Bug-Out Bag


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, or a battle box. The focus is on evacuation, rather than long-term survival, distinguishing it from a survival kit, boating or aviation emergency kit, or a fixed-site disaster supplies kit. Bug-out bags are popular in the survivalist community. The term is related to, and possibly derived from, the ‘bail-out bag’ emergency kit many military aviators carry.

Typical contents include: 1 Gallon H2O per person, per day; Non-perishable food, Water purification supplies, Cooking supplies (camp stove, sterno, utensils), First aid kit, Fire starting tool (matches, ferrocerium rod, lighter), Disaster plan (location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes), Emergency reference literature,Maps, Clothing (rain poncho, hat, gloves), Bedding (bedroll, blankets), Medicine, Medical records, Radio, Lighting (flashlight, glow sticks), Firearm, Cash, Identification cards, Knife, Duct Tape, Rope, Plastic tarps, and Wire.

One Comment to “Bug-Out Bag”

  1. Water weighs seven pounds per gallon. Three days’ worth of water is about twenty-one pounds. That really hinders how much weight one can carry in a bag designed for leaving. Wouldn’t water purification/filtration make more sense? A Katadyn filter has a tenth the weigh, and can purify much more than just that three gallons of water.

    Also, considering the emergency management post-Katrina (both FEMA and Red Cross), why not encourage people to stay out of “emergency centers”. In NOLA they called in the “Muderdome”. Keep your wives, kids, and yourself OUT of FEMA and Red Cross shelters. Having enough and to spare will go a long way to keep folks away from these institutions’ “good intentions”.

    Read my take on it here: http://762rifleman.wordpress.com/tag/seventy-two-hour-kits/

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