothing to keep you dry and warm (think fleece and wool), as those aren’t apt to go into a bug out bag, but we do have a few items to consider.


You’ve been walking for two days trying to get to your bug-out bunker. You’re tired. You need rest.

  • Therm-a-Rest Ridgerest Foam Sleeping Pad – get off the ground for warmth and comfort. This model doesn’t need to be inflated, i.e. it can’t pop
  • See Wool Blanket Above
  • Camo Tarp – why a tarp for rest? We find it more useful/practical/lighter than a personal tent.


Blam blam! Most people will immediately think of a handgun here. That’s a whole other subject not well-suited for a bullet-point list (no pun intended). There are other options for personal safety, of course. Here are a few:


Again, what constitutes “safety” depends on an individual’s situation. Safety to one person might mean staying hidden. Safety to another might mean getting found. Figure out what it means to you. Here are some product ideas:

This list is by no means exhaustive. Choose other gear to fit your needs, which might be anything from condoms to a deck of cards. After all, playing strip poker with radioactive mutants might sound like a good idea once you’re dehydrated and delusional. Be ready for anything!

Obligatory disclaimer. We are not experts, we just pretend to be online. Do your own due diligence and come to your own conclusions on what to carry. Your bug out bag will not keep you alive, it will only help keep you alive. Lastly, purchases made via the Amazon links above will yield a small commission for our wick’d hard writing work.