Many preppers have read the list “100 Items to Disappear First.” It’s a collection of 100 things that are expected to become incredibly hard to find in the event of major disaster. We’ve modified it slightly to list bug out bag contents you won’t easily find in a survival scenario. With that, here’s a list of things to consider for your bug out bag.
Water, Water Filters and Purifiers: Water will be critical in the event of a disaster.
Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps: Lighting will be essential, and these will go quickly!
Coleman Fuel: For running lanterns, cook stoves, etc.
Weapons: Be it firearms, knives or clubs, weapons will be essential to protect your family and your property from looters.
Hand-can openers, cutlery, whisks: In the event of a major survival situation, you’ll be eating out of cans for quite some time. These simple kitchen staples can mean the world to a prepper.
Rice – Beans – Wheat: While you won’t be able to carry a TON of these in a bug out bag, a week’s supply should be manageable, and it’ll keep you eating decent food during that time.
Vegetable Oil: Again, a few days’ worth won’t take up much space in a bug out bag, and it can make the difference between eating to survive and eating to enjoy.
Water Containers: Go with food grade plastic or, better yet, stainless steel. This will be your lifeline and they’ll be in surprisingly short supply when the SHTF.
Mini Heater head (Propane): If you live in an area that gets cold weather, you can throw one of these in with your bugout gear and you’ve got the capability to heat an entire room with a single propane tank.
Grain Grinder: For processing any grains you come across.
Survival Guide Book: Everyone will want one when the SHTF.
Mantles: Aladdin, Coleman, etc.: For keeping your lanterns ablaze.
Baby Supplies: Diapers/formula. Ointments/aspirin, etc.: This is a big one. Plan early and have several days’ worth packed if you’ll be traveling with an infant.
Cookstoves (Propane, Coleman & Kerosene)
Feminine Hygiene/Haircare/Skin products.
Thermal underwear (Tops & Bottoms): If you live in cold climates….
Bow saws, axes and hatchets, Wedges (also, honing oil): Can be strapped on the outside of bags. You can accomplish a remarkable amount of tasks with a sharp ax.
Aluminum Foil Reg. & Heavy Duty: For cooking, of course, but can also be used for a variety of other tasks.
Garbage Bags (Impossible to Have Too Many): For water proofing your gear, yourself and they can even be used for improvised shelters. You can even cut slits in one and use it to keep the contents of your bug out bag dry.
Toilet Paper, Kleenex, Paper Towels: These are essential contents for a bug out bag. Don’t turn to the leaves until you absolutely have to…
Milk – Powdered is best. Milk can be an entire meal when needed.
Garden Seeds (Non-Hybrid): Stuff `em in your bug out bag’s side pouch. In the event you have to relocate you can start a garden once you establish a new settlement.
Clothes pins/line/hangers: Can be used for a number of applications besides just drying your clothing.
Tuna Fish (in oil): Excellent source of protein while on the move and easy to pack.
First aid kits
Batteries (all sizes)
Garlic, spices & vinegar, baking supplies: No sense in eating bland survival food if you don’t have to.
Matches: Preferably waterproof. Keep them dry, and use them when that $.99 Bic stops working…
Writing paper/pads/pencils, solar calculators: For journaling, communication, rationing supplies and construction of larger shelters and buildings.
Workboots, belts, Levis & durable shirts: Pack them in your bug out bag and leave them alone.
Shampoo, Toothbrush/paste, Mouthwash/floss, nail clippers, etc.
Fishing supplies/tools: There are some excellent micro fishing kits on the market, and an item like this can provide a sustainable food source for quite some time.
Mosquito coils/repellent, sprays/creams
Duct Tape: The number one item for your bug out bag. There’s nothing you can’t do with duct tape.
Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes: Shelters, stretchers, weapons, etc.
Candles: Use these before you start in on your flashlights and lanterns. Just be cautious as they are a fire hazard.
Backpacks, Duffel Bags: Find the right one for your body type and keep it with your bug out bag.
Scissors, fabrics & sewing supplies: You’ll not only be repairing clothing but may very well be constructing new garments from scratch.
Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.: Just be mindful of the weight.
Knives & Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
Sleeping Bags & blankets/pillows/mats
D-con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer: They don’t take up much room in a bug out bag, and they can help the spreading of potentially lethal diseases.
Mousetraps, Ant traps & cockroach magnets
Baby wipes, oils, waterless & antibacterial soap: Good hygiene will be critical.
Rain gear, rubberized boots, etc.
Reading glasses: If you need them, trust me, you’ll thank me for reminding you to pack them. Glasses can also be used to start a fire, but it’s not easy.
Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens: Make sure it’s REAL wool. It will retain almost 100% of its heating ability, even when soaking wet.
Boy Scout Handbook: Because what these kids do for fun what could potentially keep you and your family alive.
Graham crackers, saltines, pretzels, Trail mix/Jerky
Peanut Butter, Nuts
Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc.
Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.: Mechanix style cloves are multipurpose and invaluable in a bug out bag
Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts & bolts: If you have the weight to spare.
Cigarettes: Even if you don’t smoke, they make excellent bartering items.
Wine/Liquors: For bartering and medicinal purposes.
Paraffin wax: For waterproofing fabrics.
Chewing gum/candies: It’s amazing how something so simple can boost morale.
Hats & cotton neckerchiefs: Because heat stroke and ticks both suck.
These bug out bag contents should get you started. An easy exercise is to think about what would happen if a disaster struck right this minute and you didn’t have your bug out bag. What would you try to get to first? Those are the items you should plan on stocking and protecting.