Essential Contents of the Survival Go Bag and Storage

After many researches for what are the essential Survival gear for the Bug Out Bag, I have come up with many lists that I will put into an article that will help us all to survive when needed.

You never know when danger will strike or when an emergency will take place. If a thunderstorm rolls through your area and wipes out the power all over town, it could be days before if gets turned back on. If you get lost out in the woods on a camping trip, you might need supplies to build an overnight shelter to survive until help arrives.

I know that not many people know much about “go bags”. They are familiar with the concept and maybe know a few essential items to include. When deciding on what add-on to pack in your bag, you need to decide what survival situation you may encounter. A 72 hour bug out bag is designed to keep you alive for three days!

There are articles of a few horror stories of people getting stranded in the woods, or stuck without power in a rural cabin or on a car trip where you get stuck out in the elements without the proper tools to survive. There are a number of considerations that you need to take into account when putting together your bug out or bail out bags that can make or break your survival.

To set up for the proper items, know how many people will be in your group. If you live by yourself, be sure to pack at least 2 people’s worth of supplies. If you are preparing for your family, be sure you have enough supplies for your entire family. If you need to pack multiple bags or have one giant duffel bag do it! The important thing is to pack all the supplies you will need.

Also you will need to take into account your geographical location and the different environmental issues that you will face. These are the types of things that you will need to consider when putting together your bag. Is your climate hot, cold, wet, or dry? Focus on this while you plan your items to include in your Go Bag. On the Bug Out Bag checklist of supplies there are a few standard items that every bag should have in them and from there you can choose to customize and fit your bag to your own situation.

Water, the number one essential item you should have in your bug out bags. Water is even more important than food because you can go a few several weeks if necessary without eating food, but just a few days without water and you’ll quickly suffer from extreme dehydration. Plan on having 1 gallon per person per day! Depending on how much room you have in your bag, water can be as simple as bottled water, or carrying sealed water pouches and It’s also a good idea to keep some type of water purification product like iodine tablets or one of the newer filter “straws”.

The second item you’ll want to make sure you have in your bag is food, preferably food that lasts a long time and is high in energy content. Energy, nutrition bars are great for this because they can last years and are small enough to bring a few of them, yet they give you a lot of nutrients and energy on the go.You can also include MREs in your bag, which are generally hot meals that just require water to heat up. These would be a good idea in your 72 and plus hour bags. Any high protein food like nuts and trail mix is a very good commodity to have.

You’ll want some extra clothing in your bag. You never know when a shirt you have will get torn or you’ll need to fashion into a makeshift device. So bringing a few pieces of clothing will go a long way. The clothes you bring are largely dependent on the climate in which you live, for your list: a long pair of pants, a coat to stay warm and dry from rain, a hat or bandanna, a pair of sturdy boots, extra pairs of socks (long ones) and extra shirts for layering when the weather changes.

You will need to include some type of shelter. This can be a tarp (2) or a tent. It just depends on how much room you have in your bag. There are recommendations to bring two tarps,one to go over you and one to lay on ground and some nylon rope or para cord to tie it up. Also, a sleeping bag is good to bring if you have extra room and will keep you warm at night.

A must for any bug out bag is a complete first aid kit. These don’t take up much space at all and must be included. Make sure your first aid kit includes the basics, bandages, gauze, disinfectant, tweezers, scissors, some medical tape, etc.

Where should I store my bug out bag? There are some general guidelines to keep in mind on where you should keep your backpack, but every situation is different. Go bags are meant to be used in extreme situations or times of survival. Since you won’t be using it regularly, it means that it will be sitting for long periods of time in between uses. Keep your bag in a cool, dry place. Keeping your bag in a safe, dry location can prevent your supplies from getting wet and becoming ineffective; it can prevent your bag from mold and mildew. Keep it easily accessible.

The entire point of a bug out bag is it’s the bag you grab when you need to take off quickly. Usually a good place for a bug out bag is under your bed or on the floor of a closet. It’s important to keep in mind that a go bag is meant for emergencies and emergencies only.

Plan, prepare, protect, get through, hold on, hold out, make it, and keep body, soul and family together. You need a plan to prepare and to protect yourself and your family. Survival is our Strategy!

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