Bug-Out Bag Ideas

List of Possible Bag Types

  • Cold weather
  • Warm weather
  • Motel style; this would be mostly clothes and toiletries, plus food, food prep, and something to clean up with after you eat
  • Food (3 days? 7 days?) – Remember to stock up on food you’ll eat anyway… so you don’t have it getting stale! (Idea is to use it up in the normal way, replacing it as you eat it). Now, you probably won’t want a bag of food sitting around all the time, but you might have a shelf in your pantry were you keep stuff that would be easy to pack if you had to leave your house on 10 minute warning.
  • Camping style, where you’ll be bugging out to the woods
  • Shelter style – As in… we’re going to the Red Cross shelter (no weapons, but include things like ID, photocopies of your prescriptions)
  • Office kit (in case I need to walk away from the building or shelter in place) …think change of clothes, walking shoes, warm coat in winter, maps of the area between where you work and home.
  • Car kit (this is for times when the car breaks down far from help)
  • “Get Home” pack… similar to office kit, the idea here is that you have to abandon your car due to blocked roads or the car is otherwise out of commission and you have to walk home. Key ideas: mobility (keep it light) navigation (maps), and water

If you list the details of a particular bag, put your name next to the title so we know whose ideas are whose.

Bag Content Lists

Car Kit – Jorah (Current as of June, 2013)

Car Kit:

  • Need: Shoes, work clothes to change into. Consider keeping a small bag of clothes for each of you.
  • “Survival” stuff in large green bag
    • Folding bucket
    • Disposable rain poncho
    • Expired ID
    • Canvas knapsack (empty, for gathering supplies)
    • Trash bags, heavy, 2
    • Canteens, metal, 2 (1 empty, 1 full)
    • Black small bag
      • Emergency blankets, 2
      • Bug spray (this is two years old, not sure how effective it would be)
      • Canteen, 1 qt, full
      • Water filter “sip” style
      • Multi-tool
      • Tinder-quick
      • Trail mix
      • Bandana
      • 1″ webbing strap
      • 1/4″ nylon line
      • “Storm proof” matches
      • Sewing kit
      • Folding wood saw
      • Pry bar (mini)
      • Spare glasses
      • Pen
      • Whistle
      • Cup, folding
      • Compass
    • Cooler
      • Chem/medical gloves, 2 pair
      • Matches
      • Emergency blankets, 4
      • Trail mix
      • Bungee cord, small
      • Bottle opener
      • Can opener
      • Carabiners, 3 (2 sturdy, 1 lightweight)
      • Multitools, 2
      • Flashlight, mini, 2
      • Firestarter
      • Folding knife
      • Sharpener
      • Lighter
      • Needle and thread for canvas repairs
      • Pen, notepaper
      • Cash ($21) & some change
      • BofA card
      • Bungee, Adjustable, large

    Plastic bucket (tall)

    • Tool bag:
      • Screwdriver
      • Mechanics gloves
      • Flares, 15 minute road type
      • Flares, battery-powered
      • Headlamp
      • Strap, 2″ soft canvas
      • Flashlight, large (lantern style)
    • Wheel chock, aluminum

    Plastic bucket (short)

    • Wheel chock
    • Tire inflater
    • Battery cables
    • Rags
  • Hatchet (In sidewall)
  • Emergency fishing kit (put together from existing fishing gear?) This still needs to be done

 

Office Kit Ideas:

  • Water bottles
  • Cash
  • Maps
  • Pry bar
  • Work gloves
  • Ball cap or cold-weather cap depending on season
  • Backpack
  • Water bottles
  • Shelf-stable food
  • Cyalum Military Grade Snaplight 12 Hour Light Sticks
  • 25 Feet of 500lb Grade Paracord
  • Survival Whistle
  • (1) Stainless Steel Multi-tool
  • (10) Iodine Water Purification Tablets
  • (1) Lighter
  • (1) Flashlight
  • Radio with Weather band
  • (2) Dust Masks
  • (1) Pair Heavy Work Gloves
  • (2) 12″ X 12″ Leak-proof Water Storage Bags
  • First Aid Kit
  • Practical walking shoes (think an old pair of sneakers or hiking boots) and some practical clothes. I’d hate to have to walk home from Center City Charlotte in my office clothes!