Best Bug Out Bag














Bug Out Bag, 2017 Edition

A lot has happened in the last year in terms of new survival gear and survival philosophy, so we at felt it necessary to update our previous recommendations. Some of you will greatly disagree with our suggestions, or feel that there are a lot missing out of this Emergency Survival Kit…. or perhaps we’ve added too much? In either case, we’ll be going through each product to explain our reasoning behind each one.

It’s important to note that this Bug out Bag was designed for bugging out in an urban environment. With that being said, we’ve taken into account the many common survival related tools that can be found or made in such an environment. As an example, we’ve left out items like a sleeping mat since material like cardboard, paper, couches, carpet and etc. are easily available. An item like a crowbar for instance are too cumbersome to be lugging around 20 miles, but a similar tool can be easily fashioned from street sign posts, re-bar, fencing, or piping. You get the point.

Another thing to make very clear is that your bug out bag must be tailored to YOUR environment and your needs. If you live in a state like Florida for instance, bug repellent, mosquito nets and water-proof gear is a must. We’ve made this Bug Out Bag for what we feel to be the most common personal needs.

Without further ado.

1. Travel Document Holder
Most likely, the disaster requiring you to bug out will be localized, meaning you’ll just be waiting it out until things get back together, or you’ll be starting a new life somewhere else. Keep copies of identification, insurance papers, contact information, along with credit cards and cash in a variety of denominations.



2. Maps of the Local Area
A complete road map for the entire country is too heavy and unnecessary. Just get a topographical road map for your specific region. Mark the maps with important locations such as hospitals, military bases, bad neighborhoods and whatever else you deem important. Use a zip-lock bag to keep your maps dry.



3. Rite in the Rain Notebook
Post disaster, you’ll be looking for friends and family, and they’ll be looking for you. You’ll want a way to leave notes around for missing loved ones and of course you’ll also want a notepad for jotting down important info and contact information.



4. Tactical Pen
Tactical pens tend to be quite goofy but I’ve found this one to very robust and functional. Not only can it be used for taking important notes, but it can serve as a decent close quarter weapon and discreet window breaker.



5. SAS Survival Handbook
As well trained and educated in the ways of survival you may be… you’ll forget a few things which is where this little book comes in handy. Star navigation, spotting edible plants/berries, how to prep small game, this little book has it all and will surely save your ass.



6. Polaris Optics 12X50 Monocular
Arguably unnecessary weight but for an urban environment where there will be a lot of danger post disaster, it’s vitally important you see exactly what’s ahead of you, or coming at you. Good decisions require good information.



7. Potable Aqua Water Tablets
Water borne diseases are one the biggest killers post disaster so don’t take any chances when it comes to drinking water. The filter recommended below is good for .1 microns which is more than good enough… but still… better safe then dead.



8. Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System
Rated for 100 000 gallons (not a typo). This filter is by far the best one on the market and although not as simple to use as the “Life Straw” rest assured the Sawyer will reliably give you clean water every time. It can also be screwed onto a water bottle if you don’t like the squeeze bags.



9. Klean Kanteen Wide Mouth Bottle 64oz
We’re recommending a stainless steel water bottle as you can use it to boil water/food if necessary. I’ve personally used it for such tasks on many occasions with great results. Definitely get a 64oz and definitely get a wide mouth one, you’ll be happy you did.



10. Kelty Redwing 50 Backpack
For an urban environment, you must go “GREY MAN” and blend in with the population else sticking out a like a sore thumb. A 60L+ bag will be to big and noticeable. The Kelty Redwing is a good balance between grey man and still being functional and robust. To carry all this gear, a 50L backpack will be adequate.



11. Morakniv Companion Fixed Blade Knife
Best bang for your buck in terms of Survival Knives. Reliable, and no unnecessary tactical BS looking stuff on it, it gets the job done. A knife is one your biggest force multipliers and therefor one of your most important tools. Keep it close and at the ready always.



12. Bahco Laplander Folding Saw
The ideal tool for clearing fallen trees, building makeshift structures and tools. Even in an urban survival situation, a folding saw is worth it’s weight as there are plenty of trees within and around a city.



13. Leatherman Wave Multi-Tool
The ultimate survival tool. Leatherman as a company has been around for ages creating some of the most robust, utilitarian tools ever created. Perfect for an urban setting as they’re both discreet and capable of handling the variety of problems faced in an urban survival situation.



14. Snugpak Patrol Poncho
This may not be needed for many people, but if you live in the pacific north west or a city like New York where it rains regularly, a poncho would be a highly recommended item for your bug out bag. Not only can it be used to protect you from the rain, but it can be used as a small tarp for rain catchment or shelter.



15. S.O.L. Escape Bivvy
If you live in a colder region to the north, you’ll want a proper sleeping bag. For the majority of Americans though this breathable Bivvy should do the trick. Also consider that in an urban disaster situation you’ll likely be sleeping in abandoned buildings with plenty of material to insulate you.



16. 550 Paracord
A versatile rope that can be used in a multitude of ways. Setting up traps, alarms, shelters and much more, Paracord is a “must have” for any Bug Out Bag.



