Ok so I started a bug out bag blog yesterday and ran out of time to finish it. So, that’s the reason for part 2!
So of course
Shelter and bedding
First off when you are looking for these items you want to stay small. Practical. Lightweight. Remember that the idea is this all goes into a bag you can carry.
You can make a shelter with a tarp or use trash bags filled with leaves as a make shift ground pad.
Remember being well rested both mentally and physically is extremely important when things are rough. Here are some ideas followed by a few items you can buy rather then relying on finding things you may not find.
Polarshield Survival Blanket-5.99 thanks to the cost and size you can keep quiet a few of these.
Rothco’s Polarshield Survival Blanket offers the ultimate protection in emergency situations. The reversible blanket features a high visibility side with the other side reflecting 90% of body heat. The survival blanket measures 82′ x 51′ and weighs less than 3 oz, making it the perfect addition to a bug out bag or pack.
You can buy the Polarshield Survival Blanket here.
The Rothco Lightweight Packable Hammock for $39.99 is a great idea to have if you’re in a situation that you do not want to sleep on the ground.
Rothco’s Packable Hammock is made of nylon taffeta parachute material that is lightweight yet sturdy. This lightweight packable hammock is great for camping or survival; the perfect addition to any bug out bag. Comes with 2 carabiners & 2 6′ ropes.
You can pick up the Portable Hammock here!
The Survival Tent is large enough for 2 adults. Very light weight. Small. Packable plus, affordable you could buy and keep a few! It’s $9.99 (everything from Ready and Armed ship free! Sign up for a FREE customer account and you will get a 10% discount on all regular price items too)
Rothco’s Reflective Survival Tent provides effective protection for two adults from the elements in an emergency situation; the reflective material helps conserve body heat.The tent contains a 3 meter long nylon rope and is compact & lightweight for easy storage. Great for a bug out bag or emergency kit
But the survival tent here.
Rothco Lightweight Survival Blanket $5.99 another small light weight option. Rothco makes military grade emergency items.
Rothco’s Lightweight Survival Blanket is a perfect survival item and is great to keep in your daypack, backpack, bug out bag or car. The survival blanket will reflect 90% of body heat to keep you warm during an emergency situation. Rothco is your source for military and outdoor survival gear. . The survival blanket will reflect 90% of body heat to keep you warm during an emergency situation. Rothco is your source for military and outdoor survival gear.
You can buy the Lightweight Survival Blanket here!
Polarshield Sleeping Bag Style Survival Blanket-$5.99 again these are lightweight and very packable. You can pack multiple ones.
Rothco’s Emergency Polarshield Sleeping Bag is the perfect survival blanket that you can take anywhere! The ultralight survival blanket that can be used as a sleeping bag, which is also known as a bivvy or bivouac sack. Rothco’s survival blanket reflects 90% of your body heat to keep you warm. This emergency blanket fits easily into your backpack and is ideal for a Bug Out Bag or for your next camping or hiking trip. Rothco’s Polarshield Survival sleep bag measures 36’x 84.’
You can buy the Polarshield Sleeping Bag Style Survival Blanket here!
Red All Weather Survival Blanket- $24.99 this is a very nice option. It is weatherproof and washable.
All Weather Blanket , Multi-purpose , Lightweight Superinsulator , Waterproof , Windproof , Easy To Clean , Lightweight , Compact Rolls Tight , Durable , Radar Reflective , Provides Warmth Comfort And Protection , Shelter From Elements , Moisture Resistant , Ground Cover , Equipment Covering , Reflective Emergency Signal , Reflects up to 80% of Body Heat
You can buy the Red All Weather Survival Blanket here!
The Rescue Survival Blanket is 66″ x 90″ in 2 color options and is a wool blanket. $24.99
Rothco’s Wool Rescue Blanket is naturally fire retardant survival blanket. The emergency blanket is made of 55% wool and 45% synthetic fibers with 1700 gram quality fabric. Rothco’s Wool Blanket is available in a variety of colors and sizes. Great for camping or emergencies situations.
You can buy the Wool Rescue Survival Blanket here!
This is gonna vary by area and season. Some places never really get cold. Some stay below freezing half the year. You know your area. This is why there is no 1 bug out bag for everyone! You need to make one for you and your families needs!
Remember no matter what. You are gonna need fire likely! So you want to keep items for fire making no matter what.
Starting a fire is a must when bugging out. I recommend having at least 3 different means of starting a fire on your bug out bag list of items to pack. Remember that the idea is to pack for 3 days.
-ignition source(qty 3)
– i would pack cotton as well for a good starter.
Flintstriker for $14.95 this is a REALLY GOOD product that everyone needs due to what what it does besides start fires.
Flint striker fire starter with compass. The flint striker can be used to start a fire in an emergency situation, it has a spare compartment to keep dry tender for easy fire starting. Can get up to 8,000 strikes on the flint starter. The built in compass can help navigate your way when you are lost. Each side of the flint striker has some help reminders on how to preform SOS signal using morse code. It also has the alpine recuse signal in morse code and other hand signals for help. It comes with an adjustable nylon cord that can be used to wear as a necklace. The cord also has a built in emergency whistle for signaling
You can buy Flintstriker here!
