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4 years 15 weeks ago, 5:40 PM

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For those that don't know, a bug-out bag is a portable kit that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy two hours when evacuating from a disaster. It is also known as a 72-hour kit, a grab bag a battle box, and other popular names include GO Bag and GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) bag. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival.

The suggested contents of a bug-out bag vary, but most of the following are usually included
Enough food and water to last for 72 hours. This includes:
Water for washing, drinking and cooking. Canada recommends 2 litres per person per day. New Zealand recommends 3 litres per person per day for drinking[14] US recommends 1 gallon (3.78 litres) per person per day.
Non-perishable food
water purification supplies
Cooking supplies
A first aid kit
Fire starting tool (e.g., matches, ferrocerium rod, lighter, etc.)
A disaster plan including location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes etc
Professional emergency literature explaining what to do in various types of disaster, studied and understood before the actual disaster but kept for reference
Maps and travel information
Standard camping equipment, including sanitation supplies
Weather appropriate clothing (e.g., poncho, headwear, gloves, etc.)
Bedding items such as sleeping bags and blankets
Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period
Medical records
Pet, child, and elderly care needs
Battery or crank operated Radio.
Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks).
Firearms and appropriate ammunition
Cash and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available during the initial period following an emergency or evacuation
Positive Identification, such as drivers license, state I.D. card, or social security card
Fixed-blade AND folding knife
Duct Tape and rope/para-cord
Plastic tarps for shelter and water collection
Slingshot, pellet gun, blowgun or other small game hunting equipment
Wire for binding and animal traps
FIREARM - recommend a polymer pistol.

ANY OTHER SUGGESTIONS?

4 years 15 weeks ago, 6:09 PM

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72 hour kit

that is what we call it. ours ( we each have our own seperate bag ) are duffle bags sitting by the door ready for whatever. they are for a natural disaster kinda thing. like your house catches on fire,tornado, etc. etc. something you have to grab litteraly on the run. we don't have as much stuff as you listed but it will keep you safe and fed for a little while. guns of course, mostly for protection not hunting. not much ammo tho, just one box. good first aid kit, water purification and 2 litters of water, protien bars and trail mix. survival knife that has the hook and line and compass in it. we put copies of id in tha bag and just leave them. toilet paper, and baby wipes, thermal wrap water proof blanket. and thats about it. hope we never use them but just in case. my 2 kids have their own bag that we try to go through couple times a year just to keep stuff working right. nothing is worse than having toilet paper you can't use. i think they are a good idea for every one to have at least a minor bag of stuff ready.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 6:30 PM

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good list

I'm sure you might have it covered in clothing but appropriate footwear is going to be important as well,expect to have to walk in whatever weather conditions exist,also a consideration should be made for where your B.O.B. is,considerations should be made for where you work,if your on the 80th floor of some hi-rise and some kind of event occurs,a BOB might be useful to get you from your office down to your vehicle,or maybe you will not be able to get to your vehicle at all,some things to consider are first aide,footwear,flashlight,fire retardent gloves,dust mask or respirator( think of all the people leaving the world trade center with nothing but a scrap of cloth over their mouth).

So a BOB at work,in your car,and at home might have redundant items in them but will help you get into a safer enviroment should the meier ever really hit the ventilator.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 6:47 PM

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Thank you for the additions. What guns do you keep in your 72hr bags?

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 8:58 PM

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That is a good list for your BOB. Something we have added is all our insurance information for our home as well as our birth certificates, and other important papers. We have all these in a handy book we bought at walmart and is stored in the gun safe and is a quick grab and our BOB's and we are set. We have also bought packs for our dogs and they can carry their own food and water, and maybe a few small items. We also have fishing equipment in our as well because there are many different bodies of water on our way to our bug out area.It would take something pretty bad to get me away from my mountian, but if we need to we are pretty set for that to.

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4 years 15 weeks ago, 9:35 PM

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Good additions Hillbilly. I didn't even think about having the animals carry their own food and water but that is a great idea.

