Bug out bags have always had a lot of attention. Always looking for ways to assemble the best quality kit by yourself is something a lot of people go and do. Its important you always keep a lightweight backpack stored somewhere in your office or car with enough gear which will help you survive a short term emergency, let’s say around 3 days. The lighter it is, the more easily it is to carry it with you. Sometimes you might have to walk over 40 miles to get out of danger. This 72 hour bail out kit will play a major role to your survival. Make sure you have the basics for shelter, water, medical, food and self-protection.
There are various backpacks you can use. One is very cool. Its called Voodoo Tactical as it’s rugged, spacious and comes with a 2.5 liter water bladder. Word of advice, avoid the orange packs with “Survival Gear” stamped on it unless you want those less prepared to know that you are a stocked biped survival store.
Fishing and camera vests turned into decent survival vests that carry a full a compliment of gear but this should be to augment an existing pack. The idea here is to create a survival kit that will sustain you for 3 days as you run from the disaster stricken area.
All of this gear is in addition to what the survival items already stowed in my vehicle. The latter provides another layer of preparation. If you commute to work, have an office kit which will provide an essential 3rd layer in case you are ever stranded away from home.
~ MSP-3 Voodoo Tactical Hydration Pack w/2.5 liter water bladder
~ Black Diamond LED headlamp w/extra batteries
~ 32 oz collapsible Nalgene water container
~ 3 Firestarters: 1 Bic lighter, REI Stormproof Matches & 1 spark rod
~ SOS Rations (3600 calories)
~ 12 Nuun Electrolyte tablets
~ 1 Bottle Potable Aqua water purification tablets
~ 2 dust masks
~ Wet Wipes
~ Helly Hansen Rain jacket
~ Garmin 60 CSx GPS
~ Arizona state map and Forest Service maps for my region
~ Important phone contacts of family members
~ Photos of my kids (hundreds of kids were lost and alone after Katrina)
~ 2 spare (prescription) glasses
~ Adventure Medical Kits 1st-aid kit (see kit description that follows)
~ Grundig handheld AM/FM/Shortwave Radio
~ 12 oz enamel cup
~ 6 Esbit fuel tabs
~ Swedish Mora Knife with 3-7/8″ blade
~ Leatherman Wave
~ $100 Cash- small bills of $5, 10s, & 20s along with $10 in quarters & change
~ Sunscreen stick
~ Mini roll of duct tape
~ AMK Heatsheet
~ 50′ of paracord
~ Leather gloves
~ Pepper spray and 2 spare Glock mags
The weight of the pack should not be over 20 pounds. Keep in mind where you live will affect how you prepare. If someone who lives somewhere where its really hot, then you should focus on different items like more water, electrolytes, sunscreen.
For the Business Traveller
If you are a business traveler and you find yourself flying around the country or world, then you should make sure you prepare a stripped down version of the Bail-Out Kit in case you ever have to survive in a disaster-riddled city. Such a kit should be light and should contain: cash, passport, relevant maps, small first-aid kit, 6-8 protein bars, LED flashlight, cell phone and charger, Iodine water purification tablets, 32-ounce collapsible water bottle and spare clothes. You should add an innocuous multi-tool like a Swiss-Tech 9-in-1 which lacks a blade but has many useful features. This gear can fit in a small daypack but remember to check airline regulations as they are constantly changing.
Grid-Down Medical Kit
Where there is disaster there is also trauma and maybe injury. Best choice is to purchase one of the better First-Aid kits from Adventure Medical Kits. This will be your first line of defense for handling illness and injury. These kits are far superior to the generic medical kits stuffed with colorful band-aids found at your local pharmacy. To further refine my kit, I’ve added the following items:
First-Aid Kit kit
~ ACE Wrap- hard to find stretchy fabric when you need it.
~ PriMed Gauze- simply the best gauze material on the market for dealing with intense bleeding.
~ Triangular bandage- myriad uses for tourniquets, slings, headwraps, straining water.
~ Benadryl- critical for bug bites & anaphylactic shock. Get the Fast-Melt kids version found at Target.
~ Steri Strips- for closing wounds until you can get stitched up by a doctor.
~ Irrigation syringe- a must have item for first-aid kits. Great for blasting the nasty germs out of wounds.
~ Immodium- for diarrhea.
~ Temparin Dental Kit
~ Tweezers- get a quality pair with thin, flat-nosed tips for removing splinters.
~ Duct tape- for instant band-aids, covering blisters, fixing gear, and a hundred other uses.
~ Wet Wipes to aid with hygiene.
~ Personal Prescription Medications- a 2-week supply of extras as your pharmacy may be shut down.
It should be enough for you to cover any basic injuries that may occur.
Keep your Documents Safe!
Do not overlook your critical documents that are an essential part of re-establishing yourself after you’ve survived bugging out. These documents are so important to the event you lose everything else in your home during a disaster. Make sure you pack these items somewhere safe, like a cd, flashdrive, whatever you can think of.
~ Birth certificates
~ Tax returns
~ Marriage license
~ Social Security cards
~ Children’s immunization records
~ Bank statements & passwords
~ Property deeds
~ Medical insurance
~ Drug prescriptions
~ Pet & vet records
~ Insurance policies
~ Military discharge papers
~ Firearm serial numbers
~ Pertinent computer CDs or Flashdrives
Copies of the above documents can be stored in a small Tupperware container and located next to your Home Bail-Out Kit or in a safe.
Another tip is to upload all of your critical documents (passport, birth cert, etc…) in PDF form to your webmail account. Then you will have access to it when traveling, especially important if your items get stolen or confiscated when traveling internationally.
For information on quality ready-to-go Bail-Out Kits, visit the Voodoo Tactical for tactical gear.