Rothco’s Plastic Waterproof Match Box allows you to store your matches securely and protect them from the elements. The matchbox features a water tight screw top and striking strip at the bottom. The match case is ideal for survival and outdoor applications.
You can buy the Water Proof Matchbox here!
These are awesome! Wetfire Fire Starting Tinder in a 12 pack- $19.99
Long Burn Time , Light Weight , Burns Wet Or Dry , Nontoxic Fire Starting Tinder That Burns Even On A Wet Surface , Burn Rate Will Vary Upon Environmental Conditions. , If Entire Wetfire Cube Is Not Used It Can Be Reused For Up To Three Months , For Best Results Store Partially Used Cube In A Plastic Bag Or Container , Fully Sealed Cubes In Originally Packaging Can Retain Their Fire Starting Properties For Approximately 5 Years , Made In USA
Buy the Wetfire Fire Starting Tinder in a 12 pack here!
Rothco Ranger Flint and Striker Firestarter-$13.99
Ranger Firelighting Flint , Gsa Approved Currently Used By The Us Marines And Us Airforce , Dependable & Effective , Extremely Compact Designed To Pack Into The Smallest Survival Kits , Scraping The Flint Produces A Shower Of Sparks Suitable For Lighting Tinder , Flint Is Specially Affixed With Magnesium To Produce , Hotter Larger Sparks , Size: 3 Inches , Weight: 0.5 Oz , Nsn: 5110-99-565-2549
Buy your Rotcho Ranger Flint and Striker Firestarter here!
Add to this as needed. This is a very general idea.
-Fire Aid Kit
-Mylar Survival Blanket
Now, I have listed several blankets.
Rothco General Purpose First Aid Kit- $39.99
High Impact Olive Drab Plastic Case With Moisture Resistant Gasket , Case Measures 7 1/2 Inches X 4 1/2 Inches X 2 3/4 Inches , Contains Top Quality Essential First Aid Items , Made In The U.S.A. ,
Buy your Rothco General Purpose First Aid Kit here!
Rothco MOLLE Tactical Trama Kit- $54.99 available in 2 colors.
Heavy Weight 900d Polyester, Zippered Pouch, 7 Inches X 8 Inches X 3 Inches, With Molle Attachment, One Inside Pocket, Inside Elastic Bands, Contains Top Quality Essential First Aid Items
You can buy the Rothco MOLLE Tactical Trama Kit here!
Rothco EMI Emergency Response Holster Set- $69.99
Rothco’s EMI Emergency Response Holster Set includes holster, dual head stethoscope, window punch with pocket clip, lifesaver seat belt cutter, brite-light penlight (with batteries), deluxe ems shears, bandage scissors and straight kelly forceps. The emergency response kit is made from a durable 1000 denier ballistic nylon holster and features an easy to access glove pouch with 2 additional side pockets. Rothco’s emergency kit is ideal for emergency first responders and paramedics.
You can buy the Rothco EMI Emergency Response Holster Set here!
The implications of forgoing any of these for an extended period of time might lead to bacterial infections and a rapid deteriation in health. When bugging out, you need to be at the top of your game, so be sure to pack these items.
-All Purpose Camp Soap
– Hygien/signal mirror
– Small Pack Towel
– Travel Toilet Paper (qty 2 at least)
– Travel Size Toothbrush and Toothpaste
– Other Personal Hygiene Necessities
This is an area you will really alter for you and your families needs. I’m going to keep reminding you. The idea is to pack for 3 days. So 3 days x the number in your family. Or you can have each person pack their own bags with necessities.
You also want to pull your packs out and check dates on everything every 6 months or so. Make sure it all stays in date. These items are great for backwoods camping as well.
Next to weapons, this is the number 1 category that everyone loves to go crazy over. Determine the must haves and forget the rest. Trying to practice what we preach, I recommend the following 3 tools for your bug out bag.
I’ll try to list some I know where to buy. The Ready and Armed company is a small buisness. I am 1 of 2 reps in my state. These items are well made items. Most are from known and trusted brands. I’ll list some other tools that can be useful if you have the room to carry them. The tools are good for backwoods camping.
Rothco 8-in-1 multifunction Flashlight- $24.99. This will give you some tools and flashlight.
8-in-1 Emergency Tool Includes: 4 LED Flashlight , Flashing Red Light Feature , Seat Belt Cutter , Glass Breaker , Phillips Screwdriver , Flat Screwdriver , Scissors , Pliers
You can find The Rothco 8-in-1 multifunction Flashlight here!
Survival Buisness Card- $3.99
Survival business card multi tool that fits in your wallet with 11 functions. Can Opener Knife Edge Slotted/Flathead Screwdriver Ruler Bottle Cap Opener 4 Position Wrench Wing nut Wrench Saw Blade Direction Ancillary Indicator 2 Position Wrench Keychain/Lanyard Hole
You can buy your Survival Buisness Card here!
Rothco 5 in 1 Muti-Purpose Tool- $24.99
Rothco’s 5-In-1 Multi-Purpose Tool features heavy steel construction with a compass, interchangeable shovel, saw, axe and pick. The 5-in-1 tool also comes with a nylon carry case and makes for a great survival tool whether you are camping in the great outdoors or packing your bug out bag.