4 years 15 weeks ago, 8:51 AM

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i think a kit will be very personal. everything i have seen on here would be great and very helpful but every area will require different stuff. we have an old rock quary obout 1/2 mile away and keep poles and stuff there, so we don't carry that kinda stuff. i hope if we have to use this stuff it is only temp. and doesn't turn into a long term survival battle. our hand guns are all the same 9x19 ruger p95's. smaller shooters can't handle bigger and i wanted everything to be interchangeable.

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4 years 14 weeks ago, 11:54 PM

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Might be worth adding as a possibility-useful if you happen to live near a volcano or for large scale fires to filter out ash/smoke. Situational though, might want to leave it/them near the bag, not necessarily in it. The dust mask that LBC mentioned would be a much lighter, smaller, less expensive alternative, but it doesn't cover your eyes, which can be an issue in a fire. A pair of goggles would work short term with a dust mask, but in a high heat environment would likely fog up quickly without some sort of anti-fog coating inside (saliva actually does this to some extent, btw.) You can get an Israeli M15 for about $20-30 or you could spend over $300 if you want one with a higher particulate rating. 40mm filters are the NATO compatible ones.

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4 years 14 weeks ago, 3:41 PM

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NATO Filters

you can buy 40mm adapters for most of the other sizes. Its always good to have a few of those

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4 years 14 weeks ago, 1:40 PM

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While me and my family were at the fair we found a booth that sold a water bottle called the ultimate survival bottle.It is a person water purifier that will clean just about any water almost instantly.They look like a regular water bottle and you just fill them and you can either suck out of the straw or squeeze them into a pot or another glass. They remove 99.99999% of impurities from the water and we bought extra filters.One filter is good for something like 350 liters of water ready to drink. They have these bottles all over the world using them to drink water I would not even let my dog drink out of.I actually used it to drink out of a pond that was just nasty dirty and the water tasted fine and no I did not get sick.We have two of them for each person in our home and then extra filters for each person.These stay right in our packs ready to go.

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4 years 14 weeks ago, 2:20 PM

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Do you remember the name of them? I would like to check them out.

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4 years 14 weeks ago, 4:32 PM

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NICE!

Great articles everybody!!! Truly great info and suggestions!

4 years 14 weeks ago, 6:01 AM

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Because I don't have as much time online nowadays as I did while working mids, I've started doing a few pieces offline with my laptop. I'll go to the local library now and then and post them. My first piece is on the bugout bag and I have to say, it's amazing. Okay, it probably sucks, but it's convincingly sucky. Did I spell that right? I hate me.

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4 years 14 weeks ago, 7:01 PM

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hey hillbilly

can you tell me the name of the water bottles you talked about? i have had one that didn't work very good you didn't get sick or anything just tasted god awfull. it will work in a pinch but if i can find some better i would be a happy little camper.

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4 years 14 weeks ago, 1:09 AM

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build a frame for your backpack out of pvc pipe
It could hold a lot of water

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4 years 14 weeks ago, 11:45 PM

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I don't think anyone has mentioned these three items either, except for Button's survival knife :). I would say both the compass and GPS though, not just a GPS-or just a compass if you know how to use them. Wouldn't want to lose your way because your batteries died in the GPS. Which brings me to my next point. Spare batteries for any items you bring with that require them-especially since they tend to drain when you leave them in your equipment for extended periods of time. Better yet, stick with the crank radio and friction powered flashlights. Then you just need them for your firearm accessories if you use any powered ones. Make sure you check your bag periodically to ensure the batteries in these items aren't dead-your spares need to be replaced from time to time as well.

A scoped firearm could also double as the field glasses, You might have the compass in the standard camping equipment, but since it wasn't mentioned specifically, I figured I probably should call that one out.

I'd also like to submit the following for your consideration on the survival book-
"The Complete Sportsman's Encyclopedia"
Author: Francis H. Buzzacott

While this book doesn't talk about biological warfare or escaping a volcano, etc. It does cover hunting, fishing, camping, and trapping. It was originally published in 1913, and contains a great deal of information that most "modern" sportsmen have forgotten or perhaps never considered. There are a number of items in your list that this book explains how to improvise. It's about ~$20, and the copy I have was reprinted in 2000. There is an argument that this sort of material is suited for a longer issue than 72 hours, but it is a good read no matter how you shake it, even if you never have to use the BOB.

