The Bug Out Bag Checklist

What is a Bug-Out-Bag?

bug-out-bag (or BOB) is a survival bag (usually a rucksack) that contains the most important items you will require to survive after a disaster. The idea is to have the bag packed and ready to go, so you can grab it quickly, get out the door and get long-gone should disaster happen.

What Should go in the Bug-Out-Bag?

When planning your bug-out-bag you need to consider the three things that are vital to survival: water, shelter and fire (in that order). Food is important, but not vital.  Remember the (simple) rule of three, you can survive: 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water and three weeks without food. In an extreme survival situation, I would also add 3 hours without fire and shelter. Below is a list of items (in no specific order) you should consider adding to your bug-out-bag.  Where possible we have included direct links to high quality recommended products. We either have experience with these products, or they come very highly recommended by others. Make sure your bug-out-bag is planned to your specific needs and requirements. You will not need all the items listed on this page and without doubt there will be some items you want to include which are not listed here.  Give special thought to the area you need to survive in, consider your local geography and climate and tailor your bug-out-bag for survival here.

Bug-Out-Bag Contents

The Bag Itself!

Water – something to drink

Shelter – protection from the elements

Fire – to keep you warm

Food – something to eat

Pack enough to last 3-4 days. Rice, oat meal, beef jerky, tinned sardines, nuts, chocolate, and high calorie sports bars etc. Freeze-dried foods and MREs (meals ready-to-eat). Choose foods that are light weight and high in calories and nutrition.

Sleeping - something to sleep in and on

Cooking – for eating

 Light – so you can see

Tools – to get things done

First Aid – to patch you up

Communication – to get the news

Clothing – your most basic form of shelter

  • Spare pair of socks/underwear. Waterproof jacket, trousers and gloves. Also make sure you are wearing good quality appropriate boots and clothing to begin with if possible.

Hunting/Fishing – renewable food

Navigation – know where you are going

Binoculars – see them first

Firearms – to keep you safe

  • I am staying out of any recommendations here. Everyone has an opinion on what is best and as I don’t have a lot of experience in this area, I will let you make your own mind up. Of far more importance than specific makes and models is actually learning how use your firearm of choice. Get some professional tuition.

Books – so you know what you are doing

You will not regret taking one of these books with you. They provide invaluable information and advice, even for the seasoned survivalist…

Other stuff – doesn’t fit any of the categories above