A latest trend among survivalists and people who like to be prepared is to have pre-packed bug out bags ready in case of emergency. A bug out bag contains all the basics for survival if an attack or disaster causes someone to leave their home in a hurry. You may be already be aware of some bug out bag essentials, such as food, blankets and medications. However, there are additional items that should go in your bug out bag that can be just as important.
A survival knife is one of the most important items you can put in your bag. A knife can be used for defense against people and wild animals, as well as for sparking fires and cutting materials. A knife with a smooth edge has more uses than a serrated knife. Serrated knives work better to cut synthetic fabrics, but a straight edge can cut and chop things like wood or rope more easily. You can also sharper a smooth blade on a rock, but serrated edges need special sharpening tools.
A compass might not be the first item on your mind when putting together a bug out bag, but it is an essential tool for finding your way. If a disaster forces you into the woods or unfamiliar territory, a compass may be the only thing that keeps you from walking in circles when searching for help or sustenance.
Some disasters may also cut out the power, leaving you unable to see where you are going at night without a compass to keep you on course. A compass is also compact, lightweight and does not require batteries.
People simply cannot survive without drinking water. Despite the crucial importance of water do not try to fit as much water as you can possibly carry into your bug out bag. A 5-gallon water bottle is too heavy and takes up too much valuable space. A 3-gallon container of emergency water is more practical and lightweight. Three gallons should be enough to keep you alive until you find a water source and can refill your container.
Emergency kits are small bags or packs that you can either wear as a fanny pack or fit into your bug out bag. Emergency kits contain first aid items such as bandages, tape and gloves. An emergency kit may also have a small flashlight or nightstick, water pouches, a poncho, a solar blanket and food bars.
You can get a small emergency kit designed for one person that lasts one to three days, or purchase a larger emergency kit with enough supplies for a small group of people, like your family.
A fire starter is a more useful and effective tool than matches or relying on a knife to spark a fire. A fire starter is a lightweight and highly flammable tool that can start fires quickly, even when you only have access to damp wood.
A fire starter may look like a lighter or be the size of a wallet. The lighter style fire starters have metal cases and water resistant seals. Inside the casing is a flint wheel ignition and tinder sticks. The wallet style fire starters work like match sticks and can light thousands of times.
After asking around to enough Americans and really getting an idea of what people put in their bug out bags, I was surprised at the amount of people whom forgot about a flashlight. A flashlight is essential to everything about "Bugging Out". Not only is it needed for night use, it has many uses to it, like finding food, using it for an SOS, for finding wood or kindling, cleaning your food at night. The uses are to many to mention. Always be sure to have a rechargeable light with an adapter for regular store bought batteries. Always keep extra batteries in your pack at all times. At Invicta Tactical we offer the highest grade of flashlights and everything you need to pack it into one kit. You can check it out here. Click here to view
Once you gather all these items, pack them in a sturdy, water resistant bug out bag and leave the bag somewhere easy to reach. Some people have their bug out bags in a closet by the front door or in their bedrooms near a fire escape. Bug out bags are also a smart thing to have in your trunk if you break down or at the office if a disaster hits during business hours. You may need to be careful where you take a bag with a knife. Local law enforcement can clarify the regulations in your area.