You may also want to consider a supply of salt-disinfectant and a necessary nutrient, sugar-granular energy, and tea or coffee as part of the foodstuffs (caffeine). At least two pairs of spare socks-if you're walking, you don't want to screw up your feet. At least one change of clothes (if you fall into a river here in the winter or get too sweaty it will kill you if you don't have spares-it also gets pretty cold in the desert at night.)

Another consideration that no one has brought up directly is weight-while you'll perhaps want all of this stuff, if you're trying to get out of dodge in short order, you might not want to weigh yourself down with 100 lbs of gear. If you've got a wife, kids, or pets, you can split the gear up, but don't make them so heavy that you can't carry them. For instance, I'd rather have a small supply of water and purification equipment than try to carry 72 hours of water (if you live in a desert area-you should probably have a different tack on this), but I do want cold weather gear due to the northern climate here.

One way to reduce weight is to get a hiker's backpack or use a bag like the Leaper UTG bag which can be a duffel or a backpack. Keeping the camping gear to a minimum also will help. Cooking supplies should be aluminum if possible, this isn't the time to use the cast iron kettle. (I always have a dutch oven when I camp, but I'd not want to bring one in the BOB.)

If you get out with a vehicle, the weight is less of an issue, but you may run out of gas sooner or later-so don't count on it. This also brings up the issue of having several portable gas cans in your garage (I have 3 and I keep at least 2 full, third gets used for the lawn mower/snow blower depending on the season, can rotates each time one gets emptied.). There are a ton of scenarios to consider when you start to discuss the survival issue. You may already have some of these items in mind, as some of the things you've listed can be broken down into a number of specific items.

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4 years 14 weeks ago, 5:26 PM

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pvc frame

that is an excellent idea charles. you can spread the weight out and carry more in your pack without the water bottles. ever since i read that i have been thinking about it. would the glue be an issue though? some of that stuff is awful smelly and i don't know if that would effect taste. i know they use it in household lines but that isn't as concentrated as a pack would be. just wondering, i suppose there is one way to find out............ you make one and let me know if it's safe to use.

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4 years 14 weeks ago, 5:47 PM

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I find that the newer internal frame packs are much more comfortable that the older external frames. For water, I have a couple empty 100oz camelbak MOLLE bladders that I can slide in any pack I have or strap them on.... Thats what she said

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3 years 37 weeks ago, 7:26 AM

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BOB Equipment

Some good suggestions, Here's what I have packed. I use a 90ltr Mountain equipment bag, heavy butal rubber outer, and zip closed waterproof interior compartments, converts from a hold all to a backpack.

1. 24hr Ration pack x 3 (British Military type with water purifacation tablets)
2. 6 ltr's of water ( x 3 2ltr bottles water rotated every month)
3. D, Cell torch (led type with spare batteries)
4. Gas camping stove ( small man portable type with spare gas cylinder)
5. Head torch (with spare batteries)
6.Folding shovel ( military type)
7.Toilet roll.
8. Complete change of underclothes.
9. First Aid pack with First field dressings and quick clot.
10. Cylumes, various colours.
11. Wind up short wave radio
12. Lightweight combat boot's & spare socks
13. Spare change of outer clothing.
14. 6 fully loaded magazines to fit my sidearm ( x4 17rd & x2 20rd) also carry x4 17rd magazines normally
15. 200 boxed rds (9mm)
16. x4 smoke Grenades (different colours)
17. PRC 349 RADIO, wth spare batteries
18. Assault vest ( into which a lot of the afore mentioned kit is packed)
19.Body Armour.
20. Kevlar Helmet.
21. NI Patrol gloves.
22. Goggles for eye protection.
13.

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BOB Equipment

BOB bag is secured in the vechicle, I have an every day carry bag that goe's everywhere with me, and contains the stripped out essentials, and allows me to get to my vechicle to retrive my BOB kit
1. SOG knife
2.x2 spare Magazines ( to go with the x4 carried in my belt order)
3.Dextrose tablets ( pure energy)
4.heavy duty zip locks (x10)
5.2ltr waterbottle.
6. x20 mtrs of para cord.
7. Night vision goggles with spare batteries.

13. should read S10 Resperator with spare canister.

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