You can buy the Rothco 5 in 1 Muti-Purpose Tool here!
If you’re looking for a lightweight yet tough wire saw, look no further. The 21″ stainless steel multi-strand cutting wire has swivel points for easy handling. Even a lightweight backpacker shouldn’t skip adding this to his or her pack. It cuts through logs and branches with ease and is Ideal for a number of survival uses. The wire saw is lightweight and coils to fit into small pockets and it’s made out of Stainless steel.
You can buy the Wiresaw here!
Illuminations, like fire source, is something I recommend having multiple intances of as well. If one fails or you lose it somehow, you have another to take it’s place. Each item listed below has multiple uses, but, they all serve the same purpose-helping you see where you’re going. Don’t forget the extra batteries!
-Mini LED keychain
-mini LED light
1000 Lumens LED self defense zoomable flashlight- $29.99
The 1K Lumens LED Zoomable Flashlight is all the flashlight you will need, right on your hip! One Thousand lumens of blinding intensity, easily zoomable to pinpoint the beam where you need it! At 50 feet this flashlight can zoom from a 30 feet beam down to a 6 feet beam. New innovative lens simply extends to narrow the blaze of light over 1,500 feet! It has a blinding strobe setting for defense-disorientation and an SOS setting signaling. Made of high quality aircraft grade aluminum strong enough to be used as a self-defense baton. It measures 7 11/16” x 1 3/8” and Includes two 18650 Lithium rechargeable batteries, battery charger and belt clip.
You can purchase the LED self defense zoomable flashlight here!
Glow In The Dark Chemical Lighsticks- $1.99
Rothco’s Glow In The Dark Light Sticks will emit a steady glow for up to 12 Hours and come in a variety of colors. These like sticks are great for emergencies, event like Halloween, camping and other outdoor activities
You can buy the Glow In The Dark Chemical Lighsticks here!
Rothco 4 pack 6″ chemical lightsticks- $8.99
Assorted Colors: Green, Red, Blue, Yellow
You can buy the Rothco 4-pack 6″ Chemical Lightsticks here!
6-Bulb LED Solar and Handcrank Lantern- $19.99
Wind Up Or Charge In Direct Sunlight , 2 Function Switch For 3 Or 6 Leds , 16 Hours In Sun Will Provide Up To 6 Hours Of Use , 1 Minute Of Hand Cranking Provides Up To 20 Minutes Of Use
Buy your 6-Bulb LED Solar and Handcrank Lantern here!
Emergency Strobe Light- $24.99
G.I. Type Emergency Strobe Light , Flashes 60 Times Per Minute , 1 Mile Visibility, Meets Coast Guard Specs , Shock and Water Resistant , 1 Year Limited Warranty , ISO 9001 Certified
Buy your Emergency Strobe Light here!
A highly contested category in the preparedness community. Keep it simple though. If the bug out scenario allows for their use, you’ll be glad to have these items with you.
-crank power charger
-emergency radio with hand crank
Don’t leave home without carefully thinking these through first.
– $500 in small bills
– gold/silver bullion coins
-Local Area Map
-small note pad/pencil
Rothco Lensatic Metal Compass- $8.99
Rothco Lensatic Metal Compass features a metal case with floating luminous dial, adjustable luminous marching line, thumb hold & magnifying viewer and sighting hairline.
You can buy the Rothco Lensatic Metal Compass here!
Rothco Military Marching Compass- $9.99
Rothco’s Military Marching Compass is liquid filled, the fluid will protect against excessive swing or wobble, improving readability while reducing wear. The compass also features a slide ruler, magnifying glass and an aluminum cast case
Buy Your Rothco Military Marching Compass here!
Wilderness Survival Whistle- $5.99
No bug out bag is complete without a survival whistle. This survival whistle can sound up to 120dB and can even be placed on a keychain. The whistle features a bifurcated tongue, 3 chambers and 4 flutes.
Buy your Wilderness Survival Whistle here!
This is a controversial topic. Self-defense is something we should all give serious consideration. Bugging out, in it’s severest of circumstances, is a survive or die proposition. Whether you choose handgun, a rifle, both, or just a can of pepper spray, it’s upto you. But, you can be sure in a bug out scenario, we’ll be well equipped to defend ourselves and hunt wild game if needed.
If you do not carry a weapon or your not legally allowed to. I highly recommend some degree of self defense training. Especially if you have a family.
-550 parachute cord
– duct tape
– 55 gal contractor garbage bags (at least 2)
-resealable bags in various sizes
– N95 Facemask
-at least 3′ of latex tubing or similar (i am allergic to latex. But, itis easiest to find)
-condoms (non lubricated)
-facepaint (think camo or hunting)
-military surplus survival/share wire.
Emergency preparedness is not a fad, nor a hobby, it is a way of life.
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If you can not find what you need on my site. Find local military stores. There are plenty of nice bags for bugging out on my site as well.
Stay prepared. Educate yourself and your loved ones. Be ready. Things can change in minuets!