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Bug Out Bag Checklist

Bug Out Bag Checklist

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Bug Out Bag Checklist

Keeping a Bug Out Bag Checklist is a wise idea. Circumstances change and the contents of your bug out bag should as well. Checking your bug out bag regularly allows you to replace outdated supplies, as well as add or remove seasonal clothes and other items.

Every member of your family should have their own bug out bag (BOB) this includes infants and toddlers. Most toddlers can carry a very lightweight bag but parents should make and carry one for infants. Their bag will contain specific items that are age appropriate such as formula, toys, diapers and over the counter medications.

This bug out bag checklist of basic BOB supplies is a starting place. You will probably need only one type or cook stove. Having a multi-purpose tool eliminates the need for screwdrivers and a can opener.

Bug Out Bag Checklist

  • Two complete changes of clothing (four for small children and toddlers)
  • Extra socks: Especially wool and 100% cotton
  • Jacket or hooded sweatshirt
  • Rain gear: disposable ponchos work but heavier raincoats are better
  • A hat with a bill or brim
  • Extra pair of boots or sturdy shoes
  • Gloves: heavy work gloves, thin jersey gloves, warm winter gloves or waterproof gloves depending on the season
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ground cloth or tarp
  • Wool blanket
  • Space Blanket
  • Ready to eat foods are best to keep in bug out bags
  • Meals Ready to Eat (MRE’s)
  • Lifeboat rations
  • Protein and Power Bars
  • Dried Meats
  • Dried Fruits
  • Dried Vegetables
  • Crackers
  • Peanut butter
  • Instant oatmeal, tea, coffee, soup
  • Drink Powders: especially those that contain electrolytes or added vitamins
  • Infant formula, dried or canned milk for infants and small children
  • Salt and other seasonings
  • Backpacker Stove with extra fuel
  • Sterno stove with extra Sterno
  • Candle stove with extra candles
  • Waterproof Matches or lighters
  • Fire-starting tool
  • Small, lightweight tent
  • Plastic or Polyester tarp
  • Rope, string
  • Duct tape
  • Space blanket emergency shelter
  • Fixed blade knife
  • Hand saw: pull saw or collapsible type work also
  • Multi-purpose hatchet or a hatchet and a hammer
  • Phillips-head and flat-head screwdriver
  • Can opener
  • Multi purpose tool
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Small collapsible shovel
  • Carabineers (D rings)
  • Duct tape
  • Large and small, unscented plastic trash bags
  • Collapsible water containers: one to five gallon sizes
  • Water purification tablets
  • Water purification system
  • Chlorine bleach
First Aid
  • Supplies for wounds: band-aids, gauze, tape, antiseptic, anti-bacterial cream
  • Over the Counter Medications: pain and fever relief, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrhea, anti-vomiting medication, vitamins, anti-itch cream, allergy medication, gas relievers, constipation medication, sunscreen, insect repellant
  • A months worth of any prescription medications plus a copy of the original prescription
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Betadine
  • Small pair of tweezers, scissors, magnifying glass
  • Triangular bandage
  • Ace bandage
  • Safety pins
  • Shoelaces
  • Small permanent magic marker

Each person should have a complete copy of their medical record including copies of important paperwork in their bug out bag. Include emergency contact numbers and names. People who have severe food or medication allergies should wear an allergy alert bracelet.

You will, of course, individualize your bug out bag checklist with things that you consider vital. For instance, you may consider it vital that you have a small Bible in your BOB. Other items you might want to add to your list are a pocket-sized SAS Survival Guide book, a deck of cards, a solar battery charger and an extra pair of eye glasses.

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