17. Contractor Work Gloves
Protecting your hands from cuts (which could lead to infection) will be critical immediately following a disaster. Whether it be removing rubble after an earthquake, or rummaging through debris, you’ll be using your hands a lot more then usual post disaster. Keep your hands protected.



18. Kelty Noah’s Tarp
You should be able to find an abandoned structure for shelter post disaster but it would be wise to have the Kelty ultralight tarp handy for when you can’t. Also consider that you can use this for rain catchment, as a makeshift bag to carry light supplies, a pillow, or even as an extra layer of insulation when you’re cold. A tarp is not just a tarp, be creative.



19. Change of Clothes
You don’t need a complete change of clothes for 72 hours, just 2 changes underwear and socks (click here) should be good. Quality pants (click here) after 3 days will be smelly but hygienically alright, same with a t shirt. Although an extra shirt would be smart to have in-case it gets cold.



20. Fast Drying Microfiber Towel
Microfiber towels are AMAZING! They dry incredibly fast, and do a great job at absorbing water. They can also be used as a small blanket.



21. S.O.S. Rations
These don’t taste all that great but it contains all the nutrients you’ll need for 72 hours. It’s highly recommended you do a trial run before a disaster and eat nothing but Emergency food rations for 3 complete days. If you can’t handle it, supplement the food rations with something more flavorful. For 3 days, you only need 6000 calories (2 emergency food ration packs), but take more just in-case.



22. Medical Kit
This particular medical kit was made to handle gun shot wounds and heavy bleeding. We recommend this kit but if you decide to go with something else, be sure to add a few Quickclot bandages to deal with trauma. Post disaster, a basic medical kit just wont do.



23. Emergency NOAA Weather Radio
It’s a solar/hand cranked powered flashlight, phone charger, NOAA/AM/FM radio all in one. For the serious preppers out there, you’ll want a proper handheld Ham radio and versatile solar panel to go with it. If you decide to go exclusively with a Ham radio/solar panel, consider giving this to your kids or less experienced family members.



24. Ziplock Bags
Not only will these keep your clothes/gear dry but they can also be used for water storage, or to carry foraged food that you find on your way to safety. Depending on how strong of a seal it has, you can also use it a pillow. Definitely worth it’s weight (which is next to nothing).



25. Olight H1R Nova
A new product that’s taking the prepping community by storm. It’s versatile, multi-functional, and rechargeable. It so far has great reviews from some of the biggest Youtube preppers. Regardless of what kind of flashlight you get though, make sure it’s either a headlamp or headlamp compatible as it will free up your hands.



26. Frontiersman Bear Spray
Not all conflicts should be resolved with a firearm, which is where bear spray comes in. Perfect for clearing out a wide area and keeping a gang of hungry looters at bay (while not having to take someones life). If you’re proficient with a firearm though, feel free to add it to your BOB for self defense.



27. SABRE Pepper Spray
Have the smaller pepper spray close at hand and at the ready. The problem with urban environments is that people can be in such close proximity to each other that it would be unsafe to use a firearm. A person could just walk right next to you (which is normal) and then all of a sudden try to mug you, they would be too close to safely/reliably draw a firearm, pepper spray however can be used safely.



28. Storm Whistle
The loudest whistle ever made! If you need to get the attention of rescue workers, or other survivors, the storm whistle will do the trick. It’s a lot bigger then most whistles but still weighs nothing and it will take up very little room in your emergency Bug out Bag. It’s currently being used by many branches of the military as it’s way ahead of any competitors.



29. Gorilla Duct Tape To-Go
Duct tape can be used for just about anything. Protecting foot blisters, cuts, fixing gear, patching clothes, it’s extremely versatile and useful. The Gorilla To-Go version is a thinner, lighter roll perfect for bug out bags. The Gorilla brand is well known for it’s super adhesive/tough products so rest assured you’re getting top quality with this.



30. Swedish FireSteel
This can reliably make a massive amount of sparks in any condition, making it one of the best fire starters around. You’ll need a good base of tinder ready which should be easy to find in a urban setting, just think of all the paper we use! A single stick can last up to 12,000 strikes making it far superior to something like a BIC lighter.



31. BIC Lighter
Two is One and One is None! The Firesteel listed above is excellent, but it’s unwise from a preparedness standpoint to rely on a single tool for your survival. The benefit of a BIC lighter beyond making a fire is that it can provide a small controlled flame that can be used for melting the ends of rope/paracord or molding plastics.



32. Campsuds 8oz
Hygiene will be critical post disaster, the vast majority of deaths post disaster occur from infections and bad water/food. This product is a concentrated soap solution so a small bottle goes a long way. A few drops is adequate to clean your entire body.



33. EZ Towel
I was skeptical with using these at first but have now come around to being a big proponent for EZ Towels. A small sprinkle of water and these tiny compressed towels expand quickly so they can be unraveled. Fully unraveled, each towel is roughly 12″ x 12″ which is adequate for cleaning your self and staying clean. They’re cheap, take up very little room, and can be used for soaking up blood if need be. Better then toilet paper.